To be brutally honest, ordinarily the absolute last thing I want to think about in August is Christmas! But, I have to say once I took a peek through the Best Christmas Quilts 2012 issue published by Quilter’s Newsletter, all the fabulous quilting projects showcased in the magazine made me want to shout “Deck the Halls”! In fact, I’ve already started making one of the projects….Winter Delights Pillow by ZJ Humbach, featured on page 30 of the magazine. Next on my list is designer, Jocelyn Ueng’s quilt called One Winter’s Night. The colors of red, green and stunning teal blue have compelled me to put this quilt on my “to do” list.
I’m grateful to Mary Kate Karr-Petras and her great staff for choosing one of my projects for this special issue; my Basket Weave Christmas Stocking – photograph and pattern on pages 18-20.
< My Christmas stocking is unique and fun to make. Finished fabric strips are woven together to form the body of the project and raw edge applique techniques are used to finish both the heel and toe of the stocking. Machine quilting adds depth and texture to the project and some machine embroidery provides that "just right" final touch embellishment. (For those quilters not having machine embroidery capabilities, the word "joy" could be easily hand stitched onto the stocking cuff). As readers know, there is a great giveaway to be made. Leave a comment on my blog before 11:59 p.m. MDT on August 30, 2012 for a chance to win Alpine holiday fat quarters fabric bundle from Hoffman and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts. I will draw one name at random. One comment per person, please. Open to all those people who have not won something from Quilter’s Newsletter in the past 90 days.
< Thanks so very much for stopping by. Happy Christmas in August everyone. Kim P.S. Best Christmas Quilts 2012 from Quilter's Newsletter can be purchased at www.quiltandsewshop.com.