New Orleans House Project

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Gifty Mode Continues

I'm still in gift making mode, although I'm trying to wrap things up and get back to some quilts that need my attention!

Last night was my small quilt guild's Christmas party.  We met at a local restaurant and had a fun time celebrating the fact we could gather together to enjoy food and quilting fellowship.  Everyone brought a sewing/quilting related gift to share and we went through a series of silly swaps before everyone could open their gift.


I had recently seen a YouTube video about this stitching kit and wanted to try making one.  I decided this would make a great gift for the guild swap.  My version is based on the Simple Sewing Kit video by Sherri McConnell.

Sherri's Simple Sewing Kit is based on the Goody Goody Binding Kit by Vanessa Goertzen.  Sherri liked the kit but wanted to make it slightly larger.  Her version is a couple of inches taller.



I even had some Vanessa Goertzen fabric marinating in my stash (Farmer's Daughter from 2017).  

Everything went together pretty smoothly, and I was happy with the result.  There's still plenty of Vanessa's fabric left over, so I plan to make a kit for myself and another for a friend.


Vanessa designed the kit to hold quilt binding necessities.  She used the pocket on the right side to hold candy bars - hence the name "Goody Goody Binding Kit"!

Sherri McConnell asked for Vanessa's permission to enlarge the kit, as she wanted to use it for toting around paper piecing projects.  Either way - it's a cute project and makes a great gift!


When last we spoke I was about to take off for Thanksgiving adventures...

Our boys both have to work through Christmas this year, so we decided to get together as a family for Thanksgiving.  We all met up in Dallas, where younger son David had to work on Thanksgiving day.  Our Thanksgiving meal was a tailgating party prior to a Dallas Cowboys football game.  Nothing like new traditions!

David's friends Megan and Kelsey loved their Dallas Cowboys pillows!  Kelsey tried to convince me I should sell similar items on Etsy.  Hahahaha - NO!



  1. The sewing kit makes a perfect gift. Love your fabric selection as well.

  2. The sewing kit is really cute and functional too. Thanks for the links!

  3. I'm sure everyone at the party wanted your gift. Super cute. We've all learned how to be flexible and make new holiday traditions. Glad you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.

  4. You did a great job on the sewing kit and pillows. Some games we wonder if the Cowboys are even showing up - LOL. They just cannot get through a season without falling apart - maybe next year. I agree on no Etsy, it would mean deadlines and I gave those up this year! Hugs

  5. How fabulous to be getting together with our quilting buddies this Christmas.
    what a beautiful sewing kit. The fabrics are so pretty!
    love the photo of the ladies with their pillows!

  6. I think a tailgating party on Thanksgiving sounds perfect, especially in your warmer climes. Love the little sewing kit, those little things make such a difference for keeping track of all the little supplies when we're sewing on the go. I can relate to your thought not to make those cute pillows for sale, it would take all the fun out of it.

  7. Angie, I thought the embroidery was done on a machine, it looks so perfect! Is your handwriting the basis of the words….if so it is charming. I am most impressed with your gift making spree you’ve been on…..what delightful gifts you have created. I went back and read your last few blog entries to recall the whole story. I always look forward to your blog because you are always filled with inspiration and you get things done! Merry Christmas to you from Carol in Texas

  8. A sewing kit is a great idea for any quilter. Yours is lovely, and I’m sure it was well-received (just like those pillows!) I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season! xo

  9. Wonderful gifts, Angie! That Dallas girls appear to love their pillows. Fun photo from what I'm sure was a fun day for all!

  10. That sounds very fun about the tailgating, etc. New traditions can be exciting. Lovely sewing kit and I chuckled at the idea of adding candy bars. Cute photo of the girls with their pillows!