Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Gifts: Handmade For My Nieces

Welcome those whom are visiting from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day.  Please go here to enter in my giveaway.

My semester is over and now the push to finish/make Christmas gifts is on.  Besides the Orange & Black quilt for my nephew,  I am making little zip pouches for my nieces that will hold various small denomination gift cards.  My creative juices are just too strong to keep from making handmade for them this year (you might remember that I vowed not to make handmade for family after my experience last year) but I'm keeping it simple by just making pouches. First up is my oldest niece on my side of the family - lovely girl whom is entering her teenage years very smoothly.  So wish I would see her more often.

For the front I chose to try my first ever log cabin block.  Talk about fun - I enjoyed using strips of 11/2" fabric to lay this block out even though I had no idea what I was doing.  I used Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal for instruction - and they were great!
Bag front for B. 
 For the back of the bag I used a block pattern called Everything Equal by Louise Papas from the Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks From Your Favorite Designers book compiled by Susanne Woods.
Bag back for B. 
I've got more in the works but I'm out of to take my father to the doctor.
Enjoy your Thursday!


  1. Super cute blocks! I can't wait to see the finished bag. I really need to make some of those, but I have a condition called Zipperphobia. I can work with them, but I can never seem to get the zipper in perfectly and it really bothers me.

    So what happened last year?? I'm dying to know!

  2. Yay for fun teenagers! Looks like she is going to be getting a cool pouch, too!

  3. Very fun! Great you are getting some zips done!

  4. I love log cabin blocks! I can't resist sewing for my nieces either!! So much fun with only boys in our family...