The Ugly Christmas Stocking

I was hanging the Christmas stockings the other day and took a good look at them as I hung them by the chimney with care.  I had carefully cross stitched my kids stockings by hand, and crocheted my husband’s stocking  with a yarn that allows expandability to fit all those goodies inside and the stockings looked like they could have been on a Christmas card.

My kids and Husband’s Christmas stockings

Then I hung my own Christmas stocking.  As a long time quilter and stitcher, it’s embarrassing to admit that my own stocking was probably purchased from Walmart more than 30 years ago and has long been in need of an upgrade.  But who has time to make something for yourself in the midst of all the busy-ness of the Christmas season?  But then , how could I put up with this ugly stocking for another year?  Here is the old one:

30 + year old Walmart Stocking

So, out with the old and in with the new.  Here’s the replacement I came up with.

New Paper pieced Christmas stocking with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, little snowmen, trees and shiny snowflakes!

This quilter/mom now has a stocking that is worthy to be hung by the chimney with care and hopes that Santa notices the new stocking and fills it with nice goodies for me!

Husband’s comment:  The green stocking is an engineering marvel.  It expands to proportions that only an elf (or cosmic physicist) could produce.  I once got an Acura TL in there along with the usual goodies.  Everyone should have one of these, especially if you’ve been really good this year like me!

Moncarapacho Update

Here’s some photos of the growth of the Moncarapacho quilt that I’ve been hand piecing.  First, a photo of what I last posted:

Second round is complete

Here’s what it looks like after adding two more rounds:

Four rounds complete!

It’s  a slow process, but I really enjoy hand stitching and choosing the colors to use for each star.  It currently measures 40″ diameter.  How large will it be?  I don’t know, yet, we’ll see after the next round!

Moncarapacho

I have begun working on a paper pieced pattern called Moncarapacho designed by Willyne Hammerstein and published in her book Millefiori Quilts 3.  It’s a beautiful star design composed of diamond shaped pieces.  Each piece is cut from fabric and basted to the paper, then whip stitched together to form the stars.  I purchased the paper pieces from PaperPieces, a store in Paducah, KY that caters to quilters who love the technique, (see photo below).  I’m using reproduction fabrics and fussy cutting to center the designs inside the diamond shaped pieces.  It’s a very slow process, but addicting as you begin to see the quilt grow when you add each new star block.  It’s also one of those projects that’s easy to take with you while waiting for appointments.  The great thing about the paper pieces is that you get a perfect point on all sides.  This gives you great accuracy and allows the star blocks to easily fit together.  If you are going to all the trouble of stitching a complex design like this, it’s nice to see the blocks behave themselves and fit perfectly!  I have a long way to go on this quilt, but am thoroughly enjoying the process.

 

Patriotic Quilt- “American Pie”

I recently finished a hexagon  quilt pieced by hand using the freezer paper method of preparing the  fabrics, (see the picture below).  This quilt had about 950 little hexagons (3/4″ on each side) which were fussy cut to capture  the fabric motifs and create a kaleidoscope effect for the blocks.  Don’t ask me how long it took to piece it,  all I know is that it took a long time!  The quilt had two layers of batting, cotton on the bottom and wool on the top.  This combination gave a really nice puffiness to the quilt which emphasized the quilting designs.  It was entered in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo quilt exhibit for 2018.

Nativity Quilt

This quilt was made by Martha’s Quilters using a pattern published by Paper Panache.  It was paper pieced by a team of 6 women over a period of 6 weeks.  It was auctioned at the church Fall Festival for a price of $2200.  It was the most money we have ever made on a group quilt.