Sunday, November 25, 2012

An Early Christmas

Over the mountains and through the wheat fields to brother-in-law's house we went. Dark o'thirty the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we headed east to join hubby's family for our annual early Christmas gathering. Years ago we decided to go the gift-exchange route, so everyone brings a gift, then we draw numbers to decide who picks one first etc. etc.

This year I was so inclined to make my gift, not totally sure how it would go over, but feeling ok that IF I brought my own gift back home I'd be perfectly fine with it. I went really practical and dug into my stack of Brrr! fat quarters, making a couple of quilted potholders reminiscent of those I made my Mom for Mother's Day. Originally inspired by Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio, and still my favorite potholder 'pattern' y-seams and all, they measured about 10" when complete. And with a layer of both cotton batt and Insul-Bright, they'll be functional and study, as well as fun to use.
Of course, one of Jeni's drawstring bags was perfect to gift them in, showcasing the largest scale print in that cherry palette.
Gladly, my gift went over just fine, transferring hands several times, which is a gift-exchange compliment for sure.

Linking up with {sew} Mondern Monday and Fabric Tuesday.

25 comments:

Heather D. said...

Fun!! You're too modest - of course people would want these. :)

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Love these! Where did you get your ties for the bag?

Leanne said...

What a lovely present.

Patchwork and Play said...

They are lovely! And thankfully the recipient thought so too!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Debbie! gift-exchange sounds fun! Your presents are so beautiful! You have made the block so great, not vertical-horizontal, looks good and the bag is wonderful! x Teje

Kiera, It's Sew Kiki said...

What a beautiful gift! Wo wouldn't love to receive those ?!

Heather said...

I love Brr! And practical (yet pretty) gifts for gift exchanges.

Anna said...

Love the pot holders and little bag! What great gifts :) I love functional pretty things.

Lynne said...

Okay so I finally bought that bag pattern this weekend because they are so cute, and your potholders are wonderful. Love the handy little grommet in the corners. Brrr! fabric is just perfect.

Carla said...

Handmade is best : ) Anyone would be glad to receive these.

Julia said...

Lovely potholders and such fun to make!

Nat at Made in Home said...

They are beautiful! I would have loved to receive them!

Lisa C said...

Yippee for you! That is certainly a nice compliment.

Kelly said...

Love those potholders and matchy bag - I would have been over the moon to be gifted these!

Maria said...

Love your potholders and a good idea to make a matching pouch for them.

Heidi Staples said...

Such a perfect gift, Debbie, and I love the matching pouch. Love it!

Kirsten said...

Fabulous idea for a gift and the matching pouch is perfect!

Janine said...

These are beautiful - a wonderful gift :)

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute, no wonder they were popular!

M-R said...

Great idea for a gift exchange! I've been wondering what to do with some Brr! that I have...hmmm.

Mickey Hunacek said...

Very cute! And oh so practical--wished they were mine--but I love the bird feeder, too. I think I'll try to make some of those pot holders for others for gifts--Nice idea--and I like practical! Fun time. Glad you all were there to share it.

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

I love brrr! and loving the red in the snow flakes....I wish I had some of that now. Looks fantastic as a contrast to the blue.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Beautiful items for a gift exchange! We have one on my Mom's side of the family and it's always fun to see what everyone is "fighting" over and share lots of laughs.

Beth said...

Definitely not surprising - those are adorable!

Bumblebee and Sophie said...

I love the aqua and red for Christmas!