Wednesday, November 19, 2014

T'was the Night Blog Hop- Quick Gift Ideas and Giveaway

Welcome to the Creatin' in the Sticks
version of quick gifts
for the
T'was the Night
blog hop.


The participants in this hop have shown amazing "quick gifts" for the season.
Check the complete schedule 
at 
Stitchin by the Lake.


Part of this hop was to swap with other bloggers - gifts which can be made in an evening.
Something that says,
"I care."

Look what arrived in my mailbox:



Kathy from Kwilty Pleasures 
 (love that blog name)
must have known I had this mug when she chose the fabrics...



A little journal to keep all my holiday lists organized and



a mug rug for a cup of hot chocolate or coffee or tea.
Thank you, Kathy, I love them!!!
The fabrics are so "me."
I went over and found Kathy's tutorials for both projects.
The Journal is here and the mug rug is here.

I've had so many visions of sugar plums dancing through my head to share.

Here are a few  you could whip up in an evening for holiday gift giving:

Want a quick hostess gift?



Just finish pre hemmed toweling with a ruffle and a little applique.



2 tea towels - 90 minutes.
I used binding to finish the other edge, but you could always just hem it.




Want a cozy gift?

Sometimes I don't have time to make quilts for family gift exchanges
but that doesn't mean I can't show up with a cozy gift.



To make one of these in 3 hours
I skipped the batting and just backed them with fleece or minky dot fabric.
So I call these
Blillows -  Blankets that fold into pillows.


Perfect for a car blanket or a cozy television watching blanket at 42" x 58"
and great for family gift exchanges.
When you just can't cut into that special fabric
make a blillow.
When you cuddle up with one there is a pocket to put your feet into.
BONUS!!


I will do a tutorial for these, but if you are in a rush - do a search for quillow on the web and you will be happily surprised by the number of tutorials that are out there.
So I'll just add another.
*grin*


Want a gift for a stitcher?



How about a teapot pincushion?  About 2 1/2 hours for these.
This free pattern was the inspiration, although
 I changed the handle, spout, size and added a ruffle. 
(so it's quite different).
I used Madame Samm's tutorial to make the little pins, although mine aren't as fancy as hers.
You will see one of these at your next stop on the hop... 


Looking for a trendy unisex gift?

You can always expect the unexpected from me ;)



Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the movie, turns 50 years old this year
and to celebrate, Quilting Treasures has a line of fabric, 

Rudolph - 50 Years and Still Glowing

I used one of the fabrics to make a hanging deer head.





You can make your own with this free pattern from Charming Doodle.
This is a quick project with only 5 pattern pieces and about 3 hours of time.

This one is going on my wall at work
I just can't give it away.


Don't worry

 I didn't forget the other reindeer...



Olive!
She was made for my niece who is walking 60 miles to raise awareness for breast cancer this weekend. This is the 7th walk she has participated in this year.  That's 420 miles walked this year.
I have a special reason for making her a pink buck.
But more on that in a different post to come....





The deer heads can be made in miniature for great ornaments.
The one on the right is in OU - University of Oklahoma fabric for my dad.  He is one of those sportsman with real deer heads hanging everywhere.
(I'll stick to the fabric ones)




How about a gift for you?

Sorry, giveaway is over.


Fabric - Sherri Baldy's 
that I used for one of the blillows.




I was lucky enough to receive two 1/2 yard cuts to giveaway to one lucky reader.
1 of the Besties
1 of the pink stripe

Just leave a comment to enter.

I will ship this anywhere and anyone can win.

Giveaway ends Saturday at 11:00 pm Eastern time.
Winner will be announced Sunday, November 23rd.




Many of the above projects have already found new homes 

The deer heads are very popular with my loved ones and I have at least 2 more to make...
I only thought I was ahead of schedule...

Have fun creatin' quick gifts this holiday season.
I still have so many visions dancing in my head
 and
 have a few still on the workbench to share
so come back soon.

Now Dash away, Dash away, Dash away all
to the other blogs sharing my day.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
                                                              Kwilty Pleasures  -Kathy made the journal and mug rug for me
                         Creatin’ In The Sticks  -You are here
                                                 From This To That  -See what I made for Bobbie
Leaving comments is like blog candy and always makes a blogger smile.

