Day #23 Snowman Pillow and Quilt Tutorial

I was able to find another sweet snowman project to share with you!  Look how easy and simple! A nice way to use up some charm square size fabrics also!
A simple little snowball quilt block easily turns into a festive snowman!
Let your imagination run a little with this for a minute or two.  You could easily make a tablerunner. Snowmen placemats, potholders, pillows, mug rugs, etc.

The ideas are endless and I hope this tutorial inspires you to sew and be creative today.  Go play, have a little fun and enjoy yourself!

Day #21 Fat Quarter Gift Bag Tutorial

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve had times where I’ve needed a quick gift bag or two.  This is a quick and easy idea to whip up a fat quarter gift bag!  They are adorable and just think for a second here if you are gifting something to another quilter or fabric lover at heart – they will treasure this little gift bag and be able to re-use it or repurpose it into a quilting project!  The gift that keeps on giving!  I like that!

Only a few more days before Santa’s sleigh makes his trip around the world.
My stockings are already hung by my chimney with great care!
And not like this – which I could imagine my mischievous older children doing to me so that I wake up with a surprise myself on Christmas morning! 😂

Day #20 Cute Christmas Gift Tag Tutorial – Blogging Challenge Continues!!!!

I was so tickled to find this little tutorial!  I love handmade gifts. I really love these handmade gift tags!.  All from little scraps!  These are just so stinking cute!

I really love that little gingham ribbon she has used on the top of the gift tags also.  If you have a little homespun fabric in your stash – that will work also!

Polka Dots!  Always such a cute addition! Another little idea – if you are like me and don’t have ribbon laying around – use some fabric from your stash!  Iron some wonder under or Heat and Bond to the back of a piece of fabric. Cut small strips to use for the little ribbon on the package and iron it in place. OR you could simply use fabric glue instead of a fusible product.  Then make a simple little bow out of a slender strip of fabric for the top of the package on this little Christmas tag idea! Easy!

Buttons are always such a cute addition. I have jars of buttons in my home and can always find a button if I need one. But – if you don’t have buttons – make a little fabric yo-yo!
Just a few more days before Santa arrives. I’m ready, are you?


Day #19 Quilt Block Ornaments Tutorials

Today I found 3 different Quilt Block Ornament Tutorials for you!!
All three of these tutorial files take you directly to the download pages themselves. 
But, I encourage you to visit this creative quilter’s blog because you can also find this tutorial:
Have fun and look around on her website. Her blog is fun and she has some amazing patterns also on her webpage for purchase!

Day #17 Christmas Emoji Ornaments – A few Kids Tutorial

These just added a smile to my face when I found them on the internet.  While it’s a tutorial geared for kids, I envision you sitting with your kids and crafting the day away. Of, if you are lucky enough to be blessed to have someone calling you Grandma or Grandpa – why not have a crafting day with the grandbabies when they come to visit!
These little emoji faces still seem to be all the rage. I know that I am very guilty of using them on Facebook and Instagram because they make me happy. I like them and some of them are quite hilarious. And seriously, can’t we all use a good tummy giggle every now and then?

This little reindeer winking at me and sticking that tongue out.  I may just have to act like a kid myself and sit down and have fun this afternoon playing with emojis.
These cute little ornaments hanging on the Christmas Tree in your local school would sure add a smile to Elementary age children.  And what about a Community Center? Do you have a Community Center in your neighborhood?  I know some of them hold wonderful events for children and families and the little ornaments would be little bits of humor spread on the community Christmas Tree!
Share your love of creativity this season.  And then go one step further and share your creative finished pieces in unexpected ways with others to add a little holiday magic.  Spread the love!


Day #16 Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial

I found another cute tutorial to share with you!  These not only would be cute in your own home but such a sweet gift idea also!  Just think for a second, make a mug rug, find a cute coffee mug, toss in a couple pouches of hot cocoa mix, or a small box of flavored tea or even a coffee house gift card! Instant Christmas gift to spread a little Christmas cheer to a friend, loved one, teacher, pastor, postal worker, hairdresser, your favorite cashier at the local grocery store, etc!
Look how cute!  And only uses small amounts of fabric!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial I found to share with you.  We are just about 1/2 way through my self-induced 31-day blogging challenge. I hope you are enjoying our blog and finding wonderful new things to make and spark your own creativity!

Day #15 Christmas Tree Pillow Pattern Freebie — The Blogging Challenge Continues!

