After a few too many crazy weekends, I’m looking forward to two entirely plan-free days (well, almost) during which I plan on doing nothing but sew. You see, there’s no denying it any longer: it’s time to start on holiday gifts—and not just thinking about them, but actually executing. Fortunately, I hardly lack inspiration since I’m surrounded by sewing and quilting projects all day long, many of which are quick, easy, and ideally suited for gift giving.
Here’s my plan—and I'm sharing it with all of you so I’m even more motivated to get it done:
· A couple of Margarete Steinhauer’s “Jewelry Totes” from the latest Quilting Arts Gifts. I love these little bags. They’re exactly the sort of thing that I would hope to find waiting for me under the tree, and I certainly have friends and family who will agree.
· Susan Brubaker Knapp’s “Door Organizer” from International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene. Let's just say I have several compulsively organized friends who I’m sure would appreciate a beautiful way to keep their lives in order. Come to think of it, I could probably use one myself since I'm always misplacing my cell phone these days.
· Kathy Mack’s “12-Pocket Colored Pencil Roll” from the premiere issue of Studios, included in our latest free e-Book as well. I’m personally more inclined to use a needle and thread, but I have a sister who loves to draw and paint and I can’t think of a better gift for her.
This may be slightly ambitious since I couldn't resist agreeing to a night of dancing with my girlfriends, I should probably catch up on sleep, and my apartment is in desperate need of cleaning—still, I love the idea of holing up in my sewing room, digging through my fabric stash, and preparing for the holidays. Plus, when it comes to sewing and quilting, I usually manage to make the time. I suggest you find a few of your favorite Quilting Arts projects and do the same!
Check back on Monday to see how it goes—and let me know what you're up to this weekend!