Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas is (Almost) Here

Christmas for me is the best time of the year, especially when surrounded by family and friends. This month has been a busy one in anticipation, full of Christmas projects, gift projects, and just because. Some are secrets so can't be shared yet, but here are a few that aren't being kept a secret. 

I finished my Christmas tree skirt and am so pleased with the way it turned out. It definitely trims the floor around the tree.

I decided to put my new tree hanging to good use and turned it into an advent tree! I sewed 24 little red buttons to the tree and every day in December, I add a miniature numbered book from Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Storybook Set and Advent Calendar that we were gifted many years ago by my sister. 

It was a treat to put the little books to real good use this year, reading each little book before hanging it.

Last week our town held a dinner for the seniors and were asked for donations of small gifts. I bought some adorable Santa mugs at the local grocery store and made a few mug rugs to include with them, as well as some chocolates, candy canes, and tea.

Luckily I also had some plastic around so was able to wrap them to go!

In a moment between gift projects and "what should I do next?", I cut into some delightful LOL prints designed by Me and My Sister. I had loved the Asterisk pattern I found in Quiltmaker Reader Favorites Volume 1 Summer 2015 and started making these 6 1/2"unfinished blocks. 

I'll keep working on those next year.  For now, my sewing room is closed for the year. The house is decorated, the Christmas quilts are hung, the baking is done, the tree is up, and now we are ready for family and friends.

Merry Christmas to all! 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Quilty Things

I always embrace the Christmas season before the season begins...usually in my sewing room. I finished my " A Little Bit Shorter Tall Tree" a few days ago and have it hanging in my kitchen.

I echo quilted the leaves and base, did some FMQ to add some snowflakes on the white background, and used an all-over loop de loop on the borders. The designer, Cindi Edgerton, suggests trimming the tree so I actually purchased some miniature ornaments but haven't attached them yet. 

I made a few quilty goodies last month and mailed them across the country to DD and DS. They have now arrived so I can share them with you here. I wanted to make some Christmas placemats for them so made some hexagon ones for DD, matching some of the grey/aqua in her kitchen area. 

DS just moved into a new apartment and he seems to love Santa as much as I do, so it had to be Santa placemats!

I also made Christmas placemats for my Mom but forgot to take a picture. Hers were made with Vintage postcards as the centres.

Look at this mug I just picked up today at our local grocery it not adorable? $5...a real Santa bargain!

Once the placemats were finished, I started to piece together a Christmas Tree skirt. 

The pattern is from Pieced Tree Patterns and is called Tree Skirt Star. I adapted the size of the pattern to make it a tad smaller and am almost ready to start quilting it.  Right now it is sitting on my kitchen table waiting for more pins. Below are a few closeups of the fabrics. I picked them up from a few different places. I especially love that black text fabric (Christmas Wishes by Blank Quilting), the red paisley centre (Winter Garden by Color Principal for Henry Glass), and the grey paisley fabric ( Jenelle Kent for Blank Quilting).  Of course, the black on white tree fabric by Camelot Fabrics is also a favorite! 

I guess you know what I'll be doing for the next few days. It's a great day for quilting!