Going for a no Spend Christmas

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Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204771 Keaniebean
Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:47 pm

I really want to spend no money this Christmas, so have been using up my stupidly big stash of materials and so far have 1 and a bit quilt tops to show for it. I have never quilted before and got a couple of books in a charity shop a while ago. The first is for my son and is made from a quilt, a sheet, a curtain and some fabric inherited from my gran.
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The second will eventually be a double for my mum and her partner. This is all scraps of material some new although purchased 18 months ago and some is from clothes, sheets, duvets,scarves. You name it I've nicked 10cm squares out of it :lol: :lol:
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204775 boboff
Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:58 pm

Wow you clever thing, I love the second one.
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204784 bonniethomas06
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:44 pm

Oh my word! They are both lovely, but the starry one is absolutely stunning!

I am still labouring through my crappy 10cm square basic quilt and finding it slow going, I am seriously impressed with the way that the patterns all fit together neatly and you have continued the colours accross each different grid. Well done! :thumbright:
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204794 Mrs Moustoir
Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:54 pm

Excellent - I'd never have guessed you were a beginner! They look fab and I bet you feel a real sense of achievement.

I'm sure the recipients will be thrilled.

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Post: #204811 MuddyWitch
Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:26 pm

Absolutly stunning!

I'd love to be on your xmas list!!!

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Post: #204812 Thomzo
Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:38 pm

They are both really good. Even more so for a beginner.

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204817 sarahkeast
Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:38 pm

Very nice.

Anyone got any ideas to share for other no/low spend Christmas presents. I will need stuff for colleagues, neighbours and some family. dont think I would get away with that for kids tho !
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204833 Keaniebean
Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:20 am

Thanks for all the praise. They have been fun if not hard work.

For no spend Christmas ideas, I intend to make herb oils and and vinegars. Jams or cordials, the quilts of course and if I get time I was planning to make a quilt each for my two daughters, but I might have my work cut out for me.
I was going for minimum spend for the kids, their quilts will be their big presents but I think I will have to spend a bit on stocking fillers. I do think I could make cookies instead of buying the usual bags of sweets and maybe make a sweet or two, or a small stuffed toy monster or something. I'm not sure yet I've been making it up as I go along really.

I've already given the husband my shopping list for Christmas. I want him to make me a bee hotel like I saw on Gardeners world. So he will have a no spend Christmas too. :cheers:
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204879 Bikil
Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:32 pm

Those are very nice! I really like the 2nd one.

We are doing very low spend.
Making scarves for relatives & friends.
Shawls for our Moms.
Courgette crisps & dried fruit dipped in chocolate for various friend. We want to create a family label to make it fun.
Second-hand toys for our daughter.

I think it will be fun and cheap, good all 'round!
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204881 growingthings
Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:44 pm

They are truly beautiful quilts.

We are always striving for a no spend christmas, but we end up with a spending not a lot instead!
We never quite manage it...:lol:

Having said that we have managed 2010 to be our handmade / homemade year and so far so good, every gift we have given has been handmade or home produced...it requires more thought, which has made us more choosey about who we actually give gifts to in the first place, and no more giving of crappy gifts, just because we feel we ought to.

Once again well done they are beautiful

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204882 Susie
Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:50 pm

Just noticed this! These are absolutely beautiful, you're inspiring me to branch out into different quilt blocks!

We did a low-spend Xmas last year (mainly chutney to be honest) - everyone loved it. (I don't know if they'll love it when they've had it a few years running, but we'll see :wink: ).
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204901 prison break fan
Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:40 am

Sarah they arebeautiful!! Could we have a close up? I can't believe you are a beginner, you have certainly got a talent! I am struggling with just a basic square quilt. I think having a no-spend, home made Christmas makes you much more selective with who you want to give presents to. This year I want to do some felting, and I am making crochet t-shirt rugs. pbf.

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204915 spider8
Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:11 am

I'd love to see them in a bigger picture too please :iconbiggrin: . They look beautiful and you obviously have more patience than myself as I'm not too good with sewing (poor eyesight!). To be honest, we don't have that many people to give presents too now just OH mum and dad, a few friends and to have a few 'stand-by' presents. Once I've sorted out the spare/junk/storeroom I'll get making things........honest!
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204933 Keaniebean
Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:32 pm

Thanks again for all the positive feed back.

I'm not sure what happened to the pictures they were big, but after a few replies seemed to shrink! :shock:

I hope my quilts don't do that for real, :lol: , i'll be sewing for years.
I'll upload another picture and see what happens. :scratch:


Nope, I've tried and I cant work it out. it is saying they are too wide but they should'nt be as they are smaller than 720 pixels! :scratch: :scratch: :scratch: :dontknow: .

I give up for now. :? :roll:
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204934 Keaniebean
Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:51 pm

PBF,

I have been doing the tshirt rug thing too,although it's taking ages. The dog kept piddling on our landing carpet :angryfire: :angryfire: so I had to take it up and the floorboards are too noisy for me. There are details on the blog and some better pictures of the quilting too.
I'm knitting mine as i can't crotchet, I almost murdered a random passer by the last time I tried :iconbiggrin:
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