Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Temptation

 Since I have the whole week off of work and I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner or hosting it, I am quilting my days away. I made two of these reindeer door banners that can be made from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts' reindeer blocks featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks  magazine available now.
 I whipped up some zippered pouches for Christmas presents for some of my coworkers. There are lots of bag and pouch gift ideas with tutorials over at Elm Street Quilts and their Bag It! features. Find them here http://www.elmstreetquilts.com
 I really wanted to start working on something new, but I have so many big quilts in the UFO pile awaiting quilting. I decided to make the Snapshots Sail Away block as a mini quilt. It took only an hour even with the quilting. I am saving the binding for movie night tonight.
 My sister has recently discovered Lori Holt and her amazing quilts. She messaged me last night asking if I had the patterns for the Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas Instagram Sew Along from last year. I did not have the patterns and I am not on Instagram since I do not have a smart phone, but I want to make the quilt after seeing everyone else's. My techie teen helped me find the patterns on Instagram with my regular computer. Needless to say, I gave in and started this Thanksgiving Temptation. I made a bunch of the blocks today. Here is my gingerbread house,
 my cup of cocoa mug,
 and my Christmas tree.
 I made cupcake mittens
 and the sweet little gingerbread man. I had to buy the baby rick rack, but I think I will be able to make this quilt entirely from my stash. It is also fairly small, so I will be able to machine quilt it on my Pfaff without too much effort.
 The Christmas lights show my overall color scheme.
 My Christmas candle,
my Twinkly Winter Star, 
 and my Ornament went together so quickly.
I just finished my Sewing Basket block. Another reason I gave into the temptation of starting this Christmas quilt is because it is based on Lori Holt's Quilty Fun and I am teaching the row along project featured in the book next year as a BOM at my local fabric store. I think showing other quilts made from the blocks in the book will be good for my students. Here is a link for info http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com/2014/11/have-yourself-quilty-little-christmas.html
I hope my Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas Quilt will be finished up this week!

22 comments:

  1. You have sure made the most of your time off. Love all your blocks.

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  2. Wow, you have not wasted a minute. Lovely to see all these projects.

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  3. You have been one busy sewer! Enjoy....everything looks great.

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  4. I can't believe how many blocks you completed yesterday. I managed to finish the first 3, still not thrilled with the first block. May turn that one into a mug rug and make a different version for my quilt. I've got to cover the 7/8 math/science teacher today so unlikely I'll get anything done. Still need to grocery shop for tomorrow.

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  5. Wow you aren't kidding about sewing your days away! WOW. I love that banner and want to get the magazine so I can make it- better get it soon, huh?

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  6. Um, are you sleeping at all in the week off? Or have you figured out a way to quilt in your sleep? Please share! I bookmarked the link you provided and might have to do a few of those blocks! My daughter and grandson are here for a week, arriving on the 26 of Dec. so I have been given orders to have Santa barf up Christmas all over my house... :-)

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  7. How did you get so lucky as to have a whole week off and NO cooking nor hosting?

    You are making good use of your time. All of your blocks are adorable.

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  8. Love all your blocks and the Santa stops here is gorgeous. I only have one question - did you sleep?

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  9. Oh my goodness!!! YOU are so prolific! Of course I love the door banners you made.... But those little Christmas blocks are so adorable. Can't wait to see them all together. And with your speedy sewing skills, I won't have to wait long. Hahaha! Congratulations on teaching at your LQS. Those ladies are in for a treat!

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  10. Wow yiu have made so many blocks..they all look amazing..looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. Love the sail boat mini, and the reindeer , the zip pouches are wonderful too.

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  11. Your wall hanging is awesome. Looks like you have had a great time sewing.

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  12. Wow - you have been busy! I just love those little Christmas blocks .... I really do think they need to go on my to do list - oh no!!!!

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  13. Those Holt blocks sure are tempting, especially with your fabric choices! All your projects look adorable this week, the bags, the reindeer banner, that sweet little gingerbread man..

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  14. I would love to make a christmas quilt. The one you are showcasing with all of the different blocks looks like it would be a fun challenge. Your students are going to be lucky to have your examples. :)

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  15. Oh wow your Christmas scrap quilt is going to be so much fun!

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  16. Wow! You've been very busy! From the preview pic, I thought your banner might say "The buck stops here" Perfectly fitting in hunting season! :)

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  17. Ok so your reindeer are pretty darn cute especially Rudolph's red nose! But...THAT QUILT GIRL!! Have I been living under a rock?? I NEED TO MAKE THAT!! I want to bring my sewing machine under this rock with me and not come out until I have one of my own! Off to search your archives to see if I can find your finished project!

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  18. Love your reindeer wall hanging! And wow! So many cool quilt blocks in progress!

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  19. Was hoping you'd link this one under our Christmas Wallhanging theme this week. Those reindeer are just so adorable!!!

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  20. The blocks are looking terrific! I've admired that pattern for a while but like you the to-be quilted pile is a problem but i also have an excessive amount of WIPs to finish so I'm trying not to start too many random projects!

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  21. The blocks are looking terrific! I've admired that pattern for a while but like you the to-be quilted pile is a problem but i also have an excessive amount of WIPs to finish so I'm trying not to start too many random projects!

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  22. In love these reindeer as a door hanger...cute, cute!

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