Usually, I start my decorating on December 1, but this year I was away on a short visit to see this little guy, our almost 6-month old GS. You can see he was on his best behaviour, admiring his quilt, or was he examining the stitches?
The visit was very short, with no visits to quilt shops or blogger friends...sorry, Sue...but it was a fabulous 6 days of hugs, smiles, a few diaper changes, time at a few malls, and a wonderful morning at the International Craft Market at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. Giant Jim Shore Santas were all around us!
In anticipation of my trip, I made a few more appliqued bibs. The favorites are the bandana bibs but I forgot to take pictures of the ones I made.
I always like to surprise DD and SIL with a few Christmasy items, so I gifted them with a Merry Christmas hanging and a modern tree quilt.
I crosshatched the red background fabric and then fused the letters in place. The fabric decal is by The Creative Iron designed by Nancy Zieman which I picked up awhile back in Riverview, New Brunswick at The Covered Bridge Quiltery.
The tree was one of three designs in a panel I purchased in Maine last summer called Joy and Wonder designed by Cori Dantini. I thought the tree would work pretty well with their modern surroundings. Again, I crosshatched the panel and attached a sleeve for hanging.
Now that I am back in my sewing room, I am continuing with the Christmas theme. I made a little fabric gift bag the other day and used it for a door prize and filled it with goodies for the Ocean Waves Quilt Society's general meeting held in Port Hawkesbury yesterday. With this particular bag, you make the pattern from a paper bag you have on hand. Laura from SewEasy has a great video on how to make this. Just click HERE. Laura used Soft and Stable but I used a fusible interfacing instead and made fabric handles.
Today will be a little low key as I hang the quilts later, but I did finish a flannel quilt top this morning. I woke up way too early so sewed my last two rows together to finish this one. Flower Patch Flannel fabrics are by Maywood Studio. They offer several quilt patterns by fabric designer Bonnie Sullivan using her preprinted flower blocks and coordinating fabrics. You an find them all HERE. I made my quilt a little smaller, about 50" x 60" and used a scrappier selection of her fabrics. I just hung the top on the line. See! No snow here!
A little closer look at her yummy fabrics!
I have quite a bit of flannel in my stash and lots more of those pre-printed flower blocks, so may make a few more quilts similar to this one over the winter.
That's it. You are now caught up on what I've been up to. Thanks so much for coming by and enjoy your day!