Thursday, 26 July 2012

Christmas Gifts

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I though I would post some quick pictures of what I have been working on lately for Christmas in July :)

Christmas Napkins!
I will be posting a tutorial for this in the next week or so (hopefully! depends on how crazy work is :S)
I am doing up several sets of christmas napkins to give out as gifts and also a set for myself. I have been making sets of either 8 or 12 as those will work for most families :)

You can see my stack before it's "garland" was sewn :)
I think I prefer it with the 3 tiers versus the 2, but it shows there is options!
This set will be for my Mom and Dad, my mom and I actually learned to make these at a quilting class we were at and she picked the fabrics but never did them. So I stole the fabric and made them for her :) Also shows that you can make them look pretty folded either side.
Love the green peeking through. Almost looks like it snowed on the napkin trees!!

Japanese Flower Garden
So possibly worst lighting ever but I am in a bit of a rush and could only take a quick picture. And my kitty Kalesh was not co-operating. Although I think he thought he was helping! I was able to pick up my Japanese Flower Garden the other day and just started sewing a couple pieces together so it feels like I am making some progress. The brown flower and the green flower are attached along with the black connectors. I am hoping to keep working on it over the next little while when I can as I would be super happy to have the top finished by the new year. 

Random gratuitous picture of my cute kitty Nox who fell asleep beside me while I did some hand sewing 

Well I didn't win any ribbons at Stampede, although that might be due to putting it in the wrong category!! Ooopps! They did not explain the categories and in my ignorance I assumed since I had it quilted on a longarm I should have to enter it in the long arm category. Should have realized they meant custom long arm quilting and entered it into the machine piecing category. Oh well! Live and learn right?

But it was fantastic seeing it hung up there in the stampede hall along with so many other amazing quilts. And I can officially say I entered it into the 100th Calgary Stampede :)

They had the quilts super high up so no one could touch them. It also meant you could not see a large amount of detailing unfortunately.

New Books!
So I have picked up some new books in the last couple weeks and figured I would share them with you :) 
This is an amazing book with some stunning piecing fun scrappy patterns
Quilts from Grandmother's Garden
Stunning english paper piecing that makes me want to finish my Japanese Flower Garden and start on itty bitty hexagons!
Quilts from the House of Tula Pink
This book has some incredible modern quilt patterns and I really suggest flipping through it!

This is just to leave you with a lovely pic I took the other day on the way to quilting. Just look at those clouds! So pretty :)

Hope you all have a wonderful day full of stitching!

Happy Stitching!


  1. How nice it is to see your own quilt hanging among others at a show albeit the Calgary Stampede!!! I agree they are up rather high, so nice to be able to see the details especially when a quilt has such small pieces, but you never know you could end up showing it again someplace else! Your hexie project is looking wonderful too, good luck on getting it completed by years' end! Love to get a few books now and again, always full of inspiration!!!!!

  2. Kudos to you for entering a quilt at the Stampede. Does the Stampede have a quilt exhibit every year? One of my goals in the next year is to make a quilt to enter into a show. And I would love to enter one thats close to home.
    Love the hexes. Just joined a Block of e Week for EPP.

  3. Can you define me more about the products you used in your gifts idea?