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Gift Sewing Madness – Day 2

Happy Thursday!

I started sewing early this morning because today is “Date Night” and I need to make an unscheduled trip to the hair salon! This week we are doing dinner and theater!  Our local community theater is excellent – tonight’s musical is “Nunsense”!

I made this table runner earlier this fall for son#1 and his family.  It is a half hexie Christmas tree — one of the popular Jenny Doan tutorials.  I’d made a similar one a few years ago and my DIL loved it.  I had plenty fabric left over so I made one for them.

Christmas 2018 Hexi TR

Christmas 2018 Hexi TR

Today I made matching placemats, using the Fat Quarter Shop Pocketed Placemat video tutorial. It is a great pattern and very easy to make.  Each placemat measure 12 x 18 inches, you start with any 12.5 inch unfinished quilt block add borders and a pocket – and voila you’re finished with the top.  No binding — YAY!!

I machine appliqued a tree onto a 12.5 background square. I used a small blanket stitch with metallic thread. My photos aren’t great but the backing fabric with the Reindeer is sew cute!

Christmas 2018 Hexi Reindeer Mats

Christmas 2018 Hexi Reindeer Mats

Christmas 2018 Hexi Mat Front

Christmas 2018 Reindeer Front

Christmas 2018 Hexi Mat Back

Christmas 2018 Reindeer Back



I laid the entire ensemble out on my floor…..

Christmas 2018 Hexi Tree

Christmas 2018 Half Hexi Christmas Tree



Happy Sewing!


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15 thoughts on “Gift Sewing Madness – Day 2

  1. dezertsuz on said:

    What a great tablescape that will make. Thanks for sharing what you’re doing. Have a great date night!

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  2. These are great…and I love the idea of having a pocket for the utensils!! Have fun tonight!

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  3. Hi Karla! Enjoy date night!!! I know you will. We had that play here at our local playhouse. That table setting is fabulous. I just LOVE that striped fabric! I reminds me of a wrapping paper from my youth that I loved to wrap all my favorite peep’s presents in. I’m sure this whole set will be well used and loved. Happy Happy Thursday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  4. Love that runner! Enjoy your date night!

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  5. Karla, I just read your recent posts. Love the maple leaf quilt…keep thinking I should make one, but like you , I am new to quilting and still figuring machine piecing out. Beautiful little granddaughter. Your Christmas stitching looks great and I too love the holiday fabrics. Happy Stitching from me!

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  6. Delighted to read you had a good night. I love the reindeer fabric, super table settings.


  7. lv2bquilting2 on said:

    We used to have date nights, but now have date lunches, because by the time night rolls around, we’re too tired to go out. lol That’s what happens when you reach middle 80’s. I just love the table runner and your fabrics are stunning. Thanks for posting.

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  8. Wow I love the table runner and placemats! Awesome and festive😀🌲🌲🌲🌲

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