Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Christmas Delivery

I had lots of plans today. I was going to admire my new floors, I was going to go grocery shopping, I was going to try to design a new quilt. All for naught. I had a delivery from my UPS man today. It is our new Christmas collection - Jingles. It is our first flannel collection and it is yummy. (This is a picture of it on the new, shiny floor. Don't mind me - I will pat myself on the back so much - I will dislocate my shoulder) This got Polly and I to thinking. Yes, a dangerous state of mind....

Do you make your Christmas gifts? Have you started? Did you make Christmas gifts last year?
I know that there is a lot of talk and some confirmed statistics that during an economic downturn that home sewing increases. I always try to make some gifts, but it is time that is my enemy in that department. People who love to sew, stitch, or hook are always generous with their art - we give it away to our friends and loved ones. Let's face it - making a quilt for someone is not cheap. Our time is valuable and if you are reading this blog - you are probably hip to buying premium fabrics and tools. We want the best if we are spending our money and time on a project. I know I do. It is heartening to know that when people are faced with challenges that they make something with their own hands for someone that literally "comforts" them - a quilt.
What we don't tell the receiver of such a gift is that it comforts us too. It really is better to give than to receive.

You can take the following anecdote with a grain of salt - last fall at Quilt Market there was talk of bad times ahead and lots of predictions of doom and gloom. At Spring Market last week I heard very little of that. Hardly any at all, really. While some people's financial situations are far from rosy, it seems our industry is surviving just fine. It seems that if you have to cut something out of your budget - sewing, thankfully, is not on the list.

So with these thoughts - we decided to help you a bit with your Christmas Gift list. Comment about making Christmas gifts, or your home sewing habits lately and you could be eligible for a "Jingles" quilt kit.Everything you need to make the top is here and the instructions are included. Jingles flannels ship next month to your local quilt shop and the pattern is a free download from the Moda website.
Comment before midnight on Friday, May 29th and the winner will be drawn at random.
And the first person who says they have ALL of their Christmas shopping done already - is automatically disqualified from the drawing. Kidding.

Laurie

159 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello,
The fabrics are lovely! I am always shopping during December--and I usually find myself working on a few handmade gifts right up to the last minute. Why do I do that to myself? :)
Best wishes on the new line...
Juliet in SoCal

Kristy said...

Hi Laurie, those are very lovely fabrics. And flannels! When I plan on making someone a quilt for Christmas, it usually isn't finished until the NEXT year's Christmas. But it's usually because I'm putting more love into the quit- or ripping seams- something like that.

I was wondering how the quilting/fabric industry would do during these difficult economic times. I'm glad it's still doing well.

EclecticStitcher said...

Oh, those are SO PRETTY! I'm a fairly new quilter, but I've never quilted with flannels before. I would love to win these ;o)

Lauralee >^.^<

Domestic Designer said...

I always try to make at least part of my Christmas gifts. My children both get something handmade every year. This year I plan to do quilts incorporating scraps of their clothes that I made when they were children. A way to decrease my stash and make them happy at the same time.:-) I have already chosen the fabrics for my son's and just need to get busy cutting. Thanks for the opportunity to be in the running for a give away! Have a great day...Love the fabric!

Mary said...

I am SO still qualified. I don't Christmas shop until after Halloween ... the majority after Thanksgiving. I don't try to "make" all my gifts ... way too much pressure. But I pick some sort of project (little tie-ons for baked gifts or maybe one Christmas quilt) just to get the juices going and feel the ol' Christmas Spirit.

Whoa ... love the fabrics.

Mary said...

wow wonderful fabrics. I am not even thinking about Christmas yet. I need to get thru the 5 family weddings this summer first. Thank goodness only one of them is my dd and my financial responsibility. But we are doing our part to stimulate the economy.

Diana said...

I'm not even thinking about Christmas yet, but these fabrics are so pretty. I would love to win them!

Margaret said...

Wow! I love your fabrics and I'd love to win! But I won't.... Thanks for the chance anyway. :D

Megan said...

I can't wait to see the fabrics in my local shops! Ha - still totally qualified for the shop. I don't even think about Christmas shopping/stitching until November. I usually give a couple of handmade gifts around the holidays, but I've never been ambitious enough to make ALL of them.

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

I try and start thinking about Christmas gifts in July. My goal every year is to be done by Thanksgiving. I love when it happens. Then I am able to enjoy the holiday much more. I have made many gifts and love doing so, but have also come to the realization that I have very few of my own creations. So I have been cutting back just a bit. I want things to pass down and so on. Your flannel's are fantastic! And I would be thrilled to win.

Kaye Prince said...

Wow Laurie I really love this post! You've hit the nail on the head; we all spend a lot of time on the things we make for others (I'm currently hand-piecing a quilt for a wedding gift, phew!) but we do it all out of love and a knowledge that what we've made with our own hands brings so much joy. I'm hoping that I'll be able to make a little something for everyone on my Chrismukkah (I'm Christian, Alex is Jewish) list this year.

I would love to win your giveaway!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Oh my...it is not right how badly I want to win. I will keep my fingers crossed.

Pat

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a Jingles kit! I have been making gifts for my husband's family exchange since we were married-a long time ago! They have always been smaller things, ornaments, table runners etc. I'm thinking it is time now for everyone to get a quilt. Maybe not all this year!! Thanks, Terry

Lisa D. said...

