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Christmas Quilted Gifts

Wow, I had no intention of taking such a long hiatus from blogging. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas shared with family and loved ones. I had a great time visiting with family and friends in the Toronto area for several days. This year, I made two lap-sized quilts, a table runner and some quilted bookmarks.

Here’s the quilt I made for my dad. I bought this fabric in June 2008. It is Tooling Around by Blank Quilting. I designed the pattern in Electric Quilt 6. The quilt finishes at 60" x 80".


The pieced back (yes, the photo is upside down):


I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium cotton batting. I stitched-in-the-ditch all pieced pieces, free-motioned wiggly lines through each nine patch, stippled around each tool and did a large meandering stipple for the large border. I would not use this batting again, as it’s too heavy and I fought with the quilt way too much… it just wouldn’t move!

Close up shots:



I made this on-point table runner for my mom. I used the on-point fusible grid and followed the instructions from this Crooked Nickel video. It uses a charm pack of Wildflower Serenade by Kansas Troubles for Moda Fabrics.


It was quick and easy to put together, but quilting through that extra layer of fusible web was not easy as there was too much bulk. Ironing the seams was a nuisance as well. I was concerned as it was very stiff, but once washed it softened up very nicely.

I’m glad I did the small project first as I was planning to use the fusible grid for a postage stamp quilt, but have since changed my mind.

Not actually a Christmas present, but a belated birthday present, is this quilt I made for my sister. She picked the fabrics, Flights of Fancy Ocean by Paula Prass, and the pattern. The quilt finishes at 40" x 60".


I used Quilter’s Dream Poly batting (request weight) and did a large meander over the entire quilt. I absolutely LOVE this batting. It’s light and thin, quilted very well, and washed beautifully. I used the rest of the fat quarter pack to piece the back too.


I also made up a bunch of scrappy, colourful bookmarks for family and friends. I posted the tutorial for these a few months ago. Nadine’s edge stitching video was very helpful too.


Did you give any quilted gifts this Christmas?

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This post was published on December 29th, 2009. Post topics: My Quilting Journey, Quilt Gallery. Post tags: , .

8 Responses to “Christmas Quilted Gifts”

  1. Mom says:

    Hello Quilting Friends

    As many of might realize, as Michele’s mom, I don’t sew even a button if I don’t have to. I love the buttons with the hooks on the back, then I can put a safety pin to secure.

    Michele’s Dad and I are in wonder of the beautifull quilted treasures that we received.

    My table runner is already on the table, my book mark is use for a new library book I got yesterday.

    Dad’s tool quilt is a “wonder”. He loves it and it will be used in our family room. It is also a reminder of not only his work, but his Dad’s life time work, so it an extra special treasure to us.

    Many thanks to our special talented daughter for enriching our lives with her gift of quilting.

    p.s….Hint, hint… I am hoping for that purse for Mother’s
    Day. LOL Mom and Dad

  2. Vicki W says:

    Great gifts and that tool quilt is fantastic!
    .-= Vicki W’s latest post: Whistlestop Web Tour, Vol 31 – Resolutions =-.

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  4. sheila says:

    oh how lovely that Mom gets to hint for us all to see.
    Now we are all waiting to see the photo lol.
    Happy New Year ladies.
    .-= sheila’s latest post: THE LAST DAY OF 2009 =-.

  5. sarah says:

    Love the Dad’s Quilt! What a treat to get to read your Mother’s comments on their Christmas gifts. Thanks for letting that be posted. Happy New Year!

  6. I absolutely love the quilt you made for your sister! Those blues and greens are such a great color combination, aren’t they? :) The bookmarks are quite a special gift too. They look like they must have taken a long time to make! You’re very generous. Good job!
    .-= amber johnson’s latest post: Charming =-.

  7. Yasmin says:

    ¡Uff! That is work. I Loved your quilts. Dad’s Quilt is beatiful and a good idea like a gift for the Father’s Day. You have used very nice fabrics in the three Quilts.

  8. Darlene says:

    I like on-point table runner you made for your mom. It’s looking very nice with 7 to 8 cool color combination. Many thanks for sharing inspiring quilters for dads, moms and sisters. Quilters are also good idea for Christmas gifts.

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