· Several UFO blocks, cut no larger than 5 ½” square
· Scraps for appliqué shapes
· 6” square batting and backing, one per ornament
· Beads, sequins, buttons, jewels
· Thin ribbon for hanging
· Allene’s Jewel It other adhesive
1. Locate some UFO blocks. This is sometimes easier said than done, but once you find one you will likely find more than you ever thought you had, and you might end up in the market for a taller tree to fit all the ornaments you can make.
2. Cut blocks down to squares or rectangles no smaller than 3 1/2” on a side and no larger than 5 ½” on a side.
4. Decide on design. I like to stick to fairly simple and traditional Christmas shapes. Anything you can draw or cut out freehand will work. Simple triangles make great Christmas trees, a few basic petal shapes turn into a poinsettia in no time, some circles, a square, and a rectangle make a snowman with a jaunty hat. Just remember to keep your design small enough to fit within about ½” of the edge of the block.
7. Machine appliqué around appliqué shapes. This is most easily accomplished by using zig zag or feather stitching or any other simple decorative stitch you might have on your machine.
9. Free motion or echo quilt around your appliques; these blocks are little and don’t really need all that much quilting, and are a great project to use to practice your machine quilting.
10. Trim off excess batting and backing.
11. Prepare binding; cut a strip of fabric 1 ¾” wide by approximately 19 inches long. Press in half along the long side to create a double thickness binding.
12. Using a scant ¼” seam and beginning in the middle of one side, attach binding to the front of the ornament. Flip binding to back and handsew shut.
(As a side note, aren't my cuticles fantastic?)
14. Cut a piece of ribbon about 9” long. Glue or sew to the back of the ornament, overlapping ends slightly.
Another side note - a little excess glue globs never hurt anyone. Remember, Perfection is Overrated.
And because I love reminding people of what I do, I'll even include the marketing blurb at no extra cost!
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If I don't get back here before the holidays are over, have a peaceful, joyous, and blessed holiday!
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