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Sewing and cooking are two of my favorite things. In the past, I often found myself searching for pictures and details of projects I have done, without success. So I decided to start documenting my creations. Then my son suggested I add my recipes to the blog so that they are documented also.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year and Finally Those Christmas Gifts

I absolutely love Christmas! One of my favorite things is giving gifts that I have made. I have not been able to post about them lest the recipients were reading the blog. So here is what I made this year.

The first gift that I finished was a Charlie Brown Christmas quilt (twin size) for my oldest son.  He loves Charlie Brown and while I was in Annapolis at a quilt shop back in August, I saw a sample and just had to make this quilt. It was a big hit and he was wrapped in it all Christmas Eve.  I finished early in October which allowed me to start the rest of my gifts.  I also made a table runner from my extra fabric.

I made numerous runners from several different patterns. The first was from a French Braid pattern and I did some embroidery with the embroidery machine to quilt it.  I love Batiks and love the color of these. The colors reminded me of my daughter-in-law so this was made for her dining room.
I also did some 'quilt as you go' runners, actually quite a few.  This first one is made with fabric from a quilt shop in Morgantown, W.V.  I went there to visit my aunt and using my iPhone app Quilt Shops, was able to  locate a nearby shop.  It was a great store and I thought these fabrics would make a great runner for my sister-in-law. 
My daughter needed Christmas pillow covers so I made her 2 from my Christmas fabric scraps (actually I used alot of my best friend's scraps as mine were not enough) plus a table runner just as an added surprise.  She was happy with all the items when I visited her in mid December.  While I visited with her in Baltimore, we went to G Street fabrics and she helped me pick out a few fabrics.  I then went home and made her a table runner out of the fabrics she helped me choose and surprised her on Christmas day with the runner. I made it with small tumbler ruler and am pretty happy with the result.  I think I will buy the large tumbler template now.  She couldn't believe I had time to make it for her.
So for now, just a few more of the runners.  The Zig Zag runner was fun to make and went together easily.  I think the next time I make it, I will try to do the 'quilt as you go' method.
I made a few embroidered towels too.  I found that a nice hostess gift is a personalized tea towel.  I use the linen like towels from Pat Cattan's because they launder pretty nicely.  They also do not need a topper.  For my hand towels I use Apt 9 towels from Kohls and they definitely need a topper when embroidering.

That is all for show and tell for now.  have a good New Years Day!! 


  1. All of your beautiful Christmas gifts are fantastic. There is nothing better than a gift made with such care. Off to have a peek around your blog...J

  2. Judith, thanks for the comments and taking a look at my blog.

  3. I'm somewhat behind catching up on my favorite blogs! Your Christmas projects were fantastic! I absolutely love the Charlie Brown quilt, your runners and the personalized towels...great job on everything!! Your love of sewing and quilting really shines through...Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks Barb. I have been sewing alot already in 2013 but I need to blog more. Honestly my New Years Resolution was to be better at documenting my projects so I had better get to it! I will let you be my inspiration.