People and PresentsOne thing I struggle with is having “project eyes that are bigger than my stomach.” I have lots of ideas for handmade presents in my head, but every year I try to make too many, in too little time, often ending with nothing completed (and a bad attitude that Scrooge would be proud of). I kept this in mind when I was thinking about which people and presents I wanted to make this year. Here’s what I came up with:
- Two wall-hanging quilts
Project PlanningWall-hanging #1 is nothing more than an inspirational fabric, some coordinating colors and a vague pattern idea in my head. First item on my “Steps to Completion” list is finish design plan! Wall-hanging #2 is cut and partially pieced, so it’s a good bit further along. I’ve already decided how I’m going to quilt it (stitch in the ditch) and have my backing fabric chosen.
SuppliesFor both of these projects I’m going to check my stash for batting. I think I have all the fabric I need and will shop the stash first if I need anything else. I’ve made a project box for each wall-hanging to keep all the supplies together and close at hand.
CalendarBoth of the wall hangings are for gifting on December 25, so I’ll need to plan ahead so that I’m not sewing on Christmas Eve. We have some pretty serious family Christmas Eve traditions involving Christmas Eve on Sesame Street and mandatory sugar cookie decorating, and it’s important I spend that time with my family instead of at my sewing machine.
Handmade with LoveHandmade gifts were a big part of my life growing up, both during the winter holidays and for any other festive occasion. For me, making a handmade gift is a way to giving part of myself to someone that values the time, energy and creativity it took to create a unique and thoughtful gift. I also choose handmade projects that bring me joy in their own act of creation, so that each stitch is a gift unto myself.
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