I wouldn't normally make Christmas things in September, but I'm teaching a quilted Christmas stocking class at Nancy's Embroidery in November so I needed to get some samples ready.
I'm totally thrilled with how these samples turned out.
This clean and simple version is the kind of thing I'd probably make for myself (and in fact it's kind of similar to the one I made last year). When I teach free motion quilting, loops are my favourite thing to start off with, and I think they look really effective on this stocking.
These stockings are fully lined and should last for ages. They're also pretty roomy, so they're not just for decoration.
I wanted to try and cover a couple of different styles with my samples. I wasn't 100% sure how this one was going to work out, but in the end I really love the lush patterned fabric and the richness that the ribbons add. I don't think any of the materials in this stocking are technically Christmas specific, but I think it looks totally Christmassy anyway. This one is quilted with straight lines - I wanted samples that demonstrate both techniques I'll be teaching.
My class is on at Nancy's Embroidery on Sunday 9 November, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. I've done one full day class like this before and it was a blast - it's a nice chance for people to learn heaps and get a whole project done in the session. If you're in Wellington, these samples are now hanging out at Nancy's so if you pop in, you'll be able to see them for yourself.
I'm going to link up this finish with crazy mom quilts. And I might be plotting some more Christmas stockings...