For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know I make a new quilted Christmas item each year. This year, it’s already finished because I worked on this fall. That doesn’t usually happen – last year’s project still isn’t done! (but I just pieced the backing and the top is done.) I will hopefully be sharing that one soon.
But, back to this year’s project – It’s this runner, from my Joyful Stitcher book.
Aren’t these prints fun? I love Basic Grey’s Christmas lines and I probably have made something out of each one of them. I just love the prints with the red background and the way the red makes the snowflakes pop. The line is called Be Merry, in case anybody “needs” some 😉
For this runner, I bought a charm pack (the squares are cut 3 1/2″), but I would love a little more of these beautiful prints . .
This particular version isn’t shown in the book, as I finished well past my publishing deadline. It’s a combination of the cover quilt and the snowflake pillow that are shown in the book. Here’s a look at the cover quilt again:
And this is the pillow that I mentioned:
If you are interested in making this option, you can follow the instructions as shown in the book to make the runner and use the showflake appliques that are in the book. The only change I made was to trim a little off the ends of the runner – I think it was just 1 1/2″. I thought there was a little too much plain red so I moved up the snowflakes a little bit and did the trimming, which solved my problem.
Since this was a seasonal project, I decided not to invest so much time in it by doing the wool applique by hand. I did a blanket stitch by machine around the large snowflake using Dual Duty’s “Heavy” thread (used to be called Topstitching thread). I also used that thread to add some detail inside the large snowflake and to stitch around the small snowflake. If you aren’t into wool, these snowflakes could be done using cotton.