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More projects with Gretel + Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I’ve had fun playing with my Gretel fabric recently, making some smaller projects for gifts. It’s fun finding new ways to show off some of my favorite prints – this line is so great for fussy-cutting. With Mother’s Day approaching, I also figured some of these unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that might come in handy. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Christopher Thompson of the Tattooed Quilter organized a fun swap among other Riley Blake designers where we would make this fabric basket using fabric from our collections and then fill it with goodies.

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

The pattern for this fabric basket is A Tisket a Tasket a 2 Fat Quarter Basket by Me and My Sisters Designs. It was SO slick and so much fun to make! And it’s just the right size for holding a bundle of fat quarters.

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

I also filled the basket with some other Gretel supplies including the coordinating Gretel Washi Tape, woven labels, and some handmade fabric covered button magnets. Gretel fabric is available here, here, here, and here.

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Another recent make with Gretel was this cute little Needle Book that I made using the Mending Book tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt. Heidi is the queen of fussy-cutting  so I really tried to channel her skills for these little needle books. (BTW – Heidi has an adorable new book coming out with her signature style called Patchwork USA. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.)

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

I still love to see what other people are making with Gretel. Did you see this fun patchwork quilt variation made by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew?

Allison has the pattern, Fat Quarter Friday, available for this one here.

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

And check out this AMAZING Granny Square patchwork variation. I’m so smitten! This one was made by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts.

This one is made up of 1200 squares cut 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, laid out in diagonal rows and sewn together. No pattern, but I sure love the look (and the patience it must have taken)!

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

And then check out these adorable salt cellar pincushions made by Lesley Storts. I think they’re wonderful! Lesley sent me a couple and they’re both sturdy and beautifully made.

(Lesley sells her creations in her Etsy Shop Storts Market. She typically makes and lists a bunch at a time, but they sell out fast. You can follow her Storts Market Instagram account to get information on when she’ll have a shop update.)

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Finally, I was so honored to be a part of the inaugural Maker Valley Quilter Box – a monthly subscription box formerly known as Quilter’s Candy Box. Holly and Dave Lesue – the creative duo behind Stately Type and Maker Valley –  have taken over and will be curating a box of goodies each month.

Here are the contents of the April Maker Valley Quilter box: a full-size bottle of delicious Flatter Spray, my Fraulein quilt pattern, a set of 8 woven labels, a 1″ x 6″ Creative Grids ruler, 2 sets of 40 curated and custom-cut 5″ x 5″ charms (one set in rainbow colors and one set of low volume prints), a Maker Valley enamel pin and I <3 to Quilt sticker by Just Add Sunshine.

    Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Here’s a look at the custom-curated prints in the two sets of Charm Squares. 

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

You can find out more about the Maker Valley Quilter subscription box here. I can’t wait to see what’s in future boxes! (There are still a handful of April boxes available separately here. If you choose to subscribe, your subscription will begin with the May box. This would make such a great Mother’s Day gift!

Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

If you’re looking for other unique Mother’s Day gift ideas, this Gifts for Quilters list has over 50 other ideas to either sew yourself or a full range of price options to buy for your favorite Quilter or sewing-lover.

(Which sometimes, is allowed to be yourself. You have my permission. 😉 )

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4 Comments

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    Amanda
    May 3, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for including my quilt Amy! And those salt cellar pin cushions are too cute for words!! ?

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    Rosemaryflower
    May 4, 2019 at 7:22 am

    OH MY…. these ideas are so so cute❤️. I love the bins, Of course all of my family and friends want and need hand made stuff by me. Always. (of course I have all the time in the world over here, taking care of hubbs, 4 grands to kiss and hug and my 95 year old daddy I care for daily) Haha, it irritates me that none of them want to learn to sew.!!!!! They are so silly.
    For quick little pressies, I always make bins and coasters. ? Thank you Amy for sharing these gems

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    Jay
    May 4, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I’ve subscribed to the Bear Creek newsletter!

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    nancy seitz
    May 5, 2019 at 6:18 am

    I’ve subscribed to the Bear Creek newsletter. You have some neat ideas.

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