Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Christmas in June???

I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago that I was traveling to Atlanta, to visit daughter number 1 who is expecting a baby in a month or so, and to attend a baby shower hosted by her sister-in-law and a close friend. 

I needed to take a gift, and it had to fit nicely in my suitcase.....I had already made a quilt, for the shower that was held here in California, so that was off the list. After thinking about it I decided that I would make Christmas Stockings.  I need to make 4.....1 for daughter number 1, 1 for my son-in-law, one for my new granddaughter, and 1 for Ally the dog.

This is for my new granddaughter. I used a foundation piecing method... I cut a stocking shape out of a piece of muslin. I raided my stash of Christmas fabrics and starting cutting.  The best part about foundation piecing is there is no pattern to follow.....it turns out like a crazy quilt. I added a few pink fabrics and used leftover Valentine fabric and cut out a heart to add to this stocking.

This is daughter number 1's. I add the same pink fabric to this one that I used on the grandbaby's.
Ally the dog, has a stocking with fabric that has dogs on it, and I added one piece that has cats on it too!
And my son-in-law gets this one. He is a fan of Jerry Garcia and his music....in addition to being a musician, Jerry Garcia was an artist. I happened to have an old Christmas tie designed by Jerry Garcia so I cut it up and added it to the stocking.

I used a few vintage doilies, with red tatting to edge the stockings. The stockings all have a little different shape, as I drew my stocking shape free hand.  I brought the stockings home so I can add names to them. I know three of the names that need to be added, but the name of the baby is a surprise!!  Daughter number 1 and her husband loved the stockings.

I think they turned out well....if I do say so myself!!

chris








14 comments:

  1. those are so cute! Clever idea to use the tie too!

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  2. What lucky children and grandchildren, and grandcats and grandogs!! Heirloom stockings! They are gorgeous.. So do I have this straight? You cut the stocking out of muslin, then cut various shapes out of the Christmas fabrics and sew them onto the muslin randomly, then sew the stocking together? What does the back look like? Is it muslin or crazy quilt like the front. What a cool idea!!!

    Blessings

    Linda

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  3. These are so cute Chris and the love you put into them shows through and through!

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  4. Yes, Christmas in June! I have already been thinking ahead of projects, and getting supplies! ;) Your stockings are so cute, and i adore the doilies! Perfect touch! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  5. Those stockings are wonderful - so bright and cheery - and personalized too! Would love to read/see more about the technique!
    xoxo Jane

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  6. What a fun and original baby gift idea! I don't know if you have other grandchildren, but I get the feeling that you will be great at being a grandma! =D

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  7. Oh my gosh! I love these, and I'm a little jealous! lol They are so sweet and special, I'm sure they'll be brought out for many Christmas', and even handed down over the years. What a gift!
    Erica :)

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  8. Darling! What a wonderful gift that becomes a family heirloom.

    Danielle

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  9. Very cure. I think these will look great and I love the personalization...smiles...Renee

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  10. ADORABLE! I still have and use the stocking my mom made for me around 30+ years ago! It floods me with happiness and memories every Christmas <3
    I also wanted to let you know I got the tags from Elizabeth's swap and oh my goodness how perfecly perfect yours is! I Love the image and the colors and how funny we made and packaged our tags so similar :)
    X's & O's,
    Jenny

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  11. I agree...They turned out fabulous! They will last a lifetime and become heirlooms! Every time I come to your blog, I always look at the picture of you and your girlfriends cracking up....It is such a great picture!

    Carol

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  12. Oh Chris are these ever cute. I love that someone else has Christmas on the mind! The tie is so clever.
    Thank you so much for making a home for my little firecracker. He's cute!
    I am honored that you want something I have made.
    Elizabeth

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  13. I am crazy for this quilted stocking!

    I hope you are enjoying your summer and I appreciate your friendship, kindness and support so much.

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