Christmas in June

I had the rare luxury of a day off work today and decided to cast my mind to Christmas. Christmas?!! It’s only June!

Several months ago I bought some wonderful fabric by Sheri McCully for Riley Blake called Alpine Wonderland, a great Christmas design. Since then I’ve been adding to my stash with other fabrics that matched with the idea of making a mantle piece runner for Christmas.

I originally saw on Pinterest a runner that had overlapping banner flags of differing lengths and fell in love with the design. I had no idea how to construct it and spent quite a bit of time in the garden pondering how I was going to make it (well it was sunny!).

I got there in the end and even managed to make it double sided, in case I fancy a change one year.

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Tweetie Bird

The weekend started off with the promise of glorious sunshine, reluctantly I spent Saturday doing the housework whilst the sun shone outside! Sunday I intended to spend the day basking in the sunshine on the decking, but this was not to be as the day has been more like a grey winters day! Instead I flitted between projects started but not finished.

First up was hand piecing my table top runner whilst watching a recorded episode of Revenge, love that series it has me completely gripped!

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I’m going to use this to experiment with free motion quilting, haven’t decided yet on the design, no doubt I will be over ambitious!

I then went on to constructing the Tweetie Bird bag I’m making. It’s come up a little smaller than I intended but otherwise not bad. It just needs the handles attaching, however I need a loop buckle so the length can be adjusted to turn it from a shoulder bag to a cross body.

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…and finally I made my green sunhat, rather ironic given the sun didn’t appear all day. This hat is going to have a coordinating beach bag with the beach hut fabric I ordered from Patchwork Paradise.

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Quite a productive day, now I need to get on with the tunic top, beach bag and the free motion quilting experiment.