I buy for projects, but would LOVE to have the stash of fabric some people have. Oh My! I have seen people with whole bedrooms of fabric. To be honest I would just really love to have the space to have my own sewing room.
I tried to make resolutions for the new year, but I don't really believe that they work. After all what difference does a new year really make? If you can't stop yourself from doing something that you should not the rest of the year, why would a few more days (and a number change) make that much of an effect?
My idea was to not start any more projects until I get a few of the ones I have as WIPs or UFOs finished. I really should finish a few things, but I like to design and I like to pick out fabric and start projects. Projects I finish are usually gifts or requests for others. For Christmas I visited my SIL and she loves my work, so she requested a table topper and a lovely snowman stocking.
There are a few companies that make these. This one is from Bucilla.
I love making these. They are felt, embroidered with thread and beads, making them a quick and easy finish. I love this snowman too. He is super cute and will look lovely on their mantle next Christmas. The Table Topper is made with some of the Light Fantastic I won from Barbara over at Wont-to-be Quilter during her giveaway in November.
I drafted a pattern made of alternating windows and 9 patch blocks. My SIL picked out some cute kitty fabric to be fussy cut for the windows and the Light Fantastic prints for the 9 patch blocks.
I started by cutting out all the pieces. There are 4 91/2" cat blocks, 16 3" window corners, and 45 31/2" 9 patch pieces. (My ironing board doubles as a cutting board with the addition of a small cutting board)
This is the 9 patch block layout. I fiddled with the arrangement until it looked good and then took a picture to save my favorite layout.