Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's Never Too Early

... to get started on Christmas projects!

Last week I ran into the craft store for some white thread, and I just had to peruse the quilting books that were on sale.  I've had my eye on Pretty in Patchwork Holidays for some time and at the sale price I couldn't resist.

There are so many fun projects in here that I want to work on.  From embroidery work, to pillow covers, to a Christmas tree skirt, I hardly know where to begin!

I was inspired by this cute reverse applique pillow with the patchwork Christmas tree by Angela Mitchell of the blog Fussy Cut, and decided to do something similar. 

While I was collecting all my green scraps to work with, I stumbled across this cute pale blue with white snowflakes from Connecting Threads.  Its the perfect background for a Christmas tree.  A few 2 inch squares, a couple HST's and a few hours later, I have a tree!

It may gain a border of some sort and then turn into a table topper or wall hanging rather than a pillow.   Either way, it was a fun way to spend a few hours in October, dreaming of the smell of a Christmas tree and snowflakes gently falling.  This book is full of fun projects, and many can be adapted to suit other holidays or simply use your own fabric choices for wonderful everyday handmade goodies. 

It has also caused me to start my list of what gifts I'd like to make for family and friends this Christmas and boy, do I need to get started! 

Have you started planning your holiday decor and gifts yet?

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