Christmas Finishes

Loved waking up to rain this morning.  It is still going and that is making for a great start to the day. Today is my birthday…..  my husband asked what I wanted to do today.  Did he really need to ask? I haven’t had much sewing time this week so today I am going to spend the afternoon in the sewing room.  My daughter is down with a bug so it is a good day for just hanging out. Before I get to the machine tho, there is a sale at Roxann’s Humble Fabrics in town. I love her shop.  She has a great selection of new and “pre-owned” fabrics with a lot of cool vintage pieces if you look hard enough.  I figure a fabric sale on my actual birthday is a must.

I have several holiday items that I have been working on. Three of which are finished or, almost finished. I posted about this disappearing nine patch that I pieced a few weeks ago.  It is done.  The binding needs to be hand sewn on the back side but that will wait until tonight.  It is a good “tv watching” task.

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It finished out as a 38″ square.  My mother-in-law called dibs on this one and wants to hang it on the wall.  I will put a sleeve on the back after I sew the binding. To quilt it I outlined the Santas and then used a large circular pattern all over the rest of it. Kind of reminds me of Christmas ornaments. For some reason the thread shredded constantly and this drove me batty. I don’t know what the issue was. I cleaned the machine and re-threaded everything but it kept happening.  For the first time I was using Superior’s Bottom Line thread in the bobbin which felt soooo thin. I don’t know if this had anything to do with it. Though it was my top thread that was shredding? I switched to Aurifil in the bobbin and that actually seemed to help. Maybe it was just coincidence.  I am not sure.

20141025_1973I like the dark green polka dots that I used for the binding.  All in all, it turned out pretty cute.

I also finished up a few table runners over the past week or two.  These are both destined for my Etsy Shop. Here is the first one.

20141008_1788Very pleased with the look of the fabric and the green and gold striped binding.

20141008_1786And another runner:

20140925_1733A different look altogether.  The tan and red borders are so pretty. Kind of a linen look to these fabrics.

20140925_1735Not so sure if I like the idea of putting labels on items that are in the shop. It means that the runner isn’t really reversible.  I may not put them on in the future.

Hope you are all enjoying some lovely fall weather. My maple trees are turning and I am loving the colors!!

Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.  As always, the links are available up at the top of the page, under Link Ups.

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Christmas Finishes

  1. Barb N

    What size of needle were you using? Superior recommends a #70/10 needle for Bottom Line. Since it was fraying, it seems like it might be a needle issue, especially since Bottom Line is a 60wt thread, very thin! I love the vintage looking wall hanging. If your mil gets tired of it, send it my direction, please!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Wow! Thanks for the info. I had a bigger needle in. I bet that was the problem. I will make note of this. That is so helpful.

      B.

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  2. Judy Vaughn

    I was having trouble wit Bottom Line also, just plain not sewing right so I will try the needle change too. Thanks.

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  3. JanineMarie

    Fabric shopping and sewing time–sounds like a perfect birthday to me! Enjoy the rest of your day. I really like your runners–especially that one with the linen-y fabrics.

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