Hello and welcome to my stop on the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop! I am so excited to see all the great ideas that everyone is sharing with us this week, and I hope you enjoy seeing my projects. Thank you Carla for the opportunity to participate! I encourage you all to visit Carla's website by clicking on the image above, and enter into the drawing for a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop and be sure to visit the others today too!
Wednesday, November 13th
I created/finished up a couple hotpads that will be gifted on Christmas Eve to an unknown recipient. We do a form of White Elephant gift exchange in our family, the only rule for the item is the item can't cost more than $15. So I am pairing my two potholders with a big bag of monster cookies and apparently my sister has already decided she will fight for these. She actually tried to sneak one out of the room earlier this week, LOL!
This hotpad was actually a 6 year old UFO! It is also the very first thing I ever quilted feathers on, and it was quilted on my Bernina.
This block was really fun to make, so much so that I actually made 2 blocks, but one is going into a future Christmas sampler. (I like to make sample blocks with Christmas fabric when testing a block, eventually I will have a king size Christmas quilt!) This is also the first time I have purchased a book and actually made a block out of it! I had pre-ordered Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage 2 from Fat Quarter Shop earlier this year because I felt like I would definitely use it, and see, I was right.
The block in the book is the Evening Star, isn't just amazing how the colors make a block so different? Also, look at how many other blocks I have marked in here, they will all make awesome potholders...
Isn't this little tag super cute? One of our LQS (Stash of Walla Walla) has them and I just love the added little sentiment! Also, I obviously was not going to hand stitch the binding down on this LOL.
You might notice how puffy my hotpad is, I like to use 2 layers of Insulbrite, or one layer of Insulbrite and a layer of cotton or 80/20, which ever is more available at the moment. I also find that I prefer to use the couple of 12 inch hotpads that are in my kitchen drawer over the smaller ones since most of my pans are pretty large, so I figure the bakers in my family will also enjoy larger ones. Or, you know, my sister will, since apparently she is willing to take on the family for these... (I am making extras for her Christmas stocking so she will have some no matter what).
Thomas says to remind you how wonderful and comfy pillows are too. (Football block from Cluck Cluck Sew's Touchdown pattern.)
Belle learned the beauty of a tied fleece blanket this last weekend, so quick and cozy!
And finally I leave you with a little parcel that I am gifting to my longarm quilting clients this year. I am so thankful for the people who are supporting my business (Blue Spool Sewing Room) and look forward to giving them their little gifts! I will share later what I am gifting them, it's not a sewn item and it's a surprise. But I am making the bags to put their gift into! Selina shared some cute bag ideas on Monday, in case you missed them definitely go check her's out.
Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you all have a wonderful time exploring all these great gift ideas and have fun making gifts for the holidays!