Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Stitching

While my sewing machine is in the shop I decided to do something different. I took out my old Prairie Schooler patterns and thought I'd work on a little bit of cross stitch for a change. This always happens around the holidays. Every December I spend a couple of hours looking through all the Christmas designs I've collected over the years, thinking about all the lovely pieces I'd like to stitch. Occasionally, I even make something. Duh, it would never occur to me to start in July, when there'd be a better chance I'd actually finish something by Christmas. Oh well. 


Then, I pulled out some of my other unfinished Christmas items, like these Christmas tree mug rugs I started last year but never seemed to complete.


These are just too cute not to finish so I know I'll do that at least, if I get my machine back soon. And so I started cutting pieces for a few more. This is a free pattern on my website and in the small quilt group Files, by the way. 


For the December challenge in my small quilt groups (Yahoo and Facebook - see blog sidebar for links), we're making red & white quilts again. I realized I had to start thinking about what I want to make. If you don't have time to make a whole quilt, it's okay to simply make a mug mat or coaster. We're having a showing of the quilts on Facebook and Yahoo on December 30 so I've got plenty of time. I cut these pieces for one quilt and now have decided I'll probably make a different one instead. 


In addition to dreaming of all sorts of creative, Christmasy things I could be making, I started my Christmas shopping. Some of you are probably already finished. I just can't get into it if it's not cold or snowing. Well, we've now got the cold so out I went . . . .



Wishing you a happy December and may all your stitching dreams come true. Make a wish that some of mine come true too. I've been feeling pretty tired and lazy lately and since it takes me a lot of time and energy to write blog posts, I promise I'll finish writing the ones about making scrappy quilts after the holidays. In the meantime, make something cute and show me a picture of it in my Facebook small quilt group


Oh yeah, one more cute little stitching project I started and really need to finish . . . . 



11 comments:

Karen said...

Love your little mug rugs! You always have the cutest fabrics. Those blocks would make such a cute Christmas quilt too!

Sue Bennett said...

The trees are just so adorable. I love it when a plan comes together and you get to finish something. how long is the machine gone for. That drives me crazy.

Ginney Camden said...

Sometimes I just like to work on a holiday project during that holiday season cause it helps put me in the mood. I don't worry about finishing cause I know it will be done for the next holiday and will be brand new then.

Colleen said...

I've got a ton of old cross stitch patterns/magazines and Prairie Schooler was always one of my favorites. I'm always going to make a Christmas-y one but I never do....maybe some day?

Love the little mug rugs with the trees. I downloaded the pattern and will be making some...starting today :) Thanks so much.

Debra said...

Thank you for the mug rug pattern! I will be making some of those, and I am also intrigued by your Christmas Baubles Wall Hanging project. I look forward to seeing it!

Leratdesfils said...

Many Thanks ����������

Ramona said...

I was inspired by your Christmas Cross Stitch and actually found that edition of patterns and ordered them. You are right about starting in July though for any hope of finishing for the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

Sherrill said...

I LOVE Prairie Schooler and have finished 3 or 4 lately. The mug rugs are adorable.

Rosa said...

So beautiful Christmas items,love them all and thanks for the mug rug pattern!!
Wiahing you a great Advent seasons!

Sue McQ said...

I'm with Ginney on working on festive things during the holidays. Seems I never get started (and finished!) early enough to have it done for the current season. Oh well, next year.

quiltgrannie said...

It's nice to see that I'm not the only one that has lots of Christmasy things that I have started and haven't finished. I love your tree mug rug pattern, thanks for all you do.

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