Jacquelynne Steves

Handmade Holidays Giveaway!!

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Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Giveaway! I will be honest with you- I don’t usually make many gifts to give away for Christmas. I typically don’t think about gift-giving until after Thanksgiving, and by then there’s not much time left! What I do manage to do, though, is make dozens and dozens of cookies- then I buy inexpensive holiday plates, arrange the cookies on them, and give them as gifts to friends and neighbors. They love my homemade cookies, and they have a pretty plate to keep when the cookies are gone. (You can get really good deals on holiday dishware at large department stores, especially if you use their coupons. I have gotten gorgeous plates for as little as $2-3 each, by combining store sales with my coupons.)

Christmas Story bunny suitOne time, many many years ago, I DID start making gifts early in the fall. I made my nieces (who were about 6 and 8 years old at the time) those outfits that we used to make out of sweat suits, fusible fabric designs and dimensional fabric paint (I’m probably dating myself- do you remember those? Looking back, they were kind of hideous, but honestly they were all the rage way back when…) Anyway, I was so happy that I got the outfits done in time for Christmas, and I thought they were so cute. A few months after Christmas, I asked my nieces about them. And being kids, they were honest and said they didn’t wear them because they were itchy. Their mom just smiled sheepishly at me. (I can tell you, that if someone had made my kids something, they WOULD wear them, at least once, in that person’s presence. Let’s show a little appreciation, OK??? Now I’m thinking about Ralphie’s pink bunny suit in A Christmas Story…. Oh geez, is that what my handmade gifts equate to? Am I Aunt Clara???)

Anyway, I am giving away one of my handmade creations for this giveaway, and I hope it’s better than a scratchy sweat suit or a pink bunny suit!! Does it look a little familiar?

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Yes, it’s made from Block #3 of the Sew Sweet Simplicity Free Block of the Month… If you are signed up for the BOM, look for the pattern for Block #3 in your email around December 22. In addition to the block pattern, you will also be receiving the pattern to make the tote bag!!! Yippee! Bonus Pattern!

If you have not signed up yet for this FREE Block of the Month, just click here! You can still catch up- when you sign up, you will receive a welcome email with all of the previous links, and on December 22 you will receive the tote bag pattern. Every month we have blog hops, giveaways, and more– it’s “sew” much fun… You can also sign up for my free e-magazine, with quilt, sewing & craft projects, recipes, printables and more- just click here.

I am having 2 separate giveaway prizes- the first is the tote that you see above, and the second is a bundle of Christmas fabric and a set of 8 note cards printed from my original watercolor paintings:

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(Please note that this contest is for U.S. residents only- sorry!)

To enter this giveaway, comment on this post and tell me:

  • *Do you make handmade gifts for the holidays? If so, do you start way ahead of time, or try to get it all done at the last minute?
  • *Be sure that your email is included either in your post or in your profile. If I choose your name, but cannot contact you, I will draw another name.
  • *Comment by 8 pm EST on Friday December 12.
  • *2 Winners will be chosen at random.

 

Don’t forget to stop by my OTHER GIVEAWAY, which is running through Wednesday night (December 10). You can win a fabric bundle and copy of the book, A Flair for Fabric. Click here.

AND, for even MORE giveaways, visit SewMamaSew all this week!!!

Good luck!!

This giveaway is now closed. Chosen at random, the winner of the tote bag is Jennifer, and the winner of the fabric bundle and note cards is Cynthia. Congratulations, ladies!

Winner-Cynthia Winner-Jennifer

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322 Comments

  • Mhairi
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    I am not in the US but I love your mice cards. They are truly cute and I collect mice so they really appeal to me. Thanks for showing them on your blog.

  • Kathy E.
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    I am much like you, Jacquelynne, because my thoughts don’t lean towards giving gifts til it’s almost too late! I have managed this year to get a few things sewn for my kids. My son wanted a new tree skirt (done) and my daughter wants embroidered towels (almost done).
    I am enjoying the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM so much! Great block on the tote bag, too!

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    I’m afraid I don’t qualify for the giveaway but just wanted to say, “what a sweet tote!” I receive your patterns and ordered your customized note cards last year…love them! Wish I lived closer to enjoy those cookies!

  • Joyce Mitchell
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I make gifts every year. I plan to start early but I’m usually scrambling at the last minute to finish them. Thanks.

  • April J.
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Just found your website through the “Flair for Fabric” blog hop. So glad I did! This year I made a few zippered pouches to be used as cosmetic bags. I put a specialty lip balm / lip gloss in them. Usually I try to knit something for a few people–but have to start those projects by October to finish in time. These pouches were a quick sew! Much better than hours and hours of knitting. Unfortunately, my knitting sometimes receives the same appreciation as your itchy sweat suit projects did! ;-)

    Thanks for a chance to win this giveaway. All the best!

  • Tammy L
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    I do make hand made gifts for Christmas. But only for my immediate family and they are usually smallish items..Nothing fancy nothing extravagant… Thinks like dish towels, pot mits, table runners..And one time I did machine embroidered monogram towel sets….Never do that again..took forever and cost a bundle on towels. Love the bag you made. That is gorgeous and a lot of work too…Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway.

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    LOL to your story!! Too funny. Yes, I like to make Christmas presents. I usually start in Oct or Nov, depending on what I want to make. This year, I’ve been making sew together bags. They are such fun to put together! Thanks for a great giveaway, I love your cards :) Merry Christmas.

  • Frances
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Love your giveaway but unfortunately I am not eligible to win. Cute note card also.

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    I do love to make gifts for family and friends and usually start in November. This year I am crocheting mug cozies, knitting scarves, doing some stitcheries and making needle keeps. Only have one mug cozy to do and then wrap it all. Also making a yummy cranberry salsa for neighbors. I love your cute cards. They make me smile! Noia

    • Scorpie
      Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Oh my goodness~could you please share the recipe for the cranberry salsa? Would love to make it.

  • Sharon Hughson
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Of course, I wait to the last minute, doesn’t everyone? I’m doing that again this year. LOL Part of my Christmas scene. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    sjhughson@gmail.com

  • Joyce Carter
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Yes, I do make gifts every year, but it is usually around November before I get started. Thank you for your giveaway.

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I usually wait too long to start projects for the holidays. Like now for example – I have to put off the Sew Sweet blocks to finish up two little girl quilts. I usually am able to make up time by crocheting small gifts to give. Last year I made an elf hat with bells last minute for me to play Santa’s helper. I collect Christmas mice so guess what I’m wishing for! Oh and thanks to the Cookie swap with my crafter’s co-op, the cookies are fun and done.

  • Terry
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I only make a few handmade gifts, as most of the people I give to don’t appreciate handmade. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :0)

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Yes to handmade gifts. I start in early fall. I also do cookies for the neighbors tho.
    I also made the painted sweat suits for my kids. They were very popular in the 1980’s. I totally remember those – you are not Aunt Clara (that is my all-time favorite Christmas movie!!)

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    We do some handmade gifts at Christmas. I don’t start early enough to get them all done but usually some do get done, and I have learned to be ok with that.

  • NancyB from Many LA
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I do make stuff, but only to people that would appreciate it. When I first married, I made crocheted sweaters for my in-laws. Never saw them wear it. Guess what – I never wasted my time making ANYTHING for them again! I, too, hate when people do that. I usually do not start early. LOL!

  • DebrafromMD a
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    My gifts lean towards the edible kind. I make dozens and dozens of cookies to give to friends and family along with homemade candy.

  • Allison CB
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I love making things for people for Christmas but this year….broken leg!!! All I can say is always have some handwork to do….hard to sew on machine in a cast!!! LOL

  • Vicki H
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Oh, I remember those days with the puffy paint. I made my mom, sisters and myself matching sweat shirts with trees on them. They are right up there with the ugly sweaters. I do try to make gifts for family, but am a last minute girl so it has to be quick and easy.

  • Sandy K
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I enjoy making the gift of Christmas cookies.

