I know it’s way past Christmas, but I’m playing catch up. In the beginning of December my quilt club had a Christmas Party for all the members. Three other ladies and I were in charge of putting it all together. It was fun, but there was a lot of work involved. I am calling sewing work because sometimes it feels like it when I have time limits. Sad, but true. We decided on a couple of crafts that were from us to all the members: a Christmas tree air freshener cover and a bag of treats with a neat poem attached. The bags were just simple unlined bags about 6×9” tied at the top with the ribbon from the tag. The poem on the card was really “sweet”. I think it will enlarge enough for you to read it if you click on the picture. The trees are basically just a party hat template. I’m showing the unembellished version, but you can add all kinds of trimmings to pretty them up. I will post a tutorial for them tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014) on my sewing blog. Just click on the girl holding the scissors in my sidebar to get there.
We each made 8 of those plus everyone had to make a placemat. This is the top of my placemat before quilting and binding. I adapted a hexagon pattern from another lady in my club. I liked them so much that I made a set of them for my cousin’s bridal shower. They’re a lot easier than you might think!
Another optional project was to make 1 or more 12” squares using a star pattern and the colors red, green, and gold. For each square you made your name was put into a drawing. Whoever’s name was drawn won all the squares to put together into a quilt or for some other project. I chose not to participate in that because I was just too busy and I couldn’t find a star pattern that didn’t have to be adapted into a 12” square. I just didn’t feel like taking the extra time to think it through. I did, however, participate in the gift exchange. There was a $10 dollar limit and it had to be sewing related. This is what I put together. It didn’t really cost me anything because I used fabric that I already had. I got the pattern for the bags from another blog and I rolled up 3 pieces of fabric that were probably a little bigger than fat quarters and added a couple spools of new thread and Voila! I really love these bags! I’m adding them to my list of tutorials for my sewing blog “Focus on Sewing” so watch for them coming soon!
We all had a good time planning it and it turned out to be a very nice party. Everyone had a good time visiting, playing games and eating the good food. Here are some pictures from the party itself.