The Start of Winter Sewing

Temperatures here have dropped drastically in the past week. I’m glad to say I got the bulk of my leaves raked up in time because I sure don’t want to go out there now! The consolation is that it’s been good weather to sit inside and sew. I know I mentioned I was struggling with my creativity recently – fortunately one of the best antidotes for me is digging into my fabric. Since it’s time for holiday preparations, I pulled this little Christmas-y bundle.
Here are some of the results – a little forest of patchwork trees. I’m working on a couple of new projects with these guys, plus a few more Christmas-themed projects. I’ll be sharing them by the end of the week as well as a new tutorial to make these fun blocks. (Warning – they’re addictive.) So stay tuned. 

I’ve also been trying to catch up on my Aurifil Block of the Month blocks. (One of the many things I’m behind on.) These two blocks were really fun. The one on the left is the August block of the month (free pattern here) and the one on the right is from July (free pattern here.) I’m especially smitten by Camille’s On the Plus Side block (right). I think I’d like a whole quilt out of these.

Here are all of my blocks so far. I still have some catching up to do, but I figure with one a week or so, I’ll catch up quick. You can find links to all of the 2014 Aurifil Blocks of the Month here. And don’t forget – you can enter a photo of your blocks to the Aurifil Flickr group to be entered to win awesome thread prizes. (Big ones!)

So many projects calling my name but so much real life too – dentist visit, school play, driver’s ed, etc. etc. Oh well. Good thing I function with little snatches of time and lots of half-done projects left at the end of the day…

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    November 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    ooh love those little trees – can't wait for that pattern 🙂 I think that little bits of stolen time for ourselves are the lot of all working moms (which is to say all moms!). I can't wait to be retired and then maybe get some good sewing time in – teehee.

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    Jill Potkalesky
    November 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I love the trees you've created! They are really beautiful – can't wait to see your tutorial! 🙂 The only benefit of this ucky cold for me is that it's ideal sewing/crochet time.

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    November 18, 2014 at 12:41 am

    i love those trees!! they look great! im in australia so its starting to really heat up now…which is also good for sewing 🙂

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    June D
    November 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I think your fabric choices for the Aurifil Block of the Month blocks are wonderful! Great colors and designs. Thanks for sharing!

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    Teresa Palmer
    November 18, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Excited to see the pattern. Happy sewing!

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    November 18, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Isn't that the truth, little snatches of sewing time and lots of WIP's 🙂 Love your little trees and looking forward to the pattern/tutorial.

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    November 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Love the trees!

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    November 18, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Can hardly wait for the little tree pattern. It has been on my "going to do" list for a few months now.

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    Karen Caves
    November 18, 2014 at 7:15 am

    So may inspiring items you've got going……love your work!!

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    November 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I love your little trees! Can't wait for the pattern but ha! ha! guess I have to! These look like a table runner in the making. Hope so, can't get enough table runner patterns!

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    November 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

    What cute little trees! I am excited to see what you make with them.

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    Crafty Ashley B
    November 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Cute trees! Thanks for posting this! I need some inspiration to get my Christmas sewing going full force! Good thing I'm off next week for Thanksgiving! The advantages of working at a university!

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    November 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Love your little trees.

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    November 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Drivers ed? I didn't realize you had a child that old. I guess they've grown up quickly. Sigh.

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    November 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Those little trees are so cute! Itching to try some now. Lots of inspiration from you. Thank you! X

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color
    November 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Oh, I love those little trees! I made some years ago, but maybe I need another go.

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    November 18, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Nooo! You can't possibly have a teen ready for driver's ed–maybe some adult in the house is brushing up on driving skills? (I just took a driver's ed class for seniors that reduced my car insurance rate–but you couldn't possibly qualify for that. 🙂 Those cute trees look like just the jump into some improv that I need.

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    Vicki H
    November 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Those trees are so cute, and probably addicting.

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    November 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Cute trees.

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