Here's a fun and easy way to enjoy see your artistic friends, enjoy some delicious treats, and get some gift-making done in the process.
|Make these beautiful necklaces with re-sized
images of your fiber art.
You could win a kit if you leave a comment below.
First, choose an easy gift to make with a group. If you're inviting 2-4 friends and enough space, you could make a small quilted gifts like mug rugs, pincushions, or a fabric bracelet. With a larger crowd, you'll want to choose easy handmade gifts that your guests can create in a small space.
I have just the project for a larger party: our Gifts for Quilters: Easy Necklace Kit. Have your guests bring pre-sized and printed images of their favorite quilt art. Then have them choose jewelry findings from the kit and assemble necklaces that turn their artwork into a pendant. You can make 16 necklaces from one kit. The kits make great gifts for quilters (hint, hint).
Of course, you will want to serve refreshments at your holiday gift-making party. I recommend this easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth Dutch butter cookies from Quilting Arts Managing Editor Rose DeBoer. This recipe is included in Quilting Arts Holiday, along with other favorite sweet and savory recipes from our contributors.
Grandma's Butter Cookies
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. flour
1. Pre-heat overn to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together.
3. Add flour and baking soda. Mix well.
4. Roll into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
5. Chill for 10 minutes. Press with a fork.
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
|Grandma's Butter Cookies from Rose DeBoer, perfect
for a gift-making party (or to give as a homemade gift).
If hosting a party isn't your thing, I have one more suggestion for getting your holiday quilting/gifts done, or at least a great way to gather handmade gift ideas. A blog hop with the contributors to Quilting Arts Holiday magazine. Each will have a technique, giveaway, or some inspiration to share.
We're kicking off the hop with a giveaway of our own: an Easy Necklace Kit, a Beaded Snowflake Kit, a 2 yards of Pellon interfacing and a copy of Holiday so you can make Village Houses (directions in the magazine). All these projects are featured in Quilting Arts Holiday.
NOTE: The blog hop and giveaways have come and gone, but please visit these artists to be inspired by their wonderful artwork:
Saturday, September 13, Lyric Kinard
Sunday, September 14, Claude Larson
Tuesday, September 16, Lori Miller
Wednesday, September 17, Melanie Testa and Liz Kettle
Thursday, September 18, Susan Brubaker Knapp,
Friday, September 19, Lisa Chin
Saturday, September 20, Sarah Ann Smith
Sunday, September 21, Catherine Redford
Have a good time, and don't forget to leave a comment!
The giveaway winners are: Catskill Quilter, BJRI, and jodian22, Congratulations!
We hope you all had fun. Please visit the Quilting Daily Shop to see all our Holiday Kits.