Christmas stockings

I needed to make a few new stockings this year and all the Christmas stocking are now hanging. I actually finished the stocking over a week ago, but life got a bit hectic and I was unable to do a blog post. I made a set of stockings for my daughter's new condo plus I also needed to make a new stocking for Emmie, my daughter's new miniature poodle for my house.
Christmas stockings 2015
My stocking are made using Vogue pattern 1312 which came out in the early 1970's. In 2010, I used a Bernina 180 to embroidery the names on the stocking cuffs using a font installed on the machine. Luckily, Bernina kept the same font on my current machine, a Bernina 790. It is always a challenge to make sure the once the cuff in sewed on and turned down that the name is in the correct position and I must admit that I did sew one of the cuffs on incorrectly. Well that is why they make seam rippers.

I made the stocking for Marcie with Hoffman Christmas batiks which were retired in 2009 but I was able to find the batiks at my favorite on-line batik source, Batiks Plus.
Marcie and Emmie Stockings
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Peanuts Christmas Quilt

Charles Schultz's Peanuts characters, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucie and Marcie, have always been a favorite of mine. I have a lot of Peanut character Christmas ornaments which always bring a smile to my face. When I saw the Peanuts Christmas fabrics in 2012, I just had to buy enough fabric to make a quilt. It took me a few years to decide on a quilt pattern. My ideas always were rather complex and so I kept putting off making the quilt. This year, I decided to just keep it simple and decided to just make shadow box frames for each block. Jessica Jones Gamez did the machine quilting, she chose a perfect overall christmas light pattern. The quilt is about 47' by 47".
Peanuts Christmas Quilt
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Christmas mistletoe 2011 and 2013

It all started with Mistletoe Magic, a pattern by Debbie Busby of Wooden Spools Designs. I completed the kissing ball stamp pillow in 2011 and but the finishing the wooly green mistletoe was bit more elusive. Debbie Busby's pattern instruction called for buttons on the hanging mistletoe. While I was at the 2011 Houston Quilt Show I saw small wool balls and decided I would use wool ball rather than buttons. It was not easy to find about 70 cream wool balls but I did it. When I got home, I began sewing on all the wool balls. Much to surprise Katie, my standard poodle, decided that these wool ball were quite tasty. Katie was stealing the wool balls from the bowl as I was trying to sew them on the mistletoe sprigs but I finally sewed all the wool balls on the wool mistletoe sprigs. I left the almost finished mistletoe ball in a project bag and left the house for an appointment. A few hours later, I came back home and I discovered a ripped and torn project bag in the back yard, mistletoe sprigs minus wool balls strewn around the yard. Lucky for Katie, I was able to buy more wool balls on line, then the bow was the only thing missing. I may be able to do a lot of things but making a wired floral bow is not something I can do. Last week, my friend Wanda Seal, came to my rescue. The bow she made is beautiful. So 2 years later, the pillow and the mistletoe ball are now complete.
Mistletoe pillowWool Mistletoe

Christmas tree

It is that time of year, time to unpack all the Christmas decoration. I put up my tree on the day after Thanksgiving and have been busy putting up over 400 ornaments. I have a 9 foot tree and really struggle to get all my ornaments hung. I began collecting and making Christmas ornaments in 1969. I have 33 years of Hallmark Frosty Friends ornaments, who would have guess that Hallmark would continue that series. There are needlepoint, crewel, counted cross stitch, felt, and wool appliqué, and bread dough/femo ornaments made by myself, Lucie, my mother and other crafters. I hang my ornaments and reflect on Christmases past and family no longer with me. Each ornament has some special meaning.
Christmas teee at night Christmas tree
Christmas stocking are hung on the fireplace place, no easy task since I removed the mantle during the remodel.
Hanging Christmas stockings
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season.
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New Christmas stockings and tree skirt

Christmas Tree Skirt designed by Judy Niemeyer. Machine quilting by Jessica Jones Gamez. Finished size is 60” diameter.
Christmas tree skirt

New Christmas stocking to match my new Christmas tree skirt. My sister had a Bernina 180 with the embroidery module, I machine embroidered the names instead of doing hand embroidery as I have in past years. I also learned how to use the ruffler attachment for my Bernina.

Christmas stockings

Christmas Bells

Paper mache Christmas bells were made by my dad, Bernie Stell, circa 1945. These bells hung on homes on Woodbridge Avenue in Buffalo NY, Fairlawn Drive in Eggertsville NY and Meadow Park Drive in Sun City Arizona. In 2010, I updated the wiring on the bells and I was able to hang the bells at my home in Phoenix Arizona.

Christmas bells at night
Close up of Christmas bells
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