Friday, November 26, 2010

Little Gifts

Christmas will be here before you know it. As you're rushing around this weekend, facing crowds, getting shopping done and taking advantage of sales - don't forget that the best gifts are often those we make ourselves. Make someone a little quilt (or a big one if  you have the time!).


I made this quilt for my friend Julia. We share the same birthday and I was in the hospital for the last birthday in September. After that, I became so involved with my recovery for such a  long time. But I still wanted to give her a little something I made.  She broke her wrist and her right arm has been in a cast for a long time so she hasn't been able to do any quilting at all. How awful would that be? It took me awhile with everything else I had to do but I finally finished it and gave it to her last week. She liked it (!) and even forgave me for giving it to her so late.

I think even a simple little doll quilt makes a great gift. Or should I say, for many of us, a simple little doll quilt ESPECIALLY makes a great gift. I'm still working on a copy of this antique doll quilt I started while I was recovering. This one may be going to someone else . . . Don't you love the muted colors? So easy too.


I'm a little behind with all this birthday stuff. I visited my friend Linda recently to celebrate OUR birthdays, which are two days apart, and had to show you this tiny quilt - made many years ago for her by her aunt. Even before I became a quilter, I fell in love with it, so cute and small. I had forgotten about it for a long time. This is so funny, because one of Julia's other gifts was this pendant, which I bought BEFORE I saw Linda's quilt. I wonder if I may have unconsciously been thinking of it and my upcoming visit when I bought the pendant? ("You think too much," my husband, Mr Practical,  says. "Maybe it is what it is.")



I will make this into a  small quilt someday, with repros and black background fabric - wouldn't that look cool?

You can see just how tiny the quilt is (on the wall, behind her).

Serendipity? I think so. I may be seeing Fan quilts everywhere I go now . . .  By the way, that movie - "Serendipity" - starring John Cuzak? One of my all-time schmaltzy favorites, I'm not embasrrassed to admit. A good, sentimental chick flick in the vein of "Sleepless in Seattle" if you're in the mood for something light and romantic. I like good films too, just so you know (and in case my son, a film buff,  reads this and shakes his head . . . "Oh Mom, c'mon." ).

If you don't have time for a quilt, you can always make a small quilt accessory. Like one of these "huswife" needle cases from Remembering Adelia. I even give them to non-quilters to use as credit card or gift card holders - just omit the felt flap. Lots of pockets.


They make good secret Santa gifts too.


Or try this small needle case from American Doll Quilts - the book is out of print, but is still available in a digital version, which you just download to your computer as a pdf file, now on sale  here  for only $5.50! This weekend only, Martingale & Co. has a sale on all of their books. Such a  deal. So make a friend happy - make her something!


8 comments:

  1. Ohh, Kathy, you said it, I did it! Last week I made three of them for christmaspresents, out of your book.

    Warm greetings, Jeannet

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  2. I love nine-patches and your little quilt is darling. I got out my Remembering Adelia book and checked out the huswife pattern and it is too cute. I think I'll try to make a few for stocking or bag stuffers . I love your books.

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  3. Kathy, love the little nine-patch you gave to your friend, what a lovely gift, and I was blown away at the size of the 'micro'-mini fan quilt! Gosh! what a feat in perseverance LOL, and just between you and me, I don't think there are just coincidences in this world! LOL, have a great weekend!.....Merilyn

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  4. Yes! I'm making some of these for my daughters and my granddaughters are each getting another quilt for their dolls..........It is so satisfying to make these small gifts.

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  5. Just for the record, any film you enjoy is a good film. #2, I like the doll quilts that are a little lighter looking. I'm making doll beds for 2 dollies for Christmas and they'll both probably have 30's style quilts on them. Yes, I love made by presents, and so does most of my family. My nephew (34) has an ET cross stitch pillow I made when he was 9 or so, it still has a place in his home. His wife said she asked why they were keeping it, and he said his aunt made it. End of subject.

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  6. I love your little quilts and I agree they make wonderful gifts!!!

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  7. I'm new to your blog and was reading older posts. I came across this one from Jan 2010. I was thrilled to see the memoir from Abigail Thomas--a book I had read some years ago whose title I had forgotten, though not the emotional story.
    Recently, a friend's husband was critically injured in a boating accident, and she has become his 24/7 caregiver. She is so courageous that I knew that she would relate to Thomas's story. I wanted to get the book for her, but after extensive searches I couldn't find the title of that book. Thanks to your blog, I recognized the story and was able to order the book from Amazon. I am so very grateful for this serendipitous detour from my favorite topic, quilting. Your blog is a delightful place to visit--full of quilty inspiration and thought-provoking as well. I do have to recommend my favorite dog story, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It's wonderful!

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  8. Arti - I think you may be confusing the book I wrote about Adelia with another book. This is the first time her story has been published. I am not familiar with Abigail Thomas.

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