Q&A with Oda May: The Holidays

{fabric shown is Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket}

Join Oda May today as she answers reader questions about the holidays!

Dear Oda May,

The holidays really snuck up on me this year. I’m having the family over for Thanksgiving and my dreams of handmade tablescapes are crashing around me. Are there any projects I can whip up before T-Day?

Turkey-ed Out in Tennessee

Dear Turkey-ed,

Do I have a project for you! Julie of Jaybird Quilts shared a lovely embroidered napkin tutorial with us one year {Family Traditions}…I suggest you simplify her project and make a single embroidered item with the word “thankful.” You can even use a store-bought table runner and embellish with some charm squares or a jelly roll binding to sass it up. But no matter how your table turns out, remember that its the people around it that make the holiday.

Thankful for You,

Dear Oda May,

I have so been enjoying the Just in Time Gifts series! I’ve already made a couple of little things to give to friends and family, but I’m really hoping to make a quilt for my sister. She’s had a tough year and I think a handmade quilt is the perfect gift to tell her how much I’ve been thinking of her. Is it too late for me to get started?

Last-Minute Quilter in Laramie

Dear Last-Minute,

There are 35 days left until the big gift exchange. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s not impossible for you to make a quilt for your sister. Check out a few easy quilt recipes:

Easy Strawberry Fields Quilt
Easy as Cake Quilt
Charming Rag Quilt
Four Square Layer Cake Quilt

Those recipes all have minimal cutting and should sew up in a weekend. If you are not a zippy quilter, you might want to go with the Charming Rag Quilt, since it’s a quilt as you go method.

Good luck! You can do it.

Merry and Bright,