Christmas day is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to make unique handmade gifts for your loved ones. Albeit, with just days to go, we’re talking super quick-and-easy here! I’ve gathered together several fast projects you can make in practically no time at all, as well as a few additional ideas for finishing and presenting your special quilted gifts!
Free Merry Merry Quilt Block — A small Dresden Plate combined with simple embroidery and crayons-on-fabric make up this great quilt block designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill. This block was included in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 4, and you can learn how to make it with this free video tutorial and template! This block would be precious as a pillow, or you could make it and place in a beautiful frame.
Very Merry Ornaments — These quilted ornaments designed by Carolyn McCormick are easy to make and perfect to give as a small gift or to tie onto packages! The patterns for all seven are featured in our Nov/Dec ’15 issue and also available as a digital download.
Christmas Trimmings Ornaments — Seasonal selvage strips decorate these fun Christmas Trimmings holiday bell, stocking and gift box ornaments designed by Marsha Hoogstraten Anderson. Download the free ornament patterns from our friends at McCall’s Quilting.
Free Motif of the Month — Stuck trying to finish a certain Christmas quilt? Use our free December motif of the month – a beautiful Ice Crystal – for a festive finish to any design.
Quilting Label — If you’ve made a quilt to give to someone special this year, don’t forget to add a quilt label! A label on your quilt is the final touch that completes your work, and it provides critical information for now and later about who made the quilt, along with when and where. QM associate editor Diane Harris shares her easy method for making one in this video!
Free Printable Gift Tags — Ready to wrap up your handmade gifts? Print out these free downloadable gift tags from our friends at Quilting Daily! With six sayings ranging from the sweet “I Made this Especially For You!” to the sassy “Yes, I Made It. No, You Can’t Return It,” you’re sure to find the perfect sentiment for every recipient. Get them here.
From all of us at Quiltmaker, we wish you a merry Christmas and holiday season!