During the holidays, I let my computer time slide so I could enjoy each and every day of Christmas, but when the tree came down earlier today, I knew it would be a good day to reconnect!
I made a few quilty items as Christmas gifts so thought I would share a few of them with you. One of my good friends is an angel collector, so last February I googled "angel quilts" and found a pattern called Redwork Angels by Beth Ritter. Throughout the year, I worked on the 12 redwork angels, designed for each month of the year. In early December, I managed to sew the blocks together, machine quilt it, and then gave it to my friend just in time for Christmas.
I changed the pattern just a tad and quilted it with stitch in the ditch and some cross hatch quilting with my Pfaff. Here are a few close-ups...
I think the December angel is my favorite...
I cross hatched up to each design, without going through the angels, which managed to hold everything fairly flat as I didn't want the angels to puff out.
The quilt finished at about 36" x 44" and is now hanging in my friend's house. I had just as much happiness in making this quilt and giving it to my friend as she says she felt when she received it. I love making a quilt for someone special!
I made a few smaller items to send out West, including a little Minnie pouch. I picked up the fabric last summer and decided to quilt it and make it into a little bag for my DD, a perfect size for any teacher to use to hold pens and markers. I filled it with a huge assortment of new Sharpies so I know it will be put to good use!
I also sent DD and DSIL a table topper for their new round table which they got just before the holidays.
I used some Christmas/Winter charms I had on hand, machine quilted it with a loop de loop design, added a few snowflakes, and made half a dozen cloth napkins to coordinate.
Over the holidays, Woodworker Hubby helped me make an upstairs sewing room in one of the spare rooms. That way, I can FMQ my Snowman quilt in my sewing corner in the basement, but still work on some other quilty projects upstairs with my Janome and Featherweight.
WH gifted me, after a little hint, with a Sewezi portable table which I absolutely adore!
With the table, we chose to purchase an additional insert so I can use the table with both my Pfaff and my Janome. I have already found it to be such a perfect height that my back does not get sore like it does in my sewing corner. The table is small enough to fit under the window so I can watch the world go by while I sew and is light and portable to take to a friend's, a quilt class, or a retreat.
WH has also created a customized cutting table for me, adapted cupboards for storage, and added even more open shelving to the closet so I can store so much more. Since I took the picture, he has raised the cutting table seven inches higher, a much better height for me.
So as you can imagine, I am having lots of fun in my two sewing rooms. Hope you are enjoying the New Year as much as I am!
It's a great day for quilting!