’Tis the season for stitching: ring it in with Kathy Schmitz (+ fabric giveaway!)

We counted (well, with a little help from Google). It’s 198 days until winter begins—and you know it’ll creep up on us all!

Now’s the time to choose relaxing days of slow stitching over the crazy-fast pace of the most anticipated season (and holiday) of the year. Before the busyness can get the best of us, best-selling author Kathy Schmitz comes to the rescue with the perfect collection of wintry projects for you to start embroidering right now!

Stitches from the Yuletide

In Stitches from the Yuletide, you’ll find Kathy’s spectacular embroidered winter scenes, delightful hand-drawn sketches, and beautiful watercolor paintings in page after page of elegant designs.

From Stitches from the Yuletide

Create a pillow, tea towels, wall art, ornaments, and more, all perfect for decorating and gift giving.

From Stitches from the Yuletide

Motifs range from jolly snowmen to frolicking reindeer, and Kathy’s adorable birds and bunnies also make a special appearance—they’ll inspire you to hippity-hop into a new project today.

Bunny Hop Sachet
So sweet!

Kathy is here today as our guest writer to tell us more about the latest book in her “Stitches” series.


Kathy SchmitzSome memories never fade, even after many years. Youthful Christmas memories are some of my favorites. Mom baked cookies (she’s still the best baker I know). She let my sisters and me decorate the Christmas tree with homemade decorations. I was so proud to hang my construction-paper beauties on the boughs. My Christmas stocking was hand knit by my Mom, and it’s something I treasure to this day. One winter we had a big enough snowstorm to sled and build decent snowmen.


Kathy’s childhood home

All of these memories came flooding back to me when I started Stitches from the Yuletide. I wanted to design a variety of projects, big and small, that would become memories for other families.

The Christmas stocking pattern, Oh, Deer!, was a fun one to design. I wanted to challenge myself to do something different from my norm. The ecru thread on the red fabric, filled in with chain stitches, gives the stocking the silhouette I was hoping for, and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Oh Deer Stocking
Oh, Deer! Stocking

I wanted to include projects in the book that could be completed quickly and would make nice gifts, like the Deck the Boughs Tea Towels. The designs use only four thread colors and basic stitches, but they bring that holiday cheer to the kitchen.

Deck the Boughs Tea Towels
Deck the Boughs Tea Towels

Since I’ve been known to listen to Christmas music in September, which sets the mood to stitch all things wintry, it made sense to add a few projects that might need a bit more time to complete. The Winter Fest Table Runner is just such a project.

I tried a new stitch for me, the angled blanket stitch, on the leaves. I also tackled satin-stitch berries—168 satin-stitched berries, to be exact! Stitching the berries was actually pretty easy once I did a bit of prep. The tip I give in the book is to fuse red fabric circles the size of the berries onto the fabric first. Then satin stitch over the red circles. This makes the berries perfectly round and they look fantastic!

Winter Fest Table Runner
Winter Fest Table Runner

I hope you find some projects in Stitches from the Yuletide to add to your family traditions!

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Thank you for sharing your latest book with us, Kathy! You can find all of Kathy’s books in her “Stitches” series here.

We have a lovely fat-quarter bundle of Kathy’s Oak Grove Lane fabrics for Moda and a copy of Stitches from the Yuletide to give away to one lucky winner today!

To enter the random drawing, tell us:

When do you typically start your holiday stitching?

  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.
  • I started mine on December 26th of last year.
  • Oh, let’s see . . . around December 24th?

Leave your answer in the comments to enter—we’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to ring in the holidays with Kathy, you can order Stitches from the Yuletide at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

Comments are closed for this post.

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

“Oh God Christmas!!!! I generally start my projects in November then have a mini nervous breakdown in December and buy people things in general despair.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Heather—congratulations!


958 Comments

  • If I am making any holiday projects, I usually start them in the fall. That doesn’t mean they are actually done by the holidays – it’s just the next year before they are finished! 😁

    —Sandy Allen on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start at around June. But thinking about it the Christmas before.
    Have a nice day, Birgitt

    Birgitt von Dewitz on May 16, 2018
  • love this book and the fabric bundle. When I make things for Xmas I always seem to be in a rush and it is October and I know I really should start this type of work a lot earlier than that!!

    Karen on May 16, 2018
  • I start holiday sewing around mid summer, usually! Thanks for the great giveaway

    —Carol Nelms on May 16, 2018
  • My holiday crafting usually starts right around Nov 1 – maybe a little earlier if I’m lucky. However, I also have the grand idea I’m going to make a gift for Every Person On My List. Yeah, that never happens.

    —Carmen on May 16, 2018
  • I begin stitching in the fall, but plan well ahead of that!

    —Linda B on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the Fall.

    —Sharon on May 16, 2018
  • October seems the time to begin!

    —June on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my winter/holiday items in the fall. Lovely book & fabric!

    —Sandy Trachsel on May 16, 2018
  • If I know I want to make something, I will start around May. In fact, I’ve already started a Christmas project. 😊

    —Cecilia on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the summer usually. I don’t like to be rushed and I love, love, love making them

    —Marg on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall, or even earlier if I’m inspired. This book is definitely inspiring! I must have it!

    —Ruth on May 16, 2018
  • I start my holiday projects in September

    —Margaret Brunton on May 16, 2018
  • This book is wonderful! I think I might start stitching for Christmas in July with this book – so many gorgeous projects!

    —Celene on May 16, 2018
  • I start my projects usually in the fall. Seem to work best under pressure. 😉

    —Karen Higgins on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall and continue after Christmas to finish what I started!

    —Deb G. in VA on May 16, 2018
  • I have not embroidered in years, but this book, patterns and fabrics is inspiring me. Love it! Beautiful and sentimental.

    —Debbie on May 16, 2018
  • I love Christmas so I do that stuff year round. Someone always gets a hand quilted quilt each year, they just take turns. This year I’m making ornaments. That book is soooo cute, I could really use it. 🙂

    —Kay Menefee on May 16, 2018
  • I think about winter/holiday stitching all year long, but it is usually the fall before anything gets started. What a lovely family home, Kathy grew up in.

    —Diane H on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my projects in the fall, or even earlier than that. It seems that if I don’t start early, life tends to get in the way! Then I finish the gift for next year’s holiday season!

    —Pat on May 16, 2018
  • I like to get my ideas early in the year and start in July or August I like handwork because I can take it when we go camping and work on it in the trailer. I love everything Kathy designs I can’t wait to get this book…

    —cheryl on May 16, 2018
  • The ideas usually come the Christmas before and I may start them in June or July of the following year.

    —Cyndee on May 16, 2018
  • I watch the maple tree in my back yard, and when it starts to change colour, I start my winter projects.

    Gail on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall.

    —Joanne O'Neal on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start mine in the fall. Thank you for this opportunity.

    —Jacklyn Hazen on May 16, 2018
  • I should start now, but alas I’m always a little late and end up rushing last minute.

    —angie little on May 16, 2018
  • Some years I finish projects up after Christmas! But usually in the fall I start really thinking about them.

    —Cindy Fraher on May 16, 2018
  • ANY TIME I GET A GOOD IDEA WINTER OR SUMMER

    —helen cox on May 16, 2018
  • My holiday sewing starts in the fall when the mood finally strikes! This year, I’m hoping to get a head start in July!

    —Kathy E. on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall, but I do lots of thinking about starting in January. I wish I was less of a procrastinator,, but at my age I doubt this will change.

    I do love your work and creativity!

    —Kathleen Barton on May 16, 2018
  • If I am making a holiday project, I usually start late Summer or early Fall.

    Jan on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start about October but am thinking about it now.

    —Pat S on May 16, 2018
  • I will usually start holiday projects in the late summer or early fall

    —John on May 16, 2018
  • Usu start in the fall- and usu working right up until the last days before Christmas! This year I think I should try “Christmas in July” & get everything done well ahead of time- cheers!!

    —Dee on May 16, 2018
  • I start winter/holiday themed projects in the fall! Advertising plays a big part in my getting started, & when projects go on sale! A reminder that it is time to get started! Thank you, Susan

    —Susan Spiers on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Holiday thoughts around March with ideas for people and what I want to make. Doing the embroidery by hand needs to start then depending on who gets the gifts. Great to do at night when all else is done

    —Shirley J. Walker on May 16, 2018
  • I try to get started on Christmas projects in the early fall and, unfortunately, end up rushing to finish up just before the holidays.

    —Jeanne Higgins on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start around June or July, and finally end up a couple days before Christmas.
    Have a good day!!
    Sheridan

    —SHERIDAN BENGSTON on May 16, 2018
  • I always start right after Christmas. Start being the operative word. Finishing, well that’s another story. LOL I love those designs. Thanks, Betty

    —Betty Dix on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in November, probably not enough time, which explains why there are not many handmade gifts under the tree.

    —Judy on May 16, 2018
  • I’m constantly "thinking" about what projects to do, but usually don’t start them till fall. If I complete a project too early, I am tempted to give it before Christmas.

    —Elaine Chamberlain on May 16, 2018
  • I usually try to start a few Christmas projects in the summer. The portable projects I can do on the porch. Around fall when it turns colder, I can get inside and sew or quilt projects.

    —Jodie Sheakley on May 16, 2018
  • Early fall so they can be finished for Christmas.

    —Shirl on May 16, 2018
  • I get a surge of holiday stitching energy on December 26 when all the pressure of Christmas shopping and giving is off. That makes my New Years most joyful time.

    —Marianne on May 16, 2018
  • What a beautiful book! To date, the closest I have come to stitchery is a small cross stitch project. But these intrigue me and I can see them incorporated into quilting projects, which I DO accomplish. Thanks for the challenge.

    —Eileen on May 16, 2018
  • I don’t do holiday stitching, but if I did, Missoula have to start early, too much too do. Does that house look familiar to others, I guess a lot of us grew up in that style.

    —Judy Thompson on May 16, 2018
  • I start whenever I find the perfect project for the perfect person—-sometimes early, but also sometimes at the last minute!

    —Karen B on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall; however, this year started in March. Am aiming to give more stitched gifts this year.

    —Marilyn Fite on May 16, 2018
  • I like to stitch for Christmas and winter in July! I play Christmas music and enjoy the season without the pressure. And this year I hope to be stitching up some of Kathy’s designs. These designs are so cheerful and comforting. The table runner is particularly beautiful. Thank you for the sweet giveaway!

