I can finally share some projects that I made before Christmas for some holiday handmade gifts. This snowball quilt has finally reached its new owner, but I got to sneak a few pictures first. And although I barely finished hand-stitching the binding on Christmas afternoon, it was well-received when she opened it.
I used Riley Blake Design's Alpine Wonderland by Sherry Berry Studios for the main fabrics. And for the snowballs, I followed this tutorial from Cluck, Cluck Sew. It's a great beginner quilter tutorial (which I totally consider myself a beginner quilter) and I loved that it really gives a good view of all the fabrics. The sashings around the blocks are white Kona cotton and the border was a moss green polka dot I picked up off the quilting wall at Joann's.
I had the ever-fast Melissa long-arm quilt it for me. I asked for small meandering and she did such a great job. I would highly recommend her. And good news for all of you is that she does mail orders as well (and has the best pricing. EVER.) so you can send her your quilt tops and backs and she will quilt them and send them back.
The back of the quilt is actually mainly this fabric, with some rows of 8" inch blocks, intermingled. (I was totally running out of fabric.) At first I had some red gingham that I was going to bind it with, but decided to go with a more subtle look and used pink Kona Cotton. The finished size is a good lap-sized quilt and I think ended up around 50 by 60 inches.
In other news, I finished the tree pillows that I started and they ended up under the tree too. I didn't get to see them opened (I stayed home Christmas afternoon with a fevering 2-year-old) but I hear they went to good homes.
And now on to January's sewing list, which I am super excited about. The other night, I got some things drafted and cut out, so I am excited to get back into my sewing groove.
Any fun January projects lined up?