Sew Mama Sew hosts Handmade Holidays every November, where they have guest bloggers curate lists of handmade gifts to make. I checked it for ideas every day and I got a couple of good ones for Christmas presents, including this one: https://feelincrafty.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/to-do-list-swap-quilted-magnets-with-a-tutorial-done/
Quilted magnets! My roommate J loves magnets! I knew this was perfect for her.
I pulled together my scraps of purple fabric – J likes purple – and started piecing. My initial plan was courthouse steps blocks, and that became wonky courthouse steps, and then I ran out of scraps in the fabrics I’d picked so now they’re kind of wonky improv-pieced semi courthouse steps blocks. Two of them are completed courthouse steps blocks and two are not.
They’re cute, right?
I improve pieced the backs, too:
I didn’t follow the tutorial. I wish I had. I didn’t realize that you only quilt the top and the batting, not all three layers. (That’s smart, right? It keeps the magnet away from your machine!) I was afraid my magnets wouldn’t be strong enough for batting, so I just quilted the top and back layers. I tried to do most of my quilting before I put the magnets in, but even so I had to put the magnet in at some point. That was annoying. My machine still seems fine but next time I do this I will follow the tutorial properly. Also, I needn’t have worried about the strength of my magnets; they were quite strong.
They’re larger than in the tutorial – more like 4″.
J was super excited about them. She put them up on our fridge right away. They look great, if I do say so myself.