Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"Presents" the puppy and other Ho Ho Holiday projects



I LOVE Christmas! Thank You to Carol and Madame Samm for giving me an extra incentive to get started ahead of time! I am a Last Minute Millie for sure!




I found this little puppy at our local grocery store just the other day and he was so cute with his little stocking in his mouth that I had to bring him home with me. (and he was only 99cents!) He became the inspiration for my mini quilt. He is a Jingle Beanie and his name is "Presents." I didn’t have any fuzzy fabric in the house and was unable to get to the store… then I remembered that I bought some stocking stuffers last year on clearance and they were fuzzy socks- but I wouldn’t have bought white ones. Thankfully the socks came in a two pair pack – one pack had a red pair and an off white pair! I just trimmed off the elastic at the top and Voila! had some very stretchy fuzzy fabric.



  After I found a similar puppy picture on Google, I cut him out and got to use my handy dandy new appliqué pressing mat- I LOVE THIS THING!  I used little squares from my stash for the background and did some fun FMQ in the checkerboard squares.  His stocking has a ball and a little present in it.




As I was auditioning squares for the puppy, I decided I really liked these squares together but not for the puppy. So I made these nine patch variation blocks-  I think they will be two table toppers some day. I used a tossed nine patch tutorial.
 

















This table runner is made from Verna’s Cutting Garden Runner recipe from Moda's BakeShop) I used part of a charm pack of Fruitcake by Basic Grey. This was a fun recipe to make!


This stocking is made from a very, old very holey quilt. I have been talking about making something out of it forever. It was very hard to take the scissors to it. At least now it can be displayed and enjoyed. The lace came from a blouse that I always wanted to fit into and never could.

 I lined the stocking with some fabric from my stash and machine quilted around the hexagons to give it some stability. As I stitched, I thought about the quilter who took the time to hand stitch this quilt. The colored pieces were probably well loved scraps of clothing. What an honor to be a part of preserving it for some one else to love! This will be a Christmas gift for a dear friend.

 I just saw on Pinterest this morning some Flowers made from old quilt scraps. I will definitely be using more of this quilt!  

Polly Elf
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Once again Thank you to our Jolly Elves for ho ho ho hosting this blog hop. I have officially started shopping and planning for Christmas!


 





71 comments:

Marianne said...

Your puppy quilt is so adorable. I like how your mind works.
Thanks for sharing so many wonderful projects.

Judy B said...

Your use of socks for your puppy is unique! Love how you repurposed the quilt and made the fantastic stocking. Thank you for sharing.

Sharon said...

Oh your puppy is just adorable...sometimes that is what is is all about up-cycling. Love the use of all your creations...what a fun time you must have had.....

Britt-Inger said...

Your puppy quilt is adorable. I love how you used the stockings for the puppy. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this blog hop

Darlington Gal said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely projects. I really like how you preserved the original quilt by turning it into a stocking...what a nice idea. As for Christmas....I can't believe you are already planning...UGH! I just hope I make it to Christmas!

feltfree på Åsly said...

What a beautiful projects.
Lovely. Thanks for sharing

Heleen Groot said...

Cute puppies need homes. I wouldn't have left him at the store either! Love your projects. I love the stocking most. The fact that it was made out of an old quilt AND a back-of-the-wardrobe blouse (and don't we all have those.....) makes it even better! Thanks!

Cathy said...

Your puppy is sweet. My favorite project is your old quilt Christmas stocking. I am glad you had the courage to make that first cut.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Beautiful work, cu-u-ute Puppy ☺
Thanks for sharing ho ho ho....

Rhonda said...

You are very talented. Love your puppy and that stocking is amazing! Great job with all projects.

Donna said...

The puppy is a cutie! Thanks for sharing.

Gill said...

Your puppy is so cute - I love how you used socks to make him!
Thanks for sharing!

JoyceLM said...

Your puppy quilt is so cute! Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I love the puppy quilt! So cute.

Jeanie said...

Love the puppy quilt made with sock fabric....great idea! All of your projects are darling!

Madame Samm said...

how adorable is that ...looks like a bichon....you did good to add him so 3 D

Carol said...

Love the puppy and quilt! You are sew creative! All your projects are wonderful!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Great projects....but that puppy is way too cute!!

Thearica said...

Now that is just too darn clever! I will be looking at socks in a different way now!

Melody said...

Great stitching, I particularly love your puppy. Very very clever to think of the socks.

Mimi said...

Awww... very sweet and imaginative!! Thanks for sharing in the hop with your great ideas!!

Sherry said...

Just love your puppy quilt. And what a clever idea for the fabric. Great projects!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Wonderful projects, all of them, but that puppy - adorable! blessings, marlene

Patty D from NC said...

Great projects. Happy holidays!

Leah said...

Great projects! Love the puppy!!

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

Thank you for sharing your many projects! The puppy is hyst the cutest thing and I love the idea of reusing a well-loved quilt :)

Linda said...

What an adorable little puppy quilt and stocking!

Margaret said...

I love how you have used other things in your quilt. So creative. Thanks for sharing

Kristen King said...

It looks like you have a great start on Christmas! :)

tink's mom said...

Your puppy is sew sweet. Great idea to recreate the Beanie version. Love the stocking too.

Tanyia said...

oh my goodness, that puppy is SO sew precious!!

apple blossom said...

oh, the puppy is absolutely adorable. I have a daughter that would just love it. thanks for sharing all your projects

Vickie said...

A 3D quilt is a wonderful idea !I really like your Stocking too, cutting into a quilt is HARD ! GReat job !

