Sunday, December 4, 2011

Canadian Christmas Blog Hop - Snowmen Candle Mat

Welcome to Quilted Escapes and the Canadian Christmas Blog HopWeek 8!

Welcome to Christmas Blog Hop week here at Quilted Escapes!  It's hard to believe Christmas is so close, but this little project is a great kit for your guild gift exchange or make it for your favorite hostess as a gift with a beautiful candle!  I hope you enjoy making this cute little applique candle mat using scraps of wool for their warms scarves and noses!   Leave your comments on our project before Dec. 20th at  and your name will be entered into our free "Snowman Candle Mat Kit" draw!

Whose next? Check out Dec. 11/11
 What goes great with our Snowman theme you ask? 
                               How about our favourite recipe                
Mint Snowballs! 

1/2 cup of icing sugar
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of shortening
1/2 tsp of peppermint extract
2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 container of store purchase icing

Cream the sugar, butter, shortening and peppermint extract thoroughly.
Measure flour onto a square of wax paper, add salt, stir well to blend.
Add blended dry ingredients to creamed mixture, mix well.  Shape into 1" balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 - 10 mins.   Cool on cookie rack.
Dip tops into thing icing, then into the coconut.  Makes 4 dozen. You can add food colouring to the icing for a more festive look! 

Snowman Candle Mat

Material List

2 - 8" background squares
1 - 9" square of batting
5 - 5" squares of white fabric
1 - 3" square of each of the following
     felted wool scraps - green, red, orange, yellow and blue - for scarves
Scraps of orange felted wool for noses
DMC Embroidery floss - to match scarves, white
10 small black seed beads for eyes
Double sided fusible web
Tailors Chalk
Metallic Thread
Metallica Machine Needle
Hand embroidery needles
Embroidery Scissors
Free Motion or Dual feed foot
6" sandwich plate

Step 1
Place the 6" sandwich plate face down onto the right side of one - 8" fabric square.  Trace around the place with the tailors chalk.  Sandwich the batting between the two 8" squares, making sure the drawn circle side is facing up.  Using a metallic needle, metallic thread and a free motion foot, machine quilt the 8" squares using a meandering pattern.

Step 2
Trace the applique patterns shown on to double sided fusible web.  Press to the wrong side of fabric (note:  applique's are already in reverse).  Cut out.  Make the following:
  • 5 snowmen from white fabric
  • 5 scarves - one from each colour of felted wool
  • 5 noses - orange felted wool

Step 3
Stitch into place the black beads for the eyes on the snowman
Using 2 strands of DMC floss, make 3 french knots for the buttons on the snowman

Step 4
Arrange the snowman around the edge of the marked circle, making sure they are close to each other.  Press into place.

Step 5 
Using a sharp pair of embroidery scissors, cut around the outside of the snowman.  Using 2 strands of  DMC Embroidery floss and blanket stitch, stitch around the entire snowmen. 

Step 6
Press the scarves and noses into place.  With 1 strand of embroidery floss, blanket stitch around the scarves.

Stitch the noses with 1 stand of embroidery floss and 2 french knots!

  All of us at Quilted Escapes would like to thank you for all your support in the past year.  
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!
God Bless!


Delores said...

Is there a downloadable version of the pattern?? Just wanted to get the snowman pattern the right size. So cute - I'd like to make it out of wool. Thanks.

Nancy in IN said...

So cute the snowman mat. This is something I want to make. Thanks

vernagrace said...

Thank you for the candle mat design, it is really sweet and I hope to make a couple for gifts! So nice to see a Canadian designer's blog hop!

-from the east coast