  • Miriam Ayala
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    I make my grandkids (all8) PJ for Christmas and make my granddaughters Christmas dresses. I also like to send my prayer partners a handmade ornament. It makes the gift seem more special to me.

  • Samantha Lurie
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I usually make something for the secretaries at my school (I am a teacher). I am making them each dish to hold small jewelry and I hope to start this weekend!

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Yes I always make something homemade for Christmas but I tend to be up burning the midnight oil to get them done.

  • Lindsay
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I start early, but still always end up finishing at the last minute. :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Joanne
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I do make Christmas gifts. Luckily I started early enough this year I’m not rushing to finish in time.

  • Janet Frank
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I make gifts each year. I make quilts and Victorian Christmas ornaments. They are always loved. I’m usually finished by the first week in Dec. since I don’t like to be rushed.

  • renee c
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Im made table runners and dinner napkins this year for Christmas usually I wait to the last minute but this year I started early and im all done.

  • sue
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I love to make handmade gifts. I always wait until the last minute and then stress out until they are finished…You’d think I would learn:)

  • Sarah
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I love making gifts for Christmas, but some years I do and some years I don’t, depending on whether I want to, or it would be too hectic or not. This year I am, and I started in August.

  • Kate
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I usually just make a couple, a mix of last-minute and made ahead!

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I love making handmade gifts but usually runout of time to make very many too. Mostly I end up doing little stuff or fast stuff! I’m trying to make my husband and sons matching pajama pants though!

  • Claire
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for chance to win. Making table runners for Christmas gifts right now!

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy making Christmas gifts ahead of time.

  • Mary Gischer
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I make a few handmade gifts , but most of those on my gift giving list don’t really llike home made so most of what I make is for me or for charity. I try to work at gifts all year long, doesn’t always happen that way!

  • Michelle
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I sometimes make homemade gifts. Sometimes I may have good intentions and get started early, but I usually am finishing up at the last minute. I also like to bake or make buckeyes to give as gifts, and those I usually make and give out early.

  • Wendy Bernard
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Just found your website and LOVE it. Your fabrics are beautiful and your artwork breathtaking. I never win anything but wanted to write to let you know you brightened my day. Just maybe, I will get lucky. God bless you for sharing your God-given talent with the rest of us.

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I do make gifts. I start early and then rush at the end to complete them. ;)

  • Wendy Bernard
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Oops, can’t follow directions either. I love to make Christmas gifts but usually don’t start early enough. I bake, knit, quilt and sew items, usually small things. I volunteer with a cat rescue group and with fostering, spare time is a premium. Right now, I have 9 10 week old kittens that will go to forever homes in a couple of weeks. It’s hard when they leave but so very happy that they have found their forever homes. They always take a piece of my heart with them but their leaving makes room for the next ones that need me.

  • Erika P.
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I usually don’t make handmade gifts for the holidays.

  • Lori Smanski
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Your little pink bunny just does not look happy. LOL that is so cute. Your bag is gorgeous. I really try to start my Christmas shopping and sewing around the begging of summer. I like to be done by Thanksgiving.

  • T Hays
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I don’t do Christmas. BUT if I did I would make “10 minute” table runners as a quick project to give away. Love the tote and cards.

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I never start in time to make anything of substance! We’ll see if I can finish the scarf I’m trying to knit in time for Christmas.

  • Janie
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I love making handmade gifts for the holidays. I get an early start. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

  • Christine
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I do make a few gifts. The planning all gets done before Thanksgiving then I hurry up and sew before Christmas!

  • Ramona
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I usually try to make a few handmade gifts for the holidays always at the last minute.

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I thought I recognized that sweet block! I’m the type with grand ideas for handmade gifts, then I run out of time and make them all on Christmas Eve! Like last year’s jammie bottoms for everyone! But they got done!

  • Monique
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I do make handmade gifts and ALWAYS have the intention of starting early…does that count?? Ha!

  • Marie Atkinson
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I don’t make many handmade gifts for the same reason as you, I just don’t get into holiday mode until Thanksgiving and then it is too late, although I usually tell myself I will do better next year, lol! I love your tote and will definitely use it if I win it, but the notecards might honestly be framed and put in my sewing room, :D

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I found you through instagram, (or you found me!). I have to laugh, I made those puffy paint and iron on design sweatshirts for my daughters and nieces when they were little, and yes, they were all the rage. I’m sewing some quilted throws for the girls this year for Christmas. I love the tote and fabric, and you are so talented making those adorable paintings into notecards! Thanks for a chance to win :>)

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I do embroider some gifts! I was working on the embroidered wedding gift so behind! But if it doesn’t get finished….it doesn’t!!
    This quilt bag won’t shoot my eye out!!!

  • Sandy A in St. Louis
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I sometimes make gift for the holidays. I usually am a last minute gift maker, too! I’ve been known to sit in the car and finish sewing binding down so I can put the gift in a bag before I go in. :)

  • Lori M.
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    We always talk about what we want to make for the tree on Thanksgiving while we cook and eat at great meal.. Then we plan out what we need and by the week before Xmas is when we start making them….We have been doing this for quite a few years now…..

  • Maryellen
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I make pajamas for my son and nieces and nephews. I make cookies and share them, too. I love this block! I need to get mine done.

  • Sharon Ingalls
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I make a lot of my gifts and most of the time is it last minute. Thank You for a Great give-a Way.

  • Carri Butler
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I love making gifts for Christmas. This year I got started a bit late. There is still time to finish with enough tea in my teapot! ;-)

  • Brenda charron
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I started August 2013 to make quilts for all my grand kids for this Christmas! Love your letters and your patterns!!!

  • Grace
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Taking a break from making gifts this year. Too much family stuff going on to pay attention to making gifts.
    Grace
    gmp505@aol.com

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    i have a new approach for next year. I love to make Christmas stuff so I am going to try and stop longarming for customers by the end of October and remember my friends and family. I hope it works.

  • Sarah C.
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I guess its a bit of both I plan to start early on gifts but i always find my self running around at the last minute to finish them.

  • Hildy Schwarz
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I usually start thinking about making gifts in July and hopefully have them all sewn by the holidays.

  • Debra Kay Neiman
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA! I make gifts all year long, if it is Christmas time – they get to be Christmas gifts. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I make gifts for my online friends and some for my family.
    I usually make things throughout the year, but didn’t get as much done this year and no time for myself so I plan on doing Christmas all year long, next year.

    Debbie

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been making totes, and zipper bags and scarves and pot holders, but my machine broke today so I’m in big trouble! I love your prize! :)

  • BreannaS
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I love to make home made gifts for my friends and family but I almost always wait until the last possible moment.

  • KathyE
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I don’t usually make Christmas gifts unless I find something easy to do that I can get done in a short amount of time.

  • Pat Applebee
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    For the last few years I have tried to have my hand made Christmas gifts done by Nov and then I usually end up seeing something else that I just HAVE to make for someone. So no matter how good I am at getting stuff done ahead I always end up scrambling to get “just one more” done in time! LOVE your give away. Thank you.

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I don’t make handmade gifts. My family isn’t the type to enjoy them. :(

  • Rebecca Stipe
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Yes I make most my gifts. Usually I’m rushing to get my stuff done. This year I have everything already made. Kind of nice.

  • Cecilia
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I try to plan early enough if I want to make a quilt for someone, but I am really pushing it this year. Your bag is beautiful! I love the block and the colors. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Betsy
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I do make a lot of gifts and I actually start making them during Christmas and summer break. Usually I will put them together during Christmas break and then stitch them during summer break

  • Adele
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I do make gifts for friends, family and neighbors. The neighbors get homemade cookies with a Christmas mug rugs, my quilting friends get pin cushions and family members get gift cards that are tucked into a handmade package… this year I made small zipped pouches that can be used to hold their ear buds. Nothing fancy but I love giving something of myself. Thanks for your blog and all your creative efforts.

  • Carrie P.
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I make gifts every year. This year I made a rag quilt for my daughter in law.

