Thursday, December 24, 2015

Joyeux Noël!

Merry Christmas and a happy holiday to all. I've decided to take some time off work to do what I love best - hide in my studio (bedroom) and quilt!

Last week I took out my Christmas fabrics and finished one of the projects I had started two years ago as well as a gift for a friend.

 I first saw quilted snow globes on Monika Kinner-Whalen's website.  When I found a snow globe at Shopper's Drug Mart, I picked it up. The insert is for a picture, but it's great for a very small quilted something.

When I opened it up, I realised that it was much smaller than I thought. Since the week before Christmas is not when I'm at my best, I created my snow globe by using a couple of Christmas fabrics to come up with something simple. On the first side, I machine appliquéd a penguin onto a green background and added an ivy (or if you want to use your imagination - a mistletoe!).

For the next step, I added batting and a background, and just quilted around the penguin.
Finally, to make it reversible, I appliquéd a tree-shape on yellow background, added the Santa who is checking his list and looks surprised that my friend's name is there - or not? The big star was added on top. Finally, I did a zig-zag stitch all around the piece to keep it together.

When I finished it, the Santa side looked drab, so I just added a few red balls using red thread onto the tree. 

It's my first attempt and far from perfect, but as they say "Better done than perfect!"  The snow globe is quite pretty since it lights up in different colours. I'm really hoping that they will go on sale after Christmas so that I can pick up a few :-) If I'm in the mood, I would love to make them as pretty as Monika's. Check this out - it's gorgeous! I think that doing them by hand might be better, given their size.

Have an awesome Christmas, and/or holiday season. Don't forget to slow down and enjoy your time with friends and family.


  1. That's such a cute project! Thanks for sharing and happy new year!!

  2. Thanks Alida. It looks like I'll be making more next year - they were on sale and I picked some up! I'll keep them around when I'm in the mood to work small.

  3. Wow how cute is that snow globe. I will be looking for some, so I can make some.

    1. Hi Cynthia, I hope you found some. I grabbed another 6 so hopefully I'll remember next fall to take them out!

  4. Cute idea. My daughter loves penguins and snowglobes are always fun. I'm taking notes!

    1. Hi fellow Canuck. Hope you find some for next year!


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