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TTMT 207: Gifts galore…

I’m posting this while it’s still processing, so if it looks really grainy, maybe give it a while. Need to go to bed through… I’m going to work at 3 am this week in an attempt to avoid Christmas music and grumpy Christmas shoppers. (Bah hambug, etc.)

The quilt patterns are Kimberly 2.0 from GEDesigns, Meadowland by Then Came June, and Friendship from the book Scrap-Basket Knockouts by Kim Bracket. The clay/pottery kits are from Sculpd. The zipper pouch pattern is my own. The wood ornaments are from Kiriki Press.

9 thoughts on “TTMT 207: Gifts galore…

  1. It’s great to see you! I really like the subtle Christmas quilt for your mom. Your dad’s is also quite striking. Those are awesome Christmas gifts!

    Holy beans, the ceramics are amazing! You and your friend did a phenomenal job. They’re both just so adorable.

    Lucky coworkers! Especially like the bright pouch that you made for your friend with the multicolored hair. The bracelets are fantastic too.

    I hope you have a very happy holiday and avoid as much Christmas music and as many shoppers as possible!

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    1. Thank you! I really like the subtle Christmas too… it’s nice to feel it can be used through more of the winter than just the actual holidays. I hope my parents will both be happy with the quilts.. and my little sister is getting one I finished in January. (Just my older sister is left out. But her birthday is in February, so she gets a promise instead of a quilt.)

      The pottery was super fun. There’s enough clay left in our kits that we can do it all over again, so there will be more in the future. 🙂

      I hope my co-workers love the zipper pouches and bracelets. I tried to match to everyone’s personalities (and their hippy-dippiness in believing what stones are supposed to mean lol), so we will see how successful I managed to be. The one with lots of colour in her life has two young daughters, so I sort of imagine she’ll lose both bracelet and pouch pretty quickly to the girls.

      I don’t love that working retail has helped turn me into such a curmudgeon, but it has! Some customers are so lovely, but then there are always the ones who are angry there are no fresh turkeys even though it’s 12 hours from Christmas day and there is a turkey shortage and they could have shopped last week and had their choice of dozens… bah. Anyway, working early also means I can go home early on Friday so maybe, maybe we can get to my parents before it gets too dark. *fingers crossed*

      Merry Christmas to you and yours!


  2. I love both Christmas quilts. The subtle Christmas prints are great. They are going to love the wool batting.

    The ceramics are great. Glad you have a friend to play with.
    Your coworkers are so lucky to work with you. All the pouches and bracelets look great.
    Merry Christmas.


    1. Thank you! They seem to be pretty happy with the quilts, even my dad who never quite seems to like anything I make. That wool batting made it a really lovely quilt for sleeping under (and whatever material that Ruby Star Society wideback is made of… despite the gold flecks in the splatter print, it has a really beautiful hand. I know a lot of wide backs are sateen, but I’m not sure that one is).

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  3. Kristel!!!! You’ve been crazy busy too! The quilts came out gorgeous! I love the subtle Christmas pattern. So nice to have something different. The pottery projects came out great and I love the colors of the charity quilt you’re working on. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Kristel I’m so glad we got to see you again this year! The quilts for your folks are really fantastic. The RSS Speckled widebacks are pretty much my favorite widbacks we carry at the shop. Except for this one batik I’ve been ogling. I just love the Speckled line all around.

    I think the octopus mugs are super cute, and her bumblebees are just too adorable! You can definitely see the honeycomb print in the video.

    Your gifts for yourcoworkers are very thoughtful and cute. I didn’t even do cards or candy canes or anything for my coworkers this year, but then I also worked the shop alone on xmas eve day, so none of them had to work on xmas eve…. I guess that counts as a gift, lol. 😉

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you!

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    1. I’m so glad I chose that speckled wideback – the colour was perfect and the hand is so lovely and it quilted up beautifully. I have another wideback laying around waiting for me to finish a quilt for my sister and it’s a flannel one, which I think I like the idea of better in theory than in practice because I’m worried about how much it might shrink when I wash it and I’m kind of wishing I’d bought speckled in black for the quilt for my sister. Oh well… the flannel will give it a nice weight, anyway, and should be cozy.

      I only do coworker gifts for my “staff” (officially I don’t have any, but they don’t actually do anything in the store that isn’t for my department, so they’re mine even though they’re classified as other things) basically because my work doesn’t do anything for any of us (they used to give us coupons at Christmas,… spend $50, get 10% off…. and like… that’s not a gift when you have to spend money to get it). So I jokingly call it their year end bonus to get a bit of candy and some sort of trinkety thing.

      Letting your coworkers have Christmas eve off is a pretty good gift, I think! I don’t know how busy the shop was, maybe (hopefully?) it was a easy work day for you, but anything that gives people a little extra time to prep for Christmas can be a really good thing.


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