I know, I know… it is not even Halloween yet – but it is not too early to start making Christmas decorations! I decided to get an early start with the cute Christmas Candy Ornaments pattern by Cotton Way.
The instructions say to layer the top fabric RS up, then batting and a layer of muslin on the bottom. I substituted Solid White for the muslin with good results. The quilting and embellishing is done through the top three layers before the backing fabric and binding are added. The backing covers up the threads and knots from the quilting and embellishing. Clever!
Starting with the Christmas Wreath ornament, I fused the wreath to the background with fusible web and layered the top, batting, and Solid White for assembly. Faux Burlap Lime and Lotta Dots White on White from Quilter’s Candy Basics were used for the wreath and background respectively.
The Tree ornament is taller and thinner. I made my Flying Geese differently than the pattern, so they are a bit larger; the batting, solid fabric, and backing all needed to be cut bigger. I couldn’t decide between lighter or darker trees, so I made two tree ornaments. Fortunately, Connecting Threads fabrics are often coordinated by color – so Peridot or Amazon fabrics from different collections should all look good together.
The Santa ornament was next. His hat is made with Holiday Plaid Cherry from the Snowed Inn collection. The background was another new Quilter’s Candy Basic – Lotta Dots Ocean Mist.
The Star ornament was made with Holiday Plaid Lucid Pear from the Snowed Inn collection and Lotta Dots Amazon and Swirls Red from Quilter’s Candy Basics.
Deciding on the fabrics and cutting the little pieces seemed to take more time than the actual piecing.
The ornaments were ready for embellishing! This was good practice for the big utility stitch around the trees, star, and wreath. A few small buttons and beads and voila!
I cut my binding at 2″. That is still a lot binding for an itty bitty quilted ornament but the Clover Wonder Clips helped a lot! Multi Stripe Christmas and Snowflake Stripe Cabernet made terrific binding cut on the bias.
Aren’t they adorable!