You’ve already seen my attempts to get my own sewing kit loaded up for some portable sewing during the holidays. (More about that later. It’s fun.)
Part 4 is about preparing a sewing kit for a friend!
A longtime friend recently showed a tiny bit of interest in quilting! Hooray! After all these years!
She asked about hexagons, so I am giving her the 60 Hexagon 1 inch shape collection with instructions for downloading it and the Hexagon Quilt Design Book plus a few other things to help her get started.
So far, I am including . . .
. . . sheets of fabric, printed . . .
(Some are still attached to the freezer paper, which is labeled for her.)
. . . a sample hexagon flower, which I loved sewing. . .
. . . and a few needles, a finger pincushion, small scissors and a bobbin of my favorite thread.
She already has The Inklingo Handbook and Quilted Diamonds 2 (with DVD) because I gave them to her when they were first published, even though she was not a quilter. I hope she can find them because it has been a while!
I’m very proud of both books and she celebrated with me when I published them.
GIFT FROM STASH
If you have a friend who might enjoy an introduction to quilting, you can prepare a fabulous kit without buying anything at all—thanks to the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection!
You can print shapes from the free Inklingo shape collection on a selection of pretty scraps from your stash—and sew a star to get her started.
Even better, you can add a finger pincushion using the instructions in the video and add some simple, pretty tools like needles, thread, and scissors.
ADD A GIFT CERTIFICATE?
If you want to spend a little more, Inklingo Gift Certificates are available. There are many options at only $20 and $25 but you can choose any amount to stay within a comfortable limit and give her the pleasure of making the choice herself.
You might want to include a link to the free Smart Shopper’s Idea Book (under the Support & Goodies tab), so she knows what is available.
It is extra special if you include some fabric printed with the free shapes with the Gift Certificate.
When my sisters and I were growing up, it was hard to go to sleep on Christmas Eve! Wide awake and excited! (Now you know why I prefer to be on the other side of the camera.)
We knew that in the morning there would be a new homemade dress and at least one new book for each of us, plus a jigsaw puzzle for the whole family. There was often some kind of craft project too. We played games and did jigsaw puzzles and knit and corked our way through MILES of scrap yarn during the holidays. There was no shortage of scarves for our new dolls.
By the time this photo was taken, Mum had already let me sew on her Singer sewing machine. It was supervised fun that was totally exhilarating. The special gifts that we remember were things we could do together.
The best Christmas gifts are homemade. Monkey says:
Make a friend a quilt? Fabulous.
Teach a friend to quilt and she might make one for you!
I am excited about giving this pretty gift to my friend. It’s not something I bought in a rush at the mall. It feels homemade and I think she will understand why I enjoy sewing so much.
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I hope you will be inspired to prepare a portable kit to introduce a friend to quilting. It can cost you next to nothing in dollar terms but it is pretty and it can be a wonderful way to share what you love. Who knows? You might end up going to guild meetings together for years to come.
Please stay tuned. I’m working on something. . .
Linda & Monkey
New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.
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