Never Too Early Challenge

This month Island Batik has challenged the Ambassadors to use their fabrics to make something to celebrate the holidays at the end of the year. This was a seriously fun project for me!

You see last Christmas (or, actually, a couple weeks before) I realized I had promised my great nieces and nephews stockings. I had spent the 2019 Christmas holiday with them and HATED their store bought knitted stockings that I couldn’t get my hand into (and presents out of)! I had promised to make them something better. In November 2020 I put the petal to the metal and came up with 5 quilted stockings. FUN! (See earlier post.)

And addictive! I made the kids theirs and just kept going. First off using scraps then trying to order Christmas fabric online. A nearly impossible trick in December… you have to start in JULY!

I did manage to find some fabric and ordered it. I bought a 5” square pack of Island Batik and made some fun stockings. (I think I was channeling July’s challenge seven months early!)

2020 stockings

When this July’s challenge rolled around I was out of Christmas fabric but had some delicious scraps!

I spent the afternoon meandering through my scraps and fell in love with my colorway!

I put all my great Island Batik stockings together to compare them.

Well, that just made me think about what else I could make. I ran across a wine tote and decided to try out making a couple. After I tried a scrappy one I got serious and used left over star pattern from a quilt by Cindi McCracken.

I think these totes/caddies could be pretty addictive and a great gift to wrap a gift in.

Both the stockings and wine caddy are fun ways to use scraps (thank you, Island Batik!), scrap batt (Hobbs!) and practice quilting (using Aurifil and Schmetz, of course!).

It’s never too early to think about end of the year festivities… now maybe I need to make a couple totes for the Winter Solstice! I hope everyone is staying cool in these heat waves down south.

Happy sewing!

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