For my entry into the virtual quilt show, I'd like to share my sweet little embroidered and quilted wall hanging that wasn't quite finished in time for the holidays last year, but was completed 11 months in advance for this year!! (I highly recommend continuing those unfinished Christmas projects into January so that when they are finished, you can feel totally rock star and smug about your advanced preparations for the next Christmas!).
This little honey is from a pattern by the uber-talented lover of all things tiny and sweet, Natalie, of Cinderberry Stitches. I mean, just look at these cheeky little mice:
Natalie uses a lot of blanket stitch as outlining in her designs and I often have trouble with it. When it's used around the edge of an applique, I don't have any issues, but when used as an outline (like on the little hanging ornaments), I find the traveling part across the top of the stitch often gets pulled down/in. I've experimented by pulling the stitch tighter, or leaving it loose (seems worse). At any rate, it's a small issue because I adore her designs and have done several. I will order her newest Christmas stitchery quilt 'Raspberry Cream' to make for next year - go have a look, it is adorable beyond words!
I also wanted to share my tree skirt. This project was many years in the making! It is a Bare Roots pattern, but you can really make it your own by embellishing the houses with embroidery: holly, light strings, wreaths and candles in the windows.
If you have a favourite Christmas project to share (and I know you do!), then toggle on over to Sew Cal Gal's blog and enter...there are lots of great prizes to be won!! If you're visiting from the show listings, then welcome to Poppyprint and thanks for stopping by!
**Merry Christmas Everyone**