Saturday, November 26, 2011

'Tis the season

  I really felt the need to create, to try something new this morning after cleaning up the mess in the sewing room.  I still have the last 2 doll quilts from Mrs. Claus in Indiana---thank you---to finish up.  But a little play time beckoned.
  Scraps of deep reds and greens on white.....a little bit of "bottled" Christmas to make a candle mat.  I am sure you have seen the bottled rainbow quilts around blog land....with just random scraps grouped by colorway set in  mosaic style on a bordered background.   They are usually done in the quilt as you go style by stitching directly on to the batting for each block and then joining them.  Since this one was to be small, I just created 3 panels, stitching the scraps--raw edge covered with a zig zag stitch-- to the white. Then I added borders in the usual way.  I even got to use my new Sewline glue pen....yes, I do like it a lot, not messy and easy to hold. 

  I decided to trying some pebbling for the quilting in the border.  Tiny pebbling......I love the texture it gives, but my circles are all different sizes and uneven, and boy,  does it take a ton of thread to do.  This requires practice.  I think I will leave that for another day.   Happy stitching.


  1. Lovely little mat--I am itching to do a small Christmas project, too.
    Your pebbles look great. I am just learning that one, and it does take practice--and thread!!

  2. How lovely... and a great break from Ms. Claus sewing! Your candle mat turned out that pebbling quilting!

  3. Pebbles are really hard to do and you did a good job. Thanks for sharing this technique.

  4. I like your new Christmas banner at the top of your blog. Your cardinal is beautiful. The Christmas candle mat is so pretty & you did a fantastic job on the pebbles. I need to practice on free motion quilting but it scares me. ;)

    Nicki (nlk)

  5. It's lovely!

    PD I have not opened my package; I am waiting till DD is here tomorrow - she loves packages and I know she'll love this one even more!


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