Thank you to our wonderful friends, old and new, who have decided to join in with Tracey, Linda and I in creating a Christmas project each month in 2013. Hopefully by the time December rolls around, we will all be feeling a little more prepared, and ready to celebrate a wonderful, handcrafted Christmas :)
Since January is a month of planning, it is totally optional for you to work on a project this month....HOLD ON, it's totally optional every month :) This group is all about you...you make what you'd like to make each month. We are just here to offer encouragement, hopefully some inspiration, and to share what we are making. What you choose to create is totally up to you ;)
For my January project, I decided to make up some clock Christmas ornaments which were designed by the Sweetwater girls a few years back ...the labels have been sitting in my craft room ever since.
Of course, once I set my mind to actually making them, they were quite a quick and easy project.
The labels came as a set of six, but my sixth clock is still drying on my clothesline, after I realised I had pricked my finger while handstitching the opening closed, and bled all over it...LOL...not a very festive look ;)
The girls and I had a little brainstorming session about what we'd like to make this year, and came up with the following list for the first half of the year:
FEBRUARY : Christmas Tree Skirt
MARCH: Christmas Table Runner
APRIL: Christmas stockings
MAY: Advent calendar OR square table topper
JUNE: Catch up month (we are all doing a Mystery BOM through the Fat Quarter Shop, so will be using June to complete that, and work on anything else that needs finishing!)
There are some fabulous Christmas Tree Skirt patterns floating around the internet...here are links to some of our favourites:
I had in my mind an image of a skirt with appliqued houses, and after much searching I found it in the 2005 Christmas In July issue of Homespun magazine:
So this is the pattern I'll be attempting (but with my own, polkadottie twist to it)...thank goodness we have included a catch-up month!
So now is the time to take a look around, have a think about what you'd like to make, and start preparing for your February project...it will be here before we know it :)