Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The stockings were hung.......

I delivered the newest Christmas stocking to my granddaughter yesterday.  She had a hook all ready for it.




Here is a closer look at her stocking.  I made it in the late 1980s when I was still doing a lot of counted cross stitch.  It is the only all cross stitch stocking that I did.  The next 2 grandchildren got cross stitch cuffs on their stockings.







I did bindings on mug rugs last night while I watched TV.




It took me a little over 3 1/2 hours to do 10 bindings by machine.  That comes out to about 22 minutes each.
If I had finished them by hand they would have taken about 45 minutes each minimum.







I quilted 5 more mug rugs a couple nights ago so they will get trimming and binding soon.

It was -3 degrees when I went to bed late last night.  Thursday is supposed to be the coldest day and then snow again.

14 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

I need to get out and get groceries bought, but not today. Your mug rugs are really neat looking. I should make some more again. Mine were big enough for just a coffee mug. Stay warm. Chris

Beth-near Louisville KY! said...

You have been busy the last couple of days! Going to start getting busy today although not in the sewing room. We have a new puppy coming... this weekend, (a week earlier than expected).... and some shopping to do. Going to get colder here too! In the 20s this morning.... boo!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

For me, there is nothing more beautiful than fabric art and needlework. I enjoy stitching by hand much more than stitching by machine, but I love it all.

Stay warm. We are really in for it.
xx, Carol

Sharon W. said...

Your mugrugs are terrific. Will each one of them count as a finished quilt in the December tally? teehee!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

such a pretty mantel with the stockings

Linda Swanekamp said...

The mug rugs are so darn gorgeous! I am a machine binding person and I make no apologies. Every thing else is machine stitched, so why not the binding?

patty a. said...

My goodness you got a lot done again! That is a lot of binding! We have some sunshine today! Yes, it is only 12 degrees, but the sun is shining! I haven't seen the sun in about a week. It looked like it was a full moon this morning. It was so beautiful at 6;30 this morning when I was out walking.

Gene Black said...

The mug rugs look great.
Machine binding is my go to for everything. I think it looks just fine along with all the other stitching on a quilt.
For years I did handmade ornaments (some of the cross stitch) for my nieces and nephews. But as the family grew I realized that I had to quit with that tradition or spend the entire years straining my eyes.
I suppose I need to start some tradition with the "greats" now.

Melinda Hirsch said...

Beautiful work! I would love to know how you do your bindings, if you have a chance , and time, to answer. I'm binding some Christmas placemats and it's turned into a mess--LOL. I don't have any trouble binding regular quilts. melindashathotmaildotcom

Robby H. said...

I really enjoy binding by hand. However, your statistics on time may have nudged me over to going the machine route for the quilt I still need to bind before Christmas. It would be do-able by hand, but maybe I could enjoy doing a few other things, too in that time. Thanks for sharing that.

Mary said...

What a beautiful collection of stockings! A lifetime ago I did needlepoint but have never done counted cross stitch. I think at this point in my life I'll stick with quilting.

Alice Turcotte said...

I used to do XS. Don't think my eyes could do it anymore. Love the mug rugs. Do you have a tutorial on machine binding? Keep warm.

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautiful cross stitched stocking, that must have taken quite a bit of time to create, but well worth it!

Vicki W said...

It's so nice when people really appreciate the things we make!