I don't know about everyone else, but I had a memorable Thanksgiving (a day late). Had the Grand Daughters bring their sewing machines, actually one of them got an early Christmas present when I found out the machine they had broke. I brought fabric and tools. One Grand Daughter had some experience the other had none. I couldn't believe how well they did. They stuck with the task for about 4 hours until they finished.
Meanwhile, their Mothers, my daughters, cooked their dishes for Thanksgiving. (I had prepared mine the day before.) While the food was cooking, the girls shared digital pictures with Mother of events that had happened over the past year. All of this was happening at my Mother's. So it was a Girls Day Out. I LOVED it!
We did some crazy quilt piecing.
I used one of Mother's place mats as a guide to cut out the base fabric which was from an old mattress pad.
A "fussy cut piece" with a picture was chosen to start this mat.
Pieces were added all around until they reached the outer edge.
Sometimes it was like a puzzle trying to figure out how to even the edges and lay the next piece.
Once the base fabric (quilted mattress pad) was covered, the edges were trimmed to match the base.
Then 2 solid pieces cut about 3 inches over the half way mark lengthwise were cut.
One end of each piece was turned under and stitched along the edge.
Besides the patch working that went into this stocking, (see Elcie's Stocking- Patch Work Tip) some machine embroidery went into this stocking. Here is a non-digital way to convert an embroidery file into an applique file.
Elcie's Mommy sent in a request for a special stocking. The top of the stocking was patch worked. Instead of cutting out each individual rectangle and sewing each together, I used a shortcut. Here is my tip for making the process a bit faster.
Sew strips of fabric (mine are 2.5 inches wide) together.
Sew the first and last strip together to make a tube.
Fold the tube in half, lay flat matching the seams.
Notice I have an odd number and one strip is folded.
Cut and rotate the strips.
If you've done accurate cutting, you will be able to iron seams to lay oppisite so they will "lock" into place.