It’s not even Halloween yet, so is it too soon to be thinking about Christmas? Maybe it’s the snow that fell here last night. Or perhaps I’ve just gotten used to working well in advance, since we at Quilters Newsletter are always working on issues months in advance. By the time an issue comes out, I’ve almost forgotten everything that went into it since the priority has moved onto the next installments.
I have some ideas of some presents I’d like to sew this year but I don’t want to spill the beans and spoil the surprise just yet, in case the recipients read this blog. I’ll share later, I promise. Past experience tells me that the time always goes by quicker than expected, so getting a head start on making gifts is not a bad idea. Do you have any plans for making quilted Christmas gifts? Please share! Our Best Christmas Quilts 2013 special issue, available at the Quilt & Sew Shop has some great ideas for quick gifts if you are at a loss for things to make.
A few months ago when we were clearing out our archives, I mentioned we came across some cool things. One of the items that we came across, that I got to keep, was this unusual quilted necklace.
I wanted it mainly because it was something I’d never seen before, not because I really wanted to wear it. I have a hard time believing this was a trendy thing at some point in time, but I like that someone made it all the same. The dimensional stars and triangles are pretty cool just by themselves! It’s all made by hand and someone put a fair amount of work into it.
Don’t you think the individual stars would make the nicest Christmas tree ornaments?! The integrity of the work would still be maintained and I wouldn’t feel bad about taking the strand apart. I could make another star out of the individual diamonds, too. So, this is my first official Christmas project idea, and I’ll probably be selfish and keep the ornaments because I think they’d be so nice. Hopefully I can get them done soon and move on to all the other things I want to get done before Christmas!
Who knows, maybe in 15 years quilted jewelry will be the hottest thing? I might be sad then that I took apart my authentic vintage quilted necklace, but at least I could turn the ornaments into earrings at that point. Bonus: they’re very lightweight!
Have you started your Christmas quilting yet? Are you done? Are you laughing at me because I haven’t started? Do you think I’ll finish in time? Wish me luck? Let us know about all this and more on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and our website. Have a wonderful weekend!