Christmas in may?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on my cutting table!

Most of us like the convenience of precut quilt kits. One of the online quilting groups I follow highly encourages members to create your own project kits in advance so you can simply grab and go. This way you keep moving projects forward. In turn, this means said projects actually get done instead of languishing in the back of a closet somewhere. Very wise advise!

Early morning was spent cutting out a Twinkle Lights pillow kit using Lori Holt’s Vintage Christmas book while I listened in on a webinar for work. I thought I’d purchased a pillow kit from the local quilt shop last summer, but it must’ve been for a table runner, because I had a LOT of fabric left over.

Not to worry! Flipping through the book gave me ideas for Christmas presents – mainly potholders, placemats and small wall hangings. Potholders are the next projects to become DIY quilt kits.

I bookmarked a couple of potential layouts for my redwork Christmas sampler. I’m currently stitching block 11. Block 12 will be completed during my upcoming trip to Kansas City. The completed quilt will definitely be a two-color quilt with a vintage vibe. I plan to machine quilt this one myself. Hopefully, the ruler work class I’ve signed up for in KC will make it a bit easier.

It certainly felt like Christmas when I dumped out several storage bins of assorted STUFF. Sewing notions I’d been looking for were stashed in one of the boxes. I found several bits of red and white fabrics to add to my scrap bins for upcoming Christmas themed sewing projects. The rest will be donated to the SEQTM for summer sewing camps.

Getting lost for an hour this morning in my happy place was very therapeutic. Christmas is normally not one of my favorite holidays, so the fact I’m working on Christmas projects this far in advance and enjoying it – is a good thing, indeed.