Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s holiday crunch time, if you celebrate any of the holidays throughout this month. I hope you are all having a wonderful start to this last month of the year!
This past week life through in a few challenges, so I did not get all 9 bags sewn like I hoped. It was an ambitious goal anyway. I did get 5 sewn, 1 halfway sewn, and three are all cut and interfaced and ready to assemble. I’m very pleased with that progress! And, as I am writing this I realized I completely forgot to take pictures of one of the bags before I mailed it off today. Oops! It was a gift anyway, and I’m not sure if the recipient reads my blog. So, better to not have it to show anyway. I am making a second bag out of the same fabric this week, so I will be able to share a picture of what it looked like next week.
This Winter Joy bag turned out so pretty! And the lining fabric was a perfect match for it too. I actually made two of this bag, but since they look virtually the same I am only sharing a picture of one of them. I really love how this one turned out, and I wish I had fabric left to make myself one!
This Winter Wreath print is so pretty. I just love the red wreaths and the little cardinals! The lining is a tone-on-tone red snowflake print.
Are you starting to notice a theme with these bags? Not only winter, but Cardinals! I just love Cardinals and all of these prints made me smile while I worked on them this week.
Keeping with the cardinal theme, I also fully finished off my Peace On Earth stitching. I took inspiration from Priscilla Blain and “Priscillafied” it with some trims, glued magnets to the back, and popped it onto a metal easel. In the tray I tucked some greenery and pinecones. This was probably the most fun I’ve had with a finish! I pinned the piece to some foam core, and I’m pretty darned proud of how straight I was able to make it! I used eleventy-bazillion stainless steel pins and used them all up. I need to remember to order more!
To top off this week’s post, I also finished my first cross stitch ornament! I had so much fun stitching this up for a friend. I found a free poinsettia pattern called Shades of Christmas from Eternasilk. I used some red silk floss for the poinsettia petals, cotton over-dyed floss for the leaves, and yellow Mill Hill beads for the center. I also referred to several tutorials by Vonna Pfeiffer, The Twisted Stitcher to finish this ornament off. I followed her How To Make a Pillow Christmas Ornament tutorial, and watched her cording tutorial several times before attempting to make my own. My cording turned out fine, but started to loosen when I was stitching it on. I ended up gluing it instead and made a mental note to make it tighter in the future.
A lot of progress this past week, even if I didn’t finish all of the bags. This coming week I will continue sewing and also work on another trying to finish another cross stitch piece, Tis The Season, before next week’s post. I look forward to seeing what you’ve all been working on!
This Weeks To-Do List:
- Sew up bags
- Finish Tis The Season
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