Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christmas Craft hangover

December was a BLUR of activity.  First of all, at a Christmas party, we decided to adopt this cute little Puppy.  We named him "Booker" and he is a smart mischievous little black lab / cocker spaniel mix (we think).  He is approximately 3 months old (we think).  

Booker has some strong opinions on my quilting and crafting.  Here, he is looking down at the quilt top I sorta almost finished for Jessica, and he is thinking that I really really should have finished this by Christmas like I said I would.  

But it's ok, I did finish a lot of stuff.  really. read on!
oh but first, 
We visited with Santa.  Kaitlynn worried that Santa might eat her because she looked like a candy cane.  She was wrong! 

These boots were a pre-Christmas purchase.  K said that she wanted a pair of boots "like Caroline's" at school.  Umm, that one stumped the salesman.  BUT we did find them!

So, naturally I made a pink paisley corduroy jumper to match:

Booker is slightly interested, and semi-approving of this sewing effort.

Here is a quilt that I finished for my Dad.  Been working on this for approximately ever.

Booker is amazed that I actually finished this one!  

*Good sarcasm, Booker.  Here is another example:  Why don't you finish wrapping those gifts? oh yeah,I forgot, you do not have opposable thumbs

Nice try, though

Back to quilts, here is a quilt I made for a customer, start to finish.  This is based on the tube quilting method found here at Missouri Quilt Co.  Instead of 2 strip sets of 3 fabric, I used a strip of 3 fabrics, and then a solid for the other half to give a half square triangle effect.

You may recognize this, kinda sorta. I made the pattern for another customer a slightly different way, using the fabrics she had selected:

On the Design Wall

On the Longarm

It must be December, because I am using the winter quilting accessories, camo gloves.

Here is a quilt that a customer made for her husband and I quilted.  Really cool memory quilt, t-shirts and denim:

I used gold thread on the binding, to emulate the jeans top stitching.

Booker is wondering if I am going to get back to  Christmas-ilicious projects.  Why, yes, Booker, thanks for asking!
Here are the family stockings I made for the mantel.  I decided to make them all the same grey felt, then added embellishments to each to match everyone's personality.  see, close ups:

Sometime while I was making them, some gnomes sneaked on to my dining table.  Hmmm

Here is Carol's beautiful batik quilt, KING size, to which I added some luscious fern quilting:

Look closer stillExtremely close

As Christmas drew near, we got a sprinkling of snow.  SO, better put up our feet and enjoy the twinkling glow of the tree and of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" on the ol' flat screen

 Christmas Day, Merry and Bright, gnomes still on table, Honey Baked Ham on everyone's plate.

 And at the young folks' table:

Jammie time!

Onward to New Years.  I made this little dress for a very tiny sister to a big sister celebrating her Quinceanera.  This little one is just 3, but wanted to dress up too, so her Mom hired me to make a dress to match:

 Booker is exhausted just thinking about all the work we did in December!!!

Next post, January Retreat in Napa!!

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1 comment:

Pati Fried said...

LOVE the gray flannel stockings! You are so creative!