Friday, December 31, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope all of you enjoyed a fantastic holiday season with family and friends!  We've had a busy couple of weeks here, but have loved every minute of it!

The December Le Petite parade will be happening over at the Pink Pincushion and A Quilting Life tomorrow.  Be sure to swing by and check out all of the fabulous projects.  This month, our project was Moda Bake Shop's Prairie Point Christmas wall hanging:

(The original by Cara of CaraQuilts)

After purchasing so much fabric recently (and getting a bit of a light-hearted scolding from my hubby about my growing stash), I was bound and determined to make December's project using only what I had on hand. After some hemming and hawing, I finally chose to use some fabric from one of Debbie Mumm's Christmas lines from a few years back.  I had to use a smaller square for my prairie points so that I didn't run out of fabric, and unfortunately that resulted a very squat tree.

I half-way considered mixing in some other prints and adding some rows to make the tree a little taller and even things out a bit, but it grew on me over the holidays and I decided to leave it as it was.

As always, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's projects tomorrow morning, and I'm hoping to have the rest of my holiday project photos upload to share tomorrow as well.

Hope you have a great New Year's Eve and that your New Year is filled with wonderful family and friends, much happiness, good health, great wine ... and lots of fabric!  HAPPY 2011!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Crafts

Every year my hubby's office hosts a Holiday handmade gift fair, where employees (or their families) donate handmade gifts that are sold at the fair, and then all the proceeds are used to purchase Christmas gifts for the homeless or foster kids in need.

I had originally planned on just donating this winter table runner ...

... but when I came across Jennifer's (from That Girl, That Quilt) tutorial over at Stash Manicure for a Mug Rug with a tea pocket, I decided to give to make a couple of extra gifts to donate as well.

I've been seeing these "mug rugs" around blogland for awhile now, and after making two of them, I understand why they're so popular!  I mean, what's not to love about using those scraps from your favorite projects (that probably were too small to save for anything "practical" but were too beautiful to throw away) to make such cute little mini-quilt-coasters that can be completely finished in an hour flat!!  Plus, I'm finding that it's a great way to use batting scraps too!  I always feel so wasteful throwing away all my quilt sandwich trimmings, so I love having a new use for them.

Besides working on these three little holiday projects, not a whole lot of sewing has been going on in my little crafting room.  I did, however, take advantage of some crazy good "Black Friday" sales going on over at Connecting Threads and Burgundy Buttons.  I guess I went a little overboard ... as in 26 yards, plus a jelly roll, plus a layer cake ...

It's a beautiful sight to me, but hubby wanted to know if I actually was planning on using any of the fabric I already have.  I guess they just don't understand. :)  Needless to say, however, my stash for the year is WAY out of control.  I think it's best just to accept them and get ready to do much better in 2011!

Since I did have some small finishes this week, here is my current stash update:

Stash Update: November 4th - December 9th:
Used: 1.5 yards ... whoop-dee-doo.
Bought: 34.34 yards ... yikes!  (biggest purchase of the year, btw)
YTD: +93.9 yards

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Le Petit Project for November

Hooray!!  Today is the Novemeber Le Petite Parade over at The Pink Pincushion and A Quilting Life.  As always, everyone did a beautiful job.  I love seeing all of the different results that come from the same pattern. 

This month's pattern was Butter Churn by This and That Patterns:

I really liked the "Greek Square" and ribbon ends blocks, but for some reason, I just wasn't feeling the HST blocks around the border.  After playing around with the blocks in Electric-Quilts-6, here is my take on the quilt:

I just mirrored what were the "Ribbon V's" so that were "X's" instead, and then added a couple of extra Greek Square blocks so that everything was symmetrical.

I had originally planned to use the cream color background print in the middle of the Greek Square units again, but my Awesome layer cake came with so many great cream prints that I decided to include a few to offset the squares and break up the white a bit.

Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to quilt and bind it before today's submission deadline ... (hopefully this isn't going to become a habit with all of my Le Petite projects!!!!), so I can't count it towards my stash busting.  Bummer! Especially since my stash report is about to get out of control with all the post-Thanksgiving-Day sale fabric that is headed my way this week.

I'm taking a little break from my sewing machine this weekend, before I have to hunker down and finish all my super-secret Christmas gifts, but I'm hoping to start a new knitting project today (or two ... darn Ravelry has way too many cute projects!!!!), so maybe I'll have some new pictures to share soon.  Until then, happy sewing!