Thursday, June 18, 2015

Two Christmas Mini's Finished!

Celtic Thistle's Ho!Ho!Ho! is hosted this month at Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner!
Any Christmas project qualifies to link up. It can have a Christmas theme, or a handmade item intended as a Christmas gift. I have enjoyed the gift ideas found with this monthly linkup:-)
12" & 13" Table Mats
I love to try new techniques with small projects, and decided to play with wool batting, as well as one layer of cotton. The texture when quilted is just wonderful, especially for mini's!
The red one sports a hand-finished binding, and the green one has machine-stitched finished, since the stitch lines just blend in with the quilting:)
When I first made the blocks, I intended to make a quick set of potholders as a Thank You gift. I followed Jacquelynne Steve's Quilted Potholders Tutorial. I liked my blocks so well though, I decided to make mini's instead. This way I have two gifts!
I detest marking quilts for FMQ and only scored the centerlines for these. I do not own a fancy herra marker! It is on my wishlist, but for now I use my little metal scale - very carefully!
I wish I had made a dot in the center of these, but otherwise I am happy with my progress with this type of quilting design.
The holly fabric may be my all-time favorite of all Jacquelynne Steve's prints - it is from "Joy.Love.Peace.Noel". I thought I would use it in my Christmas version of her current Quilt Along, Cozy Afternoon, but instead I kept it for selfish sewing, and for these little gifts:) The prints from her lines often play well together. The red is from "Oh Holy Night", and I pulled the sweet, low volume text print from my stash, it is Minick & Simpson "Christmas Past".

You may be wondering when my Christmas-sewing-binge will end, and to be honest, so do I! I figure, just go for it! It will make for a fun holiday this year, especially if I decide to finish the two holiday flimsies I have hanging with other UFO's. The downside is that I have not yet touched the quilt that is set as this month's ALYOF goal. hmph.

Linking up today with Ho!Ho!Ho!, as well as Friday Finish links - buttons found on sidebar.
TGIFF is hosted today by Jen, my favorite Closet Quilter :-)


  1. The kiting is lovely. I agree it is fun to try out break FMQ on small projects. I never mark anything...just go with it and see what happens.

  2. Very nice. I need to take some time to whip up a few small items to practice on. You are good inspiration.

  3. Lovely minis. And lovely quilting.

  4. These are lovely Heidi. I have a hera marker but often have trouble seeing the creases under the sewing machine lights!
    Thanks for linking up to Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew too.

  5. Your Christmas minis are wonderful. I really like your modern/traditional look, as well as the quilting. It's perfect!
    I need to get going on some gifts, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Beautiful Christmas table mats! The quilting is perfect for the projects, too.

  7. Great Christmas minis........Christmas makes me think of Chocolate pie! NO, NO, I can't afford anymore calories. See how my brain just wanders...LOL.

  8. Your quilting is great - I'm a newby to quilting my own projects, so it's great to see these little projects. Makes me want to practice on some of my own. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Judy! Mini's make for perfect practice! Thank you for stopping by, your email is no-reply, but I was happy to be able to locate your blog:-)

  9. These are so nice! I really like the quilting motifs.


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