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