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Last-Minute Gift Ideas

by Joanne Hillestad on 11/13/19

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Can you believe it is already the middle of November?

Me either!  I have a bunch of holiday gifts still waiting to be started. 

 

I might have to rethink some of my more ambitious plans.  If you are in the same boat, here are a few last-minute gift ideas you can make in time for those holiday gatherings.

Lacy Poinsettia Wreath

Lacy Poinsettia Wreath for you table.  Easy applique on felt.  Just fuse the shapes, stitch them down, and trim away the extra let to make it look lacy.  This is the 18” round version with a hole left in the middle to make it look like a wreath.  

Lacy Poinsettia Round

You can also fill the center and it is a nice table centerpiece for a cute candle.

Fat Quarter Pop Up

For the crafty friend, how about a springy Fat Quarter Pop-Up?  They are useful and fun to play with… a win-win! Pattern comes with instructions, spring, elastic and a cute label.  You just need a fat quarter (non-directional) and a little bit of stabilizer (I like SF101 by Pellon). 

Lacy Sparkle on Mug

For all those teachers… add a cute Lacy Ornament to a coffee mug filled with tea or cocoa.  Have your kids sign and date the ornaments with a felt-tipped marker to add a personal touch.

 

I hope you have a lovely time sewing and crafting for the holidays! 






Pop Over to the Gift Guide webpage to see the schedule of events.

Your hosts for the event are:
Fat Quarter Gypsy
Swirly Girls Design
Seams Like A Dream
Poorhouse Quilt Designs

Make sure to visit each blog to see the fun projects they are chatting about!

 



Speakeasy Blog Hop - a fantastic new Island Batik collection!

by Joanne Hillestad on 11/07/19

Welcome!

Today is my day of the Island Batik Speakeasy Blog Hop.
This beautiful collection was design by the ever talented Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis.  Tammy was inspired by a great artist she admires and the result is a variety of prints and colors that would make your next quilt look like a million bucks!  


Here is a small sampling of the fabrics in this collection:



I had fun playing with the colors and decided to mock up 2 table runners.  They are both the same pattern, Curlique.  





Side Dish sized (10" x 10")
& the Casserole size (10" x 14")



Collection is shipping to local quilt shops now... look for it soon!
Thanks for stopping by!
Jo

Blog Hop Schedule:

Monday November 4           Tammy Silvers  Tamarinis  

Tuesday November 5          Kris Poor   Poor House Quilts

Wednesday November 6    Kate Colleran   Seams Like A Dream 

                                            Lisa Amundson   Around the Bobbin

Thursday November 7        Joanne Hillestad   Fat Quarter Gypsy

Friday November 8             Swan Sheridan   Swan Amity Designs

                                           Jessica Caldwell   Desert Bloom Quilting

                                           Jessica Vandenberg   Sew Many Creations

Planning for the Holidays

by Joanne Hillestad on 10/15/19

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The first snow of the year has already fallen here in Minnesota.  With the change in temperature, I start getting excited to dive into holiday projects!  Some projects will be gifts, others will brighten my home.  
Either way, the cooler weather gets me in the mood to sew... 

This year, we have something fun to help you find the perfect holiday projects!
Not everything will be holiday themed.  
But they will all be fun projects you will love to make!




Fat Quarter Gypsy and 3 other pattern lines will be teaming up to bring you an Instagram event over the next few weeks.  
Pop Over to the Gift Guide webpage to see the schedule of events.

Your hosts for the event are:
Fat Quarter Gypsy
Swirly Girls Design
Seams Like A Dream
Poorhouse Quilt Designs

Make sure to visit each blog to see the fun projects they are chatting about!
 
Lacy Poinsettia
The first project for today is a gorgeous lacy wreath or table runner.


You can make this wreath table topper with any variety of cotton fabrics.  The shapes are appliqued to a circle of felt.  Once all the shapes are top-stitched in place, trim the extra felt away to give your wreath a lacy look.  It looks a lot harder than it actually is!

The pattern contains 3 sizes:
18" round - leave the center empty to form a wreath, 
or fill the whole circle for a cute table centerpiece! 




18" x 36" or 18" x 54" with lattice



There are a variety of lacy runner patterns for you to choose from.  Enjoy!

Next up is a fun gift you could make for any number of people... or maybe yourself!

