Blog hop: fun Christmas projects to start now (+ fabric giveaway!)

Welcome to our holly-jolly blog hop for a brand-new book of Christmas sewing patterns: Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place. Ten Martingale authors plus a few blogging friends are choosing their favorite projects from the book to share with you. Follow along for 11 chances to win the eBook!

Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place blog hop!

We can’t help but be jolly about this pattern-packed book—each project is designed for you, by us. The Martingale employees who put on their designer hats to bring you Quilting with Fat Quarters, A Baker’s Dozen, and Jelly Babies are back, just in time to start sewing for Christmas. (Aw, come on—if we all start in June we just might sleep on Christmas Eve!)

So sit back, relax, and imagine a cozy holiday scene: we’re all gathered ’round the Christmas tree, cuddled up in quilts of red and green. We’re enjoying Christmas cookies and hot chocolate (or hot toddies, your choice) as we swap stories about our latest Christmas projects. Here are the stories behind ours.


Riley Blake DesignsOur friends at Riley Blake have generously donated a festive fabric bundle from their “Home for the Holidays” line to give to you! Learn how you can win it, plus a copy of Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place, at the bottom of this post.

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Marketing coordinator Mary Burns says: “I used rick-rack and wool scraps in my ‘Christmas Cracker’ table runner (top left). I tossed handfuls of both in the air and basically tacked them on where they landed! My ‘Snowman Stockings’ (top right) are made from thrifted wool coats. The buttons are from coats too, and the scarves are made from a skirt.

“I’ve been doing more handwork lately, and I wanted to make something that captured the peaceful quiet of a snowy forest. My ‘O Tannenbaum’ pillow (bottom left) will stay by the hearth for the winter. I designed the ‘Christmas Cookie Apron’ (bottom right) when my friend Tammy challenged our quilt group to make something from a tea towel. This one’s in holiday fabrics, but I’ve also made it in lime green for a cute spring apron.”

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Designer Connor Chin’s mom, Diane, says: “My inspiration for this tulle tree skirt came from the whimsical fabric. I was given the fabric as a gift, and I knew I had to do something fun with it. Hope you like it!”

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Senior customer-service representative Cornelia Gauger says: “Growing up with German traditions, I had a chocolate-filled advent calendar every year and so did my kids. Now we have a long-lasting advent calendar that we can fill with whatever we like!”

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Editor in chief Mary Green says:
“I love the old-fashioned charm of handmade paper chains draping a Christmas tree. For me, the most appealing ones are those made from simple construction paper. This is the look I tried to re-create in my “Paper Chains” design (left). When I discovered how fast and fun English paper piecing is, I had fun playing with diamonds to create “Fireside Stars” (right). Machine quilter Krista Moser took one look at the blue background and immediately thought of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night.’ Her gorgeous swirls of quilting stitches added the perfect finishing touch.”

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Director of sales and marketing Karen Johnson says: “I love all forms of appliqué—depending on my mood, I’ll turn edges under and stitch either by hand or machine. But sometimes I don’t want to go to that much trouble. The circles on my ‘Dotty for Christmas’ tree skirt are fused in place, and then straight-stitched ⅛" inside the raw edge. I love the texture after it’s washed.”

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Copy editor Tiffany Mottet says: “I designed this wall hanging after the ‘snowcouple’ a friend built for my winter wedding. Snowball blocks seemed like the perfect fit, as did asking my grandmother—who witnessed that special day—to quilt it.”

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Customer service manager Tracy Overturf says: “The inspiration for my ‘Festival of Lights’ runner comes from sitting at the dinner table during Hanukkah, with everyone wanting to light the candles. I thought how fun it would be to have a menorah as part of the table setting. Both of my kids can ‘light’ the candles, no matter which side of the table they’re sitting on.”

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Author Liaison Cathy says: “A contemporary collection of Christmas prints for the ‘Diamond Mantel Cover’ (top left) made my vintage mantel from the ’50s shine again. A conversation with friends at a fundraising event was the inspiration for my ‘Pretty Party Purses’ (top right), which are small and elegant for holiday parties. And because all things Christmas must live at my house, the gift of a charm pack quickly turned into my ‘Holiday Delight’ table runner (bottom).”

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Design manager Adrienne Smitke says: “A full-sized Christmas tree would be a bit overwhelming in my small apartment. This wall hanging (left) makes a great substitute and I love that I can use it year after year! I also love working with felt, and these little critter ornaments (right) were so fun and easy to make, I could have designed a dozen more. They make great stocking stuffers and gift toppers.”

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Managing editor Karen Soltys says: “I love working with wool—for rug hooking and knitting, and yes, for sewing. I upcycled thrifted wool sweaters to make my ‘Naturally Neutral’ Christmas stocking (left). The sweater textures give the project a subtle crazy-quilt look. For my ‘Snowflake’ pillows (right), I juxtaposed cozy wool snowflakes with vibrant silk. Cutting snowflakes was fun and still is. Each one unique! I added beads for even more sparkle.”

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Content editor Jenny Wilding Cardon says: “I have a stash of Christmas quilts, but I wanted a quilt that I could display all winter long. So the idea for the frosty-hued ‘Snowflakes’ quilt (left) was born. ‘Ode to the Grinch’ (right) is inspired by my two boys. My hope is that our hearts will grow three sizes when we snuggle under the quilt to read How the Grinch Stole Christmas—just like the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes on Christmas day.”

Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork PlaceWho are you planning to make a Christmas gift for this year? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place eBook PLUS the fabric bundle from our friends at Riley Blake! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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

“I hope to finish my 16 patch Christmas quilt!”

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

Follow the blog hop for more chances to win a copy of Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place:

Thursday, June 26: Stitch This! (that’s us!)
Friday, June 27: Pat Wys at Silver Thimble Talk
Saturday, June 28: Kim Brackett at Magnolia Bay Quilts
Monday, June 30: Rebecca Silbaugh at Ruby Blue Quilts
Tuesday, July 1: SewCalGal
Wednesday, July 2: Cindy Lammon at Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Thursday, July 3: Generation Q
Saturday, July 5: Cheryl Brown at Quilter Chic
Monday, July 7: Jen Eskridge at Reanna Lily Designs
Tuesday, July 8: Kathy Brown at The Teacher’s Pet
Wednesday, July 9: Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side


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