Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas Stockings

My son & his wife are still newlyweds - they'll celebrate their 2nd anniversary in just a few days. A week ago they put up their Christmas tree, but were bemoaning the fact that they didn't have stockings to hang from their fireplace mantle. As soon as I heard about their lack, I offered to fix the problem, and - surprise - a new sewing project! I asked them to look around online and find some that they liked so I would know what their tastes were. She chose verious patchwork designs and the color scheme, and after a trip to the fabric store I was off and running. Took me exactly one week to get them all made.

I pieced fabric for each stocking individually, using the same fabrics to tie them all together. There are a gazillion free stocking patterns online if you just look around - I printed off the shape and taped the pieces together for the one that was chosen.

They were quilted with monofilament thread in an all over meandering pattern.

While there are only four people in their family right now, I thought it would be wise to plan for any future additions, so made two extras for that purpose. There are no names on the cuffs, but I figure that they'll be able to remember who's is whose because each is a bit different - or I'm sure we can embroider names on them in the future if they decide they'd like to add that detail.

Since I had my 60 degree ruler out to cut some of those triangles, I decided to play around with it and start a new small project, which is well on it's way to completion. I have SO many specialty rulers, but rarely use them, so it has been fun to sew with these.

And finally, I got around to quilting and binding my Country Roads table topper I made following Lori's QAL. I still need to get it in the washer & dryer so it'll be all crinkly the way I like quilts to be. Feels good to have it totally finished!

Not a lot going on for me this week, but NEXT week I'll meet with both of my rug hooking groups and my small quilt group - should be fun - and hopefully I'll have lots of show & tell to share with you after the fact.


em's scrapbag said...

What festive fun stockings. I'm sure they will love them. The table topper is very you and will go perfect in your home.

Anonymous said...

Love the stockings! And your Country Roads quilt turned out just lovely!

The Civil War Quilter said...

Great stockings! A lovely tradtion has begun and can be enjoyed for years to come. Your little quilt is adorable!

Saundra said...

Good heavens woman, you're one workaholic and the one to call when something needs to be done. And for sure you are one great mom and MIL. I love my son's wife and refer to her as my 'daughter-in-love'. So glad you have a good relationship with your son's wife too. She will remember your extra work for their second year for sure.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Great stockings! I'm sure they will be much loved.
Your little quilt is so sweet ~ as always.
Hugs :)

Kyle said...

You did a fantastic job completing those super cute Christmas stockings. The colors are so bright and modern and you chose some fun patterns. As long as you're were sewing, it seemed like a good idea to just make a few extras. And look, you got them done way before they were needed!

Three Sheep Studio said...

You are a great inspiration, Gayle !
The stockings are fun and I'm sure will be treasured throughout the years.

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

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Happy Trails....Ginger

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful stockings! Love your quilt especially that cheddar setting fabric. I'm excited about your meeting with your groups because you will have many wonderful things to share

Janet O. said...

I can't believe you pieced all of those stinkin'cute stockings and got them made in one week! You are a marvel! They are wonderful!

Country Roads looks good. Does it have a place of honor in your home? Speaking of homes--any word on the house hunt?

annie said...

Love the stockings, what fun colors!
The quilt is just plain wonderful!

Lori said...

The stockings are so cute! We always keep a few extra in case non family members come for the holidays- they can still have a stocking hanging for them.
LOVE your country Roads! So thrilled it is done!!

Sue SA said...

Cute stockings (nice fabric choice) and love your completed Country Roads, I just finished quilting mine too!