How did December creep up on me so fast? I haven’t even cleaned the Thanksgiving leftovers out of the frig yet. Sigh…
I just finished teaching this class, Christmas Morning Delight. It is one of my favorite patterns. Several years ago, I was doodling on my sermon notes during a December sermon and drew a Christmas tree dangling it’s star to delight the holy babe. Psalm 148 says “All heaven and earth will praise the Lord. Shining stars and all cedars will even praise Him.” Hmmm. Shining Stars, Cedar trees. Would it be hard to imagine a decorated Christmas tree bending in adoration to delight the babe with its star? I thought it fun to think so.
I kept my sketch and waited, waited, waited for the perfect Christmas fabric to make up this pattern. A few years went by and still no perfect fabric. Then Marcus Brothers Fabrics came out with a bright batik line called Radiant Stars. Why was I waiting for Christmas fabric? No more waiting. NONE of the fabrics used in this pattern are from a Christmas line. I used a 1/2 yard of gradient gray for behind the appliqué and Robert Kaufman’s Kona Charcoal for the star background. I sewed up Baby Jesus and wrote the pattern last December. In Between Stitches had kits, so you can always contact them if you’re interested in a kit. Christmas Morning Delight pattern can be purchased from In Between Stitches as well. (If you’re a quilt shop and would like to purchase wholesale, just contact me through my contact page.)
Introducing…. drum roll pleases…. hot off the press, Bona Fide, the Material Girlfriend brand new, 6 month, Block of the Month pattern. We used Putty and Mortar fabric line from Marcus Brothers. We will be starting this program in January through In Between Stitches. Contact the shop if you’re interested in this BOM program, pattern or a kit.
We’ve been busy because we’ve also just released Bite Size Vol. 2, Vol. 3, and a Valentine Banner patterns. Bite size is our 12″ block line. The blocks can be displayed in the little wire stands or wire wall racks. They’re the perfect size for some “fabric therapy” when you’re tired of your big project or just need a little project to try a new technique, practice your machine quilting, or a quick gift for a friend or loved one.
But wait, there is more. Really? Yep, just one more. Charm Pack Maniac is a fun and quick quilt pattern that is a perfect size for baby, toddler, or a lap quilt. It just takes one charm pack and some fabric for star points and background. So so easy. Just a snow ball block. It makes a delightful “I spy” quilt for little ones too.
Whew! I think that’s it. I’m adding more to the Bird Walk program page today, as well as updating my new and upcoming class schedule for next quarter (January-April 2017), and adding all these new patterns to my pattern page. So much for getting any Christmas shopping done today!
Sew on, sew forth, my quilting friend,