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gump51 08-30-2012 08:30 PM

What's for Christmas and holiday gift giving?
 
Okay all ye quilters....what are we making for holiday gifts this year? "We" meaning, I need some ideas! And since we're one day from September, there's hope that I could get several gifts made by December!!!

ruthrings 08-30-2012 08:46 PM

I have a pattern for these. http://www.infobarrel.com/Media/Quil..._by_Rita_Marie

I'd better get busy!

TShooters 08-30-2012 09:00 PM

I've been making some checkbook covers for a craft show that's coming up. My experience has been that there are more lookers than buyers. If they don't sell, they'll be Christmas gifts for the gals in my family. I plan to make some coupon carriers, too. And wristlet/cosmetic bags. My gals will probably have their choice for Christmas. :)

Anael 08-30-2012 11:38 PM

My mom made those ornaments decades ago! They're lovely!
I don't make any gifts, we don't do Christmas gifts anymore. I just might make a small gift for my MIL, that's all.

Chere 08-31-2012 12:17 AM

Pillowcases this year.

rootyr 08-31-2012 01:48 AM

They are lovely!

rootyr 08-31-2012 01:49 AM

Pillow cases are always a great gift!

SouthPStitches 08-31-2012 10:57 AM

I made an executive decision. Am no longer making quilted gifts for my friends for both their birthdays and Christmas. Too much work and maybe I'm over-gifting. Hope to finish the birthday gifts this year and then start on a queen size irish chain for our bed instead. Might pick up the knitting needles again instead.

GagaSmith 08-31-2012 10:58 AM

Easy shopping bags, nook & kindle covers, coasters (you can put the stem of a wine glass in between the four squares so when you pick up the glass, the coaster comes with it)
coasters-- http://www.favequilts.com/Table-and-...c-Coaster/ml/1
I use leftover charms 5" sq

PenniF 08-31-2012 11:04 AM

Don't have a picture of this cuz my ornaments are currently in the attic - but last year i made yo-yo Christmas tree ornaments. Started with 7 circles of various green fabric scrpas - about 5 1/2 inches down to 1" - made the yo-yo's - then because i had a jar of seed beads, glued them here and there around each circle for "lights"....bought a string of silver star shaped "beads" at JoAnn - not too expensive - ran knotted embroider floss through the circles, through the star on top, and put a knotted loop for hanging. Left enough floss give that i could spread the yo-yo's kind of flat and fit the "gift" inside a card. Everyone said they really liked them....and i could pretty much finish at least one every evening. Hope i've expained sufficiently !!

Jingle 08-31-2012 11:16 AM

Those are beautiful ornaments, we no longer put up a tree, don't use many other decorations either.

ragqueen03 08-31-2012 11:22 AM

10 Minute Table Runners! i had made a couple before but at one of my guild meetings they were demonstrated again. so as I am going through my sewing room trying to clean it suitable fabrics are being put off to the side. My sister and I are going to get together one Saturday and make them. We have access to the building my new guild meets at and it is out in the country - my cell phone doesn't work there (I think because we share a parking lot with a police department?) and it is so relaxing out there. Usually there a couple of us that meet there to get some uninteruppted sewing done. Amazing what you can get done with no one to bother you - no phones, no company, no husband - lol. I also took one of my machines out there to keep so no lugging of machines. There is a cutting table,mat board, ironing board out there already. Just got to take fabric and cutters and of course an iron!

Tashana 08-31-2012 11:27 AM

I have just purchased panels that have one large and four smaller panels in them and I will be making coffee and tea place sets. I get four mug rugs and use the large panel for a small table topper to be used to place cookies, sugar and cream on. Easy and inexpensive. I need lots of them so I will be starting soon.

kensington 08-31-2012 11:53 AM

I'm in the process of making 4 I Sply quilts for my grandsons. 2 are done ready to go to my quilter, 1 is ready for borders, and the last one I have just 8, 10 minute blocks to do and then put the top together. I also made Pillow Beds for 3 of my grandkids, two are done and one is just about an hour away. (Tutorial is posted).

