Christmas Stockings

Quick update on December. My sewing activities have consisted only of making these few stockings–actually there are three more–two for the parents and one for a friend with a newborn.

These stockings were made with the AccuQuilt stocking die (Studio). Love that die as the stockings turn out perfectly and are so quick and easy. They are unlined, except that I cut four pieces for the cuff and lined the cuffs which make them much more stable for holding the machine embroidery. The snowflakes have been in my files for many years–not sure their origin, but think it may be Embroidery Library.  The lettering was done with my Art & Stitch Plus software—that works so well to adjust lettering to get all the names in the same space.

My stitching has been so limited because of the arthritis in my hands. Thought I would do some baking, but found that worked quite well except that using a cookie scoop for portioning and especially the cookie press are not easy with these hands. Maybe machine embroidery will be my focus for awhile.

Christmas is only a week away. Are you ready? 

Christmas Stockings Tutorial

With 10 grandchildren, one has to start early with Christmas gifts. My two favorite things to make are pillow cases and Christmas stockings. With the new and updated AccuQuilt Studio Christmas stocking die, making stockings is a breeze. Here are the ones I started with a tutorial on the AccuQuilt blog. I made some solid color ones with names embroidered and I made some generic patchwork stockings without names. These will be a lot of fun for all. And they’re plenty big enough to be stuffed with lots and lots of goodies.


Recent Projects

With the introduction of 10 new Studio dies, I’ve been busy. I created quilts for three of the ten dies. The quilts I designed and made were the Crazy Quilt, the Hunter’s Star, and the Christmas stockings. AccuQuilt has published a blog about the new dies and you can see pictures of the projects I made.