    —Loris Mills on May 16, 2018
  • When I get thinking about holiday projects, it is mid to late summer and it will only be one or two projects. I still have one for a granddaughter that was started 6 years ago, one of those sequin/bead stockings. I work on it for about a week each fall thinking one of these years she will get it.

    —Joyce Kay on May 16, 2018
  • All of the above! Depends on many things….distraction by another project being most common. 🙂 I LOVE hand stitching.

    —Janice on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my projects in the fall.

    —Sandy K on May 16, 2018
  • this is inspiring. I quilt, sew, knit and do a little stitching. I have done a Kathy design that is beautiful. One on the list and will have to add this book to my list to buy

    —Virginia Smith on May 16, 2018
  • I start collecting ideas all year round. The actual work….starts much later. Like in the fall.

    —Kris on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start holiday projects in the fall. What a great giveaway- thanks!

    —Dottie Macomber on May 16, 2018
  • I sometimes start in June and sometimes I don’t make anything for Christmas. But I do love Kathy’s designs and would love to try any of them this year.

    —Barb W on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the summer and sometimes get them all finished in time. If not they will just have to wait until next year!

    —Audrey on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine around October. This is making me want to start early!

    —Paula F on May 16, 2018
  • I made one in January one year. I am working on a new one right now. But sometimes start in the fall

    Memory Kendall Frost on May 16, 2018
  • I am a last minute person. If I’m really productive and have a gift in mind I can whip it up faster than most projects. I would have to say I would start after Thanksgiving.

    —Carol W. on May 16, 2018
  • I generally start mine when it’s too late to finish on time and end up scrambling for gifts and decor at the last minute. This book might help motivate me to start sooner for once.

    —April Lopez on May 16, 2018
  • Well, it may anytime between September and December 15th. By December 15th, I think "Wait until next year."

    —Julia Thoel on May 16, 2018
  • Love this book! Such wonderful ideas for holiday gifts. Adore hand embroidery so very much, this is just icing on top of the cake!!

    —Louise Wagner on May 16, 2018
  • Stitch year-round for the holidays.

    —Amy Cofer on May 16, 2018
  • I work on Christmas, all year round. I love decorating for Christmas and I love making gifts for others, so I start a box for gifts and fill it up for next year.

    Debbie

    Debbie St. Germain on May 16, 2018
  • I always have good intentions of starting early but most of the time life gets in the way. I do finish by Dec 10, because that is my mailing deadline.

    —Vicki H on May 16, 2018
  • I like to start stitching in July, but does depends on what project it is and how long I think will take.

    —Sue Steinhauer on May 16, 2018
  • I work on Christmas projects all year! I’m enjoying getting back into embroidery and would love to add this book and pretty fabric to my collection!

    —Nancy on May 16, 2018
  • Normally I try to start in May that way it will give me enough time to get any projects finished and make any changes if necessary. Also if you have many to do that will give enough time. I have also started sometimes right after the previous Christmas! I really think the projects in this book are really cute and love the table runner with the pine cones!!

    —Kerri Mitchell on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch holiday projects all year. They are my favorite items for gifts since almost everyone uses traditional colors for Christmas – no worries about matching color schemes and a better chance they may be passed on to the next generation!

    —Judy R. on May 16, 2018
  • I am part of a group of women who make items to sell in our local library book store with the funds going to the library. For every few items I complete I try to make a special one to save for my holiday gifts. This is a year round endeavor. I especially enjoy hand embroidery.

    Bonnie Dini on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall, but sometimes I like to start a Christmas project in July. Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely giveaway !!!

    —Nancy Johnson on May 16, 2018
  • Impossibly a week before Christmas and then hope they will be done for the following year.

    —Kathy O on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch year round.

    —Ruth K. on May 16, 2018
  • I am usually working on winter and Christmas projects year round. It seems that I can never get a project done in one season. 😀
    All of my projects get put aside in favor of the newest baby quilt, because they don’t stay small for long.

    —Sherry on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall. The stitchery and fabric are very beautiful!

    —Kaye Walker on May 16, 2018
  • My holiday projects are started in the fall – usually right after I finish the Halloween costumes for the grandkids!

    —Carolyn Sefkow on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my Holiday making in the summer. Some projects have to wait until school starts in the fall-if I have any hope of them being a surprise! I love giving handmade gifts.

    —Karren Patton on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start them in the fall, but that doesn’t always happen. I also have 2 birthdays to sew for, one a week before Christmas and one a few days after new years. Busy, busy time of the year!

    —kathy on May 16, 2018
  • I always get excited when I see everything people have done for an upcoming holiday or occasion, so I usually start making something for the upcoming season and plan to have it done by the next year. I do a lot of outside work in the summer so look forward to fall to complete projects.

    Sherry fox on May 16, 2018
  • I start holiday projects any time of the year that a project catches my eye, even the first of January.

    —Mami B on May 16, 2018
  • Hello everyone.
    I will be starting my holiday stitching quite soon actually. I usually give them to members of my family for Christmas. Since I have a big family, I need to start early. Since I cannot move around too much because of an old leg injury,I am quite happy when I do patchwork and hand embroidery, this is so relaxing.
    Thank you very much for all those wonderful books you offer. I look forward to download the ebook.

    —Edith Gravel on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start around January for gifts. Sometimes it is sooner as I think of things or something inspires me.

    —Ruth Vaughan on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my holiday projects sometime in the summer when so many new holiday fabric collections come out. But any time I find an interesting project or pattern, I can start working on that immediately. Love that gratification!

    —Ann West on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my projects in the fall, sometimes later fall. If they are not done by Christmas than they get an IOU! Sometimes life gets in the way, and try as hard as i can finishing projects on time doesn’t always happen! But with the IOU they know it’s coming!!
    Carmen

    —Carmen Montmarquet on May 16, 2018
  • October 31st. Halloween BOOOOO

    —Anita Bryant on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my holiday projects when I get inspired which can be anytime of the year!

    —Jennifer on May 16, 2018
  • I generally start around March. This gives me several monthly to finish my projects. I have several friends that I like to give hand made items for Christmas.

    —Lena Garner on May 16, 2018
  • I start my projects when I get inspired by a new book like this one. Thank you.

    —Cindy on May 16, 2018
  • I start whenever the fabric calls my name. lol I am working on Christmas placemats right now.

    —Kathleen Gaffney on May 16, 2018
  • I usually have good intentions to start holiday gifts in January, but reality is actually sometime in November!

    —Nancy Thone on May 16, 2018
  • 4th of July! Ready to start thinking about the holidays and a change of season.

    —Marty Klein on May 16, 2018
  • My Christmas project sewing starts in late summer/early fall. I make a pillowcase each year for each of my eight grandchildren and like ot have them done early. If I am planning a quilt as a Christmas gift, I will start that during the summer. I do love to give handmade gifts whenever possible.

    —Lisa Zook on May 16, 2018
  • Unfortunately not soon enough.

    —Jane Larke on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my stitching in July. That is when the Hallmark Shop starts to sell Christmas ornaments. It reminds me that I better get started.

    —Cathy R. on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch things for Christmas all year. Hand stitching is relaxing for me, and I always have something I’m working on.

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on May 16, 2018
  • I work on things all year long in hopes of actually having one or two finished by Christmas.

    —Sherry on May 16, 2018
  • Christmas is such an exciting time. I start stitching in about July which are our Winter Months.

    —Lesley Schwartz on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in the fall, but never gets done! Think I will try the December 26th route this year.

    —Lori Lemmers on May 16, 2018
  • I have started Christmas presents already, but none of them are Christmas fabric. Maybe in the fall.

    —Nyla-Jean on May 16, 2018
  • When I managed to do Christmas stitching it was started in the fall. I think about it during the year a lot though.

    —susan on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking about Christmas projects in September when I should have already started them. So they don’t happen, however, this book would definitely be a big help.

    —Denise Welch on May 16, 2018
  • I don’t have a date to start Christmas projects. Anytime, anywhere, that’s the time to start. I adore the Winterfest Table Runner, so right now is a perfect time to get moving on that one. The whole book looks delicious. Perfect blend of quickies and slowies.

    —INA ANDERSON on May 16, 2018
  • My Christmas projects start in early fall. Some get finished. Some end up as UFO’s!

    —Betty Jansen on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in the summer. I have already started this year because I want to get them finished by November. Otherwise they will be for next year.

    —Sharon Kimber on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking about them in the fall….but not everything gets done as soon as I would like. If only I could quit my job and just quilt and stitch every day!!!

    —Darlene B on May 16, 2018
  • Every year I tell myself I’m going to start my holiday stitching in January in the hopes of having it all finished by Nov. Have yet to make that a reality, but one can always hope, right?! To be truthful, I usually start my projects in Oct.

    —Janet Espeleta on May 16, 2018
  • Ever the optimist, I start my Christmas projects in the fall. Love Kathy’s gorgeous embroidery designs.

    —Betsy on May 16, 2018
  • I would have to say I start somewhere between 1 and 3, but definitely not number 2.

    —Cindy French on May 16, 2018
  • I don’t get the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving. Then it’s stitching every day until Christmas Eve.

    —Judy on May 16, 2018
  • I generally start holiday stitching when I find a project that inspires me. I know there are lots of inspiration in Kathy’s new book. I can’t wait to get one!

    —JudyW on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in the fall…or if a particular piece speaks to me, earlier.

    —Lynne on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start " Christmas in July". 🎄

    —Pauline Simpson on May 16, 2018
  • No rules just when the mood strikes.

    —Janna on May 16, 2018
  • I need to start now!

    —Sue on May 16, 2018
  • I actually started a project s few days ago, around May 6, that turned into a Christmas project.

    —Lynda Malloy on May 16, 2018
  • I start stitching for the holidays whenever I see am pattern that inspires me. Kathy’s beautiful book could keep me stitching for quite a while! Especially love the nostalgic colorways of the floss and fabrics. Happy stitching to all, Mary

    —Mary Williams on May 16, 2018
  • Whenever I start its always too late!

    —sue on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.

    —Carolyn on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the summer. I love Kathy’s stitching and look forward to winning! please pick me. thank you so much. Ginnie Adams

    —Ginnie Adams on May 16, 2018
  • I start in July which may or may not give me time to finish projects by Christmas.

    —Rita Lusk on May 16, 2018
  • Beautiful embroidery designs! I always think I’m going to work on my Christmas projects all year long and then put them on the back burner as something else catches my attention. So I usually work really hard on them in January!!!

    Jeannine Snyder on May 16, 2018
  • Usually at the first hint of fall! And really heats up around Thanksgiving . . . although I never finish everything I would like to make for gifts. So, maybe I should start now!

