Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend

All of our children were home for Thanksgiving for the first time since 2003--the six of us had a wonderful day with my in-laws, a sister-in-law, and two nieces also in attendance! After the dishes were done and put away I decided to start on some Christmas gifts for my older daughter's roommates. I have a great new pattern for making a quilted cover for a 5 x 8 notepad that I wanted to try...so I made three! One I'm going to keep since it matches my "Cotton Blossoms" bag (it fits perfectly inside)!
The large pocket on the right side holds the cardboard back of the notepad, and there is also a smaller pocket on the left that will hold pens or other papers. This is really a nifty pattern. It is called "Just a Note"by Little Scraps from This & That patterns. I found it on-line at Fat Quarter Shop. Making these little notebooks also gave me a chance to make more covered buttons--I was having so much fun!
I also made some little bags from the same pattern company. This pattern is called "Sweet Stuff." These bags were really cute (and again...I got to cover more buttons)! I have a third little pattern that I didn't get to this weekend; I'll get at least one made up this week to share.

By Friday night I had made three notepad holders and three little bags--and along with some other little things I'd already made, my daughter had quite a selection to choose from. She ended up taking seven little gifts back to school. Although there was no Black Friday shopping for me this year, I did venture out on Saturday, making it to Joann's just in time to use their Saturday morning coupons! I bought zippers and more buttons to cover and also picked up some table-runners from the quilter, so now I have more binding to do this week! I've enjoyed making all of these small projects, but I'm really wanting to start some quilts! I've got a couple in mind that I just can't wait to start...but first I'd better get my Christmas decorating done!

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

Wow Sherri. You've been a busy elf. Love the note pads. And your zipper pouch looks great!!!

Kevin and Vicki said...

I can't wait till Christmas is OVER so I can work on some things for ME... like the notepad holder and purse. Very cute. And there you go again, blogging at 5 in the morning!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh, I love the notepad cover and after seeing your buttons, I want to give that a try too!! Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with ALL the family.

Dawn said...

Everthing looks great! I can't wait till my life is back to some normalcy...I think my sewing machine has spider webs growing...haha!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Such cute projects. It is fun to do gifts like these but I know what you mean, after making all my ornaments I'm ready to go back to making a quilt. But I'm not going to be able to until all my gifts are made - oh well. Good ideas and cute fabric here.

Carrie P. said...

Love those note pad holders. Those are great gifts.

Stina said...

Oh ...the note book cover was a really fantastic idea...looks fantastic!!! :o) You are really in a button cover frenzy ...lol... they are really cute ...love the zipper pouches too...

Peddlecar Quilts said...

Sherri, those bads are so cute. Those must be fun to make! Good job

The NELSON Family said...

Stinkin cute! Love the buttons!

Purple and Paisley said...

wow, sherri! i love those bags! and the notepad holders! they look great! =)

Simone de Klerk said...

Sherri, your projects are beautiful! I also love the colors you use. Always different and always such a good match. Love coming by on your blog!

Mary said...

They're all very cute! We ran some errands on Friday and I darted into Joann's to use my coupons while we were out. They were more crowded than I expected.

trelly said...

Hi Sherri! I love your blog and all your projects, congratulations! One question: can you find me the link for buy the notepad? I can't find it al fat quarter shop... and I'd like to do it. Thanks a kisses from Spain