Twas The Night Before Starts & Arrives Today…

TwasthenightbuttonIt’s that time here again at Seams To Be Sew.. Welcome To Twas The Night Blog Hop, brought to us by Sew We Quilt and our cheerleader for this hop is Marlene. I can’t possibly imagine all the work Marlene had herself in for with this hop. Coordinating all those regions of the world, and making sure gifts would arrive in a timely fashion, but she did it with ease and finesse and was brilliant in her timely arrival of all emails. I loved how she checked in with us to be sure we’d sent and our packages had arrived as well. Just a huge amount of work, you were amazing Marlene. Thank you!! Lately, I have been doing more machine embroidery, as you can tell with my recent projects I’ve posted on my blog. I did the same for Wendy who was my person to send to. I enjoyed creating the items I sent her and My theme for what I sent, which I forgot to tell her was “My Favorite Things” and at Christmas, I definitely have some favorites of that time of the year. I hope you will stop by to see how she has displayed them.. WOW, she made them look far more beautiful than I did. They are also shown with credits at the bottom of this post. The person who sent me a gift was Marlene. Marlene sent me three projects, a beautiful tote bag, a zippered pouch, and a fabric box. DSCN1622

The three items all use the same fabric. I love this color of fabric, it’s vibrant and just speaks to me as to say, Use me, Use Me, I wanna be liked.. :o) hehe

All items are lined and the zippered pouch uses a technique I’ve never seen done before in a pouch with the zipper right at the top, and hidden like an invisible zipper does. I tried to capture this in the images, but had a difficult time doing so.


I think you can see what I mean better in this image above.


The fabric box shown above has an interesting technique also. I don’t remember if the original boxes I did earlier this year that were something like this had the tackdown, but Marlene has used a tack down stitch by hand onto the lining and fleece to allow the triangled flaps you would normally have inside the box just hangin about to be out of the way. I think it also helps to shape the box a bit more also. She had placed them so the  each corner of the triangle is one to each side of the box.


same image, no red arrows I’m hoping you can see how the triangle flaps here lay in the box.

As to what I’ve been up to… I made quite a few different items that had to be shipped out and I totally forgot to take pictures of them, so with my main embroidery machine down and leaving myself to just my Viking, I made a bag. I literally make all my “wrapping” for gifts today via fabric gift bags. I know, it seems like I really limited myself to the possibilities with what I could make, and while I know I can make projects on a normal sewing machine, my head just wasn’t in it to do it for some reason and I had to come up with something quick to show for the blog hop today. So, I made a bag.


I make bags of all sizes and thoroughly enjoy doing it. A bag can be made in as little as ten minutes, or can take as long as an hour, just by what you do to it.

 I’ve made a little tutorial on making quick bags and the different ideas one can incorporate when making them here.

I sent Wendy the following items:


I apologize for the blurriness of this photo, I just didn’t get a better image.

The gift tag is a design from Advanced Embroidery – by far and away one of my most favorite embroidery sites.

Their free standing lace designs sew out like a dream.

DSCN1544The Nativity Box, snowflake ornament cover and the gift bag are from Advanced Embroidery.

The basket, bell and nativity ornament are from S-Embroidery, another FSL site which I really love to shop at.

The Poinsettia TeaLight is from Ko-Design and while I have not purchased many designs from Ko, I really love their stitchouts also.

All of the projects I made for Wendy were created within a 36 hour time period. Just over a day, but the tealight takes quite a bit of time to stitch out as for me it had over 50,000 stitches for each cover, and you have to stitch 2 covers for the tealight.

The schedule for this hop is:

Today-Tuesday, Nov. 18
How Art You?
Wed. Nov 19th

Thurs, Nov. 20
Pickles Quilting
Cate’s Linens

Fri.Nov 21
Sew We Quilt

Have a great time, I know this is one I won’t miss seeing.


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Wow. Those items are all just so beautiful.


Marian these are terrific gift ideas. Love the tote, and a friend of mine made a little fabric box for me too. ♥. Thanks for sharing the tutorial of your cute gift bags – great in a pinch. And those lace creations are lovely!

apple blossom

beautiful work on the projects

Thearica Burroughs

Such fantastic surprises in your box… We all can use totes.. lots and lots of totes. I take them to the post office, to sew ins, and when we travel, they are great for organizing things you take with you.

Your lace projects are really pretty. Thank you for sharing them with us today.


I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss commenting on this one!!! THOSE LACE projects are TO DIE FOR!!!!! You are just so creative!


It’s wonderful that you are making your own fabric gift wrapping…I try to do just one every year and that seems like a big commitment!! The gifts from Marlene are wonderful; I, too, love that fabric and love, love “Mend and Make Do”! The embroidered lace is gorgeous. Well done.


I have started wrapping my gifts in fabric bags. It makes great packaging. Yours is beautiful. Love the goodies from Marlene as well and those ornaments, just fabulous!

Shannon Meyer

Those lace ornies and decorations are amazing!! Very nice work:)

Elli Molstad

I like your embroidered lace work. They are really beautiful.


Great bags. I’ve never made a bag but have always wanted too.

Ranch Wife

What a sweet package you received from Marlene! I love gifts that are both practical and pretty and you certainly made some pretty lace projects for your lucky giftee! 🙂


Marlene sent some lovely gifts. Fun.
Making bags for gift wrap is such a good idea….and a great way to use up stash! 🙂

Doris Quilting Queen

Wow, you do some amazing embroidery work. They are beautiful! And Marlene was a good santa or you were a good girl! (wink, wink)


You received some great gifts from Marlene. The lace items are very pretty. I especially love the bell.

Saucy Chick Sherry

Wow your lace embroidery gifts are sew beautiful. I cannot imagine the amount of thread and time they take. Wonderful gifts. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative T’was the Night Bliss…


Oh my those are the most beautiful lace/embroidery creations and the nightlight,just gorgeous!

Lovely gifts from Marlene,that little box/basket is perfect!

Mary W

Wow, Wonderful gifts you received and you sent. I love the fabric used in your tote, zipper bag and box. so cute. The designs you made are amazing. Great ideas.

Jennifer Dewing

Those standing lace creations are just beautiful! And what a wonderful package you received from Marlene! Merry Christmas!


Great gifts from Marlene.
Love your lace and embroidery work.

Quilting Tangent

Cute bags and lace projects.



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