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Monday, December 14, 2020

Christmas Prep and Stockings

Right after I posted about my Peppermint Twist blocks, my husband asked me if I was going to make Christmas stockings for everyone. When I responded with a pretty emphatic "NO", he said, "why not, isn't that what you do?" Well I guess it is, but I had not planned to make stockings when all I really want to do is selfish quilt-making! But after thinking about it, I decided sure, I can make a few stockings fairly fast. Except it was not a speedy process. What started as a couple days of sewing has turned into more than a week!

It was fun to pick out fabrics from my Christmas stash for each person, and cutting and sewing the basic stockings went together quickly. I found some "cross stich font", transferred names on to pieces of flannel, and have spent evenings using 6-ply floss to stitch the letters. I am hand-stitching these labels to the stockings to look like a cuff. We have had a few interruptions (master bath renovation, babysitting with the littles, shopping) but I am beginning to see the finish line and hope to hang these on the mantel this week.

I got another block done on Peppermint Twist, but I need to correct the error you can see above! I do have all the pieces cut and ready to sew. I'm excited about this one and can't wait to devote more time to it.

I'm also working on a project bag for my oldest granddaughter, who told me she would like embroidery supplies for her Christmas gift. She wants to learn embroidery in order to possibly embellish clothing to sell on Etsy! I found the perfect fabric called "No Place Like OM" by Dear Stella. I'm going to make the bag like this one I made for myself last year. I will fill it with floss, embroidery scissors, needles, and information about stitches. She will be here for Christmas, so I hope we will have some time for a basic lesson. 

I know that most of you have snow regularly in the winter, but it has been a long time since I've seen any, and our first brief snowfall last night made me very happy. (Those white streaks are snow.) We have another slight chance for snow Tuesday night - yay!

How is your Christmas prep going this week?


  1. Those stockings are very cute! My husband comes up with ideas for me to make as well; how they are received varies (can you make me a camping fly? Umm. No.) That little bag for your granddaughter is a perfect idea! Isn't it fun when they catch the bug and want to begin sewing? We finally got our decorations up last night. We had a little bit of snow the other day but it's gone now.

  2. How wonderful to personalize those stockings with cute cross stitch. THese will be treasured items in years to come. And that peppermint twist block is a winner, Linda. We always get excited for the first snow of the season, then, after that, not so much. LOL

  3. Snow! You've definitely moved north! I love that fabric for your granddaughter's tote - looks perfect to fill with embroidery supplies. The stockings are adorable! A lot of work, but worth it, right?!

  4. We had some light snow 3 years ago - wish we could have the 16" we had back in 1985!!! Hugs - love your stockings and your peppermint twist. Tempted to buy the patterns, but when and where would I make it or put it? LOL

  5. Those stockings are darling! Now I want t make stockings! I like all of your fabric choices as well.

  6. The stockings are looking pretty cute, I really like those cross stitched names. Hope you've been able to get those finished and get back to your Peppermint blocks. They look complicated, but the final effect is definitely worth it.


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