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Lovely Year of Finishes – September goal

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)
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  • Cushion/Pillow covers (only two in stock so far – thinking I need 10)
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  • Chair bags/pockets (have 7 in stock but would like 14)
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  • 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.
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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):

This quilt by Knotty Gnome http://blog.knottygnome.com/2013/07/sparkling-diamonds.html
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This quilt by Just Quilts
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Or Candy Coated from Sunday Morning Quilts (the one on the cover):
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Off to the drawing/design board and to see what others are up to this month.

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Christmas Stocking complete – one more to go

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.ChristmasStockingsx2

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.comFinishedTop

I used brown checked fabric for the backing: BrownCheckedBacking

The lining of the stocking was a brown and white polka dot fabric and to finish it off I used orange binding: StockingLining

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday and

My Christmas pineapple fruit cake

I am not a big fan of fruit cake however, I love this pineapple fruit cake.IMG_0674 I make it every Christmas – and I get a lot of folks wanting the recipe. This recipe is all made in one large pot so clean-up is also really easy. So, here it is – it is one of my Mum’s recipes.

Ingredients

1 can of pineapple – crushed or chunks (~450g) including the juice
12 oz mixed fruit
125 g butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs

1. In a large sauce pan, place the first seven ingredients.
NOTE: I use pineapple chucks as I prefer the bigger pieces of pineapple – I do cut them in half though.
NOTE: For the mixed fruit I use 1/2 a container of mixed peel/glazed cherries, 1/2 – 3/4 cup of raisins (golden raisins + raisins). You can include currents if you want.
NOTE: For the mixed spice, if you do not have this I use 1/4 tsp ginger, a pinch of nutmeg, pinch of cloves and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

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2. Heat, and boil for 10 minutes. As the mixture rises, stir and to ensure no boiling over occurs.
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3. Take off heat, allow mixture to cool. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F (106 degrees C).

4. Grease and line a cake tin.
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5. Add the two cups of flour, baking powder and 2 eggs to the fruit mixture, mix with a metal spoon until just blended.

6. Place into the mixture into the cake tin. Put into the oven and bake for 1 hour.

7. Take out of the oven and let cool for 10 minutes, remove from tin and place on a cooling rack.

Photo Journal: Elf on the shelf Week 3

So our elf, Mr. Underpants has moved around a lot this week ;-). Our son has got use to him completely now, and he actively searches for him in the morning. No more avoiding him – it only took 3 weeks. Here are the positions we found him this week.

Day 15: Master Bathroom – Towel RackIMG_0637

Day 16: Bonus Room – Lego London BridgeIMG_0644

Day 17: Bonus Room – Amongst my fabric stackIMG_0654

Day 18: Living Room – Between the vases (where’s the flowers??)
Stayed here for 2 days as Mr. Underpants did not have good things to report today.
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Day 20: Kitchen Room Divider – Amongst the flowersIMG_0663

Day 21: Kitchen Sill – Camouflage (is it working??)IMG_0664

One more full week before Christmas and then Mr. Underpants job is done for the year.

Weekend work progress

So, my weekend went OK. I made a reasonable dent in my to do list and feel good about my Christmas list, but still more work to do.

Customer Orders:

  • Lemon and Orange Coffee Cup Sleeve and placemat
  • Fall colored gift card pocket
  • Aqua and Orange gift card pocket

Christmas Gifts:

  • 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 Biscotti
    • Bake Ginger nut cookies

Weekend plans

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.

Customer Orders:

  • Lemon and Orange Coffee Cup Sleeve and placemat
  • Fall colored gift card pocket
  • Aqua and Orange gift card pocket
  • Gift card pocket

Christmas Gifts:

  • 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 Biscotti
    • Bake Ginger nut cookies

Anyway, back to trying to get some of this check list done. I’ll post on Monday my progress.

Making Gift cards a little more personal

It’s coming to the end of the year, and I was thinking about what to give my two employees who are reporting to me. I wanted to keep it simple so I decided on gift cards, even though I am torn, since they are a little impersonal.

At the recent craft fair I participated in, a customer asked if I made gift card holders (pockets) that can be reused for storing business cards or credit cards. Of course I said yes. Yesterday, I posted that customers finished order.

That request/order inspired me to make the same pockets for my employees – what a great way to make it more personal. I have one male and one female employee, so for the male pocket I tried to make it male appropriate (the blue one below). Here are their two pockets filled with a gift card, which they will receive tomorrow 🙂

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I wanted to highlight the top pocket in the picture above, as I am very thankful to one of my husband’s colleagues who provide me scraps from one of her quilts; this is what I made from those scraps.ReusableScrapsGiftCardPockets

I don’t really use a pattern and I just randomly piece the straps together, sometimes with a color in mind. I make the pockets with strips of 7 inch fabric pieces that can be from 1″-1.5″ wide. The final width of the block is 5″ (so  7″x5″ block). I lined them with left over corduroy scraps I had, from making the chair pockets and coffee cup sleeves. Finally, I add the binding on the two ends and sewed the sides together. They take between 20-30 minutes to make (including cutting time).

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it up Friday