December 5, 2011

Susan: Christmas Project

Hi everyone. I had thought to make a table runner with the Christmas fabrics I've been hoarding for several years, and perhaps a small wall hanging if there were any leftovers.
Having seen your beautiful quilt ideas, I've changed my mind!
So, I pulled out all my Christmas themed fabrics, and checked them over:

I soon realized that I only had patterned fabrics. No solids at all. Hmmm, now I have to go shopping!

The small town 30 minutes away has a V&S store, and they have some limited fabrics. I sure hope they have what I need, otherwise, it means a trip to the nearest city 1 hour and forty minutes away. We have plans to go there next week. I just didn't want to wait that long.

I have this. Sorry the pic is blurred.

I love the strips of roses down each side of the tree, and I'm considering cutting the panels apart to use in my quilt. I picture each rose having some embroidery, and lots of gold thread........

The center piece with the tree measures 14" wide, so it's a bit larger than the individual block size I'd intended to use. But I'm considering having different sized blocks so that I can incorporate the trees into my quilt. Perhaps 7" and 14" blocks. What do you think?

I shall have to wait until I've purchased new fabrics to know exactly how I'll piece my quilt. But, until then, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks


Debra Spincic said...

You can get alot of mileage out of plain fabrics of red, green, blue and burgundy too. Do you have any in your stash? That strip will be great for different colors too--when cut it looks like 3 or 4 different striped fabrics. I love those kinds of fabric. CQ is about variety more than quantity & cheater fabrics are great for CQ!

You can also stretch your fabric by cutting out the poinsettias and appliquing them in various places.

I would definitely cut out the tree blocks and use them separately from the printed border. You could use the border but I would seam the pieces so they looked pieced. Otherwise, it is just too commercial looking. Also, consider some little charms, buttons or packages under your trees! Maybe some holly stitched in the corners. Or, your poinsettias.

I hope you have a nice wall picked out. This is going to be a family favorite for years!

Suztats said...

Thanks Debra! Lots of good ideas to consider. I don't have any solid fabrics in my stash in the colors I'll need for this project, in large enough pieces or in cotton. How did that happen?! Seems I missed out on plain solids. Oh, well, I'll have to go shopping. Poor me. lol

Peacock said...

I like the idea of multi-sized blocks. I think it will add to the craziness. Multi-sized blocks was one of the thoughts I was toying with until I came up with my more recent plan... which I will elaborate upon soon. :)

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Buying solid fabrics is boring so I don't have a lot in my stash either. I tend to buy prints I like and then fill in the blanks later unless I find a really pretty solid color or a texture I like. Don't forget places like thrift stores & flea markets to buy used clothing made of fabrics you want/like. It is also a good source of trims and embellishments if you are lucky. I love the idea of a Christmas project. I also like the idea of variation of block size. Another alternative is maybe removing one or two bottom horizontal strips from your trees to make them smaller, relocating the 'stump' at the bottom.

Cy said...

Different sized blocks will add a new dimension to your piece, I like that idea.
I'm waiting on a (another) trip to a fabric store too, I need solid colours for my CQ as well. I did actually go to the shop yesterday, but I came away with everything but solids hahaha. Ah well, another excuse to go again today.

Suztats said...

Thanks, Ladies for your ideas. Our clothing thrift stores don't have much selection in the fancy trims department, unfortunately, but I do tour them regularly. I have more luck finding thread........One store does have some fabrics, so I'll have to plough through the bins and see what I can find.
Connie, it's the width of the tree that is 14", so that's why I thought of using two sizes of blocks. I may have to cut the stump, though.......
I'm itching to go shopping......
I have a couple of ideas bouncing around this head of mine. ;-)

Debra Spincic said...

There's always on-line shopping too!

Once you know what you want, I have some prints I can share. I might have some fancies too in Christmasy colors. I'll need to look.

Debra Spincic said...

Once you get a star button or applique on the top of your tree and some presents underneath, my guess is you are going to need all that space around your tree.

To make the trees look individual, you could cut them out & put them on different backgrounds. Maybe one could be on a pinstripe to look like it is wallpaper. You could "build a little mantle" with a stocking and put one tree off center. That kind of thing.

It's always fun to plan someone else's CQ when you don't have to do the work!!

Suztats said...

Debra, you have such great ideas!

Last year I did a CQ block in a 1:1 swap. It was a blue and white color Christmas theme, and I created a tree from a shiny yarn, put a jewelery piece star on top, and presents underneath..........I really liked the effect.
And, hey, anytime you want to come and share the work, you're most welcome...........ROFL!

Suztats said...

You're so generous, Debra! Thank you.
I've done a bit of on-line shopping, but anything I order from the U.S. usually takes 2 weeks to arrive.( funny enough, it's more economical to order from US than Canada) so hopefully I can find the solids I need either locally or in the city.
Hugs from Suz

Debra Spincic said...

If you have that level of skill, I would recommend you design a tree as the focal point and use those other printed trees as filler in the corners or somewhere else.

You could also shop at the Dollar Store for some very small ornaments to use. They usually have those little trees with packages of ornaments. They are great for embellishing CQs. I like to shop at Valentine's Day too for little ornaments.

Suztats said...

I'll have to check out the dollar store when we get to the city.
wow, Debra, does your brain ever slow down? Is it contagious? I need to get some of that brain action! great ideas
I had been working on a plan to have one of the fabric trees in the center, with bands of the roses surrounding it, and also diagonally in each corner.
But, now you have me thinking I should either go with an all-flower or all-tree theme........hhmmm

Debra Spincic said...

Yea, I'm like the eveready bunny! *wink*

Jane said...

Wah.. the possibilities with the panel fabric. Looks like everyone gave plenty of ideas for that. Hope you got to go shopping for your fill in fabrics.. waiting to see what you come up with for the grand plan.

Debra Spincic said...

I am really thinking more seriously about a Christmas CQ--I have all my decorations out and it would be so nice to have one hanging in the foyer.