Here’s the second baby quilt for Maggie’s House that I delivered on Christmas Day. I forgot about taking a picture until the last moments before the sun dipped below the neighbors’ house, and even then half ended up in shadow with the rest tinged in pinkish golden sunset light. I quilted it in straight lines, mostly stitch-in-the-ditch using the nine patch seams, plus extra quilted lines in the middle of each block and through the sashing. The back is a soft flannel in a sailboat print. It’s my first quilt using white sashing, which looks so lovely in all kinds of other quilts I’ve seen and yet I dunno, I think I prefer the intensity of pure colors. I used a tiny white-on-white floral print instead of strictly white, a detail that I like in person which doesn’t show up in this quality of photo.
I won the Confessions of a Sewing Dork contest, thanks to the two pound bag of croutons sitting on my mantle for 18 months. I wrapped them up in pretty paper and gave them to a friend as Hanukkah gift #8. My prize came in the mail a few weeks ago and it was a sweet surprise to see a real package in my mailbox when I got home from work. The loot includes red piping trim, pre-cut squares, buttons, a pattern, and a piece of fabric in an astounding chartreuse color that just isn’t done justice in the picture. Thank you!
Several weeks ago I sent out a reversible apron for Confessions of a Sewing Dork’s make it and mail it swap. I’m delighted to report that the recipient just sent me an email saying she got it and loves it. (Arizona to Canada mail can take awhile.)
In August I turned a skirt I hadn’t worn in a couple years into two aprons, one for me and one for my mom. I originally bought the skirt to wear to a friend’s wedding when I was 21, although I ended up wearing another new dress to the event instead. Come to think of it, that dress has been hiding in the back of my closet for several years too, I should try it on and see if I can put it back in wardrobe rotation or refashion it into something else. Apparently I don’t have a Before picture of the red skirt even though I remember taking one in my sewing room, hm. Maybe later I’ll find it and add it in. (Ha!)
The apron I decided to keep for myself has a classy black & white waistband that I realized afterward that I cut with the pattern sideways, and the one for my mom has a waistband featuring chickens. It’s the same fabric I used to make her Chickens II quilt later, actually.
I hosted a party on Friday with guests wearing their best Festive Holiday Attire. Some went the tacky route, as I did with my homemade Christmas tree off-the-shoulder shirt above complete with red beaded garland (it was tackier with the giant fake poinsettia flower brooch that kept falling off), while others were classy in a cocktail dress or button-down shirt. One person came in costume as a member of the nativity scene, another wore red plaid pajamas, and there were a few Christmas sweaters.
We ate cookies and played holiday Pictionary, enjoying ourselves into the night.