Fast and Fun Gifts to Sew

by Christine Lux

Over the weekend, we were at a quilter's retreat with some friends (our "Sewing Sisters," if you will). It was a great to get away and have big blocks of time to chain piece some quilts together. I wanted to share a few of the holiday projects we made...

First up is the Quilty Trees quilt top. The pattern is from Quilty Love (available here) and I raided my bag of holiday-themed prints I had brought (and everyone else's fabrics too!) to cut enough green strips for the trees and assorted low volumes for the background. 

Once all the strips and pieces were cut, this was a really easy quilt to piece. Very beginner friendly if you're new to quilting.

We put together a Holiday Forest bundle  with a nice greens (and a brown for tree trunks) if you'd like a starter kit for a similar quilt. 


After I finished the trees, I started on Happy Stripes, also from Quilty Love. This time, I went scrappy red & white (low volumes). I really love how this one turned out and was glad to have access to *just enough* black Essex linen for the accent to be able to get this one done while at the retreat. 


We put together a "Peppermint Twist" bundle for a similar look, just in case you now have a need for a red & white holiday quilt. ;)


One of our friends who was sewing with us, made these gorgeous, reusable gift bags using the Cheer & Merriment panel and some coordinating yardage. 

The Lined Drawstring Bag pattern by Jeni at In Color Order includes instructions for customizing the size - perfect for adjusting them to fit the panels. You can find kits for these bags here

And Linda finished an advent calendar panel project from the Merrymaking collection, too!

As you can see, we put our machines to work this past weekend! We hope you're inspired to make a handmade holiday gift this season!

Happy sewing!

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