Suggestions for Quilt or Sewing Secret Santa Swaps

It is that time of year. Not long much longer until Christmas will be here. It is also the time of year to sign up for Secret Santa Swaps. These are always so much fun. Here is a list of suggestions for gifts.

1. Fragrant votive candles
2.Cover and decorate a notebook, address book or journal
3.Make a quilted name tag for a guild member
4.Fat Quarters
5.Make a Quilted Pin
6.Fabric Charms
7.Make a small notions bag
8.Make a potholder
9.Make a needle case
10.Make some quilt labels
11.Make a pincushion
12.”recycle” a gently used book
13.Share some favorite recipes
14.Share some cute buttons
15.Chocolate (sugar free for those with dietary restrictions)
16.Make a vibration reducing mat for under her sewing machine
18.Make a small paper pieced gift
19.Make a booklet of your favorite quilt related sayings
20.Give a 1X6 ruler
21.Make a tissue holder
22.Yummy coffee or tea packets
23.Quilty magnet
24.Quilty jewelry
25.Make a quilt pattern book from freebies on the net put into a binder
26.Make a tote bag
27.Put together a small stitchery kit
28.Frame a quilt card or post card
29.Create a quilt block and name it after her
30.Give a needle assortment
31.Send her a list of your favorite quilting tips
32.Make a key chain
33.Make an easy table mat or table runner
34.Send them a fabric marking pencil
35.Make a bookmark
36.Make a thread cutter necklace
37.Make a pillowcase from fun fabrics
38.Make a set of place mats
39.Make some coasters
40.Send a favorite lip balm
41.Give a spool of variegated thread
42.Give purse sized oil free hand lotion
43.Make a quick fusible applique quilt
44.Make a seat cushion
45.Decorate a film canister for storing used needles
46.Send a whole yard of fabric
***and some that Tina thought of as well:
Make an apron
Send a 1/4″ ruler
Trim some towels with a pieced strip design
Make a Quilted Christmas ornament
Make a thread catcher bag with a weighted pin cushion
Make a small wall hanging
Send a scissor/rotary cutter Charm
Send black embroidery floss(great for buttonhole stitching on applique)
Make a pieced throw pillow covering
Make a cd of your favorite Christmas songs

Do you have any ideas to add to the list? I wanna here them.

Baby Jacob’s Quilt

I made a baby quilt for my online friend Melzie. She is having her 4th boy. God Bless her. Three is plenty for me. I mailed it to her Monday. She let me know she received it and everyone loves it. I haven’t posted a picture yet because I wanted her to see it in person first. They always look nicer in person.


Here is the back. I used a Noah’s Ark fabric. I have like 4 yards of it. I found it at a thrift store for really cheap a few years back. I love using it on the back of baby quilts.


Easy Black and White Quilt Pattern

I don’t know about you but I have always wanted to make a quilt with just black and white prints. I designed this pattern with a person in mind. She likes contemporary quilts. This pattern is great for two color quilts. It might even look good scrappy.

Black and White

DOWNLOAD: Easy Black and White Quilt Pattern (PDF)

Recovered Car Seat

Our car seat has been used for two children 5 years apart in age. It has seen better days. I took it out of the van this past weekend to wash it. The cover is made out of a woven gray and black plaid material. It was starting to fray and coming apart from so much use. I took it out of the dryer at 10:30pm Friday evening. It was awful. I clipped all the strings that were coming apart. I knew if I let it go it was only going to get worse. So I got out a piece of thin white polyester blend that I had. I laid it on top of the part I wanted to cover and traced an outline of it. I cut it out and then pinned it to the piece of material I was going to use. When I cut out the pattern I added a 1/2 inch seam allowance for turning under. I basically appliqued it on. Now this was not an easy feet. I used the quilting machine. I started with the walking foot and didn’t get far. The feet where getting caught on the back. I then switched to the darning foot. It worked much better. It took me two hours and this is finished product.


You can kind of see the other material at the top of the seat.

Friendship Bag Swap

Here are two friendship bags I made today using Rachel’s Tutorial. The one on the right I am keeping. I sewed the lining in backwards. I seam ripped it and ended up sewing it in backwards again. I know…I laughed too after I screamed. I did manage to learn from that lesson and get the second bag right. I am mailing it off to my partner after I finish a bigger bag that I am making her too. Andrew seems to like my little bag. He has been carrying it around. It is just his size. I think I will make him one out of boy material. Boys can have tote bags too. LOL. DSC07970


He thinks he is getting ready to get yelled at for having Mommies bag. Do you think he gets told no a lot?


Sewing Away…

I have been fortunate enough to be able to find time to sew over the last week. I have made quite a few items. Here is a burp cloth to match the bibs I made for Brandy.


This is a skirt I made for Emily. I was supposed to have it done before school started. But late is better than not at all.


I made this table runner a while ago and never got around to sandwiching it. I quilted it and now it is waiting for its binding.


DSC07991This is the back. I used red thread on the back too. I think it looks pretty nice against the black and white fabric.


I also made a baby quilt for my blog friend Melzie. I’m  not going to show a picture until I know she has it. I am mailing it out this week.

Joshua’s Soccer Game on 9/12/09

We had a blast at the soccer game on Saturday. It was the first one for the fall season. He played against his best friend Moses’ team. It was hard not cheering for both teams. Joshua scored the only goal of the game. Andrew wanted to go out on the field and play so bad. Poor little guy.


I love how everyone is in motion in this shot. Moses is in the white shirt in the middle.