Look at this cute project!  Love it!
The Moda Bake Shop folks shared this delightful free pattern on the blog not too long ago and I think it’s just the cutest, quick project to make up to add a splash of color to any room in your home!

Look at that sparkly fabric!  I love the added glitz to this project.  I was thinking though —there I go again thinking, it gets me in trouble sometimes….. Anyhow – this could easily be done as a wool applique project also. Use some of the wool fabrics you may have and add some fancy stitching around the edges of the Christmas tree in a stand out color of embroidery floss to add a little bling!
 Here’s the backside view of the pillow.  I love pillows like this because you can easily make a pillow form that will fit this size pillow. Then easily switch out this Christmas themed pillow for maybe a Snowman you could make later on, or an Easter Bunny for Spring, Pumpkins, and Leaves for the Fall Season.  Oh, the ideas are just endless.  Let your mind wander for just a little bit with this. 
Be creative. Sit down and enjoy making this pillow. Then pull out a good old pencil and paper and draw out some other shapes and make up a few more pillows to change for the seasons!

Day #14 Hexie Tea Towel Tutorial

Here’s a nifty little tutorial to make some clever and cute tea towels to decorate your home for the holidays!
Just be careful and watch clicking around on the links, lots of advertisements on this little tutorial.
Also, she doesn’t give you a hexagon shape so here is a link to the Love Patchwork & Quilting Website where they offer you assorted sizes as a free download. Just click on the size you want and download the file and print!
But if you are like many quilters, we have a fascination with hexagons lately and you might have a good template already available for your use!
I like the idea of making these tea towels using some of the great Christmas themed fabrics available to us. Then I started thinking – wouldn’t they make cute Snowmen themed towels also to hold us through the holiday decorating season a little longer!
Find some fabrics with cute snowmen and snowflake images and use a white, or blue or even a pretty gray or silvery colored towel!

Day #13 Christmas Gift Bag Pattern and Tutorial Freebie – It’s a Cute one!!!

I just love this adorable little bag I found the pattern for over on the Moda Bake Shop Blog!  It’s another great pattern to use up small bits of fabric and embroidery floss.  What a cute gift giving idea!

Front of the Bag

Back of the bag.
I hope all of you are enjoying the patterns I’ve been finding and sharing with you during the holiday season. I’ve gotten quite lucky so far in finding some very unique and cute ideas for decorating and/or gift giving. As we get closer to Christmas, I’ll try to change it up a little and shift into some Snowmen themed ideas to hold us through the winter season after Christmas is over!
Now, on my list today I have the following fun things to do:
3,000 words need to be typed for my book to keep on track for my personal goal – oh and I’ll drop a little hint here – yes it’s a real book – a fiction book – Nope, not a quilting pattern book this time. When will it be out – I have no clue because I don’t even have a publisher!  (Insert me giggling at that last comment!)  Just doing this on my own and once I’m finished, then it’s full speed ahead to get it in the right hands. Oh – and another hint – yes it does involve a little bit of quilting here and there thrown in, of course, would you expect any less from me????? I’ll tell ya more later but for now  — Mum’s the word, I enjoy the suspense! 
I have a lovely stack of fabric that I stamped with the most wonderful quilt stamps that need to be cut out and then will be ready for hand piecing.
I have a pot of soup I want to make for today and the next few days that I’ve had a taste for. Italian Wedding Ring soup – and it is so good!
Above is a picture of the Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread I made this past weekend as a special treat for my daughter who is now home and on break from college. Visit the link below if you would like a copy of this recipe!
More firewood needs to be brought in for my woodstove and fireplace. I love the warmth and ambiance of a wood burning stove and a fireplace. It truly makes my cabin an even more wonderful place to be on a cold winters day.


Day #11 Charming Christmas Ornaments Freebie Pattern

Grab a charm pack or a mini charm pack – depending on what you want to make and head over to the Moda Bake Shop Blog by following my link I’ve provided just above!  I’m in love with these ornaments!!!  The patterns are free, the instructions are written really well and the pictures are awesome!

This handprint ornament just about melted my heart.  It brought back many great memories of my children being little ones running around the house anticipating Santa’s arrival!

These are cute too!

Think of the many creative ways these ornaments can be adapted to the fabrics you might have on hand!  All different Christmas words can be used, special sayings if use a permanent pen like a Pigma could possibly be written on them! I have ideas popping in my brain of cutting out cute little Christmas Tree shapes, and little snowmen and maybe some reindeer!  Just think – you could probably use cookie cutters if you have them in your kitchen to give you the basic shapes you would need!
Enjoy and go do something creative today!