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!