Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP - Christmas Edition

Each year I try to make a few of my Christmas gifts instead of buying them.  I think that trying to make everything handmade would be too challenging and stressful so by just doing a few handmade items and rotating who gets them each year is a nice compromise. 

I will be updating this list every Wednesday with my progress.  I think that I may have a few too many items on this list, but I am hoping to get most of them complete.  It's still November so I have plenty of time right :)

My list for this year:

1.  Lap size quilt for my Dad:

I won a layer cake of Hometown by Sweetwater by Moda earlier this year (or maybe even late last year) and it has been sitting on my shelves waiting for the right project.  I decided to make a lap quilt for my Dad with it (I took out the few pink/magenta prints from the layer cake).  I was originally going to pick a pattern with some background solid fabric but when I auditioned some background colors, there was not enough contrast with white or cream and the dark gray did not really go.  Therefore, I decided that the best pattern would be one that used all of the layer cake prints with no background fabrics with a bonus of being simple and quick.  I used the YouTube video of the Double Slice Layer Cake pattern by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

I must say, if you want a quick and easy top that this is a great candidate.  I had the 6x6 block configuration finished in no time and there were very few seams to match.  My plan is to add a 6" border on each side to make the quilt a little larger and back it with a Target sheet (to save some $$).

2.  Lap size quilt for my Grandma-in-law

I decided to also make a lap quilt for my Grandma-in-law, Grandma Peg for Xmas.  She is 98 years old and has been a blessing in my husband and my life.  I used some fabrics here that I do not typically use, but I combined them in such a way to hopefully make them stand out and while still matching her decor of her apartment and giving me open space to quilt in.  This is a small lap quilt (about 42 x 55) as she is less than 5 feet tall.

I will be featuring this pattern when it is completed in its own blog post where I will highlight the inspiration to this pattern, how it was developed, and the final pictures.  I hope to draft up the pattern and share it free on craftsy. (The quilt top really has straight sides, an iphone picture from me standing on a chair makes for skewing of the image).

3.  Folded Star Wall Hanging:

I hope to make one of these folded star wall hangings for my sister who loves these folded stars.  I will be using this tutorial from Moda Bake Shop by Not Only Quilts with some green and red fabrics I have picked out.

4.  Christmas Table Runner:

Using some left over jelly roll strips from the Nature's Christmas collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda (left over from my Xmas Granny Square Quilt), I made some Daniela Blocks (using the strip tube ruler) for a simple Christmas runner for my Mom.  The dark blues in this line match her couches perfectly and I like how this collection of prints reads Christmas without being overly red/green typical Christmas.  I still need to add the sashing and border to this one to finish the quilt top.

5.  Rocket Pillow:

The last project I have for Christmas is to make a larger version of the Fabric Engineer's Shuttle paper pieced pattern for a pillow for son.

So there are my goals for Christmas.  Wow, now that it is all written down it seems like a little bit ambitious.  I also hope to have my Vintage Stars pattern and quilt finished and released by the end of the year (or maybe by mid-January).  It should be busy but fun!!

Also, check back tomorrow as I will be joining in on the Blog Hop Party Giveaway.

Linking up to WIP at Freshly Pieced.


  1. Oh, look at all the great gifts you're sewing! Can't wait to see more and wishing you best of luck finishing each of them.

  2. Add me to your Christmas gift list! I especially love the blocks for the table runner. Hope you get them all finished and wrapped!

  3. whew! I am exhausted just reading about it all LOL... I love the folded stars, but I can't make myself use that much fabric LOL... I am such a hoarder :)


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