As I shared the other day here, my January WOOFA goal was to do something with a very old foundation paper pieced Santa block.
It had been my first attempt at FPP and the top left corner dipped down too far. From memory, I was going to make a pot holder. It was all too hard to reverse sew the pieces, hence it became a UFO.
I thought I may still have some of the background fabric, and was delighted when I found it in the first place I looked.
It was such a big job to add a little to the corner. Why I didn't do that at the time, I'll never know. I dare say I didn't even think of it.
Yesterday, after chatting with Lou (Manxgirl) I decided to join in with Friday Night With Friends for the first time. This was the obvious project to work on.
So what to do with the block. It looked rather bland, and also quite dated. After chatting further with Lou, I decided to make it into a mini quilt. Now to hunt out some fabric that would suit the colours already used......ie, also rather dated.
I found a couple that I thought would work. But it was still bland. Then Lou suggested adding some decorations to the tree. Now we were cooking with gas!
This is where I got up to last night. Borders added, no binding, just batting added, stitched around the edge and turned through. I even remembered to add some little triangles to the back for a hanging rod.
Some simple echo quilting was done. It was starting to take shape.
This morning, I did a bit more quilting and added the embellishments. A vintage button for Santa's pom pom, a bell that came around the neck of a Lindt chocolate Easter bunny, a star button that I found in the deep dark depths of my stash and various, random buttons from my jars for the tree ornaments.
For a block that I went to throw away several times, I'm pleased to now have another little decoration for Christmas. It measures 16 inches square.
This has now met three of my goals for January:
1. I have not only worked on, but finished a UFO;
2. I will have at least one finish for OPAM; and
3. I have made a Christmas decoration for Lou and my little stitch along.....even if it isn't an ornament.
Also, everything came from stash. Bonus!
I'm pretty pleased with that.