Sunday, June 7, 2009

Christmas in June

I thought you might be inspired to start a Christmas project to be finished in time for the Holidays. (Actually, I'm kind of stuck with the garden quilt below, so I'm stalling.)

Tree Skirt #1
"PURPLE POINSETTIAS"

My Daughter-in-Law is my purple gal. Everything in their home has some purple so . . . she asked for a purple tree skirt. In the after Christmas sale I actually found this pale purple poinsettia pattern not knowing what I'd do.


While I was visiting our friends in Ariz., there on the dining table was still their Christmas poinsettia plant. I traced the leaves and started the applique. Kathi and I went shopping for beads. When it was time to quilt, I tried free motion and followed the subtle outline of the print.


Tree skirt #2
"GINGERBREAD KIDS"

This one was for me. The "gingerbread kids" was introduced in my Monday class as a block quilt. I modified it to have the kids join hands around my Christmas tree. I used a round table cloth as the base which made it a lot easier.


It was so much fun to "dress" the kids, vary their hairdos and decorate the trees.

Tree skirt # 3
"WINTER WONDERLAND"

This one was for my other Daughter-in-Law. She had asked for snowflakes. I started by needle turning the applique during my summer travels. I had no idea how I was going to put it together.




When I returned, I found the tree pattern on white and immediately visualized trees around the edge. The quilting is done in silver metallic thread (I challenge to work with).

14 comments:

Funoldhag said...

Janet, what darling tree skirts! All three of them are wonderful. Love the embellishment you did on the poinsetta (purple!! it looks beautiful) and the little gingerbread kids. Snowflakes are lovely, too. What fun to bring them out year after year. On your country quilt, I would just trust your color sense on that one - it certainly appears to me that you have a great sense of color!! Carol

Feedsack Fantasy said...

OMG! They are wonderful! I particularly like the first two ... beautiful creations. TTFN ~Marydon

W. Latane Barton said...

Christmas... oh geez. I hadn't given it a thought. But, your sweet little gingerbread children are just so adorable that I might have time to make one similiar. Thanks.

Goosey said...

You are so busy, thoose tree quilts are lovely, I like them all !

Vivian said...

Every one is a work of art. I also especially like the first two. Well done!

Crispy said...

I don't decorate for Christmas since we live so far from the kids, but making one for my DIL would be a wonderful idea. Your skirts are a real inspiration!!

Crispy

Janet said...

They are all amazing, the designs are wonderful and showcase your talents. Stunners!

Karen said...

It is hard to pick my favorite of the tree skirts but I think the purple one is unusual and very elegant.

Julia said...

They are all lovely..
The purple one is unusual and a bit different from the normal Christmas ones..

Karen said...

All three are wonderful! The purple poinsetta's are beautiful.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I loved reading your blog today. It has been so much fun making new friends through the blog world. This is my fourth month to have a blog. I am amazed at all the unique and fun sites. I am posting about our recent Disney trip and have a couple more posts about our visit with the "Mouse" ....then I will have more than a few posts about a new "grandson" arriving in just a couple of weeks...

linda said...

Girl, do you sleep? Amazing!!

imquilternity said...

Wow...these are all amazing works of art. I thought I liked the first one best, until I saw the second one, and so on. I love them all!!

vanos said...

I really like all of your tree skirts! It's really not to early to get a star on projects like these. Thanks for the gentle push to get me started on my projects.