Welcome to my post for week two as part of A Very Vintage Christmas Sew-along! with Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt. You can read all the SAL info including the schedule here. Before I get into details about my make (Gingerbread House block made into a Snowglobe cushion) I'd love to show you a little more from Lori's brilliant new book!
I don't know how Lori does it. Her books are packed full of makes - quilts and small projects - and her designs have such wonderful retro references; she must never stop sewing to make all the things, and as with her other books, the photographs are beautifully styles. This book one is obviously Christmas themed, but many of the blocks and projects could be used for other times of the year, and as with her other books, it's spiral bound for easy use and the blocks instructions are for both 6" and 12"finished squares.
I especially liked the Vintage Christmas projects. These are quick useful makes and I can never resist making more Christmas things, even when I already have quite a few!
The two colour quilts caught my eye, book marked as a future project maybe!?
The Gingerbread House block was fast to sew up. Lori uses her tried-and-trusted technique of drawing diagonals on the reverse of squares and rectangles to create the 45-degree angles that make up details like the window awning, chimney sides and roof. I like to tick the cutting list as I prep the fabric, as well as using a design board to lay all the pieces out before I sew. The Snow Globe cushion used the 6" block and it only takes a few pieces of background fabric to create the snow globe effect. I cut my red background slightly wider to produce a cushion bigger than the 12" square size in the book. Mine is approx 16" square.
For the chimney smoke, I drew the line on removeable marker, threaded my machine with Aurifil 12wt in the top thread/50wt in the bobbin and stitched slowly, tying the ends in on the back. A larger needle size helps with this. I used a 100/16 Superior Needle.
Chimney/House -Kona Wheat
Roof- Riley Blake? It was given to me and I'm down to tiny scraps.
Window/Door Glass- Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda
Door and Window frame- unknown scraps
Window Awning- Red Hatch from Day Sail, Bonnie & Camille for Moda
Grass and Path, Eat Drink and Be Ugly, Sandy Gervais for Moda
House/Globe Background- Sevenberry Dots blue on white
Globe Base- Cosmo Cricket Early Bird for Moda (I really miss Cosmo Cricket fabrics!)
Red background - Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda
Binding- Ta Dot in Ceda by Michael Miller