Short on time, and cash? You can still celebrate the spirit of giving with minimal stress, whether you need gifts for friends that quilt, or for those that depend on your creative handiwork! We've come up with a few ideas to get things started:
Gifts for Quilting Friends:
- Print out a free Marcus project, and bundle it with the required fabrics to create it. Then, use one of the fabrics from the group to wrap the rest, furoshiki-style!
- Got a guild gathering coming up? Arrange a FQ grab-bag, where each quilter prepares a FQ bundle of five coordinating fabrics from her existing stash. You can then offer a prize for "most creative packaging," or some other fun challenge.
- Plan a fun gift basket based on the recipient's favorite color scheme, and fill it with threads, ribbons, pins with colored heads, novelty yarns and other embellishments, and a few fat quarters. Even cutting tools and other notions now come in a range of fashion colors! You can even include a pretty teacup to fit the color scheme, along with a few gourmet tea bags.
- Pincushions! Always a fun, practical and welcome accessory in any quilting space, pincushions are easy to make with remnants you already have on hand.
And for the Non-Quilters on Your List:
- Greet the family's newest baby with a cozy flannel quilt, getting a creative headstart with a pre-printed one yard panel. Back with a matching solid flannel or allover print, and stitch around the panel motifs for a fast gift that will be appreciated for years to come.
- Stitch up a group of Oasis Canvas totes for your most eco-conscious friends and relatives. Vary the colors and sizes to fit a busy lifestyle. By cutting and sewing them assembly-line style, you'll accomplish a lot in a short time.
- Layer and quilt those unused sample quilt blocks you've accumulated through the year, and finish these small pieces as handy cases for eyeglasses, cosmetics, and cell phones. Or, layer two fat quarters plus batting to create an 18" x 22' quilted block, and make up a matching trio of pouches.