This last weekend the guild I’m in, The Flying Needles Quilt Guild, did their Christmas Wrap Up and Potluck. We had our show and tell, Christmas exchange and a potluck lunch together.
Last year, for the Christmas exchange we made stockings and filled them. This year we made shoe bags and filled it with a little something.
I had a pattern from Janelle Wind called “Tis the Season” that used this embroidery pattern on an apron or table cloth. I thought it was so pretty that I wanted to put it on the shoe bag.
I used a dark tan linen for the outside, and this fun black/tan animal type print for the lining (sorry no picture here). I stitched it with a DMC raspberry thread.
I filled it this year with a homemade traveling sewing kit. I found this cute little kit on pinterest and a TERRIFIC tutorial from “Lots of Pink Here.”
I used some Amy Butler fabric – but I’m sorry I can’t remember which one it was, it was part of a fat quarter bundle I had.
Sorry about my blurry picture. I’m not as stable taking photos with my iphone as I would like to be 😦 I filled it with a measuring tape, water soluable pen, needles, pins, floss, thread and scissors. I also included a couple of fat quarters as well.
To exchange our shoe bags we sit around a the table with our bags and follow along with a little story. When we hear the word “right” or “left” we pass our bags. I was fortunate enough to get Ana Buzzalino’s bag.
She hand painted a beautiful pear, used beautiful fabrics and put covered washers on the ends of the bag.
Look at all the wonderful goodies I got. SO LUCKY!
It was a really fun day. The lunch was wonderful, the company better. Now to really focus and get my Christmas shopping done.