Usually, every July, blogs and quilt shops have Christmas in July promos, sew alongs, and gift projects. I always enjoy following along but in my mind I'm saying, " I sew with Christmas fabric in December, nice try but I'm not biting". Well that's going to change this year. I made a goal to piece several Christmas quilts for gifts this year, the year is half over and I've only pieced two, I need at least two more, four more would be better. So I'm getting organized now to be all in and ready to finish some quilts this July. Here is where I stand now.
I have this bundle of Winterberry by Kate & Birdie for Moda that I would like to do something with. I'm a little iffy on the green, it's a different green, sort of a mint green but not quite. But I'm sure it will make a lovely quilt that someone would enjoy. I just need a good pattern. All I have is this bundle so I would need a pattern with a pieced border or no border. Do you have any suggestions? I googled Winterberry Quilts but only found one hit. It's a nice pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop, uses fat quarters, but only uses the reds and greens. I could maybe modify it to add the grays. It has a Christmas feel but I think I can do better, or I hope you can come up with a suggestion that's better.
I'm having the same problem with this bundle of Holly's Tree Farm by Sweetwater for Moda. Most of the patterns I saw online were tree farms, I think we can do better.
This pattern is a sure bet.
I've got my background fabric and my bundle of Juniper Berry, I'm just waiting on a bloc_loc ruler to help me with the triangle in a square blocks. This may be a tough quilt to give away. The pattern is available here and the fabric is in shops everywhere.
I love this book by Cindy Lammon, available here.
December 2014 I made this quilt from Cindy's book, Garden Lattice.
I used Kate Spain Christmas fabric, of which I have plenty. I think I will cut and piece a couple of these quilts. I love mine and have no intention of giving it away, but making two more should be a breeze.
So that's where I stand, not much sewing, more planning, but it will pay off in July, I hope. I thought maybe you would want to get some Christmas gifts off your To Do List, if so let me know so I can link to your blog. If you don't have a blog I would be happy to post your pictures.
If I use a pattern you suggest for Winterberry or Holly's Tree Farm I'll pass along a token of my appreciation.
I plan to start sewing on July 5th, I'm going to have a hard enough time sewing with Christmas fabric in July, so I need through the fourth to do something that's red, and also white and blue.
Sorry about the gap in vacation posts, I plan to blog about Florence on Friday.