Christmas is our favorite time of year at Erik HOMEMADE(R)! We love the sights sounds and smells...and of course the fabrics! We seem to generate a lot of scraps in the holiday theme making what we make...and we can never get enough, let alone part with the scraps!
After the popularity of our Scrap Pile Mystery Quilt project, several of our readers asked if we were planning another mystery. We had thought about it and originally decided that we would tackle a block-of-the-month mystery for late spring 2011. Yet the questions kept coming...all while we were working on our Christmas projects. So the idea came forward that we should give a Holiday mystery a go. After finishing the Scrap Pile project, we could easily follow into Christmas. We chose a design that would be easy to cut and suitable for all skill levels; would use basic colors that most people have, or could get any time of the year, and most of all use scraps!
It seemed easy and basic...not much to it...until we started to break down the instructions
It was a long trip since October 11th, but we made it! We hope you like your finished quilt as much as we like ours! We plan on using ours as a wall hanging--embellishing it with candy canes...maybe as an advent calendar or Christmas Countdown! One of our readers is going to have family members sign the beige blocks in the middle to make a special keepsake tablecloth (she will put the quilt on the table to see how the bow streamers hang before applique'ing in place). Another reader is thinking about embeoidering a verse in the center. My mom is thinking about adding ribbons and some pinecones (from her collection!) if not, big graphic yo-yo's may be her thing. Use the wreath as your canvas to showcase a special collection! If you want to use the quilt as a quilt/throw, think about applique'ing the streamers to the quilt to keep them in place. I put mine on the back of our sofa, and the loose streamers added a dramatic effect that I sort of liked (I may have to make another!) The choice is yours...have fun with it!
We absolutely hope that, as lengthy as this project was, you enjoyed it! We certainly enjoyed sharing it with all of you! Through emails and correspondence with our readers, we have enjoyed answering your questions and reading your comments.
We cherish the photos you send and Erik HOMEMADE(R) is anxious to start the Christmas Mystery 2010 Photo Album--we will let you know As soon as it posts! Don't forget to send a photo to us for the contest (the photos need not be professional--just a photo you would like to share!)
As for us here in the studio, we are "on pins and needles" to get our quilt back from the quilters...then we will bind and finish our quilt! And we will post a photo of the finished quilt (not just a snapshot!): emabellished and done! In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy Our Susannah! quilt that starts posting soon, and further down the road, our new block-of-the-month!