The directions were great and I was able to make the whole thing in one night! I will definitely be making more of these as gifts and for myself :)
The top is weighted (I used rice) and has a spot for needles made of felt. The panel has pockets for a seam ripper, thread snips, a marking pen etc. My favorite part is that the thread bag detaches so you can dump it out or take it somewhere else without moving the whole thing! I used three fat quarters of Kate Spain's Terrain which is my mom's favorite fabric line right now. I didn't have any buttons in my stash that matched so I made a fabric covered one from the scraps.
The rest of my mom's gift is quilty too- A trip to the International Quilt Festival in April! We live in Northeastern Ohio so the drive to Cincinnati isn't too bad so I'm taking her down for the weekend as a Christmas/Birthday gift :) SO excited to let her know!
I also went and used a long arm machine and quilted the quilt for my mother-in-law on Saturday. Now I just need to get that binding on there and wrap it up!