The holiday season, Mother’s (or Father’s) Day, enjoying the summer weather–there’s always an occasion for quiltmaking. If you’re making a large quilt for someone special, or creating dozens of smaller items assembly-line style, chances are you are swiftly sewing and starting to count down to your deadline. Thoughtful handmade gifts are a lovely way to go, and we can always use some extra inspiration! Gift making can become frantic if you haven’t chosen your projects with time and effort in mind. But we’ve got lots of ideas for making your creative time fun, not frazzled!
T-Shirt quilts are a great handmade gift for nearly anyone on your list, and can take remarkably little time to pull together. But you do need some special technique instruction and quilt patterns in order to be successful. The DIY T-Shirt Quilts online course at Craft U includes access to step-by-step videos from Jodie Davis, Liz Porter, Marianne Fons, and Mary Fons, plus 3 complete quilt patterns designed especially for using t-shirts. Sign up for the course, gather t-shirts your gift recipient loves, and get started today!
If you’re looking for a smaller quilting project, maybe for a lucky lady of any age, the Jim Shore Angels Block of the Month program features monthly kits for beautiful 12″ x 15″ mini quilts you can give as individual handmade gifts or combine to make a lovely throw-size quilt. The center panels for the blocks showcase Jim’s beloved art style and give these simple little projects depth and detail far surpassing the fun piecing that creates the frames. With little treasures like these, you really can enjoy making unique holiday gifts, and not feel rushed or overwhelmed!
You could even sign up for the BOM program and give 12 different loved ones holiday cards describing the mini quilt you’ll be making for them in 2017 – that will spread out your gift making all through the year!
And if you’d rather make all your gifts before Santa arrives but need some tried-and-tested ideas and patterns, we’ve got you covered there, too! The Quilting Holiday Projects online course at Craft U features 8 complete patterns for adorable gift-ready quilting projects including a painted tree skirt, cute scrap quilt, 2 types of Christmas stockings, wineglass coasters, gift tags, table runner, and wall quilt. Step-by-step videos and pattern downloads make this course like having an in-home tutor all through your holiday preparations. What could be better?
No matter what types of gifts you’re making this holiday season, enjoy the process! Creative time is a gift you can give yourself and savor all year long.