December 8, 2014

Across the Pond - Christmas Trees and Santas for December

Better late than never...
I'm sharing this month's themes for the
Across The Pond Sew Along.

The Patchsmith has devoted two posts
{so far} to this timely topic,
and she has even supplied us with a fun free pattern
for making Quilted Christmas Trees.

Photo by The Patchsmith
Aren't they just so sweet???
I'm very late in decorating for Christmas,
but I hope to find time to share photos
of my own quilted trees soon!

If you enjoy stitching,
Amanda has curated a wonderful collection
of free designs for many more trees,

I must find time to make this gorgeous Nordic tree!

Susie's been busy over at Susie's Sunroom,
making a series of Santas!
Here's Santa's hat, which she made using the
foundation piecing technique, 
with warm and fuzzy fabric for the trim.

Photo by Susie's Sunroom
Head on over to Susie's blog post
for more inspiring Santa projects!

Photo by Susie's Sunroom
I've been busy sewing something special
for a Christmas tree in New Mexico.
Last year I posted about 
using Kate Spain's In From the Cold collection.

I made this same pattern again, but smaller,
using the same prints.
I think the cocoa cups are still my favorite,
but I'm loving those mittens, too!

This time I used green mistletoe for the binding.
There's my little label, on the back,
to say, "Amy Made That!"

The backing is beautiful,
and the tree skirt is actually reversible.
Those Christmas doves are so pretty.

Right after I finished that tree skirt,
I noticed some more pretty Christmas doves
for heart and dove ornaments!

Photo by Debby Kratovil
I had a few minutes to try out Debby's tutorial
using some scraps from the tree skirt.
My Frixion pen came in handy
for tracing the design onto the fabric.
I used a zigzag stitch,
setting the width to 2.5 and the stitch length to 1.0.

Once I'd stitched the outline,
it was sew easy to cut away the excess fabric
and add a hanging ribbon.

I hope you'll have time to add some
homesewn Christmas photos to our Flickr page
for Across The Pond.

Now I'd better put up that Christmas tree,
so my doves will have a place to nest!

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  1. Everything is pretty, but I especially like the dove ornaments!

  2. You have some beautiful projects to share this month, Amy. I love that Nordic tree and your tree skirt is adorable!

  3. A wonderful source of inspiration here, thank you so much!

  4. I would have serious problems deciding which side to have on display for the Christmas tree skirt - they are both so GORGEOUS. As for the little dove ornament - I think some red gingham may be called for.

  5. Too many and too cute projects! I will add that Nordic tree to my list too.

  6. Amy, I so enjoy seeing all these projects! Such an adorable tree skirt and I love that cocoa cup fabric too! The Nordic tree is so lovely - I will have to head over to see it!

  7. There is so much inspiration here on this blog.....yumyum!
    Love your Christmas projects, especially the little santa's.
    Cheers, Anita.

  8. I love all these projects. especially those birdies. I think I should go back to christmas once a month! LOL Great job Amy!


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