Each year I try to make something handmade for the kids or the home for Christmas. This year I decided that we needed new Stockings…something fun. They are lined and plenty big for Santa to get his hand in while filling. It was fun choosing fabrics that matched with each individual person’s interests and likes. I didn’t have a pattern for the cuff so I measured across and added a little extra for the seam allowance. I’d suggest a half inch more if you make these, it was a tight fit.
This next photo is of an ornament that my son made me on his 3-d printer. This is his field of study at Washington State, hence the Coug stocking. This sphere came out real smooth, it’s a cleaver process how these printers turn a plastic cord into something completely different.
My favorite fabrics are batiks. I love how the colors and patterns of just one cut of these can vary so much from one corner to the other; the colors are rich and the prints gorgeous. This past weekend I completed two table runners. One was for a friend and the other for our kitchen table.
This first one used part of a jelly roll of 2 1/2 inch strips. I used the quilt as you go method for the first time. You lay out the backing, right side down, then the batting. You begin sewing on the strips, starting in the middle , working your way out. It was really quite easy. This measures 12 inches by 30 as requested to fit a narrow table. I am really happy with the way this turned out . Best of all…so was she!
My second table runner used a method I learned from the Missouri Star Quilt Company .To make the squares consisting of two triangles, sew two 5inch squares right sides together, around all four side with a quarter inch seam, then cut them diagonally into fours using a straight edge and rotary blade. Open and press. I’ve never made anything with triangles before, this was pretty fast to assemble. I love how it looks like falling leaves. The batiks and prints are beautiful! Both of these were hand finished using black thread.
A month ago, we drove our youngest of our four children to the opposite corner of the state to start his freshman year of college. We are empty nesters!! ( Aside from our youngest daughter staying with us for the summer- but pretty close!) To celebrate … Continue reading →