Posts Tagged With: Christmas

Making our list and you’re on it!

 

The waiting is over
the bundle is here
Full of ideas
to bring us good cheer!

We are loving this bundle! And our Christmas gift list looks a little something like this:

Sister #1: She loves color as long as it’s black and white, so….  “Color In Quilting” is the perfect fit

For Sister #2

Mother-in-law: She already has our Mother’s Medallion  book  so I’ll be ordering another pattern instead.

Her favorite gift so far!

This sweet Christmas dinner set is one she can have completed by next year.

Christmas 2018

 

Make that five copies!

Guild Sisters:  Patchwork Planner  X 5 ;

maybe I can use the “DIY Block Design” for the next guild class I teach.  Wait, that’s shopping for me again isn’t it?!

Next guild class???

Sister, another idea is to share with non-quilters. There are some amazing gifts to share with friends who have other fiber preferences: crocheters and cross stitchers and knitters – and weavers! You know, those who use other kinds of needles and threads like…

Applique Helen: Lovely Liberty Cushion: A Needleturn Applique Project

Improving her skills.

Seamstress Mavis : Art Caddy Tote  and also 10 Simple Sewing Projects for the Home: Even If You Only Know How to Sew a Straight Line

Seamstress Heaven!

Embroidery Anne: 23 Easy-to-Make Christmas Ornaments: Three eBooks in One!

One for each grandchild.

We will soon complete our Christmas gift list.  And you know you’re on it because we’re giving YOU the best gift of all–a link to help you with your own gift list all in one place.

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A Holly Jolly Santa Quilt & the Never, Ever Again Sister

We are Christmas lovers. We admit it. We embrace it.

We love all things Christmas –

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These red work ornaments are from the Starry Night collection.

mangers and angels;

SN stocking printable

These are from our Starry Night collection

trees full of lights and stockings hung on the fireplace;

figgy pudding

Yummy!

wassail and figgy pudding –

okay, so neither of us has ever even smelled figgy pudding-but you get the idea.

 

You would think that the design and production of a Christmas quilt would be pure joy. Bliss. Easy peasey pie.

We thought so too.

 

Such was not the case. Without going into a lot of gory details about miscalculated changes

and mis-measured squares

and mis-cut sashings

and ill-filled Santa appliqué suits,

let’s just say that even the sister who has a whole collection of old Santas reached her frustration limit and called a halt to the process until sanity could be restored. At that point the half-finished Santa quilt was banished to the southern division of the company via USPS with an enclosed note that read in part: never to be seen or heard about again. Ever. I mean never, ever. Never, ever again! Fiddle de de! I mean bah humbug!

bah humbug

So the partial Santa quilts were nestled away for a long, long, long winter’s nap -for a few years. Then one night when the luster of moon light on the new fallen … actually it was one hot summer day during a move when the other sister stumbled across this half-finished treasure. So she wheedled out an agreement whereby the never, ever again sister would give one more Christmas try to the project — IF all the parts were sorted out and pre-calculated and pre-cut before they were granted re-entry into the Colorado sewing studio.

The old adage “Begun is half done” was quoted several times in the negotiating process.

So the pieces were re-assessed and the whole plan re-evaluated and some extra touches were added and Holly Jolly Santa was added to our pattern collection. We think he is better for the wait – he matured along the way.

santa line drawing

And we are delighted to welcome Holly, Jolly Santa to the Sisters at Heart collections! He was worth the trouble!  Okay, to be completely honest, the never, ever sister may still be “reserving judgement.”

 

The Holly Jolly Santa appliqué figure from our Really Big Hat collection sits in the center of the quilt on a large Christmas Star block framed with gold sashing. The blocks surrounding the center are an echoing explosion of the Christmas Star.

 Christmas Star with Santa

If you can make half square triangles and split quarter square triangles, this quilt will come together quicker than Santa can lay his finger to the side of his nose and give a nod…  And the outer borders will give you lots of room for wonderful holly quilting lines.

The final touch for this holiday quilt are the felted wool holly sprigs that Santa holds, along with the holly leaves and berries scattered out to the border of the quilt.

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Working with the wool is such a pleasure that I cut out more holly leaves than we needed!

holly close up

The pearl cotton stitching really makes these a great embellishments as finishing touches to the quilt.

