Christmas Memories Quilt SAL – Part 1

Christmas Memories - Materials NeededPart 1 of the Christmas Memories Quilt SAL has posted, and features the Materials List and Color Key for the free quilt pattern.

Gather your supplies and pre-wash and press all of your fabrics before starting the project. This will avoid any shrinkage when laundering the finished quilt, and will remove any excess dyes.

The quilt contains 14 different fabrics. Feel free to use fat quarters or fabrics from your stash in this project. With the exception of the borders and sashing, as long as they total the yardage needed, they can be used.

Note that each section of the quilt during the SAL will feature a PDF pattern you can download here on the Christmas Memories Quilt Project Page or from each blog post.  If you miss a blog post, visit the project page for the items you’ve missed.

Christmas Memories - Color KeyOnce the SAL has been completed, the individual PDFs will be replaced with a single PDF featuring the entire project – this will make it easier to print for later use. A general break-down of the project is as follows:

  • Part 1 – Materials List and Color Key
  • Part 2 – Cutting the borders and sashing, cutting and piecing the Holly Blocks
  • Part 3 – Cutting and piecing the Star Blocks
  • Part 4 – Cutting and piecing the Reindeer Blocks
  • Part 5 – Cutting and piecing the Tree Blocks
  • Part 6 – Cutting and piecing the central Santa Block
  • Part 7 – Assembling the Quilt Top
  • Part 8 – Finishing the Quilt

Christmas Memories Quilt SAL – Part 2

NK_ChristmasMemoriesDetailWelcome to Part 2 of the Christmas Memories Quilt SAL. Today we’re cutting the sashing and border strips (we’ll set them aside for later use), and cutting and assembling the Holly Blocks.

Download the pattern for Part 2 – Be sure to follow the instructions for Printing Patterns Full-Size Knowledge Nugget as precise piecing is necessary – a test PDF has been provided, and I highly recommend you test your printer settings before printing the actual patterns and cutting your fabrics.

All seam allowances are 1/4 inch and are included in the given measurements. Press seams as you work, and always press towards the darker fabrics whenever possible. Smaller pieces can be Finger Pressed as you stitch to save time and trips to the ironing board. Continue Reading “Christmas Memories Quilt SAL – Part 2”

Fabric Flowers in a Frame

Fabric Flowers in a FrameThis Spring project can help you use up an assortment of crafty odds and ends.  Use leftover scraps of quilting fabrics and half-used bottles of acrylic craft paint, and raid your stash for buttons to be used as the flower centers.

You can get as creative as you want while painting the frame and pots. Add stripes and polka dots, or paint them solid colors – the choice is yours! Continue Reading “Fabric Flowers in a Frame”

Experimenting with Needlepoint Patterns

If  you’ve been looking for a small project that you can tuck in your handbag to bring along on trips or errands, these little needlepoint doodles are perfect. They’re small, easy to tote with you and fun to stitch. I made 3 of the 4 different designs while on two 5-hour flights, with my supplies tucked into a small, clear zippered makeup case – always easier to get my tiny little embroidery scissors through security this way! Continue Reading “Experimenting with Needlepoint Patterns”

Keren Middle Eastern Needlepoint Pillow

Needlepoint and Canvaswork - Keren pillow

Stitch the Keren Middle Eastern inspired needlepoint project on mono canvas in basic continental or basketweave tent stitches. Eight colors of tapestry wool are used in this project, and while easy to stitch, the pattern is intended for intermediate stitchers due to the number of color changes that are required while following the charted design. Continue Reading “Keren Middle Eastern Needlepoint Pillow”