Holiday Goodies – TGIFF

Welcome to TGIFF – Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday! This is an international group so the party begins Thursday at 6 pm EST and ends at Midnight Saturday, so you have plenty of time to link up a finish. If you want to know more about this, you can read all about TGIFF here. The link-up for this week is att the bottom of my page.

BUT, before we get to my finishes think about signing up to host next year. There are lots of openings, so now is your chance to commit to a finish and blog about it and host a party. If you don’t have a linky account, the host for the month can provide you with a link. Please, sign up for hosting in 2022, the more hosts the more fun the party is! One hint, when you go to the google spreadsheet, you need to select the tab on the bottom of the screen for 2022.

My first finish is a Kimberbell project, the December Fill In the Blank for a wine bag. I enjoyed making this and it was really fun to bring to a friend’s house for dinner. I edited the design to make it a little more universal. The original design had happy new year, and I deleted that. I used Embrilliance to edit the design, it was fairly simple. I like the way the bag was constructed, so I am taking notes so I can make some more of my own!

The second finish was from this pattern, The Towel Apron, by Karen Montgomery. I could probably figure it out on my own, but why do the work?

It was a really quick finish and also one that I will use again, whether I use a towel or a piece of fabric cut to that size. I did the tie a little different from the pattern as turning that long a tube without my tube turner, did not make me happy. Note to Self: Make the tie a little wider, and fold both edges into the center, and fold over. Stitch to close!

Now it is your turn to link up your finish for TGIFF. And, in case you don’t have a link this week, you can look for the party with Leanne, from Devoted Quilter, who will host the first Friday in January.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

My plan for the end of the year is fairly simple. I plan to blog about my 5 favorites and my plans for next year. Briefly, I can tell you that I blogged a whole lot less last year than the prior two years. We will see what I commit to next year, but I like having 2 posts a week as a reasonable goal.

Remember, there is a challenge for Tips and Tutorials in January, with prizes, so get your posts ready – you have plenty of time!

Coming Up on the Blog:
End of Year – 5 Best and Goals
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd with Challenge/Prizes in January
Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop (1/24-28)

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  1. December 30, 2021 / 8:57 PM

    Smart to make notes for yourself for when you are ready to make another apron. Thanks for hosting TGIFF! 🙂

  2. December 31, 2021 / 3:48 AM

    Cute wine bag, and your apron is beautiful! I’m looking forward for the fun to come 😉

  3. Vicki in MN
    December 31, 2021 / 10:10 AM

    Love your apron, the red trucks go so nicely with the red plaid. Happy New Year!

  4. December 31, 2021 / 10:25 AM

    Super cute finishes!! and what a great way to end the year – on a high ( from the finish – not the wine haha)

  5. December 31, 2021 / 11:24 AM

    I intend to make Brady an apron, so I will go check out this pattern. Good note on the ties; I do that with the ties for my bags. Feeding in two layers of skinny batting strips to pad them is no longer an issue as I encase them within the tube as you describe it. Thanks for hosting TGIFF!

  6. December 31, 2021 / 5:55 PM

    Hi Kathleen, thanks for hosting TGIFF. I’ll try to link up more often to your Tips & Tutorials Linky Party. They are interesting 🙂 Wishing you a great 2022!

  7. thedarlingdogwood
    December 31, 2021 / 10:12 PM

    Such a cute apron–I LOVE that truck fabric on the pocket!!! So cute! Your celebratory embroidery is neat, too. I like that you made it more all-purpose for celebrations instead of New Year’s. We need to celebrations where we can get them!

  8. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    January 3, 2022 / 10:34 AM

    Love that apron, Kathleen, and the wine bag is really cute! I finally finished binding a row by row “On the Go” quilt from 2018, so I’ll be linking up! Here’s to a productive and fun sewing/quilting year!

  9. Nancy Bekedam
    January 7, 2022 / 9:37 PM

    Cute apron!!! I like your fold-in idea for the ties better. Thanks for hosting TGIFF!!!

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