Hi Fellow Quilters,
Welcome to the Christmas in July blog hop! Thank you to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for organizing the hop. We’re very excited to share our quilt project with you, and to see what everyone else has been making, just in time for Christmas (in July)! You’ll find the blog hop schedule, with links that make it easy for you to “hop” to all of the participating blogs, at the end of our post. Enjoy!
Houston’s summer heat and humidity can be brutal, and so it seems a little strange to be thinking about Christmas when it is so hot outdoors. So, to get myself into a Christmas frame of mind, I like to listen to Christmas songs while I’m stitching. Here’s one of my favorites, to help you get into the mood too:
Susan and I decided that it would be fun to make a tree skirt pattern for Christmas this year, as a nice change from our usual wall quilts! I fell in love with the little Victorian Mouse family that Susan designed for our “Christmas Caroling Row Along” in 2017, so we decided to use our Mouse family applique design as a starting point for this year’s pattern. We added a few more mice, a couple of lovely Victorian homes, a bit of landscaping, and a cute Victorian snowman, and here it is!
I had a load of fun stitching up these cute little mousies, choosing the just-right pieces of fabric for their clothing! Here’s a closer view of my Christmas caroling Mouse family, as they sing the joy of the holiday season.
And what would a Christmas celebration be without a beautiful tree to decorate? The Mouse children have chosen a lovely specimen, and are bringing it home on their sled.
The Mouse teens enjoy shopping for Christmas gifts, amid the hustle and bustle of the city streets! They’ve found the perfect presents, and have gift-wrapped them beautifully. I wonder what’s inside! We’ll just have to wait until Christmas morning to find out. . .
There’s no place like home for the holidays! The Mouse family and their neighbors live in these pretty Victorian homes, which have been “painted” in typical Victorian color combinations.
If you’d like to create your very own Merry Mousy Christmas project, you can purchase the tree skirt pattern or the patterns for any of the applique blocks in the photos above when you visit our Pattern Shop.
Thank you so much for “hopping” to our blog today! We hope that you enjoyed seeing our tree skirt. What special projects do YOU plan to create for Christmas this year? We’d really enjoy reading your comments. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on the list today; you’re sure to be delighted and inspired!
Happy quilting, and Merry Christmas (in July!),
Sharon & Susan
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