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Gift Sewing Madness – Day 3

Happy Tuesday!

I had another productive sewing day today!

Decorating kitchen towels and making potholders are another favorite gift item I like to make. This year I decided to give everyone the same set — time wise it was best for me.

Christmas 2018 Towels Group

Christmas 2018 Gift Towel Set


The towels are 16 inches wide,  I band them with a 5.5 inch strip of fabric and half inch grosgrain ribbon. I love the modern and whimsical embroidery designs.  The ornament design I purchased from Planet Applique – everything else I created myself. Now that I have time I’m finally learning how to use my digitizing/embroidery software!

Christmas 2018 Towels

Christmas 2018 Kitchen Towels


The floating star potholder is my go to design when I need quick.  I love it because I never loose my star points! It is commonly called “the dandy star”.  A simple nine patch arrangement.  To make one star block you need

  • eight (8) 3.5 inch squares of background fabric,
  • one (1) 3.5 inch square print fabric for  star center
  • eight (8) 2.0 inch squares print fabric for star points
    • use the stitch and flip method to create the star points
  • layout
  • sew together

I added a pocket to the back of one of the potholder.  The potholders measure 9 inches square.

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Christmas 2018 Potholders FB

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Lastly a gift for my youngest son…he graduated from University of Michigan in 2006, played football while there and is a BIG BIG Michigan fan! He has a really cute tree on his dining room table with all kinds of Michigan ornaments — so I made a table runner for the tree!  I’m sure it will be a surprise 🙂

Christmas 2018 Michigan TR

2018 Michigan Half Hexie Christmas Tree


Christmas 2018 Michigan CU

Christmas 2018 Michigan CU


Linking with Linky Tuesday at Freemotion By The River.

Until next time – Happy Sewing!







Gift Sewing Madness – Day 2

Happy Thursday!

I started sewing early this morning because today is “Date Night” and I need to make an unscheduled trip to the hair salon! This week we are doing dinner and theater!  Our local community theater is excellent – tonight’s musical is “Nunsense”!

I made this table runner earlier this fall for son#1 and his family.  It is a half hexie Christmas tree — one of the popular Jenny Doan tutorials.  I’d made a similar one a few years ago and my DIL loved it.  I had plenty fabric left over so I made one for them.

Christmas 2018 Hexi TR

Christmas 2018 Hexi TR

Today I made matching placemats, using the Fat Quarter Shop Pocketed Placemat video tutorial. It is a great pattern and very easy to make.  Each placemat measure 12 x 18 inches, you start with any 12.5 inch unfinished quilt block add borders and a pocket – and voila you’re finished with the top.  No binding — YAY!!

I machine appliqued a tree onto a 12.5 background square. I used a small blanket stitch with metallic thread. My photos aren’t great but the backing fabric with the Reindeer is sew cute!

Christmas 2018 Hexi Reindeer Mats

Christmas 2018 Hexi Reindeer Mats

Christmas 2018 Hexi Mat Front

Christmas 2018 Reindeer Front

Christmas 2018 Hexi Mat Back

Christmas 2018 Reindeer Back



I laid the entire ensemble out on my floor…..

Christmas 2018 Hexi Tree

Christmas 2018 Half Hexi Christmas Tree



Happy Sewing!


Gift Sewing Madness

Happy Wednesday!

We had a great time traveling up north for Thanksgiving. It was great visiting family and eating delicious food!  The cold weather however did not agree with me – I have been sick the past week.  Today is the first day I haven’t had all day coughing spells and getting out of bed wasn’t a chore.

I was happy and grateful to spend all day at my sewing machine!  Like many of you I have many holiday gifts/projects to finish and not enough time! 🙂

Place mats and table runners are my go to gifts for family — I try to have them finished early  so they can use them during the holiday season.

My girl friend requested place mats with multi colored (warm colors) poseys.  I found the fabric in the clearance section at JoAnn’s.  I love how they turned out!

Autumn 2018 modern posey placemat

2018 modern posey placemat

2018 posey placemats

2018 posey placemats


We took our young grandsons to see  The Grinch movie over Thanksgiving. They loved it. When I saw this fabric I had to make a set of place mats for them to remember us!

Christmas 2018 Grinchmas FB

Christmas 2018 Grinchmas

Christmas 2018 Grinchmas Front Cu

Christmas 2018 Grinchmas


I actually started this last set of QAYG place mats before Thanksgiving. My daughter loves bling!  I found a jelly roll that had several pieces of fabric with metallic threads.

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P Front

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P Front

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P FB

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P FB

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P Back

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P Back


Linking with Connie at Freemotion By The River!

Day 1 of Gift Sewing madness has ended ….hopefully I will be as productive tomorrow!

Happy Sewing!










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