the night 73 nights before Christmas....
And I'm making a start on my modern Christmas table runner swap. I know I know... its waaaay early to be thinking about Christmas, but I seem to have loaded myself pretty heavy for the next month (despite thinking I had loads of breathing space and sure, I could totally fit in another swap or 2.... ).
I wish I could show you my partner's mosaic and walk you through my design process, but that would give the game away wouldn't it? I'll make do with showing you mine...
I've chosen a whole range of things wot I love to give my partner loads of inspiration. Really traditional red and green colours all the way, with a focus on tree's, stars, dresdens, houses... whatever really! Anything vaguely Christmassy will do me just fine!
Now my partner has similar likes... we actually have a few of the same pictures in our mosaics. She likes tree's and traditional colours. She also likes traditional blocks with a modern twist, and hand embroidery (Should I even attempt this??? I know I'm armed with new perle cotton, but it's most definitely a case of all the gear and no idea!).
In stalking her favourites, I noticed a particular block occuring time and time again. I penned some ideas (well, I guess I actually "moused" some ideas because I did it in paint.net):
Partner likes numero 3 (as I expected), and it just so happens that this block is something of a "laura special" now.... So yes, I'm going to be doing another flying geese circle for a swap. I'm thinking 4 or 5 rings to make a nice long thin one (snigger snigger), with some hand quilting.... I'm going for a really scrappy Christmas feel, so this is my initial fabric pull:
It started with the Christmas prints on the left, and then I dug around in my stash to find reds of a similar tone, and all varieties of green. I kind of want it to look like wreaths, with different leaves and berries in.
Looking at the pictures now actually, I think I might lose the lighter red-on-white prints, not sure they really go with the "berry" idea... What do you think?
I went to Ikea last night with my bestie... Yes, its an hour long drive just for fabric and meatballs, but it was totally worth it. I picked up 2 metres of the exact fabric I wanted for the backing and a whole load of other junk which I just deperately needed... of course.
And just because its so pretty, I stacked up my "Christmas Perle" :
So there we have it. Initial design, fabric pull and thoughts of quilting. If you think you might be my partner and you hate any of this... do tell me now!!!