Every year, my friends and I exchange gifts at our annual retreat, which we call “happies” because it makes us happy to give gifts. This year a few people went overboard in making their happies.

Grubers Happies 2015

  • Cindy made us the 1 hour basket with the cool license plate fabric, which we all used to throw our scraps in over the weekend.
  • Rene’ gave us a custom coffee mug with the logo I designed for our quilting bee, a stack of 2-1/2″ squares of fabric and a patchwork mug rug/mini quilt.
  • Michelle made us a catch-all fabric basket.
  • Amanda Jean made us her work in progress bag, included the pattern and gave us a stack of 2-1/2″ squares from her upcoming fabric collection, Good Neighbors. She also gave me an autographed postcard from Sarah Watts, since I love her illustrations and fabric.
  • Doris gave us charm packs and a cute scissors key chain.
  • Mary gave us a pin cushion with the tiniest hexagon flower. Sew cute!
  • We’re all in the same quilting bee together so Stephanie used the logo I designed to create custom embroidered totes for us. She threw in a jar of honey from her very own bee hives.

happies from StephanieShelly made us perpetual calendars, with each index card date-stamped, as a way for us to track happy moments.happy from ShellyI made a dresden color wheel mug rug for everyone. Click here to see my tutorial on how to make your own.dresden color wheel mug rugsIt was better than gift-exchanging at Christmas!



  • Hello Terri,

    What a great post, just love the happies that were given out, Each and every item is so useful. Love the logo that is put on the gifts too.

    happy days.

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  • cindy-liveacolorfullife

    I know we talked about scaling back, but seriously I hope we just keep this tradition going. SUCH amazing work.

    • I don’t really feel like scaling back either! I have a couple ideas brewing for next year, but they are not scaled back. I don’t usually do assembly-line sewing but this was fun.

  • Thank you for my lovely Dresden color wheel mug rug Terri!! It’s almost too pretty to use….but I’m using it anyway because it makes me happy ;-))

    • So happy to hear you liked the dresden color wheels I made for mug rugs. And happy to hear you’re using it! I’m already dreaming up ideas for next year’s exchange.

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