  • CINDY ESAREY
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I don’t generally make handmade gifts for the holiday. I would be working on them at the last minute. Then I would be rushed and it wouldn’t be perfect. It would upset me to much. This year I made a quilt for my grandson. I started it the beginning of Oct and finished it last night. I know he will love it.

  • Sally Hill
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I do make homemade gifts. It Depends on how creative I am in a year whether or not I make my gifts way ahead of time or last minute. Last year I made 2 quilts for my 2 daughter-in-laws. I had the quilts done by November. Also last year I made Kleenex holders for my co-workers(15). This year I just wasn’t into making anything. It seems I do this every other year. I enjoy seeing everyone’s expression when they receive homemade items. It means more.

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    I have been trying to start earlier so that the holidays don’t get stressful and I finally got it timed about right this year. I am absolutely thrilled that I have already stumbled upon the projects I will be making for next year so I can start as soon as I find some fabric I like.

  • Carol gill
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I usually end up last minute. Every year I say I’m going to start in January making Xmas gifts, but seems something else always needs making. I’m really working to get all my gifts made and I will as I always do, if I have to sew day and nite to get it done. Everyone has to have a homemade gift from me.

  • Cyndi Shaver
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    I am trying to work on projects in time for Christmas, but struggling!!

  • Jill
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I do make gifts for Christmas. This year I made a special quilt for a good friend. I started in March and did get it done. I also have made minky scarves, some pot holders, working on pi’s for grandkids, but those are kind of turning out like your outfits for your nieces! I have had to put your BOM on hold till I get my Christmas gifts done, but I will catch up! Thanks for the give away. Love it!

  • JAG
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    I try to start early. I started in September working on a gift for my mother in law this year. I don’t think it’s going to get finished for this year :/

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Since there are so many giveaways, I scrolled through all the handmade links…to see what giveaways to spend my time on. I spotted your tote right away and clicked on that link. I had no idea it was you!! I just knew I LOVED the quilt block tote! I’d love to be entered to win.

    Yes, I do make handmade gifts some years….this year I didn’t. I usually wait until the last minute….but thinking about it, I don’t think I could pull that off this year.

  • Susan Salyards
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Like many others who have commented before me, I also like to make handmade gifts; however, I work full time so my time is extremely limited. I’m fortunate to attend quilt camps a couple weekends per year, and it’s during these sewing marathons that I can pound out a few gifts such as wall hangings, table toppers, table runners, etc. I’m participating in the BOM so I look forward to you sending out the pattern on 12/22. Until then, I will keep my fingers crossed that I might be a lucky winner. Your note cards are adorable. You are very talented, and I’ve been enjoying your blogs and posts. Cheers!

  • Kristi Pratt
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy making gifts and try to start early enough. The times that I havn’t finished something I just make it thier birthday gift. Less stress that way.

  • Margaret Schindler
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I love your tote. I am making Christmas gifts for all my family this year

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I do make gifts, and I sometimes start early. But they are mostly done at the last minute ;-)

  • Anne Mc
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Well, I always aspire to make them!!! but often I do not. This year I made a set of coasters. It was fun and I think my friend liked them. I already gave them to her.

  • Lynn Noel
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I am making several gifts this year. I started a couple months ago and will be finishing them up next week. I love making things for others!!

  • barbara
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    love to make table runners, or quirky funny gifts

  • barbara
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    love to make custom for the person gifts, like a friend who likes gingerbread

  • Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Yes, what a lovely block – excellent! I have, in fact, completed an entire quilt for a Christmas gift this year. Feeling very accomplished! Usually I have great plans, but time gets eaten up with many other demands of the month. Happy holidays to you!!!

  • Sue
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I love to make things for the holidays. I try to start early in the new year. My biggest problem is completing the gift and giving it to the person right away! I can’t wait until the holidays! Thank you and have a lovely holiday season and a happy new year!

  • Colleen
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I like to make handmade gifts and try to make them when the perfect gift occures to me (unfortunately this usually happens in December!).

  • Rose Ober
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    I love making handmade gifts for all occasions but especially for Christmas. I’m making two quilts that are almost finished for Christmas. But today my machine broke and I’m taking in to the repair shop tomorrow. Hope they can fix it right away or I will have to give IOUs. Love the block you used to make the bag. Have a blessed Christmas filled with love and peace.

  • Nicole Sender
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Yes, I make handmade gifts for Christmas. This year I’m working on pillows and bibs!

  • WyoDi
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Well, I always have good intentions and wonderful ideas, lol. But, yes, I have managed to make gifts such as aprons, table runners, wall hangings and quilts. I love sewing and gifting to others the results of my attempts!

  • Rachael Victor
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    I always plan to make homemade gifts for the holidays, but never seem to have the time… Next year, I’m gonna start making home made gifts during the summer! I think everyone deserves something homemade! :)

  • Margaret
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    not eligible for the give away as in Uk but now so looking forward to the next BOM after seeing it on the tote bag

  • Tabitha Keener
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    I’m fairly new so this is the second Christmas I will be making gifts but I have toned it down because I just can’t do all that work. I do love doing it if I can though. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

  • Lisa Marie
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    I give lots of handmade gifts at Christmas and for other occasions like weddings and baby showers. I work on them throughout the year.

  • Barb
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    I have big plans to make this and that for the holidays. I have several things in process (UFOs) and even a some things done (table toppers, mug rugs). I, personally, love to get homemade gifts. I started/completed some projects at quilt retreats this year. It helps me to keep on task when I am with a bunch of other quilters. I’m looking forward to your next quilt block (BOM). Happy Holidays!

  • Teresa Higginbotham
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I don’t usually make too many homemade gifts. I used to but I just don’t give gifts outside of my family anymore due to the financial strain of trying to buy and ship gifts. I love to make things throughout the year and give them randomly. I made a quilt that I just did for fun and enjoyed making then I gave it to a girl who treated my son with such kindness. I wanted her to know I appreciated her friendship with him. She loved it. (5higginsATbellsouthDOTnet)

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I made a lot of home made crafts last year. This year I have not made any. Kind of feels weird.

  • Kim
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    We somehow always end up rushing around at the last minute. My husband likes to make some type of wooden craft. This year, I think we are doing signs.
    Thanks for the chance!!

  • Sandra Timmons
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I am from the US, Sonora, CA. I am enjoying your BOM and have enjoyed your recipes very much. To win a bag or even the fabric would mean so much to me because it came from you and you only. Thank you for all that you do for us, your followers and for being a part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway. Merry Christmas to you.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

  • Janice
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I don’t make gifts for Christmas, never enough time. I make them for birthdays or celebrations.

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I try to handmake Christmas gifts, but I usually don’t get too many done. I have more ideas than time! peterstankovich@comcast.net

  • Patricia S
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I’m a true procrastinator. I started gifts last Friday for tonight’s Guild meeting…yikes!! Thanks sew much for this chance to win :-D

  • Jan
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I do make handmade gifts, but do not start way ahead of time. Usually, I start right after Thanksgiving and, sometimes, change my mind and start something completely different in the middle of December. Thank you for offering this nice give-away package!

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I do make holiday gifts but I start in July to have enough for everyone.

  • Cindy
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I try to make most of my Christmas gifts, which means that I need to start early, but some year (like this year) I start late and am rushing to get caught up

  • Linda
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I like to make a few handmade gifts each Christmas. But I tend not to start way ahead of time and are always sewing at the last minute. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Marge
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I love to make homemade gifts for Christmas .. I like to make gifts in a jar, cookie mixes, brownie mixes.. Etc. But, this year I’ve been making T.P. Candles for relatives and homemade cookies for neighbors! I usually start My gift making mid November! ~ Marge ~

  • Jen K
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I mean to get started ahead of time, but it usually ends up being last minute.

  • LINDA
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    HELLO, thank you for your inspiration+ a grand giveaway too!
    I do make a few Christmas gifts during the summer; most I do in November to leave December more free!

  • BreannaS
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I love to make hand made gifts for the holidays but always seem to wait until the last possible moment.

