Tuesday, July 19, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop!

I am excited to be a part of the Christmas in July Blog Hop!  Blog hops are so fun and it's a great source of inspiration.  Thank you to Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict for organizing the hop.  She's got a gorgeous Christmas Quilt Along going on during the hop so be sure to check it out!




I decided I wanted to free motion quilt some stockings in colored thread.  I drew a grid based pattern in my design notebook.  Then I transferred the design to the fabric once a grid was drawn.



Now it was time for the stitching.  I realized as I was tracing the stocking shapes onto the fabric that two would need to go to the right (front of the stockings) and two would need to go to the left (back of the stockings). 


I used a bright green polyester Glide by Fil-Tec thread.  I love the way Glide thread shines and it runs fantastically in my machine.  


The red fabric I chose for the top of this stocking had poinsettias, so why not?


I love feathers.  I'm not sure I've done one with this curvy of a spine before, but it looks awesome!  I'll have to play more with this idea.


This is a curl pattern that I believe is Angela Walter's.  It's fun and a quick way to fill space.

Next I sewed the stocking sides together at about 1/4 to 3/8 inch.


To secure the stocking I then sewed a zigzag stitch in the seam allowance.  You never know what might go in them and I didn't want a hole to happen!


Then I flipped the stocking right-side out.  To get it smooth I put my fingers inside the stocking and pressed out against the seams to even out the curves.


Next it was time for the top of the stocking. The inner pieces had to be turned inside out and would become the hanging loops.  The outer pieces are for the top flap of the stocking.


I took the top flap and inserted it inside the stocking.  The hanging sleeve is under there too.   Pins were a necessity for this task.


Next I flipped up the flap and then turned it over the stocking.  It allowed me to have a finished look without having to bind the top of the stocking.


Here's the finished top!


Front of stockings!  I really like the way the colored thread shows up on the white fabric.


Back of stockings!  I like these designs too even though they weren't for the front!  You could stitch the back the same as the front, but I didn't want to spend as much time on the back as I did on the front so I went for something simpler.


If you love to free motion quilt, check out my Brick Wall Free Motion Quilt Along that started last week here.

Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful posts in the hop!

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ Made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

33 comments:

  1. This is fabulous! Sharing the link with our longarm group as we are always looking for new creative things to do! Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  2. These are really great and if I can find the time I just might have to make some for us too.

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  3. Simply brilliant!!!! I just might steal this idea :)

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  4. The stockings look great with your beautiful quilting. (I'm putting the borders on the brick quilt today and then I have 2 quilts to get basted by Friday.)

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  5. Oh My! Your stockings are simply gorgeous Suzy! They look like something even beginner FMQ like me could try making and end up with something to be proud of.

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  6. Fabulous and what a great way for newbies to practice their fmq too :D #12daysofchristmasinjuly

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  7. Ha, simple on the back - these are stunning front and back! This is a great way to play with FMQ and get something lovely and giftable. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Those are really beautiful. Great job.

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  9. These are stunning. Love the idea. I don't free motion quilt "yet" but this definitely a reason to start.

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  10. Beautiful quilting. Love your stockings. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Thanks for the tutorial on making those stockings. Beautiful quilting. Every once in a while I need to make a stocking and have a hard time finding directions that I like. So thanks again, seems very easy to follow.

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  12. wow your stockings are adorable. such love put into these. i love the colored thread you used and the matching tops. thanks for showing us how you did them.

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  13. What an awesome way to make adult (or kid) stockings!! Now I have another item added to my "to do" list!! Love the way they turned out!!

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  14. Gorgeous stockings! I would have never thought of this, that would be very neat to make for everyone.

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  15. Wow! I wish I had those FMQ skills.

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  16. Very very cool and different ...Loved it.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  17. Suzy, these are so cool! I love the simplicity of them, with all the decoration being in the stitching. Great idea! Thanks for all your hard work in making the hop a success!

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  18. Love your Stockings! What a great job of quilting you did! I am just in practice mode at FMQ....you are such an inspiration! thanks for sharing!! :)

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  19. Now THESE are something my picky sister-in-laws would even like. :) Beautiful work, Suzy!! I REALLY want to do your brick quilt and am going to make every effort to do it!

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  20. Oh! These are gorgeous! Beautiful work.

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  21. Beautiful stockings! I'm a total newbie with FMQ, actually intimidated by it. I need to let my hair down and do it with reckless abandon!!!! Thank you for sharing

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  22. Those are all great, but I think that curvy feather was inspired just to be a stocking! I love it! Thanks for showing what you did.

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  23. Suzy, these are fabulous! What a great way to practice FMQ and end up with beautiful stockings! Great idea, thanks for sharing.

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  24. What beautiful stockings! Your quilting is so wonderful, and this is a great way to show it off. Awesome job!

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  25. These are really lovely and a great way to show off some fabulous quilting :)
    Would love you to link them up to this months Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew link party over at
    http://redletterquilts.blogspot.fr/2016/07/modern-trees-rug-herringbone-chenille.html

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  26. These are gorgeous! I love the quilting in the bright coloured thread :)

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  27. I had to keep myself from going directly to the bottom to see these finished! And it was worth it! ;) Your "something simpler" on the backs is just as STUNNING as the fronts!!

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  28. Did you do this on a domestic machine?

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    1. Yes, I use a Bernina 770QE that I <3

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  29. such a great idea and to practice a new filler design and make the stockings modern!

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