Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stitchy Quilty Goodness

The pressure is off; everything is done.  All the gifts that I set out to make this year are done.  They are not all photographed to blog about yet, and they certainly aren’t wrapped. But I am done with the five Christmas quilts, five purses, and four zip pouches.   Whew!

Here is the final Christmas gift quilt. This is for Lauren, aged 8. She wanted red and yellow.  The pattern is, again, the disappearing 9-patch, this time set 4x5.  It was totally randomly pieced, which I should have paid more attention to because there is a greater concentration of reds in the top middle area. Oh well.

Yes, the back is Minkee.  Red Minkee.  I quilted it with gridded lines, nothing fancy.

I finished this about a week ago and took a few days off from quilting.  This week, I began cutting out the next quilt, which will be for my daughter Megan. The fabric is mostly from Indie by Pat Bravo (I love, love, love that line!)  I’ll be making it in Jeni Baker’s Side Braid Pattern, the mini braid version.

But my sewing machine has not been idle!  When I was at Sewing Summit (a sewing conference) here in Salt Lake in October, I took a class on these sweet snap purses. The gray one with orange flowers is the one I did in class. The other four I made this week for a couple friends, my daughter and my daughter-in-law-to-be for Christmas.

My daughter will have her choice of this one or the gray one. I will get the other. But this is my fave!

One friend is very musical, so this was the perfect lining fabric!

The interior lining.

So, now I can start the fun, no pressure sewing. Pillowcases.  They will be stocking stuffers here and there if and when I get them done.  Or maybe I will use the pillowcases as wrapping for the quilts and purses (and kill two birds with one stone!  I hate wrapping presents!)

My Kahlua this year turned out awesome and all my kids (they’re all adults) have gotten theirs already. And we took some to Bruce’s office party, too. There is some left for a neighbor and one little bit left for me.  Luckily, I have all the ingredients to make another batch before New Year’s, LOL.

Last year, I shared a lot of vintage Christmas images.  I have hundreds, if not thousands. Would you like more?  Also, for those who are newer to my blog, you might want to check out the Father Christmas Fashion Show from last year, here.

Cathy maroon


Suztats said...

Love the snap purses and the quilt.
Merry Merry!

Marie said...

Love the red & yellow quilt, and I don't mind that most of the reds seem to have congregated in one corner - I think that's what appeals to me most - the randomness of it. She will be over the moon. And those purses - what can I say??? Your fave is mine as well. Really, really spectacular. There will be some happy campers Christmas day!

Marjolein said...

Wow, you have been working very hard.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Katy Cameron said...

Woot, glad you got to the end of your list!

FredaB said...

You have sure been one busy gal. I really liked the snap purses - wish that class would come around here.

The guys will really like the stockings - perfect for men or boys.

Have a great Chistmas with your family and slow down now and enjoy yourself.



Cat said...

I got behind on seeing your quilts! This one and the last dis. 9 patch are beautiful! Kudos!
I sure like the Indie fabric also that you have picked for your nxt quilt. Fun fun fun.