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)


  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

  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 :)

  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

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

  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!

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

  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!

  8. tanti auguroni per un 2013 carico di creatività
    a presto rosa di Kreattiva

    … ° o °
    .. o ° °o


    Un beso Raquel i Neus

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

  11. Hi! You can order the books directly from Cotton Life in Taiwan by emailing: 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

  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

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

  14. Just love the mugrug, I love the trees and the wonder your hubby didn't want it to be gifted to someone.

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. Thank you! That fabric is "A Girl for Every Season - Beauty is You". You can find it on Etsy:

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

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

  26. thanks for share....

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


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