OK, I love, love, love Christmas but ever since I started the second job in the candy store (on top of the full time job) I’m having more trouble getting everything I want to do done. So, July is really the time for me to start! But, even in the slow season, I’m working a whole lot so I needed a quick gift that I could craft in a small amount of time. I’m also really big into practical gifts these days. I mean, why not craft something that can be used and loved? So, of course I jumped in when Carol at Just Let Me Quilt offered a reason to push my Christmas crafts to the top of the to-do list! I really, really appreciate everything that our blog hop coordinators due. These blog hops often give me a chance to push being creative to the top of my otherwise too full to do list!
Now, I’m am a keeper of scraps. If you can still sew a 1/4″ seam and have something left…I keep it (much to the dismay of Kathie and Jennifer who are helping me reorganize my space.) So, I went diving in my “crumb bag” and came up with these…Which I crumb pieced together and trimmed to 4.5″ square. I added 1.5″ background squares and stitched on the diagonal. (If you don’t know crumb piecing, google Bonnie Hunter crumb piecing.)
Then I stitched a 1.5×2″ rectangle to two 1.5″ squares to make a top for my ornament…ah ha…see, it is a Christmas something!
Add some 1.5″ strips for background and…
Add one layer of batting and back with the leftover pieces from recovering my ironing board…and quilt as desired (I did organic wavy lines a la Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.)
I roll up my leftover bits of binding and keep them for small projects like this (and occasionally for larger projects with scrappy bindings.)
Now, just one potholder does not a gift make…so, I did a second one with my green crumbs…
I used my tri-recs ruler to cut this 5.5″ tree, added a small trunk and used the same backing and binding….
And there they are! One quick set of potholders that would be great tucked into a little gift bag with one of those “cookies in a jar” sets or some favorite cooking gadgets. Or, you could spend a bit more time and make a matching apron. I’m thinking I’d love to make some reusable gift bags for the holidays and I could see using these as a block for the front of a bag. Now, my sewing helper had a totally different idea of how these work…
I guess they are really flat kitty pillows! Mr. Milo has been helping me a lot today
He’s really good at holding fabric down!
There’s a great group of quilters to see today and I was hoping to share a super cute movie that my google photos generated with my pictures from the Sister’s Quilt Show but it doesn’t seem to be working. I’ll try to get it going on my instagram and add a link if I do. Thanks for dropping in and enjoy your day!