I was told today that it is 6 weeks till christmas!!
The next two months are going to be incredibly busy & I'm so glad Nova asked me to do this challenge because its gotten me all christmassy and crafty just a little bit before the mayhem starts.
This year for a change I might actually get all the stuff I want to do done & on time! Thanks Nova :)
I have watched Nova & Jo's Liberty Scrap challenge and loved it. I love Liberty of London fabrics and use it alot - a little goes a long way.
I was very excited to be asked to participate in the Christmas 2012 special. Thanks Guys! and I look forward to seeing what the other challengers have made
have a look at Nova from A Cuppa and a Catch up to see what else has been made this year & what other Liberty Christmassy things have been made.
and Jo from A Life in Lists
who has supplied the Liberty Fabrics from her etsy shop.
If your after the mini scrap pack take a look at The Organic Stitch Co etsy store.
Find out below how you can win a Liberty Scrap pack
My Liberty scrap pack from Jo contained a pile of 2.5 inch squares and I also received a fat eighth remnant of Liberty fabric.
I added in some natural linen and white gauze to begin with.
|I cut some linen into 2.5 inch squares & then cut the linen and liberty squares in half to form Half Square Triangles.|
The Linen squares for the outer edge of the tree block are 2 1/8th inch square. The white gauze fabric is for the tree pot.
|The top picture is all of the liberty that I received in my package. I decided to go a little bit bigger and added in some of my own pink paisley Liberty Scraps from previous projects here & here.|
|Once the patchwork top was all together and basted I sketched my text on - that I wanted to embroider. I decided on Merry Christmas in French & names.|
Our house is currently all things french - My father spends a fair bit of time over in Paris and my eldest is studying french in high school. French seemed a bit cute - I contemplated Gaelic considering thats my heritage and my father can actually speak and read Gaelic. but French won.
I also have a thing for names - when I was a child growing up in Australia, no one was called Siobhan and no one had key rings/cups/ notebooks etc with my name on it!
I was so jealous of the Kylie's and Rebecca's of the time. They had names on everything....
I wanted the panel to look very rustic & naive.
|In another project I recently did I made a boarder with curved tabs, I wanted to do something similar with this one.|
I cut 4 inch squares of linen & Liberty fabrics and then cut them in half to make HST. They were sewn together on three sides right sides facing together. I then turned them inside out and ironed them flat.
|The tabs were then sewn onto the patchwork front with a 1/4 inch seam - with the liberty print facing the patchwork top.|
To finish the patchwork panel
I wanted to use a no binding quilt method
this entails putting the backing fabric down with right sides facing together and sewing 1/4 inch seam all the way around - leaving a hole big enough to put your hand through. Similar to making a cushion or pillow cover.
I then pulled the fabric through the hole and ironed it flat. stitch up the hole by hand.
I'm waiting on some wooden star buttons to put on the top of my Tree's - they will probably arrive the second I hit publish on my post...
I also want to embroider the year on the bottom corner. I like the idea of making things that my kids will treasure in many years to come. I love having my mums christmas boxes full to the brim with christmas treasures.
Last year for Christmas I made the kids some Stockings and star ornaments with Liberty & Linen.
I'll post a picture when I have the wooden star buttons on the tree!
and the Lovely Jo has offered a mini scrap pack of Liberty to one of my lucky blog readers.
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I'd love to know what you make for christmas - Food/ craft/ presents ?
and I will pick some one at random - when you comment please make sure I have your email address!