Christmas Wreaths Tips


Last week the Boy Scouts delivered my wreaths right to my front porch.


As I have mentioned previously, I love the Boy Scouts and their wreaths…but their bows…Not So Much…


(If I were a Girl Scout, I would set up shop right next to the Boy Scouts and sell bows…of course, my motives wouldn’t be purely business…) but I digress….

So, I went to my ribbon stash…


And picked a ribbon that was bright and sparkly enough to be seen from a distance…and using the same method as I did for my fall wreath (see tutorial here),



I made this bow…


and attached it with wire to the wreath…


Before I shaped the bow…I flipped the wreath over…I don’t want the nasty wires on the back scratching my wood door…


So I cut up the Boy Scout bow and hot glued it to the back of the wreath…


Finally, with a little twisting and shaping, I was ready to hang my wreath…



Come on in…We’re baking cookies…

Work In Progress-Christmas Gifts

Christmas Free Motion Quilting

It is time to kick into high gear if I plan to quilt any Christmas gifts this year.  I am playing with this design for a vase quilt for my Mom.  (I don’t think she reads my blog, so I feel safe showing this today.)

Christmas Free Motion Quilting

As with most of my free motion quilting, it started as a doodle (while I was watching Notre Dame beat USC–yeah, Fighting Irish!).  Once I doodled it a few times, I had to get it onto fabric…it’s like when you Have to Have Chocolate…It keeps sloshing around in my brain until I sit down at my sewing machine…

Christmas Free Motion Quilting

Sometimes I ditch the whole idea-once it’s on fabric…Not all my doodles translate well…

Christmas Free Motion Quilting

I definitely think this one is a “keeper”.  I think it will look lovely with a vase of flowers on top, or maybe a few snowmen…

Christmas Free Motion Quilting

Candy canes work….

I have several Christmas motifs just “sloshing” in my brain right now.  I will be sharing them as I get them onto fabric…

Next week I am planning a short tutorial on Christmas tree motifs and I have a quick project that you might like, too!

Stay Tuned…I LOVE Christmas!  and I LOVE wrapping Christmas presents and making bows…more on that, too…

Happy Sloshing!


The Easiest Flower Ever

If you thought the Spiral Lollipop Flower was fun-then you are going to love today’s flower motif.  This flower is The Easiest Flower ever!

Here’s a little quilted storyboard of where we are going:

Free Motion Quilting Flower Motif

Begin in the center and spiral outward–stopping with a complete circle.  Then just begin leapfrogging around the circle.  I usually like five petals.

Once you return to the first petal, start working your way around again…

As I go around again, I try to offset the petals by placing the inward point of the new petals- on the rounded apex of the row before it.

Continue circling around the flower until you have filled up most of the space-leaving room for leaves if desired.  After the last row of petals, I often stitch a narrow row of echo quilting… and then add leaves.

Free Motion Quilting Flower Motif

It is one of my favorite flower motifs and I use it frequently to fill squares.  I stitched it repeatedly in Olivia’s College Doodle Quilt.

I also like to stitch variations on The Easiest Flower:

The first block is the basic Easiest Flower:

The second flower is created by echo quilting after ever layer of petals is added.  It has a slightly different look…

The next variation is stitched by not off-setting the inward points and the curves.  This flower looks has a very pleasing look as well.

In the final variation, the last row of petals is pointed.   I really like this flower, too…(by now you must know that I have never met a flower I didn’t like…)

I hope you will have fun with this addictive little flower…and I hope you agree that it is The Easiest Flower Ever!

Practice on paper first…If you can’t doodle it on paper, you won’t be able to stitch it fluently…

Coming soon:  several festive Christmas tree motifs…

Until then…

Happy Stitching,