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Celestial Stocking for the Alison Glass Celestial Gift Along

Over the past few months I have shared a little bit of my progress working on a Christmas version of a Celestial quilt using the Celestial pattern by Alison Glass. This has been a fun project and a really terrific pattern.

Celestial Quilt by Alyssa Lichner celestial

Alison invited me to participate in a Celestial Gift Along. We were asked to make a holiday gift using any of the six star blocks from the Celestial pattern. Think of all the fun projects you could make with the stars! Since I am already making the Christmas quilt I thought it would be nice to have a matching stocking and I think this would make a good gift as well. 

Celestial Stocking

I made three of the A blocks from the pattern using some Christmas Spirit and low volume prints just like I am using for my quilt. Using the stocking template from my scrappy stockings pattern, I cut out a piece of batting and assembled scraps of background fabric by sewing segments to the the batting until it was completely covered. 

Celestial Stocking

I have been in foundation paper piecing mode for a few months and really love it. However, one of my biggest pet peeves with foundation paper piecing is sewing on a piece of fabric, flipping it over and having it not cover the template all the way. I hate guessing and wasting time. That is why I love Alison Glass foundation paper piecing patterns, they include measurements for all the pieces, making it fun and more relaxing to work on.

Celestial Stocking

Sew Along

I have so many ideas for more gifts that could use different Celestial stars, in fact I even made another project and I will be back Tuesday to share about it. Meanwhile, it's your turn! Join the fun and create a project using the Celestial pattern. You could basically take any pattern or tutorial for items like bags, dresses, aprons, stockings, tree skirts, journal covers, sewing machine cover and add a Celestial star to it. If the star block is too big you can reduce the size of the template and make a mini version. The possibilities are endless. Over the next two weeks these bloggers will be sharing some Celestial projects with you for some extra inspiration.

This is a great opportunity to get some holiday gifts sewn and checked off your list. It's also a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to and signed copy of Alison's new book Alison Glass Applique.

You have until December 10 to link up your project. If you are on Instagram use the hashtag #celestialgiftalong to share photos of your projects, each week Alison will pick a winner from the photos shared to select a pattern of their choice from her shop!

Happy Celestial Sewing!


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  • Mara says...

    love the stocking, so striking and modern!

    On November 23, 2014

  • susan hilsenbeck says...

    Stockings and celestial quilt are beautiful. I really like the light scrappy background.

    RE: foundation piecing and lack of coverage — Here is a tip I learned from Judy Mathieson (Queen of Mariner’s Compass).

    As you are preparing to sew on the next piece, 1) lay the new piece in place as if ready to sew; 2) fold the foundation back on itself on the stitching line, like you will after sewing to trim; 3) hold up with a good light behind the piece and you should be able to see the shadow of the fabric and the outline of the part you need to cover (especially if foundation is somewhat transluscent and patches are not all too dark — should work great with your light backgrounds); 4) ‘scootch’ the new piece sideways along the sewing line to ensure adequate coverage on all sides.

    This works incredibly well for me with nearly all fabrics — hope it works for you. I also sometimes sew along the folded edge instead of through the foundation (another Judy tip) when I want to control the direction of the seams.

    On November 22, 2014

  • Nesta says...

    Fantastic! A great Christmas sock for a quilter. Love it!

    On November 22, 2014

  • Carol Y says...

    Very nice – love this with the low volume background.

    On November 21, 2014

  • Robin Wehrle says...

    I love this! You have such amazing ideas. Now I want to try and make this.

    On November 21, 2014

  • Anne says...

    fabulous idea I will have to give this a try my grandson needs a new stockin for his new house xxxx

    On November 21, 2014

  • Brandy says...

    What a fabulous idea, thank you for sharing! I may need to make some spruced-up stockings for my family…

    On November 21, 2014

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