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Eileen Roche Tutorial on Stipple Jingle Bells

Eileen Roche Tutorial on Stipple Jingle Bells


Here’s a tutorial on a fast easy centerpiece.  You can stitch this in about two hours, and then just slip your potted plant, floral bouquet or a glass vase of sparkly Christmas ornaments inside the tube. It’s a fast and easy way to dress up your table.


You’ll Need:

  • Stipple! Jingle Bells Collection
  • One 9” x 30” quilt sandwich. For best results, measure your 5” x 7” hoop and cut your quilt sandwich 4” wider than the hoop.
  • Appliqué fabrics: green, red, white, yellow and soft gray
  • One 6 ½” x 22” strip of lining fabric
  • Four 1” x 6” sashing strips
  • One 2 ½” x 25” binding strip
  • Flour 4 ½” squares of cardboard or heavy duty cardstock



Stitch four Stipple! Jingle Bell blocks on the quilt sandwich, spacing the blocks 1” apart. Follow the color sequence instructions included in the Jingle Bell CD for making each block. Trim the blocks with ¼” seam allowance on all four sides.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 1

Sew one sashing strip to the right edge of the first block, right sides together, and ¼” seam allowance.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 2


Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 3

Sew the second block to the sashing strip.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 4

 Add another sashing strip to the right edge of the second block.  Repeat for all four blocks.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 5a 

 Sew the last block to the first block, creating a tube.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 5

 Bind the top edge. Set aside.


Fold and press under ½” on one long end of the 6 ½” x 22” lining strip. Sew the short ends of the strip, right sides together. Topstitch the folded edge.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 6

Fold the lining strip into quarters and mark with pins. Place the lining strip over the quilted tube, aligning the bottom raw edges and matching the quarter marks to the sashing strips.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 7

Sew with ¼” seam allowance.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 8

 Turn, press. Pin the lining at the sashing strips.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 9

 Stitch in the center of each sashing strip.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 10

Insert card board squares.

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 Fold into a square; insert a candle or small plant.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 12Enjoy your new centerpiece!



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    Love the OESD stabilizers! Great products! And this quick centerpiece project using the jingle bell stipple blocks is adorable.

  • Lisa Moorman

    I love the stipple designs (all of them). They are fun and unique for gifts.

  • Dee

    What a great and quick idea!

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    I could spend hours looking at all of the designs — so amazing and with limitless possibilities!

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    I love the OESD Christmas design sets. They are all beautiful, especially the 2008 Christmas set.

  • Sally Richards

    wow, this looks great! Love to put that on my table! I love looking at all your items you have and have purchased many.
    Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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    Love the vintage Christmas designs as well as the tree designs. I am crazy for Christmas designs. So many designs so little time!

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    I really love the design collection Name Above All Names.

  • Debbie St.Germain

    I love the Christmas designs, they would be wonderful to do on a Christmas quilt for the quilting and as a design on the blocks.


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    I love all their Christmas designs! They also have a huge variety of designs its fun to window shop there. I’ve never purchased theor stanblizer but will sure be doing that in the future after all the great comments above!!!

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    Love the Christmas Village series of designs!

  • Sue Reed

    Love this tutorial, awesome for decor or gift. I love using the OESD stabilizers. I really like the Christmas designs best! anything for the holidays. 🙂

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    • Kelly Williams

      Desperately seeking the OESD Antique Cars design set. Do you know where I can find one?

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    I love stipple designs. That is going to be my next project.

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    Very cute plant holder design.

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    I haven’t spent much time on the Embroidery Online because I haven’t spent much time learning to use the embroidery part of my wonderful machine. But I am not hopeless, I have goals! More embroidery in my life is up at the top of the list. I really love the project on the blog today, I want to make several of them! Thanks Eileen!

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    I really like the Christmas village designs. we have the tree and pond so far. very lacy and nice.

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    I like Isacord thread, I’ve never had problems with it. I also like the new design sets they have.

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    Annual Christmas Collections and Crafters Collections are the best inspirations from OESD. Happy Holidays!

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    I like the designs

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    I love the annual Christmas Collection. They have the best designs and they stitch out nicely every time.

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    I especially love the Christmas collection from 2011.

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    I love the Flutterbies in the Garden (Collection #78570)
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    I like their e-tips. I did get a kick out of the Fear the Beard embroidery. I don’t know if it was meant for Christmas, but you sure could use it for that

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    Happy Holiday Stitching!

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    I love seeing all the projects and ideas!! Soemtimes I need inspiration

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    I bought one of your older CD’s last year and it had a 3D snowflake that you had to put together by putting tiny little balls through tiny little eyelets. i about never got those things in there but it was totally worth it. It was beautiful!!! Any tricks to that if I want to make another one?
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