Christmas Sewing + Stocking Tutorials

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. πŸ˜‰ ) 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.)

Β 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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A list of 10+ Handmade Stocking Tutorials

Mini stocking garlandΒ from Polkadot ChairΒ 

Winter Flower Felt Stocking tutorialΒ from Purl Soho

Patchwork Stocking – also from Purl Soho

Fast and beginner-friendly stocking tutorialΒ that is still my most popular post every December.Β 

Patchwork stocking with a lined cuffΒ from Cluck Cluck SewΒ 

Easy Quilted/Lined StockingΒ – super quick and perfect for using up favorite scraps!

Patchwork Star StockingΒ from Love Patchwork and QuiltingΒ 

Classic Cuffed stockingΒ at Positively Splendid

Basic Felt StockingΒ from Amy Butler

Make a stocking from an old wool sweater

You may be surprised to know that my family doesn’t have quilted stockings! Our family stockings are still handmade though –Β 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!)

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  • Reply
    Libby in TN
    December 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Our stockings are knit, too! My MIL made sure I had one when I married her son, as well as my two boys and all their kids, too. Unfortunately she is no longer with us so I will need to keep up the tradition, or maybe I can talk my knitting DIL to do the job!

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      December 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      What a treasure to have those stockings she made! I hope you DIL will carry it on!

  • Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 12:07 am

    That is a gorgeous house block. I sometimes have magazine envy as we can’t always get copies in England. The fleet tree is something I would certainly have a go at, working with felt is very forgiving and easy to sit doing in the evening. x

  • Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Thank you for sharing!πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

  • Reply
    Barbara Opett
    December 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I hope you continue to feel good throughout the holidays. So happy to hear you accept the fact that you do not have much time for sewing before Christmas. I was getting grumpy and stressed until I just accepted I can’t get everything done I wanted to. Always the new year with new beginnings πŸŽ„β€οΈ Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing with all of us makers☺️

  • Reply
    December 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I , too love that house quilt. It’s on my list! My daughter was nice enough to give me a subscription to Quiltmania for two years for my birthday!!! So grateful, and happy!… Love reading your blog.

    • Reply
      January 1, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      What an awesome gift!!

      Thanks so much for your kind words. xo

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