Most of us quilters love to stitch gifts for our friends and families, giving them a little bit of ourselves to show how much we care. Naturally, to make all the gifts we want to make takes quite a bit of planning and more than a bit of time! Here are a few ideas if you still have a few gifts to make before the big day.
Quilts & Wallhangings
A quilt doesn’t have to take months and months to finish! When you’re looking for a quick-finish project, look for over-sized blocks and quick-to-cut patterns.
Make a quilt as a gift for someone else AND perfect your hexagon techniques! Carolyn Forster gives you tons of tips and techniques for creating gorgeous quilts with hexagons, kites, triangles, and diamonds in Hexagon Happenings.
Runners & Toppers
Another option for finishing a project intended as a gift quickly is to make a bed runner, table runner, or table topper, rather than a full-size quilt. Added bonus: they use less fabric which means you can often “shop” your stash and find enough material to complete the project!
A bed runner makes a great gift to brighten a guest room…and the jelly roll projects in Jean Ann Wright’s Jelly Roll Jambalaya Quilts are quick to stitch, too!
A table runner like this one from Quilting-on-the-Go Taking It Further makes a quick and easy gift to give a friend. With just three large blocks, you’ll be able to stitch it up in no time at all.
I don’t know about you, but I love a tote bag! A gorgeous, yet utilitarian, tote is a great gift for a friend who quilts, because we quilters rarely take the time to make something beautiful for ourselves!
Lynette Jensen’s Thimbleberries® Small Wonders is chock full of quilting projects that make great gifts! Tote bags like this one are beautiful and functional.
A tote bag is a thoughtful and useful gift. A beautiful handmade tote bag will be cherished. This one, from Friendship Triangles by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket quilts, uses easy-to-piece half-square triangle units to create a lovely diamond pattern.
A small gift, like an ornament or a mug rug, makes a lovely and thoughtful hostess gift…and with so many parties and out-of-town visits during the holiday season, a small, quick-to-make gift is just the answer! You can find more great projects on the FREE Projects page on our website.
Create memories for friends and family with handmade ornaments to adorn their Christmas trees for years to come. Debbie Field has designed a whole host of wool appliqué ornaments in Granola Girl® Designs Nature’s Table Toppers.
A quilted coffee cozy makes a lovely gift that can be stashed in a purse or briefcase and pulled out in the coffee shop before picking up that piping hot cup! This one is found in Carolyn Forster’s Utility Quilting (and makes a great practice project for your hand quilting).
Have you finished making all the gifts that will go under the tree this year…or are there some late nights in your future? Do you have tips or tricks for getting it all done in time? Tell us in the comments below!