Tag: handmade quilt gifts

Small Quilted Gifts: An Aviary of Ornaments

It’s mid-August, and like every dedicated crafter I know, I’m already thinking of making handmade gifts for my friends and family this holiday season. I’m lucky to have a very large extended family: just one sister, but six sisters in law, six nieces, and a handful of close friends I consider my “sisters” despite no…

Easy Quilted Gifts: Potholders with Pizazz

The last time I visited my sister and brought her a small quilted gift: a potholder. We have a joke between the two of us that nearly every hand made gift we give one another is made of fabric. In the past year alone, we’ve exchanged tote bags, tea towels, and tablecloths. I’m sure it…

Sew & Quilt Handbags: 5 Projects to Make

During the hot days of summer, some days the prospect of sewing a quilt top just sounds, well, hot. My desire to sew is still at full capacity, but having a quilt top, or even a quilt sandwich, covering my legs for hours on end doesn’t sound so appealing. I’ve come to the conclusion that…

Pillow Talk: Gifting Quilted Pillows

My adult children and I still exchange gifts at the holidays. This past year, I really wanted to make each of them something special but I really did not leave myself enough time to make each of them a quilt. What else might they like and use? Think, think, think … Then I remembered Shayne…

Quilt Gifts: Easy Gift Card Wallets

Making handmade gifts, especially quilt gifts, are my favorite. Whether it’s for the holidays, birthdays, or special occasions, I enjoy giving something I’ve made with love. Unfortunately, my aspirations and time management don’t always allow for extravagant handmade gifts for everyone on my list. When that’s the case (or when I’ve started my projects too…

Tips for Making Quilt Gifts: Mini Mitten Coasters

There’s no denying it, I love making quilted gifts. This delight has been fostered by my family of makers who appreciate the time and love that goes into creating handmade gifts. I can’t get enough of the elation I feel when I find the perfect project (that I also have time to make) for someone…

Top 10 Thanksgiving Quilt Patterns

Thanksgiving is more than a meal shared with family or friends. Just as the name implies, it’s the time to thank and to give. In honor of this favorite holiday, I’ve gathered ten quilt patterns for host and guest I think are the perfect additions to any Thanksgiving celebration: 1. Casserole Cover Keep your green…

Quilting Basics: How to Hand Tie a Quilt

Learning how to hand tie a quilt is a skill every quilter should learn. Even though I don’t often use this quilting technique, it’s handy to have in the technique toolbox–especially for finishing small handmade quilts in a pinch. Oftentimes quilters will shy away from tying a quilt because it doesn’t wash as well as…

Easy Quilting Gifts to Make and Give

Now that Thanksgiving is just one week away, I’m realizing my plan to make quilted gifts before December hasn’t come into fruition as I’d hoped. Sound familiar? If you’re like me, it’s time to start looking for quick quilting gifts to make and give. As a visual learner, I’ve found I can pick things up…