5 Days of Handmade Christmas Presents: Day 1

Pattern: Ruth McDowell's Pieced Vegetables
Fabric: fat quarters/scraps, and heat-proof batting

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I'm excited to announce 5 Days of Handmade Christmas--gifts made for me by others and by me for others this holiday season (got that?). As some of you know, I have been busy busy busy this month getting my sewing on, with Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and even a dress for myself. I am finally getting ready to show them all off to you!

Today, the first day of Handmade Christmas, I present to you a gift made for me by my amazing, super talented sewing mama. She put together two pot holders for me from Ruth McDowell's Pieced Vegetables, a crazy-cool pattern piecing and quilt block book.

The first pot holder is the corn one, made out of 25 (25!!) pieces all sewn together to create the vegetable. Look at how she picked out the quilting fabrics that resemble corn!

Next is the carrot one, made of 35 pieces. Isn't that crazy?! I don't even know how she sewed all these little scraps together into one square piece. I can barely match up my side seams! She completed the look with some freehand stitching across the top. So cool!

I can imagine making more of these in polka dots, stripes or even some Michael Miller or Amy Butler fabrics. A local woman in town has even been making them for the front of aprons. And McDowell has a range of other piecing books, too.

Can you tell I'm excited about all the handmade goodness going around this year?! Stay tuned, I have 4+ days of handmade Christmas left!

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