Drum roll please - my latest project is completed! This is The Christmas Box, designed by Lynette Anderson Designs and was bought last year as a kit from Lynette's online shop Little Quilt Store in Australia. The kit included the fabrics for the outer part of the box, applique and hexagons, wool felt and the pattern. I just needed to add fabric for the lining, threads, wadding and a 2 way zipper. Making this box has included lots of hand embroidery using a selection of variegated Valdani embroidery threads along with hand applique...
...I used fusible Bosal In-R-Form for the wadding, this is a structured foam wadding which keeps the box firm. The 2 way zipper was reasonably easy to insert. I bought a metre of zipper tape along with a couple of zipper pulls online from Zipper Station (I was very impressed with their prompt delivery) and it only took a couple of minutes to put the zipper pulls on the tape in opposite directions...
...a row of hexagons were hand appliqued around the middle of the box, and I used a mid grey Aurifil 80wt thread for this. As I was using a fusible foam wadding, I constructed the box a bit different to Lynette's instructions, and made my hinge dfferently too. I'd made lots of notes when I was constructing the Stitching Circle Basket a few weeks ago, so that helped too...
...I've appliqued a small hand ebroidered label to the inside of the lid. I used a very fine curved needle to stitch it in place, as the lid was already constructed with wadding and a piece of firm card...
...this is the perfect size for keeping a tin of chocolates or biscuits in and no-one else will know they're in there except you. Merry Christmas everyone!
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