Being the marathon crafter I am, there are only a few things that I relish taking my time making, and our family’s Christmas stockings has been one of them. Remember my handmade Christmas stockings from a couple of years ago? Each of them was detailed, time consuming, and a real treat to make. I think it’s the thought that I’m making something that will be part of our little family’s culture and tradition forever. Kids will always grow out of clothes, but Christmas stockings are something we’ll pull out and appreciate year after year.
For some reason, I was at a loss for any good stocking design ideas last year, so Tiny went stockingless, poor sweety. I actually crocheted a bunch of really pretty flowers, but the project never came into fruition because I just wasn’t in love with it. So fast forward to Sewing Summit this last Fall, and as I was prepping for my Shapes and Angles quilt class (taught by Faith and Kati), I finally had an idea for her stocking–a hexagon quilted and embroidered stocking in jewel tones (remember I’m no respecter of traditional Christmas colors)! The class was really awesome, and honestly, my natural sewing intuition would have muddled the whole thing–quilting (especially with angles) is tricky! My mind just doesn’t work like a quilter’s; you have to be so precise, and the techniques and little tips I learned in the class were so helpful.
This sucker took forever! I got it mostly assembled during the Summit, but I didn’t calculate enough pieces (arghghg), and so gathering all the fabric again, cutting out another hexagon template and then assembling and embroidering that bad boy has taken me a couple months. But I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve just loved thinking how she’ll love it and look forward to pulling it out each year.