"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Working on a Christmas mini...

The combination of gold and tealy-green fabrics caught my eye last week as I was tidying my fabric shelves and planning a mini quilt design to share on the blog before Christmas this year.



I had the idea of another wreath (see last year's wreath)  but this time with applique, buttons and embroidered wording.
I began this wreath by cutting 2 1/2" wide strips from both gold fabrics and sewing them together for the wreath background. Then I traced the words "glory to God in the highest" across the centre...




...before fusing little wreath leaves around the words.






The leaves were appliqued with a teal green thread...




...and the wording was backstitched using a slightly darker thread.

Now I'm sorting through my button box for about 24-30 buttons of varying sizes in red tones...




...but I won't sew them in place until I ad a border to the mini quilt and I'm still undecided on what that will look like.




So far this is coming together as I imagined it in my mind, but I may need a nice block of chocolate to boost more imaginings for the border!
Any ideas?

Hope your weekend has brought many sewing ideas to fruition.
hugs



17 comments:

  1. Looks adorable. I would be inclined to add a 'frame' in the teal like you have done before.

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  2. Just beautiful as always Jenny ... the red buttons really make it pop. Keeping on with the wreath idea ... you could always put it in a hoop that is wrapped with the fabric?? Just a thought ..... whatever you come up with will be beautiful -you are so generous with all that you share with us. And YES definately a large block of choccie will be helpful I am certain - any flavour will be fine :-) I speak from experience !! (unfortunately)

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  3. That is just lovely Jenny. I adore the colour combination, and your work is always so delicate. Mimi xxx

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  4. Another lovely creation from your well of inspiration. I like both ideas given here and I know you will have the perfect resolve. Maybe I, too, need some chocolate to get my mind in gear. I am spending all my time cleaning, sorting, purging and organizing...all my stuff in every room.

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  5. Looking wonderful so far. That teal fabric would look great as a border. Maybe you could do 2 borders- the first a narrow strip of teal and the outer slightly wider in the gold with more appliqued leaves on it. Not necessary but just an option. I am sure it will be beautiful whatever you decide. Especially after chocolate LOL.

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  6. It is beautiful! It not need anithing. But , finding borders is a good excuse for chocolat :))
    Have a good day.

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  7. This is going to be beautiful!!

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  8. Looks great already. No suggestions on a border, but I know whatever you decide will be perfect.

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  9. Your imagination translates to beautiful work...thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the finished project.

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  10. "....has brought many sewing ideas to fruition"! not frustration! LOL!
    Hi Jenny,
    The sewing machine here has decided not to sew through fleece! Cotton's fine!
    Chocolate! Pure!

    Take care,
    Joanne

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  11. If you are looking for ideas for borders may I suggest something with some red to bring out the flowers(buttons).........I love the idea. It's looking great so far

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  12. It looks wonderful! Maybe I should do the final part of last year's so I am free to work on this one! No suggestions. That would be like taking coals to Newcastle. =)

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  13. So beautiful, I love your colour choices.

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  14. Hi Jenny, Lovely ideas and work as usual. Your work is so pretty. I love it.

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  15. That's really gorgeous. I love those shades. You have such a great imagination & so much energy!

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  16. Just getting caught up with reading your blog. What wonderful surprises were in store for me. The wonderful devotional about waiting on the Lord and a beautiful Christmas project with my favorite color teal. I love this blog!!

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  17. Jenny, it's so beautiful.

    Thank you,

    Verna

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