First of all, thank you to those of you who commented on my last post. Your kindness regarding the desirability of Decadence makes me hopeful that it will be welcomed and cherished by whomever takes it home Christmas Eve.
And speaking of Christmas, I've jumped right in to making new Christmas stockings for my family. My mother, grandmother, sister and brother-in-law take turns filling stockings for each other. Since before my memory can reach, we have used the same hand-crocheted stockings made by my aunt. They scream "Christmas" to me. The problem is that they are just too darn small. Last Christmas I ended up making stockings for my in-laws and my mother mentioned that it sure would be nice if we got some new ones as well. (Do you notice a pattern with my mom? She sure does have lots of sewing suggestions for me!) I bought the Christmas fabric after Christmas last year and got a good deal (it is not designer fabric or anything, just plain-old Fabricland fabric).
Here is a preview of the work in progress:
When I am not working on the stockings (and trust me, piecing a zillion 3" squares is proving to be a pain in the bum, so I'm taking breaks) I have been working on my Seuss quilt, a Christmas present for my friend's son (the same friend who is receiving First Snow, actually). I got Seuss basted and the centre quilted today. I used variegated red thread on the front and white on the back. I did a loose interpretation of a herringbone pattern (blogged about previously) and love the impact. They look like giant zig zags more than herringbone. In the future I might do this on another quilt but more densely quilted and with the lines overlapping. This quilt is playful and fun, so the crazy lines really work (in my opinion).
I spent some time using my new easy-thread needles to bury the ends of the threads. It works great it is just time consuming! I have about 1000 more to go, and then I am going to FMQ the border in white.
Wish me luck on all fronts!
Lynn (aka Buttons)