Adding Santa to the Mantel

About 6 or 7 years ago, I purchased an adorable little Christmas pattern called Straddling Santa by The Wooden Bear. In my excitement, I also purchased some great fabrics to go with the pattern. Then, I got home and the pattern and fabric went into my to-do pile. Sound familiar?

I did finally make this little wall hanging about 3 years ago and have used it to decorate my fireplace mantel each year. It adds just the right touch of “Santa” to the space, along side our stockings.

The finished project is about 19.5 inches by 23.5 inches and you can easily make it with scraps from your stash. The largest piece of fabric needed is 3/4 yard for the backing.

Here’s a look at Straddling Santa:

Straddling Santa Wall Quilt

Straddling Santa Wall Quilt

I used 2 little black buttons for the eyes and 1 red button along his coat. I used my Bernina to do some basic free-motion quilting in the cream background blocks and in the red border.

I have one more fun little Christmas mini quilt that I started several years ago to finish. All I need to do is the quilting and binding! It’s always a great feeling to finish up these projects.


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