Thursday, November 20, 2014

'Twas The Night - My Day

Today's my day to share some ideas for quick Christmas gifts so if you're here via the Twas The Night Blog Hop, welcome to the end of the dirt road!

                               Twas the night....Marlene has the schedule
Thank you Madam Samm from Sew We Quilt for all you do to inspire us throughout the year and a special thanks goes out to Marlene from Stitchin' By The Lake for organizing all the details and emails that kept us all on track - your time and dedication and patience is truly appreciated!

I've already added many a project to my gift making list and I hope you've found inspiration as well these past couple of weeks. And now I get to share what Cathy from Cate's Linens ,  made for me. I  received this darling set of  a snack mat



and a mug rug,

just perfect for adding a bit of Christmas cheer to my stitching time in the evenings! I'm all about nibbling on a good cookie while enjoying a good mug of hot tea and now I'll smile and think of sweet Cathy every time I look at this pretty set. Thank you so much, Cathy for your thoughtful gift!


To see what I made, hop on over and visit  Thearica at Pig Tales and Quilts . I sure did have fun putting her package together and what I made for her is one of my favorite gifts to make. And a little birdie told me that Thearica is having a birthday today so y'all be sure and wish her a happy birthday when you pop over there! Happy Birthday Thearica!! May your day be extra special!

 I wanted to share a few other projects that I've made in the past that are quick to put together.

It seems my go to gift these past few years has been these potholders originally found at Deanna's over at Wedding Dress Blue. Here's the link to her tutorial for the string pieced potholders.


 I've lost count, but I'm fairly certain I am in the neighborhood of making 50 sets of these potholders and just when I think I've made all I'm going to make, I get requests for more!

The same thing has happened with these Reindeer Whoppers:


I've been making these for nigh on 20 years and every year I tell myself I am NOT making any more and then every year I end up making yet another herd.

I mean honestly, how can I NOT make them for just about everyone at the sale barn this year?! You know those cattlemen will get a kick out of them, whether they admit it or not. In fact, now that I've written that, I think I ought to start hoarding Whoppers and making reindeer because I just found out that we have to take something for the Safari Club Christmas Party too.

And last year I made a dozen of these pretty snowflakes.


Well, I didn't actually make them, my sewing machine did. If your machine has embroidery capabilities, these are a fun project they take a lot of thread, but I think they turn out so pretty. They are nice additions to packages and trees.

And then for the finishing touch, these bags from Jeni over at  In Color Order  , are a great quick project. I've made a couple dozen of these as well and there are more to be made because I keep giving them away.


I often give a set of potholders in a matching bag as a gift:



Here are the the rest of my fellow bloggers rounding out today's schedule.

Friday, Nov. 21

Whew! That was a fun hop! Thank you Madam Samm and Marlene! Now I had better get to making some of these gifts instead of just writing about them! Thank you again for popping in!

62 comments:

Nancy said...

What lovely gifts! How on earth do you find time to make them?

Judy B said...

Your projects are perfect! The snowflakes are beautiful. Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays!!

Thearica said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the gifts you sent to me! I have the wreath hanging on my door as we speak! or as I type. :)

The chocolate was gone in a day! Hubby's fault! and I will use the snowflake on my grandsons tree as we will be there this year.

Your projects for the hop are fabulous! Love those Reindeer Whoppers! Such fun!!

Thank you for the birthday wishes and for telling everyone to wish me a happy day. Hubby will take me to dinner or lunch and most likely the rest of the day will be spent quilting. :)

Corrie said...

Hot pads make the greatest gifts. Cute fabrics. I know some people that would love those reindeer. Happy Holidays!

Gmama Jane said...

I'm in love with all your SO CUTE gift items!! I plan on making some of those bags! Is there a tutorial on YouTube?
Merry Christmas
Gmama Jane

Anita said...

Lovely gifts! I especially like the snow flakes hanging in the tree. Thanks for sharing.

Mdm Samm said...

beautiful gifts and even more so your ideas were scrumptious....lovely festive in every way

Baa. xxx said...

Reindeer whoppers - so cool!

Theresa said...

Lovely gifts received and made. The potholders with a matching bag is a great combo. Herd of reindeer...to cute.

Happy Room Diana said...

love the reindeers, do you have the instructions for them on your blog?

charlotte said...

What a wonderful lot of gift ideas. Love those reindeer! Great mug rugs from Cathy too!

Shari said...

Pretty gifts...those reindeer are a hoot! I simply cannot picture making so many of one thing...then again I love to knit dishcloths LOL

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Thanks for the great gift ideas; you made and received some wonderful things. Those reindeer are so adorable!

Vickie said...

Your gift from Cate was thoughtful and sweet ! Your pot holders and bags are great gifts...lucky people at the sale barn ! The snowflakes are pieces of art Karin !!

Joyce Carter said...

Good morning. You have made some really cute things. I love the bags and the potholders. I also love the idea of putting the potholder in the bag to give as a gift. This is going on my list of things to do so thank you for this idea and thank you foe sharing.

Jeanie said...

Cute set of gifts from Cathy... enjoy! And my.... you don't just make one item....you make dozens. Love all of the great ideas! Merry Christmas!

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a sweet gift from Cathy - and a useful one! I love having a cookie and a cup of tea in the evening while I'm stitching so if you're like me it will definitely be used! And those reindeer faces - too cute! blessings, marlene

Mary Ann said...

Wow, what a great set of ideas. Love the little reindeer. They are darling. Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy your holidays.

Dorian said...

A pretty gift set you received Karin. And some great gift ideas. I love Whoppers, but I really would NOT want them to come out of a reindeer ;) LOL Love those snowflakes.

