Sunday, November 24, 2013

Smittens With Mittens

Hello Everyone,
I know what you are 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!



  1. I love how you make your mittens. So clever. And so pretty on your mantle. I'm sure your family has a lot of fun with all of it.

  2. Love the mittens especially on the mantle. What a terrific idea!

  3. I love these, especially when you said that you use them for place cards and put your silverware inside. That is such a delightful idea :) . . . I like that you keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year, too.
    Keep Smiling,
    Your blogging sister, Connie:)

  4. Love the fabric you made! I have a dumb question, how did you sew your cut strips together? Did you just offset each row? Thanks!

  5. I always love to see your mittens! This latest batch is wonderful. You have such great fabrics that you use to make the strips. Enjoy your Christmas music!

  6. What a cute idea I love the mitten display on your mantle , just too cute :-)

  7. They are so cute, and obviously Zinnie thinks so too!

  8. That's a bunch of mitties! How many place settings of our favorite dishes do you have?!?! Wink! I'm so glad Zinnie posed too! She & Lefty both love their Mamas quilts! Imagine if she thought you were making socks...would she gather it up & walk around the house with it? Bring on the Christmas Music! It's amazing how quickly things get done around here to the beat of Mannheim Steamroller...fa la la la la, la la la la!

  9. they are so fantastic. So great idea. Looks so lovely.
    Greetings Grit

  10. More mittens.....I love it! Did Harley help again? Looks like Zinnie did for sure ;>) Mr. Squash can join you with the year round Christmas songs - hardly a month goes by without a little holiday medley!

  11. Wow, you've been busy. Love those mittens. So warm and cozy looking. I love the patchwork method also.

    1. Hi Cathie,
      I can't respond directly to you since you are a 'no reply' status so I hope you get this message. Thank you so much for your comment. It takes quite a bit of time to prepare the patchwork, and then the mittens just fly together. They are fun to make and look great on the table or the tree. The small mittens also hold a gift card!
      Take care,