Hello everyone! I’m proud to say that I was able to join in with Sarah’s (from Confessions of a Fabric Addict) 12 Days of Christmas blog hop this year. Thank you so much Sarah for hosting this again this year!!! You are the bomb! 🙂
Today I’m bringing you a cute little embroidery / quilt project that can be used as either a table runner (my original thought), a mini quilt wall hanging, as the center of a larger quilt, or even a pillow cover (if you reduce the pattern and sizes by 50% so it finishes at 11″).
Originally I was thinking about a snowman bluework hand embroidery project. However, after googling snowmen and the sheer abundance of hand embroidery patterns for them, I wanted to go in a bit of a different direction.
Anyhow, I hope you like her! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN
Some details – the download is only for the hand embroidery pattern. You simply copy the pattern onto fabric and then using 3 strands of embroidery floss complete it all with back-stitch (there’s a very good tutorial here) and French knots for the buttons and eyes. I cut the fabric for the center at 13″ and trimmed it down to 10.5″ with the embroidery centered once the embroidery was done. I cut 4 background squares at 5.5″ for the corner blocks; and 4 background and 4 contrasting squares at 6.25″ to make 8 HST’s and trimmed them to 5.5″. I plan on adding a 1″ border of the contrasting fabric before I quilt it (I simply ran out of time). The measurements shown on the diagram are the finished sizes.
Yes, I ran out of time… The past 3-ish months have been chaotic at best. To make this: 1) I had to dig out my clothes iron (which hasn’t been used since we moved about 3 years ago) since I cannot find mine; 2) I had to measure everything with my little girl’s 12″ plastic ruler; 3) use a pair of scissors to cut all the fabric; and 4) dig out my sewing machine (that’s not been touched in over 3 months) and remove the little spider and it’s web along with at least 2 pounds of dust that had collected on it… Where is everything? That’s a darn good question. Other than to say that everything is still in my house somewhere, I really cannot tell you. But if you want to come help, I’m more than happy for any assistance since I’m laid up with a turned and severely swollen ankle and knee along with a bruised and swollen triceps since falling down the stairs with a huge garbage bag full of my granddaughters toys over a week ago.
Now some words from Sarah regarding the amazing give-a-way she’s put together for everyone.
“And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren’t enough, this year we’ve got something extra special! The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN! And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!
I have six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away – and here’s how we’re going to do it! Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day. At the end of the hop, I’ll do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone’s name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day’s hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day. That will be twelve winners – the design rolls and layer cakes. Then I’ll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle! Only one prize per person, though – let’s spread it around a bit! So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment – it makes the time spent on each post worth it when you see what people think about your work!”
The other bloggers to go visit today are:
Resourceful Momma (that’s me!)