I haven't done any actual sewing this week, but as usual those wheels in my head are always turning, especially at 3 in the morning.
This is a picture of some of the fabrics I want to use in my Cozy Cabins quilt that I'm "planning". I like the combination of pink and brown. I just had a light bulb moment. The pattern in the magazine used black squares in the center of the blocks, but of course I'll probably need to use dark brown squares.
This is one napkin from a set I am making. The fabric is red, white and green plaid homespun that I bought on sale after Christmas last year for 50 cents a yard. I plan to use them year round, but they will be especially nice for Christmas. I've made three, but plan to make a couple every day or so until I get as many as I can make from the fabric I have. I bought all that was left on the bolt, about a yard and a half.
We've been using the 3 I've gotten done and I like them the best of any I've made so far. The homespun fabric is very absorbent.
I went to Family Christian Stores the day before Thanksgiving and purchased some of their "door busters". One of these that I especially like are baskets that have a fabric lining. On the outer edge of the lining is embroidered "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread". These baskets were only $5.00. The sales catalog said limit of 5 per person, so I bought 5. The clerk told me I could get as many as I wanted and now I'm wishing I had bought more.
I can think of so many ideas to use these baskets for gifts. I could fill them with different themed items. Some ideas are: Homemade bread, cookies, etc.; handmade napkins and coasters; grocery items; spiritual books; journals; roasted pecans; items that represent whatever the recipient's hobbies are, etc.
Here's what the baskets look like. The quilt this basket is sitting on is a wolf/log cabin one I made a few years ago.
This sale is still going on, so if you are near a Family Christian Book Store, maybe you could grab some too!