I would love to have the time to make gifts for Christmas, but it's usually such a hectic time that I'm not able to. I love giving quilts for new babies and do that whenever I can. Love your new flannels!

lesthook said...

How pretty! I make a lot of my presents.

Kwiltsfl said...

Lovely new line! My favorite local quilt shop is doing fine, thankfully. I think quilters will give up everything else before their quilting!

Last Christmas I gave away a quilt and two pillowcases. It's too soon to tell what my gift list will be for this year (but I oughta start thinking about it.)
Karen

Anonymous said...

rI love the thought of your Christmas colours in flannel. Up here in Canada we need all the warmth we can get during winter!

Thanks for the chance to enter...

Carmen in Canada

scottylover said...

I didn't make any Christmas gifts this year, but have in year's past. This year, I probably will make presents. Depends on if I ever find a job!

Love the fabric line, too! I just finished a baby quilt using flannel and love the way it feels. I used flannel for the batting and it washed up wonderful!

Becky said...

Hi, lovely fabrics. I do make quite a few of my Christmas gifts. I can usually finish the tops, but sometimes it takes another year to quilt all of them. I hope the new line sells well. I made one quilting trip so far this year, and believe me, none of us were worrying about finances enough to keep us from buying fabric.

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie,
I love your Christmas flannels! My grandaughters always get something made by me each year. Your flannels would make cozy Christmas PJ's and a pillowcase to match!
Karen in WA

Janet said...

I always try to make a couple Christmas gifts. I don't usually start until November. I'd sure like to win some Jingles fabric and get an early start!! :0)

lilsis said...

OH MY! That is a fantastic pattern. I always "think" about making Christmas gifts, but then procrastinate too long to actually get them done, then end up rushing around in late December trying to figure out what I'm going to buy from the pawed over shelves.

Gwendie said...

Only very special people get handmade gifts. We're expecting another grandchild the first part of Dec, so that's a definite handmade! My children know how much time things take and love getting something that's not "store bought".

Spencer said...

Only X shopping days left, amirite? In the meantime, get into the spirit...
With Music!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Laurie ~ A flannel quilt will be sooo cozy ~ I'd love to be in your drawing!! And I loved your very funny posting about the floor finishing ~ and I loved your posts about quilt market!! You write funny ~
Alice

Cynthia said...

Love your new line --- and flannel to boot....now that's cozy for winter!
I always have great intentions of sewing lots of gifts for Christmas...then reality sets in...and before I know it, I've replaced a few too many of the handmade gifts with ready made/store purchases. But some yummy fabric (like your Jingles) just might be the remedy & push a project through....shameless, huh?

Amy R said...

Well, home sewing is suffering a little in my world. But my way around it was to "offer" to make a quilt for a wedding gift! We attended the wedding May 15th, and when the couple returns from Italy we will figure out what they'd like. I'm nervous and excited at the same time - but I'm really looking forward to it. As for Christmas presents, I'll definitely be trying to make some as well. I'm just hoping I'm working and will have both the funds and the time this go around to make sure quilting/creating is still a part of my world.

Anonymous said...

What nice fabric & great give away! I always make some Christmas gifts, usually finishing up just before Christmas.
Nancy E

debbie said...

PSSSSTTTT, hey Roscoe and Lizzie- I need you to help me out here. Roscoe, please chase Lizzie toward Mom when she's going to do the drawing since she probably still has sticky paws from hopping across the new floor. Lizzie, make sure you jump into the basket and make sure my name gets stuck onto your paws, tada, I'm the winner!
( figure since I used to have a furbaby named Jingles, I should involve them in my quest to win!) LOL! Debbie :)

Sherri said...

I love these fabrics...I've been looking at them on the Fat Quarter Shop's Coming Soon page for awhile! And while I haven't started on Christmas yet, I have started thinking about it!!! I made many of my gifts last year and already have a little list of things I want to make for Christmas '09!

Elizabeth said...

Love love love those new fabrics!

Heather said...

Wow, what pretty fabrics, and as a double bonus, they are flannel :) So, I always have big aspirations of all the gifts I’m going to make throughout the year for my family and friends, usually I only get a few done, and several of them are through November and December. Oh well :D LOL!

Jacque. said...

Last Christmas, I made every single thing I gave...and I must say, it was very satisfying! I just got into quilting in February and have decided to make quilts for the 4 grandchildren. I have fabric for 2 of them so far. I'll be sewing pincushions, crazy quilt block pillows, plus whatever else I come up with for the others on my list!!!

The 'jingles' pattern and FABRIC are pure delight!!! Would be perfect for my oldest grandson. LOVE it!!!

Vickie E said...

Yep the flannels look great! I have to say that I would probably make something for Modabakeshop with these? Is that legal? LOL Really I am in the process this year of making quilts for ALL my sisters and brother and parents and in-laws. I am not sure IF I will complete this goal by Christmas we'll see. I have 3 completed. I have 4 to go. Last year I made aprons for everyone..yes it is better to give than receive.

Libby said...

Seems that I have been making gifts for nearly as long as I can remember. It began out of economic necessity as a young bride. Over the years, it has become more as a way to feel my gifts are from the heart and truly a part of me. Last year I made the gift wrap, too (each gift was presented in a stocking)
I have gotten a little start for the coming year, but probably won't get full tilt until later in summer or early fall. What is it about a looming deadline that just spurs us to get moving?

Gayle said...

