I can tell you what month it is by looking at my blog stats.
As we near the holiday season, the blog post Fleece Flannel Blankets becomes the daily top post—day after day. The post was originally written in June 2013—three and half years ago!
Fleece flannel blankets are just that—fleece or minky on one side and flannel on the other side—with a nice binding to hold it all together. These blankets are great gifts that are used and loved. It makes me happy to think that crafters from around the world use my tutorial to make them, and you can too.
Or you can make my other popular hand made gift—Artful Oven Mitts.
In celebration of my 100th blog post, I gave away 100 oven mitt patterns. That was a much crazier endeavor than I originally imagined. If you want a good chuckle, check out the post where I describe my ill thought out attempt to mail dozens of hand drawn (what is wrong with me?) patterns.
When I make oven mitts, I do it factory style. They are my standard wedding gift and I also sell them. Right now, I have one lonely oven mitt left from my last factory session.
Which means I should make a new batch, or not. It is a lot of work!
While in Houston at the International Quilt Festival earlier this month, I taught an Artful Oven Mitt class. It was awesome!
I kitted up fabric and Insul-Bright batting, and I pre-cut bindings and hanging tabs, so students could get busy right away.
Okay, there was a small problem—I don’t know count!
Which resulted in a small Insul-Bright crisis and me running the halls of the Houston Convention Center looking for batting.
Thank you dear students for working with me on that one.
Almost everyone finished an oven mitt.
One stitcher even made two!
I would like to celebrate giving and the holiday season.
So, tell me what your favorite hand made gift is—things you make or things you have received—and I will randomly select 12 responses (as in Twelve Days of Christmas) to send an Artful Oven Mitt pattern.
My favorite handmade gift has to be these amazing Owl pouches that my friend quilt artist Barb Mortell made for me. Aren’t they beautiful? I traded her some artful oven mitts for them!
Happy Holidays dear readers. I am very much looking forward to a deadline free December in which I will happily stitch away on whatever I want to make, and I hope you will do the same.
PS I will do the random selecting a week from now–That’s next Monday, December 5th!