Christmas Keepsakes is the new Block of the Month exclusive to Shabby Fabrics. It is a 10 month program offered in both Laser Cut and Traditional Applique. This quilt measures 36" x 36" featuring 9 adorable eight inch appliqued blocks.
As part of the hop, we were asked to play with a block or two and share our experiences of using Laser Cut Applique. And let's just say, I love it!!!! I got to work on the Bell and Gingerbread House blocks. And didn't they turn out so cute!!!
So let me share with you a bit about my experience with Laser Cut Applique!!! To start, I received two lovely packages in the mail. Each package had a wonderful set of instructions, and when I turned them over, I shrieked!!! Oh yes, those are all of the applique pieces already cut!!!
I opened the package to find that not only are the pieces already perfectly cut out for you, they also have fusible web on the back of them. So basically, I had to trim my block background to 8 1/2" square and head over to the ironing board. So easy!!!
Using the position guide sent with the packet, I placed all of my applique onto the block.
And then simply pressed and fused the applique in place. So my applique was ready to stitch about 5 minutes after opening the package. I am so loving Laser Cut Applique!!!
The Gingerbread House had a few more pieces to place so it took me maybe 8 minutes from the time I opened the packages. I found it helpful to use a ruler to make sure my windows and doors were all aligned nice and straight.
So with that, 15 minutes later I was ready to stitch, which is my favorite part of applique!!! I decided to add my batting before secure stitching all my applique so that each piece would really pop.
I opted for a blanket stitch in black. I think the black really complemented all of these beautiful Christmas Fabrics ;) I find secure stitching applique to be so relaxing.
And the gingerbread house was so much fun to stitch. So many fun little pieces!!
After everything was stitched in place it was time to quilt the background. I did a micro stipple to add lots of fun texture. It's been a bit since I quilted something on my home machine, I was a little rusty ;)
Then just trim the excess batting and add on all the perfect little finishes. Buttons, ribbons, and stitching, oh my!!!
Then a quick binding (using some of my leftover scrappy bindings :) and in a hour and a half from start to finish, I had two adorable Christmas mini's!!!!
And the Gingerbread House!!
So if you want to give the Laser-Cut Applique a try, or if you want to do the Traditional Applique, here are a few more details on the quilt.
size: 36” x 36”
sign-up cost: $10
US shipping: $3/month
International shipping: $7/month
starts in January 2015
runs through October 2015
Be sure to follow along with all of the other stops along the blog hops way. (There will be a giveaway at each stop!!!)
Monday, October 6th
Tuesday, October 7th
Wednesday, October 8th
Melissa @ Happy Quilting You are Here
Thursday, October 9th
And let's get to that Giveaway here!!! Shabby Fabrics is giving away a $25.00 Gift Certificate to one lucky Happy Quilting Reader!!!
To be entered to win, Simply leave me a comment telling me what your favorite block in this adorable Christmas Keepsakes Quilt is ;)
That's it, super easy!! One entry per person and international entries are welcome. The giveaway will be open until October 15th, and I will announce a winner the morning of the 16th ;)
Thanks for stopping by and have a very Happy (and Merry) Quilting Day!!