Are you seeing visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, snowflakes softly falling outside your window, the smell of gingerbread cookies and warm cinnamon? Yes, it does seem a little bit early to be thinking of Christmas; but it will be here in know time. So now is a great time to start thinking about quilts, gifts and more! Thursday morning we will kick off Christmas in July. Of course there will be punch, snacks, take and make demos and door prizes!
We have lots of new Christmas fabrics to choose from. One of my favorites, of course, is Basic Grey’s Fruitcake! I love Basic Grey. The pattern I picked is Verlinda Magby’s “Simply Sensational”, which showcases the large ornaments in a 12½-inch square-in-a-square block. The quilt alternates the square in a squre block with a 9-patch, rail-fence and smaller square in square blocks. For the most part you can make this quilt using fat-quarters…but you will need 5/8 yd of four or five focal fabrics, inner and outer borders.
Moda offers a new take on a a Dresdan Plate, I beleive it looks like Christmas Wreaths. The quilt size is 72″ x 90″. Download the pattern from Moda http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_fruit-cake.pdf
If traditional fabric is your choice, Hoffman is always a great choice. Poinsetta’s and Holly, silvers, golds, bright reds and creamy whites.
As always, you can be assured that Robyn Pandolph will give us a romantic fabric line for Christmas – “Fancy Hill Farm”. Prim Roses in Cherry Reds, Christmas Greens and Frosted Beiges.
On the first day of Christmas my Ture Love Gave to Me – Love that song! From Moda download a free pattern from the bake shop “Christmas Packages” http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/05/christmas-packages.html
Another choice might be the actual panel used in a 12 Days of Christmas quilt with coordinating fabrics. Each block focuses on a different verse from the song the Twelve Days of Christmas. Available for purchase @www:/okquiltworks.com. You can also download the pattern from Moda http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_12-days-of-christmas.pdf