Thank you Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and Marlene at Stitchin by the Lake for putting this blog hop together and giving us all the gifting spirit.  

You two are the best elves of all!





106 comments:

Katherine said...

Wow! Such fun gift ideas, Carla. I'm caught between wanting the fabric teapots and deer. Ooops. I'm supposed to be thinking about making things to give not keep, right? ;o) Thanks so much for sharing your creative and inspiring gift ideas!

Love that sweet journal and matching mug mat. Enjoy those pretties!

Baa. xxx said...

Lovely mug rug and journal cover -great! And wow! Super ideas for fun gift ideas - that reindeer is so cool! And the teapots!

Judy B said...

I love your Reindeer and your "billows"! Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays!!!

Kaja said...

Some great ideas, thanks. I am definitely going to make some reindeer!

venividivicky said...

The teapots and the reindeer are just fantastic as is all of your work! Thank you for the many cool links and inspiration =)

Anita said...

The reindeer is great, maybe I'll make one!?
Go, Sooners!; Crimson and Cream, I know a little bit about that (!)

charlotte said...

Wonderful journal you received! And I love your gifty ideas, especially the deer head. I think I might need to make a couple of those! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

Emma ForMyLittleMonster said...

You have presented a few fantastic ideas that I haven't seen before, (the tea pot pincushions are my favourite), so I just might have to try a couple out soon! Thanks!

ninifee said...

So very nice gift's :-)))
LG, Gudrun

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hi Carla,
your blogpost for the hop is great, lot and lots of wonderful ideas for quick gifts. I love the Rudophs. Thanks for sharing the links too.
You recived wonderful gift too and your pictures are great too!
Billow is a funny new name, and very nice gifts, thanks for the chance to win.
Bente

Pam Wilde said...

Love the deer head, wish the one on my wall looked like yours.

Kate said...

Such a delightful post that has left my mind brimming with ideas and I think I may be drooling just a bit. So much loveliness and thank you for the links. Those teapots are adorable and I LOVE your tea towels! I really like the journal and mug rug that Kathy sent you - beautiful fabrics/colour!! BTW it's a swell giveaway that you're having. ^^

Theresa said...

You received wonderful gifts from Kathy and wow, you made some too. I love everything. Those Billows are fabulous! Olive the other reindeer, how cute!! ....and, I'm going to have to make me a teapot pincushion. :-)

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Kathy made you some lovely gifts; and I really love your deer heads and tea pot pincushion!

Jeanie said...

Great gifts from Kathy... I love the bright, happy fabrics! Cute gift ideas... those heads are a hoot! Thanks for sharing!

Dorian said...

Some great ideas! And some fun gifts you received.

Judy said...

Ooooh, your reindeers would also love a new Swiss home, LOL. Just beautiful, also your blillows, smile!
your were very creative, as usual, but your little Olive and Rudolf just made my day :-)

Marnie said...

I love your Blillow's and your moose head. Thanks for the give away

Mary Ann said...

I'm with you on the colors in your gifts--FABULOUS. Love those colors/fabric. Lovely gifts and then the gift ideas you presented....love them....all of them. The teapot, the deer, the blillows. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy your holidays.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Carla I love the journal you received - I made a few of those last year and they were popular gifts. And that reindeer head is adorable...I know my grandchildren would love him! I remember some years ago when everyone was making quillows but I never did - your idea of using minkee is brilliant! blessings, marlene

Kat said...

Carla, such wonderful items you have made! I especially love Rudolph and the teapot. I'm going to try them both! You are such a colorfully creative and talented person! Sew on!

Mdm Samm said...

wonderful ideas lovely gifts...many smiles....you are a lovely treasure Carla..one that brings joy all through every season

Thearica said...

Oh my goodness! Would you look at Rudolph!! My brother would have a hoot over that! I think he might just be gonna get one! ha!

Love the teapot pincushion and ruffled towels you have shown.. Those towels would make fabulous gifts for anyone on your list.

