Sunday, November 25, 2012

Three Christmas Gifts

I took advantage of some time off work to finish up a few lap quilts I'm giving for Christmas.  

Wednesday I did some hand embroidery between some Thursday dinner prep - pumpkin pies with crust from scratch. The pumpkin was from the garden.  Thursday morning I got the  broccoli au gratin (a tradition with broccoli from the garden), deviled eggs, candied sweet potatoes (kids don't like them but grandkids love them), sage dressing (sage from the garden and bread homemade) and mashed potatoes (potatoes from the garden) as well as the turkey ready for dinner with kids and their spouses and grandkids.  I always like Thanksgiving because we use cloth napkins and grandma's china and everyone goes around the table to say what they are thankful for. Even the little ones look forward to telling what they are thankful for which is usually family. And, of course I wish I would have remembered to take a family photo for the scrapbook...but I didn't. 

And, without further are the quilts I've finished hanging out on the clothesline soaking up that good outdoor smell. 

 "Attic Windows" is for my daughter and son-in-law who love the great outdoors. I used some real looking animal 6.5 inch charms I swapped with the I Spy Yahoo Group last year.  And one square is mushrooms since they are avid mushroom hunters also.

 I wasn't sure how to quilt it so it wouldn't take away from the 3-D window effect. I finally decided on invisible thread for the front and tan for the back and quilted in what I hope are straight lines. I don't see well enough to stitch entirely in the ditch and that measuring bar that comes with the walking foot doesn't work anymore with my walking foot because the plastic that holds it in broke off.  This was also my first time stitching with invisible thread even though I have a couple of spools in my thread drawer that I tried to use for some hand sewing that didn't work out. I also figured out what those little mesh things that come with the sewing machine are for - to put over the unruly invisible thread that kept getting caught on the spool spindle until I used the mesh thingy.
 The back of attic windows - a collage pattern of outdoorsy things.
 "Autumn with a Twist" is a lap quilt for one of my sisters and her husband.  She and her entire family of kids and grandkids come out every Christmas for dinner and we all play games like we did at Christmas when we were growing up.
 These blocks were from a swap on the Mailblocks Yahoo Group. For all participants you had to make one 12 inch block, two 6 inch blocks and six 3 inch blocks in fall colors with cream colored background.

I quilted it with freemotion pumpkins and leaves. I used cream colored thread for the front and variegated purple on the back. 

 "How Sweet You Are" is for one of my sons and his girlfriend. It is a bunch of Happy Blocks with sweet treat centers - candy, cupcakes, suckers, etc.

I quilted freemotion swirls. 

 And I used a soft flannel sheet on the back that I found at the thrift store for $2.50 to make it extra warm and cuddly for my sweeties and granddaughter when they watch TV or cuddle up with a good book.

You will find me at the Sew Darn Crafty linky party. Party on! 
I'm also linking up at Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times (even tho' I don't have a design wall - just a design floor for now). And, finally, I'm linking up at Freemotion by the River. 


Flowers in the Window said...

Hi, I found you through the linky party. What gorgeous quilts! All so beautiful and different. I especially love the Attic Windows quilt - just love that 3D effect. I must try this pattern again - I've only tried it once on a cushion cover. I have joined your blog. Maggie xx

jill said...

I totally agree with Flowers in the Window. All your quilts are great, but that Attic Windows is stunning. The backing is wonderful too.

blessings, jill

Jill said...

Three beautiful quilts! You have included some wonderful fabrics to fit the personalities of the recipients.

thisyearsdozen said...

All are very nice. I love the attic window one. It is a block I have wanted to try. Thanks for sharing.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Beautiful quilts! I love how you thoughtfully planned them for your family members. I'm a fellow Stashbuilder.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I'm currently collecting for my first eye spy quilt right esp. liked seeing all your blocks in that one...and I really like your "sweets" quilt...I like that idea...kinda a fun movie and eat popcorn, cuddle quilt! LOL!

knitnkwilt said...

the squirrels in the attic window quilt are adorable--that is a great pattern for showing off prints. I enjoyed your samplers too--I really enjoy making samplers, lots of variety.