Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER AND MORE

I had the day to myself on Saturday so decided to work on my wall hanging that will hold our Christmas Cards.  It has become a bit of a challenge as I decided to use a different method than the pattern to attach my birds.  I also found that that required me to adjust the size of some of the birds to fit on some of the pockets.  Thank you computer printer that also has a copier feature that allows one to increase and decrease the size when making copies. 
  However by yesterday I discovered I needed  a quick mini runner for my kitchen counter.  What better way to also practice my meander quilting.  I discovered a week or so ago that using 12wt thread worked really well for me.  
The finished quilting job on this little guy.  It is only 14 by 22 but fits perfectly on the end of our kitchen counter.  
I am not so sure the Christmas card wall hanging will get done.  Our calendar is full, but I hope to give it a try over the next week or so.  The mini runner still needs a binding but both projects are at least on their way.  So I am linking up with:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Night Fall Christmas

These last couple of days I finished up my Night Fall Christmas Stocking project.  While cleaning out a tub of ribbon I discovered a stack of mini doilies.  They seemed perfect for this project.  My patch work finished at 2 1/2 inches.


I finished the back off with just a plain fabric also in the Night Fall fabric.

Before constructing the stocking I quilted the patchwork front and back to batting.  The front was done in a serpentine stitch over the seam lines, but I decided to meander the back fabric.  I love using 12wt thread and prefer Wonderfil over other brands.  However I had never tried to do meander quilting with it.  You learn something new all the time, it is wonderful to work with doing that type of quilting. 
So it is Friday and this project is complete so I am linking up with

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SEWING PROJECTS

I decided to cut into my Night Fall fabric by Maureen Cracknell and make a patchwork stocking.  
I pulled at this cute pattern for a wall hanging with pockets to put Christmas Cards into.
I cut out some of the birds for it.
And then a few more.  Will I finish these all up before Christmas?  I'm not sure but they are fun for a start.
So at least the projects are started so I am linking up with

Friday, November 25, 2016

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS HUNG BY THE FIRE

They are done.  These guys have been on my to-do list for a couple years now.  I finally managed to pull fabric and pattern out of the closet and make them.  Love it when a plan and finish come together.  
Hope your Christmas crafts are coming together.
  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SCRAPS, SCRAPS, SCRAPS

I pulled a pile of scraps out of my baskets and shelves of my quilting studio and sliced off some 3 inch strips in various lengths depending on how much scrap there was to cut.  I do not need another runner.  This one will be for my youngest daughter, as she washes them to death having three boys ages 13, 10, and 8.  I guess meals can be a bit wearing on table runners at her house.  
This table runner picture done by Maureen Cracknell was my inspiration.  Not an exact match, but I thought I did a pretty good job of using up some scrap fabric that came to a reasonable and pleasing runner.
  While digging around for scraps I also found these blocks ready to go.  Where they end up given this rather long skinny runner I have no idea, but it is a cute item and it finished off a who bunch of scrap items.  
So I am linking up if for no other reason than to encourage those with tons of scraps to do something with them.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

My very best friend Brooke on Silly Mama Quilts mentioned in an E-mail earlier this week that Christmas stockings might be on her quilting agenda.  By the way Brooke is doing a new class in the next week or so on SkillShare featuring a Christmas mini quilt.  I have had fabric and pattern in my studio for at least a couple years that needed to be turned into Christmas socks for me husband and my self.  Her comment got me moving.  So yesterday I was able to finish up the first of the two.  
This is a picture of the pattern The Vintage Spool by Verna Mosquera.  I still have to purchase the ribbon and some sort of Christmas decor for it.  But at least mine is done.  

So here is the selection of fabric for hubby's sock.  
And at least the front of the sock is cut out and a reveal of the cuff.  I'll have to find some more manly ribbon and Christmas decor.  But I think the two are going to come out just perfect for a mantel decoration and maybe a couple of fun stocking stuffers.
This is not a complete finish but I promised they will be done by Christmas so I am linking up with
  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ITS PUMPKIN TIME

I finished it!  Pulling this pattern out at the last minute was a bit stressful to try to get it done before Christmas was upon me.  But, here it is.  
  I also pulled out this long ago made wall quilt to add to the pumpkin fun.  It is still a favorite of mine.
So I am linking up with