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Thread: OK, I'll bring it up...quilted gifts for the holidays...what have you got going?

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    I'm very behind since I haven't even picked up a needle in about three months. (I went on a writing kick but have decided I don't want to spend that much time with my own thoughts and need to do something with purpose.)

    Anyway, I'm going through a few catalogs I've received and wanted to know your favorite quilting places to order different types of fabrics and patterns from. I'm not into large quilts as I really don't have the room and am somewhat intimidated (more the reason) and was looking for some smaller projects that would also be enjoyed. I also need to (should) take a machine quilting class. That may help.

    So...where do you like to shop, what are you making, and what do you find people love to get as quilted gifts?

    I'm off to work now, I'll check back later tonight.

    Have a wonderful day!

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    I made 10 I Spy quilts for my grandkids, nieces and nephew for christmas. I have 2 lap quilts ready for sister in-laws and need to do one for each of my girls. Right now I am working on a charity project of making a dz. I Spy quilts for Angels & Elves here in the Mt. Washington Valley every child deserves to have a great christmas morning. I think I will also take some of my scraps and make some quilted bookmarks for the girls.

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    I shop wherever I can...
    But for quilted Xmas I have plans for coasters, placemat and I've got a few tree skirts in the works. I am also going to make some quilted ornaments for gifts this year as well.

    I'm considering a lap quilt but time is not going to be on my side this year for something that big sad to say - she'll have to get that for her end of the year teacher present! I have a baby blanket & 5 stuffed animals to finish up for Caron before I can do big stuff like that. I probably shouldn't be doing my tree skirts but I swore I'd make them this year!!

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    I have already made a quilt for my GM-I-L so she will get it for Christmas, and I am making two table runners, both for friends.
    We are going to buy something golf related for my GF-I-L. Next year he will get a quilt for the couch downstairs where he hangs out.

    I wanted to get my kids quilts done by Christmas but I think they will have to wait till their birthdays.

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    I have made some pot holders with matching table runners.

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    Going to make several table runners and or table toppers.

    Does anyone out there have a good pattern for a teddy bear???
    Have been wanting to make some scrapy looking ones.
    Would love to make several for Christmas.

    Scrap

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    I've got two table runners going, and a third will be put together soon. I made a quilt for my MIL. I'm making soccer quilts for my kids (if I ever get them done!!) that's it for now..we'll see if I can get more done.

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    I am a true scrap quilter, often collecting bags of scraps from friends. I also do a large portion of my shopping at Joann's, using their 40% off coupon whenever possible. Once a year my local guild has a Chinese Raffle and I usually can pick up some great fabrics from it. Plus I go on a Shop Hop once a year, where I stock up on whatever I'm lacking. (Last year I concentrated on buying stencils; the year before that it was neutrals.) For Christmas I have made table runners, table toppers with matching hot pads, lap quilts, and assorted napkins. This year I'm making my grandson a quilt for his bed, several table runners, a table topper and matching napkins, fabric bowels filled with goodies, and several wall hangings. I find that panels are wonderful to use as the main centerpiece for a table topper or wall hanging. I'm just learning to machine quilt and I use them to practice on. It's so easy to follow the lines and they work up fairly quickly, or at least much faster then if I'd appliqued everything on! :wink:

    Hope that helps some.

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    I all so got 3 stockings done.

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    I am making potato bags for the microwave and some knitted welcome angel dishcloths for my friends and rag quilts for all 4 of the great grands.

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    I made 5 queen size quilts, which was okay but I found myself getting really bored with them before getting them completly finished. Now I just make lap quilts but they are always in many different sizes. Nothing standard. I find that everyone will use a lap quilt at one time or another but not always use a bed quilt because it don't match the decor or whatever reason they can come up with. Lap quilts are faster to make and I don't get bored before it's finished either. And I can make them any size, color, or design I want. And they work up so fast, you always have one or more on hand if you need a gift in a hurry. I really want to get into doing table runners, but haven't gotten there yet.
    I just love fabric. Any kind of cotton, I just have to have..........haha

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    im doing a memory quilt for a friends grandaughter(getting paid for this one ) a t-shirt quilt for my moms former boss,she retired,(Hopefully getting paid for this one) a lap quilt for a teacher of one of my girls,and then my first grandchild will be born at the end of dec. so I am making one for him also

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    Wheee!! I finished the winter clothing for my niece. Now I can play with my quilting and make a skirt to go with my new purple leather jacket. I am sewing for the holidays, but not quilted things this year.

