I am so pleased with the results of last night’s Friday Night Sew In. I was able to complete both Christmas stockings and on Monday they’ll be mailed off to Lyanna over at Purple Panda Quilts for her Stocking Drive to provide a handmade stocking to each of the foster children served by the agency she works for.
After finishing the stockings, I even had time to cut out and baste the front of this Christmas pillow cover.
When we were down in Panama City, I (of course) had to check out the local quilt shop, Quilting by the Bay. They had some of Laurel Burch’s new line, Holiday Celebrations. I missed out on buying Celestial Dreams when it was available and I didn’t want to miss out again so I decided I’d treat myself to just one panel.
When Dave and I arrived back later in the day at our hosts’ place, I showed the lovely Lady L my little splurge. She mentioned that she’d love to have a Christmas pillow made out of that fabric.
So the next day, before we left to come home, we stopped back at Quilting by the Bay and I picked up another panel plus a yard of the co-ordinating birds on black background print so that I could surprize her with a little gift to thank her and her husband for keeping us in their thoughts and prayers this past year. (I’m pretty sure that she doesn’t read my blog so the pillow will indeed be a surprize.)
I plan on doing straight line quilting around the borders of each image. I’m hoping to have the pillow cover finished later today so that it can be mailed out on Monday as well.
For now, I’m off to check out the blogs of the other participants to see what they worked on last night.
But before I go, I’d like to mention that starting November 28th, I’ll be holding a giveaway for the Christmas stocking pictured below as part of the 2011 Stocking Giveaway (button on my sidebar) being hosted by Robin at RSIslandscrafts.
I’ve slowly been adding small gifts to the stocking; some handmade and some purchased. So be sure to come back and enter to win. The winner will be drawn on December 5th.
I realize that at this busy time of year it might be difficult to remember to return to enter a giveaway at the end of the month. If you would like a reminder simply sign up to follow my blog via email. The sign-up box is in the upper corner of the left side bar. You’ll receive a notice each time I make a post.
In addition to the 2011 Stocking Giveaway, upcoming posts you might be interested in include: November’s Christmas on a Budget post, a QAYG (Quilt-as-You-Go) Christmas Stocking Tutorial and two great make and freeze ahead breakfast how-tos: How to Make Breakfast Burritos and How to Make Homemade Breakfast “McSandwiches.”
*Note: All stockings pictured measure 19 inches from top to toe and 11 inches at their widest.