|Stash Bee blocks for Slyvia Hive 3|
Making by hand always takes longer than you think! Sylvia for Stash Bee Hive#3 picked a Christmas block for us all to make and get a head start on her holiday themed quilt. These improv style Gnomes and trees were great fun and I got to use up a little bit of what's left of my favourite fabric used in my version of the Penny Sampler quilt top I made last year (still not quilted! Hanging head in shame!)
|Tutorial here if you want to make some Trees & Gnomes|
Fiona@ Celtic Thistle Stitches and Paula@Mud Pies and Pins organise a link up for Christmas makes and a tutorial is offered by a different blogger. Last month I had the honour of guest hosting the Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew holiday link up and this month there are 2 guest hosts offering free tutorials, Chelsea@ Patch the Giraffe is having a brilliant run at Christmas makes just finishing up a quilt and offering a tutorial for Christmas cushions and Martha @Weekend doings has a tutorial for an envelope bag, sized for an iPad. If you are looking for inspiration check out the list of past tutorials here on Fiona's blog too.
I bought the most beautiful Christmas fabric from Fluffy Sheep Quilting at her pop up shop for the IPS Mid Western branch summer party, (Irish Patchwork Society have a different shop every month at meetings!). I had to share a few photos in case you are on the look out for Christmas fabric! I'm really loving this Festive Forest range especially the fox in the red stripey sweater. I'm hoarding him for something special. No clue what - all suggestions welcome!
Last year, I bought the Folk Art Holiday range from Fluffy Sheep and used it with some Joy by Kate Spain to make this cushion for a swap. I think I might be a bit obsessed with red and aqua with white as Christmas colours!
Lastly, have you seen on Instagram Patience Brewster are giving away a beautiful Santa ornament? This is worth having a look at. At 24 inches tall, wouldn't it make a really lovely present for someone if you could bear to part with it. I really like their animal range - they have the cutest hippo ornaments and even a Chihuahua dressed up in Christmas clothes! To enter, to win Santa, you need to follow @patiencebrewster and post a photo showing how you are getting ready for Christmas in July with the #pbchristmasinjuly. Closing date is the 31st July.
Happy weekend everybody!