I have a semi-ambitious making list this fall. Half of my large family has birthdays that fall between now and Christmas (the other half has their days more or less within 6 weeks of each other in Spring with only a few stragglers). I think the key to getting any of this done is to make things in multiples. I'm thinking throws, soft checkerboards, maybe some soft toys?, and scarves. Pillows too, maybe. I'm also giving my friends fair warning not be surprised when they open one of these:
It's a Potluck Take-Along pie/casserole/pot carrier and you can find the pattern in the new Stitch Magazine. They styled it with a pie (brilliant), but I think it works best for carrying dishes like glass lidded pyrex or corningware. The quickest way to put one together would be to use pre-quilted fabric, but I like to stick a layer of thermal batting in there to keep things toasty. The new issue is big (and good--Hi Erin!) and has a ton of great gift making projects.
DO YOU LIKE COOKIES FOR CHRISTMAS? I know. This is the last time I'll mention it-- the Ginger Molasses cookies in that book are going to be the end of me. They are my perfect bff love-you-forever kind of sugary thing. They are soft and chewy without being crumby... AAAH! And Sam doesn't really like them. On a related note, you'll be happy to know that I've been breaking out like 8th grade Melissa. Good deeds do not go unpunished.