The “Sister Gift”

I posted this picture at the beginning of December but couldn’t divulge what I was working on because it was the “Sister Gift”!

Now I can reveal the finished product!

sister gift

sister gift

These are hexagon potholders/trivets that I made using this tutorial. It was a great way to use some of my novelty fabrics. They became quite addictive! I’m showing six here, but I think I made a total of 28. Each sister got a matching pair. I also have four nieces so they each got a pair too. I even gave some to my golfer nephews this year because I had golf fabric The others were given to friends and neighbors. Sadly, I didn’t take pictures of all the finished ones. Here are some in progress:

five pairs ready to stitch

five pairs ready to stitch

ready to stitch

stitch the first piece

stitching the first piece

before trimming

before trimming

All trimmed

All trimmed

using decorative stitch to quilt potholder

using decorative stitch to quilt potholder

More about the “Sister Gift”

I have three sisters and a sister-in-law, everyone who knows us knows about the “sister gift”. This is our Christmas tradition that has been going on for more than 30 years although none of us is really sure when it began.

Somewhere around the time my oldest sister got married we started exchanging hand made ornaments, sometimes they were non-tree decorations, sometimes food items and sometimes had nothing to do with the holiday at all!

There are no rules (but we all know what they are!), but it’s not supposed to cost a lot, is often made from things on hand that are left over from other projects and theoretically is fun and stress free! (Ha! ask our friends and family about that!)

Sometimes they are started in January, more frequently in December! We all dread hearing , usually whispered at some family event, “My sister gift is finished!”

Over the years we’ve made ornaments, cocoa mix, picture collages, various tote bags, pillows, wreaths, birdhouses, scarves, bracelets, bird feeders, ….you get the picture!

We like to say (tongue in cheek) “You can tell the stress level of the sister by the quality of her sister gift”! Occasionally a sister will even succumb to buying something instead of making it.

We have made some pretty amazing things over the years all while planning weddings, getting married, having babies, building houses, moving, attending school activities, getting advanced degrees, and much more!

When we look at the “sister gifts” in each other’s homes we  remember just what was happening in our lives while we were making them. Sometimes we recall a pleasant time and sometimes we think “clearly that was a bad year!” but we still love the memories! And although every year we think it may be the last, we can’t give up the sister gift!

the gifts

the gifts 2015

Me and my sisters enjoying a new tradition, “the ladies cocktail”! My sister-in-law was still her family celebration so I don’t have a photo with her 🙁 .

Me and my sisters

Me and my sisters

PS – The wreaths hanging in the windows behind us are a previous “sister gift!” made by the sister on the left 🙂

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One Response to The “Sister Gift”

  1. Keri says:

    I miss getting to see the sister gifts before Christmas!

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