Thursday 10 November 2011

TGIFF! - Season's Greetings

Welcome to TGIFF!, where every finish deserves a party!

Phew, this one came in just under the wire. I've been wanting a Christmas wallhanging (other than an advent calendar), for the last few years but just never got around to it.

Last week I was watching The Quilt Show video where Ricky Tims demonstrates how to make a one-seam flying geese block, to which I had linked back in June. I remember thinking that it's a really cool technique, but it sure uses a lot of fabric. That is, if you just want a flying geese block.

Mulling, mulling. What could you use the pockets for? Paper? Cards? And then it hit me that this technique could be used to make a holiday card holder wallhanging! I got a wee bit excited.

See the pocket?
There was nothing to do, but try it out. I pulled some Christmas fabric out and made a couple of the one-seam flying geese blocks. It worked beautifully. I made a whole whack of the blocks and played around with the layout, before settling on this one. There are a lot of design possibilities with this block as a card holder. I already know that I'll be making more of these with different layouts and different fabrics.

Just slip in the card 
And voila, a Christmas wallhanging and a card holder. And as it is a holiday card holder, I call mine Season's Greetings. ;) Now we'll be able to see the cards people send us rather than have them all jumbled on the mantlepiece. Fun, eh?

A couple of lessons learned on this one:
  • The flying geese blocks are thick so I had problems machine quilting it. Next time, I'd press the seams open.
  • I'd also try making the background of the blocks that are in the tree green.
Quiltography: “Season's Greetings,” original design by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau, Ottawa, 29” by 30”, 2011.


  1. Whoa! That is so clever! I have been thinking that I would like to make both a card holder and an advent calendar, but I cannot settle on a fabric. But now I really want to make a card holder like yours (perhaps a little class is in order)!

  2. I don't have any finishes this week - bleh - but this is a TERRIFIC idea! What a great use for those flying geese. I remember when I'd seen them demonstrated, I'd thought I would never use the technique because of the fabric waste and the thickness, but lookit that! You came up with a perfect need for it.

  3. Wow, this is an amazing idea! Hard to tell how big it is - need you holding it! :P Funny how we both did Xmas finishes this week!

  4. What a fantastic idea. It is a love design.

  5. very fun wall hanging! I am impressed with all the triangles! (triangles scare me! LOL)

  6. No finish for me this week either :(
    This is a great idea!! Would make a great gift too!

  7. What an awesome idea! I, too, have seen that video and wondered what on earth I would do with those pockets, but yours is a fabulous idea!

  8. What a great idea for a card holder! I am a new follower to your blog. :o)

  9. What a great idea!! This is gorgeous! Thanks for the welcome back. I have been slowly getting back into sewing. Of course, I only have about an hour or two a day to get in the room... so finishes take a bit longer nowadays.

  10. Had to come back after the sneak peak on Wednesday. Very clever! Inspiring!!

  11. Hi M R . What a clever idea - I love it. Looks fantastic !


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