Meet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer, and author Lynette Anderson of Lynette Anderson Designs! Lynette’s folksy Keepsake Stocking is patterned in the November/December 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on and don’t miss the book and fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!
Thank you for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. It’s always such a thrill for me to design and make a project for a magazine and I hope many of your readers will enjoy stitching my ‘Keepsake Stocking’. I would like to thank my friend Kay Harmon for stepping in and making this sample for me. Earlier in the year I fell and injured my finger on my right hand which resulted in my needing surgery thus putting me out of action for a while. Thankfully I am on the mend.
I had fun selecting fabrics for this project from my ‘Winter Village’ collection for RJR Fabrics. Any combination of the prints from this collection will work together nicely so don’t be afraid to mix up the fabrics to suit your style.
When I create a fabric collection I like to write something about the inspiration behind the design and my colour choices:
“Santa and his racing reindeer are flying high in the sky above my ‘Winter Village’. It’s that special night in the year when Santa visits every home. Festive stripes in shades taken from holly berries, custard, pine needles, and cranberries are sure to get your creative mojo working. I hope that you enjoy working with this gorgeous collection of fabrics as much as I have.”
I have started a second stocking. I am working on a cream tonal background which gives me the freedom to add some embroidered snowflakes. I am using the Cosmo metallic thread for the snowflakes which gives a nice sparkly festive feel to the project:
I have used needle turn appliqué for my stocking and have used the amazing Apliquick tools in conjunction with the water soluble appliqué paper which makes doing needle turn on even the smallest pieces so easy. For a great tutorial on Apliquick please visit the tutorial pages on my blog.
If you want to make your stocking very personal, then consider changing the writing on Santa’s sack. Put the name of the owner of the Keepsake Stocking on Santa’s sack instead. I like to use two stands of embroidery thread for most of my work. For the writing I have done a backstitch with French knots at the ends of each letter to add some interest and texture.
‘Primitive Christmas’ (right) is a sweet wall quilt that would fit nicely into a 12” table top frame. It also uses fabrics from ‘Winter Village’ and has the addition of my gorgeous hand painted buttons which are cut in my studio and hand painted here on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.
Thanks so much, Lynette! If you’d like to make a Keepsake Stocking and don’t yet have a copy of the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately from our online shop. Stocking kits complete with stocking front, back, lining, appliqué shapes, binding, and star button are also available.
And now for the GIVEAWAY! We have 3 prize packages of a “Winter Village” 8-fat-quarter pack plus a copy of Lynette’s Country Style Quilting book each!
Leave a comment below before midnight October 29, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Winner names will be drawn on October 30 and notified by email.
This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
We have our winners! Congratulations to Debra McCarrier of Severn, Maryland; Vandy Linhart of Painesville, Ohio and Caitlin Howard of Perth, Ontario, Canada.