    I finished most of the gifts that were quilted last month and they are with thier new owners. :D I found I get too nervous being under the gun during the holiday's.

    I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else is making though. This board is so full of talent!

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    As for the quilting I am making placemats for three and PJs for the rest of the bunch. PJs aren't quilting but I have 5 Grandsons and after they get grown it is hard to buy for them.. I have made them quilts but now being a caregiver takes most of my time. Sooo they all love those PJs and they are so easy to make. At walmart there is plenty of the $2.00 a yd. material. I have to make it easy on me this year.
    BillsBonBon

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    I am making one quilt for each of my children...I have 6 kids! I have one quilted already , 3 of the pieced, one peiced except boarders and I need to start the 6th one.
    I am also making scarves ( free amy butler pattern) for my friends and a few family members.

    ALso making a few table runners and placemats sets.

    Hubby is also asking for a quilt--but I am unsure which design to pick for him..still looking!

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    Well you certainly have some great ideas and you're all very busy! Where do you find the time?

    I was thinking of placemats-potholders-coasters. I also saw this pattern in Clotilde that looks interesting.
    http://www.clotilde.com/list.html?criteria=pot+pinchers

    sdparent -
    Do you sleep? Eat? How do you get this all done? Did you start last Christmas? That's amazing!

    craftydeb
    What type of quilted ornaments do you make? I'm intrigued...

    Loretta
    wow...just a few sites to browse. :wink: Thanks!

    barbsbus
    I can't figure it out, what are potato bags? :? And I love your avatar!


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    Table runners are a good gift, purses too. Makeup bags, pot holders, stuff like that I make all the time and everyone loves them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    Well you certainly have some great ideas and you're all very busy! Where do you find the time?

    I was thinking of placemats-potholders-coasters. I also saw this pattern in Clotilde that looks interesting.
    http://www.clotilde.com/list.html?criteria=pot+pinchers

    sdparent -
    Do you sleep? Eat? How do you get this all done? Did you start last Christmas? That's amazing!

    craftydeb
    What type of quilted ornaments do you make? I'm intrigued...

    Loretta
    wow...just a few sites to browse. :wink: Thanks!








    barbsbus
    I can't figure it out, what are potato bags? :? And I love your avatar!
    Potato bags are quilted bags that you put potatoes or corn on the cob or tortillas in and cook them in the microwave. If you google potato bag you will be able to see directions for making them and using them.

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    Not planning on making many sewing/quilting gifts this Christmas, everyone already has a least one quilt, seasonal table runners, etc. I do plan to make a Christmas table runner for DIL's sister who invitied DH and I to her new home for Thanksgiving Dinner. Need to check out my Christmas/Winter fabric stash for suitable fabrics, pretty sure there will be slim pickings there so I'll be making a quilt shop or Joann's run instead. May in Jeresy

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    THANK YOU! The list of quilt shops online will be a real help to me!
    Marie

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    I am making quilted christmas stockings, rag purse, knitted scarves, I also bought some fleece and serged the edges for a blanket, a rag lap quilt.

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    Hi! Long-time lurker, first time poster.

    I'm working on a denim rag quilt for my 6yo daughter and one for my 8yo step-nephew. I'm also working on fabric gift bags for family, in assorted sizes. I made my own last year and everyone loved them so much, they want their own!

    I also want to try some of the quilted bookmarks that I saw posted before. Those are so cute, I know my reader friends would love them.

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    Because time is getting short, I am making "green" shopping bags. They are easy and quick.

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    I am making one quilt for my mom, 2 fleece vests for 2 of my nieces, and 2 mini quilts for a niece and nephew.

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    I've been busy getting things ready for the few craft shows we do locally and working full time outside the home. And along the way I've made things for all of our family members this Christmas.
    As for quilted items, so far 23 table runners, 7 bargello tree skirts, 40 pot holders, 24 ornaments, 12 steering wheel covers, 10 evening bags, 7 wall hangings, 5 lap quilts and 2 full size quilts. This doesn't include any of the handsewn stuffed animals I make from old coats and clothing or all the marshmallow shooters my hubby makes for the shows. We've been very busy and I have a wonderful husband that keeps the house clean and cooks when I get into the crafting mode. We take the profits and travel with the funds. It's been a blessing for us over the past 25+ years. Along with meeting new people, catching up with some dear crafting buddies, we also get to go places we don't normally have the money for.
    As for fabric, we do this when we travel, we search second hand stores, shop JoAnn's sales, local quilt shops and on-line with a few sources like Connecting Threads & Hancocks.
    So much to do, so little time - make the best of what comes your way.

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