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Friday, October 26, 2012

TGIFF: Quilted Christmas Stockings

*crossing fingers that Comcast connection stays up long enough for me to post this* I've had the worst internet connection the past few days!
quilted christmas stockings pattern
Christmas Stockings | 11x17" | From L to R: Joy, Winterkist & Cherry Christmas.

It isn't even Halloween yet, but I have Christmas stockings for my family done! I love the holidays and the idea of cold weather :). I am so excited that the high is supposed to be 66°F tomorrow. My birthday wish came true!

These stockings ended up taking me *so* much less time and money than last year. 
  • I used the Prudent Baby Stocking Template & the lining and cuff tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew. I always set my printer at "Fit to Page" on the stocking template, for maximum candy-stuffing potential. The stocking shape curves slightly outward towards the top, so next time I make these I am going to straighten the template out for easier cuff fitting.
  • I used 27 charm squares for each stocking. You could get away with 25 charm squares, since there is a portion that goes unused due to the shape of the stocking. For completely irrational reasons the empty space annoyed me last time I made these, so I went ahead and made a full rectangle. 
  • Each stocking consists of two 12.5"x18.5"panels and each panel consists of 6-2.5" squares x 9-2.5" squares.
  • I have a tendency to overdo it on certain colors (red is one of them!), so I divided the 2.5" square for each panel beforehand, so I wouldn't end up with a majority red on the front side and no red on the back!
  • I started out by drawing my quilting lines with a marker, but my lines were actually much straighter when I lined up the square corners with the sewing machine foot and let the machine do its thing. I used light colored thread for quilting, since I wanted the quilting to show.
  • I used leftover Kona Pear (Winterkist) and Kona Red (Joy & Cherry Christmas) for the lining/hanger.

Ooh, I had a tiny adventure while gathering supplies for these stockings. I went to a Hobby Lobby in the next community, because the Hobby Lobby next to my house was out of iron-on Ss. As I was at an intersection headed back home from the second Hobby Lobby with my Ss (yay!), all these sheriff cars start lining up in the turn lane next to me to cut in. Light turns green, they all race around me to surround the car front of me. THEN, they jump out of their cars with guns drawn and everything! I felt like a cast extra on The Shield. Everything was under control, but I was so glad to get out of there! I think I am going to do all my craft shopping online from now on...and I'm going to stop complaining about turning 30 tomorrow LOL!

Kelsey SewsChecklist
• Three Christmas Stockings  • Swoon Quilt • Bird Quilt • Children at Play Quilt • Wee Folks Quilt • Two Left Feet Quilt • Polaroid Quilt • Sister Quilt • Love Letters Quilt
(Not Urgent List)
• Christmas Table Runner • Quilt Patchwork Prism • Quilt Xs and Os • Quilt Sew.Happy.Quilt • Finish Super Mario Quilt Top • Finish Medallion Quilt Top

Quilted Stockings
Last Year's stockings, photo taken in the bathroom :D
Linking Up with:
October Finishes @ with Lynette at What a Hoot & Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

21 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Carin said... #

Those stockings are fabulous! I've been wanting to make Christmas stockings for the last 2 years, and I never seem to get it done. This shall be the year! Thanks for the added motivation. :-)

Alison said... #

These are great! I just finished a Christmas tree skirt and I definitely want to make stockings now!

Heather D. said... #

Internet problems really suck don't they? I've had my share of those lately too. The stockings are so fun and cute. I love how they're the same but each with different fabrics.

Deborah said... #

Your stockings are adorable! I need to make one for someone special....I think I'll use this pattern!

Sonia B said... #

What an adventure! Beautiful stockings too. And Happy Birthday . . . 30 is not so bad ;)

Mummy Quilts said... #

Your stockings are amazing - I love them! I'm about to start on our new ones...thinking hexies...yikes...but I love yours! hmm...rethinking now! lol

Kelly said... #

Beautiful stockings - you are making me want to make some and I am the original grinch ;-)

Kelsey said... #

Awesome stockings!!! Happy early birthday!

Marit said... #

These are so cute!

M-R said... #

Oooh, great job with these stockings! They look wonderful! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Mina said... #

Those are totally cute!!

(Hey, my comcast connections has been horrible for the last few days as well!)

Kristan said... #

Beautiful stockings! It's so funny that you posted these, because I have a whole stack of Joy charm packs - and I've already cut one up to use in patchwork Christmas stockings. Looks like we'll match! :)

Kristy @ Quiet Play said... #

Seriously cute stockings! Love them!

Too funny about your sheriff incident - who said trips to the craft store could be boring?! Hope you have a fabulous birthday (and get lots of fabric goodness!)!

Jennifer said... #

gorgeous stockings! i'm making some this year too, just waiting for my material to arrive

Holli said... #

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! The stockings are great, thanks for sharing!

Jennie said... #

Super cute - where did you get the letters for the cuffs? What a great idea!

amy g :) said... #

oh man, those are freakin' adorable!!!

Heidi Staples said... #

SO adorable, Taryn!! I absolutely love them. One of these years, I really want to make a set of homemade stockings for our whole family. I'm betting that it's not going to be this year, though... :)

Gemini Jen NZ said... #

Oh my gosh! You have just reminded me that I need to make a stocking for my newest nephew (his two older brothers already have theirs!) So little time, so much to do! Your stockings are just beautiful - super job!

Erin @ Missy Mac Creations said... #

Gorgeous stockings! Love the patchy look and the initials are a brilliant touch.

Happy 30th Birthday! I was 30 earlier this year so I promise it isn't scary. ;)

LynCC said... #

Oh, wow - what a movie-like "adventure," indeed - kinda scary to be that close to potential shooting! These stockings are wonderful! Do you make new ones every year?

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