I'd like to thank Mary, of I Piece 2 - Mary and Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt for all their work organizing this "It's For the Birds" blog hop. I've managed to make a few Christmas gifts with a bird theme that I'd like to show off today.
My first project is an owl themed lap quilt made up of some novelty owl fabrics and fall fabrics from my stash. Blocks measure 12 inches. Finished quilt is 48.5 x 60.5 and the pattern I used is called "Feed Sacks" from "Scrap Basket Surprises" by Kim Brackett. It was quick and easy to assemble.
I had to piece the backing because I didn't have as much of the bird themed fabric I thought I had!
I free motion quilted some leaves on my DSM. (Yes, they are supposed to be leaves!) I'm not quite sure WHO will get this as their Christmas gift....WHO? WHO?
I have a large collection of both old and new embroidery transfers. I don't remember where I picked up "Barnyard Happenings" but I love to embroider dish towels for Christmas gifts. Sometimes I pick up a package of the cheaper flour sack dishtowels from Walmart and other times I use the heavier, bigger and a little nicer ones from JoAnn's if I have a coupon. Either way...I prewash the towels before I stamp and embroider.
Thursday is market day in the barnyard. For gift giving I also make hot pads/potholders to go with the dishtowelss. I used some polka dots and chicken/rooster fabrics I had in my stash. It has a pocket so you can use with your hand inside if you wish. I used Insulbrite and an old towel for batting. Combine with a chicken kitchen magnet found on clearance and a crocheted dish cloth and I can cross someone off my Christmas list and it's only May!
Monday is wash day in the barnyard. This time I'm showing the reverse side of a second potholder/hot pad made of the same fabrics and same way as the one above, another chicken refrig magnet and another crocheted dish cloth. And, I can cross off another name from my Christmas list.
I'd like to say thanks again to Mary, of I Piece 2 - Mary and Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt for their work in organizing such a fun blog hop and a goal to accomplish. This is only my second blog hop.
Please visit the other blogs on today's It's For the Birds Blog Hop schedule for some bird themed inspiration. I'm hoping to pick up a few more Christmas gift ideas!
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