    —Janet Brani on May 16, 2018
  • Good Morning,
    I start my holiday stitching any time – whenever I see a pattern I like! I would love to win these fabrics – the look fabulous. Thank you for the opportunity.
    ~smile~ Roseanne

    Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my small gift projects around mid October.

    —Mary Kreidler on May 16, 2018
  • We have a sisters quilt retreat in the fall. A week of quiet uninterrupted sewing time. The best time to get things finished.

    —Debra Zarling on May 16, 2018
  • I normally start my holiday stitching after the holidays. I see some nice things that I want to make and off I go. Love the book, particularly, the "Oh, deer stocking. That is a beauty.

    —Helen Kap on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my Christmas projects and gifts in the early summer

    —Charyl Anderson on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start them around the fall depending on other projects.

    —Jane Timmins on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my projects in the fall. Sometimes it is a challenge to complete them for the holiday season. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects and book.

    —Pam Blake on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall. But I start dreaming in the summer.

    —Shari Kersey on May 16, 2018
  • Always gathering ideas! Always with a gift in the making. Usually get started in the fall in earnest.

    —Donna on May 16, 2018
  • For years I worked on Christmas and holiday projects all year round. I haven’t been able to do as much lately, but this year I have some things lined up to work on and I love "Stitches from the Yuletide".

    —Ellen Ransford on May 16, 2018
  • I try to work on them all year but usually have a last minute panic the last of November.

    —Mary L. on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start right after Christmas. You know finishing the ones that didn’t get done and then give those the next year.

    Kara Overman on May 16, 2018
  • I start my projects in the fall, but no real time "start" time. I have even started in July, when I have gotten all my outside work done and sit inside where it is cooler.

    —Karen H on May 16, 2018
  • Love your work.

    I start my Holiday projects right after a holiday is over. Sometimes I even get my project finished!

    —Connie on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start September or October and many times finish in January…..for the following season! And that’s because I think I can do it all! Ha!

    —Terry on May 16, 2018
  • OH my word – what a fantastic giveaway! I usually start my Christmas gifts sometime during the summer. I have a large family to make things for. That doesn’t mean I’m not still working on projects right up ’til Christmas and into the new year. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Debby on May 16, 2018
  • I start when I can get a good deal on the fabrics needed.

    —jo on May 16, 2018
  • My goal is to start in January but more than likely it is in the fall.

    —Myra Henry on May 16, 2018
  • Usually start thinking Christmas gift making after the flower beds have been mulched and the garden planted, and I love hand sewing early in the morning.

    —Rita on May 16, 2018
  • I start in January because my head is still full of Christmas projects that I didn’t have time for.

    —MoeWest on May 16, 2018
  • Lovely patterns! I usually work on holiday gifts all year long. I love to make gifts so I always have something to work on. Some on time, some not, but I love the process.

    —Karen Sampson on May 16, 2018
  • I sew for Christmas almost year round. I usually start in May or June and finish up around January. I have a cat who loves Christmas music & she enjoys sitting and purring to Christmas carols while I sew.

    —Mary B on May 16, 2018
  • I have to start mine in the summer. I make gifts for all my nieces and they do take time! My hands don’t do as well as they used to….sigh. But I cannot give it up, I love handwork!

    —Cynthia Bickhaus on May 16, 2018
  • I have holiday projects going all year, but I really get serious in August.

    —Susan Wadsen on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start pulling things together around end of May/beginning of June. If I don’t start really early I get behind the eight ball and some items don’t get finished.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    —SherryG on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start after harvest, late September, early October.

    —Sam Bane on May 16, 2018
  • Usually I start in August.

    —Debra Phifer on May 16, 2018
  • Christmas projects must be worked on all year long ….. there are so many to do ….. like the projects in this adorable book.

    —Kathi on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start, for real, about June. Prior to that I go through all the patterns I previously saved and any new magazines or books I picked up and narrow down what I want to do. This year I will be extra busy anticipating the birth of my first grandchild!

    —Sara on May 16, 2018
  • I started thinking about/making gifts beginning in January! A real change for me!

    —Mary E on May 16, 2018
  • I work on my gifts in the fall and always hope I will get them done. I love giving handmade gifts.

    —Sheri Bennett on May 16, 2018
  • January .. because of all the Christmas gifts I didn’t finish in time for December 25th !!

    Cathie Sol on May 16, 2018
  • I start the day after Christmas for the next Christmas season!!!

    —Lisa W. on May 16, 2018
  • Oh my – I am the proverbial procrastenator and usually start around Halloween or even Thanksgiving, which means no projects get done for that year. Maybe – might get done by the next Christmas, but eventually they do get done 🙂
    Judy

    —Judy Casteel on May 16, 2018
  • May Day (May 1) begins my Christmas gift projects (but planning begins in January!)

    —Marty on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start holiday projects in the fall.

    —Diane P. on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall, that doesn’t mean I always get them completed. But I try. Fall outdoor cleanup gets in the way.

    —Rita S on May 16, 2018
  • What delightful projects! I usually start holiday stitching sometime in the fall, but often don’t finish until Dec 26th 🙂

    —Pam on May 16, 2018
  • I think about them throughout the year, execution is the problem?

    —Gail on May 16, 2018
  • Working on finishing Christmas 2017 here in May 2018 ! But I am stitching !!!

    Barb Collins on May 16, 2018
  • Usually around mid year, so I can be done in another year. Lol

    —Susan Pieper on May 16, 2018
  • I can’t seem to get started early enough on my Christmas projects. I always seem to think I have plenty of time and then "boom" , not time enough for all I want to do. Too many fun projects! So, I usually finish some things after Christmas, and some end up in the "someday I’ll finish this" pile. Maybe this year I’ll get it together:)

    —Mary on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking about them in Sept so I can start quilting in October……I love making Christmas quilts/table runners!

    —Judi Rizzo on May 16, 2018
  • This year, I just kept going with holiday stitching….I started a collection of Christmas things for my daughter’s home and moved on to stitching up some quilted pillow covers for my house. In the past I would get the urge around Thanksgiving and never finished anything—this is much more satisfying! Love the designs in this book—keeping my fingers crossed for the awesome drawing!

    —Joana Simmers on May 16, 2018
  • I have already started my Christmas projects. I have so many I want to do I have to start in January and work on them off and on through the year. I watch Christmas in July on the Hallmark channel and really get into the Christmas projects.Love this book.

    —Vickie Sorensen on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start mine in the fall when the wind starts to blow those fall leaves around to let me know it won’t be long til Christmas!! I just love these beautiful patterns.

    —Vivian Fitzpatrick on May 16, 2018
  • Oh, I always start my holiday projects way too late. Usually I start looking in late November and then time gets away from me and I don’t actually start until mid December when it is really too late to complete them!

    —Edie on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start them in the fall but that doesn’t necessarily mean they get finished for that year’s Christmas 🙂

    —Karen Rankin on May 16, 2018
  • I always start way too late!

    —Kathy Retherford on May 16, 2018
  • Usually late summer , but this year it will be as soon as Kathy’s book arrives . It looks wonderful . Thanks for a great preview .

    —Shelley Park on May 16, 2018
  • I love Christmas so I’m working on something related to the holiday all year long.

    —Sheila on May 16, 2018
  • Last summer I stitched Christmas gifts by hand while my husband drove us from Michigan to Maine! It was perfect with the air conditioning running. 🙂 I also finished a Christmas themed quilt in February which is now waiting to be put on the bed in December!

    —Kathy on May 16, 2018
  • We all know we should start now! But it’s usually fall for me-I’ve got a summer baby and hubby’s birthday to finish first!

    —Jean on May 16, 2018
  • I usually begin my projects in November, but that’s usually not enough time!

    —Peggy Zilverberg on May 16, 2018
  • I love Christmas! So I stitch Christmas all year round!

    —Cathy on May 16, 2018
  • I start off with a bang in January. Then life happens and other projects intervene, so I put away the holiday stitching until I finally remember it – usually in December!

    Barbara Johnson on May 16, 2018
  • I work on holiday projects yearound. (in between others)

    —Emily on May 16, 2018
  • I start in January, since I have a November bazaar table to fill, plus gifts. I’ve loved Kathy’s designs and this book is no exception. The bunny is so cute.

    —Mona on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch Christmas all year around. Christmas is not just a season; it’s a feeling in the heart. Actually, I put on a Christmas CD the other day, just to lift my spirits.

    —Geri on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start them in the fall but think I would definitely get going on some of these projects ASAP. They are adorable! Thank you for the chance to win.

    Mary

    —Mary Kastner on May 16, 2018
  • I start in fall after I put my gardens to bed for the winter. Then it’s a mad flurry to finish!

    —Kay on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall but I have been known to work on holiday projects all year long!

    —Susan Griffith on May 16, 2018
  • I belong to Stashbusters and we have a monthly reminder on the 25th of each month. So-o we’re at least thinking about the Holidays once a month! Usually I start sewing in the fall. But I’m always singing "Who’s sorry now!" in December!

    doni @ Oregon coast

    Doni Boyd on May 16, 2018
  • September is the time I start working on Christmas inspirations but I start thinking about them right after Christmas itself. Thank you for the giveaway.

    —Janey Cook on May 16, 2018
  • Oh, let’s see . . . around December 24th? I’m always late with my Christmas projects…

    —Judy Chastain on May 16, 2018
  • Usually end of summer I start planning what projects I want do for gifts and end up sewing by October.

    —Sandy C on May 16, 2018
  • In the fall after the weather gets colder.

    —Marsha on May 16, 2018
  • I can’t get excited about starting Christmas projects until it snows so my projects are never done in the current year. I usually finish things after the holiday busy time is over or in July when it’s too hot to enjoy being outside.

    —Elizabeth on May 16, 2018
  • Kathy’s stitcheries are magnificent l would love to begin these for next Christmas xxx Ness

    —Ness on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch all year long. So many wonderful patterns it’s hard not to keep stitching.

    —Sarah Shell on May 16, 2018
  • Adorable projects! So I suppose NOW is when I’ll start thinking about Christmas gifts! Many thanks! Desi

    —Desiree Gipson on May 16, 2018
  • I so some all year around but then I start others in the fall when it gets cooler. Love the ideas. Thank you.

    —LeAnn R on May 16, 2018
  • I usually end up starting too late thinking I can finish before Christmas but it usually never happens. It is hard to get into Christmas sometimes here in CA in the summer or even fall when the temperatures are 80–100 degrees. I prefer my childhood Michigan cooler weather to get me into the mood.

