Create special Christmas Treasures with our 9 Santas Quik Quilt Book and CD!

We have found that by making our cross stitch designs the centerpiece of a quick-to-quilt piece, a lovely finished result is achieved. Many embroiderers also love to quilt, so combining the two “media” seemed like a natural! QQ Book

Cross Stitch designs, especially the small ones, can be used in many ways in lots of projects. Their rich detail and color make them perfect to be the focus of small patchwork projects like those we created for our 9 Santas Quik Quilt Book (click the link to view the product, 10% off this week for readers of this post - use Promotion Code 9santasbook).

One of the great things about small designs is the many uses they can be put to. To begin with our 9 Santas designs can be made as simple ornaments. They can also be combined with "frames" of quilted patchwork, as shown in our book. These projects do not require huge amounts of fabrics. You can usually find all of the pieces you will need in your stash. We have also included a Holly Border and Holly Motifs in this collection that can be used to spice up some of your Christmas stitching.


We have taken our 9 Santas ornaments and used them in different ways for several lovely Christmas projects. Our Quik Quilt Book includes the printed 9 Santas charts (for hand cross stitch if desired), full-sized pattern pieces and layouts and instructions for each project in this book.

BagsOne of the quickest little projects in the book is our Treasure Bags. They stitch up in a snap into some delightful gift bags. You can use these bags for tiny gifts or even Gift Cards. All you will need is some bits of fabrics, a little floss or twisted cord, and a couple of tiny jingle bells to complete these little favorites. You can also personalize your each bag with the year numerals included on the CD.

 

Another lovely project is our 3 Santas Banner. BannerThis lovely wall hanging uses 3 Santas of your choice, framed by striking quilted borders. For a specifically Christmasy feel, stitch the designs on squares of dark green fabric, and replace the dark blue quilt patches with some dark green ones. Add a heavy braided cord with tassels at the top, for hanging. This piece would also make a delightful mini table banner for the center of your table.

QuiltOur 9 Santas Quilt uses all of the Santas, each stitched on a white fabric then pieced into its own patchwork frame. The Santas could also be stitched on another fabric, depending upon your fabric choices for the quilt. A dark brown, green, or blue fabric could work nicely for a different look. We have included our Border Holly machine embroidery design which is used to decorate each side of the quilt.

detailPlease note that all of the patchwork projects in this book can also be used with any other small hoop machine embroidery designs—both for the holidays as well as everyday pieces. Just choose your designs and fabrics, using this book as a guide. The possibilities are endless!

Our projects consist of full lists of required materials for both the embroideries as well as the quilted pieces. Step-by-step instructions will lead you through the process of creating these lovely quilted projects.

Comments (5) -

jalcumbrack 10/4/2008 10:55:26 AM

Hi Donna,


Love, Love, Love this! The quilt wall hanging is Amazing! The bags, unique and would make great bags for those prized "little gifts". Great blog and always enjoy reading yours!


Judy


What a beautiful quilt. I love the bags. What great gift ideas.


cme  8^)


I am always in awe of your work, the old style Christmas is one lovely era.  Thanks!


Pat


donnagiampa 10/6/2008 10:29:27 AM

To Judy, cme, and Pat,


I'm glad you enjoyed seeing some of the neat things small cross stitch designs can become, using the designs as the focus of larger projects. Christmas is the perfect time of year for creating some special things for our friends and family, isn't it?


Donna


jalcumbrack 10/6/2008 2:08:37 PM

I could not agree more, Donna!


It is a magical time of year, where all things are possible!


Judy


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The Avid Embroiderer Presents - How to finish that baby item before they go to college

The Avid Embroiderer Presents - How to finish that baby item before they go to college

You know what I mean!  You hear that your neighbor's daughter is 3 months pregnant.  You have been good friends for years.  That means your friend is excited and you are a little delighted yourself.  You even like her new husband, therefore, a nice gift is in order.

Let's start by saying, if I don't have to do the work - - I am not going to do it.  So, with my special project in mind, I began to search the Internet for something clever and inexpensive - but it had to appear expensive.

Here at AnnTheGran, I found this pillowcase that I am really pleased with, it meets my criteria and will be a great present for the baby.  I know Susan from AllAboutBanks http://www.annthegran.com/Themes/All/Machine-Embroidery/Blanks.aspx  and I can verify that she is very choosy about what she selects for selling.  From the beginning, she knew having quality was the key to success.  We already know about price must be commensurate with the value you get.  And this one is VALUE!  For under $25, the pillow insert is INCLUDED.  



Here is what the Susan is saying:

Pillow area measures 12" x 16" and is made of beautiful white linen/cotton fabric. The smocking is already completed and is detailed with mock bullion roses in your choice of either Rosy Pink or Periwinkle Blue.

How do you hoop it?
The bottom seam will need to be opened so it can then lay flat in your hoop. When finished with the embroidery, just straight stitch the seam up again. It's just that simple!


I am going to recommend using my favorite stabilizer, Badgemaster. You know I LOVE IT, and in this case, I would spray a small amount of adhesive on the opened pillowcase so the stabilizer will stick.  Then, remove as much of Badgemaster as possible.  When the pillowcase is washed - and it will be sooner or later - the remainder will be removed.  

I found a couple of very nice designs that will be great for this project.  


http://www.annthegran.com/prd/Designs/Ann-The-Gran/Babies-Saying/1/ATG6156_Baby2.aspx  (FREE)

http://www.annthegran.com/prd/Designs/Grand-Slam-Designs/Im-Cute--/1/BABY199.aspx  ($7 or $5.95 for club members)

 

I do like to remind my readers about some of my blogs that have been very popular and helpful for today's embroiderers.  As I have read through many of them, I often find that I have forgotten a tip or two, how embarrassing is that?  This one, about creating corners, can be used with many designs that have a satin border.  http://bit.ly/nail-a-corner  I think you will find it to be interesting and very informative.

 

Most people understand that what we tell our brain is significant in our lives.  For instance, if you wanted to quit smoking, saying "I can't quit" is counter-productive.  Tell your brain what you want, and it will do as requested.  Here is a Brain Hack that I tried and I found it to be very well worth my time - it works on a messy spot like MY desk.

First, look at the desk and take it in visually. It is in terrible disorder. Then, close your eyes and visualize that desk as clean and organized. Make sure you need to feel good about what you are visualizing. Feel relaxed about the desk.  Feel contented. Finally, hold that feeling, and the messy desk image, in your mind. Let it wash over you.

This will kick-start your brain's planning system. When comparing the two images, you are automatically going to see places for things to go, and what to do with them.  This exercise takes less than a minute, but can save you a lot of frustration.

Give that one a try, I am so blown away by how it changed how I see messy areas NOW! Instead of seeing mess, I now see things that can be put away.  Changing your viewpoint of the world changes who we are.

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