Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christmas stitching.....


This time of year always, but always, surprises me with it suddenly arriving!!!  As such my Dutch Treat and Splendid Sampler have been put aside for a while ... sigh

So..... I have started on my turning UFO Christmas star blocks into placemats by sewing an extra 6" on the sides to make a nice big rectangle..... 

.. there were quite a few!!!  Oh well, perhaps some of them will do for gifts or perhaps one day I will have enough family members over here at Christmas to get them all dirty!  Here's hoping!


I didn't account for needing fabric for backing.... so now that lot is on hold till I get metreage for backing and binding...  meanwhile they are bright and happy on the design wall....

Since I was tidying up I cut up this white towel I was never going to use..... 


... and made more mess with ribbons and lace....


... and now I have half a dozen pretty hand towels......


I added binding to the sides where I had cut them so they have ended up quite nice and tidy.  I have a couple of used white towels so more of these may happen...... hmmmm

 This set of Australian Christmas ornament stitcheries (Michelle's designs) are ready for backing and binding so that will be my handwork for a while....



Righto, Gotto Go..... off to get those self binding backings ready.....



19 comments:

Cheryll said...

Love those towels... and they are so handy to have on hand either to use or to gift to a friend...xox

I am said...

Good morning my lovely friend,those placemats will be awesome,lots of lovely designs.
What a great idea with the towel,you are a clever bean and love Michelle's bush xmas designs,well done Fiona xx

WoolenSails said...

Those are beautiful pieces and clever idea to make them into gifts, they will be well received.

Debbie

Louise said...

What a clever way to repurpose that towel! I never thought to add binding to the sides like that. Very smart, Fiona!

Annette Schultz said...

wonderful way to up cycle that towel and give it new life. cute little stitchery's too
in stitches

Jane Galley said...

love what you've done with the towel, they look really pretty.

Karen S said...

Great idea with the star blocks. Just putting one single piece on the side has been very effective.
Lovely work with the towels. great result.
And I adore the finished embroideries.

Maria said...

Your Star Swap blocks look great as placemats and would make lovely gifts....
Good way to use the white towels, hand towels are always needed.
Your Aussie Christmas stitcheries look fabulous , what you going to make with them?

Jennifer said...

Great idea with the towels, and the star blocks.....I have a collection of Christmas star blocks from many years ago that may end up the same way. Those embroideries are indeed cute!

Raewyn said...

You are making great progress on your Christmas bits - those placemats look gorgeous - as do your new towels - what a good idea :-) Love those little christmas ornies of Michelle's too - you are keeping way busy!

Sue SA said...

Love your new hand towels a great idea.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Don't you just love creative messes!! You are getting lots done :) xx

Scrap and quilts said...

Lovely placemats you made, so bright and cheerful. Love them. Love the towel with lace. They look almost too delicate to use now. ;^)

Michelle Ridgway said...

You are the best upcycler! They look great. Love your star blocks and the critters are coming along nicely too x

Lin said...

Pretty hand towels - great use of that unwanted towel. xx

Cattinka said...

You have been busy! The placemats will be beautiful and how fun would it be to have a table full of guests with all the place mats on it.
KATRIN W.

KaHolly said...

Your placemats are going to be just gorgeous! And those white towels are divine! What a good idea! Loving the Aussie Christmas ornament stitcheries! You've been one very busy gal! XO

kiwikid said...

Good luck with the stars, they look amazing on the wall. The stitcheries are looking wonderful too, looking forward to seeing then all done.

Sheila said...

Love the placemat idea , they will be gorgeous. Great idea to make the small towels , so pretty too . The stitching is lovely and will make pretty ornaments. Hugs

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