Whew! I simply cannot remember a November this cold and snowy! Luckily, we have had mostly cold temps...I feel for the folks around Buffalo or in areas that are buried in snow!
But the cold and the snow certainly put me in a bit of a Christmas mood....
Last weekend I got together with a few friends to make Christmas stockings and do a little hand quilting and embroidery. I began piecing together a clamshell project in cute kitschy fabrics.
I appliqued these to a foundation fabric marked with a grid...I used Aurifil thread to applique. It is amazing for applique! and my very favorite Richard Hemming Milliner needles in size 11. These needles are awesome!
Once my 'fabric' was complete, I went back and pick stitched with black Valdani thread! I love the black stitching...
This will be my 'fabric' for the stocking. I just haven't had the heart to cut it yet, but as soon as it is finished, I will share it here! I just love those clamshells!
While I had the Christmas-making spirit, I put together a little zippy bag using the leftover pieces from my Sew Together bag!
I added cute little felt balls on the zipper pull...thanks Janelle :)
This is the perfect size to hold small scissors, a bit of thread and needles, or chapstick, tissues...even a cute little tin with some change! thanks Clare :)
It feels good to get a little of Christmas sorted out! I love Christmas sewing....I only wish it wasn't such a hectic time. More time for sewing :)