Tuesday, November 11, 2008

There has been a lot of action in the cubby over the last couple of days. A new pine needle scented candle burning nearby has been inspiring me to stay in the holiday spirit. Here is a look at the last batch of stockings to be used as gift wrap this year.
Every bit of the stocking project came from stash and scraps. While some gifts will be sent to away, many of these will find a home under our tree. A nice, green solution to paper wrapping - especially since they can be used again next year and beyond.
I dove back into the scraps and pieced backgrounds for the two patterns I picked up over the weekend. I adjusted the size of the snowballs on this top to accommodate the pre-cut squares I have on hand. I'll get a border stitched on this morning.
This is the background for the Stick Tree. Because it is very much like Spooky Tree that I made for Halloween, I changed up this background, too. Using some more of those 5" squares that I have on hand, I started out making a disappearing 9 patch. Then there was an 'oops' in cutting. I just stitched a strip on the shorted 'oops' and moved ahead. It was no surprise when the layout wasn't exactly right either. No worries - it will just add to the primitive feel of the finished project.
I plan to quilt, bind and wash both of these backgrounds before I add the applique. The quilting will be my goal for today.
These little guys have been done for a while, I just kept forgetting to take their picture.
I never stop being amazed at the little quilts I can find in that scrapbox.
It's Veteran's Day today. A very special thank-you from me to Hubby and The Princess and the countless other men and women who serve their nation proudly and honorably in the Armed Forces.

29 comments:

Vicki W said...

The stockings are so cute and will be as good as the gift inside!

Judy said...

I wondered if there were snowballs behind the snowman or not. Looks very good. It will be cool to see how the primitive tree looks on a different background!

ROZ said...

I love snowball quilts

Carol said...

You have been a very busy girl...the stockings are wonderful...love your little quilts.

Julie said...

May I add my thanks to your dear Hubby and Princess, too? America can be proud of our all volunteer armed forces that serve us and freedom loving folks every day around the world.

I have a question about the stockings...are the appliques sewn or fused? Double layer or single? Lined? Just curious since you seem to be cranking them out in record time!!I would get maybe 2 done in a week.

Stephanie D. said...

I second the thanks!

How many stockings does that make now? You have been busy!

Screen Door said...

Boy-- have you been having fun--- I hear Christmas Carols when I see your stockings:) Talk to me about the tiny quilts. Will you share some sizes, details, your inspiration maybe....I'd like details. They just look... special.. for lack of a good word. Maybe sentimental is the word I'm looking for....

Catherine said...

Those stockings are so adorable! What fun you're having!

The Calico Cat said...

So if your big squares for the snow balls were 6 inches, what size would you use for the small squares (assuming that you use the stitch & flip method)?

yellowfarmhouse said...

Those stockings will look so great under your tree or handing them to a special friend. Great job. I love those little quilts - lordy those are some small pieces but dang adorable.

Hugs - Karen

Julia said...

You amaze me, Libby! Your little pieced backgrounds are fantastic!

I also add my thanks and heartfelt appreciation to your Hubby and Princess! Also to all of those whom have served and do continue to serve. We owe "all" of the freedoms that we enjoy to them!!!!

Karen said...

I am inspired to make some stockings of my own for gift wrap, if I can find the time. I have so enjoyed seeing those you have made.
Your background pieces will be wonderful for your Cheri patterns. Even if there was an oops, it adds to the charm.

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

I adore your work. You are a very fine seamstress. I would love to get my hands on your "scraps," because everything you do with them turns out awesome.

gwen said...

Great idea with the stockings. I made some big bags last yaer with some christmas blocks on top ( my DS is 8 and tends to get BIG boxes) and they were very useful.
The miniature quilts are stunning. I feel like going straight away to my sewing room and have a look at my scrap basket!
I hope your finger has healed.
Take care.

Knot Garden said...

The tiny quilts ar amazing and look so good on the line. I like the way you quilted them too.

Guðrún said...

The snowball quilt will be beautiful. Do you used brushed cotton?

Bizarre Quilter said...

I love your mini quilts!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Love the Stockings :)...

Great little quilts you have finished there :O) and some great new projects under way :O)

Ditto on the Thank to all those who serve and protect this country in our Armed Forces... among them many of our nieces and nephews and my DH :O) and my Dad ... Here is to all of them! They are so very important to this country!

LBP said...

The stockings are adorable! What a great idea, especially for oddly shaped gifts!

Blessings

Linda

Chocolate Cat said...

What gorgeous stockings! Have and idea of some little calico bags I might make for gift wrapping this year. Hope they'll be just as cute as your stockings.
You are amazing how much work you get done!

Kathy Wagner said...

The stockings are darling Libby!
What a great idea!
But I love love love the mini quilts...did I mention how much I love the mini quilts?!?! My faves!
Great job!

craftycherry said...

Gosh I love your work!! I am sitting her equite jaded and feeling unquilty (i think Im getting sick) and then I browsed your site and -imediate inspiration!! Your quilts are excactly the type I dream of.
Keep up the good work.
love (slightly less jaded) crafty cherry

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, Libby, everything is so lovely and primitive!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I am enjoying all those little stockings SO much, the candy cane ones were an inspired idea, well done. The new sewing this week looks great, cute miniatures, sounds like the hand is coming good, Tracey

Kelly Fletcher said...

Good idea - the stockings. Yours look so good.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Love your quilts and stockings... so glad you're working again after your finger mishap. I join you in saluting all the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom!

Carole said...

Lovely work! As always, such a resourceful quilter. Thanks for sharing.

Chookyblue...... said...

ctahcing up on a pile of your posts but esp love all these stockings you have been whipping up.........

Clevelandgirlie said...

I absolutely love your style - earthy, homey, sweet. Your stockings are too cool and make for a wonderful holiday "header" for your blog hung on that wood fence. I will most certainly be back to visit YOU!