Christmas is just around the corner. I love this time of year! After spending time in Blogland last week, I am even more in the spirit. So many of you have been happily working away, making beautiful quilts, gifts, and decorations. It's awesome!
The Vintage Holiday Wreath fabric is another fabric that I created on Spoonflower.com. If you saw last week's giveaway: Celebrating with a "Cookie" Giveaway, then you know that I'm a Spoonflower fan through and through!
Do you like vintage graphics? How about vintage table linens?
Then you will probably love this fabric! I've recreated the graphics from a vintage tablecloth that has to be around 60 years old and sized them so they would fit neatly around a plate. My goal was to make round placemats, with no binding, to put under each place setting at Christmas. I used the "birthing" technique, sewing the layers a lot like I did with my cookies and then turning the whole thing right side out.
After I got the wreath all right side out and ironed nice and flat, I drew a circle in the center with a cereal bowl, quilted it, and then filled it in with a simple grid. Then I did a little bit of quilting to outline the ornaments and greenery. The whole thing took me about two hours, and that's counting the time I spent ripping out my "free" motion quilting. I am more of a "plodding" motion quilter. This is going to be one of my New Year's resolutions: To learn to free motion quilt; at least well enough to handle small projects.
With that in mind, I've enrolled in Christina Cameli's Craftsy class: The Secrets of Free-motion Quilting.
I love this girl and am very excited to be taking her class! You all might know Christina because of her blog: A Few Scraps, or perhaps you have her first book: First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting. Her second book is coming out soon too! Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting
Yup - I am Jazzed and Ready!
Here is a picture with just the wreath topper. I wet it and chucked it in the dryer to make it puffier.
I cropped the photo and was amazed when I saw that the topper was a pretty neat circle:
My Christmas Wreath looks great as a placemat, don't you think? The greenery and ornaments surrounding each plate looks very festive!
We are having pizza tonight, so I can't show you a picture with a beautiful dinner. Just the place setting. On the floor. And the dogs were just there inspecting it for goodies. Fancy, ain't I?
So. Would you like to win a fat quarter of this wreath fabric? I have enough for two lucky winners this week! Each wreath is about 17 1/2 inches in diameter and fills a whole fat quarter.
To enter this giveaway, just push my buttons and leave a comment. I love to hear from you! You don't have to be a BuzzinBumble follower, although of course that would be great if you decide you'd like to be. I will happily ship to Canada or even overseas. But please: make sure that I can reach you. Sometimes people are "no-reply commenters" and I have no way of contacting them. This will mean they cannot be in the drawing for the giveaway. I'll answer your comment here on the blog if this is the case and let you know if you are. Hopefully we can fix the problem before the random name drawing, which will be at 7PM EST next Sunday, November 30th.
Good Luck Everybody!
In case I don't "see" you this week - Have a Happy Thanksgiving!