Monday, December 6, 2010

Simple Gifts Part 4

Every day I've been working on gifts...I just love it!  I think it's just part of the season for me to spend the first half of December making things for family and friends.  These hexagons are part of a project I started over the weekend...I'll be sharing it soon!

One handmade gift I give nearly every year is handmade ornaments.  This year I'm trying a couple of new ideas. I made these ornament balls very quickly this weekend.  I need to pick up some ribbon, and then I'll be making a whole lot more of these.  I really love this little pattern--it's simple and fun, and I love the way these go together.  These ornaments were designed by Gudrun Erla and are found in this year's edition of Quilting Arts Gifts.



I also want to make some of these little advent houses for ornaments (I'll leave the pockets off to make them stitch up faster).  I have about 50 ornaments I need to make so will probably make 20 houses and about 30 ornament balls. Do you have any ornaments that you love to make? I'd love to hear any ideas you might have for fun ornaments!


A few years ago I made little nine patch pillows and added hangers and ribbons.  I've also made mitten ornaments--using fusible web to attach fabric to felt.

My love of handmade ornaments comes from my grandmother (who always gave us an ornament each year, and who often made them herself).  Above is a collage of a few that she's given me over the years.


When I'm not finishing my hexagon project or making ornaments this week...I'll be binding!  I didn't get any of my bindings finished, but did get two machine stitched on! Also...for a wonderful idea for handmade gift tags go here---love these! Have a wonderful day!


20 comments:

Karen said...

Wonderful ideas. Lovin' the little quilt in the last picture. What line is that?

Sue said...

I love the things you are making! Working on some Christmas presents here in my sewing room too.

Blessings

Michelle said...

I have a quick little idea, if you want to wander over to my blog,(tutorial on my sidebar) they are really little bags that can be filled with lollies, chocolates or a little gift ie soap, candle, hairties, jacks etc. Another idea I've seen is yoyo's sewn together to resemble a Christmas tree!Have fun...

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love all your project Sherri...

Zoe's Attic said...

Whenever my Google Reader is insanely full because I've missed reading my favorite blogs for a few days, I always check your blog first before I hit the "mark all as read" button to clean it out! I'm never disappointed! Thanks for always sharing great ideas!

Cardygirl said...

Great ornaments...especially the ones made for you! I haven't made any decorations for a while....you have given me some ideas though! Love those hexies!

Melody said...

I love the palette of Christmas colours you have chosen and such beautiful work.

Quilt Hollow said...

Simply adorable ornaments!!!

Terriaw said...

How wonderful to be able to work on some handmade Christmas gifts every day. I might be able to do that once my semester ends. I have always loved making ornaments too, so I'm looking forward to try a couple of these, especially those bulbs from this year's Quilting Arts magazine. It's so fun to decorate a tree with all handmade ornaments from friends and family!

Cheryll said...

You are doing such a wonderful job of spreading "The Chrissy Cheer".
Merry Christmas to YoU!

Michele said...

What beautiful ornaments! Your Christmas tree must be gorgeous!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Sherri, So many great things to look at!! Thank you so much for sharing, I sooo need that magazine. and I love the ornaments you received from your Grandmother, so very special.

Wendy said...

love the ornaments ... beautiful! Thank you for sharing where you got the pattern ... may have to go hunt the magazine down :) Blessings to you!

Sammy said...

I love all these Christmas Goodies-!!

Love,

-Samya :-)

JULIE said...

I am making ornaments out of clear plastic ornament balls that you can find at a craft store. I fill them with silver tinsel/garland and then attach double sided adhesive (by Thermoweb)to bright colored fabric and cut circles of various sizes. Stick these onto the outside of ball and tie a ribbon on!

comfortstitching said...

I love the idea of making new ornaments each year to give as gifts. What a fun tradition!

Madame Samm said...

Downright festive! that is what they are...gosh you are sew good...

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute ideas Sherrie! I've been meaning to make some of those houses for ornaments too -- I think they're so cute. And Kate's tags are amazing too!

Sinta Renee said...

Fun ideas... I love your ornaments with the bows. Your various ornaments from your grandma are so precious!

Jenny said...

I LOVE those 12 Days of Christmas hexagons that you're putting together! I can't wait to see what you turn it into.

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