Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christmas Preview

It was a long, busy weekend! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and didn’t get trampled too badly on Friday. I stayed in myself.

I can’t share everything I was working on this weekend, as it was mostly gifts for people who may or may not check in here. What I CAN share is the start of a Christmas table runner I’m working on for myself.

I love the fabrics, most of which come from Riley Blake’s Holly Jolly collection. As far as I can tell, the collection has been discontinued, but I was able to snatch some up locally. I’m determined to finish this and have it on the table before December rolls around. I also have some stockings to finish up with Laurie Wisbrun’s Brrr collection for Robert Kaufman. I picked some up on sale over at The Little Fabric Shop.

Is anyone else choosing to make their holiday gifts this year? What about decorations? Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re working on!



My first finished quilt

I’ve had the span of a few weeks now to get some work done. Sewing work, that is. I finished the table runner I was working on during my last post. The binding came out a bit wonky in places, but for my first time, I think it went pretty well! Luckily for me, the recipient (my grandmother) can’t see well enough to find my mistakes.

In other news, I found out last week that a friend of mine was in the hospital. The doctor’s had discovered a mass in her brain and she was going to need surgery to remove it. I had a strong urge to whip her up something comforting, but I had to do it fast! Enter this lovely gem:

It’s based on this pattern by Cheryl Malkowski (it’s a free pattern from I modified the color scheme from the original Christmas version and voila! I started this project several months ago after finding these three fabrics that I thought were well-coordinated. Since then, it’s been sitting in my stash, unfinished, but in large strips of the blocks. Finally I had a perfect excuse to finish it!

I didn’t have enough time to machine quilt it, so I opted for hand-tying. If you look close in the picture above, you can find the knots. It was a long night, but I got it done. (I forgot to get finished photos. Grr.) My first finished quilt (the table runner doesn’t count)!

The holiday mood has finally struck, so now I’m off to finish some more holiday gifts.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Finish Line

I’m not a finisher. I typically get bored with whatever crafty mayhem I’m working on long before it’s finished. Ask my boyfriend’s mother. She’ll be happy to tell you about the half-finished queen-sized afghan she got for Christmas last year. I made the mistake of too much planning with too intricate a design that couldn’t be pared down to a smaller size. It currently resides on her bed. Half an afghan. And she never misses an opportunity to remind me.

That’s why I like the instant gratification of small projects. Quilting has that benefit. In less than an hour I can cut up some fabric, sew it back together and have a piece of something beautiful (to me, anyway). But I have yet to finish an actual quilt. The excuses abound. Mostly, why would I want to risk ruining the gorgeous quilt tops that I’ve just finished? It’s also quite difficult to maneuver a large quilt on a domestic sewing machine.

But I’m determined to finish something. Enter this gem:



I wanted to make my grandmother something for Christmas. The University of Alabama is her favorite football team, and crimson and gray are their school colors. So, with that in mind, I opted for a fairly simple pattern (it starts out with 2.5″ strips of fabric sewn together, believe it or not). Five of these babies sewn together, add a 2″ gray border and wham-o, I’ve got a table runner. 

Back to the main purpose of this post though: I’ve actually started quilting it!



It’s just some simple straight line quilting, and it’s taking FOREVER, but I’m excited to finally be finishing something. Maybe it’ll get done tomorrow…

FYI, for all you non-quilty folk, the quilt bloggers refer to unfinished projects that they are currently working on as WIPs (works-in-progress). Also, they typically blog about them on Wednesdays. Go figure. I’m not that fancy yet. Speaking of fancy, check me out on Twitter: @KraftyChemist.