  • Colleen Speed
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I have three dear quilting friends with whom exchange handmade gifts each year. I am such a procrastinator that I haven’t started my projects yet, hopefully I’ll get them done without slicing my finger open with the rotary cutter like I did last year, sigh. I LOVE your artwork. It’s the thing that made me stop on your blog and read it the first time I found you.

  • Juliet H.
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I try to make gifts and I usually start the month of December/once the house is decorated! Thanks for the chance!

  • Judy
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I do sometimes make homemade gifts but like you I don’t think of it until too close to Christmas most of the time.

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I love to give handmade gifts for Christmas and I start pretty early. This year I had some things done in July! reddeliciouslife AT yahoo DOT com

  • Jeanne
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh yes I love to make home made cookies and Christmas ornaments .

  • Kimberly
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I make handmade gifts for the holidays. This year I am painting ball jars and making flower pens to go in for the ladies. I’m unfortunately known for doing things last minute. I need to work on getting my cookies together. So very excited for this Christmas and all God has in store.

  • Heather Mentzer
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I do like to make handmade gifts for the holidays. I generally start in October or November, but I have to be honest, there are plenty of times it’s come down to the wire, I’m actually starting to sweat a little about the ones I still have to finish up this year.

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I have every intention of getting them done early..and every year Christmas sneaks up on me and I end up doing a lot of last minute gift making! You would think I would have learned by now… haha

  • Beth
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I usually go on a sewing retreat in October, and that is when I start planning holiday sewing. I never meet my own expectations, but it helps!

  • Phyllis Bandy
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Yes I make lots of homemade gift all year long. I believe anyone can buy something ,but it is more personal when you make it and give it to that friend, relative it becomes a keepsake

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I started months ago and unfortunately now that gives me MORE time and ideas to make MORE, but I got a hold of myself and made a list for next year!

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    As I write this I am working on my crochet dishcloths for Christmas presents. Love your blog. Follow on Bloglovin. Happy Holidays! TY!

  • MicheleTimms
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I love the fabrics and colours of your bag!!! This would be awesome to win!!! As for making gifts at Christmas, I always do!! This year I’m making Christmas stockings for everyone and the last one I designed is a Cowboy Boot for my niece!!

  • Calah Hansen
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I love making christmas gifts fr people and it is usually a MAD rush in december!

  • Emily C
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I try to make handmade items for the holidays. I usually make Christmas ornaments during the summer. I try to plan ahead so I am always ready.

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I make things year round for gifts. Although sometimes at here are certain things I make arond Christmas time for giving.

  • Posted December 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I make a few presents each year, but not many. There’s always too much going on and usually we are traveling a good bit before the holidays. I tend to make gifts for my friends and family throughout the year as I think of them. You know I love your cards – and the tote is adorable in your block design!!!

  • Rina
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I do make holiday gifts of cookies and candy for my friends and neighbors but make quilts, PJ’s, etc for my family. I almost always star my sewing in late summer so it’s done and out of the way before the holidays. That way I can enjoy the cooking process.

  • nancy d
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I always say I’m going to start early….early as in the summer :) But I usually don’t! I’m happy if I get going by the beginning of November!

  • Auntie Clark
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I usually start making my Christmas gifts in January & work at it all year. I love your little sewing cards.

  • Judy G
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    We travel a lot so I always have embroidery with me, so,I give tea towels as gifts. Then at the last minute I see ideas on Pintrest that get my creative juices flowing. Today I started making clothes for my granddaughter’s American Girl doll, she wanted a Mrs. Claus suit. Then after it’s back to hardcore quilting, but the quilts usually go to charity.

  • Heather Esakov
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I love making handmade gifts I have made 20 this year. I start in late october :)

  • Chris campos
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    This year, I am finishing a lot of gifts including: A quilt for my granddaughter, 2 stockings for grandchildren, receipt holders and mug rugs for family members made from Jeans that belonged to my Dad before he passed away in June.

  • Mary Lou
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I’ve only been quilting for 3 years but have enjoyed making special Christmas hot mats or mug rugs or table runners for family and friends. I try not to leave it till late for fear I’ll mess up and have to start over

  • Jennifer Uppencamp
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I usually don’t make handmade gifts to give out for Christmas. By the time I think about it, it’s to late to get started.

  • Ariel
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to think that I start plenty early but with only a 2 weeks left until Christmas, I’m not even close to half way done on everything. I guess I just do better under pressure :)

  • Lee
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    I make gifts year around for the holidays! But I always seem to have at least one last minute project that needs to get done! thanks!

  • MICHELLE SMITH
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I do a little bit of both. I get some stuff done earlier, but the rest of it is done last minute. Still gotta make some stuff for my kiddos!

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

  • linda
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Yes!!!! I made two needle point pillows for my daughter s took almost the whole year!!!!! Lol!!!!

  • Rebekah S.
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I start pretty far ahead…around the beginning of summer. :)

  • Alyssa
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I do make handmade gifts! I made yoga mat bags for my friends this year. I learned from experience to do them ahead of time!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I prefer to make handmade gifts, and most of the time I’m working on them the week before Christmas because I’m not so great at planning ahead of time. Not for lack of trying though!

  • Scorpie
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I had the best intentions for handmade gifts this year but real life butted into my plans. Had started gathering the perfect fabric and patterns at the end of September/beginning of October but started having trouble seeing well enough to thread my machine. Went to the eye doctor and discovered I had cataracts in both eyes. Had surgery on both eyes and am now seeing great and sewing again.
    Would love to win any of your prizes and thanks for the chance.

  • Heidi
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I choose one or two hand made gifts each year, although this year there is only one quilt and I am not sure the quilting will get done. I generally make some candies for the neighbors as well, it is important to keep them fat and happy:-)

  • Laurie Becker
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m like you – I wait too long to give handmade gifts. We do Mamie our neighbors cookies though! Maybe someday I’ll plan ahead and sew some goodies for gifts. I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season :)

  • Tina
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I do make gifts and sometimes they don’t make it as gifts the year that they are intended so that means they got started REALLY early.

  • Donna
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I never get started early, even though every year I determine I’ll start in the summer. So I’m usually sewing up to the last minute- last year it was on the way to my daughter’s house on Christmas morning!

  • Stephanie
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I have every intention of starting ahead of time, but so down to the wire!

  • Kelly Marburger
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    12 Quilts this Christmas. That’s what I have to make before Christmas. I started in July, but I’m thinking I started late!!! Only have 2 completely quilted!!!

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    This year I am making draw string bags. I usually put a Christmas present inside.

  • Karen McMahon
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    I always try to hand make gifts. Every year I make an ornament for each of my children. I also make one for any new babies!

  • denniele
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I do make handmade gifts….I have five small quilts to finish this year before the 25th. I am determined to make it happen! Lovely giveaway!

  • Marcia Johnson
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I like to make Christmas presents and decorations for my home. I try to work on them through out the year but usually end up in a crunch in November and December.

  • Cheryl
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I usually start before Thanksgiving but I started right after this year! I am making aprons ( 5 made so far) and folded 4 patch coasters. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • patty
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    i make homemade gifts, most are done in November

  • Karen Hagstrom
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I always make at least some handmade gifts – and normally start way ahead of time so I can enjoy doing them….

  • Kathryn
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I usually make lots of gifts for the holidays! And I normally wait until the end and it is total crazy-ville!! But this year I really pulled back. I made a quilt for my boyfriend and a few other smaller items for family and that is it. Too much to do!!

  • Karla
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    I do make some handmade Christmas gifts for family and friends that I know will appreciate them. I do try to make things throughout the year, but find there’s always a crazy push towards the end. As a gift to my hubby this year, I had everything made or bought, wrapped and sent by 12/5/14! Wow, now I can actually sit back and enjoy this blessed time of year. :-)

  • Elizabeth
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I made a lot of gifts for this Christmas. I started a week or so before Thanksgiving. I wish I could get motivated to start earlier. I LOVE block 3 on the bag and look forward to making one for the BOM. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lenna
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I am a lot like you in that I don’t think to start until after Thanksgiving and then it is such a time crunch to get done.

