Monday, August 25, 2014

Quilters Newsletter's Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour

Welcome to Day 1 of QN's Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour!!


Available now in quilt shops, in bookstores, on news stands and on-line at Quilt and Sew Shop, Best Christmas Quilts 2014 is loaded with beautiful and colorful projects designed to fill you with Christmas spirit.  No matter your style or skill level, you'll be sure to find the perfect project to make as a gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Quilters Newsletter has even included stocking stuffer ideas for the quilter in your life -- even if that quilter just so happens to be you!

If you're looking for a fast and easy project, check out page 18 for my Tiny Trees Christmas ornaments.


These sweet little ornaments are a snap to make and the possibilities are endless!  Use your favorite modern or traditional quilting fabrics or try something new like corduroy or velvet.  Keep them plain or simply pieced or embellish them with buttons, beads or even embroidery.  Top the trees with star buttons or crystal beads.  Just have fun!

Here's my homespun tiny tree topped with an oversized wooden star button for a primitive look:


And here are my scrappy strip pieced tiny trees:



If you'd like to take on a bigger project, try my Christmas Ribbons table runner found on page 47 of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.


Christmas Ribbons is a scrappy quilt made using straightforward patchwork with just a bit of simple piecing thrown in to create the bow.  One of my favorite things about this quilt is the binding, yes, that's right, the binding!  I couldn't decide if it should be bound in white, red or green, so I bound it in all three.  Check out the right edge in the photo below:


I think this table runner would also be perfect for Easter!  Just change the ribbon and bow to pink:


or purple:


or blue!



Finally, check out page 74 for my Merry & Bright lap quilt -- perfect for settling down for a long winter's nap!


I used a fat eighth bundle of Kate Spain's In from the Cold fabric (love the turquoise blue!) for this throw, but the 5" x 5 3/4" cascading ornament blocks are a great opportunity to show off your favorite Christmas fabrics.


Simple machine piecing and a strip pieced border make this lap quilt fun, easy and fast to put together.


And now, in the spirit of the season, here's your chance to win a bundle of Christmas fabric from Quilters Newsletter.  To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm MDT tonight (8/25/14) by clicking on the word "comments" below.  You'll be redirected to a "Post a Comment" window.  Once there, click "Jump to Comment Form" and follow the directions to leave your comment.  I'll draw one name at random, so please make sure I have your email address.  This contest is open to anyone who hasn't won something from QN in the last 90 days.

***This contest is now closed.  Thank you for all of your comments and don't forget to visit the QN blog every day this week (8/25 - 8/29) for links to other designers' blogs and more chances to win!  Good luck!***


74 comments:

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Vicki Hathorn said...

Jen, Love those darling trees! Makes me start feeling like it's okay for the season to be changing. Thanks again for the inspiration.

Kathryn said...

Those placemats would be a great gift. Thanks for the great designs.

Susanna Cornett said...

These are wonderful designs! I quilt and cross stitch both, and those trees would be perfect complements to cross stitch ornaments. And the ornament throw...!!!I have such a stash of Christmas fabrics! That would be a great way to showcase them.

DebrafromMD said...

I love the Merry and Bright quilt. What a great way to show off those lovely Christmas prints.

Theresa Dean said...

I love the quilt. I haven't really used much white in a quilt before and just started one for my grand daughter.
Great work!

Email: dean_theresa@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Wow love the ornaments! Thanks for the inspiring quilts. I would love to win the contest Jen! Thank you.

Andrea York said...

Love these Christmas ideas! The placemats look awesome and would make great gifts!

Ruth Rocker said...

I love your Merry & Bright lap quilt. I think I'll try to get this done for this year :D

Cathie said...

Cute ornaments!

Crickets Corner said...

Love all of your projects but really think I need to make that lap quilt.

Debbie said...

I love those little trees! Thanks for the chance to win.

Kathy Stoessner said...

The trees are so attractive and just the thing for tie ons to packages. Nice to be inspired now and maybe get them actually done.

JanineMarie said...

These are so fun!! And I really like the idea of the pieced border to tie in with the fabrics of the runner.

Jane S. said...

Those are great patterns! I like to make ornaments for everyone and I think I just found what I'll be doing for this year. :)

GranChris said...

I am in love with thie quilt. The border just makes it work perfect.

Christine S said...

Gosh I love all these projects!

Lisa Marie said...

Such a lot of cute projects and lovely fabrics! I'm excited to get this magazine.

Audrey said...

Your contributions to Best Christmas Quilts are awesome. The trees are just so cute, the runner so versatile, the ornaments quilt wants me to start sewing right now. Thanks for participating in this blog tour and for the opportunity to enter a giveaway. Just four months until Christmas. I can hardly wait.

Heather J said...

Loved the ornament quilt and I smiled when I saw the ornaments and runner. Christmas will be here before we know it.

Julie said...

Can't wait for the magazine....and absolutely love the quilt.

melinda said...

mkgkrn@yahoo.com

Love all three of these ideas! I have a craft fair to participate in, and the trees are an adorable idea.

melinda said...

Love, love, love all three of these! The trees will be adorable for a craft fair that I am donating to.

Cecilia said...

I love your quilt and want to make one myself. I like your trees and table runner, too. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

Margaret said...

I love all these designs Thank your for being part of this hop

Quilting Tangent said...

Merry Christmas! Cute tree ornaments. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Debbie S. said...

Love all your designs, but the placemats would make wonderful gifts. I love the added bow. Thanks for a chance to win the fabric bundle.

