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Friday, November 12, 2010

Handmade Holidays

At our November meeting last night, we shared handmade gift ideas for the holidays. I thought I'd compile some of them here so you can all get a jump-start on your holiday sewing.

[photo by lavender's blue]
Fabric bird - free pattern here [here is another cute one]

Wine bag - tutorials here, here, and here (this one has a cute handle)

Origami bag - tutorial here.

Composition notebook cover - tutorial here

Fabric postcards - we all decided these would be great for Christmas cards! Instructions and examples here.

Pillowcases make a great gift! Juanita has a great tutorial on her blog.

Have any other handmade gift ideas? Share them in the comments.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Retreat Recap

The guild's first annual retreat took place last weekend and it was so much fun that we're considering making it a biannual event. We spent four days (three for some) at the Compass Centre. Owner Melissa has really thought of everything. Everyone had plenty of room to spread out, there were cutting and ironing stations, designs walls, and even a small shop with fabric and notions. We were also very well-fed - there were cookies as big as your head!

If you'd like to see more photos or share your own, check out the DMQG Flickr group.

Don't forget that our monthly meeting is this Thursday. Laura Kay of Happiness is Quilting very generously provided us with some door prizes at the retreat and we will be giving them away on Thursday. See you there!