Friday, November 13, 2015

Holly Bright - Free Pattern

41 days until Christmas!  It's frightening to write that and hard to believe, but it's true!  Somehow time seems to go by faster every year, but I've discovered that one of the best ways for me to slow down and actually enjoy the holidays is by sewing a holiday project.

And I've got a great one to share with you today...

Holly Bright is a "Web Extra" for the December/January 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletter -- currently available wherever quilt magazines are sold.  But if you want to get started right away, the free pattern for Holly and Bright is available on QN's website.

Holly Bright is a 36½" x 36½" quilt -- the perfect size to decorate a wall or table.  The design is pretty traditional, but it's amped-up and made new with gorgeous batik fabrics.  I love the tone-on-tone "poinsettia" blocks in the center of the quilt, but my favorite part of Holly Bright is the holly leaf border, complete with hand-appliqu├ęd holly berries.

I also love the richness and contrast of the black background batik that I used, but just in case black isn't for you, here's a look at what Holly Bright might look like with a white or cream background:

or with a gold/tan background:

Hmmm, kind of love that one!

Whatever your style, I hope you choose to make Holly Bright!

41 days until Christmas!?  Plenty of time!!