My home sewing lately has consisted of quilt blocks and shortening hems on blouses. What I really need to do is make a bedskirt out of a really nice plaid - I already have the fabric - just need to find the time.

DebrafromMD said...

I make Christmas gifts as the spirit moves me. Now that I have a grandchild, I find most of my quilting is for him. He loves rolling around in quilts. Most of my time around Christmas is spent baking so if it isn't stitched by Thanksgiving, it goes on the list for the following year. I love the new flannels!

Donnelly said...

I make handmade gifts for all of my family that I know will appreciate a handmade gift. My current list includes my mom, one of my sisters, my oldest daughter and both of my daughter-in-laws. On the years that my rheumatoid is acting up, the sad looks on their faces (when they see their gift isn't homemade) is enough to help me get an earlier start so my arthritis isn't a factor.
Have a great day.

Dianne said...

I. LOVE. Handmade gifts! I always try to make more each year, and this year I've actually already started! This would be a wonderful gift for my sister who loves to hang on the couch under quilts!

Jenny said...

Whoo Hooo!! We started making all our Christmas gifts when my oldest child was 14 the youngest was 4..it made for some interesting gifts, like foil dolls...I guess you had to be there. Any way that is just part of our holiday and as our children have had families, they always start out buying things , but eventually get back to making and giving. I have 7 children so if I am making 1 I am making 7 and that just makes it more fun for me. This is so nice of you and thank you for bringing some sweet memories to mind!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What beautiful fabrics. I used to try to make a lot of Christmas gifts, but like you said, the time crunch always loomed on me :-( Now if I can get one or two done, I am satisfied. I want to make a quilt for each of my boys this year. I thought about doing it last year, but alas, the time crunch. It would give me great satisfaction to get this accomplished.
Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.
Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Finn said...

The new flannels are just awesome! I would love to be considered for the drawing on May 29th.
Yes, I sew for my 5 children and the 14 grandkids they have given me. I can't quite accomplish that many new quilts each year, so a select "few" get a new ALL flannel snuggle quilt( 54"X72") and the rest get a new flannel pillowcase.I do utility quilt the flannel quilts with perle cotton. They love what they get no matter who gets what. I'm a lucky lady *VBS* Hugs, Finn

Anonymous said...

I love the flannel fabrics. I have the best of intentions to make my Christmas quilts but since I'm a longarm quilter, I'm usually making sure that someone else's Christmans present is done before mine.
Terry in GA

Cynthia said...

I have more time lately because I recently moved and have no quilting friends yet! I am planning on making three of my daughters a lap quilt,and a purse for all 5 of my daughters and daughters in law. Lately, I have just finished two quilt tops, and currently hand stitching (applique) a scallop edge to my "comforts of home" quilt, just finished 2 reversible super capes for my grandchildren, and am working on a redwork children's quilt that I found in a quilting magazine about 5 years ago......that's all......

Cathy said...

I love that pattern and the fabrics. I haven't yet made a flannel quilt but one is on my to-do list.

I always try to make a few gifts. It results in something special, when so many of those on my list already have "everything" or say they don't really want anything. I especially like to make things for my mom as she appreciates it. But I find it much harder to make things for men - that's my challenge.

Robin C said...

pretty colors, love them all.

I intend every year to make quilts or lap throws for gifts but the time gets by me everytime. Starting this early would be the right thing to do and all I need is inspiration...

Robin in VA

junglewife said...

Wow, gorgeous fabrics! I do love making gifts for others. It's so much fun to give something that's totally unique and that you know they will love!

Carol said...

I don't have all of my shopping done or even started. I love to make quilted gifts for Christmas and for Birthdays too. Yes Quilters are a generous bunch much to the dismay of our pocketbooks. I love your Jingles flannel fabrics! Please enter me in your drawing. If I win I think I will do something I usually don't do and make it for myself.

Hey I saw Polly's Irish Chain Rug in the Quilter's Home magazine, it's awesome.

Meghann said...

I love your new fabrics:) I use to be really good about making Christmas presents and now that I have a new found love of quilting this year will be no different. I'm working on queen size quilts for my nieces and another quilt for my parents. And if I have any other time left I hope to make a few table runners for friends.

quilterchibb said...

I can never wait for Christmas to give away a quilt, they get it when it is done! Those fabrics are beautiful!

Marie in NV

Becky said...

I have never made all my Christmas gifts, but I have found that the years that I have made a quilt as a surprise gift for a loved one is the happiest time for me. It really adds to my sense of giving. I do lots of sewing in the Summer when I have time off of my school job. That's when I begin planning. I'm thinking this year that I would like to make a quilt for my step-son. I also would like to make Christmas pillowcases for my sister-in-laws. Looking forward to seeing and "touching" your new flannel line in my LQS. Take care!

SheilaS said...

Hi Laurie-What pretty X-mas fabrics. I have already started thinking about X-mas gifts which will be quilts, of course. I am trying to make one for each grandchild. I just finished two, your fabrics, and have only got two to go. I'm shooting for X-mas but it could be next year!

rebecca said...

I'm very blessed to have two girls who look forward to the homemade from Mom gift at X-Mas. Fun to do for them every year!! Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Okay, here's my ambitious plan. My church has 8 staff members and I want to deliver 8 lap quilts to them at work on Dec. 23 - I have 6 tops done, but I have to quilt them all - and I work full time! Wish me luck, because I'm going to need it!
Becky B. in Michigan

anne said...

