(Not so) Quick Gifts: Day 5

I wanted to save some of my very favorites for Day 5. Festive Season by Jackie Robinson for Benartex Fabrics was a collection I squeezed the life out of. I don't have ANY of these fabrics leftover (OK. maybe a few scraps). Let me show you what I made. Yes, this was NOT quick, but it wasn't hard (no y-seams) because it was all straight seam sewing.

Festive Season table topper
You can see a lot of blocks and steps for making a lot of these by clicking that link above. This is how I got the cardinal centered inside the hexagon shape, using a freezer paper "window."

Freezer paper "window" for fussy cutting my cardinal motif
I centered another cardinal and then made a Twisted Hexagon from that. And then another round of elongated hexagons (basically a strip with 60 degree cut angles on each side).

Two rounds of beautiful fabrics
I have since quilted this using some gold thread in some of the patches.

Festive Season Table Topper: 18" x 21"
I also cut a whole lot of half-hexagons, not thinking of how I would use them. They sat for a year (or two). Aren't they pretty?

Dozens of half-hexagons (3" cut height)
I had some of the cardinal border print that I wanted to be the focus of some sort of quilt. Can I combine the two? (The leftover blocks and the border print?
Border print with cream background from Festive Season
I took two of the vertical panels and used them for side borders with two Twisted Hexagon blocks. These are LARGE blocks (15" high by 18" wide). I used a second print for the top and bottom borders. I made the blocks in 2017. I finished them into this quilt just recently. Orphans find a home!

2 Twisted Hexagon blocks
What I want to emphasize in this post is that I used ORPHAN blocks from one year and added borders this year to finish something a bit quicker than if I started from scratch.

I have one more thing using that awesome border print and those dozens of half-hexagons. But it will have to wait until next week because I can't get a good pic of it (it's still a top).

Lastly, more of those fun holiday cards using Festive Season.

Card #1 using photo cards from a Dollar Store
 And another . . .
Card #2 using photo cards from a Dollar Store
One last one. I mailed all of these last year to some very delighted recipients (people who appreciate things quilted). I bet they weren't tossed but made their way into the Christmas box of decorations!
Card #3 using photo cards from a Dollar Store
Grab your wallet, get in the car, and find a Dollar Store! There may be some of these photo cards waiting for you. So easy and quick to make. Remember, you can slip cash into a card like this and it will be the perfect gift!

Hope you enjoyed the week of fun ideas!


  1. Love the photo cards. Will have to look for them.

  2. Lovely...the cardinals really make it so beautiful.

  3. Hi Debby! Oh those cardinals - I just love that piece. And the photo cards! How clever. Merry Christmas to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. love the cardinals. I have a few yards with cardinals on it. still trying to figure out what to do with them. thanks for these suggestions.


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