Handmade Holiday Time – Avery Lane Sewing

Last week, after sending out the prizes to the Sewing Bee finalists, I tried to get some inspiration on what to sew and make for someone, I sewed a few mini quilt blocks that I didn't Haven't sewn in a while. Sometimes it helps to sew something quick and familiar to get me into the groove.

Here are the prizes of the 3 finalists. The winner also received a $75 gift certificate from the American Girl Doll company.

Here is a mini block of 4 disappearing patches that I made that day. Quite delicate.

I decided to make a quilting project for my sister, a sofa organizer, and try out a hand-look quilting stitch that my new machine has. I worked on it for a few days, but couldn't get it to look the way I wanted. I'm not a fan of polyfilament thread so I haven't used it much before. I couldn't adjust the tension to show the colored thread as much as I wanted. Increasing the tension as much as possible without the polyfilament thread breaking was a challenge.

I didn't like what he was capable of doing. It didn't seem very handmade to me, just a little weird. I need to practice more, but I also wanted to get his gift finished and mailed. I also have other projects in progress and maybe I will continue my saga of stockings (I'll save that for another article). If you've been following my blog, you may remember my years-long stockings saga.

I decided to try several other methods. This is sashiko style quilting which I tried next. I liked the bottom row with Sulky 12 wt. cotton, so I ended up making it with a cross hatch pattern.

This is the finished project.

I have been sewing with my daughter several days a week this month. We made these folded star ornaments and I sent a few to my sister, along with some matching treats and her couch organizer. I will post a tutorial soon on how we made them. This is a no-sew project, and we worked and discovered a few things that made them easier to put together. We found that most of the tutorials weren't very clear and there may or may not have been some crying involved in creating said stars. Once we developed the idea, we found some useful things to do that made a huge difference.

This is her first year having her own tree and we thought the star ornaments would be perfect to fill it everywhere since she doesn't have too many ornaments of her own.

Have you made any handmade gifts this year? It's always so much fun to do things for others while listening to Christmas carols.

~Erin


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