The rather gloomy drab greys of November have been peppered with the occasional stunning sunrise:
and the nations favourite bird has begun to sing it’s winter song each day before dawn and after sunset.
There’s no getting away from the arrival of Winter and the inevitable rush toward Christmas. I know it’s not quite December but that feeling that I must ‘do something about Christmas’ is already gnawing away and unsettling me. Thank goodness for a hobby that lends itself to a bit of creative Christmas doing. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve delved into my festive stash and made a couple of tablerunners.
The first used a Moda charm pack, Richmond Reds, which isn’t specifically a Christmas collection but with the added star points it made a good seasonal runner.
For the second I downloaded a free pattern from Craftsy by Rachel Godfrey of sewtodaycleantomorrow.blogspot.com.au . The pattern uses width of fabric strips for some quick piecing but as most of the fabrics I found were in pieces smaller than a fat quarter I had to stitch the squares together one by one. I like the on-point setting of this design but rather than cutting diagonally across the squares at the end of each strip I decided to use setting triangles. I turned to the trusty ‘Putting it On-Point’ table by Bonnie K. Hunter to aid me with the maths of setting triangles and also used my own double check, scrap paper, method just to be sure I’d calculated the size of the squares correctly.
Making a paper pattern to lay next to the fabric squares always reassures me I’ve calculated the right size square before I start cutting the fabric. With justification, I have no faith in my maths skills and find visual checks reassuring!
I hope you are finding the run up to Christmas a source of creativity. Being creative certainly helps me move away from the commercial bustle of the season and have time to re-align my thoughts with our Creator God and His Son. Think on some of the names and titles given Jesus and then Christmas regains it’s wonder: Messiah; Saviour; Christ; the Word; Light of the World; King of Kings; Servant; Precious Lamb of God; Good Shepherd…
PS. I signed up for an on offer Craftsy class this week: Jacquie Gering’s ‘Next Steps with your Walking Foot’.