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!!