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Friday, December 27, 2013

Finishes! (Warning: Picture Heavy Post)

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything - but I have been sewing.  And trust me when I say Quilting is definitely my therapy!

So here goes:

I finished Dwell From Camille Roskelly's Simply Retro - This is much larger than the pattern called for and I made a variety of 6 inch blocks to go in the center of the houses.  If you notice the shams (sorry for the lousy pictures, I'm still learning) I used Lori Holt's pattern for the barn and the tractor.  I also used minky for the backing.

 This one is my favorite!

I also finished two Deck-ade the Halls from the Fat Quarter Shop's Quilt-Along - the bright colored one is for me and the traditional colored one is for my brother and sis-in-law.


I made stockings and a tree skirt for Daughter #1 since this is her first Christmas in her own apartment (technically speaking - she'll be home with us for Christmas). These stockings are huge at 24 inches long! And even though you can't tell by my fabulous picture taking abilities, the stockings are the exact same size.
The "Wooden Soldier" and the "Angel" came from two different Debbie Mumm patterns.  I had made stockings for all of us many years ago and had super-sized the stocking pattern from one of those furry red with the white cuff stockings.

The tree skirt is a pattern from The Fat Quarterly 2010 Holiday Edition

 And, not quite last, but the last thing that I have a picture of, are a bunch of mug rugs and potholders.  The Christmas mug rugs are from Kate Spain's pattern for her fabric line, In from the Cold, only miniature. I drew it out on graph paper.  Most of the fabric is also Kate Spain's Flurry. The rest of the fabric came from my stash is probably from Connecting Threads.

 The second set is super simple - just five inch squares of cute fabric.  I didn't use binding as I was going for quick and simple.  I cut the back two inches larger all the way around and folded and mitered the corners.  Super Simple!

 They make great hostess gifts, too!

 And since it's after Christmas...Mr. Claus (aka Sweet Hubby) brought me these little lovelies!

I participated in the original Row Along and I could not wait to get a copy of this book!  Now I can't wait to get caught up on the Quilty Fun Sew Along!

I also squeezed in a baby quilt and I completely forgot to take a picture (lucky you ;0)

And since I'm not very good at paper piecing, I've decided to participate in Quiet Play's Paper Piecing Party!  I'm hoping that I can improve my skills enough that I don't scream in frustration and throw the blocks away.  I generally make three or four (sometimes five) attempts before I get it right.  And I seem to make different mistakes every time (I also make the same mistakes over and over - just not one right after the other) : /