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a gift guide for quilters (and a few tool recommendations)

The holidays are fast approaching, and gift guides are popping up all over the place. I've loved the gift guides for quiltersthat Amy from Diary of a Quilter has published over the past few years, so I wanted to put together my own list of go-to sewing tools and favorite quilting-themed gifts. I'd also love to know what tools and gifts are on your holiday list this year, so be sure to share them...
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2011 calendars: rosettes

So for the third calendar panel (here's one and here's two), I decided to keep things simple. I tacked down some grosgrain ribbon in the top left corner and hand-stitched three turquoise rosettes to the panel that I had made as potential wedding accessories back in 2009, but had never used. I finished the calendar by backing it with this fabric.
The calendar is simple, and came together the quickest of the three, but I love how it turned out. Now I just need to finish the fourth calendar panel which is for our house, which is currently sitting on my workbench, untouched...
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2011 calendars: embroidery

For the second 2011 calendar I worked on (here's the first), I decided to incorporate a little bit of embroidery. Using only navy embroidery floss, I stitched up a pattern designed by SeptemberHouse.

I used a variety of embroidery stitches, including the satin stitch (which I usually avoid, but now no longer fear), and I then backed the entire panel with this fabric by Kathy Davis.

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2011 calendars: patchwork

Two years ago, I fell in love with SeptemberHouse's calendar panels. So last year, I decided to order a few and customize them for the family members on my holiday list. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing the calendars that I made with you. 
For the first calendar, I made a mini quilt from scraps in my bin. I appliquéd the patchwork piece to the calendar panel and then used navy embroidery floss to quilt it.
To finish it, I added ribbon loops to the top of the panel and then backed it with some Japanese fabric I was given a few years ago.
P.S. Thank you to Melissa for spotlighting "Welcome to Our Year" on her blog, Oh, My Darling!
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2010 calendar swap: what i received

In exchange for the calendar that I sent to my swap partner, (for the calendar swap put together by Design Crush and i am a greedy girl), I received a lovely letterpress calendar by Delphine Press.
Here are some of my favorite months:
June and April
Come January, this calendar will be gracing the wall above my desk at work.
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