I think I mentioned in a previous post (or two) that I spent from mid November until just last week, furiously stitching away on Christmas gifts!!
So here they are!!! I made lap quilts for all four "boys" (that would really be men). Last year I had made all the "girls" lap quilts (they were my guinea pigs for FMQ). Well, the boys loved using their quilts, so I made them their own!
This one is Tylers' made from four of his old Cinch shirts! He calls it The Cinch Quilt - but it was my first Bonnie Hunter pattern called Mountain Majesties.
Here's Rygh"s. It also had three of his old shirts, plus some brown shirts that my friend Janet O. found for me. I added a couple of other plaid fabrics for color variation. This one was Mike's favorite. He just went on and on about how pretty it was. It is a Bonnie Sullivan pattern called "Fireside".
Next is Bobby's. He loves RWB quilts, so of course I did one for him. It only has one of his old shirts, but this quilt was totally from my stash/scrap basket. Even the backing!! Bobby told me that of all his Christmas gifts, the quilt was his favorite! Not pattern - just hour glass blocks put together in a pinwheel pattern - just because that's how it looked best to me.
Now for Mike's. I didn't have it completely finished by Christmas. In fact, I only the the top and the backing pieced, and I put them in a box and wrapped them up so he would have a gift under the tree!! He was so surprised that I had that much done on it!! He had no idea that in all my stitching, I had included him!! But I finished quilting and binding it before our last cold spell (12 degrees F for our low on two mornings!), so he was glad to cuddle up under it and read or watch TV. Unlike Bobby's, I bought all the fabric for Mikes'. I found the backing on ebay for $3/yard! and then bought Connecting Threads Home Mirage Fat Quarter Bundle and pulled the pieces that coordinated with the backing.
Of course, I knew he would love another brand quilt, so I machine quilting the brands and bordered the brand blocks with scrappy FG - simple and quick!
For the FMQ, I outlined the brands and then crosshatched the backgrounds with diamonds. I then stitched in the ditch around the FG. For the borders I quilted a repeating star/scroll pattern that I designed. I trimmed the quilt and then bound it with the scraps from the backing. I may enter this one in our quilt show in April - if I can get it away from Mike! Should be warm enough by then!! LOL
For the girls I made quilted three pocket clutch purses. The pattern came from the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler Spring/Summer 2013 issue. I only have photos of two of them, sorry. I think they turned our so cute, I'm making one for myself!!