Friday, December 17, 2010

Have no fear...your stash is near!



If last minute gifts have you in a tizzy, have no fear...your stash is near! 

In just one afternoon of sewing, I marked a few gifts off my list: a scrappy table topper, a mug rug (thanks to Madame Samm’s expressed interest), ornaments, an apron and then even managed to finish a block that has plagued my to-do list for far too long.

The table topper was first on the list. 
 
Cut 3” strips WOF {not to worry if you don’t have yardage…this is perfect for longer scraps---my width was about 17”}. If you have full width, go ahead and use it if you’d like 2 runners when complete or pieced strips for another project.


Piece each of your strips, using a 1/4” seam allowance to the desired length. I used 17 pieces, with just a few repeats. Square up your top and press.

Create your quilt sandwich, making sure to cut your backing an inch and a half larger than your top. Quick pin baste in each row of the pieced top and mark for quilting. 


Trim your excess batting to about ½” larger than the top.  Assuming the runner will not be washed that often, I chose not to quilt this closely to save time. A quick grid of masking tape and this part takes just a few minutes.

Pull excess backing over batting, folding the raw edge under in the process. 

Press and pin in place.


Use a top stitch about a scant quarter from the edge from the fold. Repeat on each of the 4 sides.
VIOLA! Project complete.


Next,  a quick mug rug using two excess 3” strips and a 1 ½ inch strip from the scrap bin.
Sew your 3” strips together, cut two 3 x 5 ½"pieces, flipping one to reverse colors & connect to make a 4 patch. Join the 1 1/2” strip to the perimeter of the completed 4 patch.

Sew the remaining strip set to one of the long sides of the 4 patch unit and quilt using the same backing/binding method as the project above.
Ornaments were made from orphan mini-blocks & will be added to presents as gift tags. I also whipped up an apron using a remnant of the cutest cupcake fabric and loved it so much-----decided to keep it!

Merry Christmas to me!

WHAT? I've been good this year.
 
Happy Stash Shopping!  Heather of the RETRO-Fabulous Blog


Editors note: from Madame Samm

And how could we not have another GIVEAWAY..
Yes Carrie * visit her here on her blog too! has offered us  yet another NEW PATTERN...


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59 comments:

  1. Great mini tutorials for quick gifts with making do and using up ideas. I just love that red and white fabric! And using those mini orphan blocks for ornaments and gift tags is wonderful. And yes, we deserve to give ourselves little gifts, so enjoy your new apron.

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  2. Thanks for the quick gift ideals. And enjoy your new apron.

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  3. Just shows that all you need is a few strips of fabric and a little imagination, a few minutes and bingo......a few last minute gifts!

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  4. ha-ha! No one enjoys the handmade gift like the one who made it. So if you really have been good, enjoy! Merry Christmas!

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  5. I must remember to do table runners more - a great way to use up some scraps!

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  6. Another great idea!
    Thanks
    Gill

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  7. Way to kick out those last minuite Christmas goodies. I love the mug rug, super cute!!

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  8. Good Morning Heather...a sense of humor is a a must at this time of year... and we can count on you to bring that...sew to a new year with lot's of cheer, and a stash that will always be here...yes my dear ....Thanks for your delightful post..

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  9. Thank you for the quick gift ideas. And I love Rose's new pattern.

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  10. Heather I'm headed for the sewing room right now to make that table runner! I need a couple of small things for my daughters and that's one they'll love. :) blessings, marlene

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  11. love the patterns from Miss Rosie, please count me in.
    Great mug rugs and table runner
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  12. Love all your quick gift ideas. Thanks for sharing.......I'm going to try the table runner idea....still think I can do it before Christmas. Have a wonderful weekend....happy sewing:)

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  13. Hey Heather. I live Christmas fabric. Merry Christmas

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  14. Great last minute x-mas ideas. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. great gift ideas! Thanks. Not much of a stash but maybe I can pull something off.