Pat V. said...

Those tiny trees are just too cute! Thanks for the chance to win fabric!

Joy said...

Those trees are adorable but I especially like the "Merry and Bright" quilt. Merry Christmas! joyb414@hotmail.com

Heather said...

This looks like a great book. Love the patterns you've used. Love the table runner, and have just the place for it. And - those trees! I want to make them out of natural muslin and then have my grandson colour them with fabric pens. So cute!

jude said...

wow!! i just love the ornaments quilt, and would love to win this give-away!! thanks for the opportunity!

Jill Hicks said...

Your projects are beautiful!

TheStylishHome said...

I think those ornaments just became pincushions!

lynne mulcahey said...

The fabric is so winter,It screams the best is yet to come with peaceful pine,quiet winter scenes .It makes you realize all will be well with the world when the holidays come especially Christmas.Lynne Mulcahey lpmulcahey@verizon.net

jane said...

Looks like a great issue! It's the perfect time to get busy with holiday stitching.

Joan H. said...

Some great ideas to get the Christmas season rolling!

CooperQuilter said...

Marie.doyle123@gmail.com

I love the lap quilt! It has the same feel to it that a hexagon quilt does - very modern.

Anonymous said...

I love everything! So clever! I have the perfect Christmas fabric to make that quilt but could certainly use some more. Great work!
Msdevost@myfairpoint.net

NonaJeanne said...

Love your designs. Can't wait to start sewing for the holidays

Maureen Baxter said...

I absolutely love the quilt. This is my favorite holiday(next to 4th of July) . angelsalive@hotmail.com

Kim said...

I love the little trees. They would look so cute on the Christmas tree.
Kim
tnjmom1 at gmail dot com

sue said...

Love the ornament quilt! And thanks for the chance to win. This quilt will be on next year's list for sure!

darmkrystal@gmail.com said...

The Merry and Bright quilt is awesome.....what a cool snowball block.....

Amanda J said...

Your tiny trees are the cutest! I got my first sewing machine in June so I'm really looking forward to my first Christmas sewing up decorations and gifts!!

acrothers06(at)googlemail(dot)com

Sallie said...

Great job on the binding on the placemats!

Linda said...

HI,all of these are such neat projects! Has my imagination going strong! Thanks for sharing a great giveaway!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Judy Lillebo said...

Love the ideas!! lillebo.ent@yourlink.ca

Kay said...

I love the ornaments quilt, and Kate Spain fabrics are some of my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win.

JANET said...

Love your quilt! Is Christmas that close already?!

Anonymous said...

🎄What a beautiful and fun group of holiday projects. I would have a hard time deciding what to start first!!
Leroyt24@ mac.com

Deanna Stevens said...

very nice collection of Christmas quilts. Love the swirling quilting :)

Elizabeth Monahan said...

Great designs! They will keep my husband happy because he would like me to make enough Christmas things to last all year.

Barb said...

The Merry & Bright lap quilt is awesome!! Thanks for letting me know about this awesome QN issue.

vwlady said...

Those are really cute little trees! I can see a whole tree done with them!

Linda said...

These are all such happy projects! The white background on both the quilt and placemat is perfect for the Christmas season. And I adore the little trees.

Katherine said...

Love the trees!!! ...and the quilt!!!... And the placemats!!!! Such a classy way to decorate for the season! Katherine
Dflkgm@myfairpoint.net

DEKowal said...

Love these projects!! Love the fabrics!!

Gretchen Riggs said...

Hi Jen,I am excited to get started
with these cute projects you gave. Hopefully my first will be Merry and Bright. I can just picture all those beautiful ornaments and I don't have to worry about one getting broken.
Gretchen Riggs
gretchen37849@yahoo.com

Janie said...

Beautiful Merry and Bright Quilt. Love your idea of changing up the Christmas Ribbons. Thank you for the giveaway.

Laine said...

Love seeing all these wonderful Christmas projects. Love your lap quilt.

Nannie B said...

Your projects are adorable. I can't pick just one to make so guess I will be busy making "Tiny Trees", "Christmas Ribbons" and "Merry and Bright". I had better get started! Thanks for the giveaway.

JoyceLM said...

Love all the Christmas projects, especially the cascading ornaments quilt. Thanks.

Quilt n Queen said...

Love your Christmas projects. The binding on Christmas Ribbons is perfect!! Your Merry and Bright is on my to do list for next year. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win. Happy stitching!!

scottylover said...

Oh, I have some signature blocks that are ornaments. That last quilt is a great idea for them! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy A

Anonymous said...

Every Christmas I make quilted ornaments to exchange with my friends. Your Tiny Trees are perfect ornaments for me to sew this year.
wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

Janet said...

I really like your table runner. Simple and cute!

Karen said...

I love your ornament quilt. Great way to show off fabrics.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

The ornaments are so fun! I can't wait to play with my scraps :)

Cloud 9 said...

Cute table runner. I like your change of color suggestions.

J Heminway said...

Love the runner & the lap quilt. Just darling!
Jennifer
snippetsnbits@gmail.com

Michelle said...

Wow great designs!

Julie said...

I love the ornaments quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Fabric and magazine, such a great opportunity to win!! Di
ann

Anonymous said...

Too late but wanted to say how fun your small trees are--that's the sort of ornament I love! Great ideas and creative use of theme and fabric. Thx!

Barb Mizippipete@comcast.net