...and not eating bon-bons.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Paper Pieced Christmas Ornaments

I have been making paper pieced Christmas ornaments the last couple weeks. I always look forward to making ornaments to put on gifts and gift bags for friends and family . The reindeer ornaments are from a pattern in Quiltmaker magazine Nov/Dec 2001. The pattern is called Pocket because there is a pocket on the back of the ornament to hold a gift card.

My aunt made several of the these ornaments for my kids a few year ago. I liked them so much I had to ask for the pattern!

What I really like about this pattern is the construction. There is no opening to hand stitch at the end!

Here is what the back pocket looks like. I added a special note in each one.

This is a paper pieced house that I found as a free pattern online. I thought the window was perfect for a snowman who wants to be inside for a change. And at the last minute I added the house number of the person who is receiving this one. My hand embroidery is wanting; next time I'll use the numbers on my Bernina. I hardly use the alphabet and numbers on my machine that I forget they are there!

These are not ornaments, but juice glass blocks that are paper pieced. I started this project a couple years ago and wasn't sure what to do with the blocks once I finished. I finally decided to make them the centerpieces of these drawstring bags (pattern here by Jeni Baker). I added rubber stamps and ink pads in each one to give to the girls.

Happy paper piecing and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

This is our family room Christmas tree full of handmade ornaments. Well, not all are handmade but most have been lovingly made over the years by me, the kids, and extended family.
This is one made for me by my Grandmother in 1976 (as you can see). I was 3 years old. I really wish I had done this for my kids when they were little. It would look kind of silly now… large hand ornaments all over the tree!

Every year my Aunt Barbara makes ornaments for my three kids. Here you can see a stocking ornament and some mitten ornaments. She always puts their first initials on them so they remember which ones are theirs. They will have a nice collection of ornaments to take with them when they have their own homes. 

This is my mouse in a hammock ornament. He is sleeping in a blanket made with the cutest fabric of little Santas. This fabric reminds me of my Grandmother because it was in her fabric stash years ago. The pattern for Mouse in Hammock is on my etsy shop. 

And look at Nick today! He is getting into mischief again. He has kidnapped one of Sarah's stuffed animals (a hedgehog) and climbed up the chandelier. 
 
Happy holiday decorating!

Julie