Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Gifts

Deepest apologies, it's been ages since my last post. The tree is up, shopping has been started, projects are still underway. Many projects cannot be shown, but I still have much to share, dear reader.

This is the gift I received at the ornament exchange, a casserole tote with matching hot pad. I love it! It will be perfect for carrying my dish to the Christmas brunch.  Darla Cox made it. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the scarf that I knitted for this exchange. My dear friend Carol McDaniel received it - it was so nice to see her.

I made these bags, with matching flower pins, for my Cut-Loose friends. We had our holiday party last night at Joanell's. Great food, fun conversation, wonderful friends!

Three of the bags were made with fabric I painted or printed. The red and blue came from Rayna Gillman's workshop on deconstructed screenprinting. I think the other one was a paint rag from that class. Sometimes paint rags made the best fabric! The pins were made with multiple layers of fancy fabrics, blasted a bit with my heat embosser. I've seen similar elsewhere and wanted to make my own.

The rest of the bags are made with Ghana batiks. I just love these fabrics - many of them also appear in my "Tie Dyes and Dyed Ties" quilt. I let my friends pick the bag they wanted and was surprised by what they chose. Which confirms my inclination to let 'em pick their own!


Rayna said...

These are all beautiful, Cindy! Makes me wish I could SEW. Glad you found a use for those fabrics; you're right - sometimes the mop-up cloths are the best. What great gifts!

Cindy Cooksey said...

I ended up with lots of fun fabric from your workshop. It's taken a while to "let go" and do something with it.

Rayna said...

Well, you certainly made good use of it. Looking at these makes me wish I could sew...if you know what I mean.