Tag: Christmas

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On the first day of Christmas Makower gave to me …. a free pattern to create a different cushion for each day of the Festive Period!    There are some fabulous Christmas fabrics from Makower hitting the shops this month and imagine how wonderful your settees and chairs would look with this wonderful quilt pattern…

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Christmas in July? None of us like to think about Christmas this early but in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine I usually cover Christmas fabrics, or at least a couple, in the July issue, but why? We all know it takes time to make quilts so if you want a Christmas fabric for a gift…

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SANTA CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS Here in Spain the Spanish do not celebrate Christmas in the same way as we do in the UK. Christmas Eve is their main event and the Family gets together to have a celebration meal and they generally eat the shops out of Prawns and other seafood!!! Although they DO have…

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I guess you can never have enough Christmas Decorations, can you?? I have a lovely idea for you which have lots of variations. All you need are two fabrics, which contrast with one another and preferably have rather smaller pattern than larger. We will then cut and sew triangles out of them and twist and…

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Oct 4

Mug Rug

A what? A mug rug is another name for a coaster – although I keep getting muddled and calling them rug mugs. Whatever . . . this one is really easy to make, involves minimal sewing and can be turned into a  tree decoration if you don’t fancy the idea of a mug rug. Or…

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It’s feeling Autumnal and that means it’s a good time to start the Christmas makes. This is a fun make, and you can get the kiddies involved too…. These little mice have been popular and if you fill them with some cloves and pop on a warm radiator you will get a wonderful Christmas aroma…pattern…

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Materials required 6 inch piece width of fabric (3 different designs) 2 packs of toy stuffing 1 mtr of wide ribbon Take each of the 3 strips and with r/s facing sew along one short end and the length of the strip creating a tub. Turn the 3 tubes in the right way. Stuff the…

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Christmas means so much to so many people. Our childhood memories of the celebrations and the family time are just so special. As a young adult I decided that Christmas was something we create for others, and in doing so, we create it for ourselves. And that is why we have the traditions, the ceremonies,…

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Do you still receive a lot of cards at Christmas time? One unusual solution to the dilemma of where to display them is this Christmas Card Hanger and of course you get the pleasure of making something useful as well. It’s made using the ever popular Log Cabin patchwork. Using the Christmas Card Hanger Watch…

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If any of your friends has any connections to or love of the Scandinavian countries, you can whip up some quick and easy, but still stunning gifts for them with simple appliqué. Technically, Scandinavia includes Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Add in Iceland and Finland, and you’ll have the Nordic countries. However, there is no need…

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Do you like to decorate your home for Christmas? How about making an unusual project which also has a practical use – it holds Christmas cards! This short video shows how it is used (give it a few seconds to get started – this was one of my earlier attempts at filming!): Displaying cards How…

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After making a few snowflakes for the ‘fire and ice’ quilts last year, I became fascinated by their potential. They are beautiful, each individual, symmetric but also flawed, each growing differently but under the same constraints. To make the patterns for my snowflakes, I first looked at close-ups of snowflakes and I just love the…