Snowmen and Stockings

By the time I post this, I’ll have my shopping done, I hope! I have done much less shopping this year, most of it either local or online, so this week is quiet and relaxed. I have not set foot in a mall for any Christmas shopping! So I’m enjoying some time just playing in my quilt cave, but more about that in another post.

Since I’ve been giving a mini tour of my Christmas decorating, I thought I’d show you where this little snowman runner ended up. It’s a small runner, maybe 6 x 20-ish, so I had to think a bit about where to put it.

This picture was taken awhile ago, before we had snow!

I realized that I had the perfect spot for it above my kitchen sink. BigJ hung it up for me; we just tacked it to the wall with straight pins. It makes me smile when I look up from my chair and see it in my kitchen. I collect snowmen, so this little runner belongs in my home. It was a kit given to me by my sister-in-law. She knows me well.

Today is the winter solstice. That combined with my dark little house has made it a challenge to get decent photos. (Better photography should probably be on my list of goals for 2017.) That being said, I hope you’ll still enjoy the peek at my home.

And then there are the family stockings, which we hang on the railing of our staircase so they are visible from our front door. Three of them were made by BigJ’s grandmother — his and our two kids. I made the fourth, for me. I did have a stocking as a child, and I still have that stocking somewhere, but it was just the saddest thing ever — not handmade. I’m not sure what the story was behind it; I never thought to ask. In a family of sewists, you’d think I would’ve had a handmade stocking! So, anyway, I made my own, with a snowman, of course!

The top stocking is the oldest of the four, made for BigJ when he was just a little guy. The three made by Grandma K are felt with much detail. That’s my snowman stocking, a Thimbleberries pattern.
During her lifetime, Grandma K made stockings for all of her grandkids and great grandkids. They are a treasure.

Lastly, I thought I’d sneak in this little stocking that is a favorite of mine. They are a paper-pieced pattern that I picked up at a local quilt shop that is no longer in business, unfortunately. It is a great pattern for using scraps!

I’ve made several of these, they are about 11″ from heel to the cuff.

One more post before the Christmas festivities begin. I hope you are getting those holiday projects done!

Wendy

 

2 thoughts on “Snowmen and Stockings”

  1. love your stockings! like you I have not stepped into a mall – I did stop by the book store today to pick up one last thing while I was in Little Rock today for a eye doctor appointment and lucky I could pay for my one item by the coffee shop area because the line to the check out area for books was ridiculously long – I wouldn’t have went in but it is the one place I know that sells a can of tea my daughter loves – I will be finding it on line for another time!!

  2. That runner is to die for! Your stockings brought back memories, when our kids were little I made them each one of the sequin filled ones. What a great idea to hang them on the railing. I didn’t go to the Mall either. We go to Fleet Farm and get the grandsons toys. The rest of us don’t exchange so a whole lot less stress.

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