We had a wonderful Christmas, and we loved our great tree this year. I hope you all enjoyed your holidays as well.
Guess what I got for Chritsmas!!! I got the Accuquilt Go Mix and Match starter kit. I spent 1/2 an hour trying it out, cutting 12 blocks at a time. I quickly had 90 3.5″ cut squares. I love it – this will make such a difference in my least favorite activity – cutting.
I had a busy time leading up to Christmas. I made 30 iPhone/iPad stands, two of which were gifts for the hubby and the little one. The VW stand below is one of the hubby’s Christmas presents. He is a huge VW van fan. The fabric is one I purchased a while back from Spoonflower, Rainbow peace campers by Sharon Turner.
I finally finished my Christmas Stocking, one day late, but perfect for next year. I fussy cut the Santa’s – fabric is Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Creative Thursday for Andover Fabrics. I then used paper piecing improv blocks for the surrounding area. I loved how it turned out.
One final picture of our three stockings all hanging in front of the fire place. The other two were made last year and blogged about here and here.
I was so thrilled when I found out I could participate in the “For the boys” Blog hop.
I loved making things for my 6-year-old son. It is so exciting when I see him loving the things I made for him….its the best reward I can receive. I hope these inspire some ideas for the boy/s in your life. These are some of the things you can find in my son’s bedroom.
Dr. Seuss growth chart:
Painted square wall:
Wonky Universe Pillow:
Chair Bags for Storage:
Finally, how about an idea for Christmas…Christmas stockings for the boys.
Go and take a look at the other “For the Boys” blog posts for November 13th
Oh my gosh!!! I hate to do this, but have you started thinking about Christmas? The thought came to me this week when I got an order for two twin quilts. We started to discuss dates and then finally decided that the best timing for having the quilts done would be for Christmas gifts.
I don’t have too much to do directly for Christmas, 3 twin quilts and 3 stockings but I would like to partake in my company’s Christmas Craft fair. So right now I am thinking about stock I will need…
Christmas stockings (none in stock – would like 10-15)
Cushion/Pillow covers (only two in stock so far – thinking I need 10)
Chair bags/pockets (have 7 in stock but would like 14)
Gift card holders (none in stock – would like 10)
Pencil cases, Pencil rolls (none in stock but would like 10)
This means a lot of work between now and Christmas. This leads to this month’s “Lovely Year of Finishes” goal – I would like one of the twin quilts finished.
I am deciding between one of the three following quilts to do this month (these are the 3 that need to be done by Christmas):
All in all, I had a great last 4 months of 2012. For 2013, I would like to continue in much the same fashion. My goals are to:
Blog a minimum of 3 times a week.
Build up my stock in my Etsy store and sell $1000 worth of merchandise.
Participate in another craft fair.
Squeek Crafts section: Finish my four seasons quilt, a quilt for my son, and the orange and grey quilt for our room and my Christmas stocking.
Squeek Crafts section: Try 12 new sewing/quilt or patchwork projects e.g.. a weekender bag, something made from paper piecing.
Edible Delights section: Try three new recipes out per month and post them (36 in total for the year).
Framed section: Carve out some time to do some drawing and painting. I have 2 pieces in mind.
Home and Garden Design section: Finish our backyard, renovate our guest bathroom (as it desperately needs a lift).
Review of 2012: Squeek Crafts
I changed jobs to spend more time with my family (February)
Started my blog (September)
Opened my Etsy store – Squeek Crafts (October)
Participated in my first craft fair (December)
Sewing or Quilting Projects: Made chair bags (for my store), cushions/pillows, placemats, gift card pockets, Christmas stockings, lots and lots of coffee cup sleeves (for my store and craft fair), made my son a monster.
Craft Projects: Made recycled wine cork boards (for my store and craft fair), caterpillar wall display for a thank you gift at pre-school, and an Elmer growth chart (gift for a friend’s little girl), neck tie art piece (gift for my parents 40th wedding anniversary).
Review of 2012: Edible Delights
Shared some of my favorite recipes
Made pesto, bell pepper relish, bean salad from things in my first vegetable garden
Made Pies/Tarts – Bacon and egg pie, potato top pie, rhubarb apple pies, chocolate tarts, and pear tart
Stewed my first lot of fruit – cherries
Worked out to get the perfect chocolate coated strawberry without getting a flat edge
Got a new case of wine from my brothers vineyard – Moana Park
My husband’s and son’s stockings are now complete. I had previously posted the pattern I was using and the top part of my husband’s in this WiP post. I got lots of great comments about the non-traditional color selection; thank you to all those who commented. Here are the finished two stockings hanging above the fire-place.
Here’s the final top view of my husband’s stocking. Most of the fabrics were from Joann’s premium quilt fabric section, except the yellow chevron (zigzag) which is of course from the Riley Blake collection and the orange chevron no. 2 (zigzag) fabric which is from Misstina at Spoonflower.com
I used brown checked fabric for the backing:
The lining of the stocking was a brown and white polka dot fabric and to finish it off I used orange binding:
Being the last week of work, before the Christmas break, I have lots of things to finish for Christmas gifts this weekend. I am not sure I can get it all done but here’s my list to keep things in check.
Lemon and Orange Coffee Cup Sleeve and placemat
Fall colored gift card pocket
Aqua and Orange gift card pocket
Gift card pocket
Quilt and Bind the following Coffee Cup Sleeves
2 x Black
1 x Coffee Bean
1 x Orange/Red
1 x Blue
1 x Earthy
Coffee cup sleeves made from scratch
1 x Purple
2 x Penguin
2 x Red
1 x Blue
Miscellaneous things to make
4 Seasons Quilt
Named Cushion Covers
Finish Husband’s Christmas Stocking
2 x e-reader covers/pockets
Bake Ginger nut cookies
Anyway, back to trying to get some of this check list done. I’ll post on Monday my progress.