    —Jeanne on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in July when most of the new fabrics are available.

    —Subby on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall when it’s cooler, but sometimes don’t finish until Christmas the following year!

    —Verna on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my Christmas projects in the fall because then it starts to feel as if the holidays are close by and I have more inspiration to get going on making gifts.

    —Heartsdesire on May 16, 2018
  • I will start a holiday project whenever and sometimes they get done prior to Christmas other times not so much, but are ready for the next one. I don’t sweat it and just enjoy the process. Beautiful designs to embroidery…..looks like some great projects!

    —Sheri Lesh on May 16, 2018
  • I have never stitched anything for the holidays…however, knowing me, I would wait for the last minute.

    —Cathy on May 16, 2018
  • I always have SUCH good intentions to start them early – but the reality is a lot closer to December 24…

    —Pam on May 16, 2018
  • The easy answer – it all depends! If it’s a gift quilt, I usually start when the idea hits me, or when I find the perfect fabric for a gift for someone. I haven’t made a lot of Christmas-themed items, because I have far too many Christmas-themed treasures already. But these delightful designs might change my mind. 168 perfect berries doesn’t sound so daunting when you read her hints. Thank you for the visual feast.

    —Carol Johnson on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in September. It’s alwYs too late. Thanks for the reminder. I ordered the book. How to start soon

    —Joyce on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in January, but have waited this year to get this fabulous book. I may not get my projects done but, I will get everything done that I am making as gifts.

    Christine P on May 16, 2018
  • I thinking about projects in July but never seem to start things until fall or later!

    —Demetria Wians on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch Christmas gifts during the year, usually I have them finished for the holidays.

    —Pat Terry on May 16, 2018
  • I typically start my Christmas projects in November.

    —Ann Wissbaum on May 16, 2018
  • Years ago I started in summer when I wasn’t teaching, but lately it’s been December if at all. Embroidery takes less time than some though, so maybe I’ll complete a few before 2019 this year!

    —Jane on May 16, 2018
  • Holiday projects are a year round endeavor for me. When I see a pattern or piece of fabric I think would work well for a holiday project, I get started on it, regardless of the season.

    —Celeste Delostrinos on May 16, 2018
  • Definitely late fall. I want to feel in the mood for the season before starting. May not be complete till the following season but That’s ok!

    —Janeanne Weidl on May 16, 2018
  • I’m starting tomorrow. I try to give home made gifts to my 5 sisters

    —Debby T on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine in the autumn, feel much more in the mood for winter, Christmas projects when the weather gets cooler!! Lovely to snuggle up indoors with my doggies and some stitching!

    —Katie Shanahan-Jones on May 16, 2018
  • My problem is I start early right after New Years and then I have a bunch of ufo’s to finish at the deadline due to being waylaid and starting more new ones

    Deb on May 16, 2018
  • I start holiday projects in September or October. I don’t like to feel stressed prior to the holidays. Most of my holiday projects are for gifts – I love some of the embroidered table runners you showed.

    —Connie Falkenstein on May 16, 2018
  • My holiday projects are ongoing throughout the year. Some get finished in time and some are finished for the following year. I keep Christmas in my heart all year long.
    Marianne

    —Marianne Udell on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking about Christmas projects on December 24th.

    —Jean on May 16, 2018
  • I am always a year and a half ahead.

    —Jacqueline Gould on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start the beginning of December but don’t always get everything finished in time. Love the book!

    —Susan on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my Holiday stitching projects in October. That gives me enough time to complete them.

    —Jackie Wisherd on May 16, 2018
  • My projects need to start in the fall. My volunteer parents get a little ‘limited edition’ pillow, my sisters get an ornament and my guild gets a block to swap.! I see some wonderful ideas for each of those projects in Kathy’s book!

    —Kathy Gaines on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall- but stitch all year round to keep on top of it. I love Kathy’s designs!

    —carol mandel on May 16, 2018
  • I always have Christmas projects which have been started and I work on them anytime during the year, whenever I feel like a diversion from whatever big project I’m working on.

    Judy on May 16, 2018
  • I begin in the fall. It brings the holiday spirit sooner and I love that!

    Liz Ostrosky on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas decorations around the of August. Kathy , your designs are lovely.

    Mary Faircloth on May 16, 2018
  • I start my holiday stitching on December 26st so I can get a head start on presents. I love to be able to enjoy the holidays and not be rushed to try and finish a present at the last minute. November and December should be spent enjoying the company of others and baking yummy goodies to share.

    —Terry on May 16, 2018
  • I start my projects in the fall!

    —Sunnie on May 16, 2018
  • I have not started but hope to start soon

    A. Bouwman on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall, but that doesn’t mean I get done by Christmas of that year!!

    —Sharon S on May 16, 2018
  • I’m a big procrastinator so I have projects aplenty from past years I dig out December 26, I start new projects when I find great new patterns and ideas like in this new book early in the year and then I’m usually scrambling on dec 24th.

    —Michele Williams on May 16, 2018
  • Stitchery goes on all year long, but Christmas stuff usually comes out in time near the end of summer . What beautiful things you have in your book and it would be great to win the wonderful fabric and book.

    —Catherine Denney on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall is probably the most accurate but it varies year to year.

    —Christi on May 16, 2018
  • I start some of mine soon after the 4th of July week is over.

    Cynthia Wood on May 16, 2018
  • I start them on Dec 26, and then often take a long hiatus starting in mid-January, then pick them back up, in a panic, about 2 weeks before Christmas.

    —Stephanie on May 16, 2018
  • I think of next years Christmas projects while I’m returning my decorations back to storage. I try to gather supplies and begin during the summer (to keep me cool..HA)and into fall. I love to think of the Christmas holidays months before. This book will inspire me to get started!!

    —Linda on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in the Fall. Then I tend to get lots of ideas in early December, but that is too late to even begin…… ;-). There are some great ideas in this book. Thank you for sharing.

    —Chris on May 16, 2018
  • Always have a project ready as the year goes on. They get done whenever and its fun to look and see what I’ve got done and ready to go.

    —pamd on May 16, 2018
  • I tend to start those projects too late – usually just after Thanksgiving, which does not leave me enough time!

    —Elizabeth McDonald on May 16, 2018
  • I really, really want to try the challenge of that Oh Deer Stocking. Usually start around June. Start then since most are smaller projects that are not so hot to work on. They also travel well. Note I did not say finish.

    —Judy on May 16, 2018
  • I have already started my Christmas sewing. I am not good at last minute projects. 😊

    —Dona Wagner on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my holiday stitching in July, but sometimes it doesn’t happen until after Thanksgiving when the deadline for my plan is hanging over my head.

    —Marie Dexter on May 16, 2018
  • I start my holiday projects whenever the mood strikes! In fact, I started one just last month!

    —Jane on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the summer – love to do some slow stitching sitting outside on the deck!

    —Cathy B. on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall, sooner if I find inspiration.

    —Christine E. on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmas projects after Thanksgiving. When the excitement is high. Often stitching on into January or longer.

    —Chris on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine when I decide what to stitch for gifts. That may be February or October, hopefully not last minute.

    —Linda on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmas sewing projects in the early fall.

    —beth d. on May 16, 2018
  • Always start during summer when I can sit outside & stitch — now finish– a different story – a few days b4 item is needed

    —Betty Pritko on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start mine in December. Better late than never! I love Kathy Schmitz embroidery patterns and that fabric is to die for!

    —Susan Stein on May 16, 2018
  • I start my sewing in the fall.

    —LAVONNE on May 16, 2018
  • I usually have great intentions of starting my Christmas projects in the summer, but reality is that I don’t usually start till the fall. I love the new book and am looking forward to the challenge of the chain stitched stocking. Love it!

    —Tamara on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmas projects in the fall. I usually have a mad scramble to finish them on time.

    —Nancy Lewis on May 16, 2018
  • I start when I find the perfect fabrics for the project………….and it looks like that fabric bundle could be the perfect fabrics for my next creations !!!!

    —Barb Dwyer on May 16, 2018
  • I start holiday projects when they come calling and finish them when I have a deadline or a guilt trip about unfinished projects.

    —Betty nelson on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start holiday projects in late summer, but it still ends up in a last minute push in December.

    —‘Linda Brennan on May 16, 2018
  • I plan to start my winter/holiday themed projects around labor day.

    —Regina Harris on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in the summer when it’s too uncomfortably hot and humid to do anything outside!!!

    —Kathleen Drzik on May 16, 2018
  • I always plan to start making Christmas items in July as that is usually when I take vacation. That doesn’t always happen! And people post pictures of projects in season so I am inspired then to start a new project-maybe to have it ready for next year!

    —Karen on May 16, 2018
  • I seem to be a last minute person. The book and fabric are very inspiring. If I win maybe I would be motivated to get started now!

    Mayme on May 16, 2018
  • BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS – brought back memories of my childhood and simpler times.

    —Kathleen Drzik on May 16, 2018
  • I’m very inspired right after Christmas, make one or two things that didn’t get finished. Then it’s into the summer.

    —Patricia Hersl on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in early Fall, but…sometimes life gets in the way 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful package.

    —Janet on May 16, 2018
  • I am actually working on one right now. But that is unusual! Usually it’s fall before I get going…late fall!

    —Pat on May 16, 2018
  • I love the bunny pillow! If I do any holiday stitching, I usually begin around the Thanksgiving holiday.

    —Adriana C. on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in fall. But this year I’m making a lot of gifts for Christmas so I have already started.

    —Rebecca Stipe on May 16, 2018
  • On December 26th I work on finishing the unfinished Christmas projects. Around March I start on next Christmas… with hopes of completing them this year! Love the smaller projects… they encourage me to start!

    —Diane HELLER on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in the summertime since many "Christmas in July" themes are around. Plus this type of projects are easy to transport to activities :O)

    —Kristie Michalowski on May 16, 2018
  • I actually try and start Christmas projects in May / June time frame. There are several great ideas in this book. Thank you!

    —Linda on May 16, 2018
  • Any time of the year is when I would work on a holiday project. I love the green and red holiday colors that warm my home during those snowy days.

    —Jean N. on May 16, 2018
  • I’m working on projects year round.

    —Rhonda McAninley on May 16, 2018
  • I’ve already started mine. Things are just too crazy around the holidays, & time gets away from me. I’ve been caught with running around last minute way too many years. :o(

    —Susan L. on May 16, 2018
  • I love and enjoy Kathys work. Her style is my favorite. I usually start my Christmas projects in April. I pick my favorite things and merrilygo on my way. I have been embroidery since I was 7 years old.

