Did you know that today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day? In many parts of the world, today is set aside to celebrate the man behind the legend, the prototypical Christmas gift giver, the precursor to our very own Santa Claus. So what better day to think about decorating our homes, quilter style?
You may have a handmade Christmas quilt or two (or more) for decking your halls, and that is fabulous! But if holiday quilts aren’t in your personal collection just yet, don’t despair – there are many other wonderful ways to bring quilter style to your seasonal decorating!
Swedish Heart tree ornaments (above) are woven from bits of hand-dyed wool fabrics, a trick you can learn quickly from our instant digital pattern and then repeat as often as you like for fast, cozy baubles by the score. Tie them on the tree or on special packages, and they can even hold small gifts or candy! Each ornament finishes 3″ square and takes just a few minutes to complete.
Lynette Anderson’s signature handmade style is over-the-top exemplified by her new Tree Charms pattern (above). Each ornament starts with a fussy-cut circle of holiday fabric, isolating a special printed motif. Hand embroidery is added to embellish the charm, making this a great take-along project. Decorate an entire primitive-style tree with these homemade ornaments, or give them as gifts your loved ones will treasure. The instant pattern download is available here.
Gingerbread boys and girls hold hands and hearts in the so-very-sweet Run Run Banner (right). Felted wool and a bit of hand stitching are all that are required to make this memorable decoration in any length you need. The individual shapes also make wonderful tree ornaments and gift tags, so you can tie your whole decorating scheme together. What child wouldn’t love to see these smiling friends sprucing up a stairway rail on Christmas morning?
Kim Zenk and Katie Hebblewhite are the mother/daughter design team responsible for creating the Run Run banner (and a coordinating mat), and they love using their own hand-dyed wools for their projects. They have kits available, but you’ll also need the pattern, either from our Holidays 2016 special magazine, or as an instant digital download.
Can you believe the cute snow couple above starts with something as simple as fabric yo-yos? Yo-Man and Yo-Landa are featured in our Homemade Christmas Ornaments eBook, which you can downloaded free on our website. Each of these frosty family members finishes 3″ tall, perfect for a winter landscape on the mantel or as the star of a holiday table centerpiece. The pattern is very quick and requires only hand stitching. You could even make a snow person to represent everyone in your own family, personalizing with favorite-color scarves and hats!
The same eBook also includes the pattern for the Cathedral Window ornaments at left. With a project rating of Easy and a pattern that takes up only one page (including step by step photos!), you know these are going to be fast and fun to make. There are also 4 more ornament patterns in the eBook, ready for you 24/7.
There’s plenty of time to decorate quilter style for Christmas 2016. Share your project photos on the Fons & Porter Facebook page – we love to see your ideas!
The Fons & Porter Team