Hi Quilting Friends,
Welcome to the “Christmas in July, Then and Now” blog hop, hosted by our quilting friend Carol at “Just Let Me Quilt”! We’re excited to share our Christmas projects with you, and to visit the rest of the participating bloggers.
We’ve decided to revisit each of our previous Christmas designs today, and tell you a bit about the inspiration for the pattern series! Here are our “Quilts of Christmas Past”!
2016- Santa’s Little Helpers
This design features Santa (elephant) who appears to have over-indulged in the cookies again! Of course, Santa needs a little help to prepare for the “Big Night”, so the elves (raccoon, giraffe, bear, and horse) are assisting!
Susan was inspired to start with our popular elephant applique, and then dress him up as Santa Claus. The elf helpers were also based upon several of our popular animal applique designs.
2017- The Nutcracker Ballet
Each year in December, the Houston Ballet presents “The Nutcracker“. We love to attend the performance, listen to the delightful music, and watch the dancers in their sparkling costumes. Can’t you almost hear the strains of Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score?
Animal ballerinas took center stage in Ms P’s production of “The Nutcracker Ballet”! It was fun to embellish their colorful costumes with sparkling crystals. Hanging ornaments complement the dancers on this fun quilt!
2018- Victorian Mouse Christmas
Enjoy a visit to Victorian times with a merry Mouse family! Everyone is excited, and preparations for the Christmas celebration are underway. Christmas carolling, shopping, and bringing in the Christmas tree are all part of the festivities, and the mice are having a wonderful time together.
Our Victorian Christmas designs were inspired by little handmade felt mice that Susan sold at craft fairs, back in the ’90’s, as well as the Victorian homes from the 1890’s. Sharon decided to make a Christmas tree skirt for this year’s project, because she wasn’t excited about making another wall hanging or quilt.
2019- “Pieces of Christmas”
This quilt is called “Pieces of Christmas”, a traditional pieced design that is fun to make with pretty Christmas prints.
We decided to create a few pieced quilt designs to add some variety to our pattern selection, since most of our previous designs focused upon applique, and this is one of the resulting quilts. We’ve learned a lot about quick precision piecing techniques over the years, so the pattern directions include those modern techniques.
2019- “Ugly Sweater Contest”
The “Ugly Sweater Contest” has become a popular theme at Christmas parties for the last few years. Everyone wears their ugliest holiday sweater, and there’s often a competition for valuable prizes. What fun!
We decided to share our idea of how these “party animals” might participate in an ugly sweater contest, in conjunction with our first “12 Days of Christmas” blog event! We each created several small projects that featured the “Ugly Sweater” animals, and we had a lot of fun hosting the event. (Spoiler Alert- Look for another “12 Days of Christmas” event, coming Dec 1-12)
2019- Christmas Stockings
Susan ventured away from our usual quilt designs and created these adorable felt applique Christmas stocking patterns. They are fun to make, with lots of sparkly sequins and touches of embroidery. She has several additional stocking patterns in her design queue; sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss their releases!
2020 – “Christmas Cheer”
Santa and the gang are cheerfully preparing for Christmas Eve! This year’s Christmas design features eight tiny reindeer, happy elves, plus Santa (and the Mrs!). Rudolf is ready to guide the sleigh!
This design was inspired by traditional Christmas songs and stories, and combines our love for Christmas fabric, traditional pieced designs, and whimsical applique.
An Early Christmas Gift, Just for YOU!
Today we have a gift for you! Make your own scrappy Christmas quilt with our easy pattern, as shown in the picture above. Even Rowdy is excited about this pretty, scrappy quilt. Click the button below for your free download.
Thank you for visiting today! We hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing our Christmas projects, then and now! Did you see something that made you smile? Leave a comment! We love to hear from you.
Today’s Blog Links!
- Creatin’ in the Sticks
Just Because Quilts
- Words & Stitches
- Quilt In A Not-Shell
- Ms P Designs USA
- Selina Quilts
- Days Filled With Joy
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