Stitching Here and There

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Only 10 days until Christmas, and I have only spent a bit of time here and there at the sewing machine. I did knock out a few more Crosses and Losses blocks. This has been a fun project on the last few rainy (but warm!) days. They certainly are bright!

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also have been working on Christmas gifts. Last week I shared my daughter’s Maker’s Tote with you (thank you all for your nice comments!!). This week I plan on taking pictures of my son’s tote. He’s a huge Star Wars fan, so the fabric choice was a no brainer.

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Can I just say how much I love these Clover Wonder Clips for bag making? They hold thick layers together so easily. I first started out pinning all these crazy pieces together and after much frustration – and bleeding – I switched to the Wonder Clips. It made for a much more pleasant experience.

I’m planning on trying to make a couple zip pouches today to coordinate with these totes.

Are you making something handmade for the holidays? I’d love to hear what you have planned!



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    December 15, 2015

    Oh how I like those Crosses and Losses blocks!!

    Brilliant tote, and the Star Wars version is such a great choice for a boy 🙂 Sure it will be a hit

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    December 15, 2015

    Thanks for the tip about Wonder Clips. I’m going to try those for my next bulky project! I’m sure the Star Wars bag will make your son very happy! I think the matching pouches is a great idea. The set would also make a great knitting bag (the pouch for accessories). Modifications to inner pockets for needles (short ones) and circular needles could be made. Thanks for your inspiration!

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    Rosemary B

    December 15, 2015

    Everything is bright and lovely.
    I love those blocks! Totally my kind of colors and fabrics

    Your daughter will be very happy with her tote
    and the Star Wars tote is very nifty too!
    I should have bought some of that for my son in law and made him something cool like a wall quilt or a mug rug

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      Rosemary B

      December 15, 2015

      yep, those wonder clips are wonderful!

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    Clara Chandler

    December 15, 2015

    I’ve been sewing a table runner–down to hand stitching the binding. Thanks for your review of the The Maker bag. I have a friend with a birthday soon and this bag would be good for her.

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    Sue @ quilting the green star

    December 15, 2015

    Thanks for the tip about the clips, sore fingers are such a nuisance! Here it is scraps and more scraps over Christmas also making Barbie clothes which a four year old can manage and which look more like normal girl’s clothes rather than those on sale!

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    Michelle N

    December 15, 2015

    I want to try a Maker’s Tote sometime. But I have a long list to finish before that! Right now I’m working on rice bags, zipper pouches, and fabric baskets for Christmas gifts. Plus a crocheted Hobbes and Amish puzzle ball. Then I have a quilt to baste, quilt, and bind that is overdo for a friend’s housewarming gift. And two other quilts I started before I had my daughter 9 months ago. And so many other ideas floating around in my head! Better get off the computer and get to work. 🙂

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    Ramona Chester

    December 15, 2015

    I am making some of Amanda Jean Nyberg’s Scrap Happy Purses, which can be made with one charm pack and a half yard of fabric. I am trying out this new Bosal In-R-Form Plus double sided fusible foam stabilizer and the cute Inazuma polka dot leather handles. I love those clips too and find more uses for them every day – totally perfect when I made the Whatcha Got bags with vinyl windows

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    December 15, 2015

    I always enjoy your blog. I have some of those clips, but haven’t used them yet. You have inspired me! I am working on 2 wall quilts, have been sewing corded/painted bowls (clothesline) which has really been a fun experiment for me, and painting some watercolor scenes. Busy time of year, but I cleared my calendar for these two weeks! Loving it! Peace on earth and Merry Christmas to all!

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    December 15, 2015

    Hey. My husband’s shirt will resemble your son’s tote!

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    December 15, 2015

    I made two Caravan Totes for Christmas gifts this year, one for each sister. I used the wonder clips on those, they are so much better for thick layers! I also made my mom a quilt, my kids a stuffed animal each, and my husband a Star Wars stocking. Now just to find some R2D2 themed gifts to put IN the stocking….

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    December 15, 2015

    I love using my wonder clips for bags!

    I’m finishing up a couple of pillows for my kids, they are long enough to fit across a twin sized bed. I used Frozen fabric for my daughter and Star War fabric for my son. They should be fun additions to their room.

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    Rebecca Grace

    December 15, 2015

    Your Crosses and Losses blocks are awesome and I love your kids’ totes! Yes, those Wonder Clips were a lifesaver to me, pinning the folded, stacked pleats in my Victorian Christmas caroling skirt. When I tried with pins, the fabric layers shifted and distorted so the edges weren’t aligned anymore, but the Wonder Clips worked like a charm. My favorite new notion!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope you’re enjoying the unusually mild weather!

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    Anja @ Anja Quilts

    December 16, 2015

    Love the orange print on the ends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    December 17, 2015

    I honestly don’t know how I ever got along without Wonder Clips!! I find them very convenient when I am putting together the seams of paper pieced blocks. Much easier than pinning.

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    December 26, 2015

    The “Crosses and Losses” Quilt is going to be gorgeous! Love the bright colors and the lovely low volume background. Looking forward to seeing more of your progress 🙂

    PS: Hope your tote Christmas present was a real hit!


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