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Little Christmas Project

Well, my Thanksgiving was wonderful. I enjoyed having both of my kids home. We talked, laughed, played games and ate yummy food. While I was sad to see my daughter head back to Florida, she’ll be home again soon for Christmas.

Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. My latest state of mind is that I am ahead of my Christmas shopping, since I have two of the most difficult gifts to find purchased (no Black Friday shopping either). I know a few more that I need to get and will likely be able to pick them up today.  I’m taking a different approach this year and trying to get the more challenging gifts done first.

Of course, I haven’t really started thinking or making the sewing projects for Christmas. I think about Christmas gifts at two times during the year — July and then mid-November. I always have good intentions in July and plan to get things done ahead of time. Anyway, I took part in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop this year and it was fun to see the different projects. If you want to take a look at them again, you can go to my post here.

Santa came a bit early for me this year. One of his elves got busy and sent me some goodies. Rose of Something Rosemade sent me a little package of Christmas fabrics from her stash. Do you follow Rose? You should! She makes beautiful, colorful quilts and writes a lovely blog! Pop on over and say hi — I’ll wait . . .

So, when I opened my happy mail, here’s what I found inside.

Little Christmas Project - fabrics - piecefulthoughts.com

This bundle of fabric was tied with the cutest little red and white string. I was very excited to see these pretty Christmas fabrics. See that top piece that looks a bit like patchwork? I’ll show you what I did with it in a minute. Right now, you need to see what else Rose tucked in the package.

Little Christmas Project - gift stilettos - piecefulthoughts.com

Two little stilettos — how cute are they? Here’s a close up of each one.

Little Christmas Project - stiletto - piecefulthoughts.com

I love this one. She looks a bit like me, I think, except that my hair never looks that snazzy. I do love her lip color too, and I want those glasses!

This next one made me grin from ear to ear. I mean, seriously, how cute is this??

Little Christmas Project - pigs fly stiletto - piecefulthoughts.com

The little blue pig is perfect, and the word “fly” just made it all the better! Isn’t it fun?

That cute little bundle didn’t gather dust (there’s a few fabrics in my stash that have, I’ll admit it). I made a few little projects out of them, and I still have fabric left over for more.

Back to that little patchwork fabric, which is actually fabric printed to look like half-square triangles. (If I had been thinking a bit more when I started this project, I would’ve taken pictures. I got so into this project, I completely forgot!) I cut a piece 9″ x 12″, then cut a piece of fusible fleece the same size and fused it to the wrong side of the patchwork fabric. Using red thread, I stitched on the lines and — voila — I had a little quilted piece of fabric. I pulled out a stocking pattern and traced it onto the fusible fleece. Then I cut a piece of coordinating fabric from the pack and laid it right sides together with the patchwork fabric. I stitched on the line drawn on the fusible fleece and cut out the stocking, leaving a 1/4′ seam allowance.

I traced the stocking onto another piece of fabric to use for the lining. With right sides together, I sewed the lining pieces together. Once that was done, I tucked the lining into stocking, stitched a binding to the top and added a hanging loop. The whole project took me a little over an hour.

Little Christmas Project - Patchwork Stocking - piecefulthoughts.com

The finished stocking is about 10″ tall. It’s the perfect size for tucking into a corner or hanging from a cute little hook. This will be a gift for a friend.

What about you? Do you have a fun, fast Christmas project you enjoy making? I’d love to hear about it!

Linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Beth at Love Laugh Quilt.

Wendy

 

Bloghop Day!

It seems to happen to me every year, right around the month of July. I tell myself that I need to get going on Christmas projects. I think to myself, if I start in July, I can have most of my Christmas gifts done and waiting to be wrapped by December. Great idea, but it never happens. Does that happen to you?

Well today is the day to make it happen! The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop begins today. This blog hop is going to be chock full of great projects that you can start now and have your Christmas gift list well on its way to being done! With 30 bloggers posting over the next 12 days, you’re sure to find some great projects for Christmas that you can make right now.

You really shouldn’t miss a day of this blog hop, so let me give you the details.

Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is once again coordinating this blog hop. Visit her post today, take a look at her fun project, and thank her for hosting. By the way, if you don’t follow Sarah, you should. She is delightful and so creative!

Starting today for the next 12 days, a group of bloggers will be posting their Christmas projects to share with you. Be sure to visit each one of their posts each day and leave a comment in each blogger’s post. Why? Because we love positive feedback, but also because you will then be eligible for the amazing giveaway during this blog hop! More about the giveaway in a moment.

Here’s the blog hop schedule.

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd

Don’t Miss the Great Giveaway!

So here’s the deal on the giveaway — you don’t want to miss out on this! If you visit each blog each day and leave a comment on each blog, you’ll be eligible to win prizes. This giveaway is world-wide, by the way!

The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!

Sarah has six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away – and here’s how she’s going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including Sarah’s blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop, Sarah will do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone’s name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day’s hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners!  Then Sarah will put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner!  You have until July 27th to comment on the blogs. One caveat — only one prize per person — but don’t let that stop you from entering! 

Join in the Fun!

I hope you visit each of the blogs during the next 12 days. There will be a variety of projects, so I’m sure you’ll find at least one that you want to do! And don’t miss the chance at the amazing giveaway!

And don’t forget to stop by my blog on Monday. If you are looking for some ideas for kids (and kids at heart) crafts during the holiday season, you’ll want to see what I’m up to. See you Monday!

Wendy