Last minute gift wrap

In addition to the quilts, I officially gave each of our kids a present from J. and me. For our daughter, it was a real gold heart locket with pictures of our family inside. For our son, it was a collection of figurines from the “Super Mario” and “Kirby” video games. I couldn’t quite decide how to wrap the figurines though and time was running out.

Finally, I decided on something. And so, while our kids watched Christmas movies with J., I whipped up one more thing- a question mark box to store and carry the figurines.

A leftover Amazon box was cut and quickly duct-taped into shape and covered with pieces of yellow file folders. Then I added printed out question mark block images with glue stick and used packing tape to seal it all together. A piece of orange binding made for a great handle.

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Update- He loved it and practiced boinging his head onto it for kicks, LOL.

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The “Kirby” figurines:
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Picture of the “Mario” figurines to come…

The quilts are done (enough)

Enough to gift, that is…

Every birthday and Christmas I make a present for each of my kids. Usually they do not know what it will be, but this year I made what they asked me for- quilts for their beds. Being such large items and knowing how I am, I did not try for secrecy! Instead I asked the kids to collaborate with me by picking out the fabrics they wanted for the sashing and setting squares. They also went through my stash of 4″ “I Spy” fabric squares and selected photos of their friends and family members to be printed onto fabric for special squares throughout the quilts.

I used this tutorial from Obsessively Stitching to make a disappearing nine-patch quilt for each kid, but in order to get the sizes they wanted, I used 180 picture squares on each one. The final quilts were just over 60″ X 75″.

I skipped adding a border and due to my fear of binding (and lack of remaining time before Christmas), I sewed them together pillowcase-style and called it a day so we could actually enjoy each other on Christmas Eve. I will finish them up sometime soon, but for now- this is where I got 🙂

Here is my daughter’s quilt:
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And a close-up of some of the squares while I was laying them out:
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Here is my son’s quilt top about to be layered with the batting and backing.

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And a close-up of some of his squares while planning the layout:

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The kids love them and wanted to sleep on them in front of the tree.

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