I take a week off each year before it gets a bit crazy at work and concentrate on doing things around the house. So, of course, it usually contains a bit of sewing and some home organization. This year was no exception. I got off to a slow start but finally got my sewing machine moving and got a lot done.
Christmas Mini Quilt Swap 2015:
Once I finished the Text Me Mini Quilt Swap quilt, I moved on to the next one on my list. The Christmas Mini Swap isn’t due until early November but I got motivated to start it and looked at my partner’s likes and dislikes. I also pulled up the Pinterest account to get an idea of what direction to go with this mini. I pulled some Christmasy greens and got started on a wreath-like pattern. The center star pattern was found at Lily’s Quilts and is called the ET Phone Home block. I added the holly fabric where the pattern calls for the background print as it made it appear more wreath-like to me. I then added the side pieces and then the corner triangles to finish it off. I bound in a red dot and it is finished! I actually may add some red beads to the medium triangle area to give more of a holly appearance. But, I love it either way.
I was commissioned, really early in the year, to make 3 stockings to be complete by this upcoming Christmas. During the year the count increased to 4 as this young family was now expecting their second child. That lovely child was born just 2 weeks ago. The mother gave me a photo to go by but wanted first name initials as the centerpiece of the stocking fronts. For the initials I used the Lower case ABCs paper piecing pattern by Diane Bohn of ‘from blank pages’.
I found a free stocking template at Craftaholics Anonymous. And it was perfect! I straight-line quilted following the lines on the green fabric and continued that into the red and poinsettia prints. I really like the cross-hatch it gives at the sides of the stockings.
Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap Round 4:
I also decided to work on another swap project that is due in early November. I stalked my partner’s Instagram account and looked again and again at the likes and dislikes on my assignment email. I had previously downloaded a paper-piecing pattern called Striped Star by Kristy of Quiet Play. I wanted to play around with that pattern with colors that my partner likes. I ended up with this: I just LOVE it! I failed to take progress pics which is probably good since I hated the first try before I moved to putting the Shuffle fabric (by Riley Blake Designs – after Googling I found some here) in all sections and not just the corners. I added the 1/4″ text border around the star and then extended the Shuffle fabric outwards. I was so inspired that I completed the back and got this mini quilted and bound before the day was done.What that means is that I have completed all of the swap quilts that I have through the end of the year. This will give me time to work on Christmas gifts. I believe I have a few bags and some pillow shams to make…..