Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

Where does it say it has to be white?

My decorations are, and have always been, silver and pink. I’m not a huge fan of the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold as a combination, I’ve never done seasonal quilts, or worked with Christmas fabrics. So when I was inspired by fellow blogger Kym Byrd Lucas’ reply to my comment on her recent post about creating a Christmas tree quilt, it was never going to be… traditional.

Because this was spur of the moment, it was also going to be, if not scrappy, then at least made from what I had. And what I had lots of was jelly roll strips. Not much green, but an awful lot of pink, red and pinky-purple. So I’ve made myself a pink Christmas tree hanging. It’s sized to hang in front of one of my book cases, like a sort of half-sized colourful tree.

This is only the first step. Next I have to sandwich and back it, do some light quilting and then make my baubles. I’ve dug out some colourful scraps and will be cranking out lots of yoyos (Suffolk puffs) to hang from the tree ‘branches’.

But before I finish it I have a project to do for my SIL, involving making cushion covers. I just needed to get this first stage done so I could stop it niggling me! I’m going to press the yoyo scraps and then they can all go in the project basket to wait patiently till I have a bit more time.

Plenty of time to finish it before Christmas.


47 thoughts on “Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

  1. magpiesue says:

    Red, green, and gold have never been my favorite either. I’d love to do aqua and pink but I have a very traditional husband. I made myself a pillowcase out of an aqua and pink and white holiday print a few years ago; that serves the purpose most of the time.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a husband who doesn’t mind what I do so long as HE doesn’t have to decorate! I love the sound of aqua and pink, but I do get that it might be a bit too alternative for some…

  2. Marty K says:

    I like this! Looking forward to seeing your decorations. 🙂

  3. Emmely says:

    That looks fun! Great idea to have a fabric tree!

  4. I like your choice of colors, Kate. I’m looking forward to seeing your tree quilted and decorated.

  5. Sooooooooooooo pretty! Looking forward to seeing your yoyos.

  6. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That’s lovely Kate. When my sitting room was painted deep red a traditional ‘red/ gold with greenery’ scheme looked good. Now it is pink I have had to ditch the red and use just gold and silver. Pink and silver would be a tad too contemporary for this old house but I love the idea of it.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve had a delicate spindly white fibreoptic tree for a couple of decades now, not being a fan of needles on the ground or killing trees for the purpose. But it takes up a lot of space and requires power, and I wanted something else to put in a different position, and this is it! I will also be adding tiny lights; I have a set of tiny ‘grain’ lights on very thin wire, battery operated, which I’m going to drape over the baubles. Should be really pretty in the end.

  7. Vibrant, lovely, and far more enticing than red and green!

  8. kymlucas says:

    Can’t wait to see the final result and so happy you liked the idea. I knew anything you did would be beautiful!

  9. craftycreeky says:

    Love it! I like red and green but this looks amazing!

  10. Dayphoto says:

    I love how talented you are!!

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    And why not have a pink tree. You are in the Southern hemisphere after all.Very pretty.

  12. Tami Von Zalez says:

    I like it! I have done a traditional red/green quilt but bordered it with black print Mary Engelbreit holiday fabric. I have saved pink/burgundy fabric for another holiday themed quilt.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think red and green can work well in a cold climate Christmas, but when it’s 90°F+ oiutside, snowflakes, reindeer and other traditional motifs make less sense to me. I’ll stick to my pink and silver tropical colours

  13. I love how the festive season is getting more creative… more and more non-tradtional Christmas tree ideas… and yours suits your style perfectly. Ours is homemade from recycled marine ply for the base and chicken wire!

  14. Why would it be any other color? Turned out so cute. Not doing Christmas this year. I do miss it though.

    • katechiconi says:

      I bet you do… Maybe you need a tiny little portable Christmas kit, a box you can open out to show a Nativity, or a tiny Christmas tree or something. If I’d known, I’d have made you something you could fold or roll up and carry with you…

  15. Bear says:

    I love it! REally, I do. I’ve always toyed with the idea of a pink Christmas tree. (Hubby objects and rolls eyes.) That said, you do give me an idea for the use of some left over Christmassy jelly roll strips. Hmmm, if I can crawl upstairs ( knee imobilized at the moment) and get that D* machine out of the box, I could sew something up in time for the BIG day! Hehe! Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. […] just popped out to Kate’s blog ( https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2021/12/12/dreaming-of-a-pink-christmas/) and found a little bit o’ inspiration. Now, I have a reason to crawl up the stairs (trust […]

  17. …and a few of Jill’s fabric beads? If you are not staying two-dimensional. It is a gorgeous beginning!

    • katechiconi says:

      Maybe… I’ve made a whole bunch of yoyos, and have some small silver baubles I want to use. If there’s any space and it doesn’t look too crowded I might do that too! Thanks for the suggestion.

  18. tialys says:

    I don’t know how I missed this post and only found it as I noticed the link in Bear’s scrappy post. It looks charming – I might make one myself for next year.

    • katechiconi says:

      As you can see, no pattern required! I have some sewing to do for the SIL first, but once that’s done, I’ll be back onto sandwiching, quilting and binding, and then the fun bit – decorating!

  19. cedar51 says:

    I guess it’s all done as the magic date is but a few days away – but as I said to Jill, I’m at least replying still in December!

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