Monday, January 17, 2011

Give-Away Gift For January.....

......is FINISHED!

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This is a quilted table runner or wall hanging, your choice.  I'd love to keep it, it's one of my favorite Fat Cat patterns.... and a freebie on her site if you'd like to make one!  I used almost all of my favorite Japanese prints for this.  Finished size is approximately 37"x12 1/2".

How to win?  Make a Christmas gift for your 2011 gift stash!  You can read the full list of rules [ahem, RULE] hereIf you make a gift and either link to my end-of-the-month post or email me a picture, you will be entered in the give-away.

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As always, if you have any questions, just email me!


I've started cutting my scraps for some scrappy bookmarks, everyone on my list is getting a few.


The gorgeous tutorial for these is here, at Shelley's 7LayerStudio blog  - beautiful place, with great tutorials!  Such a great idea, thanks Shelley!  I can't wait to post a pic of mine too.  How is your gift making going?  I know several of you are done!

One thing that helps me stay on track throughout the month is a wall calendar.  I've been without one - just haven't found one I liked.  Of course I have my gorgeous calendar that Jenny made me, but that's my working calendar - all my notes go in it, and it travels with me - and I need something on the wall with big numbers that I can see first thing in the morning, and at a glance.  For years, I would always have a Mary Englebreit calendar on my wall, I love her art - and I finally found one for this year!

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Isn't that a happy thing?

Did you know that surrounding yourself with lovely things lowers your blood pressure and makes you happier?  Well, I made that up, but I like it.   I do know that scientific studies show sewing lowers your blood pressure.  It must work - my blood pressure is excellent. 

I'll be back soon with more tutes - I surely am collecting them!

38 comments:

Terry said...

The wall hanging you made is so pretty! So are the bookmarks! :0)

Mama Spark said...

I love the wall hanging,it's just adorable!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great wallhanging. So unusual and cheerful. Looks like you are off to a great start.

Mama Pea said...

Very cute. Nicely done, Allie! I also really like your bookmarks. How clever!

Sandra :) said...

WOW the wallhanging is spectacular - just gorgeous!! The bookmarks are cute too - I'm loving making my beaded ones - I should make some fabric ones as well - heaven knows I have enough scraps, LOL!! I finished 2 simple little wallets today and and marked them off of my To Do list - I'm going to make a couple more for the little kids on my gift list!

Debbie said...

The little wall hanging came out great, Allie! Good choice. Good luck to all of you who are in for January! I won't be in it, LOL. Not getting anything done...

CJ said...

Cute wall hanging!! What a prize!
Ohhh, loving the idea of the bookmarks - going on my list for sure. Might not even make it till Christmas...Valentine's gifts, birthday gifts, just because gifts.
I have the very same calendar!!!! DD got it for me for Christmas. :D I do love me some ME drawings and sayings.

Penny said...
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Penny said...

Totally in love with the wall hanging! Have to make one too :)

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your wall hanging.You did a fantastic job. What a wonderful give away! So nice of you to part with it.

Dolores said...

What a sweet wall hanging. Lucky winner.

Cyndi said...

Allie, that wall hanging is sooo adorable! Those are wonderful fabrics and you did such a fantastic job. And those book marks are pretty darn cute, too! I'm hoping to get my gift for my 2011 Christmas stash finished by the end of the month...I only need one, right? I'm STILL working on Christmas gifts for this past Christmas! Sheesh!!!!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Kim D. said...

Your wall hanging is so cute Allie! Your bookmarks are so cute. I made some bookmarks just like that, hmmm, I think I found a different tutorial somewhere. If I can't join you this month, I would love to take part next month. I can't wait to see all the great gift ideas.

BubzRugz said...

The wallhanging is great.... and the bookmarks look much neater than mine... I had better look up that tut..... they are such a great little gift...
Hugz

loulee said...

I adore your version of the japanese quilt, it's been on my to do list for quite some time.

VivJM said...

Oh, Allie - that wallhanging is sooooooo lovely!

Michelle said...

What a unique wall-hanging!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That wall hanging is just gorgeous. I'd love it if you post other tutorials that you see that you think would make good gifts to make ahead. Sometimes it is just hard to come up with ideas.

Shasta said...

Your wall hanging is gorgeous! I can't believe you are willing to give it to me, ahem, us. I will have to make something pronto, because I certainly would like it!

Wendy said...

what a great wall hanging - I love the Japanese ladies. I really need to get cracking, I've got 2 gifts in progress but don't seem to be getting anywhere with them! I'm in the middle of making a baby blanket for a friend who's about to give birth and it's kind of taken over!

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

Allie, the wall hanging is sooooo cute. Just love it. Reminds me of my best friend throughout school, Hitch. She's Japanese and I always envied her beautiful hair.

YOur posts are always so delightful to read...Hugs, Karen.

Val said...

Oh my goodness! I love it!! I thought you were keeping it simple!!!!!! I have got to get busy!

Joanne Lendaro said...

LOVE the bookmarks!! Fantastic idea!! I found a skirt and I'm going to make a skirt apron that was on Jenny of Elefantz(?) blog!! VERY excited about that, but I've got some work that needs to be done first....

pleasure as always!!

susan m hinckley said...

Gorgeous, Allie! Wow! You are one of the busiest bees I know. (I am a ME fan, as well -- love her calendars!)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow Allie...the wall hanging is just so pretty....I will have to make some Christmas gifts....and those book marks, I will have to check that out.....thanks so much for the inspiration Allie...xx

Sharon said...

What a cute tablerunner! You did a great job, and someone will be very happy to win it.

I love the bookmarks! Thanks for the link - I'll have to check that one out. It even looks do-able!

I had trouble finding a calendar this year too. I finally ordered 2 from Borders, but they're on backorder. *sigh* Soon....

Terry said...

Howdy
What a gorgeous table runner !
Oh and bookmarks yeah :)
Blessings to you for today and all of your tomorrows .
Hugs
Until next time
Happy Trails

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Allie, this wall hanging is so cute! Love it!!

Aimee said...

OOOH, why haven't I thought of bookmarks for stocking stuffers?! I love making those and they are so easy! Thanks, Allie! And the table runner looks absolutely perfect. I better get on the ball...

Shelley said...

Love that wall hanging. I have been wanting to do something with Asian fabrics. Hmmmm....

Lee said...

Beautiful wall hanging!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh Allie - that wall hanging is ADORABLE! So cute! Lovin your happy calendar too (smile)!

Carrie P. said...

wow what a great wall hanging someone will win. Not me since I still haven't made a gift.

Lauranie said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS girl!!! Good luck to all of the LUCKY ones playing along!! :)

Loralynn said...

I love your runner/hanging! It's so charming! I've been busy working on a gift and will have a picture up soon!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Allie-girl, it is just gorgeous!! You are so generous and sweet...and have I mentioned talented??!!
That calendar has me going green with envy. That M.E. sure is a unique talent herself.
Hugs
Jen
xxx

Talin's Corner said...

How absolutely adorable. I can see it being a favorite. I have already posted and put a link on my blog post, but am not sure if that is what you mean. Hope it is.

Kay in NJ said...

I love your wallhanging - lived in Japan for a year while teaching at a Navy dependents high school in Yokohame and I've been smitten with most Asian design ever since. Since I'm an old lady who doesn't blog, how can I e-mail you a photo of my "gift"?
Kay in NJ

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