>This is your official warning!

TWO months until the Christmas decorations start going up

You may now all proceed to panic!

Okay stop that!

Now if you’ve been here for a while [ or know me in the real world ] you will just possibly be aware of a certain prediliction for the Christmas stuff … and quite possibly you also know that I mostly run to fairly traditional Chrissy colour schemes: deep reds, burgundy, hunter greens, that sort of thing.

I used to say that I [ the queen of all things blue ] didn’t go blue for christmas because
the whole [ last ] house was blue anyway, so who’d notice ?

and then, early last year I treated myself to a stunning Jim Shore Nativity Set – January Sales y’know – and it’s mainly blue

It did go out last Christmas, but given that I was still recovering from some very major surgeries, the decorating was slightly scaled down [ well by my standards if no one else’s ]

but now I’m back firing on all cylinders, and I’ve decided that what I need is a blue Christmas themed wallhanging to put over the vintage sideboard behind the Jim Shore.

Anyway, I blame OzJane.

She was the one who sent me the link to one of Stitch-N-Frame‘s famous [ or should that be infamous ? ] Thursday specials. This arctic Saint Nick was sooooo cheap, I had to have him
and of course I’d been merrily churning out those red and black stack & stash Japanese blocks, so I decided to make a set of 6 stack & slash stars in blues to match him.

Stack and Slash lends itself to making blocks in sets of 6,
I thought I’d put 3 large stars down each side of the panel

Then I did the maths and worked out that I could make a set of 6 teeny ones to be a top and bottom border and it would come out the same length as side sets of 13″ ones.

We have a plan!
[ just ignore the red Japanese blocks, okay ]

Well, then the next thought was ‘ why not quilt each of the three panels individually and join ’em up after ? [ quilt-as-you-go]’
Followed quickly by ‘Well, why not just quilt ’em and bind ’em separately ? That way I have more freedom to change the arrangement if I change the furniture.”
Plus the two side sets of stars make perfectly good table runners in their own right !
So I guess we have plan version 2.0

All of the fabrics for the stars are from the stash, and I decided to go with prints that complemented the Saint Nick but which weren’t actually Christmas print
… so snowflakes, stars, and pine branches all on blue.
The stash also supplied a fawn-splodges-on-cream that toned in with the panel as if they’d been designed to go together – even though all of the stash fabrics I chose were all several years, if not decades, old.
Backing and batting also from the stash . I’d be feeling positively virtuous … if I hadn’t bought about 20 metres more fabric this month

I’ve quilted and bound the first set of stars, so I have, in essence, a finished table runner, and because none of the fabrics are actually Christmas print, I can use it right now

so when is a finished object NOT a finished object
The aim is to have that tryptych for Christmas.
Maybe not THIS Christmas. but certainly A Christmas

Oooh decisions decisions decisions … should I do the other set of stars next, or Saint Nick ?

oh and Nadie? I hope you don’t ever decide to reclaim that navy-blue-with-snowflakes long skirt that you made in High School. I used it as one of the star fabrics and as the sashing between the blocks as well.


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