    Marty Artz on May 16, 2018
  • All of the above! 🙂

    —Kathleen McQuiggin on May 16, 2018
  • Off and on all year long! Whenever I see a pattern or project that interests me,

    —Pat Klem on May 16, 2018
  • I do holiday stitching projects whenever the mood strikes me. That could be anytime all year! These are wonderful little projects: the snowman and Santa figures and the ornament tea towels. I’d like to start ASAP!

    —Elaine Watkins on May 16, 2018
  • Love to work on Holiday projects all year, but really start to organize and plan when Christmas in July hits the shops!

    —Jeannette on May 16, 2018
  • I’m already working on Halloween and Autumn stitching, and will probably start adding Christmas things any time now, especially with all the new inspiration in this book. If I like something, I’ll work on it at any time of the year.

    —S. Lynn Young on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch for Christmas all year round. If I see a pattern I like I will start on it….and I see a lot of patterns I like from kathy’s New book!

    —Karen McMahon on May 16, 2018
  • I love working on my holiday projects all year long. That’s usually between December 26 through December 24 of the next year

    —Jackie on May 16, 2018
  • I like it when I start in the summer. Unfortunately it is more like a couple of months before the holidays. Always have big plans.

    —Tammy on May 16, 2018
  • This is the first year that I’ve actually started making Christmas gifts now. I’m new at quilting and embroidery so I just wonder if I’ll finish anything!!!

    —Jeanne Stout on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall…and then KICK MYSELF! Because it’s not enough time! Maybe this year I’ll be better???

    —Paula Kellogg on May 16, 2018
  • It varies on when I start a project. I sometimes start just after the first of the year sometimes in the middle of summer or even just after Thanksgiving. I start when I think I will have plenty of time to get it done. Thank you for giving all of us the chance to possibly win this great addition to our libraries and stashes!

    —Beverly J Luedloff on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start stitching projects in June or July to be sure I’m ready for Christmas. Thanks for this lovely opportunity!

    —Debbie Holley on May 16, 2018
  • What a lovely book! I usually begin thinking Christmas in Sept-Oct. 🙂

    P. S. Valeri on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in the fall! Love the Christmas stitching!

    —Carole L on May 16, 2018
  • No matter when I start stitching for the holidays, it’s never soon enough. I’m always behind at the last minute!

    —Becky Hooper on May 16, 2018
  • This year I’m so early I’ve already made two pillow covers. And I wanna make soething for Christams in July. But normally I’ll start in December.

    —Hildy on May 16, 2018
  • Whenever I have to travel and need a take along project.

    —Demitra Wiper on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmasorojects in April. That gives me enough time to get everything finished on time. I love Kathys work and love her style. I have been embroidering since I was 7. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.

    Marty Artz on May 16, 2018
  • I like to holiday stitch all year round 🎄⛄️My day is not complete til needle thread and fabric meet.

    —Sheri on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Yuletide projects in the fall and typically finish them up the next year.

    —AnnaMarie Werner on May 16, 2018
  • I am starting mine now.

    —Cheryl on May 16, 2018
  • I start whenever I get an inspiration such as this wonderful book.

    Dotti Jones on May 16, 2018
  • I pretty much work on Christmas sewing all year long. Any time I see something I like, I’ll start another project.

    —Heidi on May 16, 2018
  • I typically start making Christmas gifts in September. And September is never too early to begin listening to Christmas Music…it helps the creative and inspiration process along!

    —Lynn on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine in the fall but I always find some new wonderful ideas right before Christmas.

    —Kathy h on May 16, 2018
  • I would have to say I start mine on December 26th of last year. That is a little bit of a stretch, but not much! I have Christmas projects going throughout the year.

    —Lin H on May 16, 2018
  • BEAUTIFUL BOOK,DESIGNS+FABRICS!I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.Thanks for sharing!

    —LINDA Douglas on May 16, 2018
  • I generally start in June or July depending on how time consuming the projects are. This book would be wonderful as I sure could get more gifts DONE rather than bought. The projects look so fun.

    —Vickie Keith on May 16, 2018
  • Ok.. this is a "loaded" question. When do I start thinking about them?? When do I start preparing for them??? When do I at least start them?? Oh so many parts to such a simple question indeed. I started thinking about them last year for NEXT year.. I start prepping early in the new year by looking at my great sales books and web sites.. I am still working on one that I started 3 years ago for THAT years Christmas table.. and I wonder why my daughter procrastinates… can we all say.."Like Mother Like Daughter" lol.. I promise to TRY to be better..Wish me luck!!

    —Patty P on May 16, 2018
  • The question should be "When do you finish"! I have so many holiday projects that I started, then something got in the way. I do finish them, but they do not get done the same year that I started them. lol

    —Janet T on May 16, 2018
  • I start planning in the fall for what I want to make for Christmas but it seems the planning stage is the only thing I get done early. Then I scramble to get things done by the 25th because I never got started until about the 15th. My hobbies are always planned with good intentions, my ‘get to it’ is something I need to work on.

    —Lynn Darcy on May 16, 2018
  • I love all things Kathy Schmitz, and am just finishing up projects from her Stitches from the Garden! I love to start Christmas stitching in mid-summer and stitch at a leisurely pace, alternating with gardening. I also love Martingale and have fond memories of going to your warehouse sales in your Woodinville warehouse!

    —Kathy on May 16, 2018
  • I recently helped with a charity quilt that had stitched squares. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy doing this kind of sewing so I’m starting now to look for projects for Christmas! I usually work on Christmas sewing all year.

    —Nancy Anderson on May 16, 2018
  • Oh, I do my stitching in the fall. I find it far too hot to do much stitching in the summer when the garden chores really take up much of my time and energy.

    —Linda on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Xmas quilting all year long but really up it in the fall.

    —Karen on May 16, 2018
  • Oh my goodness – if I don’t start January 1, I am lost! I try to stitch the 40 presents I do every year and have them done by October. At least, that is my goal!!@!@!

    —Cheryl on May 16, 2018
  • I like to start my Christmas sewing in July, then to be honest in a couple of weeks after that I do fall sewing and start Christmas again in November. Then usually I’m working on it after Christmas because I love to start new projects and think I can finish them all, before I need them Ha,Ha! At my age you think I would learn to finish one or two projects before I start a new one,

    —Nancy Kovaleski on May 16, 2018
  • I begin whenever I find the perfect piece for a good friend or family member. So anytime between Dec 26 the year before or Dec 24 for that year.

    —Lena T on May 16, 2018
  • I start then in the summer hoping to get them finished for the holidays. If it’s hand work I start them when I buy the pattern because I like to have a work in progressive.

    —Diann on May 16, 2018
  • Always a litle late in fall, lol!

    Martina on May 16, 2018
  • Daydreaming about Holiday and fall projects gets me in the mood to search my collection of holiday books and magazines. Whether I make anything is another matter as this time of year seems to flash by at the speed of light. One minute it is Labor Day and the next it is Christmas Day!

    —Carole Plourde on May 16, 2018
  • It’s always holiday time at my house!

    —Donna on May 16, 2018
  • I like to begin holiday projects in September, but sometimes it’s October – depending on the weather. The sooner the temps drop, the sooner I stay indoors and start stitching.

    —Terri on May 16, 2018
  • Oh, let’s see . . . around December 24th? (hahahaha)

    —Cristina on May 16, 2018
  • I take advantage of January’s cold to start any knitted gifts for Christmas, and then burn out by the time gardening season starts. Around October, the itch to stitch kicks in, and I’m back to Christmas gifts – and if any are unfinished this year, I finish them in January.

    —Tricia Hoffmann on May 16, 2018
  • I like to start holiday projects in the summer. Schedules start to get crowded from September on, so if I have any hope of completing something for Christmas I have to start at least by July.

    —Lerlene Nevaril on May 16, 2018
  • May or June, unless something was close to being done around Christmas but not. Then I finish that up in January and put it away for next year. I find that October, and November fly by, so enjoy it more if things are well underway or done by then

    Cynthia Adkins on May 16, 2018
  • Sadly, I start Dec 24. Love these projects, want this book! Maybe I’ll start sewing earlier……

    —Susan on May 16, 2018
  • Generally in July when Christmas in July sales start. I try to have them complete by the first week in December.

    —Karen Keeler on May 16, 2018
  • I’d start thinking about it on Dec. 26th, seriously planning in fall and probably still be stitching on Dec. 24th!

    —Marsha on May 16, 2018
  • Start in the Fall and maybe finish by Dec 24th:)
    Thank you!

    —Diane B on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in September.

    —Sherry Sartin on May 16, 2018
  • I do holiday sewing and stitching any time of the year…whenever I am inspired.

    —Teri on May 16, 2018
  • I work on Christmas projects through out the year. A little quilting here. A little hand work there. Occasionally house work.

    —MaryAnn on May 16, 2018
  • I start my projects in late summer or early fall.

    —Linda Piotrowski on May 16, 2018
  • I actually started mine just after New Year’s … but then I got distracted by other projects. Probably won’t get back to them for a while.

    —Diana Steverson on May 16, 2018
  • Love, love , love Kathy’s new book!! I usually start my Christmas/winter projects in the fall….and I’ve also been stitching to finish up on Christmas Eve!!

    —Karen N on May 16, 2018
  • I love to hand stitch it’s so relaxing. It also looks so beautiful when completed.

    —Nancy Sabella on May 16, 2018
  • I start whenever I find a project that strikes me, and these projects do just that!

    —Marilyn Goehl on May 16, 2018
  • My Christmas projects are ongoing. I start after Christmas and keep going all year. What doesn’t get completed by Christmas, goes into the cycle again. It works for me.

    —Irene Murnahan on May 16, 2018
  • This year, notice I said this year, I started my 🎄 stitching and knitting in February. I now feel comfortable to add something new – like something delightful in Kathy’’s new book if I am lucky enough to win.
    Thank you for introducing her new book and giving us an opportunity to win it.
    Barbara

    —Barbara Niekerk on May 16, 2018
  • I never stop – usually throughout the year – ideas for gift giving keep popping up from what I see around me – that’s great for this person or that one – I usually note down the idea!!

    —Evelyn Roveillo on May 16, 2018
  • Since many of my projects for Christmas are hand work, I work on them through the year, or many years, I should say. Maybe I’ll even finish one!

