Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Today is my day of Lesley's Christmas blocks! Yeah!

Here is my Christmas block ... tutorial below...
 We are going to be making a Santa block :)  Go to this url to get your Santa pattern:
Print it out and trace your Santa on iron on fusible web Pellon Wonder Under 805.

                                                      Pick out your background fabric ...
 Pin your coloring book page to the fabric and use it as the guide to cut out your square...
            Now comes the fun part!  Iron your fusible web to an off-white piece of fabric for Santa's face.  I actually used two pieces of material for his face so you would not see my background fabric thru his face.  Depending on how thick or dense your face fabric is, you may not need to do this.
 I used a Pilot Fixion blue ink pen to draw Santa's features on his face to embroider later.
 This pen is the 'bomb' - the ink removes instantly when you iron it.  So easy to remove mistakes!
 I used DMC embroidery thread 334 for Santa's eyes... Using a solid stitch ... embroider Santa's eyes.
 Now we will use DMC 884 for the outlining of Santa's eye lashes ...  I used 2 strands throughout...
 I found a lighter gray in my stash (no longer have the color number) to finish his cheeks and start his nose.  I also added a couple of stitches of white to his eyes to give Santa his 'Sparkle'.
 Lets now iron on his beard (being sure to overlap a tiny bit on his lower face) Then position his eyebrows, mustache, and hair on without ironing them on yet - just to get the feel of how Santa is going to look.
 Now you have the right position of his facial hair - you can put his stocking cap under his hair...
 Lets not forget the top of his stocking cap... position it on also, being sure to put his ball under the cap.
 Remove all  his facial hair and iron on the hat and cap and ball :)
 I now started blanket stitching around his beard in DMC 3024.
 If you prefer to use a different color - go for it.  I wanted my beard to stand out a bit more than his cap so I used a really light gray.  When I blanket stitched his beard, I used a bit of a chain stitch to accent it.
 Finish embroidering his nose, lips and beard...  I used a rosey pink for his lips from my stash...
 A close up of Santa's detail in his beard and lips...
 Starting to look like a Santa!!!  Now embroidery his cap with white...
 Use DMC red 610 for his stocking cap...
 DMC 3024 (or whatever shade you used for his beard) for his facial hair...
I added one inch strips for the border.  I also used crayon and painted on some 'rosey' cheeks for Santa
This you tube video will show you how to apply cheeks to Santa with color crayons.

I hope you have as much fun making Santa as I did... Now I have to run and check out everyone else's Christmas blocks...  Enjoy!
Thank you Lesley for having this fun block hop :)

Be sure to visit the other Christmas bloggers...

 


Quilting Fiesta


Scrapbox Quilts


From This to That 

Buzzing and Bumbling

No Loose Threads

Deborah B 

Judith Handmade Treasures

Gran-Knot-Y Embroidery Lady

Mrs. Pickles

Susie's World


76 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! This Santa is absolutely gorgeous! You have made my heart soar! Your tutorial is perfection...I definitely plan on making this guy...I only hope my embroidery will be a smidgen as good as yours! Santa's eyes are perfection...they really sparkle! Thank you sooooo much for participating and sharing the tutorial. This is just so awesome!

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  2. Fabulous! and what a great idea to use a colouring page for your applique!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing today. Your project is fabulous!

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  4. Your Santa is very cute. It would make a great top to a countdown calendar.

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  5. Good Morning Bonny, the detail and your fine thread stitching is gorgeous...well done...
    May I ask that you add the rest of your ladies to your blog post can be found on sewwequilt.com or at Lesley's lesleythecuddlequilter.com
    Nobody will know to go from your blog to the next..thanks...

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  6. Merry Christmas Bonny. Thank you for your wonderful appliqued and embroidered Santa. His eyes twinkle, his mouth smiles, his beard is so curly matching the fabric. What a jolly Santa - thank you for the tut.

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  7. A Happy Santa that makes you smile just to look at him. Thank you for the great tutorial and the you tube link. Merry Christmas.

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  8. Wow its fabulous - great tutorial too! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Great block, I love the rosy cheeks! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. OH this is a wonderful block...I collect all kinds of Santa's and I have already printed him out. Thanks again for your tutorial and happy holidays to you.

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  11. your santa is amazing. love the way you stitch the eyes and well found everything beautiful. You tease me i now follow your blog on bloglovin! have a nice blog hop and hope to see you on my blog on sunday, have a giveaway too!

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  12. Nice job, love the tut! Santa looks great in applique and embroidery! So good to hop with you.

