Thank you to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt who has been hosting this hop since 2013. There sure has been a lot of memories, Christmas gift ideas and wonderful recipes shared through this hop over the years.
For me a big part of holidays as a child was starting Christmas baking with my Mom on the night of my birthday, October 15th. That night we would always make fruitcake. It involved my Mom having a nip (or two) of the dark rum, lining and oiling the pans with paper, and after all of the ingredients were added, each of my brothers, my sister and I would make a wish while we gave the batter a stir.
Once I grew up and had children, they all decided they did not like fruitcake. Instead we would start our baking the week before Hallowe’en with batches of shortbread which the kids always had so much fun decorating. My recipe was the one my mother used.
Once December came and visitors started the rounds of sharing Christmas cheer, I would head to the freezer to pull out the goodies that my kids and I had been baking and stashing. More often than not there wouldn’t be any shortbread left. It turns out my sons and daughter prefer their shortbread in the frozen state. 😳. Back in to the kitchen we’d go and several more batches of shortbread would have to be made to get us through the holidays.
Most years I enjoy shopping for books for the grands and great grands. Since we won’t be travelling again to see the littles, I decided that I would make reading pillows because the littles get to keep their light on for an extra half hour if they are reading real books! What fun it was to see them all tucked in reading books that are their favourites and even some of their parents favourites. Often Mom or Dad are there enjoying a cuddle and sharing story time with the littles.
With the postal issues caused by highway closures I had to get busy sewing in November to get everything emailed sooner.
I checked to see what size my pillow forms were: 22” square. Then I chose fabrics for my youngest granddaughters.
I Cut a 24” square from my focal fabric, my lining fabric and a piece of batting. I layered and quilted the pillow front and then squared it up to 23 “ square.
Then I cut 2 pieces of fabric 23 1/2” x 14” for the envelope style back fabrics, folded over 1/2” and sewed the edge with a 1/4” seam. The front pocket was fabric cut to 32” x 23”, folded in half with wrong sides together. The pieces were then assembled with wrong sides out. I sewed it with a 1/4” seam, leaving an opening to turn the pillow cover right side out. Making sure the corners were nicely turned. I pressed the cover and then sewed a 1/2” seam from the outside edge, leaving a nicely finished French seam on the inside. This is my preferred method of finishing the seams to keep everything need and tidy and stops any fraying or seams splitting open.
Here are the first two pillow covers with books tucked in to the pocket. They have been tucked in to new fabric drawstring gift bags (I make new ones most years so that my family can use recyclable wrapping instead of paper) and popped in a box and mailed.
So two down and mailed and 2 more for 2 of the great grands still need to be done and mailed.
Here are the other bloggers who are posting today:
- Creatin in the Sticks
- Quilt Schmilt
- Sew Many Yarns
- Pumpkin Patch Patterns and Quilting
- Just Because Quilts
- Treasured Nest
- Cathie’s Craftworks
I’m heading over there now to see what fun projects and recipes they have to share.
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Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, family, fun and great food. Thank you for spending some of your time visiting my blog. 🤶🏻Carol