Snow People and Winter Birds

Hey Sewers!
Here we are in early December and
winter is quickly descending upon us
If you are in a climate such as we are here in Utah,
the snow has already started falling, but it is also quickly melting
These little guys however, won’t melt
I can’t help but smile whenever I look at them

Tami, Ashley, and Brittni are my lovely sewing friends who brought them to life
at my Santa’s Workshop sewing class last night at our local Bernina dealer
The pattern for these sweet little snow people heads is in Nancy Halversen’s book,
Table Please Part Two
Another winter-themed project in the same book is this
winter birds table topper,
which I’m actually using as a wall hanging

The tree trunks are strip pieced alternately with the white background
the tree branches and birds are applique
I used wool felt for the bird appliques,
which adds great dimension to those feathered beauties
Appleton wool yarn is a perfect pairing with the wool felt and hand stitching
 

 

Enjoy your winter, my friends, and take time to do some
bird watching
and snowball making

And to all, a good night . . .

The night will be good underneath my warm, newly finished, Christmas quilt.
The pattern and fabric are by Anna Griffin (Christmas Toile).
 
 
 
The fabric is quite busy and I think it is easy to lose sight of the quilt design.
There are wonky stars inside each block.
 
 
 
The thing about those wonky stars is that all four seams come together right in the center.
That can cause a big ‘bump’ in the middle of the star.
Who needs bumpy stars!
 
 
My solution to bumpy-centered stars was to clip the seam just to the stitching.
Then I could press the seams in opposite directions to help minimize bulk.
It worked fine, but I just learned a better way to de-bump centers.
I will share that in an upcoming post.
 
 
I did the quilting on my Bernina 750.

The back is from the coordinating quilt print by Anna Griffin,
and the binding is a solid red from Riley Blake.

 

 

 Have a very warm and restful Christmas night, my friends.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you,
he is Christ the Lord.”
~ Luke 2:11 ~

 

 

Beaded Christmas Ornament

When I was a kid, my mom purchased beaded ornament kits.
We would sit for hours making our delicate Christmas ornaments.
I treasured those fragile, beautiful, sparkling balls covered in beads.

My mom had a severe stroke almost 16 years ago.
It left her without the use of one arm, a leg, and an eye.
She now has Alzheimer’s also.
She lives in another state.

She stayed with us for a while this November and early December.
She sorted all these little beads for me.
It was too difficult for her to ‘string’ the beads on the pins.
I did that part.
 

 
The ornament kit is from Mary Maxim.
Red is my favorite color.
 
 
This is my most treasured beaded ornament.
Thanks, mother.

 
 
 
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”
~ Proverbs 1:8-9 ~