Last week, in between stuffing the bird and stuffing myself, I managed to start a few sewing projects that have been on my To Do list for far too long. I've been wanting to make some new placemats to replace our collection that has started crossing the line from "well-loved" to "ratty," and with all the new holiday fabrics in the stores, why not make them a little festive? This came together really quickly, so much so that I'm already eyeing some other fabrics for additional sets. And wouldn't white napkins with appliqued Christmas trees look cute to go with them? Hmmm. I do have some fabric left...
The next project, a quilt for the living room, will be a little more time consuming, but I'm so excited to finally be starting. I've made a number of quilts over the last few years (I think I'm up to 6), but they've all been given as gifts. This one will stay here and will theoretically be shared by the whole family. If they can get it away from me.
The quilt pattern is an improvised/wonky string quilt (sort of like these) with a zig-zag of turkey red running throughout instead of squares. I've never made one like this before, but it seems pretty straight-forward. I've cut the foundation squares and and attached the first color strip to all of the squares. I'm working in an assembly-line fashion instead of one block at a a time, as there's quite a bit of seam pressing that's required and I think it will go faster this way.
So this should keep me out of trouble for a while. I still have a few handmade gift ideas that I'm turning over, so the quilt may get bumped soon if I settle on something. I do love this time of year, thre's always something to be made.