Fall quilt market is right around the corner, and with that comes the release of lots of fun things in the quilting industry. My contribution is 4 new single patterns – each with several options. Today I’m going to share 2 of the patterns, with the other two coming in my next post.
The theme for today’s new patterns is Christmas. I have always wanted to do a stocking pattern, but never had any ideas. Having two little boys changed that! They need stockings, right? So, that thought led me to designing a stocking pattern, with four different block options that can be used to change the theme of the stocking.
I am loving all the Nordic things on Pinterest – especially these Nordic cross stitch patterns. I haven’t cross stitched since the 80’s but I thought it would be fun to combine some of the design ideas with my love of quilting – and finally an idea for making my own Christmas stockings comes together.
The little rocking horse is for Max
The snowman is for Carter and the snowflake for me.
The scrappy tree is for Joel.
They look good in my studio – and they have been hanging there all summer! I’ve had to explain to any guests why they are hanging there in July, but I must have things out as I am working on them – thinking about them a little bit each day. I have another set made for my living room fireplace. They just need to be quilted and bound, but I have a few months left to finish them. Or should I say a couple? They are a different color scheme, so I will share them when they are finished.
My next pattern is an ornament set – inspired by my boys and my Auntie Lynn. Growing up, she gave ornaments to each niece and nephew every Christmas. I remember being just fascinated by the ones that she hand painted.
You may also remember that I have been making some ornaments for our tree (click here to read about them). They are all made with wool and though my embroidery skills are not good, I loved making them.
As I was making these, I was thinking about the things that Carter gets excited about and realized that these ornaments were much more for me, and not really for him. That thought got me to thinking that my boys needed their own ornaments – ones designed especially for them. For the theme, I decided on fish and puppies, to go with the fabric lines that I designed for them.
The ornaments are done mainly with a blanket stitch and a few other easy embroidery stitches mixed in. On the roof, I did cheat and do that by machine. I just couldn’t get my lines perfectly straight! Other than that, these projects are the perfect little size to tote around with you. I would bring them out to the swing set or in the yard while the boys played and they were finished in no time. So much easier than carrying out knitting, with the stitches falling off the needles and the dog trying to steal my yarn ball.
I also plan to add a date to the ornament, but didn’t get it done before my photos shoot. I need to decide if it will go on the front, or do it on the back with a little note from Mom kinda thing.
Carter’s ornament includes one of my favorite stitches – the chain stitch. I learned it long ago while making a stitchery sampler with yarn and burlap in grade school. It’s really easy to do, so nothing to be scared of. Also notice that on some of the tiny pieces – like the leaves – are not blanket stitched down. It’s too hard to blanket stitch those little pieces, so I just stitched down the center, leaving the edges slightly dimensional.
For the hangers, I just braided some embroidery floss together, using 3 strands of each color. I was initially going to use ric rac, but couldn’t find the right colors. Using embroidery floss solved this problem, as it comes in many colors. I also think it looks boyish, so it works with the design.
I hope these ideas are something that inspires you. It’s a little different from what I usually do, but it’s so fun to try something new. If you would like to try your hand at these techniques, I will be giving away a copy of each new pattern to one of my readers. Just leave a comment to be entered to win. Stop back in a few days to see the winners and the post with the other new patterns.
The paper patterns will start shipping on Monday.
Thanks and have a great weekend!