I few weeks ago, I saw this Saltbox House quilt block on the cover of the December 2017 issue of Quilt Mania magazine and had to make one. A few months after I got married, we went to visit my in-laws in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in December and I was SO smitten with the classy Christmas decor on the traditional New England houses. This white house reminded me SO much of that Christmas visit.
I had hopes to get a lot farther than this, but then one of my kids and I got sick, which wiped out a week of my life. No bueno. So not much got done. As a result, I only finished the block, but that’s okay – it will just follow in the tradition of most of my Christmas quilts – start it one year and finish it the next.
My windows and tree are a little wonky, but I’m okay with that. They give the place ‘personality’. (Hopefully quilting will help a little. 😉 ) Still, I’m ready to move into this cute farmhouse, personality and all.
I only made one block – I’m thinking I’ll make it the center of a simple medallion quilt. Don’t have a specific plan yet – so time will tell how (or when) this one turns out.
Big thanks to QuiltMania for sending me the latest issues of their publications. I always love perusing them.
The December issue of Simply Modern also had some great projects. I’m totally smitten with this felt tree pattern. (I’m always a sucker for red & white at Christmas.)
Simply Modern also had a great article on the quilters of Gee’s Bend in the December issue.
Since I don’t have any other finished work to share, I thought I’d include a list of some of the stocking tutorials that I shared in my newsletter this weekend.
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Mini stocking garland from Polkadot Chair
Winter Flower Felt Stocking tutorial from Purl Soho
Patchwork Stocking – also from Purl Soho
Fast and beginner-friendly stocking tutorial that is still my most popular post every December.
Patchwork stocking with a lined cuff from Cluck Cluck Sew
Basic Felt Stocking from Amy Butler
You may be surprised to know that my family doesn’t have quilted stockings! Our family stockings are still handmade though – a knit pattern going on for 5 generations now! You may remember when I shared them a couple of years ago along with our fireplace mantle redo.
So, there you go. A little bit of what’s been going on around here. Hopefully the week ahead will have a little more time for sewing, but probably not a ton with Christmas coming on soon! (Losing that sick week I woke up and can’t believe Christmas is less than two weeks away!)