I had planned to write this post yesterday but a surprise trip to the ER after my husband cut the tip of his thumb off with his table saw while making cutting boards nipped that plan in the bud. We're home now and he's fine, his thumb's now just the *tiniest* bit shorter. We actually got a great laugh out of the trip, since this same time last year (January 3, 2011 to be exact) I was rushed to the ER with a pulled shoulder after passing out at the gym (embarassing, I know). But anyways, he's fine, and he's taking every opportunity he gets to make "thumbs up" references and jokes to show off his bandaged thumb.
Now onto the sewing... the good stuff. My two month absence from blogging was because everything I worked on in the months of November and December were Christmas gifts, so I didn't want to post about them because I didn't want the people receiving them to see what they were getting and ruin the surprise (I'm all about surprises). While I wasn't posting here, I WAS posting over at the Christmas Challenge blog.
These are just a few of the things I made. Since there are so many I'm going to spread out posting about them over a few days or maybe a week.
Amy of Lots of Pink Here! for her travel sewing kit that was a part of the 12 Gifts of Christmas blog hop hosted my Ellison Lane Quilts and made five of these for my family.
They weren't all the same, I switched up the fabric for different ones, but in the effort of not overwhelming this post with pictures I only included the pictures of one (the one for my sister). I included some spare buttons and safety pins with each kit as well as scissors, white and black thread, needles and pins. Everything you could need to face any sewing need while traveling.
Made with Love's Squirmy Worm Studio pattern.
They were amazingly easy and quick to make, so much so that I made myself one even though I was rushing to get Christmas presents done in time. I made just one alteration while making them and that was to sew the non-slide backing on the back of the pin cushion using my machine before sewing the cushion together instead of sewing it on by hand after finishing the cushion as the pattern directed. It seemed more secure to me that way and took a lot less time.
Fresh Lemons' tutorial that was also a part of the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop.
Simplicity 2600 pattern so I used it for the tote.
McCalls Quilting magazine so I bought the current one and made a "one year subscription" tag and attached it to the current issue then slipped it into the pocket of the bag and wrapped both together. She loved it.
I have a few more things I've made recently, but as I said, I'll save those for another day.