I am fairly new to quilting and this year hope to make some quilts to give. I love christmas and christmas fabrics and already have a small stash, but I need a large stash

Auntie Pami said...

Hi,

What a nice way to start the Holiday season. I have a list of little gifts that I can make out of my stash. My family loves the homemade gifts the best (esp. if there is a DVD involved). I am one who has been impacted, but I still sew.

Thanks!

L. Gray said...

Oh, so nice. Flannel, so cozy and a beautiful pattern as well. Last Christmas I organized a handmade gift exchange. Non-crafty, non-sewing family members baked, cooked [or bought something handmade by someone else!]. It was great fun for all of us...we're doing it again this year. We each drew a number and selected a wrapped handmade gift in numerical order. --Lisa

Kathy said...

I have been making my own gifts for years. My family does not appreciate that I make them...to them, it is the 'cheap way out'...little do they know that I probably spend more money making than I do buying premade! I have alot of my gifts made already. I did some cross stitch samplers and pillows. I also made some quilted accessories and totes. I have made jewelry and other items, as well. My husbands family is very appreciative, and are always anxious to see what they are all going to receive. One year aprons, one year pillows, chenille scarves, ornaments, etc. I really enjoy making the gifts.
Thank you for your wonderful givaway! If I win, I just might keep the kit and make it for me!

Cindy said...

This xmas line is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately for the families for one of the bread winners to have lost their job is devasating and there has been no turn in the economy as of yet to create new jobs. My fabric purchasing came to a halt in January when my DH was layed off. We are one of the thousands of families just trying to get by daily.

Ruth B said...

Gorgeous fabrics and my kind of Christmas colors!! I have always wanted to make a flannel quilt and would love the opportunity to win this kit! Fingers crossed.

Gretchen said...

Beautiful fabrics and a perfect gift. I haven't even started thinking about Christmas so thanks (I think) for bringing it up. Last year I did make two small quilts and got them finished and mailed on time! A first!!

Mimi said...

Your free pattern reminds me of the twisted tinsel hanging on the Christmas trees in my youth. Also, your new fabric really gets me in the mood for starting Christmas projects. Just lovely.

magnhild said...

I love this, I have actually already checked it out on the Moda site and am sad their are no pre-cuts! The green in this line is so wonderful... hope I win, and I know WHOEVER WINS WILL BE HAPPY, cause its great! Oh, as far as Christmas, I'm hoping to get a few bags done... my youngest starts preschool so life should slow down!

Ginny Worden said...

I often make my Christmas gifts for my friends and family. Not always a quilt, but sometimes a quilty something, ( table runner, wall hanging, etc.).I like to start this process in the fall, when the temperatures here start to drop. Flannel would certainly help keep me and my loved ones warm. Thanks for the opportunity.

Debra said...

I love your new Christmas line, I have never sewn a flannel quilt but would certainly be willing to try it!
I usually start shopping in November and am still shopping until about a week before Christmas...I do much more internet ordering than actually shopping in brick and mortar stores so the UPS man is a regular visitor during December! I usually have some handmade items that I am making and usually start them way too late and try to do way too much but mostly get them done.

ytsmom said...

Very nice. Some people make a Christmas quilt every year. Do they get anything else done?? :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

First new Christmas fabrics of the season are awesome. I just finished two baby quilts for two great nieces and made my husband a quilt for Valentine's Day. I am now choosing fabric for a wedding quilt for my niece. And I have a few plans for Christmas gifts I will make.

kshackabq said...

Hi Laurie and Polly -
What a cheerful group of Christmas fabrics! My favorite way to prepare for Christmas is to sew and/or quilt gifts--tote bags, aprons, place mats, quilts are some of the gifts I've made. I've done it for years, but it requires starting early. Last year I was unable to make a single gift and it just didn't feel right. Thanks for the chance to win Jingles.
Karen in Albuquerque

Sue said...

Your flannels are beautiful! Each year I plan on making most of my gifts and each year I find I run out of time and end up shopping for gifts. I'm hoping this year will be different!

Nancy said...

I love giving home made gifts for Christmas, especially ones that I've sewn, but for some reason I have failed to do so in the last several years. Right after Christmas I told myself that Christmas 2009 was going to be different. Your blog just reminded me of that and gave me a kick in the pants to get started tomorrow. Your fabrics are beautiful and who wouldn't want them.

WoolenSails said...

Love the fabric. For the holidays I like making wall hangings that I can display. But, once i get better with my quilting, I want to make full sized quilts for the seasons too.

Debbie

Like Minds said...

Darling fabrics! Every year I have grand plans to make many of my Christmas gifts, and I do, unfortunately I tend to get in the spirit of things around Halloween! So, it's long nights and crunch time and oh so worth it.
Deb

Anonymous said...

Your floors look beautiful! Those jingle bell fabrics are soooo cute!I haven't started thinking about Christmas gifts yet not until all the summer birthdays of the kids are over. Last year I made bags for the girls and my sister. This year it may be flannel quilts (hint,hint!) to keep everyone warm while we dial down the thermostat!
~Joyce

Deb Silva said...

Lovely flannels. There are not many on my list for gifts made or purchased. So that said, I am not making any gifts this year.
I have been fortunate to have spent the past 3 weekends doing some piecing and hand applique with good friends. I absolutely love those days - sewing with good friends - what could be better!

LauraT said...

