Thursday, 18 June 2015

Ho,Ho, Ho and on We Sew - the wine edition!

I know that it seems crazy to be thinking of Christmas when, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are just heading into summer, but believe me my quilty friends you will thank me come December!

Welcome to another Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party!

As ever our mission is to have you all organised and calm by the time December 25th comes around, and to help us we have gathered together a great bunch of bloggers, who are posting tutorials for gift and home decoration projects throughout the year, you can find all of the previous tutorials by following the link at the top of the page. This month, our guest host is Ruth, who blogs at the lovely named Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner  As a stalwart of the Modern Quilters Ireland Group and an avid Bee member and magazine contributor to boot, Ruth has so many strings to her bow that my head spins just thinking about them :) Head on over to Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner to see Ruth's gorgeous So Frosty quilt pattern, which definitely proves the adage that a "quilt is not just for Christmas!"

Of course, it wouldn't be a Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party without a giveaway and this month's giveaway comes courtesy of the lovely people at the Fat Quarter Shop


                                                                Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop

This month one lucky winner will get to pick their favourite from the Fat Quarter Shop's range of mini charm packs, and all you have to do is link up your Christmas or Holiday makes for June to be in with a chance of winning. The winner of last month's Japan Crafts Mini Rice Bag Kit was Ruth, who has an Asian-themed meeting coming up soon at her Guild meetings, so the timing of the win couldn't have been better!

As you know last month I treated myself to a new craft book (well new to me anyway)

So, I decided to have a go at one of the projects from the book for my Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew make. As a regular wine gift giver and a recycler of paper gift bags I am always wary of being caught recycling a gift bag to the original donor, but this month's project should avoid that embarrassment :)

 The centre involved some reverse applique, which I have never tried before so not only a Ho, Ho, Ho but also a New to Me, two birds comes to mind!

I brought lots of Christmas linen/cotton fabric back from Latvia, so I can easily whip up a few more of these gift bags before December, well, in theory anyway :)

So, now it is your turn to share your Christmas and Holiday makes over at Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

As ever, a big thank you goes to our generous sponsors who have provided us with such lovely giveaway prizes throughout the year.

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Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop
Linking up to Sew the Library at Weekend Doings


  1. Much nicer than a paper bag, Fiona!!! The reverse appliqué looks very effective and your linen is gorgeous.

  2. Ahk! I wish I were more organized and had something to link ; ) Cute bag

  3. Love the bottle bag! Off to follow the link x

  4. A very cute and useful gift :-)

  5. I've not tried reverse applique before either - must get to that - this looks brilliant and thanks for the lovely intro!

  6. Great fabric choice and gorgeous reverse appliqué, it will make such a thoughtful gift!

  7. What a sweet little wine gift bag. I love the fabrics you used!

    I've linked up the zippered pouch stocking I finished last night. I'm hoping to have a few more Christmasy finishes to link up before the end of the month.

  8. Your bag is so cute and I love that linen! Oh, and we have the same wine glasses...

  9. Love that bag, and I have the same worry with recycling gift bags! I'm not in the slightest bit organised with anything 'Ho, ho, ho' related this month yet, but hopefully there's still time...

  10. Sweet bag - printed linen??!! YUM! Also - that doesn't just look like reverse applique - it looks like multi-layer reverse applique??!!

  11. I love the wine gift bag! It is so sweet.

  12. Love you bag and I'm sure this one it is not going to be re-gifted :)
    I have that book (Pretty in Patchwork) and it is one of may favorites. I think I'm going to make a few bags too for my this Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up to Sew the Library.
    I can't believe next month is my turn to host Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew. Time flies but I'm really looking forward to it.

  13. Lovely wine gift bag. I like recycling bags to and it is always a bit risky!


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