Not quite what I had planned…

…enforced bed rest!

I’ve spent the last few days in bed nursing a kidney infection when I should have been doing lots of last minute sewing and prepping for Christmas. Well, if it’s not done now it probably won’t get done at all. Thankfully I finished a really important project before succumbing to the lurgy! My version of Lynne‘s Tube Quilt now lives on Jess’ bed 🙂

I can honestly say this quilt was a joy to make. At 80″ finished this is my biggest quilt make to date! It’s been somewhat tricky to photograph as there’s nowhere big enough (or dry enough outside) to hang it.

After a false start with the quilting – major puckers requiring the seam ripper! – I attached the Dual Feed foot and just like that no more puckers 🙂 I used a nice green Aurifil thread in “organic” straight lines, I admit it they were wonky but it’s not easy to keep a straight line when you’re me. 

To my delight and amazement, Jess fell in love with it! I used the ever trusty Nummer from Ikea for the backing.

 I even went to the trouble of pattern matching it! Not too shabby, even if I say so myself 😉

As you’d expect from Lynne, the pattern is slick and I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone! Keep an eye on her blog in the New Year for the pattern release and quilt along 🙂

Before I go and rest again I’ve got to share something really exciting. It’s a finish, not by me but by Robin who got in touch to show her version of my Animal Crackers Tree skirt!!! I can’t tell you how giddy with excitement I was to see a pattern I designed being used by someone else.

There are a couple more pictures of it in our Flickr group. Thanks to Robin for sharing with me and allowing me to use her photo here. Now I’m off to rest again. Catch you soon x

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Going crackers!

OK, so we all know I went crackers years ago but I liked the title so I’m sticking with that 😉 I’ve been busily sewing away at a project I’ve had in my head for a while and today it’s finished so I can share it with you. Yippee!! Here’s the source of my excitement….drum roll please….the Animal Crackers Christmas tree skirt! No fancy paper piecing or templates required, a super quick finished in a weekend (or less if you’re on a mission) kind of tree skirt. I’ve used some of my precious Laurie Wisbrun stash for this version and I just love it, well who wouldn’t love a llama amongst other beasties?!

It’s so satisfying when an imaginary project turns out just as you had hoped it would in real life! I contemplated digging out the Christmas tree for the photographs but I’m too much of a humbug for that in November. I’ve set up a page link for the free pattern at the top of the blog but thought I’d give the quickest of tutorials here for the crackers as I can envisage them in all sorts of Christmas goodies like placemats and table runners. Think of it as an early Christmas present if you’re so inclined 😉

For each cracker you will need: 1 focus fabric rectangle 6.5″ x 3.5″, 2 solid 3.5″ squares and 4 background fabric 1.5″ squares.

 Mark the 1.5″ background squares across the diagonal and place them right sides together with the solids squares as shown above. Sew on the marked line then trim a 1/4″ seam allowance and press open. Sew the edge of the solids block with the background triangles to each short end of the focus fabric, right sides together, then press open. Hey presto!

Sash and go your own sweet way or use the tree skirt pattern, either way I’d love to see your version if you choose to make something. I’ve even set up a flickr group just in case you’re tempted…it would be very sad if mine was the only contribution to the group but hey I follow my own blog so I am sad 😉 Just time for a couple more shots that show the simple quilting and the yummy chevron binding.

As usual I outline quilted and did some basic straight lines around the top and bottom in trusty Aurifil. This red chevron from Riley Blake reminded of candy canes so it seemed the perfect choice for this project 🙂 

So there you have it friends, the first major Christmas make of the year and undoubtedly not the last for me. Feel free to share this picture and link if you feel like spreading the tree skirt love around 🙂

Catch you soon x
Edited to add: There’s a PDF link at the bottom of the online pattern now 🙂