I have got to be the biggest procrastinator in the universe. If I'm not under pressure nothing gets done. So that's why I still cannot believe I actually have all my Christmas machine sewing done, or at least it will be by 11pm tonight.
You see my sweetheart decided last July that he was not taking a summer holiday, so that he could get 3 weeks of at Christmas in order to drive to Quebec, and visit our family and friends we haven't seen in over a year. Now if you have ever been to Canada you know that this is a BIG country. You also know that it is a COLD country. Here in Cold Lake that means it can often go down to -45 degrees Celsius (I'm thinking that's well under zero Fahrenheit). So driving 2600 miles in the hearth of winter is no small thing. In order to arrive in time for the holidays and have a few days to rest before the festivities begin we are leaving tomorrow.
Now it's hard enough for me to get my act together before December 24th but take away 5 days and it become almost impossible. Please forget that I knew since July and that I had a very good idea by the end of September as to what I wanted to make. Please don't take into account that I had more than enough fabric to make 10 times as many gifts as I wanted to make and did not need to shop for anything. Nope, being me, I started sewing on December 5th when my son gleefully announced that there were only 2 weeks left before we left for vacation...
But I made it! All I have left to do is the hand finishing, which should occupy me during the next 4 days on the road.
Behold the Emelines:
I made 5 but couldn't show the last one so as not to ruin a surprise...
The baby girl quilt:
I sew the top to a piece of batting and quilted it in what my son calls a "cornered spiral", before attaching the dark purple minky. That way it is thick and fluffy and can be put on the floor for the baby to roll on :O)
The baby boy quilt:
Same here, bathing, quilted in strait lines and then attached dark brown minky. No walking foot by the way, my old White machine is fantastic! I plan to hand quilt around the creatures with embroydery thread during the drive.
The little girl tote bag:
I love, love, love Freshcut. In the back pocket is a not to perfect pencil roll, I made this without a patern and will have to rework this if I ever make one again because the markers I put in there keep falling out :O(
Not shown is my Mom's tote bag because she may be reading this if she hasn't lost my blog address again (Hi mom :O)) I will post pictures of it after Christmas. Also not shown are the 2 little boy tots that are being assembled while not on coffee/blog brake.
It's 3:30 pm right now and I am heading back to my sewing room. I will have more than enough time to finish sewing the binding onto the baby boy quilt and to finish assembling the little boy totes.
And tonight, while my sweetheart is busy running last minutes errands and my son finishes vacuuming the house, I will pour myself a DiSarono on the rocks and raise my glass to the procrastinators of the world. May all their Christmas sewing be done on time!
Cheers and the very best Christmas.