December 29, 2012

Holiday Sewing

I sewed and quilted a few things for Christmas including this MugRug or mini quilt for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Christmas scrap swap. The challenge was to use a bag of scraps from a fellow guild member and create something they love.



Upon finding the name of my partner inside the scraps, I headed to the world wide web in search of anything that could help me design something she would love. I based my design on a photo she had pinned of some scrapbook trees and then added a few of my own fabrics that would work well with the ones I received.






I really liked how it turned out :o) Surprisingly my hubby liked it too and was sad to see it go! It was the first free-motion quilting done on my new Janome Horizon... Merry Christmas to me! I lucked out and found a gently used machine in box for a really good deal so it was a spur of the moment decision and I couldn't be happier. It's twice the size of my old machine and quilts like a dream.

Although the item for the swap was supposed to be smallish, there were many larger items including this fabulous quilt top that I received from Paul. Thank you so much! I love it more than you could know!! You can see more fun items in our group photo.



Next I made a set of Leaf Potholders for my brother's fiancee. Her kitchen is black & white with a hint of red. I don't have much black & white fabric but luckily upgraded my text stash recently with lots of black & white! She was very happy with them and said they were perfect :o)





I also made my daughter three skirts. She loves heavily patterned clothes and definitely has her own style. Finding the perfect fabrics was just as much fun as sewing them!





I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Happy Sewing in the New Year!

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

31 comments :

  1. Dear Laurraine! Your new post is full of lovely things. The Mug Rug with trees and Leaf Potholders... so adorable!! I love the black, white and red fabrics - good choice and great result :) And new skirts for your daughter... nice pattern!
    Have a lovely time with your cup of tea :) and Happy New Year! Jolana

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  2. Love the little mug rug! I too have bought the new Janome Horizon and will have it late january. So looking forward to it. Happy new sewing year to you :)

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  3. I love looking at your blog ... It is full of things I would love to be able to make but know they would end up in the cupboard of doom .AKAS the under stairs cupboard. I am good at knowing my own strengths xxx keep enjoying yours ,they produce beautiful things

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  4. Those skirts are all adorable! Happy New Year!

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  5. I love your mug rug... especially the fabric colours! Hope you don't mind i I pin it on my Pinterest board for future reference!

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  6. Beautiful work - loved the first project best! Happy New Year!

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  7. so many lovely projects! Love those skirts for C!
    Paul did a gorgeous hob with your scraps. Enjoy that new machine of yours and Happy New Year!

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  8. tanti auguroni per un 2013 carico di creatività
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  9. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    Un beso Raquel i Neus

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  10. Could you tell me how I can get copies of "Cotton Life" magazine? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  11. Hi! You can order the books directly from Cotton Life in Taiwan by emailing: cottonlife.service@gmail.com Please remember that all instructions and materials lists are in Chinese. 'Tis the Season Wall-hanging is available as a digital pattern booklet in my new shop. Winter Wonderland CandleMat and Autumn Leaf Bag will not be available as a booklet in the summer. Thank you! Hugs & Happy Sewing, Laurraine

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  12. Love those potholders Lorraine! I hope you do not mind me making similar ones, do you? I just HAVE TO have them in my kitchen before my birthday day after tomorrow! :)
    Cheers from India

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  13. Happy New Year my dear friends

    Je désire bonne année

    Deseo un feliz año nuevo

    Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku

    Ich wünsche Gutes Neues Jahr

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  14. My daughter, who's 20, and I just discovered your blog through pinterest. We are both so inspired! We love everything you do!

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  15. Just love the mugrug, I love the trees and the colours....no wonder your hubby didn't want it to be gifted to someone.

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  16. Happy New Year Laurraine.
    I love your mug rug - the trees are so unique and your quilting lovely.

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  17. that mini tree quilt may just be the cutest thing I've seen in ages! and then there's the adorable leaf shaped potholders!

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  18. My first thought was: "Oh, those colours are not so typical for Laurraine"

    ...the scarp part explains it :-)

    The Mug Rug with trees and Leaf Potholders... is simply so you and so beautiful!

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  19. Can you tell me what the fabric is on the first skirt with the girls in blocks. That is such a precious print! Wonderful job on all the projects!

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  20. Thank you! That fabric is "A Girl for Every Season - Beauty is You". You can find it on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100689592/15-off-beauty-is-you-whimsicalcottage

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  21. Oi Laurraine
    Que trabalhos lindos esses que você faz. Parabéns Com carinho Heloisa

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  22. Lovely design, I'm not good in quilting and sewing things but your work is definitely gorgeous. Your MugRug is so cool.

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  23. Olá,
    Que blog fofo. Parabéns!
    Quanta coisa linda. Adoro artesanato e já fiz muito...
    Estou te seguindo e te convido a me fazer uma visita.
    http://vergostarler.blogspot.com.br/
    Bjos
    Lu

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  24. I just love handmade gifts and have made it my New Year's resolution to make all mine this year. I LOVE the mug rug. I am just learning to quilt and can't wait to try my hand at it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  25. I also feel this way. Doing something brings so much more experience than thinking about it or wishing it would happen...

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  26. What amazing, lovely things you made for the holiday! I especially love your daughter's skirts. She is so lucky to have you as her mum. I love the tree tea mug too. It's beautiful and no wonder your hubby loved it too.

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  27. thanks for share....

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  28. Hi, only just found your inspiring blog...can you tell me what fabric skirt number 2 is made from...it's really beautiful
    Thanks
    Sam

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