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Merry Christmas!


Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree! Wow! She’s over 18 feet tall. Yes, she is a live tree which we will plant somewhere on the property after the holiday.

I hope you are all having a peaceful, relaxing and wonderful Christmas! Merry Christmas to YOU!

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The Night Before Christmas….

Christmas Ornament

Merry Christmas!

Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made,
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stockings weren’t hung, the pantry was bare,
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams,
Visions of Log Cabins had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese and Bear Tracks,
Each quilt was a beauty—even the backs!
Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed,
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus and checked the next address,
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.
She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight…
“Happy quilting to all, and to all a good night.”
My friend Wanda sent this to me and I just thought it was so appropriate for all of us quilters! Not sure who the author is, so I apologize for not giving them credit. (If you know where this came from, please let me know and I’ll update this post.)
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! (only a day late!)

We got our tree at Garden World last week, but then unforeseen circumstances led to the tree not getting decorated. It was just one of those years where tree decorating wasn’t on the menu. But the tree is beautiful in it’s own right, and soon the tree will go back outside and be planted on our property to be enjoyed for years to come.

And how about that new tree skirt? I’d always wanted to make one, so I found this Swirly Girls pattern that I really liked. Swirly Girls PatternThe pattern uses the Creative Grid 30 degree Ruler which is really slick. Creative Grid RulerIt goes together really fast. I made my version scrappy and used up a lot of red and green fabric. I only had only one actual holiday fabric that I used and the rest where just holiday-inspired.

I hope all of you had a very merry Christmas! And now, next up…..New Years!





Posted in Classes, free patterns

Free Holiday Hot Pad Pattern

Where do you set those large casserole dishes on the table when they are hot? I found this cute FREE pattern at Esch House Quilts. I knew I had to make one.

It’s for a 9 x 13 hot pad (but easy to adjust the size if you want) and it’s so simple to make.  Just scroll down on their free projects page until you get to the Holiday Tree Hot Pad, then download the free pattern.

It only takes a an hour or so to make, so you could make several. You don’t need much fabric and you could scrap together the background as well if necessary. The pattern they show is using a single piece of fabric for the tree, but you know how I am; I just HAD to scrap it up. You might have to buy some Insul-Bright InsulBright

Insul-Bright Needlepunched Insulated Lining -45″ x 1 yard

if you don’t have that laying around, but otherwise you might just have everything you need. And heck, why stop with Christmas themes? How about Valentines or Easter. So many possibilities. There are hot casserole dishes at every occasion and you want to be prepared!

Some of the students are making this little project in my Scrapalicious Class this week and I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Happy quilting!