A Stocking for Donovan
Well, I’ve had this on my to-do list since before he was born… and I managed to get it done the day before I put up my Christmas Decorations. Ahh, deadlines. I work so well with them. =) I made three patchwork stockings five years ago. I made three, partially because I already was wishing we had a baby, and partly because I had purchased a set of stocking holders from Pottery Barn that spell out JOY. (Or YOJ when my husband has his way and mixes up the letters.) I saved scraps from that sewing frenzy so that I could make more stockings as our family gets bigger that matched the originals. So here’s how I did it!
I bought a little new fabric for the lining. I managed the front and back with scraps. I chose one of my favorite quilt square patterns, pinwheels in this case. I used pinwheels on his baby quilt and made real pinwheels for his mobile, so now they just make me think Donovan. =) So I made a pinwheel about 8 inches square, and then just added strips where I needed it to be bigger. With the originals, I made patchworky blocks about 12 inches by about 18 inches, but this way there was less waste, and it still looks nice and patchy to match the originals.
So after sewing a top that was big enough to match my stockings, I cut out a backing, and then two more pieces to be a lining. Sew the fronts together, leaving the top open. Sew the linings together, leaving the top open and a hole on one side to turn the finished stocking. Then you put the two pieces together, sew around the top, and then turn through the hole you left in the lining. I never sewed this shut, although you certainly could, especially if you put lots of little things in the stocking. I’ve never lost anything though. =)
The original three are pretty too, but I think Donovan’s is my favorite =) Serenity’s stocking is a log cabin pattern, which was my original favorite. I’d always wanted to do a log cabin =) Eric’s is just lots of triangle blocks and nine patches. Mine is a pretty pointy star. I wished I’d added some of the ivory to it to make it pop more.
I just love sampler-type quilting. I’ll have to share my tree skirt soon =)