Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Fiesta of Ornaments

Now that you have all rushed out to pick up your copies of Quilting Arts gifts, I can show you all the ornaments that I made that did not fit in the magazine.

These were so fun to make. I made 19 while I was designing them to be used with the article, I kept getting more ideas I wanted to try. The nice thing about this project is that even the really simple designs like the square, star and heart look nice. You don't have to be a skilled painter to make a fancy looking ornament.

I think these can go beyond holiday decorations and be ornaments to hang on the wall year round. But they do look awfully pretty on the tree reflecting the colored lights.
These ones have little doors that are folded open.
Some of you may be worried about sewing metal on your sewing machine, but I can assure you, if your sewing machine will sew through a couple layers of denim jeans material, it can sew through this. Any of the higher end name machines should not have a problem with it. This is pewter craft metal, it is very soft. These are cut with decorative craft scissors made for paper.

If you want to make these you can find the directions in the Quilting Arts Gifts issue. If you can't find it at your local magazine stand, click on one of the links in my sidebar.


  1. Anonymous2:34 PM

    These are just beautiful! I love the synthesis between traditional mexican tin ornaments and your personal style with textiles. They remind me of our Christmas trees which always had a few tin ornaments (given my growing up in Southern California with it's rich Hispanic heritage). But of course, they are so much more and so very Judy! I imagine the idea would work well with paintings on paper instead of fabric too. Inspiring. Thank you.

  2. Kristin,

    I think there are a lot of ways to work with this basic idea; painting paper, collage, photos/collage, sewn pieced patchwork and appliques, tons of embellishment possibilities...

  3. I loved them. Especially the one with the happy-looking moon on it.

  4. These are gorgeous - what a great idea!

  5. I loved seeing what you did in the QA Gifts magazine, but I absolutely love all the different things you did with them. The combination of metal and painting was a great balance. Very cool!

  6. These are so very cool... I will be leaving for the magazine stand during lunch to check them out. Love the one with the oak leaves and acorn!

  7. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Judy...these ornaments are gorgeous, and one of the main reasons why I just bought the issue! Cheers, Sarah

  8. These ornaments are wonderful, I hope I can try them some time! (I always want to try everything)
    thank you for the nice comment in my blog!


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