Friday, December 12, 2014

Ornament finishes

Well, it's not a quilt finish this week, but a finish nonetheless, and when it's a Christmas present finish, well that's a very good thing. 

While I was waiting for some fabric to arrive so I could get back to my baby quilt project, I took advantage of the time off to make my yearly ornaments for my kids and granddaughter. I don't think they read my blog (and my daughter is temporarily banned from looking at it since my current quilt project is kind of for her), so I think it's okay to share here. 

My son got married this year and he and my new daughter-in-law just bought a house, so it was easy to pick a theme for their ornament--a picture of their new house with their dog playing in the yard. It's paper foundation pieced and hand embroidered.

My daughter and son-in-law enjoy vacationing at Lake Michigan, so this year I made them an accidental landscape ornament. I love how quick these make up and how just about any little scrap works. I'm pleased with how it turned out. 

Instead of binding these little guys, I attached a little border to look like binding. I used some green/red fabric on the back for a Christmas-y feel. 

The other ornament is for my granddaughter. Each year (so far) anyway, I've made a Christmas ornament for her that reflects back to her Halloween costume. Her first one was a penguin and her second one was an owl. But this year, she had an opinion about what she wanted to be and it was Dash from the Incredibles. Never mind that Dash is a boy. She wanted to be him because he runs fast. (His hair matches hers, too, but that similarity was probably lost on her.) She was a very good Dash, showing all the right moves when she was in costume. So her ornament had to be Dash. I found a free coloring page online and colored it with felt and hand embroidery. I got carried away and also made a Dash outfit for her doll, so now I'm definitely all Dashed out. Done with it.

Just to show the back 
Oh, and I also made a couple sets of boot inserts for presents that cost me nothing at all. 

I made the same pattern as here, but this time I stuffed them with some left over chair cushion material around scraps of foam core board. The fabric is some coordinated material that my daughter bought several years ago when planning a nursery. We ended up not using it--so now she gets it back as boot inserts. And her sister-in-law benefits, too. 

I love making Christmas gifts that use up odds and ends. 

I'm linking up today with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Your ornaments are adorable! I especially like the accidental landscape ornament. What a nice keepsake!

  2. What darling ornaments! A lot of work, I'm sure, but they turned out just lovely!

  3. Very sweet gifts. I love the beach especially!

  4. Oh those are lovely ornaments - especially the beach landscape - and I love your tradition of matching the ornament to her Halloween costume, she's going to have a wonderful set of ornaments with a great story behind them!

  5. The ornaments are really sweet! Treasured for years to come. And those boot inserts are smart! What a great gift and a fabulous way to use up some fabric from the stash!

  6. Beautiful ornaments, and those boot inserts are amazing! Whoop whoop!!

  7. Your little ornaments are soooooo cute!