I'd like to thank Sarah@ Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the opportunity to participate in this 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. This is my first blog hop it has been a lot of fun. Sarah continues to give directions for a quilt-a-long each day. Our complete blog schedule is listed below. Be sure to visit today's other blogger Cindy@ Stitchin at Home.
For my project, I decided to do a redwork table runner. I first searched for a free image I could copy onto my fabric and I came up with this guy:
I traced him onto my fabric which I cut out at about 9 inches, and proceeded to embroider the image with a backstitch using DMC #8 Pearl Cotton, color 498. When I do redwork embroidery I always back my fabric with a piece of thin batting the same size, so the threads won't show through from the back, especially with light fabrics. I embroidered 2 of the same image. If I were to do it again, I think I would have tried to reverse one of them so they were facing each other. This was what it looked like after my embroidery was done:
Next I string pieced some 8" blocks to make some Christmas trees. I used 1.5 and 2" strips of fabric. I am working completely from my old, old stash. One piece was from 1991, I have no idea of who the designer was. My fabrics included Mary Ellen Hopkins Classics for Moda, Kathy Schmetz Hand Stiched Holiday for Moda, Folk Art Christmas I, II, III and IV by Robyn Pandolph for Moda.
I next cut out the trees going different directions out of the string-pieced blocks. I drew a pattern and cut out the background pieces and trunks:
I then assembled six trees, I later realized that was way to many for the table runner. So I have 3 leftover to make another one.
This one has a wonky trunk but I like it that way.
Next I put 1.5 inch sashing between the blocks, two santas at the ends with the trees in between. With all the 1.5 and 2 inch strips I had leftover from the string-piecing I randomly sewed them together and attached them to the table runner, making them 2.5 inches, with corner pieces 2.5 inches squares. I then quilted it. The table runner ends up being 45.5 x 14 inches.
Also for this blog hop I did a little mini quilt. I found a free primitive nativity scene, and embroidered it, again using a backstitch and the DMC #8 Pearl Cotton, Color 498.
A good source for redwork designs and patterns is Bird Brain Designs
. I have gotten these patterns from them before, and made my giveaway ornaments from the Long and Tall Holiday Ornaments pattern. I also bought the redwork book Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley. I am not affiliated with Bird Brain Designs in any way, just a happy customer.
My giveaway is these 2 redwork ornaments
In order to be entered in the giveaway, be sure to leave a comment below. I will pick a winner on Thursday, July 26th the day after our hop ends. Also if you are a no-reply blogger and wish to be entered, please be sure to leave your e-mail in your comment so I can contact you.
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