    —Diane on May 16, 2018
  • I think about Christmas projects in summer and then all of a sudden it’s December! I love to chain stitch so anxious to see those projects in the book.

    —Rose on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall, cool weather triggers the fall/holiday excitement

    —Robin M. on May 16, 2018
  • Oh God Christmas!!!! I generally start my projects in November then have a mini nervous breakdown in December and buy people things in general despair.

    —Heather Miles on May 16, 2018
  • I usually have some unfinished projects on Christmas morning, so I consider them my start for the next year!

    —Nancy E. Curington on May 16, 2018
  • I get lots of ideas when the Christmas cards start coming in-so many creative expressions of the season. It always prompts me to get started again on a Christmas project.

    —Ann Parazin on May 16, 2018
  • I start stitching in the fall

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine when I see the new fabric for the season or find an interesting pattern. This time of years is always fun to make projects for.

    —Jt on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start the first of November but last year I started in August. I was inspired by an old embroidered piece I made into a table runner for my one daughter and then I was off to the races with Christmas sewing. Love your designs.

    —Janice Park on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking about Christmas quilting/stitching around the beginning of September, when the newest magazine publications remind me that it is just around the corner and if I want anything finished by the following year I had better get started!

    —Barbara Milgrom on May 16, 2018
  • I’m always stitching knitting and sewing so there is no set date for holiday gifts and decorations. I have special tags where I write when it was made, what it’s made from and how to care for it. I tag my finished creations and put them in the guest room dresser drawer. When it’s the season for giving I match the gifts with luck recipients. No matter how many gifts I’ve given the drawer is always full.

    —Pam on May 16, 2018
  • I start Christmas projects in the fall.

    —Norma on May 16, 2018
  • I’ve been trying to finish last years Christmas projects during the year.

    Jeanette Jensen on May 16, 2018
  • Absolutely the last one! I always think I’ve got more time than I have. I’ve even still got a set of placemats I started but are still in bits! But I just love Christmas!!!

    —Michelle on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall; however, I have found that this is not nearly early enough for me, and I plan to start earlier this year!

    —Ann Brassell on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in early fall but sometimes it ends up being for the next year.

    —Kathy Thomas on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start thinking about winter/holiday projects in the fall but never seem to get started until the last minute. Maybe this year will be different and I will actually start them earlier.

    —Angelia L. on May 16, 2018
  • I start the day after. Always trying to think ahead.

    —Kathy Timmons on May 16, 2018
  • It varies from year to year depending on what is going on outside. I don’t do needlework well in the summer when I can be outside instead. Not that it keeps me from coming up with ideas!

    —Margaret on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in the fall but am thinking of projects and gift ideas all summer.

    Joyce on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start right after Christmas with the things I didn’t finish. Then I take about a 9 month break! This year however, I started on quilts for my four married kids…I have two about finished. Not sure I’ll make it, but we’ll see.

    —Cindy Hoover on May 16, 2018
  • I start whenever the mood strikes me.

    —Leah K on May 16, 2018
  • I start stitching when school get out. I like to have things finished by the end of summer vacation.

    —Leanne on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall, but I really ramp it up in December when I decide I want to give many, many hostess gifts.

    —Brenda C on May 16, 2018
  • Mine are year round! Some are unfinished from last year, some are new .

    Phyllis Hawkins on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start thinking about the holidays in the fall. Late September usually. I make ornaments every year for friends. Then I try to sneak in something for myself.

    —Lorna Reeser on May 16, 2018
  • I like to work on Christmas projects all year round, I just love Christmas fabrics.

    —Dorthy Clendenning on May 16, 2018
  • I always work on seasonal projects throughout the year. The ones I don’t finish will be added to the following year. Sometimes you have to take a break from regular stitching and enjoy the holidays as you go through the year.

    —Renay Hagood on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my new Christmas project right after New Years or I don’t get them finished in time. 🙂

    —Diana Jones on May 16, 2018
  • You can come to my house any day, of the year, and you will find something Christmas that I am working on!

    —Linda Nolin on May 16, 2018
  • Start early but always gets put aside until almost to late . LOL

    —Theresa Rairdon on May 16, 2018
  • September 1st is day that I always begin to get giddy for the holidays. Such a lovely book and collection. Of course, everything Kathy Schmitz always is!

    —Delinda Lea on May 16, 2018
  • I start right after the New Year. Love combining stitching and quilting!

    —Jane Busby on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas projects and shopping in July after the family Birthdays are done. I am the only one in the family that has a birthday in January. The rest are in June and July. Love the stitchery book and fabric.

    —Cynthia Holmes on May 16, 2018
  • I always have at least two Xmas projects going on at a time!

    —Barbara S Snyder on May 16, 2018
  • In the fall.

    —Patricia Anderson on May 16, 2018
  • Usually I the early fall…

    —Lois Capper on May 16, 2018
  • I work on Winter projects all year long. I just ordered Kathy’s book so I know I will be working on something out of her book as soon as I get it.

    —Sandra Gregoire on May 16, 2018
  • I have started an embroidery project that will be done-oops may be done-before the holidays.
    I love to hand-embroider-great way to relax and still stay tuned in to the TV, or conversations. Thanks for the giveaway-the book and the fabric are delightful!

    —Laurel Smith on May 16, 2018
  • I work on them all year around! I never get tired of holiday projects!

    —Kris Bolick on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmas sewing late summer/early fall.

    —Nancy on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in summer when holiday fabric starts coming out. This give away is great! The book is interesting and I am thinking of presenting it to one of the guilds I belong to with the suggestion that our next raffle quilt be a holiday embroidered and pieced quilt.

    —Gayle on May 16, 2018
  • I work on them all year long

    —Sue on May 16, 2018
  • My Holodays start on October…that nice fall weather gets things started just right. I will be starting a Christmas Quilt in the nex month or two, at least I’m hoping too.

    Sherry Casto on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas projects in the spring or summer. The book looks very interesting.

    —Terri U on May 16, 2018
  • At Christmas time I think of all of the wonderful things to make but I usually start in the summer to make holiday projects. I love stitchery along with quilting. Denise Pelkey on May 16, 2018

    —Denise Pelkey on May 16, 2018
  • I work on mine all year. I get more inspiration in the fall and during the holidays.

    —Jana Bowman on May 16, 2018
  • I’m always stitching for Christmas!

    —Roxanne on May 16, 2018
  • when i see a nice pattern i start with it, whatever time of year

    —Karin on May 16, 2018
  • Start in summer any hand projects as we are traveling and camping

    —Mimi on May 16, 2018
  • I always say I’m going to start in July, but I have a hard time making that happen, so it’s usually around September.

    —Dawn Martinez on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start mine in the fall!

    —Peggy Stoops on May 16, 2018
  • I START MINE WHENEVER I HAVE THE TIME! LOVE THE SAMPLE PICS OF WHAT’S IN THE BOOK!

    —MARCIA AHLBRAND on May 16, 2018
  • I seem to do my holiday sewing all throughout the year. There is always some new pattern to make and new holiday fabrics to use!

    —Allison Evrard on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start early but ya mostly I start in the fall…. happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Anna brown on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start planning my projects in Oct. And then get down to business and sew in Nov. And Dec. I love making special gifts for family members!

    —Kaye Mattson on May 16, 2018
  • Well here in California it never really "feels" like Christmas : (, but I am stitching a pattern for a Christmas towel by Wildoberry Farm’s. So I guess I start my Christmas projects NOW! LOL!!!

    —Susan Anderson on May 16, 2018
  • I usually have some gift card holders made early in the year, but the bigger projects wait until late summer. Hard to think about Christmas so early, but then I face the mad rush. Love Kathy’s projects; have used several for gifts – even though they are not holiday related subjects. They can be used year round.

    —Sandy May on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start this time of year…seems all the new Christmas collections come out in the early summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Connie Morgan on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my holiday stitching right after Halloween, wish usually means I am still holiday stitching in January.

    —Mary Courtright on May 16, 2018
  • I start my holiday gift making in June if I want to get it completed in time.

    —Sue Anderson on May 16, 2018
  • Off and on throughout the year, whenever I find something I like.

    —Kathleen on May 16, 2018
  • I start my holiday projects in the Fall although this year I need to make one earlier for our Guild ‘Christmas in July’challenge!

    —Suzanne Bingley on May 16, 2018
  • Haha I’m probably the I started on the 26th and I’m still not done!

    —Jen on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking about Christmas projects in early September, it don’t really get moving on them until early October. Every year I tell myself I should start earlier, but it just doesn’t happen.

    —Yvonne B on May 16, 2018
  • I begin my holiday stitching on Black Friday.

    —Patti on May 16, 2018
  • No particular time – when I see/find something that I want for someone…I start! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    —Debby E on May 16, 2018
  • I started mine on December 26th of last year or whenever I want to start something new. I stitch mostly Halloween and Christmas.

    —Linda Henline on May 16, 2018
  • Definitely start these projects in the Fall! Every January and June I write a list of what needs to get made in the next 6 months and when it needs to be sent out. All family and friends who receive these gifts are 1000-2400 miles away, so I must plan for mail time.

    —Peg Adams on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine all year long makes me happy as I love the Christmas holidays

    Diana Miller on May 16, 2018
  • I make things the year round. If I didn’t, I would never get anything done. I have been known to be stitching on Christmas Eve…

    —Susan Therio on May 16, 2018
  • I started mine in January

    —Jayne P on May 16, 2018
  • I begin projects and shopping for next Christmas, in January. Doesn’t everyone?

    vail on May 16, 2018
  • I always start too late!! I am getting ready to semi-retire (part time work!) so can’t wait to designate one of my days off each week to crafting. So, with fingers crossed, I say this summer is when I will start my holiday stitching!

    —Paula Saunders on May 16, 2018
  • I have a number of holiday projects in the works at all times. After I finish a large project it is a treat to go to holiday items that bring a warm, fuzzy feeling. By the time the holidays arrive I have an assortment of items to fill my gift list.

    DiAnna Mueller on May 16, 2018
  • I like working on seasonal projects in their season. It is such fun to stitch pumpkins in the fall, work with red white and blue starting now, and Christmas right after Thanksgiving. Of course those projects may not get finished in time for that years holiday but what a jump I have for the following year! I love Kathy Schmitz embroidery! This book and fabrics look great!

    —joanne moore on May 16, 2018
  • i start holiday projects whenever I want to do one and don’t worry about finishing by the next holiday. The process is for me and the project can be given whenever. Why gift a Christmas decoration at Christmas? It doesn’t give much time to enjoy it.