  • Sue singer
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I try to begin early, but usually am still making items up to the last minute

  • Kay M
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Traditionally I make ornaments for my family throughout the year. I also am making a few quilts a year that I send for Christmas. this year I managed to get three one, one for each of my great nieces, and ornaments for two dozen family members. I mail everything to my sister in law and brother as the family gather at their home for Christmas each year. The ornaments are generally 1 per family. Sometimes I make a specific set of ornaments for specific families. When I don’t manage to get things made, I send things from Harry & David or something similar. Either way, a small thing made with love goes a long way, and with ornaments they can be used for years to come. This year I’ve don’t felt birds, doves, hens and a song bird, I embroider a pattern with thread then add pretty bead accents to them them by hand and stuff and stitch them. In-fact I have to get them in the mail by Friday or they won’t arrive in time so off to the post office I go tomorrow on lunch. Yikes!

  • Judy Bodi
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I usually begin my Christmas sewing at the very last moment, but this year I finished a quilt for each of my nieces and am busy quilting for an upcoming grandchild. There are a great many crafts that still need to be completed. I have no idea where all the time before Christmas disappears to so quickly.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Stephanie D
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I have good intentions, but well last minute!

  • Linda Molden
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I started early, but still have not finished all. I prefer to work without pressure, but that doesn’t always happen because I always think of more things to make.

  • LadyD
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    I always have good intentions, but for some reason, handmade gifts rarely get done by me at all, and those few usually get done at the last minute. Procrastination is my middle name… apparently. dragoness1957 at gmail.com

  • Cheryl
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Right now I am busy making yo yo’s for a towel to give as a gift. It is very festive.

  • Deborah
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I have made a few homemade gifts in the past for Christmas but prefer to give them for other occasions. Trying to get a bunch done by Christmas just adds to an already hectic schedule and I kind of like to do last minute things. this week I made 2 things for a friend who had breast cancer surgery. I found patterns for a belt with bags for the drainage bags and another idea about turning a tank top into a solution with pockets inside for the drainage bags. they have been a bit hit this week at the hospital. The nurses love them.

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the give away. I usually start early with gift making but put it away and finish at the last minute.

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I am not in US either, but your generous give-away,is so lovely, and your cards truly delightful. Now I see the finished Block #3, this will motivate me to start it when it arrives.. Christmas Greetings to you and yours, for a happy time together, safe travel, and a meal to share, as those of us in the Southern Hemisphere have ham, cold salad, strawberries and cream. Regards, Jean.

  • Joan H.
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Last year I made gifts for all our family members but this year I’m just trying to finish up a couple quilts that are begging to come out of the UFO box.

  • Lynda Cogburn
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I am making throw pillows for my family this year. Am real excited. Hope to do more next year.

  • Sheila
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Some years I do- most I don’t –
    make handmade gifts for Christmas.
    If I do, I make smal things like corn heating
    Bags. When my girls were little, I would
    Make them nightgowns.

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I try to make some every year. It is usually a crazy rush.

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Love the tote and the cards! I make pjs, (usually just the pants now), for my adult children for Christmas- a tradition I started when they were young. I teach sewing classes and had classes for a fleece blanket bound with blanket binding for a holiday gift. My students loved it and plan to make more than one!

  • Linda Prickett
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I always think I am going to make beautiful handmade gifts for Christmas but time creeps up on me and I never seem to get around to doing all I had hoped! I might get one made that comes out just right or I make 2 or 3 that aren’t very good so I don’t give them away. I usually end up doing what you talked about in your blog. I usually make cookies and candies and give those away. One day, I will quilt beautiful napkins or wall-hangings and add those to my plates of goodies!

  • Dee A
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Because I usually host the holiday gatherings, I don’t make too many homemade gifts at this time of year. But I do love to surprise friends and family with homemade things “just because” throughout the rest of the year. So fun to give unexpected surprises!

  • Lu
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I have a made few gifts but many ideas and good intentions on the back burner. Life just gets in the way on most days.
    Thank you for a chance at your generous give away.

  • pat akom
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I have completed and mailed a quilt this year for Christmas and I am working on another quilt at this time. I also made my husband a denim work apron. Whew! I have got to slow down. Thanks for the giveaways and all your helpful advice. Have a Merry Christmas .

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I make a few hand-made gifts; sometimes felt/sequin Christmas stockings or fleece no-sew blankets. I try to start any hand-made gifts over the summer. Now that I am retired, I hope to make more next year.

  • Sandy Olms
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I am really looking forward to making the Holiday Quilt. I do make gifts most every year and am usually working really hard to get them done. So no I don’t start real early.
    Would love to win one of your give a ways.

  • Trudy Keller
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    This is the first year that I am making gifts. I didn’t start early enough as I am still working on them!

  • Ann Dunn
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I generally just make tree ornaments and start them close to Thanksgiving. This year I am almost finished; I need to add the hanging string. Thanks for having this giveaway, those cards look precious.

  • Amy H.
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoy making and giving homemade gifts and try to give myself plenty of time to get them done but it always seems like I am scrambling at the last minute regardless:) Tis the season!

  • Sunnie
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I like to bake gifts for people, next year I would like to sew some gifts. This year the basement was all a mess from getting new carpet in!

  • Judi
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I always intend to make gifts for everyone, but it seems that time is never enough! I want to try for next year! I will be making a King sized quikt for my soon to be married son and his wonderful fiancée, and my oldest granddaughter wants a “Frozen” quilt.

  • Gwynette in NW Arkansas
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I always make some of my gifts. I try to start early, bit usually end up in a time crunch!!! That is Christmas isn’t it??? I like making the gifts as it gives me time to reflect on the Reason for the Season!! We ARE celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • Sally Dixon
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I usually try to make a few gifts for Christmas and start a little ahead of time.

  • Jo Ready
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I always plan to make homemade gifts but seldom get the job done anymore.

  • Connie
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I usually make homemade gifts for many of my grandchildren and daughters especially.About starting early though…. my intention is great and I usually get a bunch of ideas and collect supplies, then begin the projects and begin to get more ideas. Then before I know it, I have too many projects going and struggle to get them all finished on time and some get IOU’s for Christmas! Need to limit myself next year or start earlier or both!! Thanks for being willing to have giveaways!

  • Gale
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I try to make gifts all year long but there is always the Christmas crunch. Yes, I do make most of my gifts.

  • Cindy Dahlgren
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    I do make a lot of Christmas presents, and I probably am Aunt Clara. Lol I start in early summer and I like to make twin quilts for close family members, or lap quilts for adults. It gives me something to do. I’m always sewing away right up until Christmas hoping to get them done though. cdahlgren at live dot com

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I start waaaaay ahead of time but for some reasons I always end up sewing until the last minute anyway! thanks for the chance to win!

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I only make homemade gifts for those who I know will love and appreciate something home made. I do try and make items all through the year for my Christmas box. I absolutely love the tote made from the block. May you have a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of love and family!

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I do make gifts, but I’m usually scrambling to finish!

    hines.jenna@gmail.com

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t made a thing this year but last year I pumped out 8 twin quilts in 2 months. I still have a couple of table runners to get made if I can find the time before Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway I hope I win!

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I always have wonderful expectations but usually only make a small portion of what I planned on!

  • Roberta Johnson
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I usually don’t like to make gifts for Christmas because I don’g like deadlines. I make quilts and give them away to family all throughout the year.

  • Carol Ford
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I usually start making my handmade gifts early; however, this year I really didn’t get serious about my projects until about two weeks ago. My sewing machine is on the fast sew mode. I also bake cookies and goodies the week before Christmas, and I make my 30 year traditional Christmas morning bread on Christmas Eve morning. Early on Christmas Eve I distribute the bread and goodies to my neighbors. My friends and family also get a plate of Christmas goodies and Christmas morning bread. I like to shop for Christmas plates, for the next year, right after Christmas, as they are always on sale.

