Christmas Gift Exchange

Christmas is almost here, and like everyone else, we are getting ready.

Last Saturday we had the potluck lunch at the Guild in MIllarville, and our Christmas Gift Exchange.  This year we had to make a fabric bag and I had a lot of fun with it.

To make it a bit different, I quilted the fabric first, trimmed the square to 12″, closely zig-zagged the edges and then continued with the pattern as instructed.  Afterwards, I decided to embellish the flaps.  A few days before I started working on the fabric box, I watched the DMTV video by Laura Kemshall about the embellished Motto little pillows, and I loved the idea, so I decided to adapt the idea to the box.

Below are some photos of the result:

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I used different elements for the four sides, but used circular elements in each to keep it balanced, plus the same bead as filler.  The edges were done using a blanket stitch with a larger bead.

Look at the table with a grouping of all the lovely boxes the ladies made!  Aren’t they beautiful?  I wanted them all.

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They were all filled with sewing supplies.  If you are wondering what was in the one I made:  6 fat quarters of fabric:  3 batiks in reds, oranges and yellows plus 3 solids to match, 3 spools of thread, one skein of hand-dyed thread, samples of different battings, and a pattern for a zipped pouch.

We had a fun time with the boxes moving around the table Left or Right at the rhythm of a poem read by Jen.  Karen was the happy recipient of the box I made.  Enjoy!

I am now in the midst of quilting a new quilt.  Would like to finish it before the end of January so I can take it with me when I travel to Fort Smith for a few days of teaching classes, but I keep changing my mind on what I’d like to do so it is going to take a little longer than anticipated.  Oh, well, no sense in trying to fight creativity!  :-)

I have a major project for the holidays:  I am looking at updating and moving my blog.  I will keep you posted on how that is going as I have a lot to learn to make it happen.

In the meantime, I hope everyone is keeping happy and productive.  Keep quilting!

Ana

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