Love your fabrics! This Christmas group is so great and I would love to be entered into your give-a-way. I always make a few gifts for Christmas giving and plan to make some this year as well!
Laura T

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

As usual it looks like another beautiful line of fabric. Count me in on the drawing!

Mariel said...

These fabrics are wonderful! The past few years, I have picked one of my four nieces and made her a quilt for Christmas. I still have two to go. I usually start in the fall around Sept. or Oct. These fabrics would be a wonderful gift.

Shontelle said...

Hi Laurie,

Christmas is my favourite holiday although, being Australian our Christmas atmosphere is very different. There are no "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" here but there are plenty of beachside holidays, barbeques, icy cold beers and most importantly....plenty of presents!

I love to make gifts for everyone and this year I have already got a sketch pad full of ideas. Maybe next year I can pop a gorgeous quilt made from the "Jingles" quilt kit under our tree :)
Shontelle in Adelaide, Australia.

jerseystitcher said...

"Cutting down" and "quitting" are two different things! ;-) Beautiful fabrics...those are the reasons why I'm no quitter!

Kim

Di said...

Beautiful fabrics! I plan on making my 87 year old mother a lap quilt. She now complains that she's cold most of the time. In fact, I may make ALL of us lap quilts! I hate being cold in the winter.

Anonymous said...

Haven't made alot of homemade Christmas gifts the last few years, but, I do make all of our Christmas cards so I guess in a way that is like making a gift. When our new house is built I will have a dedicated craft room and then the sewing machine can come out again and I can then begin to do some of the things that I used to do, plus, I will also have more space for the papercrafting I do. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and often start with the Christmas music in late summer, so seeing Christmas fabric and then soft flannels is wonderful. Keep up the great work and creations. Karen in Ingersoll

Kim H (NE WI) said...

Your new fabric line looks wonderful and now would be the perfect time to start making gifts for Christmas. I usually make one quilt to give to someone and have tablerunners started for my daughter, daughter-in-law, step-daughter and step daughter-in-law. Hope I get them all finished.
Kim H

Linda said...

Hi, I do like to make my northern family members quilts for christmas since I use my quilts mostly for decorating (don't need many to keep me warm in the Miami area). I just sold a quilt to a young couple expecting their first child. She said it reminded her of the quilts her grandmother made and it was purchased from a store.
We do enjoy a timeless art. Love the flannels but that quilt will be shipped north for the cold winters.
Linda

quiltngirl said...

Laurie, the new fabrics are gorgeous! Flannels! Love them. I typically make some hand made items for Christmas and try to get them started early - not this year though. Way behind! You are so right. It is so much more fun to give those handmade gifts! Good luck with the new line!

Carol Sc said...

Cool fabrics, tho I am not as fond of flannel as just regular cottons. I've made Christmas gifts for years ---- sometimes staying up way too late on Christmas Eve. I have learned to make them for people who appreciate the time and effort.

Cathi said...

Aren't Christmas flannels just so warm and fuzzy? I usually make gifts for a select few people.... like my daughters and parents and parents-in-law. Definitely NOT for one of my sister-in-laws. I start thinking about the projects in March, buy the supplies around April, ooh and ahh at the lovely fabrics until August, cut them out and start around October and finish them the night before they have to be shipped out! Every year! At least I am consistent!

Sandy said...

I so love flannel quilts. I have a box of Christmas fabric on my floor and yesterday I actually thought about making a quilt with it. I just need to figure out a pattern. I also bought a Christmas pillow pattern from Crabapple Hill to make for my sister.

Dawn said...

I always make a few gifts for special people on my list. Love your new flannels :)

arlyce said...

I usually do gift with some presents I have made--last year I gave a quilt to my daughter and to my granddaughter and grandson--was finishing the third on Christmas eve. I have some hooking underway and more planned and some quilting and other smalls that I hope to do for Christmas. First to do a quilt for granddaughter to take to college. I would love to work on jingles. arlyce

Liz said...

Hi Laurie,
Thank-you for taking the time to write about your quilting! I just purchased some of your fabric to finish a quilt and make matching curtains - love it! I love to do applique (by hand) so I am doing two quilts for our new house. For years I made all our Christmas gifts but now everyone could use some extra cash but when they come to visit the guest rooms are comfy cozy with handmade goodies. Thank-you for the beautiful fabric you design and please tell Moda I LOVE their fabric!!
Liz

Anonymous said...

I always make somebody in my family a homemade Christmas gift. Sometimes its some craft (like a bag) but usually it is a quilt! I love your blog!!
Susan in Iowa

Karen S. said...

I have started making a oouple of quilts for gifts this year already. Of course I will probably be putting the binding on Christmas Eve. I love your new Christmas flannels and would love to win them.

Annelies Dease said...

Hey.....can you hear me singing Jingle Bells and hoping that helps me to win that GREAT KIT!!!! I love tomake things for the holidays. Hugs and merry merry to you!!! XXX Annie

Anonymous said...

These are lovely fabrics and I do try to make a few gifts for special people....usually something small.

Trudy

Anonymous said...

Laurie,
Yes, I make all my Christmas gifts every year and although I start thinking about them in July I am always still stitching on Christmas Eve. I can't wait to see your flannels!
Jill

sndy1 said...

It is hard to think of Christmas this time of year and sadly, I always have plans to 'make' more gifts than I actually am able to accomplish.
Luv the new fabrics--thanks for the chance to win.

Karen said...