I'm going to make those ceramic tile coasters for my Sil's and my mil. And maybe my daughter too. A set for me, of course. Then, I have one more quilt to make for my son before Christmas. Using a disappearing nine patch or a double slice, not sure yet which one. It will be a queen size. I have to finish it by Thanksgiving to get it back from quilter by Christmas.

4EVERquilt 08-31-2012 08:22 PM

Lots and lots of pot holders!!

cjackaitlin 09-01-2012 06:19 AM

In between projects, I've been making oven mitts, and potholders. It take longer to quilt them then it does to make them. But again i'm fairly new to this .

Neesie 09-01-2012 06:34 AM


Originally Posted by GagaSmith (Post 5481514)
Easy shopping bags, nook & kindle covers, coasters (you can put the stem of a wine glass in between the four squares so when you pick up the glass, the coaster comes with it)
coasters-- http://www.favequilts.com/Table-and-...c-Coaster/ml/1
I use leftover charms 5" sq

Thanks for sharing! Those look perfect, for wine glasses!!!

Neesie 09-01-2012 06:37 AM


Originally Posted by ruthrings (Post 5480453)
I have a pattern for these. http://www.infobarrel.com/Media/Quil..._by_Rita_Marie

I'd better get busy!

Those are beautiful! Where did you find the pattern?

Neesie 09-01-2012 06:41 AM

So far, I'm working on simple (Warm Wishes) sofa quilts. Nothing fancy, just something comfy. When the weather turns cooler, will start working on crocheted afghans, again. The plan is to make a variety, then let everyone pick his/her favorite.

Mariposa 09-01-2012 06:50 AM

I may make a few aprons, and let folks choose. A quilt for my Dad too. Will have to see what gets finished by then!

DJ 09-01-2012 07:02 AM

This is a great thread, full of ideas . . .

I found fabric I think DD will like, so I used some for a hanging towel topper, some napkins, and I'll make some matching potholders.

I'm making a yo-yo elf for DSonIL's BD so he can instigate elf-capades with DGD.

I'm knitting some shopping bags...and more potholders...http://www.pacificfabrics.com/blog/2...y-useful-pies/

Also some cross stitch ornaments ... maybe some knit slippers for DGD ...

Knit hats with matching scarves (found a pattern I really like).

What I need is time to get back to my quilts!

Maggiemay 09-01-2012 07:44 AM

I've bookmarked a few different casserole covers on this board & that's what I'll be making.

RedGarnet222 09-01-2012 08:01 AM

For the family back east we ordered some musical ornaments that light up. They will be mailed to the oldest girl and she will distribute them to everyone. The bags and bows came with the set of five from QVC. We ordered them during the christmas in july special.

Last year I made table runners for them all and they LOVED them. They were all different for each personality.

The family here will get sweaters and home sewn wallets. I will use the quilter's wallet pattern for the girls and a fold over type for the guys. Little sarah will get a kitty purse like the one I donated to charity this year and showed on the board, pj's and toys.

sewnsewer2 09-01-2012 08:41 AM

Shoot, I have no idea this year. I sometimes feel that my family is getting tired of pot holders, towels, runners and of course they all have quilts I made.

Anybody else feel this way??

MarLeClair 09-01-2012 09:22 AM

I have a lunch bunch I get together with and last year I made mug wraps and filled the coffee mugs with pencils, finger nail files, paper sissors, just small inexpensive things. I was just looking at the site with free purse patterns and found a zipper change purse I think I will make. Looks easy and if they don't like it they can give them away. Oh, ya, last year I gave them a small credit card holder. Told them if they didn't want them to put a gift card in it and give it to someone. I don't have family to make things for anymore and I still like to make small things for x-mas. I hope they like the things I make but I get more fun out of making them and giving them away. What happens after that, I don't really care.

Ardelle Coult 09-01-2012 01:50 PM

Where did you find the lighted musical ornaments.....sounds like something my family would like!

QultingaddictUK 09-01-2012 04:01 PM

I think this is a wonderful pattern for some lovely Christmas gifts, http://www.ttfabrics.com/patterns/do...n%20Layout.pdf I hope you agree as most of my class are making them for family members for the pressies.

