Category Archives: holiday/seasonal

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Furoshiki Follow-Up

This blog is a follow-up to my posting about Furoshiki Fun on November 25th. To read more about my plan to use fabric to wrap my Christmas presents in the manner of Japanese furoshiki wrapping clothes, click here. You will see photos of several different knots to try. First, I needed to cut fabric squares. Mostly, I used holiday batiks from the Batik Paradise Novelties ...

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Yo-Yo Lollipop Christmas Ornament

While doing an internet search, I came across a fun idea on the Sew What’s New website for a Lollipop Christmas Ornament by Crouton Crackerjacks. To view the helpful video tutorial for making the ornament, click here. When you watch the video and read my steps below, you will see some slight variations, but the end result was similar – and very cute! When ...

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Yo-Yo Ornaments

I enjoy making Yo-Yos, so I thought I would “whip up” some Yo-Yo ornaments I saw in a recent issue of Quilter’s World called Quilting for the Holidays. I decided to make two of each while I was at it so I could share some as gifts. Being an avid home cook as well as quilter, I spend a lot of time visiting recipe websites and cooking blogs. The reader’s comments consistently ...

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Gifty Galore Project – 23

I like to save the very quick and easy projects for the tail end of the Gifty Galore season. It seems like a practical thing to do given how little time is left to make last minute gifts, right? So, here is the final project of the year, a lovely Tree Trivet from Stitching and Bacon. The project is made from the collection

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Furoshiki Fun

As Christmas approaches, I have started thinking about wrapping presents with fabric. Each year we throw away so much wrapping paper – what a waste! Please join me as I learn about traditional Japanese wrapping cloths called furoshiki. Japanese Furoshiki For centuries, the Japanese used large squares of fabric called furoshiki (foo-roe-shkee) to bundle up their clothes at public baths or make bags for carrying things. The beautiful square cloths were ...

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Trim the Tree Mini Runner Pattern

Don’t look now, but Christmas is only a few weeks away. How are those gift projects going? I’m always on the lookout for things to make as gifts. The Trim the Tree Mini Runner Pattern by Farmhouse Threads caught my eye for a couple of reasons: I love projects that combine quilting and wool and this seemed like a small enough project I might actually finish it!  ...

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Christmas Candy Ornaments

  I know, I know… it is not even Halloween yet – but it is not too early to start making Christmas decorations! I decided to get an early start with the cute Christmas Candy Ornaments pattern by Cotton Way. The instructions say to layer the top fabric RS up, then batting and a layer of muslin on the bottom. I substituted Solid White for the muslin with ...

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Boo To You!

55883 Boo To You Tis’ the season, don’t ya think? So it’s time to celebrate! I love this time of year when the great trifecta of holidays is upon us! Ideally, these seasonal projects should be ready when the time is near, but it’s my bent to make each special project during the appropriate ...

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Gifty Galore – Project 17

“I Spy” Matching Game This Gifty Galore Project is great for using up those scraps of fabric and batting that we quilters tend to hang on to! When it looked like we might go on a family trip over Christmas I started looking for ideas to keep my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter busy on an airplane.  Pinterest is a great resource for this kind of thing ...

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A Gift Bag Goodbye

I just loved these cute little handmade gift bags by Cotton Way. I thought the “birthday” bag would also make a great Christmas bag using MaryJo’s fabric “Snowed Inn” (which is also available in cozy flannel!! ). The directions are easy and pretty straight forward (as long as you read them right that is-see what not to do below). For some reason I ...

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