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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Liberty Scrap Challenge - Christmas Special

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.

Make a comment
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!  

Xx Siobhan 


QuiltNutCreations said...

super cute!

Gill said...

I'm making tote bags and aprons!
I've just got my copy of the 'Mollie Makes Christmas' book which is full of great ideas!

Lynne Reilly said...

I LOVE this! Liberty fabric and linen are a smashing combo. The prairie points around the quilt is a great idea.

Enjoy your day!


Terri Mosier said...

Oh my goodness...I love Liberty!! But it's so expensive so I use very very little. Since your last post about Liberty, I started collecting it, and maybe someday I will have enough of it to make a whole quilt with all Liberty! I just love your Liberty quilt that you made with the continuing heart quilting on it....gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win! And Sugar Cookies, that's my tradition, I make them every single year and pass them out to all the kids I know.

Siobhan Rogers said...

I love liberty too! as you know ; ) Glad to hear you have started collecting them & I love Sugar cookies Xx

Siobhan Rogers said...

"Blush" ! thank you Xx

Siobhan Rogers said...

I really need to get my hands on the Mollie Makes special - Thanks for reminding me Xx

Siobhan Rogers said...

thank you :)

Leanne said...

This little beautiful little Christmas panel. I especially love the trees.

Siobhan Rogers said...

thanks Leanne :-)

Carla Fawcett said...

I like to make everyone a stocking. I have a new grand baby so she needs a stocking. Also knitted socks are something I like to make for Christmas. Thanks for the chance

KathyT said...

I love the rustic look of it- the calico and the liberty go so well together. Usually at Christmas I play the part of the dessert queen (last years was a Turkish delight pavlova) but this year I may be excused as bubba number 2 is due to arrive!

Megan O'Leary said...

Love the wall hanging. Glad the wooden buttons turned up.
I'm planning on packaging some "spicy nuts" for the boys teachers, and making "individual" gf puddings for Christmas day. I would love to use the mini liberty scrap pack to make a patchwork pillow covering for a special spot in my new house. Thanks Jo and Siobhan

Jessica said...

I'm also a huge fan of Liberty & Linen, just got my first 2 pieces of Liberty and I can't bare to cut them up so I'm thinking a scrap pack would be a perfect way to play. Over the last couple years I've been working on my gingerbread (last year was German style hearts, or Lebkuchenherzen) but I think this year is time for something crafty for my tree.

Suzy Small said...

What a lovely panel, I really like the pointed border. This Christmas I am working on some pin cushions and make up purses to give as gifts, and I always make the Martha Stewart chocolate snowball cookies closer to the day.

andri. said...

I want to make lots of things - especially pouches for gifts but i dont have the drive to make them because I'm currently enjoying my free time a bit too much to do other hobbies:P

Sky Kerslake said...

I love Liberty and sew with it whenever possible. Given its price, that is unfortunately not often enough. It is superb for quits and lovely for clothes. I still have scraps left from a purchase in 1987! Your Noel wall hanging is delightful.

Siobhan Rogers said...

Brilliant that you make everyone something!

Siobhan Rogers said...

How lovely - A Christmas Baby & I love Turkish delight Pav YUM I add fresh figs to mine too

Siobhan Rogers said...

Thanks - Aust post came through eventually!

Siobhan Rogers said...

I want a ginger bread house! Always wanted to make one

Siobhan Rogers said...

Thank you :) Cookies sound great

Siobhan Rogers said...

Liberty is Lovely isnt it ! a little goes a long way

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