Can't wait to see some of those fabrics up close and personal! I like making Christmas gifts but time has been my enemy for years in that area. I always envision starting in January and alas...January has other plans for me! My sewing room is a cluttered, happy, mess. I like it that way because I can see the things I want to work on. On the other hand, a little more room to spread out wouldn't be a bad thing! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!!

Lynn said...

I love your new flannels!! I always have visitors at Christmas and would like to make the quilt for our guest bed! A gift of sleeping under a fabulous quilt, but it gets to stay at my house! So, I get to enjoy it as well. :) Thanks for all your inspiration.

robquilts said...

Love, Love, Love the line and what a warm and wonderful gift that would make. I usually make at least one christmas gift if time permits; however, my quilt "gifting" goes on all year, starting early every new year with a donation for our high school band fundraiser and continuing as much and time and funding will allow throughout the year.
Robin

Abbybeth said...

I've been trying to make more Christmas gifts lately ... last year I ended up cutting it REALLY close. But I did finish one quilt for Christmas last year - for my dad with your Hamptons fabric. Hopefully I'll be able to do one for my mom for this year ...

Natys said...

Every year i try to make the gifts to my family, but always something happend.
Also i wanted to knit or crochet something for each one, thats a lot of work. Maybe now that i can sew, i can have something for each one.
My mom just move (she recently divorce) so maybe a table runner.
I also have 3 sisters, i have not idea, thank god we are still in may.

Hugs
(sorry about my english, is not my natal lenguage)

Sinta Renee said...

It's nice to see such a pretty holiday flannel group of fabrics. Please add me to the long list of wanna-be winners!

zquiltshop@aol.com said...

Love the new fabrics! and the pattern looks awesome. My Christmas shopping used to be early and fun picking out toys when my boys were young and now they are teenagers - shopping is more difficult and very high tech! Thank goodness they still appreciate my quilts! Yeah!
NancyZ in PA

Minick and Simpson said...

Hi All
First of all I do not need to win the contest, so don't worry. I have the fabric, just not the skill you all have to actually do something with it. I want a Christmas Nightshirt out of this wonderful holiday flannel. Hint Hint, maybe with a little luck I could get one. All of you that can sew - hope you win - I can see it in a great gown for the holiday season.
The half of Minick and Simpson that does not sew. Now if I could hook with flannel - no, that won't work.
Polly

The Winn's said...

I love your Christmas line. I love everything you do. this year I am planning on making the majority of my gifts to give. I plan that every year, but this is the first year that I have started before December! I hope your random nuber thigs picks my number!

Pam C said...

Love your new (and all the "old" fabrics,too. This year our resolution is for everyone to make handmade gifts for each other. I would love to have some new flannel, so please enter me in your giveaway.

Tawnya said...

This fabric is beautifu. I love to make Christmas gifts but time seems to be my biggest emeny. I am new to quilting but am loving it so far. : )

Lori said...

Those fabric are just wonderful!
I make quite a few gifts for the few that I know will appreciate the work and love that is put into them. I don't start on Christmas stuff until fall.

Anonymous said...

I always have my gift list done by Oct. Then all I have to do is wrap and mail. Home made for me please, and thank you.

Audrey said...

I have often said I would rather make a quilt for someone I love than make one to sell to someone I don't even know! I have made many quilts and given them as gifts to my friends and family. I TRY to get things done by Thanksgiving but that is not always possible. Usually I am binding something the week before the big day! Lately I have been focusing on using up what I have (and that is a lot!) and then I will feel comfortable buying some more fabulous fabrics! (Like 'Jingles'!!)

mamabug said...

I'm very excited to see these beautiful flannels!!! Christmas flannels are my favorite, so soft to make snuggly quilts, and pj's. My daughters request both!!! I also made aprons and a few market bags. Kathie

Carrie P. said...

I just love your new line and what a great name. I do not have my shopping done and I have not even started thinking about Christmas yet. Too soon for me. I started around September when it cools down a little.

Marcia said...

Hi Laurie, Your new fabric and your new floor are both wonderful!
I love making Christmas gifts for my family-quilts, wallhangings, table runners, flannel PJ pants, purses, etc. AND even now that they are grown my kids still love getting the things I make--they are always looking for that package with the goody from Mom in it. I am always looking for a fresh idea for a quick and fun gift. Thanks for your inspiring blog!!!

jaybird said...

i have yet to start any holiday shopping or planning.... but i try to make as many gifts as possible... i just usually wait until the last minute!

Anonymous said...

I love your fabrics and am sure I could make a new Christmas quilt!! I'm great for leaving things to the last minute and trying to get it all done. I love giving what I make and these flannels would make a lovely quilt!! They will sell off the shelves so fast.

~tv~

Juliann in WA said...

Lovely fabrics. I have always made some gifts for Christmas but this year I have a newly married daughter and son-in-law so I have been thinking about something that I can make for them. I would love to do a totally handmade Christmas but we will see. As to my home sewing, I recently made 36 napkins out of some lovely cotton for our daughter's wedding. Now I am going to cut them up and put them into quilt blocks to help remember the day.

Mary said...

wow that is a yummy collection. I am not even thinking Christmas sewing yet. I am making a calla lily wallhanging and a quilt for my dd and her fiance. The wedding in 8/1 so that is all I am working on right now. I made satin zippered bags (6) for bridesmaids gifts and want to make satin table runners to add color to the tables.