  • Gale
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I make lots of gifts from my sewing therapy :) and I also do some crafty items. I usually start in January and still do things at the last minute. I give away lots of delicious cookies as well, but sadly they are in Ziploc containers.

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I start early and say I am going to make handmade gifts for everyone and usually only get one thing made!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

  • Genia Quinn
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I love to make gifts for the holidays as I feel they are part of me. Makes me feel I ha given part of myself to someone. I usually start working on things in November.

  • Jerri
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous bag! Yes, I have always had a tradition of making each of our kids one of their Christmas gifts. I have to start earlier each year because we keep adding children!

  • Renea
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I always think I have started early enough but end up working up to the last minute trying to get gifts made. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Marianne
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Very nice. So sad not open to Canadians. I just don’t understand what is so difficult about sending to Canada.:( we can buy things and have them sent so why can’t we enter giveaways?

  • Mary
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I love making handmade items for Christmas and both friends and family alike always look forward to receiving them. I have all good intentions to start making them in July but lo I end up doing so at the last minute. I’m doing a little better this year and am always looking for new ideas for special projects.

  • NancyL
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    I like to make homemade gifts when I can, but its hard to find the time with my full time job and going to visit my grandkids! I usually end up working on gifts at the list minute, regardless of my good intentions to get an earlier start.

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I love making handmade gifts for my quilty BFF’s and my adult daughters. I usually start making them around Thanksgiving.

  • caroline Rohrer
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I love your bag. I try to make gifts for everyone every year. I’m very behind this year.

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I love making my gifts way ahead of time!

  • Patty Bretheim
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Most years I do a few homemade gifts. But this year not so, I had cataract surgery Dec 2 on one eye, and will have the other one done Dec 16. So will not this year, but can’t wait for better eyesight, it will be worth it. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway.

  • Diana Morrison
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I love sewing things to make my home more festive at Christmastime…..quilted table runners, placemats, etc. I will give them away to friends if they express interest in them….I love giving things made from the heart.

  • Nancy A
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    I usually make some gifts, but they may not always be with sewing. I did make a quilt for one of my granddaughters this yr., but the 2nd quilt will be late. Tomorrow I start baking so that I can send goodies to my sister who is in the midst of moving. So, I try to start early enough to get done, but I am not always successful. The quilt has to get in the mail on Monday. Tomorrow we are taking pictures:)

  • Kathie L
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I do make gifts. This year I have a table runner for my sister and a stocking for a new granddaughter.

  • Nancy
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I usually make a few small things for gifts. This year I made a few potholders to give the gals in my mini group, and then I am making a wrap bracelet for a friend.

  • Susan
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I make handmade gifts for my quilting buds, but not others

  • Angelia Lanouette
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Every year I have plans and good intentions but most of the time I seem to wait too late to start and don’t get anything done. :(

  • Nancy
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve made gifts the past several years. All of the men are getting Husker pillowcases and the children are getting fun child-size reverseable tote bags. Last year all of the women got fun tote bags. I start planning in July, start sewing in mid Sept. And then hurry up to finish them by mid December. I love your blog, patterns, designs, and emagazine. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  • Linda Leahy
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I have finished my 20th quilt. This is 1st year of quilting I like making things for others.

  • Kathleen Dalecio
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m scrambling right now to finish 3 Christmas stocking so I can mail them to WA in time to be used THIS Christmas! I’m turning into a last minute crafter…

  • Margaret Lawrence
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I usually do make gifts for Christmas, and I am most definitely a procrastinator. I work better under pressure (or so I tell myself)!
    miklaw123105@gmail.com

  • Cathie
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I recently discovered you through the martingale blog hop. I’m absolutely loving your newsletter and magazines. And, now I see you have a BOM! I’m all set for Christmas as far as handmade gifts. Actually, I cheated —I made quilts for my nieces and gave them out early. So, now I’m just making things for me. Thanks so much for a chance to win.

  • Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m one of those that loves to make gifts for people – Christmas and birthdays. But, I usually don’t start them way ahead of time either. I’m one of those who burns the midnight hours right before the occasion. I just started a gift tonight while checking my emails. :)

  • Heather Burgess
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I always have the best intentions and come last minute I am scrambling and never get everything done that I wanted to do.

  • Linda
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Don’t really have too many Christmas gifts to obtain but I did make a basket for my sister. Started just before Thanksgiving because I really wanted to try the technique. It came together so quickly I’m anxious to make another. Love your e-magazine. Thanks!

  • Becky
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I do make gifts with good intentions of starting with plenty of time to complete but they seem to get done at the last minute. :-) Thank you for offering these give-aways and love your site!

  • Leslie Schmidt
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I always try to make something, but I usually end up short. I do make Christmas ornaments for my adult children. Even then, I am working on them almost up to the last minute.

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    First I have to say, what a cute bag and note cards! I bake every year for Christmas. I make tons of cinnamon rolls that my family waits all year for. Though I have had some grandkids request them for their birthdays! This year I made my 3 grown children each a queen sized quilt for their Christmas gift. They are all done except the binding on one.

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I love the note cards, so sweet and cozy. For a number of years now I’ve made more presents than I’ve bought. Apple butter, pear chutney, crocheted hats, place mats, mocha hot chocolate mix, pillowcases are some of the gifts I’ve made. I didn’t get the apple butter made this year I’m sorry to say, but maybe it’s not too late as I have some apples in cold storage! Best wishes for the holiday season!

  • Wendy
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    Happy holidays! Yes I did well this year made my mom, 2 sisters, 2 nieces, 4 grand babies, 3 friends quilts! They loved them, yeah! I Lov following you, you make me want to do this an I really did good. Well I hope I did! Can’t wait to get the pattern for December bom, thanks!!!

  • Diane Pfluger
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    I am working on handmade gifts right now so kind of last minute

  • Cynthia Price
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I do make gifts but often will be working on them right up to Christmas Eve.I have come to enjoy making things for Valentine’s Day for the folks I love to remember but did not have enough time.

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I love your site .. I tried making gifts this year. Don’t know if anyone will like them
    but I had fun with them. Love your blog

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I usually start early making gifts. I have knitted sweaters for my grandchildren and made pajama pants for them. This year, however, I am playing catch-up and am running a race to see if I can get everything made by Christmas! I really enjoy your blog; you have some very creative ideas!!!

  • Donna Magee
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I am working on Christmas gifts and haven’t even cut out some dresses I am going to make for my granddaughters. I still think I am going to make some doll clothes too! So, no, I don’t start early and I do work well under pressure!

  • Nancy Ratliff
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    I always have such big intentions about getting all my gifts made early but truth is It’s a last minute rush for me to get them done.

  • Patricia Cash
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I have cross stitched ornaments for Grandchildren for years. I start making them in the summer because there are 5 to make. Then for family and friends, I make items for the home, these are made last minute.
    I am enjoying the SAL.

    Patricia

  • Rhona
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Yes every year I make gifts, working on a quilt right now -which my daughter is getting for christmas, almost done! Working on a tablerunner, pillows, several kitchen items, the people, family and friends get excited when there opening there gifts to see what I have made, makes me feel good. Love your blog thanks for the giveaway!

  • Shelor
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I don’t even think about gifts (usually) until after Thanksgiving, and by then I don’t have time to make!! :-)

  • Nancy Ray
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Yes, this year I made quilts for all my 5 children and 18 monogramed Christmas pillowcase for my grandchildren. I started in Jan. on the quilts and finish them in November and the pillowcases were started in the last part of November and I crossed my fingers that I would get them done for the Christmas Party on the 14th Day of December and I made it. I love making them so much I made more for my brothers and sisters for Christmas too. Hope I can do this good next year, again I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season.

  • Carla J
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    So appreciate all that you have shared this year, thank you. Enjoy you Christmas. Making little gifts to give through out the year.

  • Debbie Diascro
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I love to make presents for family & friends. I’m retired & live in a retirement community & just love to give my friends homemade gifts. My friends think I’m wonderful, I guess because most don’t sew. My Mom up North is tickled when I send her quilted table runners or place mats. I just love reading quilting websites, it gives me so many ideas but I just can’t find to make everything.

