It’s November, already, and that means it’s time to be getting into high gear and making some progress on your handmade holiday decorations and gift projects. This month we’re focusing on the finishing details of one of the projects Patrick designed for the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Quilting Celebrations magazine. In segment one, Sharron Meyer joins Patrick for a little bit of show-and-tell of her hand-stitched redwork-style pieces and they discuss the blanket stitched Homespun Holly table topper that Patrick designed and she made for the magazine.
In segment two, Sharron shows us the finer points of doing a blanket stitch by hand using embroidery floss or perle cotton. The curves and points of the holly leaves can be a bit of a challenge to the beginner but Sharron shows us how to easily and confidently finish the raw edges of the fusible appliques with a simple stitch that’s perfect for creating a homespun look.
Segment three is for those of you who would rather let your machine do the work! Kay Capps-Cross is back with Patrick to show us how to successfully finish your appliques with a machine blanket stitch on a more brightly-colored contemporary version of the same holly applique. Then, Penny Sturges designer of Quilts Illustrated patterns, joins Patrick with some great purse and tote bag gift ideas for the ladies on your list and shows us how to create a simple fabric posy that can be used to adorn your gifts. It’s the most wonderful quilting time of the year!