Four Easy Quilted Gifts in One Weekend

23 Nov 2009

Well, it may have been at the expense of far more practical chores—cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.—but I managed to accomplish my somewhat excessive sewing goals this weekend! Yes, all three projects are complete—and each one was so much fun to make.

First of all, Margarete Steinhauer’s “Jewelry Totes” from the latest Quilting Arts Gifts. Turns out, there's nothing to them. Aside from the fact that I always do battles with my sewing machine over buttonholes, these little bags are really a pleasure to sew. It's amazing that the construction is so simple, but the finished product seems so snazzy.

The same is true of Susan Brubaker Knapp's "Door Organizer" from Quilt Scene--uncomplicated, but totally gratifying. I'm not the most experienced free motion quilter, so this was a great way to practice.

Finally, Kathy Mack's pencil roll from the first issue of Studios, and our latest free e-book. Let's just say that I may have been working on this until rather late last night so some of the pockets are a tad slanted—but hey, it still works, and I doubt it's the sort of thing that anyone will notice but me.

(It turns out, my stash consists of a lot of polka dot fabrics so you may notice a theme...)

As I'm sure many of you will agree, some quality time at the sewing machine can be very calming; a lovely way to pass a weekend. It's also rather gratifying to have gotten through four of this year's Christmas gifts while spending only $1.50 on satin cord (which, according to the guy at my local fabric store, is called rat tail—is this news to anyone else?) These little stash-busting projects are wonderful like that.

Good luck to everyone else who's engaging in some holiday sewing. Keeps us updated with what you're working onand don't be surprised if I report back soon with additional completed projects! I tend to go into factory output mode this time of year.


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on 23 Nov 2009 6:44 AM

Nice work Pippa!

Laura54 wrote
on 23 Nov 2009 7:25 AM

Well done Pippa!

And in italian too  the satin cord is called " codina di topo" that means  little rat tail!

Quilnan wrote
on 23 Nov 2009 8:29 AM

Good for you... goals met! Those are great gifts.

MarisaL@4 wrote
on 23 Nov 2009 5:44 PM

Thank you for the compliment, Pippa. I think those little jewelry bags are great, and i'm going to make some too!

It's funny you mentioned you have chickens, i've heard that keeping chickens is getting really popular, but i found out where i live we're not allowed to keep any. I'm so disappointed!

sha1non wrote
on 26 Nov 2009 2:41 PM

buttonholes-grrr.  I'm so glad quilts don't require them that and darts!

Wonderful gifts, Pippa.