Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Little Bit of Christmas

I haven't talked much about what I've been working on the last week or so, but I've been trying to get some projects done for the Christmas class I'll be teaching in a few weeks. Want to see what I've been up to?

A couple of years ago, Monica (aka Happy Zombie) posted a pattern for a tablerunner on her blog. I liked it quite a bit when I first saw it but I didn't have time to make one that year, and somehow I never got around to it last year. I had a little bit of a break late last week, so I pulled out a charm pack, a bit of cream fabric, and a bit of red fabric and made Monica's runner. At something like 40" x 16", the size is nice for a sofa table or the center of a larger dining room or kitchen table.


You can find the pattern on her blog HERE.

Now why did I have a break? Because I was waiting for more Figgy Pudding fabric to arrive in the mail so I could finish this peppermint tabletopper/wallhanging:


I already had the peppermint blocks made, but I needed more of the plain blue fabric for the 9-patch blocks, and I found it--for a good price--at Desperate Quilters. More important to me than a good price, though, was the fact that I knew they'd get it to me right away, and sure enough, the fabric I ordered Wednesday night was packaged and mailed on Thursday and arrived on Saturday, just as I was finishing the binding on the tablerunner. By Sunday night, all I had left to do on the peppermint topper was add the binding. Quite a fast project really, and I like the happy look of the peppermints!

(By the way, this is my own design, but I'm happy to share the method with you--to make the peppermints, I just made pinwheel blocks using red and white half square triangles and added snowball-type corners to make them appear rounder.)

Now what's next? Well, I have a couple more projects in mind--and, of course, I'll show you as soon as I get them done. Thanks for stopping by!

21 comments:

Amy R said...

Love the peppermints! What a cheerful quilt!

searchfamilies said...

What a lovely table runner love the peppermints & am about to go & look at the other one Thanks
Hugs Janice

Fiesta said...

Lovely Kim.

Kelly Ann said...

I knew you were clever but that whole peppermint thing goes well above and beyond clever...

QuiltingFitzy said...

That peppermint quilt is worth publishing Kim, I totally love it.

Judy in Michigan said...

What a great little quilt - so clever!! Great fabrics - love the binding too!!

Jen in NY said...

Beautiful work, Kim! I love the table runner. I made a Halloween one with Monica's pattern last year, what a great project. And your peppermint Figgy Pudding quilt? Just stunning. Cheerful, fresh and fun! You really should publish that one, I bet it would sell really well! :-)

Ruthie said...

Your tablerunner is cute as can be and I love the peppermint quilt!

MichelleB said...

What a darling quilt! I love it. You are just so clever!

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

Hi Kim!
I feel in LOVE with your peppermint quilt!!! The fabrics, the design, it is just adorable!
I am going to have to find myself some figgy pudding fabric now =)
Melissa

Ruby said...

Love your table runner and oh my, I love the peppermint quilt!!!!!!!!!

PunkiePie said...

Share! Share! I love those peppermints! SO CUTE!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very cute Peppermint table topper!

dianne said...

there was a collective "oooooh, how SWEET!!!" when we looked at your peppermints (even from the-not-a-morning-person-Melissa who thinks that nothing is sweet before noon) this morning - when i first looked i thought, "no way am i gonna make all those curved seams" but they're NOT curved and i KNOW that i can make snowball blocks! ha ha ha!

really, really sweet!

Quilt Hollow said...

Yummy peppermints!!!

Kim said...

Kim... this is wonderful! Where did you get that 1st border fabric it's perfect..
Thanks for sharing...

AnnieO said...

U R sew smart! Love the turning pinwheels into peppermint candies, I never woulda thought of that! Thanks for sharing your two adorable projects. Makes me want to dig out my Christmas fabrics NOW!

QuiltSue said...

I LOVE the peppermints. I can definitely feel a Peppermint Twist quilt coming on. Thanks for sharing how you did those blocks.

Amanda said...

This is adorable! I love peppermints, and it's great to know they're so easy to make! Thanks for the idea.

Texan said...

oh on the peppermints... I hadn't read this post when I posted you should do the tutorial on the other post LOL...OOOPS

Mama Spark said...

Love the peppermint one. Very innovative! I like the Figgy Pudding line quite a lot, good choice!