You know how sometimes when you make one item, you decide to make many and get really carried away? This is what happened when I ended up making the "gift of the season" for me- Double Ended Oven Mitts.
I made myself a set of Christmas mitts just for fun and ended up using them endlessly while doing my Christmas baking, I can attest to the fact that they are wonderful and really work to protect your hands and arms.
The "cat's out of the bag" as they say! Now that all my giftees have opened their gifts, I can share with you what my DIY/Quilted Gift for this Christmas 2016 was. I am sharing photos below:
Download the free pattern if you like here
I hope you are enjoying a little bit of Holiday R & R after all that Christmas Turkey🍗
Happy Thursday 😊
I am so happy to say the last of 52 blocks (one for every week of 2016) is complete! Yeah, some perserverance was needed, especially during the summer holiday months, but I am happy and proud to say all are completed!
The book is shown below and it was excellent with instructions and templates to make all 52 blocks. Now I will work on the "setting"pieces and may post some progress reports on that in the upcoming months.
If you want to try to challenge yourself this year, I recommend the book below. Click on the book to see where to purchase it, on sale for 20% off!
If anyone has been following along and has met the challenge requirements to win the free GIVEAWAY posted here in January of 2016 , please send in the photos of your completed blocks asap!
We hope you are enjoying a happy and safe holiday season!😍
I wish all my fellow sewists and quilters a happy, safe and fun filled Christmas and blessings for all!
xo Robin 🌲🍗⛄️
Stuff your stocking with some sweet new skills! Just in time for your holiday "me" time, ALL Craftsy classes are now $20 or less through Monday 26/12/2016 After all, don't you deserve a little something for spreading all that cheer?
Check out the classes here
I am seriously going to see what classes inspire me and schedule them to watch/take at any time in the New Year.
That's what is great about Craftsy classes, pay for them now but watch them and participate whenever you want!
Merry Christmas to one and all!🌲🌟
The above are just cute little sweet and salty treats that I made recently as an easy Christmas treat for a quilting group I belong to and I also brought them to a recent holiday family event.
They are so fast and easy to make that I wanted to share the recipe with you.
There is still time to run out and get these supplies!
You will need:
Square pretzels (I got mine at the Bulk Barn)
Red M & M's (or smarties)
A cookie sheet
To make them:
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Unwrap a bunch of hershies kisses ( the kids love to help with this)
Lay prezels close together on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet
Place a hersheys kiss in the middle
Put the cookie sheet with these little gems in the oven for only 4 minutes
Remove from the oven and press an M & M in the center (use green M & M's and call them Grinches noses!)
Let them cool, remove from cookie sheets and store in an airtight container
Little kids and "Big Kids" love them!!
Only one left to go ! Next weeks' block is the last one. There is still time to look at the book below and make it your 2017 goal to do a hexi quilt.
Click on the book below its on sale at 20% off!
Christmas present for the sewist in your family and if you are reading this blog post it's likely you!
Happy Wednesday! I hope you are ready for Christmas!🌲🌲🌲
Need a hostess gift? There is no time left for an elaborate project?
Christmas is coming upon us rapidly. Yikes!
The below project is super easy, a very useful gift and it will cost you very little. 4 wee coasters and a nice candle votive wrapped in basket wrap.
All you need is:
Scraps of Batting 4.5 x 4.5
Scraps of Fabric 4.5 x 4.5" square (8 of them for 4 coasters)
A piece of card board 3.75 x 3.75" square
One small votive candle holder ( I got mine at a gift shop for $3.00)
One small votive candle (to match your fabric)
A sewing machine
Thread to match your fabric
How to make them:
1. Make Littte Quilt Sandwiches: Lay batting down on a hard surface, lay fabric on top of the batting with the top fabric and backing fabric right sides together on top of the batting
2. Sew 1/4" around the perimeter of your quilt sandwich, leaving a 1.5" opening for turning.
3. Clip corners and turn your coaster to the right side.
4. Press and top stitch 1/8" from the edge to close your opening and make your square look finished. You can also quilt in the center if you like.
5. Make 3 more
6. Pile all 4 coasters on top of your card board neatly and place a votive candle holder and candle on top (this will support your votive candle)
7. Wrap with basket wrap and secure with curling ribbon
Voila! A very useful and pretty hostess gift made in the "Nick" of time!
Happy Tuesday! Merry Christmas Preparations!🌲
It has snowed and snowed in Waterloo! I have not been as inspired to make snowflake decor for some reason ( I think it is because I am shovelling exhausted!!)
My daughter Katie on the other had has completed a blog post about crochet'ed Snow Flakes she made as part of her window decor. She is currently residing in Kitimat, BC Canada. See photos below:
Recently, It had snowed there a lot!
The link on how to make these gorgeous hand crocheted snow flakes is here
We don't have to "dream of a white Christmas" in Waterloo this year, it will definitely be white!
Stay Warm Everyone!⛄️
Hi everyone, I just wanted to share with you a post from a talented little lady! My daughter! Katie is in BC as some of you know and has no family there so she and her fiance are trying to create some of their own little family of 2 traditions.
The photo below shows the advent calendar she created to enjoy the season with her partner.
Such a great idea. Little gift bags with goodies and each day of December's date on them until Christmas. Also very ambitious, but as she tells me some of the gifts are notes with activities in them -so not so expensive.
I know we only have a few weeks left but would this not be fun for the days until Christmas when you have visitors?
Or use this idea next year for sure!!
Romantic, ambitious, creative, yes that is my Katie.
Enjoy! the link to her website is here
This block was actually the first of 52 that I have completed in 2016 because I love that star in the center! It was the one that inspired me to do others and keep on keepin' on with all the blocks. It holds a special place in my heart!
If you are interested in our Hexagon Quilt Along series check out the book below, complete one block for every week of the year and this could be a New Years Resolution for you in 2017!
Happy Wednesday and have a great day!🌲🌲🌲
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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