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    Gift ideas for daughters

    Need some ideas.... I have to older daughters 30 & 32 who mean the world to me they are married and have children of their own and I am looking for some ideas to make them something special from me for Xmas...any ideas I would love some suggestions and any pictures of some of the items you may have made... Thanks

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    I don't have pictures of them, but many years ago I made wall hangings for my SIL and MIL that included appliques of their children's / grandchildren's handprints with their signatures underneath. My MIL still displays hers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR View Post
    I don't have pictures of them, but many years ago I made wall hangings for my SIL and MIL that included appliques of their children's / grandchildren's handprints with their signatures underneath. My MIL still displays hers.
    I did one of those but did not put signatures underneath. Each child picked their own fabric. As you can see, the second child is left-handed. It's my daughter's favorite and proudly hangs in her kitchen - where she spend the most time

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    How about an applique tree shape onto which they can hang pictures of family pets etc. I have seen one no picture. Quick and easy at this time and will keep for years to come.
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    how about starting a tradition of making each person an ornament? That way, when the children are on their own and have their own first tree, they will be able to decorate it with ornaments that have a history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    I did one of those but did not put signatures underneath. Each child picked their own fabric. As you can see, the second child is left-handed. It's my daughter's favorite and proudly hangs in her kitchen - where she spend the most time
    Oh what a wonderful idea! I think I may have to do this for the four of us!

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    I have 3 daughters, 38, 39, and 41. They love any and everthing I have made for them, and prefer a gift I have made. They have large quilts, throws, wall hangings, table runners and candle mats, and appliqued dish towels. I have quilted since they were toddlers so they know what goes into hand made items and treat them accordingly. They are so appreciative of everything I give them, I love making things for them.

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    It's a little late to make for this year, but you could think about this for next year. I've made a couple of photo memory quilts for relatives & friends. I'll try to find the pictures to post for you to see.Name:  IMG_0449.jpg
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Size:  177.5 KBThis was made for my BFF's 70th birthday. I used photos of us since high school, her kids, my kids, her family travels, etc. Blue and green were our high school colors.

    I made one for my daughter depicting her high school marching band days and one for my brother's 60th birthday using photos from his, my dad's and other brother's racing days. I can't find pictures of either of these to show you.

    Another option would be to make T-shirt quilts using their old T-shirts or their kids' clothes when they were younger. My DD made a T-shirt quilt for me using the book "How to Make a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt" by Andrea T. Funk. It shows/explains how to use different sized motifs from the shirts. I think she found it at Amazon.

    I'm sure that whatever you decide, they will treasure it because you made it for them.
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    What about a tote bag? These went together quickly.

    The pattern is "10 Strip Wonder Bag" by Suzanne Sievers. It can be purchased online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycquilter View Post
    how about starting a tradition of making each person an ornament? That way, when the children are on their own and have their own first tree, they will be able to decorate it with ornaments that have a history.
    I did this for my son and on his first christmas, i got him a waterford tree topper.
    Every year, my son gives his twim cousins an orniment for their trees. They are ten this yr.

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    My dearest hubby... he wants to make the 3 daughters linen napkins with embroidery on them.

    At $5 a napkin I said I couldn't do that for the 3 girls (they each wanted 8 napkins for a set) so I've gotten some polished cotton that I will try and make the napkins from. It was $5 a yard in the colors they wanted so I figured it was worth a shot. I'll either hem them with the serger or do the metered corners on them ... or then again a rolled hem wouldn't be too bad.

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    padded coat hangers with pockets for undies / hankies----calico garment bags also with pockets for special stuff----i am going to copy the hand idea thank you for sharing

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    Thanks everyone, such great ideas...

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    My daughter asked for placemats this Christmas.
    And she wanted each one to be a different quilt block.
    Kind of fun to use a focus fabric in several different ways.

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    There is a tutorial on youtube from Missouri Quilting Co. for a minkee loop scarf that I'm making for my daughter and DIL. I might even make one for me! Really cute and stylish.
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    A couple years ago I gave each of my three daughters a Willow figurine set of the nativity. It is something that they will have year after year!

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    IMHO those are some pretty good suggestions. My suggestion was a lap quilt for each with pix of the appropriate kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgibbons View Post
    Need some ideas.... I have to older daughters 30 & 32 who mean the world to me they are married and have children of their own and I am looking for some ideas to make them something special from me for Xmas...any ideas I would love some suggestions and any pictures of some of the items you may have made... Thanks

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    I have three daughters, 28, 31,and 33. I retired 8 years ago. Since then they each get a box filled with things that I have sewn. Now my two son-in-laws, my husband, my parents and 3 grandchildren get some sewn gifts also. I make purses, wallets, oven mitts, potholders, organizers, suitcase tags, travel trays, kitchen appliqued towels (a request for new ones every year), bed quilts, pillow cases, wall hangings, etc. I am always on the lookout for new patterns for something different. The guys are a bit of a challenge, but I manage to find one or two items to make them. For the grandkids (age 5, 2, and 2 months) I make slippers, raincoats, appliqued bibs (most out of towels), crayon organizers, small purses to match their mom's purses, etc. A couple of years ago I mentioned that I was going to cut back on Christmas gifts - all three girls said - not the gifts that you make, please!!! That brought tears to my eyes.

    In addition to these gifts I make a gift for each person in my knitting group and also my tennis team every year.

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    Every other year, I ask my two adult children what they would like me to make for them the following Christmas. It's been a real pleasure since we discuss colors and sometimes even pick out fabrics together. It's a wonderful way to share my love of quilting with them and they appreciate what I make for them. For the alternating years, I still make them something. This year I've made some spiral table runners and will make them pillowcases just for the fun of it.

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    One item my daughter asked for and has appreciated is a set of 16 coasters. She entertains a lot and people were putting cold drinks down on her furniture leaving circles of moisture. These were definitely coasters not mug rugs. They were for ice tea glasses.

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    No sew blankets for their cars. Remember that the police say to always have a blanket in the car? These are easy - go to your fabric store and ask them to cut 60" of two colors of fleece (this saves you the trouble of handling large pieces and fleece is almost always about 60" wide). Put one piece on top of the other. Cut into each side of the resulting layered square about every inch and about 5" in. Cut a 5" x 5' square off at each corner (otherwise the corners curve which is also ok...). Knot the top and bottom strips together twice and pull each one tight. You can make these in about an hour and they have a ton of uses especially with kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise1 View Post
    What about a tote bag? These went together quickly.

    The pattern is "10 Strip Wonder Bag" by Suzanne Sievers. It can be purchased online.
    Wow these bags are great. Did you make them?

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    I always make table runners and wall quilts from panels.

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    Table toppers or table runners. They can be for whatever season or color their kitchens are. I like changing things up. Plus their fun and easy to make.

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    I knitted scarves for my girls and grandaughters of that new yarn that looks like lace. Saw a lady on a trip making one and it looked so unique. It took me two evenings watching TV to make them and had fun doing it. Had so much fun making them even made some for charity. Purchased the yarn at Joannes and Michaels.

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