Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Obsessing? Me?

I couldn’t help myself.  I cut up more red, green and white scraps and made little ornaments.  It just couldn’t be avoided!


After I made the first little blocks I tried various ways of finishing them.  The first several I tried sandwiching them face down then turning them right side out, but on this scale it looked messy, especially where I couldn’t get all the turned out corners equally pointy or rounded, and the points didn’t look vey sharp as they rounded the edge of the puffy little sandwich.  I wasn’t very satisfied with the end result and almost gave up the idea of making more at that point

Luckily, sometimes the brain cooperates.  Usually if I think of something in the middle of the night, that thought is gone by morning.  This time it stuck.  I thought of adding a little border, outline quilting in the border then pinking the edges with pinking shears.  These will be hanging in a tree, not going through the laundry so there is no reason they have to have a sewn finished edge.  The pinked edge through all three layers of the quilt sandwich looks just fine, and certainly crisper than my previous finishing attempts.  So of course I became obsessed and went from two ornaments to eight.
There are more in progress too.  These little blocks are just waiting for their borders, then I’ll sandwich them with a square of muslin and a square of batting.  I can write on the muslin to turn them into gift tags or to record the year they were made, or both.  And just so you know,  they are not very time consuming, so I still had time to do groceries and laundry the past few days.  I may be obsessed but I still like eating and clean clothes!


In case anyone else might need a harmless (and yes Katie, I know, crazy!) obsession I prepared a free photo tutorial showing how to add to the Ridiculously Tiny 4-Patch to make an ornament.  It also has alternate sizes to make a 4” coaster instead.

Only 11 more days to tree-trimming in our house…


  1. Those are so cute! Of course I downloaded the tutorial, now to see if I dare give it a try! Your instructions are great, they look so easy to follow. Now you have me obsessing about tiny ornaments!

  2. Those are adorable. I bet it would be hard to convert them into magnets, too.

  3. So cute....I like the idea of using them as gift tags.

  4. Too cute for words. You are one fantastically creative lady!

  5. Talk to me about obsessed! I just discovered English Paper Piecing. So guess how many hexagons and diamonds I did over the last weeks. *LOL*

  6. Adorable! A good idea to pink the edges. Last year I made tiny ornaments and bound them just like a quilt and that was a pain. This would be much easier and it's cute too.

  7. Darn it, you beat me to it! But those are really cute. If I thought family would appreciate another ornament, I might jump on the bandwagon and make some as gift tags...once I finish hemming the card table tent...


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