Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quilty Stuffing

Each year, I send about 30-40 holiday greeting cards to friends and family. Nothing out-of-the-ordinary about that! What makes my greeting cards a bit unusual is that I include a small hand-made holiday ornament with the greeting card.

I started this little tradition a few years ago. And now, it has become somewhat of a highly anticipated event for my friends and family. The pressure is on when October turns into November and I haven't started the card-stuffing-creation-process. Sometime in Mid-November I typically bump into a neighbor who says something like, "I can't wait to see what you've done for your cards this year!" Nothing like a little added pressure during a crazy time of year.

This year, my plan was pretty easy. The Mini Scrap Grid (sorry, if you are tired of hearing about this!--but I must admit that I'm rather addicted to the stuff!) allowed me to create a whole miniature quilt to stuff into each of my holiday cards.

Hand-made holiday quilt ornaments

While the grid is designed to make 9-Patch blocks, there are plenty of ways to create 9-patch blocks that have a bit of an attitude! All using a grid requiring 1" squares!

I decided to make some itty-bitty half-square triangles. Well, I cheated! They really didn't start out all that itty-bitty. I used two holiday-themed 2" scrap squares from my ScrapTherapy bins. On one I drew a diagonal line, then placed them right sides together and sewed two seams. Cut them apart, pressed, them, then trimmed them down to 1" square using my 2-1/2" Bloc loc half-square triangle trimmer.

making mini half-square triangle ornaments

I was making a LOT of cards, so I needed a LOT of half-square triangles, leaving a LOT of holiday-themed 'confetti!'

holiday confetti

I made a bunch of itty-bitty four-patches, too! These were strip-pieced with 3/4" wide fabric strips. You can get a lot of 3/4" by 5" fabric strips from a 5" scrap square (you got it, the scrap square came from the ScrapTherapy bin!).

quilted ornament making

I placed them on a section of the Mini Scrap Grid interfacing, one 9-patch at a time and fused them in place.

Fuse fabric pieces to interfacing

Sew. Cut apart. Press and trim.

I even 'furled' the seam intersections from the back, so my ornaments would be perfectly flat!

furl the seam allowance

Then stacked up the blocks. Lotsa stacks of fancy 9-patches! Ready for borders.

holiday 9-patch quilt blocks

Fused the batting in between the little quilt top and matching backing fabric. This is starting to look festive!

Quilted ornaments

A little pinking around the edges and add a perle cotton loop for hanging . . . Repeat about 50 times to have enough for my list (after checking it twice)!

Now, all I have to do if find time to stuff my cards! . . . Any one know any unemployed elves who know how to lick an envelope?

Happy Stitching!

PS. While it might be a bit late to begin your ornament-making project for this year, I say, it's never too early to start thinking about next Christmas. Ask for a Taste of Nectar Ornament pack at your favorite quilt shop, or order one (or more) right here.


  1. Replies
    1. Cute has no limits around here! (thanks!)

  2. we love ours! it's hanging right at faye height : ) xoxoxo

  3. Yay! Hope you are having a fantastic holiday!

  4. Wow. Love this idea. Where did you get the patterns for all the blocks?

    1. They are all basic variations on a 9-patch. Replace corner units with HST and side units with itty-bitty 2-patches, add a solid center and you have a churn-dash block. That kinda thing.

    2. Oh, and I almost forgot, the pattern that comes with the ornament pack has some suggestions and tips for the different blocks. . . (there is a link to the ornament pack in the very last sentence above)

  5. They are so precious, the recipients will be overjoyed. Merry Christmas and a
    Happy New Year!!!