Make an Easy Pillowcase

Last Christmas my oldest granddaughter asked me to make her a “HoHo” quilt. By that she meant she wanted a Santa Quilt. Well, I didn’t feel like I could make her a Christmas Quilt without making one for my other two grands as well. I needed to make something quick and easy so I used some cute panels that I bought from Bits N Pieces in Pelham, NH.

Here are the girls with one of the quilts. I made two Santas for my little girls and a Snowman for my grandson.

They were pretty excited about getting Christmas quilts- and they did NOT care that there was no fancy piecing involved!!!

This year I wanted to make some pillowcases to coordinate with the quilts. I had some extra fabric for the cuffs and I always have solids, so I already had everything I needed. The best part? I already have an early Christmas gift ready for them that I know they are going to love!

Pillowcase 1

This is the basic version with no optional add-ons.

Pillowcase 2

I cut a strip 1 1/4″ wide, ironed it in half and put it IN BETWEEN the main pillowcase and the cuff in Step 2.

Pillowcase 3

I cut a 2″ strip and ironed it in half before putting it IN BETWEEN the main pillowcase and the cuff. I had PLANNED on stitching some ric rac on it before I put it in the sandwich, but I didn’t have the right color ric rac.

So. . . I sewed the pieces together, flipped it out, pressed it and used a decorative stitch from my sewing machine to dress it up. I love it!

It really is easy to make these pillowcases- and how fun would it be to make them for ALL the holidays? I think I might have to make some Halloween ones soon. . .

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Silverware Packets

Silverware Packets are a cute and easy way to free up your holiday table!

When I was a little girl, Christmas in July was a big deal. My great Aunt Marguerite hated to go shopping in the winter. Every July 4 we would have a big Christmas celebration with all her gifts. I absolutely loved it! She died in 1974 when I was 6 but I remember her well- and my grandmother and aunt continued the tradition into the 1980’s.

My great aunt Marguerite Martin. She taught kindergarten for 52 years!!!

I didn’t keep that tradition going with my children because after we moved to Utah there was no extended family. It would’ve been mom and dad doing another Christmas!

Now I look at Christmas in July a little differently. I am usually really busy in the fall and all my good intentions get sucked up by the events of the season. Christmas in July is my chance to do some crafting ahead of time.

I like that the packets add a pop of color- and they are easy to use and store.

This week I made some silverware packets that will dress up your holiday table. These would be great to do for any holiday and if your kids are helping you do dishes, they can just put the silverware right into the packs after washing.

I did this project using quilted fabric from my long arm, but there are tutorials out there if you are not interested in quilting your fabric. Just go do a search on Pinterest and you are sure to find something.

I didn’t really write instructions for this project because if you are a quilter this will be easy for you. If you are a new quilter this is a great project to practice putting bindings on! I do have a project sheet with some of the guidelines that I used and you can download it by pressing the button below.

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Quarter Note Block

I have been so busy lately that I haven’t been participating in Quilt Block Mania, but when I found out the theme was “Music”, I just had to participate!

Kaye Collins Quarter Note Quilt Block

Did you know that I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education??? Yup! I was a high school band director in some capacity for about 20 years. I’ve taught in both Maine and Utah, and even though I “retired”, I have been on staff with a local band. Last summer I had to stop my banding because my quilting was sending me in too many directions.

Anyway. . . this is a simple block. You can use any colors and I think it would be great in a graduation quilt for someone who was in band, choir, or orchestra. The 7 background pieces are pieced and the quarter note is appliqued on. I always use machine applique and the pattern will describe that technique.

I had a lot of fun quilting this little project. I used 7 different colors of Omni thread by Superior Threads to match the wedges. I used a medium gray color in the bobbin and that worked out really well. I used 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20- mostly because the scrap piece was big enough to fold over, so why not? All the solids are RIley Blake Confetti Cottons. My addiction to solids has increased to a level when I had to get a wholesale account. It’s a dangerous situation. All the designs that I used to quilt the multi-point areas with Pro-Stitcher came from Quiltable Designs. I had to shrink some of them down a LOT. Several designs just didn’t work well in this size range, so I may have found a niche that needs to be filled.

Quarter Note Block quilted and turned into a pillow.

Make sure you check out the other blocks! Get them NOW while they are free. Quarter Note Block will be free until September 1, 2022.

Headphones Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
iPod by Inflorescence
Happy birthday at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Player Piano by Scrapdash
I Love Rock’n’Roll by Appliques Quilts and More
Record Player by QuiltFabrication
In Treble at Sugar Sand Quilt Company
Bel Canto by Inquiring Quilter
Rock ‘N’ Roll Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Hawaiian Vibes by Patti’s Patchwork
Vintage Radio by Tamarinis
Quarter Note Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Music Note by Powered By Quilting
Xylophone by Blue Bear Quilts