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Quilter’s Christmas: Applique or Quilt a Designer Tree

Published by Sonia Ferullo

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Initially I came up with this idea for quilting but if you add in appliqué pieces or do the project solely in appliqué it still works. It doesn’t make it wrong, only different. It is more about what you want to celebrate than about what technique the directions say. Crafters are compelled to craft whether it is scrapbooking, painting, sewing, or crochet. It doesn’t matter what the medium is. We don’t craft because we choose to, we craft because it is who we are. There is something in us that is fed by it. Celebrate that skill that gives you a uniqueness. Celebrate that you have a passion to create.

Mini Quilts on Embroidery Hoops

Materials Needed:

  • Mini embroidery hoops-6 inch
  • Fabric scraps
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sewing machine-optional
  • Batting

On the paper draw or trace a star about 4 inches in height and width. Either piece together or cut from one piece a star. Sew it onto a background. Cut a circle of batting six inches in diameter and a 7-inch circle of scrap fabric. Press the edges of the 7″ circle by folding in 1/2 ” all the way around. On the wrong side of the star fabric, center the batting. Lay the ironed circle over the batting right side up. Hand stitch all the way around. Put the layer piece in the embroidery hoop. Attach a piece of ribbon to the top to hang. Make a quantity of these and cover your tree.

Garland of quilt triangles

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric scraps
  • Batting
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Yarn

Cut twenty 5″ x 9″ triangles and cut ten 5″ x 9″ pieces of batting. Lay two triangles together with right sides together. Top them with a piece of batting. Stitch all the way around leaving an opening for turning. Clip the point off of each corner and turn it right side out. Stitch the opening closed. Repeat nine more times. Press all of the triangles when complete. Using a large needle sew two triangles together at the points using yarn. Tie the yarn in a bow. Repeat this process until you have a string of ten triangles connected. Do not connect the last two or it will not work as a garland.

You can really take this concept far. Make yourself a tree skirt that coordinates with your decorations. Make a quilted star for the top of the tree. Make a runner and placemats for your dining room that will match.

You can take it as far as appeals to you or just make a couple of ornaments to gift to your friend. You decide. Just enjoy the creativity.

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