Christmas Circles and Hexagons
I love working with circles in quilting. What?!! Having to turn those edges under and hand appliqué? No! Not me! I draw a circle on a square of fabric using a plastic cottage cheese (or yogurt) lid, or even a CD-ROM (you remember those, right?) Then I place a piece of interfacing on the right side of the fabric and sew along the line. Trim, clip, turn around and there's my perfect circle.
|Interfaced circle ready to be turned and stitched down|
(Check out my blog post that shows a few more of these steps for making interfaced circles.)
Make a lot of these and you have what you need to make a Christmas tree! I have this hanging in my foyer and see it many times a day as I go up and down the stairs in my house.
|Christmas Tree of Circles: 34" x 39"|
Then, I took this concept "to the bank" and used 16 quarters to make a holiday tree for each of my four grandchildren. Mailed them last week and they love them. What do you think of THESE circles?
|Christmas Tree Quarters|
Now for some hexagons (and half hexagons). Earlier in the week I shared how to cut and stitch the Twisted Hexagon block. I began making some scrappy ones with various leftover Christmas fabrics and then thought: "I don't want ANOTHER quilt!" How about some holiday trivets? I will have these on hand for a quick gift to share.
|Twisted Hexagon trivets: 10" high|
These are the same size blocks in my Twisted Hexagon pattern with 5" (finished) high hexagons. The half hexagons, of course, finish to 2-1/2" high. (The pattern is for the quilt, but you can easily make these trivets from the individual blocks.) There are NO y-seams. They are sewn in a log cabin manner and the first half-hexagon is stitched on with a partial seam.
Here is one block with Santa in the center. I was only able to get 3 with Santa (I have a few more to bind), but it's a great way to feature a special motif!
|Twisted Hexagon with Santa|
Hope I gave you a few ideas for those last minute gifts.
Lovely Christmas tree, and perfect circles!ReplyDelete
Definitely. Interfaced circle appliqué fits the definition of working smart rather than working hard. J'approve!ReplyDelete