This past Saturday was our annual guild holiday party. It's packed with a pot luck spread like no other! I totally over indulged on everything! It was so good I couldn't help myself!
We also have a Secret Santa Swap. It is always a treat to see the look on peoples faces when they find out who got their name and then open their gift. The talent, thoughtfulness and generosity is amazing! Today, I thought I would share what I made for my person, Jenny!
Jenny's list was very helpful to me, yet I was worried when she talked about bags and zippers! She is the queen of all things zippers and bag related! Yikes! How could I impress her?! I swallowed my fear and got busy!
The first item I made was a set of pot holders (also on her list). This I knew I could handle! There I go again with my 'Star Thistle' block! The background color is her all time favorite! I aim to please!
I used four different colors for the points, a copper accent and a print from Anna Maria Horner's 'Fibs & Fables line. Star Thistle makes the geometric dot-to-dot quilting so easy and I find myself going back to it time and time again!
I wasn't sure if Jenny was a 'hanger' person or not. The majority of the time I do not add hangers, but this time I thought I'd try something different. I added twill tape on the corners for the hanging option. What do you think of that idea?
Next up was the dreaded zipper project! A scissor pouch was on the list and I knew exactly which one I was going to make! The Scissor Cozy! Check out the tutorial from Svetlana @SOTAK Handmade...it's pretty easy and pretty amazing!
I decided to use my small stash of selvages for this one. Another thing I know about Jenny is that she is a 'super fan' verging on stalking (kidding Jenny!) of all things Denyse Schmidt! First, I pieced two panels being mindful of where I wanted the most interesting part of the selvage to end up. And then went about following the directions for complete it.
I wasn't sure what size her scissors were and prayed this pouch would work! My scissors fit perfectly and come to find out...we both have the exact same ones! Cozy just as the pattern title states!
For the final 'make' I scoured my stash for every stitch of Denyse Schmidt I could find. I didn't need much, but I needed 18 different prints. They say variety is the spice of life!
Since it used paper piecing on one gift, selvages on another, it seemed fitting to use English Paper Piecing for the third! You know...that variety saying and all!
I think Jenny was pretty happy with her gift(s)! It's always a nail biter when making something for someone you admire and inspire to be like!
One thing is for sure, quilters love getting gifts from other quilters. We know what goes into projects and can appreciate every single stitch!
Next time I'll share my 'goodies' from the Secret Santa Swap!