Saturday, March 30, 2013

Christmas Through the Year - March


                                                       

Only by the skin of my teeth do I have something for my Christmas box this month. Honestly, I just finished these about 30 minutes ago. I worked on lots of projects, but nothing for Christmas. I've been so focused on knocking things off of my PHD list, that when I finally came up for air, the month was coming to a close.

At the first of the month, I come out from under my rock to see what everyone else is doing and I make my list. Then, when I poke my head back out and blink a few times, I realize the month has all but passed me by. Thankfully, I can sew under my rock and having Internet access allows me to check in with y'all, but time rushes by as fast under my rock as it does for those of you above ground.

Here's my contribution for March - Rice bags:


I like that the cover is removable for washing:


I used this hay print, that I love, on the back:


I've had rice bags on my list for some time, and finally got a few made for some ranching friends. Here's the tutorial I used. Keep one in the freezer for a cold pack and one out to heat in the microwave for when you need to apply heat. You can add a few drops of essential oil if you'd like, but these are for ranching families and I'm not so sure the men in these families will want lavender scented heating pads so these are unscented. These are about 8 x 10 and perfect for a sore shoulder or back.

And I have one pillowcase to add to my box too:


I have more cut out, just need a few minutes to stitch them up. I'm linking up with Kim over at Lily Patch Quilts for Christmas Through the Year. Last month I was tickled that my name was chosen for the monthly drawing. I won a $50 gift certificate from The FQS! I'm still contemplating what to choose - it's like being in a candy store. SO many wonderful choices! Thank you Kim and FQS! Don't put me in for the drawing this month, but I wanted to link up so I could keep myself on track.

7 comments:

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

My daughter makes the bags, but puts corn in them. Wonderful to tuck under the cover at the foot of the bed as we keep our bedrooms in the low 60's to sleep better. I think that size filled with rice will mold to sore bodies pretty good!!!

Cindy said...

Ooh, like the rice bags! As busy as you are, you seem to get so much sewing done. Kudos to you. Liking the pillowcase too. I LOVE fresh pillowcases and homemade ones are the best......and appreciated!

Deanna said...

Useful. Attractive. Finshed. Well done!

Darlene said...

Way to go!!!!

Ruth B said...

Great job! Done is very good.

Kim said...

Those rice bags make great gifts and I like the fact that you can wash the covers. I love the fun print on your pillowcase. Great projects for your Christmas box. Thanks for linking up with CTTY. Hope to see you next month.

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Love the rice bags, what a great idea and washable too! I could use a couple at home and they'd make nice gifts as well.

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