Sewing Stuff



I’ve been working on a few lap quilts to use as gifts this Christmas. The first one I made using half square triangles and lots of my cotton & steel fabric stash. The second I used a bunch of blues from my stash and started a rising star quilt, I messed up the second star and decided to just go with it. Creating a quilt that has stars and + signs.
Both quilt tops are done, now to just figure out the back fabric and quilt them up. My hope to is finish at least 4 quilts for gifts, so it will be nice to have 2 down.
Do you have a favorite quilt pattern that is fast and easy? My go-to is foundation piecing but I do feel it is time consuming and since I need these done in time for Christmas I am looking for quilt patterns that are on the faster side.

Thrifty Thursday – Vintage Wrapping Paper

I know you’re going to think I’ve gone totally crazy (posting snowmen in Sept?) but I promise I’m not starting in on Christmas posts yet! I found this roll of brand new never used vintage snowman paper at the thrift shop this week as I was dropping off 8 bags of donations. I had cleaned out my youngest son’s room and went through all of my clothes. I felt like it was the best reward to find this wrapping paper for 75¢ and surely the thrift shop workers thought I was a bit nuts over wrapping paper, but its just so great! I decided that while I wanted to use it to wrap gifts, I didn’t want it ripped off and thrown away. So I went out and bought some paper mache boxes with lids to cover (using spray glue) and it worked out really well. I plan to display a stack of them with my Christmas decorations. Then those can be used to store ornaments. Then a bunch of gifts will be “wrapped” in boxes to give to others. I will however only be giving gifts in them to people who I know will love and appreciate the boxes (and want to save them haha). Since its a nice sized roll I covered all these boxes and still have enough to cover 3 or 4 really big paper mache boxes. Besides vintage paper I think this idea would be great for saving any wrapping paper you really love.