Saturday, March 26, 2016

1 X-mas Item a Month - March 2016


This month, I managed to make an ornament out of a round crazy quilt block I pieced and finished embellishing in October of last year. 



I apologize. It is really difficult to photograph the white stitches so they will show up.


Sewing is not my strong point. My ornament did not turn out as round as I had hoped.



This ornament will be a gift and I wanted to dress it up a bit. It was the perfect opportunity to try out this beaded edging tutorial that Pamela shared on her blog, Hokkaido Kudasai. It took me a while, but I really enjoyed the process. (Thank you for the great tutorial, Pamela!)



I used light blue and clear size 10/0 seed beads on the ornament. In my opinion, the edges looked so much better with the beads. It appeared a bit more circular, too. On a Christmas tree, I imagine the beads will catch the lights and shimmer.

There has been a bit of progress on my Winter/Christmas wall quilt over the past two months, but not much. I am s-l-o-w at embroidering snowflakes and fear I bored with it quite quickly. I think I will aim for at least one flake a day next month and see if that speeds things up! (You may see more photos of these round robin blocks in this post.)
The Christmas stocking I have been working on for my husband has also had a bit of stitching added. The little tree scene is now complete.
My mind tends to blank with ideas (or I feel the ideas I have will not work well due to their location on the block), so my progress has been slow. I do hope to have the embroidery completed by next month's post, though. I believe the cross-stitched Santa is from Alma Lynne's Country Cross-Stitch. I liked the angles I cut the Santa fabric with when I pieced the stocking, but now I am wishing I had gone for a rectangle that could have easily been framed. I have a few ideas I may try this month to take care of the large open space on the left.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I do hope you will visit the 1 Xmas Item a Month blog to see what the other elves have accomplished.

Renee

13 comments:

Pamela said...

Beautiful ornament Renee! Seeing your Christmas projects makes me want to work on one too!

Katie said...

Love them all. I love the beaded edge on your ornament. It looks perfect to me.

Createology said...

Your Christmas ornament is beautiful and the beaded edging really does make it sparkle. Thank you for sharing the tutorial link. Your projects always inspire me. Embracing Creative Bliss...

Christine Barnsley said...

You have made a beautiful ornament Renee! I love the beaded edge it is so pretty and I am sure it will sparkle beautifully! Great work on the stocking too! Hope you have had a wonderful Easter weekend! Christine x

KimM said...

Hi, Renee! Greetings from Singapore! Love your ornament - the beading helps round it out. Well done.
Hugs
Kim

JennyPennyPoppy said...

The edging on your lovely ornament turned out very nicely and really adds to it. Great looking progress on your Christmas projects and thanks for the link.

Gina said...

I love the trees on your ornament. Great winter sewing, I'm going to enjoy watching your progress

Sheryl S. said...

This ornament is gorgeous and will sparkle on the Xmas tree.

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful work! And stitching one flake a day, then giving yourself permission to do whatever after might be a great way to get lots of snowflakes stitched next month. Your ornament looks fantastic with the beaded edging!

Kaisievic said...

Sweet ornie finish, Renee and your husband's stocking is looking really good, too.

cq4fun said...

Still love your snow covered trees! Your ornament is lovely. More clipping in the curve? Wrap it around a CD? Or it might not be that big - something round but flexible. =) Check out this blog post for some idea on how to do that. If you want to make another one. =)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You are so organized to be working on Christmas projects all year round. I always have great plans to do the same, but have been getting slower and slower every year. (ps - love that row of wonderful trees!)

Brigitte said...

I love this little ornament with the beaded edge very much..What a lovely gift this is.
Stitching one snowflake a day sounds good - too little to get bored and much enough to make progress.