Last month our guild started putting the finishing touches on the plans for our Christmas party. One of the activities members can participate in, is a homemade ornament exchange. This was the first year I would be attending the party and wasn't quite sure if I wanted to participate. My 4th quarter list is pretty long, did I really need a distraction.
Then I discovered a posted by Leann at Devoted Quilter on making Free Motion Quilted Ornaments and knew I had to make some. We shall call them the "perfect squirrel." That little distraction you know you shouldn't do, but that you are going to do.
Leann filled her ornaments with different free motion fillers, but I decided to try a different angle. After searching on google "Christmas ornament coloring pages" I found may different inspirations for filling my ornaments.
I used my trusty blue water soluble pens to create a bit of a road map and just started quilting. For homemade ornaments, this project completes very quickly. I was able to whip up 6 different bulbs in probably less than an hour from start to finish.
How about a peek at the at the ornaments I received...they are already happily hanging on my tree.
A super cute strip pieced tree
A yo-yo Christmas Tree
A fabric folded star
And a decoupage Christmas bulb.
The other fun game we played at the party is a Yankee swap gift exchange. You know the one...were you can take the gifts other people have already opened. I was lucky and got to keep the gift I opened.
A lovely green and blue jelly roll and needle threaders/cutters. These will come in handy when I thread my Sweet Sixteen.
My favorite part of the swap was when David opened his package, a set of charm squares. He was so quite about it and everyone was so taken in by the bigger gift bags, even myself didn't pay attention to what the charms were. His poker face paid off...no one realized they were Kaffe Fassett and he got to keep them. You can read more about his good fortune and see his pretty squares here.
I quietly snapped a picture of him as he was laying them out to take a picture of them.
He really was like a little boy on Christmas morning, so cute.
I'm still over here plugging away on my list of projects, some are getting closer to finished...others are not.
Caroline Kitty Cat inspects my progress on the book shelf quilt. My poor girl has had a very rough past few days. She lost so much weight and stopped eating. A trip to the vet discovered a intestinal infection. After a shot to the rumpus, I'm happy to report she is bouncing back to her normal sassy self.
And speaking of the teenage sass-master...
Somewhere in all those flashing carter bus lights, my baby girl and her high school band, boarded a bus and left last night for Disney. Leaving me with six full on sewing evenings...well possibly. Life likes to throw in those squirrels I was talking about. Only life likes to throw in non quilting squirrels. And on a side note, no one warned me that packing a teenage girl for a 6 day trip to Disney was going to be way more chaotic than packing her for a 6 week camp. I think my head is still spinning.