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Hello Friends!

I have an idea for Halloween that I'd like to share with all of you. Of course, you can change the colors around for any holiday. I did this once and it went over quite nicely. Yes, I know October is still a few weeks away yet but you need time to collect your items...

Quilter's Candy by Rhonda@rkmquilts.com

Here's what you need for EACH gift:

small canning jar- either pint or quart, you choose ( buy a box now on clearance!)
black and orange spools of thread ( 1 of each )
black and orange embroidery thread ( 2 of each)
a pack of hand needles
a small sewing kit -the cheap kind with the fold up scissors
1 or 2 Halloween or Fall themed fat quarters
A small quilt block pillow pattern
1 piece Halloween themed fabric 5x5 inches
orange and black ribbon - use the thin cheap kind
Halloween stickers
rubber band
orange, white or black netting
big orange and black decorative buttons
*homemade name tag, optional

Arrange threads, needles, fat quarters ( roll up and tie w/ribbon), pattern ( roll it up and tie w/ribbon) and sewing kit ( pull out fold up scissors and set aside) inside bottom of canning jar.

Set flat lid on top of jar. Cover and center 5x5 piece of themed fabric.

Tighten ring around it, so fabric shows through nicely.

Using your choice of ribbon, string through the finger hole of the fold up scissors and tie around the tightened ring, or at the neck of the jar so they hang nicely along the side.

Be creative and decorate the jar around the sides with stickers.

Cut a generous piece of netting (start with a 20x20 inch piece) and center the jar in the center.

Gather up all corners into your hands right above jar, secure with rubber band.

Cut ribbon as desired and tie around rubber band to cover it up.

Tie a couple of black and orange buttons from the ribbon ends for some color.

* A homemade name tag is a nice effect, but if you are unsure of the number of jars you might need, don't do name tags for the guild meeting and just pass out the jars like I did. That way, you don't have to worry about forgetting someone. I wish I had a picture, but I don't right now. Remember, you can use this idea for any holiday or birthday!

Chapter 10 of Book 3 "Finders, Keepers" of The Adventures of the Roseville Quilters is up on rkmquilts.com!
Hugs and Stitches, xoxox

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Comment by Barb D in Maine on August 24, 2011 at 7:30pm
Great idea!  Thank you for sharing!
Comment by Irene Gallway on August 24, 2011 at 10:53am
Great idea. Do you have pictures of the ones you made?  Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Janet/MO on August 24, 2011 at 8:28am
This would make a darling secret sister gift also.  One could change the fabrics for any holiday, season, birthday, etc.  Thanks for posting this Rhonda.
Comment by Maryann**NY on August 24, 2011 at 6:57am
Great idea! thank for sharing with us.
Comment by Traci on August 24, 2011 at 6:55am
This is a great idea, on a smaller scale, something for a quilt guild doorprize!  I'll have to muse on this for my october meeting.
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on August 24, 2011 at 6:29am
Rhonda:  You're right.  This is a fab idea.  I'm going to print it out and pass it on to our local shop.  I think they would sell great.   

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