I had a lot of fun making the December Santa Pattern by The Wooden Bear Quilt Designs. And I’m just tickled with how well it came out. It was the perfect small project to make out of our new Primitive Pennies fabrics. Other than a couple of mirages and one fabric from Mix It Up! everything came from the Primitive Pennies Collection.
I will say that the appliqué part of this is not for the faint of heart—an Appliqué Pressing Sheet is almost a must for this project! I started off by putting Santa’s face together, the star and trunk on the tree, and ribbons on the present.
Then the fun began! I’ve done quite a bit of fusible appliqué but I had to really pay attention to how things were layered. It’s cleverly put together, but you have to think about it. (For instance, the tree is over one part of the arm but tucked under the glove and fur trim.) Once I had all the appliqué fused together, I was able to carefully peel it up as a unit and transfer it to the block. I layered my batting and backing and quilted it by doing stitch in the ditch around the borders and machine blanket stitch around all the pieces.
When I picked the Intertwining Chevron-Cream from Mix It Up! to be the fur trim I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, but I love it! And the Blanket Stitch-Red plaid worked out perfectly for the border since it has all the colors. I even had tiny buttons to use for the eyes. I also added blush (real blush applied with a tiny paintbrush) to his cheeks because how can you have Santa without rosy cheeks?
The fact that some of the pieces extend out onto the small border makes it seem like Santa is leaning out of a window. My granddaughter is at the ‘learning what things are called’ stage and has been pointing and saying “Santa” for a while now so I think this will be going up on her bedroom wall.