  • Ann Thomas
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I usually do end up making a few presents for the holidays. This year it was mittens and a linen and quilt set for a doll bed my husband made for our granddaughter. If I plan on something large, I try to start early to make sure I have it done in time but mostly, I see things and decide they “have to be” and start them with the hopes that they will get done. This year it was the doll bed. Made the mattress, pillow, sheet, pillow case, and quilt. I did get the mittens done a few days before and was proud that it wasn’t Christmas Eve!

  • Patricia
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I do start early, sometimes in the summer! it is too hectic waiting till the end.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    azzuri9@aol.com

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    I make all of my holiday gifts! I sew feverishly all year long and make them as as I go so I’m not surprised when all of a sudden it’s Christmastime!

  • Bernadette Schultz
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I always plan on starting my gifts early, then book a couple days off work before Christmas just to finish them!!

  • Louise
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I sometimes make gifts (quilts) and start them very early, like summer. Last year each grandson got a quilt and they were thrilled and I was too that they enjoyed them.

  • Susan
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I make a lot handmade gifts for the holidays. I do start way ahead of time, but always end up running behind.

  • Holly U
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I love to make handmade gifts! I try to start early, with mixed success. Christmas is crazy enough without late night sewing marathons to meet deadlines. Sure way to make a lot of mistakes and say some very non-festive words. Thanks!

  • knittingdancer
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I sometimes make a few homemade gifts for Christmas. I usually start to start in the summer.

  • peggy hendrick
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I make gifts through out the year…and find more ideas than I can possibly make in a lifetime but that keeps me inspired…thanks

  • Vicki
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I make gifts to give. Some I make far in advance, some I make last minute. I usually have way more to do than I can finish. Love to see your projects!

  • Pat D
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I love your magazine and your blog. You are so talented. I do make gifts for Christmas. One year pillowcases for all the great grandkids. This year a Christmas tree skirt for the two oldest adult granddaughters. And yes, I usually start at the last minute. I have one skirt done except for hand sewing the binding. I have to start the other tree skirt today. The pressure is on.

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Hello, I am new to your blog and LOVE It. While reading about you I felt such joy fill my heart. It was like coming home again. I grew up with my Granny quilting everyday it seemed like. She put such love of the labor into it for her family. Out of her three children the good Lord blessed her with 48 children and grand and great grand. This doesn’t included spouses. I have got several quilt made with her loving hands. It is said things come into our lives for a reason and just when we need them. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gifts. I love the cards. You are very talented and blessed. Again thank you and I look forward to each email with wonderful designs and creations from you. Have a blessed day.

  • Melissa meinhard
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I started a quilt back in July for a Christmas present. Otherwise I have ideas that I will never get done in time if I keep being so lazy!

  • Robin T
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    In the years I decide to do handmade gifts I start early, but I am always scrambling to finish before Christmas. I laughed at the story with your nieces. I too have given embarrassing handmade gifts in the past. At the time I thought they were great and was very proud of my work.

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I love making gifts all year long for Christmas gift giving. That way I do not have to stay up all night the last few days before Christmas. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Janice
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed all of the e-magazine. I always like to get new quilt patterns and I am enjoying doing the quilt-along. Thanks.

  • Debra DeVerter
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    This year I’m finishing projects that I started last year. Thank you for sharing your talent and I truly enjoy your stories and projects.

  • Pauline Woronko
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I try to make my Christmas gifts ahead of time. The big ones may be last minute touch ups, such as sewing on binding of a quilt. This year I made 5 sets of pillow cases by the end of July.

  • Jennifer P
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    This year I’m making a twin quilt for my grandson, a knitted cowl scarf for my daughter, some Christmas stockings for a couple of other grandsons and trying to finish my quilt for the Dallas Quilt Show. Whew. Of course, I started way too late but they will be finished!

  • Vanessa Crouch
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Do you make handmade gifts for the holidays? If so, do you start way ahead of time, or try to get it all done at the last minute?
    I love giving hand made gifts for Christmas and my family always wonder who will get them this year! I don’t start as far ahead as I should so it’s not unheard of that I’m sewing in the car on the way to church on Christmas Eve!

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    There are always homemade gifts under my tree. This year there are two Christmas wallhangings – one for my daughter and one for my son’s partner (see photo here: http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/white-christmas-wall-hanging/97755 ) and a cushion covered entirely of buttons from my Mom’s collection for her (photo here: http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/button-cushion/217256). She had to give up a lot of things including the collection when she moved into an apartment this year. I will probably be finishing other projects right up until Christmas eve. Wishing you and yours many Christmas blessings!

  • Cindy Wienstroer
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I like to make gifts but not everyone gets one each year. I do make small items last minute for the people at work – like mug mats, star ornaments (paper pieced), etc. This year I am making a queen size quilt for my middle son (last yr was my youngest). It just needs to be quilted – may take a day off to do that! I should have started sooner ;-)

  • Prudence Fager
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I make a few homemade gift items for my sister-in-laws for Christmas. I have made them all each a queen sized quilt and hot pads. It has been a very rewarding thing for me to give these hand made items to each of them.

  • Anne Dirks
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I love to make gifts, too. But I usually start late and work like crazy to get them done. One year I made 5 doll quilts using the paper-pieced heart log cabin. Then I hand quilted them. It was a lot of work. Think the mothers liked them more than the Grands!!

  • Mildred Plaskett
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    I belong to a sewing group that meets every week, so I start my gifts in the summer. Made a few gifts for my family but the Christmas Tree wall hanging I am making for myself is not done..maybe before Christmas.

  • Fay Applegate
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I usually wait till the last minute to get done and by then it’s maybe next year!

  • Lori
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I always start early because I work on stuff right up to Christmas Eve. I’ve just finished some recycled sweater mittens for the grandkids. I tend to jump right in on something and read the directions later which is why every pair I made first was to small. Forgot to add for seam allowances. Oh well, I have some extra mittens for the nearest day care center to share. Always giving my stuff away.

  • Suzy Marshall
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy seeing all your creations… I love your fabric, and hope my local quilts stores will carry them. Your work is so inspiring to me. Thank you! And of course I look forward to seeing more of your creativity. <3 Suzy

  • Kathy Biciocchi
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    The first year I started quilting (in October), I decided to make lap quilts for everyone in my immediate family (6 people). I sewed non-stop, but my son and husband received boxes with fabric and a picture of what their lap top would look like when completed. I definitely took on too much for a beginner! I’ve learned my lesson and will never commit to too many projects again!

  • Nancy Leubner
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelynn, I do not make hand made gifts at Christmas. I do however make quilts for family members. I’m working on two now one for my sister and one for my son and daughter in law which at this time is 3 years post wedding!! Really love your blog and block of the month. Thanks for inspiring me!!

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I often make homemade gifts and it depends on the scope of them how soon I start. Sometimes I’ll start in the summer, and often I’ll start in September/October for smaller ideas.

  • Glenna D.
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I don’t make as many gifts now that my grandchildren are older, but I do enjoy making gifts or baking gifts for special friends and neighbors. I usually start just before Thanksgiving – maybe that’s why I don’t do as many as I used to!

  • Nancy Neal
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I have been trying the last few years to make gifts for family and friends. This year I made snowman table toppers for everyone. I also is making a small quilt for my son and daughter-in-law. I also love to bake cookies for everyone. I just need more time to get it all done. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Mary Johnson
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Yes I make my gifts. Normally I wait until the last minute but this year I got ahead of the game.
    I was able to get three prayer quilts done for the girls at work this year. I just love your
    block of the month and this site.

  • Salinn
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    No I don’t make gifts for Christmas. I’d love to win.
    salinn.bethany@gmail.com

  • Carol S.
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I used to make gifts for Christmas, starting in November, but I’ve not done so many yrs! I have good intentions, but no follow through!!

