A Home-made Christmas

Today is Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet over at Lily’s Quilts. Two linky parties for the price of one!

Small Blog Meet is for bloggers with fewer than 50 followers. I definitely fall into that category! And Fresh Sewing Day is for telling what you’ve been up to the last month.

Sew…I’ve decided to have a home-made Christmas this year. And not only that – I have decided to have a home-made Christmas that involves buying as few supplies as possible. That means working out of my various stashes.  And since I’ve decided this rather late, I’m scrambling to see what I can create in the little amount of time that I have (which basically means in the evenings after work).

slippers…

and the helpers had to get in on the picture-taking action of course!

and more slippers…

And yesterday I made a quilt top which will be for my son. (I won’t tell you how old my son is, but let’s just say he is closer to 30 than I am, lol!) I’m certain he doesn’t read his mother’s crafting blog, so I feel safe to show you! Now this is NOT the fabulous quilt I have planned for him. I want to make him a full-sized bed quilt with Little Black Dress by Basic Grey. And I will! As soon as I can afford the fabric! So maybe next Christmas? But for this year I want to give him a small little lap quilt that can be put over the back of a chair and pulled over the lap or shoulders when needed. 🙂 My problem was that I didn’t have anything in my stash that I thought he would really like!  So I went rooting around in the bottom of the stash and found a chunk of grey. Where did that come from? No idea…I think someone gave it to me years ago. Now, I thought, this is something that my son would like! He likes grey! It would make the perfect backing. More rooting around ensued and I came up with 4 charm packs that I had purchased back when Craftsy was still shipping to Canada. And guess what…(no, they aren’t grey)…they are Petite Odile by French General! I love French General! Love love love. I know my son won’t love it the way I do, but the colours are nice for a man, and he does like vintage and whimsy and antique.

Being short on time, I took the easy route and simply sewed all the squares together. Three charm packs worked perfectly and I still have one left over!

It will be sandwiched today, and will finish at 41 x 55″. A bit of an odd dimension, but I’ll take it.  I am going to call the quilt “mon fille” or whatever the French word for my child or my son is! (help! if you speak French!)

Anybody else doing a stash-busting home-made Christmas? Inquiring minds want to know!

Wip…Thursday?

Yeah, well…what can I say? I’m definately behind the times.

I wanted to talk a little bit about the process. Process can be a funny thing. For me, the hardest part is actually deciding on the quilt to make. I decide that I want to make a quilt and that’s where I come to a screeching halt. The problem is that I want to make TOO MANY!

For example, this time last year I decided that I wanted to make my sister, Heidi, a quilt. About that same time I was starting the very first Treasure Chest block of the month, so I thought that I’d make that one for her. So…I started out with colours I thought she would like. But around about the 3rd month I changed my mind. This quilt was seriously hard! I mean really really really hard! I didn’t know if I’d be able to make all the blocks. So I joined the In Colour Order BOM and said that THIS quilt would go to my sister. I even told her so! And I happily got started sewing the block each month. This time, the monthly blocks were easy. I mean, really really really easy! And I loved each one. But again, it wasn’t really what I had in mind for my sister. It just wasn’t screaming “Heidi” at me. sigh.

So I decided that I would have to make something for Heidi from scratch. I would have to start from the very beginning with her in mind and pick the pattern & fabrics accordingly. Honestly, designing a quilt is just like choreographing a dance. I swear it! Sometimes it all comes together like snap, and other times you fight and fight until you give up and just let it tell you want it wants to do.

Anyway, the backing fabric for the quilt arrived last week (yay, it’s perfect!), and a couple of days ago I basted the sandwich together. Now I wish I could show it to you, but that would totally spoil the surprise.

But you know…a little taste wouldn’t hurt, would it?

There ya go! Next it goes into the lap frame to get hand quilted. That will be the time-consuming part. Also my favourite part.

So…what’s up with the Treasure Chest quilt? I decided not to make the last two blocks. That leaves me with 10 blocks and I know just what to do with them. I’ll save that for another post, okay?

I am also left with the In Colour Order quilt top. Amazing … one quilt for Heidi has generated three!

The other day I did the We Be Learning bee block for group 2. October is Christine’s month. I love this square and you will definately be seeing multiples of it in a quilt top of my own.

I’ll leave you with this a couple of Sammy pics. Nothing beats a tummy rub! And besides, one can never get enough Sammy-love. (and if these pictures come in upside-down one more time, I’m gonna scream!)