WIP-Christmas Tree Project

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

With just 13 days until Christmas, I am nearly finished with a few little gifts I am giving.  Just a bit of binding…it seems I am forever sewing bindings…

For this vase quilt, I started with a 22 inch square of fabric and drew a 12 inch square in the middle.  I quilted a 1 inch border on the outside of the drawn square.

Free Motion Quilting Border

Next, I repeated the one inch border–this time on the inside of the outer edge.  (In the next photo, you can see a few penciled guidelines to help position the motifs.)

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial

I cut out a paper triangle to give a rough outline for the simple doodle trees and placed them on the diagonal lines…

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial

After sewing the Doodle Trees (see tutorial here),  I switched to matching green thread to fill in the center and borders with a bit of “swirling wind”.

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

I still had a few more Doodle Trees  swirling in my noggin, so I made this sampler of trees (all different), with the same basic formula:

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

Now I have several quilts (to bind) while I’m watching my favorite Christmas movies…(more on Christmas movies soon…)

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

I found a tutorial for these ornaments on Pinterest…not in English, but the photos do the trick.

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

Speaking of Pinterest…if you like what you see here, please share…it’s a great way to connect and so easy!

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

Hope you are enjoying all the bright colors of the season!

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

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Decorating Christmas Trees with Free Motion Quilting

WIP-Christmas Gifts

The Art of Soup!?

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Last week, as I was rushing through the aisles of Target, I found art in the most unexpected of places-in the canned soup aisle!

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In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first exhibition of Andy Warhol’s pop art, Campbell’s  is selling tomato soup with Pop Art labels.

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Mr. Warhol was known for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary…

Andy Warhol Campbells

These tomato soup cans jumped right off the shelf (visually) among the aisles of all the familiar soup labels.  Off the shelf and into my cart…

Andy Warhol Campbells

Who wants plain ol’ soup…when you can have “soup of a different color”?!

Brilliant marketing if you ask me…

Andy Warhol Campbells

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Got to go, I have the strangest craving for a grilled cheese sandwich….

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Read more about Andy Warhol and Campbell’ Soup here

Let it Snow!

Australian Shepard in snow

The Minneapolis area was blanketed with 16 inches of  beautiful snow that fell yesterday and last night.  Everything looks so pretty with a layer of white glitter…

Australian Shepard in snow

I think most people (and dogs) welcome the snow-especially the first snowfall of the season.

Australian Shepard in snow

Australian Shepard in snow

It means sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling…

Australian Shepard in snow

and best of all-SCHOOL CLOSINGS!

Mara Mi Window Decal --Let it Snow