Good enough excuse not to think of Christmas til after? LOL

Cheri Cerny said...

Oh, I am so excited. I downloaded that pattern a couple of days ago -seriously!! I am trying to make several quilts for my family members this year that I was supposed to make last year :)

ohiofarmgirl said...

With is many comments I might be too late but I just received a new sewing machine for mothers day and this would be a great way to begin!!! Dianntha

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Lisa said...

Hi
I love the new colors. I'd like to make a few table runners for Christmas with these fabrics!

Anonymous said...

Gee, I thought I was the only one starting Christmas quilts while the temps are in the high 90s!
Since our DD asked for a xmas quilt last year right before the day, Iam determined to get going early!!!
P.S. Your fabric is yummo!

suebee said...

Oh that collection would make a nice flannel gown. Good Idea. Cant wait to see the collection in the shops. Hope some one buys the whole collection.

Anonymous said...

Hi...Well I would love to make ALL my gifts. I have made appliqued/embroidered kitchen/hand towels for 'quickie' xmas gifts. One tradtion in my household is that everyone draws for the chance to sleep under the special Christmas quilt I made a few years back...I have been working feverishly on a music themed quilt for my son's high school graduation...so, no other projects are getting sewn on. thx for the give away opportunity!
cbnovick@hotmail.com

grandmarockton said...

I'll still be sewing on Christmas eve! Love the fabric bet it feels yummy as it looks. thanks

Taylor Lundquist said...

Ahhh Christmas...I always make a portion of the gifts I give primarly using fabric. This year I am making Chrisitmas quilts for my 3 sisters...2 tops done, 1 to go. Your give away would be perfect!

Patty said...

OOhh....this new line is gorgeous! I have started some of my Christmas knitting, but not my sewing yet, so I better get with it. The year is half over already :-) and I would LOVE to avoid the December shopping/crafting madness!

ahheirlooms said...

Hi,
The new flannels are wonderful and so festive. I usually try to start sewing Christmas gifts in October that doesn't always happen. This fabric would certainly be an inspiration to get going on them sooner!
Kim

Kim said...

Loving the Jingles!!!! I can say thankfully that this economy has not stopped me from continually pursuing my fiber hobbies...quilting included! Helps to have a stash too! I tell the hubs I need to continually invest in stash in case the market drops even FARTHER! Then I'll be set until I'm 106! :o)

diana said...

Love the fabrics!
I have made holiday gifts for my co-workers of tissue box covers, mug mats and wine gift bags.
For my family I have made lap quilts, xmas tree skirts, stockings and table runners.
It is so much fun to see the look on someone's face when they get a handmade quilted gift - love it!
Wait a minute, I never get a handmade quilted gift....I am going to have to talk to someone about this!
:)
Love the blog!

suz said...

Those fabrics are luscious. I try to make all my gifts. I can't always make gifts, but I do pick an ornament pattern and make it for the people I work with and people I see every day (it ends up to be about 60-70 ornaments). It has be to something I can do mostly by hand (I travel on a commuter bus about 3 hours a day) and I set a schedule up in July so I'm not overwhelmed and the project actually gets done! I do have a couple of close friends that I do special work for (again, mostly by hand), but my immediate family, except for my son, doesn't appreciate the work, so if I make something, it is by machine and really quick. I love making hand-made items for Christmas, it's what makes that holiday special for me.

maryw said...

I love your new fabrics! As far as Christmas gifts go---I think a handmade gift is by far the nicest gift you can give a person for Christmas. However, my intentions and reality don't often coincide. I find that January is a very productive month of gift making for me. I am either way far behind or way far ahead!

Cindi D said...

Not one to pickup fannel quilting fabric but this collection is YUMMMMMMMY. I can't wait to pet it, squish it, and scrunch it. It's definitely a keeper and I can't wait unitl June hits to pick some of it up. The possiblities are going to be endless. Great collection!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty new line...and I love the fact that it's flannel.
I have made gifts almost as long as I can remember. My mother taught me to sew on a treadle sewing machine when I was 8 (I'm in my very early 50s) and instilled a love of creating with fabric. I find it second nature to give handmade gifts. We all generally have so much impersonal "stuff" that it's nice to give something that has real meaning behind it.
KayH

Lindy said...

This would be perfect for my daughter! Choose me!

Nicole said...

Love the fabric, love the pattern! What a fun collection. I always make Christmas gifts. One year it was table runners, another year it was napkins. People love it.

julie said...

What a beautiful new line and flannel, yummy!!! There is nothing like a flannel quilt to cozy up under. Keep up the beautiful work. Love your fabric lines!!! t

Jody said...

As always, your new collection is fabulous! And this year -- unlike most -- I actually have a head start on some Christmas presents. I am not buying clothes as much (in fact not at all) but the downturn has not affected by quilting any. If anything, the times make quilting seem that much more meaningful.
Happy Summer,
Jody

Cathy M said...

My sister is one of those that finishes by September. Not me! The best gifts I ever gave was the year I made pajama bottoms for my entire family. I purchased plain white tops. Since I live in another state they all got together and took a picture. It is so cool to see everyone in the family wearing the pj's I made.

Marilyn said...

Love these fabrics but you always produce nice fabrics!
Would love to win these.I would never have all of my Christmas shopping or sewing done by now!!!
Can't wait to see the new line in person.
Marilyn C

Leiann said...

