Stitch a whimsical Christmas: new season’s greetings (+ fabric giveaway!)

Christmas in July week at Stitch This!

Blend folk-art charm with the Christmas spirit and what do you get? Holiday trimmings that will capture your heart.

Patchwork Table Runner
“Patchwork Table Runner” from
Season’s Greetings
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Embroidery from Seasons GreetingsThe signature style of Aussie designer Anni Downs features a vintage-country color palette that’s warm, sweet, and unique. Now we’ve collected the best of her Christmas projects in Season’s Greetings—and if you haven’t seen Anni’s designs, get ready to add a dash of whimsy to everything you create.

Anni is a guest writer today at Stitch This!, here to show how you can embroider and appliqué your way to a happy holiday. Welcome, Anni!


GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Henry Glass shipped us a bundle of Anni’s charming “Under the Mistletoe” fabric to give away to you!

Under the Mistletoe fabric by Anni Downs

See how you can win it, plus an eBook copy of Season’s Greetings, at the bottom of this post.


Anni Downs

What I love most in the world of sewing is making things by hand. Handwork is transportable, sociable, and great to meditate with, so almost all the projects in Season’s Greetings provide handwork in the form of stitchery, appliqué, and punchneedle.

There are many different projects to choose from. Some are fast for gift giving, such as a present pouch or wine holder:
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Santa's Satchel and Smal Treasure Totes
“Santa’s Satchel” and “Small Treasure Totes” from
Season’s Greetings
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Other projects take a little more time but will become heirlooms to treasure, such as the “12 Days of Christmas” embroidered wall hanging.

12 Days of Christmas
“12 Days of Christmas”
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My favorite project is the “Christmas Story Quilt.” Many motifs from this versatile quilt can be used to make wall hangings, pillows, apron adornments, or any number of other projects. You could easily add a name here or there to personalize it too!

Christmas Story Quilt
“Christmas Story Quilt”
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Humbug quilt block(By the way, the Humbug block is my favorite block in the quilt—it’s in reference to my grandfather, who would always sit to the side, watching all the festivities play around him.)

As a child I loved Advent calendars, so I made my very own Advent calendar with different images to uncover each day leading up to Christmas.

Countdown to Christmas Advent calendar
“Countdown to Christmas” Advent calendar
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The designs in the Advent calendar are used in other projects from the book, including punchneedle ornaments and painted gift tags. Many of the projects in Season’s Greetings use the same designs worked in different techniques. For instance, a tree motif might be embroidered on a gift tote and also needlepunched on an ornament.

My children both like the little “He’s Making a List” wall hanging, and we all have fun moving family names from “Nice” to “Naughty” and back again in the days leading up to Christmas.

He's Making a List wall hanging
“He’s Making a List” wall hanging

There are many traditions at Christmas. I hope Season’s Greetings will start up more traditions for you, and stay with your family forever.


Season's GreetingsThanks for taking us on a stroll through Season’s Greetings, Anni!

What’s a Christmas tradition in your family: gifts on Christmas Eve, caroling, baking day? Tell us in the comments and you could win the “Under the Mistletoe” fabric bundle from Henry Glass plus the Season’s Greetings eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Can’t wait to find out if you’re a winner? Buy Season’s Greetings right now and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Pamela, who says:

“My favorite Christmas tradition was one we started with our kids when they were very young. On Christmas morning we would start their daddy reading the Christmas story from the Bible. He would then pray and thank God for His Perfect Gift and for each child. Then starting with the youngest child (we have 5), that child would pass out his/her Christmas gifts first and one by one each person would open their gift, followed by hugs and kisses to the one who gave them that gift. Then going on, youngest to oldest all the gifts were given and received. It would take longer, but was it was so much fun to watch each face as they delighted in all their gifts and showed love to their siblings.”

Pamela, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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