Yes that's right, I almost failed in the first week of my self-imposed Christmas challenge. What with packing for the Vintage Retreat at Warracknabeal this weekend, working on a project for Homespun, posting out cushion club, booking a stand at AQC 2016, Sit n Sew Tuesday and all the other stuff that has to be done, I just didn't think there would be time to make a decoration.
If it hadn't been for Meredith's email saying how cute Pudding Anyone? is I might have given up!
Okay, so I haven't popped it on the spool, but it looks pretty cute on it's own. And oh so easy to do.
And if you're not into pudding, then why not try a flower on top?
Jenny was addicted to them at the Christmas in July workshop and made it in a variety of colours.
You'll find the pattern here. It comes as a kit too. The spools can be purchased separately. Because of their size, the kit and spools will be posted as a parcel.
Have you taken up the Christmas challenge - let me know if you have!
Maureen asked for some help with her punch needle. This was started and finished in the class.
It's been so long since I did any punch needle I had to look for my hoop and needle and practice before the class. I'd forgotten how nice it is to do and have added a punch needle project to the list of things I want to do this year.
Early in the year, Corowa Quilters asked me to do a Christmas workshop. Back then November was ages away and now it's here, tomorrow in fact. I'm teaching a couple of favourite designs, Christmas Trimmings and Stitched Treasures.
It's been awhile since I made one of the hearts from Stitched Treasures. Originally I used a fine stripe and have been on the lookout for a substitute ever since. It didn't occur to me when this print from the French General first arrived that it would work, because I was only thinking stripe. One of those light bulb moments happened and how lovely does it look with just a touch of green. The other nice surprise was how quick it was to make. Admittedly I prepared it one night and then stitched it the next, but it felt like it was finished in no time at all.
Since I always leave making Christmas gifts to the last minute, this could be just the thing......
If you're looking for fabrics to stitch on these have been loaded on to my online store.
For the past couple of weeks I've been making a quilt entirely from my stash with the aim of reducing it. If truth be told it will take a lot more than one quilt to make a dent in it. One positive is old favourites are finally used and can be enjoyed. A side benefit is I don't feel quite so guilty when I see a new fabric I just have to have!
The samples, kits, patterns are packed and ready to be loaded into the car for the trip to Sydney tomorrow. Quilts on the Downs is on this weekend followed by a class at Pioneer Patchwork, Narellan on Monday.