I know what you are thinking.....it isn't Thanksgiving yet and she's working on Christmas! Well, if I don't start now, it isn't going to get finished. I started making a double batch of Mittens With Moxie.
I began by making my own patchwork fabric by gathering together some of my favorite plaids, polka dots and Christmas fabrics.
After I stitched them together, I cut them all apart.....isn't that what quilters do?
Of course Zinnie had to get in the picture, and I'm glad she did so you can have a perspective on how long this patchwork became. I need lots of mittens this year, so I doubled my pattern. After the patchwork is made, I iron fusible fleece to the back, which gives the mittens some body.
I then pinned small, medium and large mittens down the entire length of the patchwork. I ended up squeezing 29 mittens out of the fabric by laying the mittens out every which way.
Then I cut out all around the mittens. They are all different! There is absolutely no way I could ever match up these mittens. Well I could if I really wanted to, but I don't want to. This batch will soon be ready for backings, a cuff, yo-yo, button, and tag.
This is a picture of some mittens that I made last year.
My granddaughters make the little tags for me. We use them on the table as place cards and put the silverware inside. After dinner, the mittens go back on the Christmas tree.
Mr. Joe made the mitten display rack for me that I leave out year-round at the cabin. It's always Christmas at my house.
I'm off to the shop this morning to teach Toyland Tree. The girls are moving right along on their Christmas quilts. So put on some Christmas music, (I am possibly the only person I know that listens to Christmas music throughout the entire year), and start in on those Christmas projects today!