Saturday, November 17, 2012

November Favorite Things

November is a fun time to make little (and sometimes big) things for the people we love. A time to show how grateful we are for all of the ways the world has shown us compassion in the past year, and to prepare us for the gift-giving season around the corner. I know that JoyLyn, Syd, Anna and I are thankful for each of you. For the creativity and originality you bring to class. For feeling like your quilting isn't as good as the rest so that we know we're not alone. For helping each other. For your friendship. Thank you for being a part of our group.

Showcased here are the gifts we displayed in class today. Please be patient as we each update pertinent information for each craft.  If you want to review what we talked about in 2011's gift class, click here.

The tutorial for Anna's easy tissue holder can be found at the Bitty Bits and Pieces blog.

Here are the clear ornaments Kristin showed filled with measuring tapes, buttons or Lego's. Let your imagination run wild. They are inexpensive and often half off at Hobby Lobby. Be sure to check the top opening when choosing your size.

These are a quick easy project from Quiltsmart.  Cell phone pocket purse.
The pattern is printed on the interfacing, & the packet with instructions comes with
enough cord, Velcro & pattern interfacing for 3 bags.  Additional interfacing available by the panel.
Here is a LINK to a video showing you just how easy they really are.

Kristin made this Kindle (or iPad) bag from Kim Walus' The Bookkeeper for Moda Bake Shop. The version is easily changed to whatever size or style you want to create.

JoyLyn made these project bags, a free pattern passed out at Wasatch Front shop Hop.
(Email JoyLyn for the pattern.)

This No-Sew wreath idea was in the Winter 2012 Quilts & more magazine by Better Homes & Gardens.  It requires an 18" wire wreath form, 2 yards total assorted holiday prints, cut with a pinking blade in your rotary cutter @ 1"x6"-8" long.  (I got 4 (6" cuts) & 2 (8" cuts) from each strip.
Tie them onto the wire wreath form.  

Kristin always saves extra quilt blocks to make into mini-quilts as gifts for this time of year. It's also a good idea to use lettering in them. You can review our previous class on lettering in quilts here.

This is a portable pressing table, great for retreats or any other time you need a smaller pressing surface.  This project uses a T.V. tray table, 1-Fat quarter & 1/2 yard of Insul-bright heat resistant fleece interfacing.  Layer the Insul-bright on the tray top the put the fat quarter of fabric.  Pull over the edged & staple to the underneath with a staple gun.
This handy little thing is a hot iron tote which unfolds into a pressing matt.
The pattern comes with enough heat resistant fabric for one tote.  We have additional heat resistant fabric by the yard available for purchase.  Here is the pattern
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This is a dishtowel done with a 2 1/2" strip of fabric, Ric Rac covering the raw edges .
The cell phone covers with quilt designs come from Zazzel

Pin Cushions from Tea Cups & Saucers.  Glue the Tea Cup to the Saucer using
Aleene's Platinum Bond 7800 All purpose adhesive.  Then find a Styrofoam ball which fits into the Tea Cup, cover it with fabric & glue into the Tea Cup.  You can also glue the super strong mini magnets to the bottom of the saucer, hidden by the inner ring.  This will attract pins to the saucer.
You can also make a pouch from sand or walnut shells & glue that into the tea cup.

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