  • Sherry Fram
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I usually start making gifts around April or so and am usually still working the week before
    Christmas! lol

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    I remember those sweatshirts! I made several of them too and sold them at craft shows. That would be in the late ’80s early ’90s timeframe. I do make Christmas gifts from time to time, but more than anything I “think” about making Christmas gifts. I start planning what I want to make in January and plan all year long before actually starting sometime in October, if then. Yes, my intentions are much greater than my accomplishments. We do make a lot of fudge that we give away though. It’s much easier and seems to be much anticipated by those on the receiving end. Maybe one of these days I’ll get better at making gifts that don’t add unneeded calories to a person’s diet.

  • Laurel
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I have made a couple pillows and am working on tea towels, but I am really excited about the two Sew Sweet Simplicity blocks that I made. Anxious for blocks three and four! I just making a four block quilt with fancy quilting inside the blocks.

  • Lori Morton
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I do make gifts…& need to start early! lol But usually have few last minute projects going anyhow! lol

  • Coral
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I embroider towels and blankets for Christmas. I try to start ahead of time, but end up finishing them a week beforehand.

  • Nancy Mason
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    I started in July making quilts for my family. I only began quilting back in April but I have been sewing for 45 years. I also made sets of pillows for my nieces . I still work full time so it is slow going some weeks. But I am on schedule. I love your blog and look forward to the emails. Merry Christmas.

  • Brenda
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I don’t make a lot of gifts for Christmas any more. My quilts are once or twice in a lifetime (weddings, graduations, when you were born).

  • Susan
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    If making cookies, fudge and other goodies count as handmade [I think they should since I am the one making them :-)], then yes I do, but I don’t start this stuff until after Thanksgiving. I occasionally make other things like ornaments, hot pads, etc., but I start them earlier in the year.

  • emme
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been working on hand knit christmas ornaments since thanksgiving. AND it does not feel soon enough, still
    emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

  • CarolK
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I make and/or look for handmade gift items throughout the year and put them aside for Christmas or other special occasions. This way I’m always ready without the added stress of rushing to get something together at the last minute. I also love receiving handmade gifts – – hint, hint, hint.

  • Carole Higgins
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I ave lots of ideas, but not enough time to make them. So, I complete what I can and save a few to complete in the new year……..or next year, lol.

  • Deborah VanHooser
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I usually wait until the last minute. Seems to get me all excited about Christmas. If I drag it out to long then when Christmas comes along I am POOPED!!! LOL

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    It depends, sometimes I make them ahead, but not this year. I’m working on them now :) But I’m already making plans for the the gifts I want to make for next Christmas :)
    Have a very blessed, merry Christmas Jacquelynn :)

  • Wendy
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I have good intentions but, I usually am scrambling to get my Christmas projects done. I always have more than enough to do and….there is always next year!

  • Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like I’m in good company here. I make a few handmade gifts and even though I scaled back this year, I’m still not done. I seem to over-estimate how much I can get done in my limited crafting time.

  • Terry
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I usually make a few handmade gifts and try to start early (but it doesn’t always work out that way). Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Posted December 12, 2014 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    I try to start ahead of time making the presents, but I know I end up finishing things last minute. I try to make all my presents.
    Thanks for the chance!
    NaturallyFunDays(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Cathie
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I always think I am starting ahead with plenty of time but end up doing a made rush the last 3 or 4 weeks before the holidays.

  • Karrie Smith
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I don’t make a lot of handmade gifts, but if I do, it is at the last minute. Like the full size quilt I’m going to start tomorrow!

  • Mama Lusco
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    I like to make handmade gifts – clothing, bags, ornaments. I try to plan ahead, but some are always last minute! Thank you! mamalusco at live dot com

  • Pam Reim
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Lovely cards… I have great intentions but always start too late to get too far down the list but I usually manage a few small items-totes, make up bags, organizers, table runners

  • Posted December 12, 2014 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelynne,

    I try to make simple things for my grandkids but usually the initial enthusiam wanes and I finish the projects with the memory of past Christmases where expressions of gratitude were missing. Then the gift angst monster rears it’s ugly head and I give my small gifts to my family with fear and trembling. (They also get gift cards from me so its not a total loss
    I don’t know. Maybe this will be the the last year for homemade gifts from me. ;)

    ….

  • JudyBL
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    What a great giveaway!! I try making Christmas gifts ahead of time but often December becomes a last minute crunch OR on occasion the gifts end up for next year. I usually manage some small items but a big item may take me longer. There are always so many wonderful choices to make and so little time!!

  • ColleenM
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I do and I don’t as far as making homemade gifts. This year I am only making one gift – hand embroidered dish towels for my sister-in-law. I hope to finish the last one this weekend. I need to start wrapping:) (Also, I agree with you about wearing an item someone made for you at least once.)

    Thanks for sharing your story and your talent.

  • Posted December 12, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I always make cookies/candies for friends and neighbors, and homemade Christmas cards. This year was the first year I made gifts. I made scarves, and started in October. I should have started earlier, but I think I will make it. Only a one left to go.

  • Sandra from NC
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Handmade gifts are my favorite to give. I make them for my side of the family every year. This year it’s two lap quilts, a quilted wall hanging and quilted placements. I usually do hand made Christmas cards each year. but this year we had a family picture from a summer wedding so I did digital cards. I’ll also make chocolate covered peanuts to give to everyone.

  • Rhonda Desgranges
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    When I make Christmas gifts, I do start early, but usually am fighting to get the last one done in time! Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!
    wigglypup2 ( at ) yahoo ( dot ) com

  • Bonniw
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I start way ahead of time, but I make so many quilts for the nursing homes and hospitals I am still rushing to finish the week before Christmas

  • Jeanie R
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Yes .. I seem to always wait till the last minute to do homemade Christmas gifts and decorations. Seems like it just isn’t on my radar until after Thanksgiving. Really enjoying doing your BOM. First time and really appreciate the directions you give with each. Thanks for the opportunity and give-aways.

  • Dorothy Schreyer
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I have in the past made my gifts, everything from a stuffed dinosaur for my youngest step-sister to tied fleece blankets and quilts. BUT not this year!

  • Niechelle Wade
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I just make fun projects all year, then decide in December if any of then would make good gifts. :)

  • Charlotte Lunsford
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Ive been making rice therapy bags this year.
    Teacher gifts

  • Susan C.
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I always have grand plans for making items but usually end up making one or two!

  • Nicole Sender
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I make gifts for Christmas and I must say I am never on schedule!

  • Julie
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I am making pillowcases for my grnadkids this year, but don’t have them all done yet:) Thanks

  • Lauralee Hensley
    Posted December 14, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Try to make as many hand made gifts as possible. Did already give away a story-coloring book to my nephews. I wrote the story and drew coloring pictures to go along with the story. Have already given cookie dough with instructions on how to cook the dough which I already shaped and froze. That way the people can just unthaw and cook them when they want. I’m still working on making some handmade ornaments and fabric gift bags that can be reused. I’m also using a Dremel drill with different heads to learn how to crave some wooden ornaments. We cut some tree branches out earlier in the year and they’ve dried through. So husband cut some of the branches into 1 inch slices. I’ve already sanded the bark off, now using the drill head for wood to etch in Christmas designs. Either I’ll paint the cut designs with my acrylics or maybe I’ll just varnish and buff them out. Don’t know if they’ll be nice enough to give away this year, as I’m just learning this skill. I still need to sew up a few things I promised to give to myself this year. They are all cut out and basted, but not finished with machine sewing yet. Feel like I wait until the last minute and feel overwhelmed. Told my husband I have to start earlier next year.

    • Lauralee Hensley
      Posted December 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, typed crave instead of carve in my comment above.

  • Kate W.
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    every year I make some gifts. This year it is hand towels that are appliqued. Last year we all worked together to make candle holders (that turned out great) and I’ve done crazy things like make jammies for all the kids. :) I always drive myself crazy, but I do it anyway!

  • Posted December 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    The only gifts I made were pillow cases. They are so easy and so much fun to make for the kids in really playful patterns. The boys like trucks and puppies. The girls like pretty playful and colorful fabrics.

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