Sewing for the Holiday Table and Tree

I enjoy English Paper Piecing and I remembered some ornaments I made almost 20 years ago for a demo I did in a local quilt shop. I had some extra Sunburst motifs leftover from a few quilts and discovered they work with 1-3/4" hexagons. I used one for the front, one for the back (that means two papers, for those of you who know how to EPP). Put them together back to back, inserted some ribbon, and stitched around the edges by machine. Magic! Ornaments!

Sunburst ornaments, Side 1

Sunburst ornaments, Side2

I made these cards in May for my lovely mother in law (Jane), who was locked down in her retirement home in New York. She loves to write to her friends and ran out of stationery. She asked me to help. Of course! Again, I used those Sunburst motifs and some companion fabrics; cut out hearts and fused them right to the card stock. Paired them with envelopes and made her SO HAPPY! These can be holiday cards, too. Dig out your Christmas (and Hanukkah) fabrics.

Happy heart cards

I had some window cards from years ago that begged to feature some pretty fabric. These are generic - can be Christmas or Hanukkah - right? Snowflakes are universal. Stitched fabric to batting, inserted in window and then taped it shut. SO EASY!

Holiday window cards

And how about your table? These "Let it Snow" motifs (from a Windham Fabrics 2015 collection) were left over from my EPP classes. These are 2" hexagons. I zigzag stitched them to a 5-1/2" square, layered with batting and backing, stitched around and then bound them. Sent one to each of my 4 grandkids and have 5 leftover that I'm giving to a neighbor's 5 little kids (all under the age of 6 - yikes!)

Coasters made using 2" hexagons

And one last item: a placemat made for my grandkids. Here's one with Frosty the Snowman (from my own daughters' youth).

Placemat #1

These are 2" hexies and make for a very large placemat!

Placemat #2

Hope I've given you some ideas. I'll be back with some Hanukkah ideas!


  1. Thank you for all your ideas. I must make some of the ornaments as I make for grands each year. Time to get busy!
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Merry Christmas

  2. Thanks for inspiring...

  3. Hi Debby! I love all of these ideas for decorating. I hope you are enjoying a very Happy Thanksgiving. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne


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