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The quilt in the header is made from a Cheri Payne pattern called "Twelve Days of Christmas"..

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gift Exchange

I am participating in a gift exchange in a Yahoo prim group I belong to.  We were to make a prim pocket/bag, one or two Christmas ornaments, add a Christmas fat quarter, and something we weren't using. I really enjoyed making the prim pocket and a prim angel.  So much so that I had a hard time parting with them.
First of all, I had to do a Google image search to understand what a prim pocket is.  I learned that it is usually something that hangs from a door knob or cabinet handle.  And they hold dried flowers, berry branches or whatever you would like to display in one.  I noted that many are made from wool.  Some with a wire handle.  I know my swap partner likes wool so that was an easy choice.  I just had to plan a design to applique onto it.  I looked and looked on the internet and then in my quilt books.  My attention was drawn to the Santa done in wools on a wall hanging size quilt I made last year.  I measured and decided it would be an appropriate size.  I made a paper pattern for a bag shape just guessing and cut out a back and front from wool and then a lining from a green stripe cotton.  I added a sheep and a star to the design.  The pine tree is embroidered.  The handles are made from wool too which I pinked the edges of.  Here is what I came up with.
Then the process of making a Christmas ornament or two.  So many ideas and patterns to choose from.  I ended up making an angel doll instead of an ornament.  I used a Country Threads pattern.  The doll has no arms.  The arms were to be silk greenery and more like wings.  I could not find anything silk at the craft store that suited me.  I did find some plastic type greenery and some that looked like branches from an artificial Christmas tree.  I found them too heavy when I tried to attach them to the quilt block dress that the doll wears.  The pieces just drooped.  I decided to create wings and selected a shape from a Jan Patek angel quilt pattern for them.  From the internet, an image search for vintage Christmas sheet music provided me with a song with "angel" in the verse.  I printed it onto computer printer ready fabric.  I only had one sheet and the wings are wide.  I was able to cut two pieces for the wing fronts and piece those together.  I used a cotton fabric for the back side of the wings.  Here she is.
The dress is a pine tree quilt block and it is quilted.  The pattern set of angels has one for each season with a different block design used for each.  I added some spritzes of the walnut spray to give an older look to the sheet music and sprayed the doll and dress a bit too.  The doll head has a wreath of pearl trim around it and some jute cord to hang it.

I added a fat quarter of red wool, a red cotton prim style Christmas print, a needle punch kit I was not using, and an Aunt Philly's toothbrush rug making tool and instruction book.  I think my partner liked her goodies as much as I enjoyed creating and pulling everything together.

Karen

26 comments:

  1. Ha! Not only did I like them, I love them and they already have a special place in the house. I was touched by your generosity. Thank you again, Karen.

    Nancy

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  2. Well, any quilter would love to receive these wonderful gifts, they definitely look like they came from your heart, the best kind of gifts to give!

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  3. Wow, you really went the extra mile here, I'd say, and created some very unique treasures. Both are just wonderful! Who wouldn't be happy to receive them?

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  4. Aww it is so sweet..
    I love it too
    Have a lovely day
    Cucki x

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  5. Your little gifts will be treasured! They are really wonderful!!

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  6. Unos trabajos realmente bonitos. Me gusta el Papa Noel de la bolsa.
    Feliz fin de semana !!!!

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  7. What great things you created there. I specially liked the angel.

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  8. WONDERFUL goodies! I know she flipped!

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  9. Your partner should overly thrilled...the prim angel is so creative! The sheet music wings are fantastic.

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  10. I love these--- Incredibly cool.I'm going to Pin your photo on my Pinterest acct if it is OK--- What a sweet angel......

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  11. I love what you made. I would be thrilled to receive items like these! Have a great day!

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  12. What lovely items! You put such thought into pleasing your partner, she can't help but love them.

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  13. They look like they would fit right in with Nancy's house from what I've seen on her blog. Just love the angel!

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  14. Love that pine tree angel--it is so pretty. Great gifts!! Julierose

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  15. Your gifts are uniquely yours and a gift from the heart. They're wonderful.

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  16. I love the things you made, you do such beautiful sewing. I have four trees like that and was making pillows with them, but they would work for this too, hmmm.

    Debbie

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  17. Oh Karen, what lovely, wonderful treasures you made!! I love the quilt in the header. Again, I LOVE your stuff!!

    Blessings

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  18. Great ideas! Love them both!
    Season's Greetings!
    Christine

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  19. Awesome gifts, Karen with a lot of thought put into them. I'm sure your partner was over the moon with them because I know I would be!

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  20. Beautiful and I especially like the quilt on your header! You do such beautiful projects:)

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  21. You are amazing!!! Love the angel and the prim bag - the perfect gift.

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  22. Oh! The bag and angel are wonderful. You really used the creative juices on the angel. So many good ideas. . . Thanks.

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  23. You are SO clever and imaginative! I'm sure your secret pal was thrilled!

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  24. I LOVE that idea of printing off sheet music!!!! Just the other day I spotted a craft that had a single sheet of holiday music and I thought I couldn't duplicate! Just look at you teaching me another trick! My MIL collects angels...if she is good this next year I should consider one for her. LOL

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  25. Both gifts are great! Who wouldn't love receiving those for Christmas? What a great idea for an angel.

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