tis the season

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Jingle bells, jingle bells… Yes, it’s the holiday sewing season!

Of course, the sewing season comes well before December. With the arrival of cooler weather and November just around the corner, I’ve begun looking forward to Christmas. Have you?

There’s nothing I really need to sew in terms of holiday decor this year, but I decided to indulge anyways. I already have these fun holiday fabrics, and stocking sewing is so easy and fun. I can’t resist!

 

I first developed my quilted stocking pattern when I made the below collection for a friend. Since then I’ve made a few more batches. I like them every which way: patchwork or plane, holiday fabrics or not. Metallic fabrics are perfect.

Patchwork Christmas Stockings. Stitched in Color

Stockings are a nice, small canvas for sharpening your quilting skills. I’ve always quilted them myself, but this time I’m taking the opportunity to experiment with some of my holiday and winter themed longarm quilting patterns: jingle bells, snowflakes, Christmas trees, etc. Only, these are lined stockings so the lining fabrics are not quilted…

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Guess what? I found that I can quilt on the longarm without a fabric backing - just baste to batting alone. It’s totally working. Bonus: I’m using up some long, thin batting scraps.

Holiday Quilting Design. Stitched in Color.jpg

Now that these stocking outers are quilted, I’m nearly ready to assemble and finish!

My stocking pattern is part of a holiday-themed pattern pack that I’ll be releasing next week. The patterns are some of my favorites from Stitched Holiday, a class I do not plan to offer again. More details and the finished stockings coming soon!