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  13. How fun to see Santa come to life! What a great job you've done. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  14. What a precious Santa! Thanks for putting together a tutorial for us - I think this will be one of those I can't wait to do. :) blessings, marlene

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  15. Wonderful tutorial! I might be able to do this!

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  16. Oh you did a lot of work in this one block! Wonder tutorial - love all the handwork to make Santa come alive - thank you for sharing with us today.

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  17. What a cute little Santa face. I love his brilliant blue eyes and his rosy little cheeks. I use the Frixion pens also and love them. I do have a hard time finding them in the stores.
    Thanks for posting.

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  18. What a good idea and a great tutorial. There are lots of copyright free line drawing art on the internet on a variety of topics. One could make dozens of quilts!

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  19. Bonny, this is a sweet block. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make it - you did a great job on the block and the tut!

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  20. I love your Santa he looks quit jolly. I like your fabric choices too.

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  21. I really like him and you did a great job on the tutorial. Takes a lot of time to put one of those together.

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  22. Very cute! You did such a nice job on it too.

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  23. Cute Santa! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  24. Thank you for a great tutorial, Bonny! Your Santa looks beautiful!!!

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  25. Your Santa is such fun, thank you for showing him to us.

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  26. How cute is this?!?!!!
    Your embroidery is perfect... love the eyes! You've captured his twinkle!
    Thanks for hopping along with us... Happy Hopidays!
    I'm a new follower.

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  27. Great Santa and thans for the tutorial.I am amazed at all the ideas we are getting.Love your block

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  28. Asses....Santa is adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Oh my gosh! That is amazing!! I knew I loved coloring books but now even more! Thank you for the great tutorial.

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  30. Love your Santa is so lovely.Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  31. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  32. What a fun block...thanks for the tutorial!

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  33. such a smart idea! I just love your block. so cute. thanks for sharing the steps with us.

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  34. WOW what a great looking Santa!

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  35. What a precious block! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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  36. Your Santa block is adorable! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Happy quilting!

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  37. You've given Santa a great compliment. He's marvelous. =)

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  38. what a cute Santa!!! thanks for sharing!!

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  39. Beautiful handstitching on a handsome Santa! Outstanding and great tutorial to follow. Thank you for sharing....Judith, Texas

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  40. What a good idea to use a colouring page for the applique pattern. Your stitching is very well done. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

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  41. That is one perfect Santa, I love it, thanks so much for sharing. Now I can try to make one similar.

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  42. Santa with the blue eyes. I love it. aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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  43. Great tutorial and I love that Santa! Thanks for joining in the hop. :O)

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  44. Your banner photo is darling and your santa perfect for Ho, Ho, Ho-ing!! Thanks for the great tutorial and ideas! Happy Hopping!

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  45. This is way too cute! I love it.

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  46. What a great Santa and a wonderful tutorial.

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  47. cool. thank you for sharing. hugs

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  48. Lovely embroidery, terrific tut.
    He is charming! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. What a darling block! Great job on your tutorial as well. Thanks for sharing Santa with us.

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  50. I love coloring pages for quilt blocks. There are many online too. Great idea and wonderful block!

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  51. Cute Santa - like the embroidery

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  52. I love Santa! Thanks for sharing the steps.

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  53. I just love your Santa block!! It is gorgeous!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  54. Great Santa block. Thanks for the tut.

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  55. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet! I love him!!!
    xx

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  56. This is a great block and super tut. It is amazing how he comes to life as you move down the blog. Thanks for hopping.

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  57. you made it look so quick and easy when I know the opposite is true--I can only imagine how much time this took to make! But it was worth every second--it's one-of-a-kind super cute!

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  58. Great Santa block! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  59. I want one !! LOVE this can't wait to start

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  60. This is going in my to-do list!

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  61. Wonderful SANTA , Such a sweet expression on his jolly face.Thanks for sharing .

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  62. You have created a very cute Santa- I love the background fabric- just a perfect backdrop for your Santa. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  63. You did an awesome job of doing the blanket stitch around the edges! Love the total effect you gave your Santa! He almost feels real. Thanks for sharing.

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  64. What a great Santa block - love the details! Howdy from Texas!

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  65. I love your santa block also the picture of your little sewer on you header is very cute

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  66. HELLO! A GREAT TUTORIAL+I LOVE YOUR SANTA!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  67. Thanks for sharing the Santa tutorial. You make it look easy.

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  68. Great tutorial! thanks for the help on how to make this cute block!

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  69. Your Santa block is just the jolliest...too cute!! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop...happy stitching!!

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  70. I love your comment about your shampoo! I use coloring pages also because I am drawing challenged! LOL Thanks for sharing

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  71. I am totally in LOVE with this block!
    I just keep coming back & looking at it ...

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