Handmade holidays

05 Nov

I’ve had big plans for handmade Christmas and birthday gifts this year. I’ve been mostly working on knitted gifts; so far I’ve finished 2 pairs of socks and did most of the knitting for a gift for my nephew. But this past weekend, inspired by some nice new cutting tools Gregg got me for my birthday and aided by a toddler who took 2 hour naps both days, I did a bunch of sewing.

BTW, what do I do with a Purple Thang and Applique scissors? Gregg found them on lists of useful tools for quilters but I’m kind of uncertain. I can say that the Gingher rotary cutter is pretty awesome though.


First, I made some extra HSTs and cut up some red squares to work on my placemats – this project has been percolating a long time and I’ve finally figured out some layouts I’m happy with and started moving.


Secondly, I finally started piecing the Giant Plus quilt – you can see it at the top of this image.

Thirdly, I pulled out my oldest UFO, a Mod Sampler quilt that I bought fabric for and started sewing back in 2011. I’m hoping to finish it in time to gift it this year. I got all the rows pieced together and now all the quilt top needs is side borders. Unfortunately, you may be able to see that the bottom row is off – by about a half inch, too far to fudge. So it’s sitting on my cutting table and every time I run down to the basement for a minute to grab something or let the dog out I work on ripping out that seam. Sounds kind of inefficient but this is how I get stuff done – I take advantage of all the little breaks in my day.


Once I’ve fixed that row and sewn on the side borders, I have the fabric to make a pieced backing and binding, so that will be next.

And in the next day or so I need to order fabric for some new projects – a bag for my niece (for her birthday at the end of this month, so I need to hurry) and background/backing/binding fabric for a quilt I have planned for my mom – but that will be another post.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

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