Gifty Galore – Project 11
9.15.2014

Hi I’m Sue Marsh of Whistlepig Creek Productions. I had a great time creating this project – Holiday Snuggler for Gifty Galore!  Not only were the fabrics beautiful to behold, they were beautiful to work with. You can download the pattern here: Holiday Snuggler.

Holiday Snuggler

Holiday Snuggler in the Forest

I started by selecting the fabrics for the project.  I used Peppermint Red Holly Sprigs, Leaf Green Holly Sprigs, Spearmint Starlite Mints and Peppermint Red Candy Canes all from Connecting Threads Batik Novelties collection.  I decided on a solid cream for the snowflakes.
I finished the selection off with Lotta Dots in a wonderful green for the back.

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Connecting Threads’  Essential Threads  are designed to match perfectly to these fabrics, too, so finding the right thread was a snap (Imagine that!).  I prefer to change thread colors as I go rather than use a neutral.  I really do have every color they produce.  It is my “go to” thread.

Perfectly Matching Essential Thread

Perfectly Matching Essential Thread

I used a Steam A Seam fusible webbing for my snowflakes.  The heavier weight of this product allows me the option to eliminate the satin stitching around the snowflakes, a big step saver if you aren’t going to wash the Snuggler a lot.  It could be a great decorator throw for the back of the couch or a wonderful wall hanging.  Light Steam-A-Seam was used for my background circles.  I cut the center out to help eliminate some of the stiffness.  Another option is to use a temporary spray adhesive such as 505 Spray and Fix.  It does a beautiful job of holding my applique in place.  I also like to use a appliqué pressing sheet when fusing my snowflakes to the background circles.  Check out the wonderful tutorial for fusible applique here.

Steam A Seam and Applique Pressing Sheet

Steam A Seam and Applique Pressing Sheet

Please note! Steam A Seam is not currently being manufactured, so a good substitution would be Wonder Under.

The next step was creating all my snowflake circles.  I prefer to use a satin stitch to keep all my snowflakes in line.  I also use a double layer of tear-away stabilizer to help the sewing go smoother.  There is a great tutorial for satin stitching here.

Snowflake Circle

Snowflake Circle

Satin Stitch Close Up

Satin Stitch Close Up

So now the hard part is done!  Once your snowflakes are fused in place the main part of the quilt is only eight quick seams and a couple of borders.

Eight Quick Seams and a Couple of Borders

Eight Quick Seams and a Couple of Borders

Layer the backing, batting and quilt top and quilt as desired.  I used a wonderful holly motif and red thread.  I liked the way the quilting showed on the back side.  I think the quilt would be equally beautiful if green thread is used.

Up close view of Holly motif quilting.

Up close view of Holly motif quilting.

Once I bound the quilt all that was left for me to do was find a beautiful place to photograph it.  Lucky for me, that is in my own backyard.  If you’re lucky enough to live in Colorado, you’re lucky enough!

Lucky Me! Colorado is my home.

Lucky Me! Colorado is my home.

I hope you enjoy this project and get lots and lots of Christmas snuggles!

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We would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. Join the Gifty Galore group on Quilt With Us (QWU) and post your pictures there for everyone to enjoy. If you’re on Pinterest, upload your picture and tag it with #GG14. Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall! Please post any questions about this project below in comments and we will respond.


8 comments

  1. Linda Froggie - September 15, 2014

    What a cute Christmas quilt! I love the snowflakes. Thanks, Sue, I better pull out some Christmas fabrics and get busy.
    ~Hopppy Quilting~

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    • Sue Marsh - September 15, 2014

      Thanks so much Linda! I loved making this quilt. I think my whole family is expecting a snuggler in their Christmas stocking!

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  2. Sharon - September 15, 2014

    Lucky me, Colorado is my home too! I can see a perfect Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods from my sewing room window.

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    • Sue Marsh - September 15, 2014

      You are indeed lucky! It’s a “Chamber of Commerce” day here. Blue skies, perfect temperatures. Autumn is just peeking around the corner.

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  3. Mary Alice - September 15, 2014

    Love it! Bright and cheerful! Love the snowflakes and peppermint fabrics!

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  4. Sue Marsh - September 15, 2014

    Thanks!!! I love the traditional colors. I think Blue and White would make a stunning quilt too. I love leaving my holiday decorations up until they absolutely have to come down. Blue and white would stretch it clear until Valentines Day 😉

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  5. Annette - September 23, 2014

    Love this quilt for my friend who is starting to quilt (she loves blue &white)!
    But I also paint so would like permission to paint from your backyard photo
    The perspective & depth is great starting with that fence. Have you made a
    landscape quilt inspired by your yard yet? Thanks for the ideas & purse
    patterns.

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    • Sue - September 26, 2014

      Hi Annette

      My apologies for the delay in response. I took a couple days to enjoy the fall with some girlfriends. I was fortunate enough to get to visit Santa Fe in our sister state New Mexico.

      I would be honored if you used the photo for a painting!
      I haven’t done any landscape quilts myself, but I love them!

      Sue

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