WIP: Joyeux Noel Dresden Plate 

You  know that feeling you get when you are about to cut into some new fabric and you just want to keep them so pretty and perfect but you also want to play with them?

Yeah, this picture sums that up. That tense feeling of “NO! I don’t want to use it, I just want to keep it so I can look at it” mixed with “But I want to play with it too!” It’s definitely a mixed bag of feelings when it comes to cutting into a fat quarter bundle.

Especially one as pretty as the Joyeux Noel kit we added to our stash just last week. It’s drool worthy.

But I didn’t want to keep staring at it and decided to cut into it and attempt my very first Dresden plate. Using four fat quarters from each set of patterns, I cut out my plates using a nifty ruler my mom has. Then I folded each plate, right sides to right sides, along the longer end and sewed the fold together. I chained all 20 of my plates along then snipped them free.

My pile of plates waiting to be snipped.

Now it’s time to press!

Once freed from the chain, my mom taught me how to turn the sewn ends right side out and press down the “dart” so that it came to a crisp point at the tip.

This purple little tool is pretty nifty and helped me get the points nice a sharp.

After everything is pressed and my plates are ready to go, I laid them down and organized them. I had five solid fabrics that I made as my focus points and then placed one of each of the other fabrics in between. That way I felt I had a good mix of colors and patterns.

My final result!! Well, so far! By the time I got the whole circle done, I was mentally drained but very satisfied. So even though my mom sat with me and showed me how to start my center point, I just couldn’t comprehend what she meant for me to do. So I put everything I had done so far aside and promised to come back and finish it once I got some rest and was ready to take on the next step.

Even though I didn’t finish it, I have my center piece picked out and a nice green backing to put it on. I fussy cut the Joyeux Noel piece and plan to appliqué it on the center. This is turning out to be adorable as it is so I may make it into a wall hanging for the Christmas season.

I started this project at 3:00 this afternoon and wrapped up the majority of the sewing by 6:30! So the hardest work was all done within 3 1/2 hours. All I have left is to appliqué it all down then sandwich my finished top, quilt, then bind. My plan is to work with what I have and avoid buying anything new.

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Joyeux Noel! 

Thanksgiving is finally over. The turkey had been eaten, thanks have been given, and our tryptophan comas are wearing off.

You know what that means?

It’s time for Christmas!

Yes, Christmas. Winter. The next big celebration with family and friends and lots of food. Along with all the bright lights and tightly wrapped presents, my mom and I have been drooling over some lovely fabrics.

Especially this joyful and beautiful set of fat quarters by Moda called Joyeux Noel!

The stack is nicely organized with patterns and solids in each set and each set ranging from deep cheery reds to light creams and greys.

I broke into this bad boy and took a look at all the lovely fabrics we can play with!

I loved the addition of the grey to this set of traditional holiday colors. It brings in a feeling of winter to an otherwise normal Christmas set.

And the combination of the grey and cream with the little tones of red really give us a lot of options.

And then the stash flips entirely from reds with a hint of grey to grey with a hint of red and it’s still just as lovely.

It’s hard to tell but there is a hint of red running through one of these fabrics, it’s just not visible here in this set. But even these muted greys are lovely.

Now for the hard part…picking a project to make with them!

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{VIDEO} Dollar Tree Haul for Christmas!

No one loves a good deal more than me! And our local Dollar Tree store is nothing but a good deal when it comes to gifts and crafting items.

I love challenging myself to finding items I can combine to make great crafty items for both decor and gifts.

Check out my haul for Christmas this year!

WIP: The Christmas Sampler

Ahhhh Christmas!  If I had my choice, I’d leave my three Christmas trees up all year round.  In 1986, I made a Trip Around The World Christmas tie quilt as a raffle prize for my ten year high school reunion.  However,  making a hand pieced and quilted Christmas themed quilt for ME has always been on my bucket list!

A few years ago, I took a wonderful quilting class at a local shop.  Unfortunately, the shop longer exists, but I still have all my instructions and templates.  I was especially interested in hand piecing my squares.  I loved the challenge of keeping my stitches uniform and strong.  I put together a few sample squares, and then got sidetracked by a very busy life.  Recently, I became reacquainted with my Christmas quilting project, and am excited to complete it.  I have both hand pieced and machine pieced squares in the bunch.


Log Cabin Square-I love using a red square in the center, representing the “heart” of the home.

On top, Flying Geese, then Patience Corner, Rail Fence, and the Log Cabin square.

Such beautiful, rich and lovely fabrics!


Jacob’s Ladder

Flying Geese

My hand stitching…I’m happy with the results, though I can ALWAYS improve!

Rail Fence


Patience Corner

 Taking the completed piecework I already have, I’m going to see if I have enough for a table runner, or maybe individual placemats with coordinating fabric.  If not, oh darn, I’ll have to complete more sampler squares!  My first task will be choosing either the QAYG technique, or piecing together the squares then quilting the entire piece.  Either way, I’m excited to get going!

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