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