Tuesday, September 24, 2013

pdq* [PRETTY DARN QUICK] - September Edition


We don't mean to alarm you but the holidays are just around the corner. It's time to start thinking about making gifts. Jill Finley of Jillily Studios has been designing some special projects for our on-going series, pdq* [PRETTY DARN QUICK] and we know that there's a great idea or two in this series that can inspire you to make some for gift-giving. All of the previous posts are linked at the top right sidebar of our website.


This month she has designed an adorable notebook cover. What is special about this idea is that she suggests using orphan blocks that you may have hanging around that you don't know what to do with.


Here she shows you a fun way to use them -- make notebook covers with the block as the star! Jill had an applique block that she had used in demos but it didn't belong to any project so she decided to stitch it onto the front of her new notebook cover to add some interest. The cover is quick and easy [hence, pdq = PRETTY DARN QUICK] so it makes the perfect easy project.


You can download the instructions here.

Jill sent along some photographs of a beautiful quilt that she made with her Beyond The Gate fabrics.
Gorgeous!




Check out all of Jill's fabric collections and read a little more about this talented designer on our website here.

*Edited: We forgot to name the winner and to announce the next giveaway. Apologies.

This month our winner is
 pamspretties57 said...
Hiya Jill!!! What a wonderful idea. Actually, my daughter has made quite a few of these for gifts. Hmmm, she's not given me one yet. Could it be that she thinks I have too much stuff already??? Lol. Well, maybe I'll get one for Christmas this year. That table runner is adorable, just love it. Thanks for the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com
September 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Leave Jill a message here in the comments section by midnight October 20, 2013 and we'll draw a name for a bundle of fabric of our choice. Good luck!

-hg

18 comments:

KaHolly said...

Fun little project. Thanks. Jill's quilt is just gorgeous. I've been waiting very patiently to see it in it's completion. I am in love with it. The fabrics and the design are perfect together. I hope she developes a pattern/kit for it!!

Julie said...

Love the bed quilt, those large flowers are adorable.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for an opportunity to win, I love all your fabrics, there's always something I just have to have. Great idea for a gift, I think my niece needs one of those.
nancyannmcfall@yahoo.com

Barb said...

I love how the dark color in your quilt ties in with the bedroom set. Very nice!

Margaret said...

Thanks for the tip on using up orphan blocks. I love love that quilt. Pattern coming soon I hope. Thanks for sharing

WoolenSails said...

That is a really fun project and I fun idea for my daughter. She just started her class at college and has a big ugly binder to carry.

Debbie

Lynda said...

love the use of fabrics and quilting in your newest quilt - looks great.

Nancy said...

Cute idea!

BarbaraG said...

Cute idea. I'm salting this away for those last minute quick to whip up gift ideas.

chefpa said...

The notebookcover is great! I am inspired to make some for Christmas! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

chefpa said...

The notebook cover is so cute...what a great gift idea! I think I will make some for Christmas.

ljeanne said...

Fun way to dress up a drab notebook.

Judy1522 said...

What a great project for using extra blocks and that quilt is gorgeous.

Cindy L said...

I want to stay in that guest room, please!

Joyce Carter said...

Love your idea, Jill, on using orphan blocks on the notebook. Thank you for sharing. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors and the design. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Catherine B said...

I love those flowers!

Lee said...

Thank you for the sweet project! Another great holiday gift idea! Thank you for the giveaways!

Renea said...

Thanks for the great little project. Love the quilt. The colors and quilting are gorgeous. I really enjoy applique and this quilt would be awesome to make.