Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Nesting Baskets

Handmade for the Holidays

Fun and easy to make, these nesting baskets in three sizes will hold a multitude of treasures. When empty, they will stack inside each other for neat and compact storage.
Each container has a sturdy lid so the baskets may be stacked for attractive display. ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable gives great body and stability to these baskets and makes their construction extra easy and quick.
Instructions are included for baskets in three sizes with optional handles for carrying as well as an optional see-through pocket for a label.
Perfect for the sewing room, bathroom, nursery, child's room, craft room — or anywhere in the house! Seen above, customize baskets so little ones learn organization early one. They can feel proud knowing they put things where they go and you'll be happy with one less thing to do. It'd be really easy to include pictures in the vinyl pocket as well, for those who can't read.

We did a little experiment, and found that we could put 25 YARDS of fabric in the large size of Nesting Baskets. What a perfect way for displaying your fabric. The small size is just perfect for keeping Wonder Clips next to your sewing machine. 

Don't you love the fun snowman set of baskets that Diane made? We think that these baskets would be perfect for storing Christmas cards, ornaments, candy, and more. A label made with a piece of chalkboard fabric would be perfect on the side of the small basket which makes the top of the hat. Diane found the snowflake embellishments at a local craft store. She used brown pipe cleaners for the arms and buttons for the eyes and nose.

Whether you or your loved one needs some organization, or someone is in need of some holiday cheer, Nesting Baskets makes for a fun, custom gift! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Hot Fudge Sauce

Handmade for the Holidays

We're mixing it up today with a fun recipe for gifting. This recipe for Hot Fudge Sauce is part of Annie's cookbook From Halibut to Jalapenos

This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make and is perfect for coworkers, neighbors, and friendship groups.

It can be packaged beautifully and would be so nice with brownies or ice cream. 

Dana, part of the ByAnnie.com Team, put together this hot fudge sauce and said it was easy and quick. She didn't include the rum at the end, and it tastes fine without it. Depending on your taste for rum, you may or may not want to include that. She also said when she added the boiling water to the mix, it mixed up beautifully at first, then started to separate. She started to panic, but kept making it. By the end of the process it worked just fine and came together in a delicious sauce. 

Want to make it your own? Another fun idea would be channeling your inner chef and mixing up the chocolate.

So what are you waiting for? Start making a quick, easy, DELICIOUS, gift today. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Quick Zip Cases

Handmade for the Holidays

If you need a project that you can whip up FAST to give as gifts, today's post is for you. As the name would suggest, Quick Zip Cases are the perfect projects to make in batches, and you could easily make one (or multiple!) for everyone on your list this year.

These fun-to-make zippered cases come in two sizes; small and large. 
  • Small - 2 1/2" W x 2 1/2" H x 8 1/2" L
The small case is perfect for carrying and keeping together the "little things."
  • Large - 2 3/4" W x 2 3/4" H x 10 1/2" L
The large case is sized to carry longer items such as tube turning tools, scissors, and bodkins.
Quick and easy to make, these handy little zippered cases are perfect to store and carry quilting supplies, art supplies, knitting needles, crochet hooks, cosmetics, charging cables and earbuds, small toys, and lots more. These cases organize the pint-sized necessities in our lives. 

They're great for gifts, because everyone could use a Quick Zip Case!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fall Market and Festival Recap

We had such a great time at Quilt Market and Quilt Festival meeting with so many new and old friends!

This show we had our biggest space ever - FOUR BOOTHS! It seemed huge when we first thought about it, but we were quickly able to fill the tables, racks, and walls with our samples, notions, and products for making beautiful things. It was so fun being across from Superior Threads as always.
The following are some quick photos that Kati took while wandering the aisles.

Exited about a new fabric line being released for Cotton and Steel by Rifle Paper Co. The display was so simple and striking. 

Loved the dresses and pom poms displayed here. 

Gloria and Kati ooh'd and ahh'd over the nurseries put together by Shannon Fabrics. The little elephants are so precious. Everything is so soft, too! Some days we wanted to curl up and take a nap in their booth.

Loved the theme of this booth by Taylor Made Designs! 

Moda had quite the sparkly booth celebrating 40 years! We loved all the gold. 

We loved seeing Sherri and Chelsi for the debut of their new fabric Valley. They are such sweet friends and Annie had to snap a photo with them. Sherri is holding Get Out of Town and Chelsi is holding Open Wide. 

Here is Vanessa of Lella's Boutique modeling her cute Got Your Back in her new Little Miss fabric. Do you spy the Back at Ya and Potluck Pals in the background? 

We spied this Bling It On in Kate Spain fabric over in United Notion's booth.

Do you spy the Open Wide! and Travel Essentials made in Good Hair Day?

Finally, we spotted our Open Wide! and Bowl Me Over in the Kaffe Fassett booth. 

We had a few hiccups with construction going on at the entrance of the convention center and Hurricane Patricia deciding to make an appearance. One day it took us an extra 45 minutes to get to the convention center because we had to navigate through back roads to find our way through the flooding. We had never seen so much rain in one place! We are glad it didn't slow everyone down though and we are looking forward to next year! 

Handmade for the Holidays: Project Bags

Handmade for the Holidays

Project Bags are the ultimate gift for all of the quilters and crafters in your life. These handy totes are great for organizing everything you need for sewing projects, and come in four sizes to meet a variety of transportation needs. They each have sturdy quilted bases and fun fabric details that are sure to impress even the most particular person on your holiday gift list this year.

The sizes range from extra-large to small and will carry and store all your project needs:
  • Extra-large - 16"H x 16"W
Perfect for transporting blocks up to 15" plus a 15" ruler!
  • Large - 13"H x 13"H
Stores and carries 12" blocks, rulers up to 12½" and more
  • Medium - 10"H x 12"W
Holds fabric, patterns, and sewing supplies and tucks easily  in the side of the sewing machine case
  • Small - 6"H x 10"W

These functional totes are just the right size for rotary cutters, scissors, thread, and other small items. A zippered closure keeps everything safe and secure and a see-through vinyl window allows you to see at a glance what is in each bag. Whether that be notions, quilt blocks, an embroidery project, or a purse in progress, these totes are your organizational best friend!

ByAnnie's Soft and Stable gives the bags great body and stability and makes construction extra-easy. These Project Bags are quick and oh-so-simple to make. Whip a set up in an afternoon or an evening while watching a holiday movie, and you'll have a great gift ready to go!