Each year I like to find a small quilted item that I can fairly quickly produce. This gives me something with a personal touch to gift to friends and family.
This year I saw a quilting design by Christy Dillon from My Creative Stitches that involved stitching out ornaments onto fabric. With my Intelliquilter on my APQS Millennium, I was pretty sure I could produce quite a few of these ornaments, so I purchased the design. I made a ton of these. I'm hoping she adds an ice skating ornament next year -- my numerous skating friends would really enjoy that.
I thought the six inch seemed a little big, so eventually moved to between 3.5 and 4 inches in diameter.
My biggest challenge was how to finish them. After a number of different attempts I decided I liked the rickrack the best. Here are a few of the finished products.
I started to think about a design that quilters could more easily do without a computerized machine. One of the easiest Christmas designs to produce is a holly leave. It is a series of arcs and they don't have to be consistent. Check out this video which shows my holly wreath being stitched out in Art and Stitch. The background music is the Marine Army Band.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
On Point Quilter
12/21/2013 01:49:17 am
Thank you Kari, I was a lucky recipient of a cute snowflake ornament! Now I can practice some myself too...maybe for next year!
12/21/2013 09:43:42 am
I love the video! It would make a great E-card! Thanks for the ornaments!
Love the video with the music! Music and ending pattern stopped exactly at the same time. Thank you for the PDF Holly Wreath! I betcha if you requested the ice skating theme, Christy Dillon would make one for you. I bought Christy Dillon's pattern for the wall hanging with these ornaments. Back to finish piecing a customer order. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family!
12/21/2013 10:39:16 am
Thanks for the beautiful ornaments. They look great on my tree. Enjoy your house full of family for the holidays. Merry Christmas and a great new year.
12/22/2013 07:41:52 pm
Thank you for the holly wreath pattern. Love your ornaments. May all your Christmas be merry and your New Years bright.
12/31/2013 03:15:20 am
It is beautiful-I have not worked much with circles, but, I have had issues when I do back stitching and I even blow my designs up to 3000 percent and you can still see the lines are not on top of each other exactly, could that perhaps be your problem with your berries, blow it up really big and look at where your lines are connecting and laying. Love your design and I also purchased the ornament designs and I really like Christy's designs. Karen in Iowa
Connie Jurgs / SEAJAY Quilting
12/31/2013 03:23:53 am
I'm from Davenport, Iowa Where in Iowa are you from Karen?
12/31/2013 02:32:09 pm
Your right. I need to either go over the berries a second time, create a greater overlap or change them so the end of the berry crosses the start of the berries. When they are drafted in Art and Stitch the points are snapped together -- but it separates when stitches are added. When I have some free time in January, I hope to fix that issue.
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