QA Gifts Giveaway

The new Quilting Arts Gifts is out!  Aren’t those little bird ornaments on the cover darling?  I enjoyed last year’s issue so much that I submitted a project to this one and they included it!

My Holiday Ornament pillow project is on page 62.  Those of you who were reading this blog last holiday season may recognize this pillow as part of a series of red and white pillows I made then.  I love the shape of the ornament on this pillow!  I used the same shape for the quilting.

Quilting Arts added recipes to this issue too.   Everyone who submitted projects was asked to include a favorite recipe.  Mine is for Cream Cheese Cookies.  I’ve been making these cookies since I was in high school (we won’t discuss how long that has been :)).  They are fast and easy and when I take them to a gathering I know that there won’t be six other plates of the same thing.

OK, now for the giveaway part – I’m giving away a copy of this Quilting Arts Gifts magazine!  Leave me a comment and tell me what small gift you love to make.  We all love to make and give quilts, but what do you like to make when you need or want a smaller gift?  You can enter until the end of the day Thursday, September 8.  International entries are welcome!

  • ramblingrosebud
    Posted at 02:02h, 09 September Reply

    What a thrill to have your work published. I am still making custom pillowcases for the great nephews and foster grandkids….I REALLY need some new ideas.

  • Emily Elizabeth
    Posted at 23:07h, 07 September Reply

    Congrats on your pattern! I flipped through this the other day and there are so many great projects included.

    My favorite small gift is actually baked goods. Who doesn't like homemade cookies!?

  • Xandi
    Posted at 20:19h, 07 September Reply

    I loved those pillows you made last year!

    My favorite small gift is zippered pouches, probably because I can never have too many myself.

  • Sandi P
    Posted at 21:12h, 06 September Reply

    I enjoy making small jewelry items – a bracelet or simple necklace when I need something quickly. I also do food gifts a lot. This year I am thinking of making some of those 'coffee cozies' for all those last minute small gifts that seem to come up during the holidays, or candle mats – so tiny quilty things. Would love some new ideas from the magazine! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • Jenny
    Posted at 21:05h, 06 September Reply

    i really enjoy making baby bibs. fast easy and fun! congrats on being included in the magazine!

  • Sue D
    Posted at 20:48h, 06 September Reply

    Congrats! on your pillow getting published in the magazine. That is quite an accomplishment. In the past I have also made canned jellies,candy or homemade sweet bread as small gifts. suedemasellis

  • Quilt Inspiration
    Posted at 19:54h, 06 September Reply

    Wonderful news about your pillow do I recognize that gorgeous red fabric?) The magazine looks to be full of inspiration ! About your question: for small gifts I like potholders, drink coasters, aprons (the unisex kind) and tea towels (very practical). Or how about a wine bottle cozy? 🙂

  • DanaK ~ WaterPenny
    Posted at 18:21h, 06 September Reply

    Congrats on getting published! Wow! I saw your blog mentioned on Fresh Modern Quilts and it's a great one!

  • diana
    Posted at 16:28h, 06 September Reply

    The pillow looks great! Congratulations for the pattern !

    As for small gifts… I don't really make handmade gifts because people don't always understand what handmade means, the time and effort needed for such a small … whatever 🙂

  • Sara
    Posted at 16:20h, 06 September Reply

    My last minute "go To" gift is a bottle of wine in a cloth gift bag with ribbon ties. They can drink the wine and then re-use the gift bag to give a bottle to someone else later, or immediately!

  • gill
    Posted at 08:20h, 06 September Reply

    I like to make mug rugs and cushion covers! I also love to make and give (and drink!!) damson gin!!!

  • Ethne
    Posted at 06:58h, 06 September Reply

    Congratulations on being published, the pillow/cushion is lovely. I love that series of cushions you made. Sometimes I make gifts for people, but last year the best thing was gathering little crafting goodies to start the makings of a craft box/kit for a new quilter/crafter, with the beginnings of a library of free patterns to tempt her

  • Heather A
    Posted at 03:40h, 06 September Reply

    I'm new to sewing so I haven't sewn any gifts yet (though I hope to sew many in the years to come). I have made lots of little felted acorns for little gifts, though. Many I felt lavender into them so they can be used to drawer sachets.

  • Lynne
    Posted at 23:29h, 05 September Reply

    The pillow is gorgeous! Congratulations on being published.

    I would make cushions, oops, sorry, pillows! That's my current choice. LOL

  • BaileyGirl5
    Posted at 22:54h, 05 September Reply

    Congrats on being in the Christmas issue! That pillow is a fabulous gift. My favorite go-to gift are drink coasters. I have a couple different quick ways to make them and I love to whip a set together for someone. Just made some for my son's new college apartment 🙂

  • 4b3c92b6-d806-11e0-afc4-000bcdca4d7a
    Posted at 21:31h, 05 September Reply

    I make a jelly for Christmas presents – Cranberry/Raspberry with Jalapenas for a little heat. Love your pillow.

  • Barb in Mi
    Posted at 21:30h, 05 September Reply

    Congrats on your beautiful magazine pillow! I love to make placemats as a quick gift. Nothing too elaborate, if possible just fabrics that represent the recipient's hobbies. Thanks so much!

  • Barbara
    Posted at 21:00h, 05 September Reply

    beautiful pillow ! You always make such pretty things !

    I love to make needle cases for my friends = useful, cute and just fun !

  • Lucinda
    Posted at 20:11h, 05 September Reply

    Great pillow Debbie! I like making pillows for gifts and/or aprons. There's such fun fabric out there the aprons are always a hit.
    From the cover it looks like this Quilting Arts book has lots of ideas that would be new for me.

  • Alli
    Posted at 19:52h, 05 September Reply

    Congratulations on getting your pattern published!

    My favorite little present to make for babies is ribbon blankies, and for adults it's bags. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  • What Comes Next?
    Posted at 19:25h, 05 September Reply

    Fabulous pillow! I always pick up a copy of this magazine as it has so many great ideas and projects in it. In the past I've made soaps and beeswax candles to have on hand as quick gifts, but this year I'm planning on making note cards using left over bits and bobs of fabrics and trims.

  • PT in SC
    Posted at 19:03h, 05 September Reply

    I love to toast pecans and make cheese staws! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • MariQuilts
    Posted at 18:15h, 05 September Reply

    Congrats…the pillow looks great.

  • Annie
    Posted at 17:57h, 05 September Reply

    I love that pillow of yours! Can't wait to see it inside. It's already inspiring me! That magazine looks SO FUN! I think I could gleam some fresh ideas from it for sure. (Will be forced to buy it if I don't win it, I can already see that!) I don't generally need quick small gifts. At the age I've now reached, peope don't really need anything more. So I make them a fabric postcard greeting which becomes a gift in itself. Many times I'll just send one to brighten a friend's day too.

  • Ann
    Posted at 17:16h, 05 September Reply

    Great pillow! Would love the cookie recipe. My go to for quick thank you gift is peanut brittle in a pretty bag or some homemade raspberry jam (not so quick but if I make enough in August I always have a jar on hand).

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