I had planned to be organised for Christmas with piles of handmade gifts prepared during the year... and the start of September reminded me that somehow this had not happened. So I've had a
panic rummage in the cupboards to find the ideas/supplies/patterns that have been waiting patiently and whipped up a couple of starters.
A padded star - could be a pincushion or a Xmas tree decoration:
It was made using a pack of pretty silks that I purchased from a garage sale for only $1(and pre-washed too). There's plenty left so I'll be making a few more. The idea was inspired by Anne's post at Notes from the Quilt lab blog. I made mine by English Paper hand piecing instead of machine piecing, and added a hanging loop.
|Bargain pack of silks|
I even had the pack of 2" apple core papers ready to go. Sue Daley has a great Youtube video on her method to construct apple core EPP. It does involve glue but works a treat so that's fine by me.
First I cut 45 apple cores from some Japanese taupes:
Then folded the ends of the fabric pieces over the papers, glued (glue pen), and ironed to fix.
Then the rows were appliqued together - they interlock like magic:
All stitched together:
Ironing turned over outer edges with a bit of starch spray, and then carefully removing the papers:
The background linen, thin wadding and lining linen were sandwiched together. Then for some big stitch quilting - not too much quilting as it was tough going through all that linen and apple cores!
It was a mini quilt...
Then for a bit of binding and hardware...
|9 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches|
Audible sigh of relief - I have started the Silly Season gifts!