Doris Rice said...

You received some nice gifts and made some very lovely ones too. I love the snowflakes. I'd be interested in know how you did those.

Carol said...

Such a sweet gift from Cathy! You've shared some wonderful gift ideas...love them all!

BarbCarol said...

Okay, I give up...what are whoppers? They ARE cute. I really need to get busy with potholders. I have two grungy ones left. Love your and will look up the link for them. Thanks. Have a very Happy Holiday Season.

krislovesfabric said...

Great gifts, love the ideas in this hop :)

krislovesfabric said...

Great ideas in this hop...lovely gifts :)

Margie said...

Great gifts, and potholders are always nice!!

Lovelli Quilts said...

I love your snowflakes, they are so pretty on your tree. I also like your pot holders and bags.

Carla said...

Great gifts for everyone! You were spoiled nicely and then look at all the gifts you've made. Love the snowflakes and putting a couple potholders in a matching bag.

Linda said...

You can never have too many pot holders, right? Great little gift idea!
Love the little reindeer and those snowflakes are gorgeous!

Leanne Parsons said...

Great ideas! I especially love the snowflakes.

madebymeinred said...

Holy cow! Well I should say holy reindeer. You are a real "making machine." Yes, handmade potholders are hot gifts and yours are delightful.

Calicojoan said...

Wonderful snack mats! Oh how I love those Reindeer Whoppers. Just a change of their antlers and they are moose! Oh how my mind is spinning!

LOL!!

Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty snowflakes.

Kwilt Krazy said...

Such cute gifts! Love the reindeer too.

Needled Mom said...

The gifts are all wonderful. I need some of those good looking potholders. Mine look so awful!

Wendy said...

very pretty bags and the potholders are always a wonderful gift to give and receive. thank you so much for sharing today!

toniaconner said...

The snack matts from Kathy are cute, nice gift. I love the idea of the pot holder with the bag. I will use that one. But yours are almost too pretty to use.
Iv'e started following you, I am interested in how you make it in running a spread that size and with family but still manage to sew. You put me to shame.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Such cute gifts from Cathy. Isn't it amazing how Christmas fabrics instill the holiday spirit in us?? Love your "herd" and I bet they are easier to wrangle than the cows!

Happy Thanksgiving, Karin, and thanks for the Christmas inspiration!!!!

Cathy said...

My goodness you are talented! I`m glad you liked the snack mat and mug rug. You displayed them really well. Love the machine embroidered snowflakes. I picked out lots of ideas from the projects you shared. Thank you for sharing.
Cathy

sew.darn.quilt said...

Nice gifts given and great ideas :)

Katherine said...

Wonderful gift ideas! Those Reindeer Whoppers are delightful and I'm smitten with your thread snowflakes. Thanks so much for sharing!

Enjoy those special gifts from Cate!

Janarama said...

You have some great ideas for quick and easy gifts. I need to make some new potholders for myself. The ones I have are getting a little shabby looking. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

CeLynn said...

The set of mug rugs/snack mats are a very pretty gift!(I love useful gifts)!
Your reindeer whoopers are just too stinking cute! They look kind of like giant pom poms with faces and ears. Draw string bags are a favorite go to gift of mine. Yours are beautiful.

Createology said...

Lovely gifts received and created. I can see why your potholders, reindeer and snowflakes are so popular. Thank you sew very much for participating and swapping/hopping. Creative T'Was the Night Bliss...

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Pot holder crazy, thanks for sharing all the fun.

Amy said...

I love your sweet little snowflakes hanging from the tree. Just beautiful! Love the wreath that you sent to Thearica. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Scrapatches said...

You are sew busy making all these wonderful gifts! You heart is brimming with Christmas giving. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

Jane's Quilting said...

Such adorable mug rugs and placemats....I love the Reindeer! !

Cindy said...

Lovely gifts you received. You made lots and lots of things! Wow. Here I thought I was all good making one drawstring bag (using the same pattern as you did...love it) and you made 10!!! On top of all the others. Way to go. There are going to be many happy people in your life.

Lavern Bevers said...

Really neat thoughtful presents!

LJ said...

The potholders are a lovely idea and always useful. I love your drawstring bags and the snowflakes are so festive.

Julia Plunkett said...

Beautiful snowflakes! Lovely ideas for gifts. Thanks for sharing.

Denise :) said...

What a fun-filled post! I can't for the life of me figure out how you have time to do all you do quilty-crafty wise, and still do all the *other* things you do! You're amazing!! :)

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Snowflakes are just gorgeous! Now, what are those Whopper reindeer? I looked up close but couldn't figure them out. Come on...spill! Thanks for the fun post :)

Patty D from NC said...

Those snowflakes are amazing! Just love them.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your snowflakes are gorgeous, and so are the rest of your ideas.

Mara said...

That's a lot of potholders and reindeer whopper bags!

Quilt n Queen said...

Lovely gifts received and lovely gifts you give. Thanks for sharing your quick and easy gift ideas!! Happy Holidays!!

the girlfriend gap said...

You have been a good little elf. Love the snowflakes hanging in your trees. Thanks for sharing your Christmas blessings. Janita

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Wow you have been very busy, great gifts, thanks for sharing!
The gifts you recived are very nice too!

Leah said...

Such wonderful projects! Lovely inspirations!

Brandy Pettit said...

Your gifts are so beautiful! I love the idea of the set of potholders in the bag, I will have to do that. Thank you for sharing all your ideas, the snowflakes are gorgeous!
~Brandy

evelyn said...

Great gifts given and received. I love your potholders and matching bag. Merry Christmas

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