I know – it’s still September and too early for Christmas, though I’m sure it’s not long before we start seeing Christmas decorations popping up in the shops. But! My lovely friend Jane is hosting TGIFF this week so I wanted to make sure I had a finish to link up on her blog. But what?! I didn’t have anything to finish quickly.
So instead, I started something, purely to have a finish. That’s logical isn’t it?! I had this little Christmas mini quilt kit that I received from Sew Lux Fabric (bonus for spending x amount of $$ – love freebies like that!). It’s such a sweet kit and I have to say, my first quilt kit! Just a few hours and I have a very cute Christmas themed mini!
My appliqueing could definitely use a little more work, and I probably should have followed the directions to make sure everything was perfectly placed before I started stitching. But we’re going to pretend I meant for the bauble to be slightly crooked – it does look more joyful that way after all!
I did consider doing some fabulous FMQ around the mini but I only had 40 minutes til I had to do the preschool run, so straight line it was. We’ll pretend it has nothing to do with my FMQ chicken-ness and entirely to do with my lack of time.
The binding went on beautifully – all machine stitched. It does mean an extra line on the back but I’m good with that. The top looks tidy and pretty and that’s what counts!
The only thing I did differently to the kit was to add some little hanging corner thingies so this can be hung up as a decoration. The fabric cuts were generous enough that I had enough of the binding fabric to make the corners. Love!
I quite enjoyed making this little mini! Sometimes it’s rather fun and refreshing to make a quick little project – oh and look, it shows that occasionally I do something other than paper piecing! I know, amazing, right?! Though don’t worry… more paper piecing projects are planned
Speaking of planning… I recently got a bundle of Seaside Cottage by Heather Mulder Peterson from Sprightly Fabrics.
I am seriously in love with this line of fabric. I really want to make a quilt out of it – but I couldn’t decide on a pattern that would show it off beautifully. Until I discovered this pattern - Spanish Tiles by Heather Peterson from her book Living Large 2. (I didn’t get a chance to ask to post the quilt photo on my blog so you’ll have to click through the link instead to see, but trust me, you want to see this!!) I rushed out (okay I was in my pj’s and I ordered online from Etsy, but you get what I mean!) and ordered it and it’s currently in the post on its way to me. Yay! I think this will look so gorgeous with my Seaside Cottage fabrics! I can’t wait to get started on that one!
Have you got something in the planning stages? Link up with Diane @ From Blank Pages
Oh and for the fabulous finishes – pop over to see TGIFF at Where Jane Creates!