Friday, 17 January 2014

Christmas Cracker 2013

Last year I participated in a Christmas Cracker swap with an on line group called the Southern Cross Crazies. We were given a name and the details of their likes and dislikes. I was given Viv who liked pastels and Victorian or an Underwater theme.

Just before Christmas I posted it off to Viv and she really loved it.

Viv said that she liked pastel colours and so I went to my collection of silks and found a variety of soft colours that I thought suitable.

I used the same pattern as I had used before for the 2012 Christmas Cracker because I was so busy with my daughter's wedding preparations. I had a different name last time so this pattern would be new to Viv.

The block is about 13" x 8" and I tried to have soft watery colours.

Here are a few close-up photos of the embroidery.

It was  challenge for me to keep the embroidery in soft pastel colours because I always tend to want to add some high contrast.

When the embroidery is finished we wrap it around a cardboard insert from a paper towel roll and fill it with goodies.

Here are some of the goodies that I included.

Finger Pin Cushion

Fabrics, braids and charms

You may wonder why everything that I included for Viv is cream? It's because she is specialising in cream on cream crazy quilting at the moment. Imagine how pretty it is going to look?

Viv also makes the most amazing doll houses; here is a link to her blog.

This is what the block looked like when it was finished.
The finished block

I also received a beautiful block from Carolyn but I'll save that for another post.

Bye for now,


Gina E. said...

Not only do I remember your previous CQ Christmas cracker, but I have a photo of it on my hard drive! I saved it so I could try to make one myself, but never got around to it. You make it sound so easy! Any chance of a step by step tutorial?

Linda Steele said...

Now, that's a thought, Gina. I am really busy at the moment getting the kits ready fir the cruise. Maybe when I get some spare time!!