I decided to make some easy ornaments for my friends. These are made in "prairie point" style. Pretty easy.
I used a 4 1/2" square, a 3 1/2" square, and a 2 1/2" square. I had a bag with left over Christmas fabrics to use--and found a tiny ribbon in a notions drawer. I was set. (You could change the size of the squares and even use 4 if you wanted).
First I cut the squares from the fabric
then pressed them using starch spray to stiffen a bit
Folded each square diagonally - twice.
I tied a knot at the top of the ribbon for a loop
I used a bit of glue along where the ribbon would go--pressed it dry
Then I zig zag stitched along the length of the centers - where the ribbon was.
I just used a crystal at the top because I was in a rush. You could embellish these with lots of sparkles.
Here they are--pretty simple, but would go well on top of a package.
December - lots of celebrating. When I designed this block for my guild (Redwood Empire) I thought it could be used for whatever kind of celebration a person wanted.
The instructions call for the background to be any seasonal print.
I decided to make a skinny wall hanging with 4 of the blocks for myself and then one to take to guild of course. I finished it today and it's the first of my Christmas decorations to brighten up our home.
If you'd like a copy of the pattern, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Once I have your email address I'll send you a PDF.
Most of you know that I use a lot of thread!! (that's an understatment). I've been privileged to be designated a "Superior Star" from Superior Threads. They have been very helpful to me through the years; giving me a wholesale discount and encouragement every time I get some honor. Thanks Superior.
Once you have the harvest moon stitched to the midnight background. The fusible applique bat is next.
I like Wonder Under paper backed fusible. (Pellon 805R) You can use what you prefer.
I place the fusible over the pattern and trace the outline with a pencil or permanent pen.
Press (glue side down) over wrong side of bat fabric.
Cut out bat using your paper scissors. You can arrange the bat wherever you'd like I made one with completely inside the moon and one with him flying over the edge.
Stitch with narrow zig-zag or blanket stitch. Tip: when the needle goes down to the right it should just fall off the edge of the applique piece. When it swings to the left it should take a bite out of the applique piece. Press the block and enjoy!