You also received some very nice gifts too. I love fabric journals and in those fabrics... well, it makes it happy happy!

Lovelli Quilts said...

I love your deer heads. I'm making one for my Dad for Christmas using a red buffalo check flannel. I can't wait to see it 'live'. Thanks for the inspiration.

sew.ost said...

Really enjoyed seeing your creations. I will have to make one of those Deer heads. They are so cute

Carol said...

Oh, Carla, your deer heads are so cute and such fun! My mom used to make quillows for everyone, too, but I've never made one...going to have to do that after looking at your sweet billows with Minky. Kathy's gifts look beautiful!

Margie said...

Great gifts and those deer heads made me smile!

Vickie said...

Everything you made is just great....love the quillows...towels and teapoy cushions....BUT....Nothing....can top the deer heads Carla. I have to make one...some. You shine bright today as always !

krislovesfabric said...

Love those teapots...and the deer make me chuckle :)

Robin said...

Love the Buck heads I'm going to give this one a try as an ornament for my Christmas tree. I think it would be perfect as my maiden name is Buck. :)

Robin in Washington State
assweetaspeaches hotmail

Linda said...

I love all your projects, but those deer heads in miniature would be so perfect for the hill country Christmas tree!! Thanks for the idea!

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Just wanted to say thanks for the links to the free tutorials...I love the teapot and the deer head is just too cute. I might try a mini ornament one...but love Olive! yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

sew.darn.quilt said...

Oh my! You've outdone yourself with so many wonderful ideas and the gifts you received are lovely!

Shannon Meyer said...

Those deer heads are so fun!!

Calicojoan said...

What perfect gifts for the holidays season. I "sew" love the reindeer heads. What cozy pillow/blankets too!

Jennifer said...

Those deer heads are adorable!! I've never seen the likes of them! And your tea pot pin cushions are fabulous, too! Great Job, Carla! (I've made those billows before, too, and they were a hit!) Merry Christmas!

LeAnne said...

I have a niece who would just love a pillowcase made out of the besties fabric. And I've got to try one of those teapots.

Mary said...

Carla, you have such cute ideas. I love the gifts you received and that reindeer head is so cute. Great ideas.Happy Holidays.

Joyce Carter said...

Oh, Carla, you have came up with so many beautiful things for giving. I love the towels, but my favorite is the billows. How cute these are! They would be wonderful to make and keep in the car for the kiddies. Thank you so much for sharing.
Wonderful presents received, too.
Thank you for the giveaway.

Corrie said...

Wow, these are so great. The billows are such a good idea. I would like one of those in the car. The heads are fantastic! You really did amazing gifts.

tink's mom said...

Such lovely gifts going and coming. Your deer are very dear. I got a quillow years ago and wore it out. Love the pocket as a foot warmer. Will have to make one of them soon. Thanks for the memory.

toniaconner said...

Each item is cuter than the last on. I believe the teapot pin cushion and blillows are my favorite.

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Carla, Carla, Carla....what can I say that hasn't already been said! Lucky you with Kathy's brilliantly bright giftees...I love journals..I have 'many'(mainly because I keep misplacing them and start new ones...lol)...super mug rug. THANK YOU for setting your "timer" and giving us sewing "times" (I think you must stitch 1,000 stitches per second!).

We have the wonderful Ruldolph fabrics and I can honestly say I never once thought about a 'reindeer head'...I must find 3 hours to play! You make me smile so! Thanks for a wonderful time visiting you here.

Nancy said...

Carla your gifts just make me smile and jump for Joy!! I LOVE them!! I need the Reindeer Pattern, Rudolph is my all time favorite!! and yours is incredible!! Now how many of these were made while on the way to work??? ;)
Huggs, Nancy

delaineelliott said...

I love your Rudolph so much that I will have to make one - or many! Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Brandy Pettit said...

Great ideas, the deer head is too funny. Quillows are on our list this Christmas, mom is supposed to show me how to make them, thanks for the reminder!
~Brandy

Gmama Jane said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! I was thinking about making Billows too but having never made one I am a little intimidated. I have one myself and sometimes I do better if I have an actual item to take apart and use as a pattern. You have some of the BESTEST gift ideas. I love all you creative ladies to steal ideas from!!
Gmama Jane

Gill said...