Carol said...

I have some fuzzy socks someone gave me...what a great idea to recycle them into a quilt. I love how your recycled things to make your projects. Your puppy is just too cute! :O)

charlotte said...

Very cute projects. You are sew creative.

Lou said...

Great projects!
Love the way you reuse items:)

Suze said...

What a very, very clever idea to use socks for the puppy. It is perfect. The pup looks so cuddly. The texture is absolutely perfect. Presents was a wonderful inspiration for the quilt. I like the fabrics you chose and the border is just adorable. I had never heard of a tossed nine patch. Now, I have another thing to look up and put on "to try" list. They will have fabulous table toppers. I love many of the recipes at Moda Bakeshop. You certainly picked a winner. You had another clever trick to use the lace from an ill fitting blouse. I have a closet that has more clothes in that I cannot wear that clothes that I can. I am getting closer and closer to getting back into them. About 20 more pounds and I'll be there. I didn't think it was a possibility and now I just think it might be. My doctor told me he didn't think I could lose any because of the meds I take. I got a blood infection with my dental cleaning time before last (no one's fault). I lost ten pounds and it's just been coming off since then. I knew I had a comprised immune system and the dentist said if this hadn't happened, it still would have been overkill to premedicate. Not now - now we do. Anyhow, it was very clever. The stocking from the old heirloom is wonderful and the lace is just the icing on the cake, I mean stocking. Thank you for participating and sharing your wonderful creativity. I love the eye candy.

JanesQuilting said...

That doggie is so cute, good choice. I love the way use re-use old quilts. What a great idea and the projects all turned out beautifully.

wholesomemidwestern said...

adorable! never seen anything like it! great job :)

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love all your projects, especially the sweet puppy. Thanks for the link.

patchouli moon studio said...

Darling stuffed dog and the quilt that you made to match is just adorable!

Rosa said...

Super cute and very creative.Thanks for sharing!!

Denise Russell said...

How beautiful! I also loved the idea of making things out of very old quilts. Thanks for sharing!

evelyn said...

I will never look at socks the same again! Awesome idea, awesome job!

MooseStash Quilting said...

If you are not the most ingenious person. I would have never thought about socks. What a great idea and an adorable quiltie.

cyndiofthevortex said...

It's been great fun to see your Christmas projects! I love your puppy dog quilt! How cute is that? I also have 2 old quilts and have been afraid to cut them into something else, but they are so stained and holey I can't even display them. Maybe I'll be brave like you and get out those scissors!

Beverly Atkins said...

I enjoyed seeing everything you made BUT I am such a sucker for dogs. I just loved your 'presents'. He/she is so cute and cuddly looking. Reminds me of my sweet Callie who is not longer here but she would have loved that little quilt, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing and I loved the sock idea too!

Joanna said...

Are you brilliant or what. That little Jingle Puppy quilt is terrific. Another project I want to make.

Joyce Carter said...

WOW! Bobbie, your projects are absolutely wonderful. I love the little puppy. How talented you are to think of using a fuzzy sock! And the stocking is beautiful. I love to see old things given new life. I am sure this will be treasured by the receiver. Thank you for sharing.

Emily C said...

Lovely projects. Adore the puppy, so cute.

Connie said...

Great projects and your puppy......is adorable! Very creative too!

krislovesfabric said...

Cute pup! So many projects!

maggie said...

What great projects. Sweet puppy, and the quilted stocking, wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Robin said...

I love all your projects but that puppy quilt is just the best! What a creative mind you have!!

legato1958 said...

This is soooo adorable! I love how you used the fuzzy sock to make your puppy!!
Thanks for sharing fun holiday projects!!

Susie

lori said...

YOU ARE JUST TOOOOOO GRRRRR---EAT. love ya.........

gpc said...

Super cute puppy quilt, and love the other projects, too. You've been busy! :)

ShirleyC said...

Aren't you the smartest thing on the block! That puppy quilt is so adorable!

Pamela said...

Your puppy quilt is adorable. Love the idea of using the socks in a "make it work" moment. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

VickiT said...

Oh my gosh! What a great post and such a very smart idea to use those socks for the fuzzy fabric to make that adorable dog on your little quilt.

Sherry said...

Sew cute! Love the puppy!

pamspretties57 said...

Hiya Bobbie!!! I just LOVE "Presents". How adorable, and the quilt from the socks is ingenious. I don't know if I would have had the courage to cut into that old quilt. The stocking turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

LJ said...

Now I'm puzzling over who of the two jolly elves cartoons is Carol and who is MS. lol Now taking apart socks for fabric is one of the most creative things I've heard of. And your puppy turned out so cute - the background is perfect.

Beth said...

You are one creative lady! I am impressed. Thank you for sharing.

Sandy said...

Such great ideas....and using what you had around the house...love it. The puppy is so cute and the stocking is precious. You have a very lucky friend to be receiving it. Thanks for sharing with us.

Linda J said...

How clever of you on ALL your projects! Really getting into the spirit of Christmas in your post.

Sharon Dawn said...

Cute projects and I love your block background! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Dawn said...

You were very brave to cut your stocking but it turned out beautifully....what a treasure!

Victorine Bland said...

vintage stocking is heart melting.
Hugs

Baa. xxx said...

That puppy is lovely - Baa wants him as a friend. You have made a very special quilt of him and with a sock too - how amazing. Loed the using the vintage quilt to make the stocking too. Brilliant.

BizyStitches said...

Thanks for being part of the fun blog hop. I enjoyed your blog.