Christmas roundup

07 Jan

I had grand plans for Christmas this year, but some persistent ick in my house took it’s toll toward the end of the year. We all got sick mid-November and it was just one thing after another. We’ve been through an ear infection (Davy), sinus infections (Gregg and I), pinkeye for the whole house – once for Gregg and twice each for Davy and I! Davy doesn’t sleep or eat well when he’s feeling crummy, which meant Mama was up a bunch in the middle of the night and thus not inspired to wake up at 5AM to sew. A good lesson to me in planning though, and luckily we are all on the mend and none the worse for wear.

One of my goals for Christmas was a handmade gift for everybody. How did I do?

My mother-in-law and father-in-law got some socks I had fortuitously made earlier in the year:

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My poor husband got nothing – I started a pair of convertible mittens but didn’t get gauge and threw in the towel. It’s really hard to make projects for him in secret.

My son got some more handmade pillowcases, which I just realized I never posted about so I’ll throw all of them up here:


My sister got the Mod Sampler Quilt – yes, I did finish it (barely) – luckily she was so moved to tears that she didn’t notice my crappy quilting:

My mom got a finished quilt top – I might have been able to finish the quilt but I realized I didn’t have enough fabric for the backing and decided I’d wait on that and finish it later:


She also got a Snappy Manicure Wallet (minus the snaps, because I purchased the wrong snap fastener and so used velcro instead):

My sister’s best friend Kim joined us this year and she got two drawstring bags – one to use for projects and one filled with knitting notions like a tape measure, cable needles, stitch markers, point protectors, and teensy scissors:


I had big plans to make some things for my extended family but only my brother-in-law got something – I whipped up a very fast Soft Structure Cowl for him:


And I even started a quilted tree skirt for our tree!


So really, not too bad in the scheme of things but I’m hoping with some planning ahead I’ll do better next year.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday – I really do need to finish both Mom’s Winged Quilt and the Tree Skirt asap!

Also linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes January 2015 goal party – though I’d love to finish both, Mom’s Winged Quilt is my January goal.


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  1. Jennie @ Jennie's Threads

    January 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    So many great finishes. I love the quilt top for your Mum! Hope you have a healthier new year!

  2. Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge

    January 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Lots of lovely finishes under your tree this year! Well done!

  3. Laura

    January 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you! So far so good…

  4. Laura

    January 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you!

  5. Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting

    January 9, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Such lovely prezzies! I’m sure they were appreciated by all. Your mum’s quilt is looking great! Reminds me that I need to order some grey fabric… 😀

  6. Laura

    January 9, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Thanks! I was unsure about the grey but I’m really happy with it.

  7. Sarah Goer

    January 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Lots of great gifts! I hope this is the year that I have my act together early enough to make gifts for more family members.