I’m happy to get to share the first projects from the Celestial Pattern gift along. This week and next a group of talented bloggers are sharing ideas for handmade gifts using the various paper pieced stars from my Celestial Pattern. You can learn a bit more about the gift along in this post.
First up is this gorgeous holiday hostess apron from Tessa at The Sewing Chick. I sent along the Celestial Pattern and the holiday fabric bundle from my shop and Tessa created something beautiful! She didn’t even use a pattern if you can believe it, but luckily she gives you the general dimensions and instructions if you want to create your own Celestial apron on her blog. Be sure to check it out here.
What a great gift for just about anyone on your list. I just love the combination of the bright fabric with the grey and while polka dot!
Next up is this gorgeous stocking from Alyssa at Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa is on her way to making a Celestial Quilt with these Christmasy fabrics and once I asked her to join in the gift along, she created a Christmas Stocking to match.
The stocking is such a fun use of the small stars from the Celestial Pattern – and I really like the use of both cream and white together with a bit of black thrown into the mix. It gives a very clean and fresh look to the stocking. She’s got another project using Celestial coming this week on her blog so be sure to check that out too!
I hope these projects inspired you to create your own gift project using Celestial. If you are so inclined, you can make your own Celestial pattern gift and link up in my previous post and enter to win a signed copy of my new book and a $25 gift certificate to my shop. You have until December 10 to link up your project. Also, the Celestial Pattern is now on sale for $1 off during the gift along. Can’t wait to see what you make!
I’m not entirely sure how it is already past the middle of November. I have so much to share with you about Fall Quilt Market, my book that started shipping earlier this month (If you ordered a signed copy from my shop it will ship this week), as well as a lot of new fabric news. I’ll share more on those topics in the next week or so, but for today I want to quickly let you know about a project I kicked off prior to heading out to market with a fabulous group of talented bloggers.
Back in August I released 4 new sewing patterns – Timber, Alternative, Celestial and Tessellation. Many of the current AGD patterns are written with the idea in mind that you can use the templates as shown, or you can pick and choose and rearrange those same templates to make new designs. Celestial is a perfect example of this type of flexibility in a pattern. The templates used in other combinations will make lovely blocks for almost any smaller project. This is where the idea for a Gift Along comes in! For the upcoming holidays, I thought it would be fun to challenge a group of seriously talented bloggers to come up with smaller, gift-able projects using Celestial to really show the versatility of the pattern for use far beyond the quilt layout as pictured. I’m so excited about the group of bloggers who are working on projects, and I hope their projects might inspire some of your holiday gifts too!
Alyssa from Pile O’ Fabric
Megan from Quilt Story
Nicole from Snips Snippets
Tessa from The Sewing Chick
Nicole from Modern Handcraft
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Over the next two weeks, they will be sharing their perfect projects for gifting using the Celestial pattern on each of their blogs. I can’t wait to see what they come up with! I’ll be sharing their projects here as well.
I know it quickly becomes crunch time for handmade gifts as the holidays approach, and we could all use a little extra incentive to get those gifts done in time! Link up a completed gift project using the Celestial pattern – either one from the bloggers or your very own idea - for a chance to win a signed copy of my new book, Alison Glass Appliqué and a $25 gift certificate to my shop (to shop for gifts or maybe a gift for yourself!). You have until December 10 to link up your project and I’ll randomly select a winner. For the duration of the gift along, the Celestial pattern is $1 off and includes free shipping. I would love to see what you make with the pattern!
We’ll also be taking the fun to Instagram too! As you sew along with the Celestial Gift Along, follow me @alisonglass and use the hashtag #celestialgiftalong. Each week I’ll pick a winner from the photos shared to select a pattern of their choice from the shop!
Hello! If you are here from Sew Mama Sew, welcome! If not, I have a guest post over there today with a wool appliqué tutorial. If you’re curious about working with wool I’d love you to take a look at the project.
I am a big fan of hand stitching, so sharing a technique tutorial as part of the SMS Slow Sewing Series is really an honor. I won’t go on and on here because I’d rather you click over to the full post, but in summary: hand stitching is my favorite type of sewing! My new book Alison Glass Appliqué (out next month!) has a ton of it, and the project for the tutorial today is a modification of one of the book projects. I really like how it turned out. It will fit right in as a new pillow on my sofa. My daughter’s first question was, ‘I love it, do we get to keep it?’ Sweet, right?
The background fabric is Bouquet in Yarrow from my new fabric line Alison Glass Handcrafted, and the wool is from my brand new, shipping any day now wool collection with Weeks Dye Works. It is stitched with perle cotton from the coordinating sets. I cannot tell you how much I like their wool and threads. Kits for the project and all of the materials are up in the shop.
In celebration of my tutorial and release of my new book – Sew Mama Sew and I are offering a giveaway! A kit to make this project and a copy of my book are up for grabs. Just leave a comment here answering why you are dying to try wool appliqué for a chance to win! I have to approve each comment, so don’t worry if you don’t see your’s right away. We will pick the winner next Friday and will announce in the comment section. Thanks!