Saturday, 10 November 2012

Sew Seasonal Blog Hop- Christmas Tree

You know those times that you commit to do something and then the world goes crazy? 

...When you hardly have time to breathe, let alone sit down behind your sewing machine and sew. That is the situation that I found myself in the last few weeks- not one, but two bloggy commitments to fulfil and virtually no time to do it.

BUT, I hate letting people down, so I pushed on and have successfully met both deadlines- Yay!

 For the Sew Seasonal Blog Hop, I realised pretty early on that I was going to have to scrap my initial elaborate plan to make an advent calendar for the kids, but then I got stuck. I had no time and no inspiration! To be honest I was getting a bit desperate when I finally remembered that I still had a scrap of insulbrite left- so a pot holder it was!

Its not my neatest most perfect sewing and the quilting is a bit wonky in places, but I love the finished result and I ain't unpicking it!


I love the combination of Kristy's Christmas tree pattern (I chose to use the 5" version of her design) and Aneela Hoey's Cherry Christmas Charm Pack. Aren't those robins just the cutest?!?

The Tree was really quick and easy to piece. The only thing was that the top and bottom strips were slightly too long for a charm pack- I fudged it (see those extra little seams in the centre?) It wasn't a problem at all and now you probably only know about it because I told you!

I used a few bits and pieces from the charm pack to sew the border round the Christmas Tree and to do the back.

I wasn't sure about my choice to use a vintage sheet for binding, and almost unpicked it when it was initially attached, but now that its finished I actually quite like it!

See, I told you the quilting was wonky!

Now, why not pop over to Fiona at Celtic Thistle and see what gorgeousness she has made with Alyce's pattern.

And if you are at a loose end, why not give one of Kristy or Alyce's Patterns a go (they're free at the moment) and link up to the linky party at the end of the hop- there are some awesome prizes to win...

18 comments:

  1. Love it Juliet! The Cherry Christmas is perfect - such a sweet little tree.

    I think a pot holder is the way to go - it looks great! And the fact it's a quick project when your plate is full, well that's a total bonus ;)

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  2. What a gorgeous pot holder. Wish I had one that was that fancy. Hmmm, maybe I should make myself one.
    Considering your time restraint - you have done a brilliant job.

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  3. So cute Juliet! Love the robins! x

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  4. your fussy cutting is so great, you always have cool ideas

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  5. Love the colours and the idea...very handy indeed! as for the join it took me ages to find it!lol so I never would have noticed otherwise.
    Love that vintage binding too! You certainly have an eye for putting colours together beautifully :)

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  6. What a great idea! And those little robins are really sweet.

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  7. Your potholder is so cute and the vintage sheet binding is just perfect! I love how you placed the robins on the tree.

    I totally know where you are coming from with the world going crazy! I was in the exact same situation as you this week. Everything got done (phew!), but I am exhausted LOL!

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  8. Love this - it looks so cool with the fabrics you picked!

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  9. I love it, and no, I didn't notice the extra seams, ha! It's just lovely x

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  10. Beautiful!! Hehe, I've been fudging seams, and not so discreetly either, so that I can use up some Christmas scraps!

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  11. If I were a Christmas turkey, I would want this potholder to help me get out of the oven! Ridiculously cute Juliet!

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  12. Oh Juliet it is beautiful and I don't spot a single error :)
    Lovely pot holder
    You are so clever

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  13. I love your little tree! I wouldn't change a thing about it!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  14. its adorable. mine puckered too.. sometimes an error is a blessing in quilting.. if I picked mine out, I would never finish anything. thank you for sharing, enjoying the HOP..

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  15. oh how cute! I love the use of the little robins in the tree

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  16. That is so cute! I love all your fabric choices!

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