Wednesday, 9 January 2013

12 Months of Christmas


 I can hear you thinking "what on earth is she talking about? Christmas was last month, it doesn't last all year!" and you are entirely correct, it doesn't last all year. What this is, is a new plan of mine that I thought of because I was disappointed that I just didn't find enough time in the run up to Christmas to make some additional Christmas decorations as I had planned. So, I thought to myself, "What can I do to have the additional home made decorations without running out of time?" And the answer was actually quite simple: make something each month during the year. Each month I hope to find time to make something new and I will share the result. If I create the pattern myself I will also share it, otherwise I will direct you to where I got the idea/pattern from, however the plan is to think of each months creation myself. 

Some things I've been thinking of making but never got round to:
  • Place mats 
  • Additional baubles 
  • Wall hanging (this might take more than a month) 
  • A new door wreath (can't use real foliage due to allergies) 
  • Napkins (Christmas deserves real fabric napkins) 
  • Napkin rings/holders
Since I'm all about using what I already have as much as possible I'll certainly delve into the boxes of bits and pieces I've collected over the years, not to mention my rather sizeable fabric, bead and thread stash. I'll be sewing, quilting, embroidering and who knows what else to make these projects and my hope is that I don't need spend a penny on the projects and that I can do them all from my stash.

The First project:

I had a 16 inch wide x width of fabric striped Christmas fabric that inspired me to start project 1 - what will probably become a tree skirt. I cut it using a 9 degree circle wedge template and cut it in such a way that the pattern continued all the way round the circle - a rather wasteful way of cutting BUT it achieved the pattern I wanted. This is what the fabric looked like while cutting:

I only wish my fabric had been wider - just a few more inches would have meant I could get 10 slices out of the width instead of 8 making it a 1/4 per run of cuts that I got out of the fabric which then in turn would have meant I got a nice complete pattern all the way round. Halfway sewn - you can see how much smaller it gets when the seam allowance is used:
And this is them all sewn together - to make a full circle I'd have needed 40 sections but I only got 38 from the fabric.:

At the moment it's on my bed with different fabrics underneath while I decide what borders to give it as it's a bit too short to cover up the basket my fake tree sits in.

As you can see it's a really effective way of using a striped fabric and really easy too!


  1. You are a quilting genius! How lovely and what a great idea! Love to see once finished. And best of luck with monthly works of art! :)

    1. Thanks :D

      It's taking it's time deciding what background to have lol I have the perfect blue but it needs a bit more than just that.

  2. This is lovely. I'm a little jealous that you are on good terms with your sewing machine, AND more than a bit jealous that you are creating something so wonderful!

    Projects like this are where those "ugly" seasonal fabrics turn out to be perfect. The fabric you are using isn't "ugly", but I'm sure you know what I mean.

    What did you use to make the template for the strips? You said you used a 9 degree circle wedge template, but I honestly have no clue what that is :-(

    I also agree with Anne, You are a quilting genius!

    1. Thank you :D

      I clean my machine every time I use it before I start - it enjoys being pampered hehe.

      Yeah if you cut the ugly fabrics right they are wonderful.

      I used a 6 1/2 inch tall ruler made by this amazing lady: Marilyn Doheny I took a class many many years ago but was lucky enough to meet her and take a class from her at a quilt show. I was there demonstrating one of my own patterns and she was generous enough to allow me to use her ironing board to press the blocks on and while I was pressing we had a good chat :)

      picture of the ruler