I am working on several new projects for this holiday season, but nothing is ready to show yet. I will be working on our quilt-along this afternoon, the next step is tomorrow. My weekend sale online orders from all my favorite retailers are coming in for new projects for the blog, thread and fabric should arrive this week. But for now, refill your coffee cup or tea, and settle in for some fun time on my blog as I do a review of my Christmas in July event along with some previous season ideas with links to the projects. You might be here a while today, LOL!! We had great fun in July and had a number of wonderful prizes from my favorite vendors, and yes, we’ll have more events like that next year. Do you have a quilter on your gift list? This Sewing Kit is easy to make, has no hand sewing, and can be used for jewelry too! The link has a full tutorial.
My original design Christmas Mini Quilt fits a table top stand, and the post has all the instructions to make it. The ornament pattern is embellished with little pearls at the triangle corners.
My Christmas Trip Around the World quilt goes so fast, that I made it from beginning the cutting to finishing the binding in just over a week – and that was around my work schedule and social commitments!
You have cards to send, so here are some card stamping ideas for your Christmas card list. Stamping Christmas Cards.
Are you into wool applique? This is my original design, Christmas Wool Penny Rug and the post has a free pattern download.
Christmas Cookie Cutters Ornaments are easy to make with buttons and ribbon roses.
An integral part of most of my tablescapes are quilted runners or table toppers. One I use over and over is the one shown in the picture below, a simple hexagonal shape with rings of alternating values and colors in red, green and ecru. The pattern is free on My Patterns page. While you are there, please take a look at my other patterns, your purchases help fund the blog costs. I hope never to have the obnoxious ads I am seeing on other blogs these days, moving animation on every single photo in a post, flashing ads on sidebars and popups, hello bars at the top and popup bars at the bottom, and some blogs with all of those at once! Monumentally annoying.
If you would like to do another runner, here is a link to the quilted runner I did last Christmas as a quilt-along. Christmas Star Runner
This year I published my first purse pattern, The Charleston Bag. Of course I had to have it in Christmas colors! For the month of December for my readers, the pattern is reduced to just $5. The Charleston bag is a roomy purse with an inside pocket, completely finished by machine, no hand sewing! I was carrying it yesterday while shopping for some crafting supplies, and several ladies commented on it.
Need some ideas for the guys on your list? Gifts for Guys will give you some different ideas from the usual.
I love giving Gifts From The Kitchen too. This post has my Double Dutch Chocolate Brownie mix recipe with a downloadable pdf of this recipe with others along with printable gift tags.
We are finally getting some much needed rain this morning, and I am enjoying the gentle patter and cooler temperatures. It is hoped this rain will help the firefighters, particularly to keep the fires from spreading although it will not be enough to end the drought or to extinguish the fires going now. It is a great day, however, to curl up with a good book. I did some cozy Christmas mystery book reviews last year, here are some holiday reads you might enjoy too. Cozy Christmas Reading If you haven’t heard that term, a cozy mystery is one without overt violence, no foul language, and the intimate scenes are left to the imagination.
Just for fun, here is my Christmas Tablescape from two years ago. This post has a recipe for Shrimp Avocado Remoulade, along with the plan for the quilted table topper. I found some new chargers for this year and I have an idea for a totally new tablescape using things I already have in a new way.
And one last project, a Holiday Pine Cone Hanger to use those big cones you might have sitting around. I gave this one away, but I’ll be making another one for the veranda this year.
I hope that gives you some things to enjoy to get the season started. I’ll have more projects and ideas very soon, and our Scrap Dance Waltz continues tomorrow. I am revising the math for those that are doing the two tone Christmas option, and I’ll add that to the post tomorrow.
Are you getting started on Christmas?