Blog · Christmas Quilting

Quick Quilted Christmas Gifts, Part 4

Hi fellow quilters,

We hope that you’re having a wonderful weekend!  Today’s gift idea is especially fun if you have a brand-new family member this Christmas.

Idea #4: Make a bib for the new baby!

How cute is this little appliqued bib for baby!!!  A real, live baby would probably be cuter for my picture, but I don’t have access to a real baby.  Luckily for me, Olaf didn’t object to posing with my “Gifted Raccoon” bib.

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Start with a basic bib pattern or trace a ready-made bib onto paper to make your own pattern.  There are lots of free patterns available online if you don’t have a favorite yet.  Add a cute applique to the bib after you cut it out, centering the design on the fabric.  Ms P Designs’ applique patterns are designed to fit a 7″ square block, which is just the right size to embellish a baby’s bib.  Pick your favorites and have fun choosing fabric to coordinate with the applique design.

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I decided to use our “Gifted Raccoon Christmas Elf” applique pattern to decorate this cute bib.  The bright colors that I used to make my raccoon applique contrast well with the green and white snowflake print on the bib background.  The applique edges are finished with a machine blanket stitch, so it should hold up well through multiple washings.

I lined my bib with a layer of soft, absorbent flannel and used contrasting fabric on the reverse side.  If you want to embellish your bib, you could choose to add lace, fabric piping, or rick-rack to the bib edges before finishing.  I went for a simple and gender-neutral look, and just edge-stitched around the finished bib to help it lay flat, even after laundering, and then finished the bib with an easy hook and loop closure.

Now all that I need is a real baby!  (Just kidding!  I love babies, but I really don’t need one this year.)

I hope that you’re inspired to create something colorful (and absorbent) for your favorite little person!

Happy quilting,

Sharon

 

Blog · Christmas Quilting

Quick Quilted Christmas Gifts, Part 1

Christmas is just around the corner!  Rowdy (shown above) is all dressed up and excited to help me get ready, with his Santa hat and reindeer antlers.  I can’t believe how quickly the time passes between July and November.  In spite of my well-meant plans, the time slips away and I’m scrambling to find ideas for handmade Christmas gifts to fill my list.  Shhhh…  Don’t tell!  You don’t want to spoil the surprises!

Idea #1: Make a stocking for the kids to hang by the chimney with care!

 

Start a Holiday tradition with a one-of-a-kind appliqued Christmas stocking with Santa Elephant applique.  I love this Santa elephant, who looks like he should have cut back a bit on the milk and cookies!  If you want to make a whole set of stockings for the family, just substitute another of our adorable appliques for Santa Elephant.  I made a set of stockings similar to this one for my husband, our two sons, and our family dog several years ago.  We like this stocking pattern because it provides LOTS of room for goodies on Christmas morning.

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To make your stocking, choose your fabric in a variety of colorful Christmas prints.  I used three prints that are mostly green and three that are mostly red, but you can use any color combination that you like.  The fabric yardage requirements are included in the pattern packet.

The first step, after you’ve chosen your fabrics, is to cut a strip of each fabric, and then sew the strips together.  The pieced strips are cut into segments that are re-sewn to make the patchwork “fabric” for the stocking front.  Using your stocking pattern, you’ll cut out one stocking piece, and then add the applique before you sew the rest of the stocking together.

Prepare the applique of your choice, making sure that the colors contrast well with the pieced background.  You’ll want the applique to stand out from the background.  Finish the applique with your favorite method, by machine or by hand if you prefer.  I used a machine blanket stitch with black machine embroidery thread for my stocking.  If you’re making a set of stockings, it would be fun to use a different applique design on each of them.  You can see the rest of our Christmas applique patterns in our pattern shop if you need some inspiration.

Finish the stocking, following the instructions on your pattern.  This stocking is lined with a colorful Christmas print, and the cuff is embellished with small silver jingle bells for festive charm.  The bells will also alert you to the presence of any extra-early stocking snoopers who just can’t wait to have a peek at the loot that Santa brought for them!

Thanks for stopping by today!  We’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment.  I hope that you’re inspired to create something wonderful for your favorite people, just in time for Christmas!

Happy quilting,

Sharon

 

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Santa’s Little Helpers

Santa gets pretty busy at this time of the year.  He has to supervise the elves and make sure that they’re building plenty of the popular new toys.  He has to coordinate the training schedule for the reindeer, in case they got lazy and out of shape during the off-season.  He has to make a list, and then check it twice.  A jolly old Elf’s work is never done!  That’s why Santa was SO excited to get some extra assistants this year, just in time for his Christmas preparations.

So get ready to meet “Santa’s Little Helpers”, from our 2016 Christmas wall hanging quilt pattern:

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Ed the elephant decided to try on Santa’s spare suit, just in case he needs to fill in at the photo booth in the mall during Santa’s lunch break.  It looks like “Santa” should have cut back just a bit on the milk and cookies!

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When it was time to decorate the Christmas tree, none of the other elves were quite tall enough to reach the top and hang the lights.  Gerard the giraffe generously tried to help, but ended up making a mess of the lights.  Oh dear!  Better find the ladder instead.

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Roxy the raccoon is really quite smart!  Some might even call her “gifted”.  She’s all ready to help Santa hand out gifts at the Christmas party.  Can you guess what’s inside this pretty gift-wrapped present?  Roxy would be happy if it is a fish!

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Barry the bear gives fabulous hugs, and he knows exactly how to fill a Christmas stocking to Santa’s specifications.  Take a look at the goodies tucked inside, all ready for a good little boy or girl to enjoy on Christmas morning.

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Lulu the horse has finished decorating the tree, and she hung the mistletoe too!  Now she’s hoping that the cute colt on the other side of the room will notice where she’s standing, waiting for him.  Lulu is hoping for her very first Christmas kiss!

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Now aren’t you glad to know that Santa will have LOTS of extra help this year?  We had so much fun creating these whimsical animal applique blocks to make our Christmas wall quilt!  You can click on the images above if you’d like to have a closer look at any of the individual blocks, all available in our Craftsy and Etsy shops.

 

 

Santa’s Little Helpers Christmas 2016 Wall Hanging Quilt

Santa has lots of help this year! The pattern includes all five applique block patterns, and instructions for the star blocks too.

$15.00

Happy quilting!

Sharon