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  16. Very cute. And I love the Christmas colors!

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  17. What great gift ideas! This pattern is adorable. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!!

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  18. Wow! A great bunch of ideas! I love having stash on hand for just this reason - no trip to the store (usually!) to make something in a hurry!!

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  19. What great ideas! I love being able to make something quickly from what I have on hand. Thanks!!

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  20. Thanks for the inspiration! I needed a reminder that quick, simple projects can be fabulous!

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  21. Crafters enjoy crafted gifts best I think.

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  22. I love last minute ideas. ANd using up scraps is even better. I really like the colors in the table runner. That turned out great.

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  23. Great ideas, and nothing better than stash shopping. If I stash shopped more often, I wouldn't have time to go "shopping"-shopping ever again! I would just be chained to my sewing machine. :-)

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  24. Such great ideas. I made each member of my book club a 'mug rug' to sit beside them as they enjoy our selections. These gifts were big hits this year.

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  25. Great idea....I love mug rugs and table runners. Quick and easy gifts that everyone loves.

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  26. Always great ideas when I visit here! When I read the title...I immediately thought for those LAST minute quilter gifts why not take your stash and create a small quilt kit for a friend. Easily decorated in a mason jar, basket or something fun.

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  27. Fabulous gift/stash-busting ideas. Thanks!

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  28. I love the encouragement! I am going to whip up a table runner!

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  29. Hi Heather. Thanks for the quick gift ideas. That table runner sounds like my style. I think I have time to whip one up this afternoon. And why not a gift for yourself. We quilters are always nice, never naughty. lol

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  30. Wonderful use of stash Heather! I love how you quilted the runner. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Great projects, Heather! It makes me want to whip these out today!

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  32. I really hope to be able to make a mug rug soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  33. The binding idea was very helpful. I have thrown together a few mug rugs today..I have one more to finish the binding on. After that...who knows. =) I love your runner...so maybe I'll have to try one of those too!

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  34. Happy to read your guest post Heather!

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  35. thanks for the great ideas - i'd love to win the pattern.

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  36. Nice use of stash....It always comes through for you!

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  37. cool! 3 gifts at a time! I wish I could think of something fast for one of my BFF's! Anybody got quick ideas?

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  38. Thanks for the quick table runner! Might be making up a couple of these for last minute gifts.

    Sandy A

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  39. Look at you go! I need to run not walk to my sewing room.
    I am a happy follower!

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  40. heather, never thought of a table runner with mug rugs to match as a neat gift...thanks for the idea...you are special

    jill

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  41. Thanks for the quick gift ideas and the giveaway! Happy Holidays!
    Kristi

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  42. Thank you for the quick gift ideas. I may have to try one of them this weekend.

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  43. Thank you everyone for taking the time to comment. I have tried several times today to respond individually. Unfortunately, I have had some technical difficulties. You'll hear from me shortly unless your status is no reply. Have a wonderful weekend playing in your stash!
    Best Wishes,
    Heather =)

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  44. Nothing is quick for me but thanks for some ideas.

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  45. Great ideas. I have shoe boxes full of strips just calling to be used. Also, have been using stash to make neck coolers as Christmas presents. They are very quick to sew.

    Marti

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  46. some wonderful ideas. I can always count on this blog to provide me entertainment and some great intros into new quilters. thank you and Merry Christmas. hugs T.

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  47. I have been a follower, not sure if that has to keep being said. I like the quick ideas in this post!

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  48. Love the gift ideas and the new pattern. Thanks so much for the inspiration to use up some beloved Christmas scraps and to make another last minute gift!

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  49. Heather, thank you for all of the wonderful ideas and the cute pattern.
    I follow Stash Manicure as Marcia W.

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  50. Thanks for sharing these quick gift ideas! They are so great! I might just have to try some. Hugs Ariane

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  51. Love your ideas... and that quilt pattern is just wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway.

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