What fun - Madame Sam is so clever to come up with such a great idea!!

Needled Mom said...

Such great ideas. I love that little teapot idea! The deer is fabulous too. You have really had fun with the gifts. Thanks for sharing.

CeLynn said...

What great gifts,every girl meeds a nournal to stayorganized through the Holidays! I used to make quillows for my kids when theywere younger,thanks for the walk down memory lane! As well as the great quick gift ideas!

Scrapatches said...

Carla ... all sew wonderful! Thank you for all the great gifty ideas. I love the reindeer. You are always sew accomplished ... :) Pat

Kathy H said...

Wonderful gifts and thos Eder heads make me smile every time I see them. How do you stuff yours, they look so smooth. I always wind up with lumpy stuffed animals so don't make them often.

Lynne Tilley said...

I love your Billow. Can't wait for your tutorial on that.

Lynne Tilley said...

I follow your blog on Feedly

Wendy said...

CARLA! You are absolutely one of the coolest!! Love, love, love your projects and you always bring a smile to my heart with your posts ... thank you so much for sharing and kudos to your niece ... for both reasons that she gets a pink reindeer :) Best wishes to you!

Jolien said...

Oh deer! Love those! And the teapots are cute too, wonder if non-pinners would appreciate those too?

Cute fabric & I'd love a chance to win! Thanks!

Jolien said...

I follow your blog using Feedly

creativity amongst chaos said...

Thank you so much for the lovely post Carla. It is great to have the links to the tutorials. LOVE your deer, they are just wonderful! ...and that teapot pinucushion, I gotta have one. It is SEW cute! Hope you have a wonderful holiday, looks like you are ready with all of your gifts already made!

barbara woods said...

some wonderful idea for gifts, thanks

Julia Plunkett said...

Love your deer heads! Congrats on being the top pick of the day. Thanks for sharing.

Michele T said...

You have some really neat gift ideas and some that I've not seen before!! Thanks!

Janarama said...

Those deer heads are adorable! Love all of your quick gift ideas and the name "Blillow" cracks me up. Too funny!

LJ said...

What? Olive? lol Actually, the heads are lol projects - what a hoot. The hostess towels are wonderful. I think the Quillows are fabulous and such a great idea. I'll wait for your tutorial. Anyone who has made lots of these must have all the wrinkles ironed out of the process and why take a chance on who-know-whose pattern. That's wonderful that your gifts matched your mug.

Jane's Quilting said...

Oh, Billows, what a clever idea. Those are perfect for children. All your gifts are great.

Doris Rice said...

A nice journal and mug rug you received. Your gift ideas are great. That deer.... :) I have a few on my list that would probably love it!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Glad your like the journal and mug rug. I hoped the fabrics would brighten your holidays. Finally a deer head worth hanging! Great ideas and projects!

Patty D from NC said...

What a great set of gift ideas. I love those tea pot pin cushions.

Pickles Quilting said...

As per usual, your gifts are amazing! I love those little reindeer heads. :) And the blillows are SO cool!
-Brittany

Marjorie Nath said...

Wonderful gift ideas, I think I might try a few. Fell in love with Besties fabric as soon as I saw it. Thank you for he chance to win.

Createology said...

Fabulous gifts given and received. I really like that you have gifts for all genders. Those deer heads are uber cute! Thank you sew very much for participating and swapping/hopping. Creative T'Was the Night Bliss...

madebymeinred said...

Billows! I love it. Great idea for just about anyone. And you got a chuckle out of me. Olive is sweet. Looks like she's got plenty of company.

Linda B said...

Love the reindeers...

Just Quilt It said...

I love all of your great gifts, but I especially love that teapot pin cushion! Your work is outstanding.

Amy said...

You are right, we do think a lot alike. Love your sweet deers. So much better than the rest thing. I am really in love with that sweet teapot. I might have to crochet one. They are adorable. Love the gifts you received. They look super handy. Have a Merry little Christmas. ~hugs~

Cindy said...

