First is a table runner made of charm squares and charm-sized improv blocks for the lovely hostess of our class Christmas party!
At first I'd arranged the blocks in a traditional nine-patch form, but a mutual friend suggested I "do what I do best" and make it splashes of color in the grey field. That in turn influenced the quilting, and the back is a chunk of vintage sheet.
When we had our gift exchange, our hostess had not taken a name, but when I got up to give her the gift, the applause was deafening! She hadn't told me her colors, so I had fun making something I felt reflected her, even if it doesn't go with her house. But she loved it anyway, and she is quite encouraging of my artistic endeavors. It was a pleasure making a gift for her!
After the applause died down, I gave my actual swap partner her gift! Part of it included a cheery cowl I'd knit in class!
I knit it before knowing who my swap partner would be, but I was hopeful whomever it was would like it. Interesting time learning to block acrylic yarn, by the way... Anyhow, I was thrilled to find out who the cowl would go to - and she was thrilled to receive it!
The girls are still on their way so I might as well show you what I made for them:
Sweet little stars from this tutorial (although folding the fabric in 4 is quite excessive, I found). My mother caught me making them and requested one set with a pin back to wear with her scrubs. If I had a minute more, I'd get on that directly. Alas, I'm 15 minutes' shy of arrival time, so I best get back to cooking!
Happy holidays, y'all!