I wanted to complete at least ONE Christmas craft this year and I've reached that goal. I figured as long as my wool was strewn about the sewing room after making Gourdy's Gang I might as well start on Santa Claus. The bag and stockings are just pinned in place for now and I see I need to do a little bit of grooming on his beard, but I was so excited to finish and take a photo! My husband has been watching me lately and giving me a bad time about his parts and pieces but even he agreed last night that Santa is pretty cute. I picked up this pattern at Something to Crow About last spring. It's another Threads That Bind pattern. I haven't made something like this for some time so it was step by step very slowly. I never did figure out the instructions for adding the cuff to the stocking so I made it up and put them on!! His suit trim was supposed to be wool roving using the special pointy tool, but with a little trial and error I used some coffee stained 100% cotton stuffing and a glue gun. My first order of business this morning is to clean the sewing room! Wow! What a creative mess it is!!
Look what I won from Valentina! Lovely little scraps (And a big one) from Provence via Cyprus! The sachet in the upper right is full of wonderful lavender and the soap below is too. Oh my! I love lavender and am enjoying the spring smell in my house!! Thank you Valentina!! I think I know what little quilt I want to make with this, but haven't cracked the book to see the size of templates. I've been focused on Santa.
If you loved the red and green applique quilt blocks from yesterday you will love Lisa's blog post on
Stray Threads. One of the quilts she shows has the "reverse' buttonhole stitch too! Xenia Cord told her she has never seen it before and we thought it was funny that we both posted a photo of one on the same day!!
Bill Volkening has switched his blog to blogspot! Woo-Hoo! I met Bill when I helped with the
Oregon Quilt Project and it seems I run into him every now and then. (It's not like Oregon is a tiny state) He is a quilt collector extraordinaire with a focus on New York Beauty quilts. I'm sure he'd love you to drop by and say hello! You can find him at Willy Wonky Quilts. Yes, he is a bit humorous too!
Have a lovely weekend!!