Candy Canes and Cookie Cutters 

While I can spend hours thread-painting a detail on one of my critters, I have the patience of a flea when it comes to functional patchwork quilts. So it was that I found myself staring at a pattern for my beloved Basic Grey 🎄collection of a few years ago…which called for a bazillion HSTs. The only sensible thing to do was to tear up the pattern and go rogue!

Once I got the piece onto my long arm, I decided to have some fun with thread. Any number of colors would have worked…but I decided to go for a candy cane effect. Red and white went through the needle, red in the bobbin. 

Next, I stared at the tin of Christmas cookie cutters that had gone into retirement when I became an empty-nester. Using a Frixion marking pen, I traced candy canes and angels and snowflakes in random places, then carefully stitched over them (connecting with a basic lasso stitch). So much fun! And the quilt was finished before Christmas that year ;).

Tomorrow’s topic, a holiday reading suggestion: a very cozy mystery from one of my favorite authors (and friends :)!)

PS You can, of course, have fun doing organic shapes such as holly and Christmas trees while stitching freehand…

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

One thought on “Candy Canes and Cookie Cutters 

  1. Did I miss the whole piece? If you didn’t piece HSTs, what pattern did you use? and BTW brilliant idea for the quilting!

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