Sunday, November 16, 2014

Trying to Check Off My Handmade Christmas List

So this year I made myself an unofficial goal of a handmade Christmas. I mean I love this sewing and quilting and it has been very therapeutic this year, so why not try and create my gifts.

I initially thought I would just make quilts for my 6 nieces and nephews. Then I decided to make my father-in-law a quilt, then last week I cut and pieced a quilt for my mom. So that has brought my total up to 8 quilts. Luckily I'm done with 5 of them, have 2 more that are pieced and ready to be quilted and 1 left to cut out! Oh and I'm trying to have the quilts done by the end of the month, so I can spend December finishing the rest of my list! I'm gonna be a busy gal.

So here are some of my latest works in progress.


One of the quilts that I'm making for Christmas, but I don't want to show the whole quilt and spoil the surprise.


A quilt for one of my nephews. This top came together in an afternoon! I do love a fast quilt pattern.


 I had some scraps from a few Christmas ornaments that I made for a swap I did, so what better way to use up those scraps than to make a mini quilt for myself!


Another quick pattern from Moda Fabrics. These little sailboats take about 15 minutes to piece once the fabric is cut out. I have 4 blocks done, now I just have to decide on layout and sashing.

I have been pretty busy, but I have more to-do and finish up before Christmas. Only 5 weekends left before Christmas, I think I can, I think, I can!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Two More Finished Quilts for Christmas

Okay so the whole blogging for 31 days kinda fell through, guess that happens when you are pregnant and get sick. But I still managed to sew everyday, I just didn't blog about it.

I did complete everything on my monthly to-do list

  • Finish two more quilts for Christmas
  • Halloween Mini quilt
  • Christmas Mini quilt
So that is at least a highlight, every sewing item on my October to-do list did mange to get finished between being pregnant, chasing after a toddler, and getting sick!

Without further ado here are my completed quilts!


Another quilt for one of my nephews. I used In Color Order's Lazy Daisy pattern. I really do love how fast the quilt top comes together once you have all of the squares cut. Plus I love that every quilt is a little different even though I have used this pattern for 3 out of the 4 quilts for my nieces and nephews. I love the serpentine quilting stitch. I has become one of my go to stitches. It's fun and I love the look.


My father-in-law is a car guy, specifically a Ford car/truck guy. He has restored a few of them and takes them to car shows around the country. So one day I happen to be at Joann and I found some Ford fabric, I knew what I was going to make him for Christmas. Now he can have a nice quilt for when they travel around to shows. I used In Color Order's Arithmetic pattern with 8 inch squares for the large scale prints and mixed those with some solid colors to help break up the busyness of the quilt.  I did some straight line quilting outlining the squares, a nice basic quilting that works well with the quilt.

Happy Sewing!