Visions of Sugarplums…

Sugarplums, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Does anyone know what a sugarplum is?

Would you be surprised that it often contains caraway or cardamom--and that one historian described making them as “one of the most difficult and tedious methods in craft confectionary…”??  Read more HERE–a very enjoyable article!

Sugarplums, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy

This little quilt was really a pleasure to create with Candy Stripes,  Twisted Ropes and Spirals.

Binding it…slightly tedious, though I love hand sewing…Machine stitched on the front and hand stitched on the back–(I still haven’t found any better way!)

Sugarplums, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy

” Even today, when the original referent for sugar plum has faded into the historical mists, we still recognize its meaning: the excitement, the pleasure, the childlike wonder of Christmas, all in the shape of a little sugar plum.”

–Samiri Kawash

May YOUR week be filled with the childlike wonder of Christmas!


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15 thoughts on “Visions of Sugarplums…

  1. Ha! Just read the article…..interesting. Much of what was produced as those hard sugar coated bits have been eliminated for our own safety!! What? (you say!) Yes. Those smaller concrete coated decorations have resulted in chipped/broken teeth and a choking hazard so, here in the US, the wisdom of the FDA (and other such protective agencies) has seen fit to protect us from such holiday mishaps. (Remember those silver dragees of years ago??? Looked similar to little silvery ball bearings and labeled “For decoration only. Do not ingest.”). Ah yes……the holidays are a “mine field” of lurking dangers!!!!! LOL LOL LOL!!!!!!

  2. Hi Lori, I’m new to your blog and love it! Cute article and love your little quilt. I really can’t find a better way of binding than yours either. I’ve tried but the stitching is never where it’s supposed to be on the other side! So I wait until evening when my cats and I are ready to snuggle and then I do binding or whatever hand sewing I have. We’re all happy that way 🙂
    Have a wonderful Holiday!!

  3. Lori, you are always such a source of information! Love the story and always look forward to our quilting techniques. I’ve learned so much from these “little” lessons. Also love your AQS articles. Keep on challenging us.

  4. Love the quilt. Your tutorials make it all look easy. Question, do you have a tutorial for the little squiggles in between the twisted ropes?

  5. Hi Lori. This is my first attempt at replying! but I follow your website faithfully and absolutely love all your beautiful FMQ. I thought I would pass along another binding option. Have you ever tried a flange binding? I’m a big fan of the look of piping so this technique really appeals to me. I don’t know how to provide a link but if you go to the Missouri Star Quilt Company website, Jenny has a wonderful tutorial on flange binding for a baby quilt. I can really see some of your gorgeous vase quilts framed with a beautiful pop of color that the flange provides. Thanks again for sharing all your talent and inspiration. Merry Christmas.

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