Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday treats for your sewing friends

I had lunch with some lovely quilting friends this week and look at what I got! These are lovely little Christmas ornaments that are perfect for a quilter! I've already got them hanging in my sewing room.

Red and green was a very common colour combination in antique quilts so these little gems are perfect for display all year long.

They come from a lovely little florist shop in Toronto, Canada. The name is Sweetpea's and she has all sorts of lovely little treats and gift items including Grinch Christmas trees. I didn't have my camera with me so I could take a picture but they are gorgeous little table centre pieces!

While I've been busy working on my 2014 QAL I also managed to finish two more Tiny World Make-Do Pincushions. The e-pattern comes from Mimi Kirchner.  If you need to make a last minute gift for a sewing friend these would be perfect. You'll have the pattern in your inbox in a matter of minutes and then the fun will begin!

Here I go again extolling the virtues of variegated floss....I only used two colours for this pincushion. I used a variegated green for the French knots in the garden path and a rosey pink/tangerine for the French knots in the path and the window boxes!

And lastly here are a few little crazy hearts that I made for the Christmas tree several years ago! They would make great small pincushions!

This hearts measure roughly 3" by 3".

 I cut a piece of scrap fabric that was roughly 4" square. I traced this pattern on the fabric and then foundation pieced in the order indicated. The next step was to embellish with embroidery stitches. The beading was NOT done at this point.

I then placed the right side of a 4" square of fabric that would be the back of the heart against the right side of the pieced heart. I machine stitched on the outside line of the heart leaving an opening for turning. I trimmed the excess fabric, clipped where necessary and turned the heart right side out. The heart was stuffed with fiberfill and the little opening was hand stitched closed. The final step was to bead the heart, make a tassel and're done!

Hope you enjoyed this little holiday treats! Until I post again, happy sewing!


  1. I love everything! the ornaments are too cool, as are your pincushions, and love the hearts-I may need to make me one of those-as I need a pincushion too
    Happy sewing to you as well

    1. The hearts are a great way to use up irregular shape scraps of fabric. I used silk scraps and quilting cotton alike!

  2. Awww, love the ornaments! So cute! And your houses are fabulous, as usual! :)

  3. I'm so, so happy that one of these little houses is now mine, thanks a mill, Karen! <3