I am pleased to share that my original pattern for My Gingerbread House Pincushion is now available for sale. I have even added bonus instructions to make it into a soft tree ornament or a Gift Card Holder to hang on your Christmas tree. This adorable holiday gift idea might look familiar.
It was featured in Quilting Arts Holiday Magazine in 2014. It holds a special place in my heart because this was the very first original pattern that I had published in a Magazine.
I was inspired to grab my holiday scraps to come up with a gift idea for my small sewing group. Each year, we like to exchange home made gifts for Christmas. We are all quilters and since I am totally addicted to pincushions, the idea took shape to make a Gingerbread House.
I thought the jumbo white rick rack was a stroke of genius to mimic the snowy icing.
It made an adorable pincushion and I use some very easy techniques to piece it all together that make it a jiffy to stitch up in an afternoon. You can make multiples at once very easily. Finished size is 5 ” square.
One of the bonuses I added to the pattern is to create a soft ornament for your tree. You just add a ribbon hanger and only lightly stuff the little Gingerbread House.
The second bonus instructions included is to add a little pocket on the back of the Gingerbread House to make it into a Gift Card Holder. You can tuck in a couple of gift cards, a note from Santa or even a candy cane for fun.
You purchase my Gingerbread house Pincushion and more pattern as a PDF download by going to MY PATTERNS tab and following the link to My Etsy Shop!
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I am pleased to share my latest published work, mini mitten coasters! They are super cute, easy to stitch up and you can use some cute coordinating holiday prints or make them super scrappy with some leftover holiday fabric.
They are featured on page 34 of Modern Patchwork Gifts 2016. This is the third year I have been published in the holiday issue and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Even though this was basically a one block design, I still used Electric Quilt 7 to design it. This tool is really versatile and it really helps you to visualize your project before you stitch it up.
I worked on this little pattern back in March. I had a really cute snowman print that I started with. But sometimes the white of the snowman blended with the white of the background and I was worried that they would not photograph well. I headed off to a local quilt shop, Cristina’s in Rochester, Mi to try to find holiday fabric in March.
And I wanted some fabric that looked modern but still holiday. She had these lovely prints tucked in a back corner. They are Winter Wonderland by Free Spirit Fabrics. And when I saw that candy cane print, all I could think of was the perfect ribbing for a mitten. These little guys are totally pieced and stitch up really fast. You could make them in an afternoon.
I decided to do some straight line quilting and make it easy. I think it adds some nice texture. Then I put on that tiny binding. It was not as hard as I thought. My usual method for joining worked just fine.
Isn’t this little mitten just adorable? You can make them with some fat eighths and a fat quarter for the backing and binding or use up your holiday scraps.
These are the perfect hostess, coworker or teacher gifts. Add a mug and some tea or cocoa and you are all set. Happy Stitching!