Created November, 2013
To be honest, it’s been years since I’ve thought about Christmas decorations. It’s not something that’s come up as until this year I had lived alone and was often traveling over the holiday season. It’s been even longer since I’ve been interested in the traditional red, green, and white color scheme.
When I signed up to take the Christmas stocking class at the Cambridge Quilt Shop, I decided to reach in to my stash, and put together something a little unconventional. Or maybe it did have at least a little to do with convenience. At this time I was still very much concerned about pre washing all my fabric – and now, to be honest, I usually don’t bother unless I think the colors are going to run – and as I’d returned from a trip home only days previously I didn’t have time to get out and buy Christmas themed fabric, then wash it. I barely got this stuff washed as it was. I didn’t have anything suitable on hand for the cuff, so I picked up this lovely print from Jane Sassaman’s Garden Diva’s collection at the shop. And now I know how to preshrink fabric by hand, but I’m hoping that’s not a skill I’ll have to use very often.
For a first go, I think this turned out really well. I suppose that means that the countless hours I’ve spent with my sewing machine during 2013 actually did help improve my skills.
I did make this for a friend, but I suppose it will have to do for this year’s Christmas. I really don’t have the patience to deal with the post office during the holiday season.
It’s a shame I didn’t end up getting around to making more of these, but I have the template and can put some together later in the year.