Oh I love this line of christmas fabrics, they are yummy! Usually think about making things too late to finish in time for Christmas, so some presents/surprises are received after Christmas. Have a wedding to do in August for my daughter before I can even think Christmas. :)
Again, I love the fabrics!!

wendysquilting said...

What a beautiful looking collection and flannel quilts are such a welcome addition up here in the winter. I prefer to make my gifts and I have a few underway right now and have most of the fabric collected for the rest. I'm thinking of aprons and wallhangings for the older girls who have their own places and my youngest has her eye on a new collection that she wants a bed quilt from.
I get so much joy making quilts for others that it really is as much a gift to me as it is to them.

Stitched With Prayer said...

Well, before I say anything about my sewing habits, I have to comment on the photo of your new floor. What can I say? It is beautiful. No wonder you wanted to just take some time to admire it. Okay, so my sewing habits have been a little slow this week...we arrived home from a few days in warmer weather, I'm in Utah and we went to Arizona for 3 nights to see if my health issues would improve...they did, but no we do not want to move, so I have decided to just tough out the winters here. Okay, we arrived home on schedule and immediately began repairs on the fence in our front yard that was taken out by a hit and run driver the first night we were gone. Two weeks without sewing and at least one more while I help in anyway I can to get the new fence up. Maybe I'll sneak in an hour tomorrow though. Ah well...this too shall pass. Okay, nuff said. Just had to explain my lack of sewing lately. As for making Christmas gifts. There was a time when I made counted cross stitch ornaments for everyone each year. Sadly I can no longer do fine hand stitching, but I can run my sewing machine like a champ and last year was introduced to quilting...instant love...or is it addiction? LOL, But my stamina is limited so I don't do homemade gifts anymore, even though they are truly the dearest and most loved by my way of thinking. My days of having my shopping finished by Thanksgiving are long gone too. But here is my gift to you. I'm simply going to tell you how much I adore your new fabric collection and the 'Jingles' quilt and close this long rambling comment. Lord, I should have just written a book. So sorry. Good luck to everyone and thanks for the chance to win this quilt kit.

Lynn said...

Love those fabrics. When my daughter was younger, I tried to have something handmade under the tree for her, usually doll clothes. This past Christmas I was actually able to put a small Christmas throw together for her which is now a favorite napping quilt for her cat. Thanks for the chance to win.

Carrie said...

Hi Laurie... I love to make my Christmas gifts. Or at least to the extent possible... and I should have all my gifts finished by early September. And, no, it doesn't matter that these are my Christmas gifts for 2003! It's the thought that counts!

And pat away ~ you've earned it. The grocery store will still be there tomorrow, and so will the floor! Enjoy the Jingles!

Peddlecar Quilts said...

What a cute kit! I do my shopping in Nov, Dec because the grandkids grow too much if I buy too soon! I love to plan some things ahead, but life seems to get in the way, and I work on everything through Dec and somehow manage to get most of it done! I would love to sew this quilt for Christmas!! I hope, I hope!

Lorraine said...

Lovely Fabrics. I make a few table runners for Christmas presents occasionally. Sometimes a Christmas themed child's quilt.

Lorraine

beeinstitches said...

Oh!!! Great fabrics! Can't wait to see them in person. I usually make a few Christmas presents and I shop all year long so I'm not rushing around at the last minute. I should start thinking about what I want to make NOW! Hmmm. . . maybe this weekend.
Karen

Robyn *Ü* said...

Yes, I'm definitely going to make LOTS of things. I'm planning on placemats for one. I have a quilt top finished for the in laws. I am planning on a purse for my boss, etc. I will most likely do lots of sewing for friends and family.

Lori Trice said...

Sure would like to have a chance to win the Christmas bag of goodies.
To bad I was not invited to go to Pittsburg with you as this was my home town for a number of years I could have showed you girls around.
Did you have time yo go to Shady Side? Craft / Quilt / Sewing.

Sarah said...

I usually start planning my Christmas sewing projects in July. That's not to say they ever get done before December, though!

carolyn williams said...

i love this fabric, it's sooooo Christmasie....my daughter is having her wedding next week, then on to Christmas quilting for me.....can't wait.

Anonymous said...

SOOOOOOO PRETTY!! WOULD LOVE TO WIN TERRY

Anonymous said...

The fabrics are really pretty. I try to start making Christmas gifts in the spring; but somehow, they get put aside for other projects that I need to do. I would love to have your fabrics and maybe that would be an incentive to start on the gifts early.

Mary
mburn@comporium.net

cnsa said...

Beautiful fabrics, once again.
Enjoyed seeing your "new" floor!

Anonymous said...

Love the new lines!!! Wiscasset looks so wonderful! And now new Christmas......it is almost too much!!!! Yes, I love to make handmade gifts! I did make 4 small baby doll quilts for my 2 granddaughters this past christmas. Also made every child and grand a set of pillowcases!! Plus both daughters-in-law received a cute new tote! Lots of sewing but so fun to give!! I would love to win some fabric ....so pick me!!!

Thanks so much...lrdbmom aka julie

Lilly said...

I love those fabrics! Gorgeous!
I am not thinking about Christmas yet. I start to think about it around November or December.
It would be great to make some gifts to my sisters and friends with these fabrics.
Thanks a lot.

NancyJane said...

These fabrics are wonderful. I can imagine a beautiful quilt for a special friend that I'll probably get done around December 2011!! After all I have to finish the tree skirt and table runner I started in 2007!

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