Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Gifts - The Pouches

I love to give and receive home made gifts (and/or the materials required to make something!).  My two lovely nieces needed new pouches.

Thank you for Anna for this great tutorial.

And then I happened across this wonderful pattern for a double zipper pouch by Svetlana at SOTAK and completely jumped into my stash looking for combinations of fabrics and zippers.  The first one:
The second:
The third:

And then the fourth (aren't those cats adorable?):

And the fifth and sixth:

I highly recommend both of these patterns!   They are so much fun to make (how nice to whip up something quickly) and are so appreciated!  I hope you are enjoying these last days of 2014!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Stockings

It's the time of year when I can't show you what I am working on.  But you know what I mean.  Many of you are in the same situation.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to catch you up on a little Christmas cross stitch work from the past.

As the children arrived, I had in my mind that I needed to make Christmas stockings for everyone.  First the oldest:

Then the twins:

As a working mom that traveled a lot in December I found myself looking forward to long international flights to finish the stockings.  The time my flight was delayed in Reykjavik, Iceland I swear I was the only person on board happy about the delay!!

After the children had their stockings I made a stocking for me:
And for my husband:

New followers may not know about my husband's love of all things Charlie Brown.  For example, one (!!) of our Christmas trees is dedicated to Peanuts ornaments and other goodies.

These Christmas stockings have had many wonderful years of being filled by Santa.

(Yes, I am not sweating the details this year...please ignore the green cord of lights leading to the wreath over the mantle.   I am.)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

200th Post and SMS Giveaway Winner!

How are you all doing at this busy time of the year?  First,  I have to announce the winner of the Christmas fabric bundle...and that would be #47 tpott:

I follow through Bloglovin.
I had so much fun reading all of your posts and where you live!  Wow!  So interesting!  And welcome to my new followers!  I hope you enjoy your visits to KayakQuilting!

And on top of all this excitement, this is my 200th post!  It has been a fun two plus years sharing my quilting adventures with you!  Many more to come!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Giveaway Day!

My goodness this day sort of snuck up on me!  It's time for the semi-annual Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  Given the time of the year, I thought I would share a little collection of quarter yard cuts from my Christmas fabric stash.  I made four quilts out of this brownish red (marsala?) fabric family and now I have moved onto RED for my current Christmas set of projects.
Let's make this simple:

  • Just leave ONE comment saying hello and telling me where you are from.
  • Leave a SECOND comment if you are a follower of any kind.
  • This giveaway IS open to everyone,  everywhere.
The giveaway will be open until December 12 at 5:00 PM PST and I will email the winner by December 14.  Which leads me to a very important point. PLEASE leave your email in your comment if there is any chance you think you might be a "no reply" blogger.

I do look forward to flipping through all the lovely and creative giveaways!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Beginning of A Christmas Sampler Quilt

I should be cooking, cleaning, decorating or shopping for Christmas presents.   But I am distracted by the lovely pile of Dear Mr. Claus fabric that I have been holding onto for a couple of years.  The final tipping point came when I saw some blocks being constructed on IG by Lisa of Vintage Modern Quilts using this collection.  The light went on!  I pulled together all my Dear Mr. Claus fabric and other Christmas (or even sort of) fabric and started looking for holiday themed block tutorials and patterns.

It turns out I had the Vintage Holiday pattern by Thimbleblossoms.  I am sure there will be more of these ornaments.
 I also found in my book of patterns the Moda Dear Mr. Claus gift box pattern.
I happened across this paper piecing Last Minute Sampler Quilt Along hosted by Sewing Under the Rainbow.  That's where the pattern for these trees came from.

There is another paper pieced wall hanging with daily free patterns about to launch on Monday at Quilt Art Designs.  I'm sure I will be using some of these, particularly the 6 inch blocks.  Then I found this quilt along that Sara of Sew Sweetness hosted before I began quilting.

Earlier this year, the lovely Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts shared a Christmas present block tutorial.  Love it!

And it seems like there are more Christmas blocks shared daily by the very generous quilting community.  My plan is to make enough blocks for all of this to come together as a sampler before next Christmas.  What do you think?  Sounds like a reasonable goal.  We'll see!

I had to take pictures of the blocks on the snow from Thanksgiving!

Linking up with the Lorna and Lee's weekly parties!

PS  With apologies to those who have left comments on recent posts.  I have moved over to the World of Macs and I am unable to send messages.  Just a little problem.  Yikes!  I am about to go visit the geniuses in the store for help!  I promise you will hear from me soon!

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