I don't know how I managed to do it, but I deflected all my alterations and other sewing jobs, and I have the entire month of December to myself! Woo hoo! I'll still be doing upholstery Monday-Wednesday, as per usual, but my Thursdays and Fridays (and subsequent weekends) are free!
This was taken last year, and if you'll notice, I'm working on a wedding dress. It was my first bridal alteration of my new sewing business. I've done several more since then, but I don't have any this month!This was my mountain of PJ pants from last year. I made 13 pairs! This year, I'm making 9. I wish I could show you the flannel for all of them, but I have to keep it a secret!
I've always wanted to make my own tree skirt, and last week I found this super easy quilting pattern and some excellent Christmas batiks at Fabricland.I wasn't sure how long it would take me, as this is my first patchwork project, but I was pleasantly surprised that it went really fast. It helps that the pieces are huge, too.
Here you can see the 4 fabrics I chose. Aren't they cute?
Lots and lots of triangles! I have to say, I'm loving patchwork quilting. My mom is a hardcore quilter, so I've been thinking about it for a while. Last year I attempted a couple Christmas quilts, but they were applique. I like this better!
When I sew, I'm slow because I'm so picky. Quilting is perfect! I got to be totally anal with every seam, and it was pure heaven. Sigh.
Don't tell my mom that I used pins for every seam! Well, she'll know now. (Hi, Mom!) Hee hee. I found that pinning everything allowed me to sew faster without fiddling with the edges of the fabric. I know you're supposed to pin big pieces, but I did the little ones too.
This is the top. Next up, I'll be layering it with batting, and binding the edges. It will also have a hole in the middle. I have to finish it quick so we can put up our Christmas tree!
In addition to the pile of PJ pants, my other projects include a black skirt for the Christmas choir on Dec 12, a vest for my mom (don't worry, she already knows about it!), and a fleece PJ jumpsuit (onesie) for myself *excited!*. I'm not going to set myself any more goals as of yet. We'll see how week one goes. I'm hoping that since I get to do all fun sewing, I'll put in lots of hours, get everything done early, and have time to make myself some new clothes! But I know how it usually goes, so I'll just stick with my essentials for now.
I hope everyone has some fun projects planned for Christmas! Happy December!