Great gifts received. Really like the journal cover. And boy were you productive. So many ideas. :)

A Quilter's Mission said...

So many great ideas in one spot! Thanks for sharing.

Karen Thurn said...

Love your teapot pincushions!! I ran across this pattern recently but love the looks you've added. Thanks for signing me up for the giveaway. kthurn@bektel.com

OhioLori said...

Loooove the Teapots!! & the Blillow!! Such great gift ideas!! Thanks so much! :)

Pauline Perry said...

Your blog was such a lot of fun - your gifts are great and who knew they would match your PEACE mug - fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win some great fabric. Pauline perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Kathy E. said...

Seeing your reindeer heads reminds me that I made one for my daughter last year, but it's in a basket awaiting "mounting". I just can't figure out how to mount it on a board for hanging on a wall! They are so cute, but what a pain to stuff!

valerie boudier said...

Lovely gift ideas and great fabrics valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

Renea said...

Such cute projects. Love this fabric and your blillows. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Tinliz said...

I really like the reindeer.
jitney41@gmail.com

evelyn said...

Wonderful ideas. I love the Billow with minky and the tea pot is very special. Merry Christmas.

Diana Z said...

How cute this fabric is. I love the deer. I have not seen the fabric ones before.

Leanne Parsons said...

Those reindeer heads are so fabulous!! The blillows are great too. I have a quillo made my a friend's mom as a graduation gift when we finished high school (19 years ago) that still gets regular use.

Nancy Hilderbrand said...

I love the tea pot pincusions

Janie said...

Love the billows! I make quillows. Thanks for the chance.

janie.mccombs(at)yahoo.com

Bonnie said...

Love all of your projects. The deer head is wonderful. Would make a great for my hunter guys. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Such fun ideas! Thanks!!

Dixie said...

Enjoy your blog - the deer heads are hilarious - love'em! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Hi Carla! Ooohhh, I haven't thought about quillows/blillows in ages and they are such a marvelous idea!!! I am definitely making a few of those! I love the teapots, even though I know I'll never make one...I just think they are so sweet. Thanks for a super post and I really hope you will tell your niece I really admire her and her commitment to such a necessary cause.

Sarah said...

I love that little fabric tea pot! sarah@forrussia.org

patchworkbreeze said...

Oh, how I enjoyed reading your blog. You have been a busy bee. I like the teapot pincushion and bookmarked that blog. I was looking for a deer head pattern and here you posted a FREE one.
Thank you so much for sharing all these items. And thank you for the chance at the giveaway.

nicolesender said...

You have the best gift ideas! I like the TV blanket pillow!

Dawn said...

The teapots are adorable.
dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

Sewgirl said...

Your projects are great. Love the teapot! Thanks for sharing!

GranChris said...

Great gift ideas. The teapot is on next years to do list. Thank-you

GranChris said...

Great gift ideas. The teapot is on next years to do list. Thank-you

quilter said...

Thanks for all the ideas, my sister likes teapots...
The giveaway fabric is great!
cork@pa.rr.com

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Wow you got so much done. Love the little deer heads. My ex MIL made my girls quillows/billows when they were young, they used them up and wore them out! Great gift ideas.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Those are some really cute gift Ideas:)

aus_chick said...

I know my daughter would adore that fabric with the girls on it! No idea what off do with it, but I'm sure she would have a suggestion (she's 3)!

Quilt n Queen said...

Wow Carla...what a wonderful parade of quick and easy gift ideas...love them all. I've made many quillows in the past but never with minky...they would feel so cozy!! Thanks for the free links. I wanted to make some pins using Mdm Samm's tutorial...still may get some made. It would probably take me 6 hours to make the reindeer head...the first one always takes the longest!! Sweet gifts from Kathy...perfect with your mug!! Thanks for sharing!! Happy Holidays!!

Leah said...

Oh my fabric goodness! Those deer are awesome and those tea pots! Fabulous! Everything is so creative and nicely done. Great inspiration!!

Sherry said...

So many great ideas. I love the deer, the quillows would be great for my grandkids.