    —Diane S on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my Christmas projects after the 1st of the year! Then I just might get them done in time for the holiday season!!

    —Katy Lillie on May 16, 2018
  • I start in July. I start having Christmas withdrawals about then. Hahaha.

    —Niki Braaksma on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in Jan. getting ready for Christmas. Gives me plenty of time and I get to play with snowmen and Santa’s all year.

    —Connie in Florissant on May 16, 2018
  • When do I start my holiday stitching?…when I realize I need a gift to give….like…Novembee…lol!

    —Deborah on May 16, 2018
  • I, sad to say, typically wait to the very last minute to start my Christmas projects I have always been a procrastinator and really hate that about myself. Always tink I am going to do better, but… Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Janelle Bucher on May 16, 2018
  • Thanksgiving week. I have a week long holiday and start sewing. Sometimes it’s not enough time to complete all items. Oh well. There’s always next year❗️

    —Cindy G on May 16, 2018
  • I generally start stitching for Christmas when I convince myself that summer is over. 😊 After seeing the projects in this book, I’m ready to start now. Just so lovely!

    —Beth on May 16, 2018
  • I start on projects for the following Christmas in January. Best time for sales, and then keep an eye out for new craft books/ideas during the whole year.

    —kelly sherrard on May 16, 2018
  • Great opportunity to win this book and fabric as I am a HUGE fan of Kathy Schmitz! I do my Holiday gifts all year long … I love Christmas and have been known to play Christmas carols in July to set the mood! It also takes the pressure off at the Holidays as I’m pretty well prepared for gifting so can take the time to enjoy the Holidays myself. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    —Linda H on May 16, 2018
  • I love holiday stitching and work on holiday projects all year long!

    —Julie Zaloudek on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start late summer, but sometimes it’s more like October before I really get going. Once I finished the binding of a quilt in the car on the way to the recipient’s house on Christmas Day. 🙂

    —Kathy L on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my holiday projects late summer, early fall.

    —Mary Frost on May 16, 2018
  • Summer!! And I consider the 25th on any month a good time for Christmas music!!

    —Valerie Schmid on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine as soon as I have everything I need and the time to devote to the project.

    —Penny chew on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in June. Let’s me concentrate on other things before Christmas again.

    —Kim Brownell on May 16, 2018
  • I always hope to start in he summer if I’m making ornaments. But I enjoying stitching fir myself during December. I’ll finish my projects eventually!

    —Shannon on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start either right before or after Christmas.. Life gets in the way sometimes so like to have ideas and time to enjoy the process of making my handmade gifts.

    —Elaine R on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter projects in Oct of that year.
    Thanks

    —Melissa Polley on May 16, 2018
  • Istart my stitching in early April and keepit going till dec.24th!!!

    lynne mulcahey on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start them in the fall – but it is down to the wire every year.

    —Terri van Gulik on May 16, 2018
  • I start whenever I can…. usually December 24th! Love the book and colors of the fabrics! My favorite kind of Christmas.

    —Kate on May 16, 2018
  • I already started about two months ago, if I find patterns I love I just start them anytime is a good time.

    —Nancy Sabella on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start them in the fall. I start thinking about them at the beginning of July for Christmas in July.

    —Rebecca Moore on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.

    —Stacey Wilkinson on May 16, 2018
  • I start Christmas projects on the Fourth of July!

    Sally Daly on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.

    —Peggy Flowers on May 16, 2018
  • Like the 24th of December!

    —Melody Lutz on May 16, 2018
  • I start as soon as the Xmas holidays are over, for the next year, and slowly sew until October.

    —Cynthia Fedak on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmas projects in the summer (I work for a school district) but always find myself doing last minute sewing! I love this great new book with all its inspiration!

    —Shaun Dickison on May 16, 2018
  • I try to keep a stash of ideas from year to year so I never have to start from scratch. There is always someone whose gift is waiting by January!

    Bunny Hand on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in November, I have good intentions, but usually wait until later.

    —Angela Adams on May 16, 2018
  • I always have sooo many ideas for Christmas that I sew for it year round…. Just finished this years and ready to go to the long armer…. I also try my darnest to have all of my shopping done by Thanksgiving…then I can enjoy the holidays…..Merry Christmas

    Deborah Napoli on May 16, 2018
  • I have good intentions of starting in the summer, but usually don’t end up starting until November!

    —Denise Lamy on May 16, 2018
  • I do projects all year long and when I see something no matter what time of the year it is I will do it. Just love hand work. Thanks

    —Tanya on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start right after Christmas when I’m still in the holiday mood.
    That doesn’t mean I actually finish anything by the next Christmas!

    —Norma Carter on May 16, 2018
  • I have actually done one already but it is usually November.

    Diane Fry on May 16, 2018
  • Summer is the perfect moment for that!!!

    —Estrella on May 16, 2018
  • In the fall

    —Deb Apps on May 16, 2018
  • Love the embroideries. I start Christmas during the summer. No rush to finish

    Barbara Burdette on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine in the fall, if I’m lucky I finish them by the time the second Christmas cones around. Too many plans, too many great patterns and fabric choices out there!

    —Angie Terry on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas gifts in the summer.

    —Jan scherbinski on May 16, 2018
  • I start when I have a chance, sometimes that doesn’t happen, makes me sad!

    —Naomi Ingram on May 16, 2018
  • Typically I start before Christmas and then give it the following year!

    —Karen Anderson on May 16, 2018
  • I love to sew "seasonally," so I start my Christmas creating as soon as the fall decor goes away.

    —Gloria Fradsham on May 16, 2018
  • I usually get the “bug” to get started somewhere around Black Friday. Who wants to deal with the crowds? I’m going to make my gifts. But when Christmas Eve rolls around I inevitably have the conversation with myself that starts out….Next year, I am going to start earlier than I did this year!

    —Paula on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in October, once the kids routine is established in school!

    —Ann Tembreull on May 16, 2018
  • usually September….

    LINDA FICKLING on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start thinking about what I want to create in September. I can’t say that I am always successful in getting everything done that I intended however😳. I have over the past year created more items combining hand embroidery and piecing….hand embroidery is quite relaxing!

    —Carolyn Block on May 16, 2018
  • In the fall.

    —Lin on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in the fall, but sometimes December!!

    —Susan on May 16, 2018
  • I start my holiday stitching and gift making in the summer! I don’t like to be stressed in December and now I found that I like to vacation in December!

    —Kelly Wenhold on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start planning & gathering Dec 26th for the next year. The earlier I start the sooner I am done. Try for Dec 1st.

    —JoBeth Zerb on May 16, 2018
  • I always try to begin my Vhristmas projects early, but life happens each year! Oh well, someday I’ll get my projects done on time.

    —Roxanne Hartwig on May 16, 2018
  • Christmas in July is the start of my holiday crafting.

    —Norma Koelm on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall most often. However this last fall I also started a project for this coming Christmas. Way ahead of normal!!

    —Mary Stevens on May 16, 2018
  • I am a procrastinator. Anytime after Thanksgiving works for me.

    —Stephanie on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in the fall. But seriously should start sooner!

    —Connie Hoffmeyer on May 16, 2018
  • I have ongoing projects all year long. Christmas wall quilts are my favorite. I start making them in September. I would be so blessed to win this Martingale prize!

    —wilma searcy on May 16, 2018
  • I usually get my list together in July after all the Christmas in July ads. Love Gail’s work. Thank you for a chance at her new book. Linda S Pewaukee WI

    —Linda S on May 16, 2018
  • I sew lots of Christmas gifts throughout the year. But if they are actually holiday themed I usually do those either right after Christmas for the next year, or just at the last minute.

    —Lisa Marie on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas projects and shopping in July.

    —Susan on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start at the beginning of the new year. It’s the time I still have the festive feelings from the previous holidays and the cold weather outside keeps me indoors.

    —Eileen halloran on May 16, 2018
  • While I have good intentions of getting a head start, time slips away and I wind up starting at the laat minute. Lovely fabric and stitchery.

    —Robin on May 16, 2018
  • I always have at least one Christmas item and at least one other item in process at all times.

    —Suzanne Ridge on May 16, 2018
  • I’d say usually it’s November or December weather that gets me started but I’d happily start now with this new book.

    —Liz F on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in fall. Thank you for a chance to win

    —Anne on May 16, 2018
  • Are usually start holiday projects in the fall or at least that is usually my plan! !!

    Diane Hinton on May 16, 2018
  • I guess it depends on the project. But usually the Fall. Thank you for the nice give away!

    —J. Warner on May 16, 2018
  • Usually in the autumn. But sometimes all year!

    —Pamela on May 16, 2018
  • I’m afraid I’m a 1st of December kind of girl. For us in the Southern Hemisphere it means bar-b-ques, beaches and Roast ham, enough for ham salads and sandwiches for the next six weeks. That doesn’t mean we miss out on Santa, yule tidings,and decorated trees though and we still have winter stitching to get through.

    —Suzanne Elliott on May 16, 2018
  • Being a busy mom of four boys, I try to start all my holiday projects at the end of Summer so it gives me extra time to make sure I get them done before the holidays pop up on me 🙂

    —Veronica L on May 16, 2018
  • Winter/holiday projects started in the Fall. This is a wonderful giveaway😊 c

    —Connie Thorne on May 16, 2018
  • I don’t usually think holiday projects until fall. The change in the seasons triggers me to look ahead. The book looks very intriguing!!

    —Phyllis B on May 16, 2018
  • I started mine on the 26th of December 2017

    —Darlene Wiebe on May 16, 2018
  • With my best intentions, I start in the Fall, but get distracted, and now have MANY UFOs—one of these days……….

    —Mary on May 16, 2018
  • I would like to get started early this year on my Chrisas presents. This would help. The book and fabric look lovely. Thank you for the opportunity to win

    —Denise Shroth on May 16, 2018
  • September is a good month to start Christmas projects.

    —Evelyn McCarthy on May 16, 2018
  • What a beautiful book and bundle. Love that table runner. As for Christmas projects, I usually start in the fall and I’m still frantically stitching at the 11th hour. Merry Christmas to the lucky winner of this wonderful gift.

    —Rebecca Marzano on May 16, 2018
  • I begin in July and then begin again in November!!

    —Kit on May 16, 2018
  • Oh, let’s see . . . around December 24th?

    —Elizabeth Wilson on May 16, 2018
  • I always have the best of intentions but I end up working at the very last minute before presents have to be mailed.

