Tannenbaum Trio placemat and table runner pattern by Kate Colleran
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Adventures in Quilting- Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

Hi friends!

As promised, for our Adventures in Quilting post, my good friend and awesome quilter Tammy Silvers and I are going to blog about gift ideas for the holidays. 

What? It is only August!! Why are we talking about the holidays?

Well, I know some people who start their holiday shopping right after Christmas. Impressive!

Others start over the summer and some, like me, are last minute kind of people. But when you want to make someone a special, handmade gift then you need to start a little early. How can I help? How about a sale? I was going to select certain patterns and items to put on sale but decided to just put the entire shop on sale. I don’t plan any more sales for a while so now is the time to take advantage.

See the end of the post for the code to use to get the discount!

So, who is on your list that you want to make a little something for? Just because we are quilters, doesn’t mean your gift has to be a quilt! Here are some suggestions. 

How about a table runner or a pair of placemats?

batik talel runner
Table runner in Blue Moon

This runner/placemat combo was made using a wonderful line of batiks by Jackie Kunkel for Island Batik. I made them back in the spring for a blog hop and now they will be my gift to me for the winter!


batik placemats
Placemats in Blue Moon


The pattern, Table Scraps, makes a quick and easy runner using 2 ½”  strips and you could use fabric to match someone’s decor, holiday fabric or something for their favorite season.

Maybe a more personal item? My Kozy Q scarf pattern is fun, easy and so very fast to make! A great gift for a friend. Even if you need to make it last minute! 


You can use regular quilting cotton, but voile, rayon or even double gauze make beautiful scarves! Or make one side using cuddle or flannel for a really soft and cozy scarf!

Maybe you want to make them something to use to decorate for the holidays? How about Tannebaum Trio? You can make them a nifty Christmas Card wall hanging. 

Tannenbaum Trio Wall Hanging pattern by Kate Colleran
Tannenbaum Trio


Or the runner or a set of placemats.

Tannenbaum Trio placemat and table runner pattern by Kate Colleran


OR I have 2 kits using my pattern Holiday Treats. One is for the runner and one is for 2 placemats


The pattern was developed for use with the fabric line by Northcott called Sugar and Spice. Isn’t it cute?


And what about for the younger crowd? Maybe a notebook cover?

quilted notebook cover
Jot it Down in Alison Glass fabric


Or maybe a headband in their favorite colors? 

headband pattern
Wrap It!


And for your quilting friends, great quilting tools and goodies are always appreciated.

I was looking thru my pile of bags and found this fun red, white and blue version of my Pack it Up! bag. So how about a sale and a giveaway?

bag with cork
Pack it Up! bag


The giveaway will be for the bag and some goodies inside.  You can use the bag and goodies for a friend or keep as a gift for yourself!

Leave a comment and you will be entered for a chance to win the bag. Entries will close Tuesday Sept 4th, 2018 at 9pm (MT).

Giveaway is closed! Good luck!

Sale will be on all items in the shop at 20% off. Use the code holiday20. Sale will go thru the end of the day Sept 4th, 2018.

Click here to go to Tammy’s post to see what she is blogging about.

Good luck with your holiday planning and stitching!

happy quilting,




66 thoughts on “Adventures in Quilting- Holiday Gift Giving Ideas”

  1. What a great bunch of suggestions. Terrific ideas all of them. Thanks for sharing, and a chance at the great giveaway too!

  2. Thanks for the great ideas. I need to get started, but have not had any inspiration until now!! I love your bag; so many possibilities!!

  3. Great ideas … a few of them have been added to my list of gifts to make. Thank you for sharing these projects!

  4. Really love how effective the “braid” is on your various projects. Thanks for sharing so many examples with us. Your generosity is appreciated.

  5. So many great ideas for gifts! I can’t believe it is September already. It has turned hot again here (91 today) after a week in the 70s/80s. So ready for the cooler weather to hang around for a while!

  6. Thank you for inspiring me to start preparing for the holidays. I often wait until I’m so pressured and stressed that I don’t truly appreciate and enjoy the holidays. These ideas are really great.

  7. What a great bag. Are you sure you want to give it away? I love the headband you made. I am going to try and get one made for my Granddaughter’s birthday. She would love it. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Love your table runners and I love Jackie! I won a line of fabric from her a while back along with some Aurifil thread to match. It was gorgeous!

  9. It would be fun to make new placemats for my best friends. Four of us have become and remained best friends for four years. We each lost our spouse. We have uniquely different personalities and have bonded and are helping each other through what life brings us now. Others have abandoned us and we have been there for each other as we have helped some through the loss of others. Holidays are particularly tough, so maybe new bright placemats would be fitting to brighten the holidays. Also, the headband caught my eye for the grandgirls. Everyone can use a bag from time to time. Great Christmas ideas for everyone. Thanks for kick starting the list for me.

  10. Hi Kate,
    Thanks for the great ideas. Earlier this year, mom moved to the local Veteran’s facility. Our family can’t say enough about the wonderful staff and care she is receiving. Your Christmas card wall hanging will be a bright addition to her room and another for the nurses’ center in her wing. Plus the infinity scarf is the perfect gift for Betty, her new BFF.
    Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway.

    1. Sandy,
      What a great idea for your mom’s room! And for her new BFF. It sounds like a wonderful facility and doesn’t that make you feel good about it? It is so nice to hear good stories. I worked at a few long term care facilities and it is always good to hear about ones where the staff care.

  11. Thanks for the inspiration in this blog. I am thinking of making a table runner and placemats for my MIL. She loves purple so of course it will be in shades of purple and maybe a little blue thrown in for contrast.

  12. 114 days till Christmas! Let’s start now! Thanks for ideas for giving us ideas for gifting something very special to those who are special to us.

  13. Thanks for the gift ideas. It’s never too early to think about Christmas gifts, especially those made by hand. Love the braid in the placemats.

  14. Thank you so much for the ideas and the inspiration to begin holiday sewing now. I see gifts for almost everyone on my list in the suggestions you made!

  15. I think it’s never too early to start buying or making Christmas gifts! I like the table runner and placemats! I just bought some Blue Moon fabric, so I hope to make those soon.

  16. Really wonderful ideas and great inspiration to get the holiday sewing started! I really love the placemats and table runner you made using Jackie’s Blue Moon fabrics (I have also used the Blue Moon fabrics in a quilt). I also love the “Joy It Down” notebook made with Alison Glass fabrics. I know I will be making a number of those! Take care and have a blessed day!

  17. Your small projects will make sweet gifts and great for using up stash. You have motivated me to start my Christmas gift sewing

  18. I love (holiday) ideas no matter what time of year. Love reading your blog as you give me so much inspiration. Thanks Kate!

  19. Love all your ideas for qift giving this coming holiday season. I also love the bag with goodies idea too! I had better get to work so that they will be finished!

    Thank you!

  20. Kate! Thanks for your creative designs! I was just pulling out my Christmas fabrics and really like your Tannebaum Trio and your Sew Many Flakes Snowman!! They are fun and would make great gifts!!

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