Welcome to my stop on the
Virtual Cookie Exchange blog hop which is hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Christmas is for many of us a family time. This year for us this means seeing relatives and friends who come up from the United States and also seeing some aunts and uncles on my husbands side of the family. Spending this time with folks we don't see that much makes the season special and having children in the mix once again makes the season magical! My side of the family is welcoming two babies this month so we get a repeat in February when the babies are a bit older!
Carol gave us a lot of leeway in what we could share in the post. I am not much of a baker so there are no cookies here just quilting projects. Two of them. I signed up for the hop in hopes that it would give me the push I needed to get these two projects done by the beginning of December. I am happy to say it did!
It's not usual for me to make seasonal quilts so I surprised myself when I saw this quilt kit at Creative Sisters and I just had to make it. But I shouldn't be surprised because I am a Nana now to two toddlers who are pretty fond of their stuffed animals. When I saw the fabric panel with cute penguins, moose, bears and tigers sporting reindeer antlers I pictured my boys snuggling under it on the couch. Truth be told they are more likely to use it as a roof for a fort! I also liked that it doesn't scream Christmas but has a winter theme that might extend its use a bit.
It was a easy pattern,with the top coming together quickly but I did have a few issues with the quilting. I applied the spray basting outside on the back porch on a clear cold day and maybe because of the cold weather it didn't seem to stick very well on the top. This didn't give me major problems however. I worked from the middle out and I didn't get a lot of puckering. I used our sit down long arm machine for quilting and Wendy gave me a part spool of 40 weight King Tut white thread called Linen to use for the quilting. Unfortunately the thread ran out with about 1/3 of the quilting left. None of the Stores in our area had this thread so I had to order it from Cotton Mill Thread Works. To spread out the cost of shipping I ordered more thread of course. I guess that was an early Christmas present for me!
When our kids where small we always had advent calendars which we used to count down the days to Christmas. It added a lot of fun to the season and a feeling of expectation. It seemed with the boys being 3 and 2 this Christmas, that it would be a good year to pass this tradition down to them and give them a calendar of their own. Here's a picture of the boys calendar with a few of the things I tucked into the pockets.
I also picked this up at Creative Sisters. There were no kits left so I bought the store sample which mean't I didn't have to sew the pockets on. I quilted this one was with the walking foot on my domestic machine. A simple treatment which suits it well. The main challenge here was finding enough small treasures to squish into the small pockets as a lot of tiny things would not be suitable for the 2 year old.
As the days get closer to Christmas they will be finding some quarters for their piggy banks, some kitty stickers,some small ornaments, some candy. A few things wouldn't fit in the pockets ( socks, play dough with sparkles) so they are in paper bags and a note is in the pocket. You have to know here that the three year old is obsessed with Christmas socks and wears them year round, the two year old loves putting money in his piggy bank, and both boys are in love with kitties.
The last pocket holds my favourite treasure. It is a baby Jesus ornament made with a bead, some scraps of fabric and a half walnut shell. Their father made this cute little ornament at his after school babysitters when he was about seven.
I hope you enjoyed my stop on the hop and that you can find some time to visit the other bloggers who are participating. Here's the list of participants. You will find lot's of recipes, lots of quilting ideas and maybe a give away or two.