Thursday, December 26, 2019

More quilted gifts, an OMG and a Christmas runner

I can't believe that I've got so many posts this month! I've been busy finishing up my two Christmas gifts. Actually there was supposed to be one, but a squirrel came for a visit!

More quilted gifts

My December One Monthly Goal (OMG) was another free motion quilted (FMQ) fabric basket. I used some incredibly lovely Japanese fabric for the FMQ.

The light was at its best outside on the snow :-)

I took an indoor shot the next day
I also created another journal cover. Unfortunately I misread my notes and didn't cut the fabric big enough to fit the journals I had bought. So I ran out at the last possible second for a smaller journal. It was a little smaller than I would have liked but it did fit 😊

I really love this fabric for the journal cover.
I FMQ the fabric following the outline of the leaves and the flowers. I used a darker brown thread to outline the flowers. I left the leaves empty (and therefore puffy) and then just echoed all of the leaves and around the flowers.

I added an elastic but I really don't like it. It's just too jarring. I'll have to find some finer elastics in other colours, or just leave it out.

Another Throwback Thursday Christmas runner

At my brother and sister-in-law's, home I took a photo of another Throwback Thursday Christmas runner that I've never included in my blog. Sandra and I may not be hosting Throwback Thursday next year, but I'm sure that older quilts will show up occasionally.

A Christmas runner made BBE (before blogging era)  😊
What I learned
  • I'm glad to report that this basket is the intended size, since I followed the instructions! 
  • I also used a regular cotton batting, so it was a little stiffer. 
  • That's two things that I learned from making that first basket!
  • The grid that I followed to FMQ was only one inch but it came out fine. I did FMQ a half square triangle that I wasn't supposed to. I thought that it would be underneath the basket. But following the instructions properly meant that it was on one side of the basket. It's not really noticeable, unless you're looking for it. 
  • I was pretty upset about making the journal cover too small. I made the side seams smaller but it just wasn't enough. Finally, I went to the store and bought a smaller journal, but it wasn't as great as it could have been. I'll be re-writing my notes before I make the next one.
Related posts
Linking parties
I'm linking this post to the December OMG post since my fabric basket got done! It may be unusual, but I will also be linking up to my Free Motion Mavericks link up since it's still open for a week. Finally there are lots of great linky parties around. Let's see what's going on and support these great bloggers! Off the Wall Friday, Finished or Not Finished Friday, Friday Foto Fun, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Brag About Your Beauties, Peacock Party, Oh Scrap!,
I've also linked the image of the Star Runner in this post to Sarah Goer's Show Me Something With Stars link-up.  

Project details
FMQ neutral fabric basket
Pattern and instructions by Christina Cameli
8" x 5" x 6"
Techniques: FMQ, sewing
Material: lanyard, cotton


  1. Pretty and practical gifts. We can all learn with each project that we do.

  2. I just started redoing her classes and bought some fun elastic for her journals. I am thinking this is a sooner rather than later project. I also want to keep FQ collections together. I have a few, not a lot so its not too many baskets. Feel like this should be a sooner rather than later project!

  3. Well done. Sometimes things just don't go as we hoped. Your FMQ work is beautiful!!!

  4. Most mistakes are just learning curves, right? Your basket is lovely. I can relate to the frustration over misreading the instructions; been there, done that. It usually all works out in the end :-)

  5. J'aime beaucoup ces tissus japonais, et ton panier est adorable !

  6. Such a wonderful basket! Baskets are so useful.

  7. Love the basket! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  8. What a cute basket! And the journal cover is darling. Great finishes!


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