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Sunday, September 22, 2013

slow stitching on some christmas stockings

the new autumn season is definitely upon us. we've had some close calls with frost and next week's forecast indicates we'll not be missed again. the tomatoes have their cold frame back up around them and although they weren't very productive we'll protect the last of what has grown.

i've been stitching on many different things over the last couple of weeks but am making progress with several christmas stockings. my wonderful daughter's stocking is getting the last of it's decorative stitching and i won't show it again until it's sewn up into something that looks like it will hold a few christmas surprises.
i am also working on some christmas stockings that will be for local fundraisers.

these two stockings have been cut from some over sized vintage pieced star blocks. the blocks were apparently done by an inexperienced hand and did not lay flat (not even a little). i can cut carefully and make a few tucks here and there to make them work out well for stockings.

once they were cut out and fixed up i layered them with some thin batting and did some quick utility stitch hand quilting on them. 

this one is being 'interviewed' with a bit of vintage linen as a cuff. the lacy bit was quite shredded in one place but i decided to try my hand at some (slow stitch sunday) lace repair which i've never done before. it's certainly not professional looking but does look nicer than it did and will hold up much better.
i'll also add some embroidery to them.
consider joining the slow stitch sunday link up and/or just checking out what it is that others are putting their hand stitches into over at Kathy's Quilts.

recent gifts include:
  • the mountain just beginning to show it's dramatic fall colors
  • oven roasted cherry tomato 'jam'
  • the satisfying feeling of late summer/early fall garden clean-up
  • an old black cat happily purring and joining me for my afternoon naps 


  1. Oh what a wonderful way to use something that never became a quilt. The stockings are adorable. I also love your list of gifts. Simple pleasures are the best!

  2. Aw, that's a nice kitty to snuggle with you while you nap!
    The stocking is lovely, so neat and tidy!
    I am happy about the first day of fall.

  3. Such a pretty stocking. I love how you added the doily. Good luck with your lace making today.

  4. Love your stockings! Santa will be just dying to fill them.

  5. Some very nice make-do Christmas stockings ... giving life to something old.

  6. Hooray for the fall season. I even find beauty in the dying gardens and woods.
    great stockings!

  7. Your fundraising stockings are the best! I always love to see how you embellish.

  8. Oh I love your stockings!!! What a cute idea to use all different types of fabric and prints. I don't know anything about sewing or quilting, but if I did, I'd make some stockings like yours :)

  9. Such a great idea....reuse and recycle! And they will be unique and creative gifts for Christmas giving.
    Thanks for linking up and sharing your idea!

  10. These stocking are really neat!! Super great upcycle - perfect way to use some mountainous blocks. :D

  11. What a great way to re-purpose those blocks. The stockings look great.


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