Everose 09-01-2012 05:58 PM

Thanks for all the great ideas. I am making a quilt for DD and her boyfriend, plus holiday pillowcases. I will be making "Spicy Swirl" in holiday colors for lots of the other people on my list. 50 pair (so far I have 45 pair done) of pillow cases for the Indian reservation near here and raspberry jam. No ideas yet for Mom or Dad.

Yarn or Fabric 09-03-2012 03:29 AM

For the kids' teachers I will be making some quilted or sewn baskets (I haven't decided which tutorial to use yet) and fill them with some school supplies or edibles depending on how well I know the teacher...
For family, probably table runners, placemats or wall hangings. For my immediate family I'm hoping to make them each a quilt. Yeah, I know. That probably won't happen! I try to make my quilts double sided so that will be 6 tops to make, not 3..!

betty jo 09-03-2012 05:26 AM


Originally Posted by Neesie (Post 5483165)
Those are beautiful! Where did you find the pattern?

I went to the above site but could not pull up any instructions...any suggestions????

Jennifer 09-03-2012 05:57 AM

This will be the first year I gift quilts to anyone. Typically I just make them and like them so much that I keep them, but this year I had quite the stack of tops going. So I have decided that if I am to gift any quilts they will be the ones that need quilting. Incentive to get the stack of tops manageable without the crazy of making more and adding to the pile. I do worry that they may not like them, but beggers can't be choosers. You asked for a quilt and forgot to tell me what colors and such so it then became my choice.... right.

marscrafter 09-04-2012 10:19 AM

I'm not making anything quilted for my father in law, since he appreciates practical gift baskets more. So, he is receiving a gift basket full of useful toiletry items. My last gift to him ended up on his couch for the dog to sleep on. LOL

My aunts are getting throw quilts, because they like quilts. One is currently in progress with a bunch of stars for the pattern.

My husband's cousin is getting married in the new year, so I'm thinking about making a quilt with their wedding details embroidered in mostly white. If I don't have the time to get that going, then I may cross-stitch a wedding picture.

I may make some small table runners for coworkers, or possibly a mug rug.

My husband and kids each have their own quilts already, so they will get something else.

terri bb 09-04-2012 10:37 AM

i have no clue! i am working up placemats, table runners, potholders, etc, for a Christmas craft fair, hopefully i will have a pocket full of green for christmas! hubby and son both need quilts, i just need to get to working on them as well!

sewbeadit 09-04-2012 04:57 PM

I don't have a clue, but some of the ideas on this thread are really good, so may take some of them up to do.

Calico Grammy 09-04-2012 05:47 PM

As always~~~~quilters have the best ideas!!! Thanks everyone!

debcavan 09-04-2012 06:52 PM

One of the most loved things I have made are the microwave bowls. There is a tute. You put them around the bowl before you put the bowl in the microwave. It is like a potholder already around it. if you aren't eating at the table, it helps you hold the bowl and not burn your hands. It also keeps the food warm longer. And if you are eating at a table, it is nice to have on a dish that passes to make it easier.

I have only had one problem giving them as gifts. I gave ONE to a family with TWO children and the children fought over it. This is my husband's favorite thing of all the things I have ever made. I have given away over 20 and have a lot of people on my list yet. And those I have given them to want more. Each member of the family seems to want their own

Boston1954 09-05-2012 05:41 AM

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The puppy in the bathtub is for my husband. The butterfly is for my sister. The placemats for for a friend. Working on a quilt with teddy bears for my sister. That's not done yet.

dd 09-05-2012 06:02 AM

Potholders have been requested. My daughter wants PJ pants and my grandson is getting flannel pjs. Haven't decided on anyone else. Since I got fired, I should have plenty of time to work on them, right?

Quiltshaker 09-05-2012 06:39 AM

Last Christmas I was sorry that I hadn't made myself some Christmas pillowcases, therefore, I think that's going to be my choice for gifts......maybe a couple table runners too.

sewnsewer2 09-05-2012 10:00 AM

Boston 1954 those are really nice!


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