January 5th, or Twelfth Night, is by tradition the time for the Christmas decorations to be taken down. I find it quite a sad day in our household as all the decorations are packed away for another year. Walls and corners or room seem bare as the garlands and the tree are taken down. Rooms go from being over decorated back to their normal state (which I have to admit makes cleaning easier)
The 6th January, is Epiphany or three Kings day the end of the festive period and the start of the new year. My Christmas panel with glitter film, shadow appliqué and cut work was inspired by the carol ‘We Three Kings’ The Kings, bearing their gifts are being guided to Bethlehem by the Christmas Star.
But even though all the Christmas glitz and sparkle has gone, glitter film is a great way to add sparkle to any project. It can be heat applied to lots of different surfaces, from cloth and paper to wood and glass. It is easy to machine stitch and layer which made it the perfect choice for the panel.
Now it’s time for me to open up the sketch books again after the break, and to see where the blank page takes me, there may be glitter or not. I am hoping that the Festival of Quilts will take place at the NEC this year and that I manage to get an exhibition quilt completed for it, so I need to get sketching. This is my New Years challenge to myself. Have you made any quilting resolutions this year?
The pattern is available from Tudor Rose Patchwork Three Kings Also available is ‘Whilst Shepherds Watched”