A note about the felted wool: Some quilters will prefer to quilt the quilt before they applique the felted holly leaves. That could make appliqueing the leaves and berries a little tricky. So we’d suggest that you do the stitching around the edges of the holly leaves and berries before they are attached – much like you would do the pieces for a wool penny rug. Then once the decorative stitching is done, you can attach the felted wool to the quilt with fabric or applique glue and a few hidden stitches that go through the entire quilt. We would offer the same advice for putting the felted wool “fur” on the Santa suit.

Holly Jolly close up

He’s holding on tight to those sprigs of holly! We think that is what makes him jolly!

Making this quilt can give you an extra special holiday memory if you make it together with a stitching sister. As you know, every one of our quilt patterns has a Trading Hearts Plan in it so that, if you wish, you can stitch a quilt (trading parts) with someone else even if they live far away from you. Just think of the lingering “fa-la-la-la-las” and “ho-ho-hos” that would be part of your holidays every time you unwrap a Holly Jolly made with shared stitches.

Holly Jolly for printing

I really need to add some twinkle lights above this bed!

Holly Jolly Santa is available as an instant PDF downloadable pattern or in the regular printed paper pattern format though our Etsy store.

The really good news is that by Christmas you might just find the aforementioned never ever again sister cuddled under her Holly Jolly quilt with a good book and a cup of hot cider-having no memory of the initial hurtles and challenges of making this quilt.

It could happen! We true Christmas lovers believe in Christmas miracles!

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The Stockings Were Hung…

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And STOCKINGS they are!  You may need to make only one or you could double your efforts and make a bunch.

SN stocking printable

The monochromatic star blocks make a perfect background for the Really Big Hat folk.  I think I’ll do a couple in dark green and maybe 2 more in blue.  We have 8 grandchildren (well 7.5 for another 2 weeks) so I’ll need some red ones, too.

I’m not looking for “coal” this year so I’d better have one for everybody.  (In-laws included!)  You can fill mine with Martelli tools! Hint!

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Next on the list – time to get the greeting cards out.  I think I’ll be sending some Post Card greetings from Sisters At Heart Etsy store.  The projects on the post cards include a pattern for those snow days in January.  But, for today I’m signing off again to go enjoy a cup of Christmas Tea.

Christmas Tea:

1/2 cup of instant tea mix

2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups orange drink mix (Tang)

1 1/2 teaspoons cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Stir a cup of tablespoons of the mix in with a cup of HOT water.  Enjoy!

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Hark! The Ideas Keep Coming!

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I’ve been singing carols since I put my Starry Night Quilt on the bed. (You can get the pattern HERE.) The count down to Christmas marches on and I think I’m ready to start thinking about the tree.  We have options at our house because we always have more than one tree.  So what do you think?

ideas-to-decorate-christmas-tree-3Option #1  –  or maybe it is a bit much with the grand kids

 

 

 

Option #2?

tree 2

 

 

I’m thinking something in between – maybe with some more garland

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and of course the ornaments in red work.  Love the picture story that anyone can tell with these.

Ornaments 3x4

 

The whole thing wouldn’t be complete without the tree skirt.  So toss out the old sheet you were using and use the Starry Night Tree Skirt.

tree-skirt

It will be so pretty that no one will notice the gifts that are NOT there yet.

Yikes! Better get shoppin’.

 

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On the first day of …

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Since the count down has begun, so has the count up until the 12 Days of Christmas  PATTERNS.

Let’s begin before I start mixing the metaphors or carols or whatever!  This first day we are excited to bring you the Starry Night Quilt Pattern in our newest format: PDF. (Complete with colorful diagrams and links to quilting resources.)SN quilt photo printable In celebration of the Night of Nights this brings color and warmth to any room or wall.  The first room I’m decorating this year is the bedroom.  Along with the quilt, I’ll use the pillowcase (a free PS Pattern available at the end of this post.) from the same collection.

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I’ll be set for vision of sugarplums and all that.


garland

Maybe I’ll add some garland to the curtain rod. (email for our full Post Card collection list)

 

Ok, so I’m getting carried away with more than one idea per day.  This will count as three days and hope that makes the time go by quickly until family comes, cooking begins, snow falls.  Check back in a couple days to see if I got anything checked off the Holiday To Do list.

PS patterns-SN pillow case instructions new

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