Month: December 2015

Taking stock….

I love fresh starts. A new school year, the actual new year, a new project, sometimes even a new list is filled with hope and anticipation. So in order to make the most of the fresh start coming with 2016, I am going to list my progress on current projects; I’ll at least have a record of where I was at the end of 2015. Continue reading “Taking stock….”

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It’s Christmas!

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A blessed and joyous Christmas to everyone!  I saw this little project on Connecting Threads not long ago and it spoke to me of the light of Christmas. At my house we celebrate Jesus’ birth, and His sacrifice of love in becoming human, and living in our fallen world until He took the punishment for our sin on Himself. Accepting that gift makes us lights into a world that is filled with darkness and evil. At Christmas we ponder the light we have been, and seek to become a brighter and more constant light to those we come in contact with.

Today, I rejoice that my little family is all around me. Both of my sweet girls are home and my husband and I revel in their company and tales of school. Preparations are under way for tomorrow’s dinner, and of course the tree is up and decorated. Our family has some traditions that we enjoy, including making an ornament for the tree each year. While that truly got started when the girls were finishing high school, it has become a fun tradition! I started this year’s ornament last winter, and had actually forgotten it until this week!

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The pattern came from an old issue of Cross Stich & Country Crafts, which had amazing Christmas stocking patterns, which I made for each of the girls when they were tiny. I chose the cow because I grew up on a dairy farm, with over 100 “bossies” all around. I padded the front with a layer of batting, though now I think 2-3 layers would have given a nicer finish. I glued the batting to a peice of cardboard, then glued the stitched peice snipping the curves so it would lie flat. Next I added the eyelet and set it under a heavy glass candy dish while I covered the back of a second peice of cardboard with some Christmas fabric, then added the grosgrain ribbon as the hanger. More glue to put the two pieces together, then back under that heavy candy dish for the night. Amazing what one can do with a little Elmers glue and a bit of fabric!

The eyelet trim also made an appearance on the Christmas pajamas, which are wrapped and under the tree. Not my best effort, but they are after all for sleeping in, not for running around in public! Yes, that list from my last post is getting worked on; several rows knitted, seams being sewn on the muslin…yes I even tried the pocket facings, and so far so good.

This evening we will participate in the Christmas Eve service, and come home to our traditional red velvet cake as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Merry Christmas!

Up Next….

After a long wait I got my Marfy coat pattern from Italy. I love the coat, but I admit the pattern has me a little nervous. I’ve been sewing a lot of years, but those funky pockets are looking a little confusing. I cut a muslin, and have the back together (yes, roll the eyes) and will need to try another section soon, just to get rid of so many pieces everywhere. The sleeves should be doable, and that will clear some space pretty quickly. I’m also a little nervous because the pattern didn’t have a full size range so I am pretty sure it will be too big, and need to be cut down.  We’ll see….

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I have a couple of other projects in mid flux as well, with the hope to be somewhat caught up over Christmas. There are two mini quilt tops laying out, ready to be sandwiched and machine quilted. They are the same pattern, one in red, white and blue, and one in greens.

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They were short and sweet, a good way to work on cutting and piecing accuracy without getting overwhelmed by a huge project. I don’t know which one will be my favorite.

Last but not least, Christmas pajamas for my two college girls. No more flannel, as they are living in CA and MO now, so I had to find something more summer weight. The winner is Butterick, 6225 which is actually pretty cute. Hopefully they will enjoy them,but I better get cracking!

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I also have a couple of cross stitch pieces to finish, that have been on my wish list for nearly 20 years! I finally started them last summer, and have made pretty steady progress. There’s also a cross stitch ornament to finish this week for the tree. My knitting bag is also filling up with a navy blue wool cardigan that is coming along quite well. The back, one front and one sleeve are completed with the second sleeve in progress. I guess pictures are in order in the very near future!

Maybe posting here will provide some accountability to get them completed sooner rather than later!  Next week, I’ll post pictures of everything no matter what stage it is in; that should get me hopping!