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Sunday, November 23

Vintage Holiday Wreath Quilted Topper & Fabric Giveaway


































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!

This 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 recreated the graphics from a vintage Christmas tablecloth that has to be around 60 years old.  I resized 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.  It was so flat after all that ironing that I dampened it a bit and chucked it in the dryer to make it quiltier.  
I cropped the photo and was amazed when I saw that the topper was still a pretty neat circle:




The Christmas Wreath looks great as a placemat, don't you think?  The greenery and ornaments surrounding each plate look so 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, because I needed an ariel view.  And our three dogs were just there inspecting it for goodies.  Fancy, ain't I?  
I promise, if you win, your fabric will not have been on the floor.   

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!
Lara





Hi!  The wreath fabric giveaway ended on November 30th, but you can still buy the fabric anytime on Spoonflower: 

40 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful place mat! Your table is going to look gorgeous through the holidays :)

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  2. I love your placemat and your dishes are gorgeous, and I am in love with your centerpiece!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  3. Wow - an absolutely perfect circle; can't imagine I would ever get it spot on like that. You are so clever with your Spoonflower fabrics - I think one of my resolutions for 2015 will be to have a play there too. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  4. Very pretty Lara! Your table is going to look fabulous at Christmas!

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  5. I love this vintage fabric. I would love to make the same topper, beautiful.

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  6. That looks sweet. As of last year my Christmas decor has switched back to the traditional greens and reds. Thanks for the chance.

    janie.mccombs(at)yahoo.com

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  7. Placemat is lovely, your dinnerware is exquisite. Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
    MaryAlice

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  8. Oh, wow! Those dishes look absolutely gorgeous in it!

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  9. This is a beautiful table wreath or runner! I love your graphics! Pretty cool!
    That free motion quilting is really awesome too. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  10. Beautiful placemat. It looks fantastic with your dishes.

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    1. Ilana it is so nice to see you again! Thank you for the compliment! I am guessing that you don't know you are a "no-reply commenter". I was too for awhile and never knew it. I hope you can come back and fix this before the end of the week. I've left directions below in the comment form, in case you would like to try it that way.

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  11. This is so beautiful! If I win it, I will put it under my advent candle holder. sarah@forrussia.org

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  12. I would be very happy to win this! I have the perfect embroidery design I'd like to use in the center. Funny how you set it on the floor to take a photo...I do the same thing!

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  13. This is so beautiful Lara and again.....you are so creative!

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  14. This is lovely. What a wonderful idea and your dishes look so Christmasy with the place mat.
    Pam J. - rogerpamjolly@yahoo.com

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  15. What a great table mat! And it looks perfect with your dishes. It's amazing what we can do today with crafting. Beautiful.

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  16. Very,very pretty. Beautifully stitched. I'm headed over to spoon flower right now.

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  17. Pretty neat circle indeed! This makes such a gorgeous placemat! Very attractive with the dinnerware. How many have you made? You had such great idea, creating this fabric. With it, one can surround the plates with evergreens and enjoy the meal without getting needles in the arms' skin. And me being allergic to evergreen, that fabric is perfect for me... ;-) Thank you for your generosity, Lara!

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  18. Love the wreath. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Hi Linda! Thank you for your compliment! Are you aware that you are a "no-reply commenter"? I hope you check back on this post before the drawing on Sunday, so that I'll know how to contact you. I'm thinking you are Linda who visited last week too and thank you for coming back!

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  19. love the wreath. what a cool idea to print that on spoonflower. and a nice giveaway.
    dawnieq73@aol.com

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  20. That is so cool! Love the wreath. I passed up a vintage poinsettia tablecloth at Goodwill a couple months ago and am still kicking myself for it. Christina is a great FMQ teacher! I took her FMQ lessons on her blog a couple years ago and it really helped my confidence level. She is very down to earth and makes you feel very "can do."

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  21. I'm following you on Bloglovin, Lara. I like your wreath placemats. Not sure I could make a circle as perfect as that!

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  22. wow, that is so pretty. I like it alone and with the plates. The print is just festive but not so Christmassy you couldn't leave it out all winter. LeeAnna at not afraid of color leeannaquilts@gmail.com

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  23. Lara, I like this Vintage Holiday Wreath! And I like how you quilted the center. I think it's looks really beautiful,unusual and cool !

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  24. This is really smart! I love vintage.... Especially Christmas vintage. What a fabulous idea to make into a round place mat. You are so clever, Lara!

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  25. A wonderful vintage looking print and a great finished project

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  26. "plodding motion quilter" LOLOL that cracked me up! This is BEE-(get it)-oo-tee-full!!! What a great idea to surround the plate setting with such a pretty Christmas-y design. I have never heard of Christina, but will check her out. I know Craftsy has a great classes sale on right now and I haven't bought anything since last uh, spring?

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  27. Beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    I follow you via GFC.

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  28. I love this vintage print!

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  29. Oh what a lovely giveaway! I really hope I win :)

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  30. This is such a beautiful idea, Lara! Very elegant! And your quilting is just perfect!
    Susie

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  31. This is so pretty, I love it!

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  32. Lara, I love the vintage topper; I don't believe I've seen anything like it. You did a beautiful job. I keep reading about Spoonflower....I am going to have to try it! I wanted to tell you that I really chuckled over your comment, "I promise, if you win, your fabric will not have been on the floor." With MY three dogs and all the fur, we would probably never notice even if it HAD been on the floor. ;) I know the giveaway is over- I just wanted to tell you how pretty the topper is and how much I enjoyed envisioning your dogs being VERY interested in what you were doing on the floor. IS IT FOOD? IS IT FOR US? ♥

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  33. I like the crosshatch quilting in the center circle espessionally!!

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  34. I just LOVE your centerpieces and how well they go with your table topper! Gorgeous!

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  35. I love this piece . . . I have a piece of fabric with a print similar to this and I've always wondered what to do with it . . . now I know! LOL! :)

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