Christmas in July

~Christmas in July~

I Christmas! So this Christmas in July Sewing Challenge hosted by LoveByHand was quick to draw me in.  I saw this pattern for a table topper by Julie@TheCraftyQuilter a while back and knew I had to make it! It is called Winter Seeds. You can print out the pattern over on Julie’s blog. Making something with these melon or seed appliques had been on my to do list. I love this fabric line too, it’s Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie for MODA. I used a layer cake and a template to cut out the seeds.


I appliqued these by pressing them onto some fusible web, traced my templates and cut them out, pressed in place, and then stitched down with a blanket stitch.



A few of the seeds were trying to fray a bit on me. I am not sure if I needed to take a bigger bite of the fabric or this just happens, but I just happened to have some fray check and that fixed it right up. Just a tiny squirt along the edges and they are all sealed up…no more fray!



I did a cathedral windows style quilting following the design of the seeds.


The binding is by machine using this tutorial. Turning all those corners wasn’t super easy, but just take your time and it will be fine.

Here is one of my old Christmas favorites.


Merry Christmas!

Keep it Sassy


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  1. I love it! It’s beautiful. And I was not aware of Fray Check., so I’m really glad you mentioned it. I’m going to have to get some.

  2. Oh another creation of yours that I absolutely love. I hope to make this one eventually too ;)

  3. Hey Paula! I love your version of the table topper! It turned out beautifully! Good idea to use the Fray Check. Sometimes applique will fray if you have stitched just enough inside the raw edge that your stitches actually fray the edge or it could be that the fusible wasn’t quite strong enough along the edges. Either way, yours still looks great. Thanks for sharing and for the shout out!

  4. I have a winters lane charm pack. I love the fabric but don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with it yet. That quilt with the houses is wonderful!

  5. I just love your houses quilt. Did you blog about it before? If so, please send me a link!

  6. I LOVE it! The irritation of turning corners was totally worth it because it’s perfect!

  7. Pretty!

    I love the house quilt too!

  8. Jennifer says:

    That turned out soooo pretty! I love the house quilt too.

  9. Oh! I have that quilt, too! Saw the kit and just had to have it. :D Love your winter table-topper!

  10. Paula that’s so lovely, colours, shape – everything! I’m dead envious and very impressed that you’re already starting on your Christmas sewing – I’m so far behind with absolutely everything I think it’ll be Christmas 2014 before I even start! x

  11. Fab table topper and house quilt. I’m going to look out for your fray check, mine is in a tube and I have to stand it in water to turn it to liquid before using it – your brand looks much easier to use. :)

  12. Congratulations! Beautiful fabric placement!


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