Wire-Framed Potluck Totes
The one below is the Bread Tray size (6.5" x 14").  It is perfect for holding bread, cookies... or... notions next to your machine!  I've also heard of people making this size to use as an organizer in the bathroom.  It fits perfectly on the back of the commode.  
The possibilities are endless!



There are also 2 additional sizes in the pattern:
Casserole (holds a 9" x 13" casserole pan)
or the Side Dish (holds a 9" x 9" cake pan).

Whichever size you choose, your friends and family will love it!

 


Did you see our gift guide in the November 2019 issue of AQS Magazine?

Coming Soon... A Maker's Gift Guide

by Joanne Hillestad on 10/01/19

 


Instagram: @fatquartergypsy, @poorhousequilts, @seamslikeadreamquilts, and @swirlygirlsdesign

 

Facebook: @TheFatQuarterGypsyDesigns, @poorhousequiltdesigns, @SeamsLikeADream, and @SwirlyGirls

Web: fatquartergypsy.com, poorhousequiltdesigns.com , seamslikeadream.shop, and swirlygirlsdesign.com





 

 



October 16th, 2019 – Look for the AQS Magazine

October 16th, 2019 – Planning for the Holidays Blog Posts

October 19th, 2019 – Hostess Gifts #1 on Instagram and Facebook

October 22nd, 2019 – Hostess Gifts #2 on Instagram and Facebook

October 26th, 2019 – Gift Swap #1 on Instagram and Facebook

October 29th, 2019 – Gift Swap #2 on Instagram and Facebook

November 2nd, 2019 – For Your Bestie #1 on Instagram and Facebook

November 5th, 2019 – For Your Bestie #2 on Instagram and Facebook

November 9th, 2019 – Trim a Tree #1 on Instagram and Facebook

November 12th, 2019 – Trim a Tree #2 on Instagram and Facebook

November 13th, 2019 – Last Minute Gifts Blog Posts

November 16th, 2019 – Set the Table #1 on Instagram and Facebook

November 19th, 2019 – Set the Table #2 on Instagram and Facebook

November 23rd, 2019 – Just for You #1 on Instagram and Facebook

November 26th, 2019 – Just for You #2 on Instagram and Facebook

 

Christmas in July... Again!

by Joanne Hillestad on 07/28/19

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It is Christmas in July, again!

I'm back for another day of the Masterpiece Quilting's
Christmas Collection Book blog hop!

Today I will share a medium sized stacking pop up
with the Jingle Bells Wall Hanging design on it.




This time I used a Medium Stacking Pop-Up using spring FQG123.
It finishes out at 8" in diameter and 8" tall.

To make this pop up, start out cutting the pieces needed for the inside and outside of the pop up according to the FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern.  Fuse the stabilizer on... I like SF101 ShapeFlex.

Then cut out all the applique pieces.
I didn't change anything for the bells and the bow.
But, I did change the size of the swag.
I stretched it out to 13.25 for a full swag.  I needed 1 of those.
I cut a second swag exactly the same (I used the first one as a pattern)
and cut it in half.

Here is the outside piece of the pop up with the swags fused on.



I centered the full swag and lined up the half swags on either end.
You will notice I left a large area above the swags empty.  This is because the top 1.5" needs to be left empty so the top edge can be rolled twice to finish the pop up.

I laid all the pieces out before I fused the swag to make sure there would be enough room below the swags for the bells.  Make sure the last 1/2" minimum is empty at the bottom edge too.

Then I fused the rest of the applique pieces down and top stitched them.




For the appliques, I used Barely There Fusible Adhesive.  It is a medium heat, quick to fuse product that I really like.  It stays soft and flexible even if you layer many pieces.




I used a plain old straight stitch on this pop because I made it while on an rv trip and when I opened my sewing machine I only had one presser foot!  Only my 1/4".  Oops!
So, there was no zigging or zagging for me!





I followed the FQG122 Stacking Pop-Up pattern exactly to finished the pop up.  I think it turned out very cute!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jo

Items you need to complete this project:
Red fabric - scraps
Green fabric - 4" x 27"
Golds - scraps
Tan background fabric - 1/3 yd for outside.  1/3 yd for inside.  I used the same fabric for both.

Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Book
Shapeflex Stabilizer by Pellon (SF101)
Barely There Fusible Adhesive - 1/8 yd or so.
FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern
FQG123 Medium Pop-Up Refill

Make sure to check the Masterpiece Quilting Blog each day from now through August 2nd, 2019
for more fun stops on the hop!   

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