Friday, June 17, 2016

summer Stockings

summer Stockings

I'll admit there is something quite odd about sewing stockings in summertime.  In South Carolina we're already sweltering in 100 degree weather, punctuated with ferocious thunderstorms.  Today's brought down branches all around the house.  My finished photos were snapped in a brief lull between storms, when the sun peeked out just a bit.

summer Stockings

I invited Aria and Liam to choose their favorite Pixie Noel fabrics.  Aria always loves a rich, vibrant red, so she chose the red snow contrasting boldly with the green stockings print.  I like to think I subtly mellowed things out by crafting her stocking in zigzag stripes with some calmer green and red prints.  Probably not.  But the finished, quilted stocking is pleasing us both.

 summer Stockings

All my stockings are quilted, which makes this a great chance to use up those random batting bits.  Here I'm drawing lines with my hera marker, which leaves creases on the fabric.  I know I'm a broken record about this tool, but seriously, gotta have it.  It's the quickest way I've found to mark quilting lines, hands down.  And accurate to boot.

summer Stockings

Liam chose the aqua snow.  Basically, he wanted the least Christmas-y fabric, it seemed.  So I paired his with Cotton & Steel Netorious in metallic cloud for sparkly perfection.  The green and candy-striped stocking is Brandon's.   Before I can make the other two stockings to round out our set, I need to find out the sex of this baby.  Crossing fingers that's revealed on Monday!  I'm nervous.

summer Stockings

Today was my last day sewing in what has been my sewing space these last many years.  My sewing space, which is also our entry room, is part of the remodel/addition, which means all of my furniture, books and fabric are about to be vomited into our living room, squeezed into all the cracks, swallowing all the wall space and settling in for a solid few months.   But, BUT, after it's all done I'll have an enclosed sewing space for the first time ever!  All the better for keeping little roving hands (hopefully) from rampaging my design wall.  Yay.


Get stockings construction details in this post.  Find the full range of Pixie Noel fabrics at Fat Quarter Shop, as well as all the Cotton & Steel basics I'm mixing in!

Happy weekend, all!

10 comments:

  1. Those are just beautiful, Rachel! Great color and fabric choices, and maybe it makes us just a little bit cooler here in the south to think about Christmas and snow at this time of year!

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  2. I am so impressed with how you lined up the print in the zigzags in the striped fabric. Well done!

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  3. Love the socks. I just this morning quilted one of my Christmas table runners so I am right there with you working on the holiday. That tool you used is pretty cool where did you get it. My table runner today would have been a lot easier to quilt had I marked the lines they are well a little wiggly lol not quite strait. As I tell my wife it all works out in the wash I guess.

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    1. Yes, it is a great tool! You can get a Hera marker on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011451F8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0011451F8&linkCode=as2&tag=stitincolo-20&linkId=37dccbc9369fd7f82187611ab9ddc859

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  4. I appears summer is already here in the south :)
    I love them!!! Maybe I should turn on Christmas music and sew something Christmasy :)

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  5. No denying it. Summer is coming next Tuesday.
    Spring is done. I do not know what happened to some of my flower seeds I plopped in the gardens, but perhaps the bunnies....
    I love the stockings! So cute. Love Liam's choices.
    You should put on Christmas music... I might help with the heat.
    It has been warm here in Northern Virginia 35 miles northwest of the Cesspool. I do not like Summer heat.
    I am sew happy to know you are building an addition to the family domicile. It is good to have proper space and certainly cheaper than selling and moving. I am excited for you. All happy things. I will be thinking about you all day Monday, that your little baby turns and give you a big smile and all the right moves heehee

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  6. It's a great time to start on Xmas projects. I usually get so busy during that time the projects don't get finished. Your stockings are adorable. And I'm getting one of those tools, thanks for showing it again. I ruined a baby quilt by grabbing a pale blue sharpie that was strangely in my sewing pencil holder. Hera marking tool would have saved the quilt. It mostly washed away with some dawn soap, but I can still see some polka dots. :(

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  7. Great stockings- love the quilting on them!

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  8. Looks like the stockings will be a lovely new family tradition.

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  9. The stockings are great. There's no way around it; if you want Christmas goods at Christmas, you need to start in the summer. lol How exciting to know you will have your very own sewing space in the future, but I know you are even more excited to hear Monday's news. :-)

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