Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Christmas in July


Check out my tutorial on how to make this quilt on one of my favorite fabric designer's blogs: Ann Kelle.  This quilt was a lot of fun to make and the pattern I created yielded a fair amount of scraps.  In this post, I will show you what I did with all of those yummy leftovers.
Making a Christmas stocking for our family's newest edition was a no-brainer.  Using 2.5" squares, I created a youthful patchwork design and hand-embroidered her name on the cuff. 
I created a simple design on the back, using some Kona Cotton Clover and more Jingle.
Finally, I was thrilled to make a Christmas tree skirt to replace our family's TJ-Maxx special we'd purchased right after we were married.  I made teeny dresden plates with Kona solids that match the Jingle line (Red, Rich Red, Chartreuse, Bubblegum Pink, and Clover) and centered a Jingle print in each of the 16 plates.

I hand appliqued the plates and circles to the quilted tree skirt.  It actually didn't take as long as I thought it would and it looks a lot better than machine stitching.
I used my old tree skirt as a makeshift pattern for the shape of the tree skirt after I had quilted a large whole-cloth quilt on my machine.  I bound the skirt in bias binding and used buttons and hair elastics to make the skirt be able to open and close.
Thanks so much to Kelle for letting me play with her Jingle fabrics.  I had so much fun making all of these items and look forward to using them this Christmas season and many more years to come!

17 comments:

Jen said...

Everything came out awesome Laurie! I bet you can't wait until Christmas to display everything.

parsley said...

You are amazing! That's like 6 months of work and you did it with a newborn. Your house is going to look amazing in December!!!

Alexis said...

I love it all! I've been waiting for this tutorial, too. :)

alidiza said...

These are all so incredibly cute!!! Your house is going to be amazing at Christmas: )

Rosa said...

All are fantastic .The skirt catch my eyes.Fabulous!!

Erica (sew much to do) said...

I love them all! Beautiful Laurie!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

All three creations are beautiful Laurie! You have a great eye for design!

EJ said...

I love, love, love this fabric! And I love everything you made with it!

simplesew said...

This is wonderful........

Aimee said...

So awesome Laurie!

Jen said...

And NOW you need to do a tutorial for that awesome tree skirt!!!

astoddard said...

You are amazing!!!! WOW!

astoddard said...

You are amazing!!!! WOW!

Bonnie said...

Your Christmas extravaganza is wonderful. I especially like the quilt, I have a ruler just that size and could probably make something very much like it very easily. Thanks for sharing.

angelfairy said...

Love the tree skirt!
What technique did you use to spell out Charlotte on the beautiful Christmas stocking?
Your works are fresh and modern even though some of the quilt designs (Dresden) are old.

angelfairy said...

Love the tree skirt!
What technique did you use to spell out Charlotte on the beautiful Christmas stocking?
Your works are fresh and modern even though some of the quilt designs (Dresden) are old.

trish said...

I love your tree skirt!! So cute! :o)