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A Gift Quilt Project - Christmas Ornament

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Are you a quilter searching for great gifts ideas for the holidays? Do a fun Christmas ornament project with the young elves in your house.

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A Gift Quilt Project - Christmas Ornament

If you have some little elves in residence, involve them in this ornament making!

Here we have two star ornaments that land on the easy side, and one a little more difficult.

A Gift Quilt Project - Christmas Ornament

 

Draw a star shape on paper. This is a good thing for the little ones to do. They could also draw a snowman or whatever shape they’d like, as long as it’s not very complicated.

Trace the outline of the star (or whatever shape) onto the right side of the top fabric. If the elves are helping, ask their opinion on the fabric and colors. It’s perfectly okay to have a purple and orange star!

The two plainer stars are simply made. I just layered a backing fabric, some batting (the light star has really flat batting and the striped one a thicker batting) and the top fabric.

Once again, use your glue stick to keep them in place. As I said before I’m a gluer not a pinner!

I used yarn (I’m a knitter, too) from my stash as the outline and a zig-zag stitch to hold that down. The thickness of the yarn I used warranted a double strand. This is really pretty easy to do, using a walking foot on your machine. I always do a test before stitching down this yarn in order to set the zig-zag the right width and length. You could also use a narrow ribbon. And there are many decorative yarns.

 

Simply hold the two (or one) strands of yarn together and zig-zag over it. When through sewing, trim just outside the stitching. Be careful! It’s easy to cut your zig or zag!

Christmas Ornament 1

 

And that’s it! Since you have stitched the outline, nothing else must be done! On the second star, I added a button in the middle. Just ‘cause I could!

Christmas Ornament 2

 

Now to the third star. It’s called a variable star. This one is made using the flying geese no-waste method. You can make this any size you’d like (thus the variable). Mine is 4 1/2 inches square. I wanted the “geese” to be 1 inch by 2 inches finished. Here’s the rule for the method: The height of the finished geese plus 7/8 inches for the small squares; finished length plus 1 1/4 inches for the large square. So in my case, I cut the large square 3 1/4 and the four smaller squares 1 7/8 inches.

Christmas Ornament 3

 

On the wrong side of the smaller squares, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.

Christmas Ornament 4

 

Place two of the small squares as shown in the photo and sew 1/4-inch from the drawn line on both sides. Carefully cut on the drawn line and press toward the small triangles.

Christmas Ornament 5

 

Place one of the remaining two small squares on each of the two units already made and sew each side of the line as before.

Christmas Ornament 6

 

Cut these apart, press and you have four “geese”!

Christmas Ornament 7

 

Sew them into rows in whatever order is best for you, then sew the rows together.

Cut a backing and batting to about 5-inches square. Using our wonderful glue stick, make your quilt sandwich, centering the pieced top.

Set your machine for a zig-zag stitch. Since I was using a double strand of yarn I started with the loop at a corner for the hanger and went around from there. When you get back to the starting point, turn the ornament over and tie the remaining yarn (or ribbon) in the back, dab with glue and cut as close as possible.

 

And VOILA!

Christmas Ornament 9

 

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Glossary

Backing
The fabric on the back of a Quilt Sandwich (Top, Batting and Backing).

Same As: Lining
Batting
The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton.

Same As: Stuffing, Filling, Wadding, Filler
Flying Geese
One of the most popular of the small shape groups that exist in quilting. It consists of a center triangle and two right angle triangles attached to it on either side.
Press
Method of using an iron to press seams and blocks. This means simply pressing downwards on the seam with the iron from above and not moving the iron back and forth which can distort the block or seam.
Sandwich
Traditional description of a quilt: a sandwich consisting of a Quilt Top, Batting (filling), and a Backing.
Star
A large central star, made up of diamond shaped fabric or a square with right triangles, to form the star points from the center out.
Stash
A quilter's personal collection of fabrics. Buying more fabric is adding to your stash.
Walking Foot
A special foot which can be attached to a sewing machine which helps to feed the top layer of a quilt fabric sandwich evenly with the feed dogs feeding the bottom fabric.
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