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Christmas project

I have had a productive time lately quilting customer quilts and I will share photos of them very soon, but this weekend was playtime for me...  I had bought a layer cake and jelly roll by moda called "ready set snow" which is a cute Christmas bundle which I found at a very reasonable price online, although really the only fabric in it which is relating to Christmas is some Christmas tree fabric, the others being swirly, snowflakes checks, stripes, spots.  It has a very modern feel to it - just what I wanted. 

I have used a soft blue as a background, which was actually rather a quick decision when I grabbed a solid bolt which I thought might work,  from my shelf on my way home after my beginners classes at my studio on Saturday morning, just in case my fabric had arrived when I got home, which it had - yey !!  I hadn't even seen the new Christmas fabric in real life !!  but luckily I think the blue as a background looks great!!

So I had in mind to makesome flying geese units  using my Eleanor burns flying geese ruler, (after having some hit and misses with a regular ruler recently whilst making flying geese.. )   I used Eleanors two square method to make them.  To achieve a 3x6 finished size geese, (3.5"x6.5" cut size) I cut down the layer cake 10 inch squares to 9 inch squares and cut  7.5 inch squares for the background fabric.  This method is so quick and easy, and very speedy sewing...

I ended up making all of the flying geese units pretty quickly, I think it took longer to trim them, than to sew them !!    The centre 9 patches are cut from the jelly roll.

I haven't really a pattern in mind for my quilt (I rarely do)  but I saw this cute block recently online somewhere I can't recall where, and thought how the corners might look great when the all meet to form 4 patches with a small border surrounding them.....  and lots of solid fabric for quilting in too...  I might try my hand at some "modern" style quilting - whenever I can find some time !

I ended up with all of these little snippets !!! which my husband could not believe I would not throw away !!!  he found it more amusing to stuff them down my T-shirt !!!  Anyway, I hate to throw fabric away - however small, and I have boxes and boxes of snippets and squares - Idecided though that instead of adding them to those piles I would actually sew them together now...

So all of those little snippets sewn together and trimmed into a 3.5 inch strip added to a bit of background fabric will make a cute makeup bag !!!  and it only took 10 minutes to sew them all together !! 

Some may say I have too much time on my  hands, but when you have a family of boys who play X-Box (hubby included) on a weekend when a new game has just been released - need I say more???  Shame about the housework though ....

5 Comments to Christmas project:

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Kay Bell on 19 November 2012 23:41
This is looking like a quilt that needs to be quilted before Christmas......better get it inline and booked in....it looks great! Best Wishes Kay in Scotland
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Janette on 19 November 2012 23:51
Thanks Kay, you're right, and I was thinking maybe of quiting some kind of snowflake in the blue squares ???
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Nicola on 20 November 2012 21:02
This looks great Janette - you are a quick worker!! And that pale blue background looks fab - can't wait to see it quilted!
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Cynthia Campbell on 17 December 2012 17:18
Having seen this today on the wall when I visited it looks just lovely,I have visions of you working all hours into the night hope you get it finished and quilted for Christmas
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Janette on 17 December 2012 19:19
LOL Cynthia.... no I won't be working all hours it doesn't matter if it doesn't get finished in time for Christmas. Customers quilts are getting priority and I still have some Christmas shopping to do !!! Maybe I will get it finished at the weekend. All the blocks are now done, and on the design wall, but not happy with the placement quite yet. I keep looking at it and changing it here and there.... til I am happy.

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