    —Arlene Kilborn on May 16, 2018
  • I work on Christmas projects all year round – I work in other projects as well but I have Christmas embroidery and sewing on the go all the time. I love it – it makes me happy. This book looks awesome.

    —Pauline Perry on May 16, 2018
  • My sewing/embroidery group starts our holiday sewing with our retreat in September. This book would be great to get us started.

    —Dianne Bliven on May 16, 2018
  • I start Christmas sewing in July. I usually have knitting and quilting going at the same time. I’ve just started embroidery again and love the Christmas 0attrns.

    —Paula Heiney on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmas projects in January but never seem to finish as many as I want!!!

    —Lea Sheehan on May 16, 2018
  • I have already been stitching and quilting for Christmas. I love to be ahead instead of behind.

    —Terri C on May 16, 2018
  • I work on stitched projects year around. I always have something going.

    —Barbara A knappenberger on May 16, 2018
  • I typically start in August, may be earlier this year as I have lots of great projects in mind! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    —TheQuiltedDog on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall. Thanks for the chance on your awesome giveaway!

    —Jill Majers on May 16, 2018
  • I always think of Christmas gift ideas early, however things seem to come up so I do t get them going as early as I would like to. This is a wonderful giveaway that I would love to share with my adult daughter who enjoys needlework. We could work on Christmas gifts together. Maybe we could even get my granddaughter engaged in needlework as well.

    —Deborah B. on May 16, 2018
  • Kathy’s designs are so charming! I’m a procrastinator, but I don’t quite wait until the 24th–lol!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on May 16, 2018
  • Usually around late October,early November and have been known to be still working on them in January

    —Kerry Grose on May 16, 2018
  • Usually they get started in late summer or fall. A couple of years ago I did start in January. I am not sure I can repeat that early start.

    —Cindy on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking of ideas early in the year, while the crisp air of winter is still in season. Finalizing my projects and digging into my creative skills starts in the summer when it’s too hot to venture outdoors,

    —Davilyn on May 16, 2018
  • I try and start them in July as in Australia it is nice and cool and it is
    loverly to wrap up in a blanket and sew

    —Karen Canning on May 16, 2018
  • I have already started, in fact doing a kathy scmitz pattern in the latest row by row book

    —Shirley on May 16, 2018
  • Usually around October 🙂

    —Tammy on May 16, 2018
  • I am starting to make a mantel quilt for Christmas. It is appliqued and quilted.

    —Fay Chevallier on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start around Christmas time 😀 Hoping to start earlier this year though!

    —Katie Wink on May 16, 2018
  • I start holiday stitching and quilting gift projects in the fall. Where to buy the towels for the embroidery?

    —jean howard on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start all my Christmas stitching,quilting and applique in July or August. I should start earlier with all the things I have good intentions of making for everyone, but life gets in the way. I do an 11 page Newsletter for my guild as well as being the President, so fitting things in can be a challenge. I love hand stitching and love the patterns in the book. Kathy’s childhood home is almost identical to mine, including the snow!

    —Barbara Theriault on May 16, 2018
  • Usuall In the fall

    —Susan f on May 16, 2018
  • I start looking at the new Christmas fabrics now. I will pick a project to do late summer. Hopefully finishing it before Thanksgiving.

    —Patty Archuleta on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine on the 26 because all the ideas I saw just before Christmas.

    —Julie Noteware on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall

    Kathy Adams on May 16, 2018
  • I usually have a plan by Jan. 1 but don’t start much until October and then in the middle of December I go out and buy presents that there’s no way I’ll get to by Christmas.

    —Esther G on May 16, 2018
  • None of the above. There is no starting I’m always sewing xmas projects

    —Andrea on May 16, 2018
  • Oh Deer!! I’m afraid it’s last minute for me except when doing child crafts with my Grand daughter, my Xmas sewing is still in the box from last year.( But I did finish a quilt I started 7 months before)

    —ELIZAJANE on May 16, 2018
  • I start holiday projects in fall,when the weather changes.my intentions are to finish them that year,but life happens and I usually finish them by the following year. But each year I still try.

    —Terri Lewis on May 16, 2018
  • I start my holiday projects the end of summer.

    —Teresa Johnson on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter or holiday themed projects in the fall.

    —Lise Saur on May 16, 2018
  • I love to start holiday projects during the summer so I can enjoy the process and not feel too rushed.

    —Dixie on May 16, 2018
  • Unfortunately I am very much a last minute Lucy – but I love dreaming about getting projects done while reading the book and fondling the fabric, lol. Please help my addiction along, thanks for the chance!

    —Kathy Oppelt on May 16, 2018
  • I always have good intentions but usually start late into the fall.

    —Rilla Burnham on May 16, 2018
  • I pretty much start my holiday things in January after the holidays. Christmas is my favorite time of the year to share things I’ve made.

    —barb s on May 16, 2018
  • I usually begin holiday sewing in the Fall. Try to have things lined up and ready in September so I am ready and not distractions. Love this book!!!

    —Sue Galasso on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my Christmas projects in the late summer or early fall. There’s always a rush to the finish, though!

    —Laura on May 16, 2018
  • I think about it early but almost always wait until the last minute…after Halloween for sure and sometimes not until Thanksgiving!

    —Rochelle on May 16, 2018
  • In the fall

    —Karla Salomonsky on May 16, 2018
  • Well, the table runners that were to be Christmas gifts last year are still waiting to be finished…

    —Pamela Reim on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in October. I usually make smaller items so I don’t need that much time. I love the fabrics in this giveaway! They are in my color comfort zone!

    —Ann Hockmeyer on May 16, 2018
  • I have to start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall. I love making Christmas projects every year. Thank you for a great fun giveaway!

    —Janie McCombs on May 16, 2018
  • I always have a plan right after Christmas for next year, but am always sewing like the dickens right before Christmas.

    —Sharon on May 16, 2018
  • I start in early fall.

    —Nancy Miller on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start on Christmas Day as a gift to myself, taking time after all the rush, to sit quietly and savor newfound time to relax with threads and yarns and patterns again.

    —Lynne Kennedy on May 16, 2018
  • I love the creative and simple designs in this new book. I usually start my sewing for Christmas in the summer, when it’s to hot outside. I just love to be sewing up items for the holidays as gifts for others. One of my favorites are kitchen towels.

    Sue parks on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/ holiday themed projects in the fall. I seem to be a seasonal stitcher.

    Denise Waterfield on May 16, 2018
  • I start soon after Christmas and finish in time for the next Christmas.

    —Margaret Dalmer on May 16, 2018
  • I think around December 24 th hahahah

    —Cristina on May 16, 2018
  • Great giveaway and unfortunately I start mine closer to December 24 . . .

    —Maureen Mullarkey on May 16, 2018
  • I like to start in the late summer but always end up finishing things at the last minute.

    —Mary Alice Peeling on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my Christmas projects in the Fall. Luckily embroidery goes really fast, then the quilting part is the longest for me. This book looks amazing and I would love to have it do some of my projects for this year. I think a skirt like the runner would be incredible to have under the tree. 🙂

    —Kimberly P on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter themed projects in the fall if I am lucky!

    —Ann on May 16, 2018
  • August is always my target month for Christmas projects.

    —Betty Gracie on May 16, 2018
  • Whenever the whim hits me!

    —Kathy B on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine in mid summer while I have the air conditioner on and it’s too warm to be outside. Hoping I finish in time for fall and holidays.

    —Cindy Goode on May 16, 2018
  • Started a project last month!

    —Villa Webb on May 16, 2018
  • I tlove the holidays and I work on Christmas projects all year long. I share with my sisters so always have room for more

    —Elaine Knippers on May 16, 2018
  • I have already gotten one of my Christmas quilts to the flimsy stage. But usually I like to start in late summer–I am not a fast piecer so I have to start pretty early. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Judyk on May 16, 2018
  • I start Christmas projects all year round. When inpiration strikes I just just start no matter the time of year.

    Tracey Roberts on May 16, 2018
  • I am ALWAYS working on a Christmas project – if it doesn’t get done this year, it will just have to wait for the next one to roll around!

    —Holly Babcock on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my Christmas quilting in July. This year we have a Grandson’s Wedding in Nov. so that pre-empts the
    Holidays. Quilt top almost done! Hope to finish some Wedding Shower table runners & place mats, too.

    —Nancy Jo Marsden on May 16, 2018
  • I started 6 weeks before Christmas. It really got me in the spirit 😃

    —Tracy on May 16, 2018
  • I start whenever something comes along that inspires me.

    —Debra Freese on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start stitching for the holidays right after Labor Day. Thanks Martingale for another great giveaway.

    —Liz Dyer on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start stitching in July then by November realise I haven’t completed anything. My lead up to Christmas is paved with good intentions!

    —Sandra Paschkow on May 16, 2018
  • I’ll work on Christmas projects any day, all year! Especially when doing handwork projects.

    —Karen on May 16, 2018
  • I start a Christmas project whenever I stumble onto a pattern I can’t resist, no matter what time of year it is.

    —Carolyn Jenkins on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall

    —Paula on May 16, 2018
  • I am especially thankful that fabric stores have their Christmas in July sales where new Christmas fabrics are introduced along with new holiday patterns. That is the time that I begin planning for Christmas, especially making items for my quilting friends!

    —Terry Provencher on May 16, 2018
  • Haven’t done any Christmas stitching yet but I sure would like to.

    —Lynda on May 16, 2018
  • Usually start them in early fall…

    —Lois Capper on May 16, 2018
  • I try to get started in early fall, that way I’m not so stressed later on.

    —Eilene H on May 16, 2018
  • I don’t get inspired til after Thanksgiving. That’s when all the parties start too, so I need to be organized. This book & bundle of fabrics will help. Maybe I’ll even be so inspired as to start sooner!

    —Diane Smith on May 16, 2018
  • Start date!! It’s holiday stitching all year 😂

    —Veronica Burgess on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start holiday projects as fall approaches. Have not done embroidery work in a long time and would love to try my hand at at again.

    —Jan Horn on May 16, 2018
  • I do mine at any time of the year. If I see a pattern I like I begin.

    —Judy Anderson on May 16, 2018
  • I start my stitching any time I see a piece that I can’t resist!

    —Lisa Bowman on May 16, 2018
  • Christmas is pretty much all year long, I love the season and the doing.

    —Laurel King on May 16, 2018
  • Pretty much all year long, I love the season and the doing

    Laurel King on May 16, 2018
  • I never quit stitching my Christmas projects. I always have one in the works and as often as not it will be a Kathy Schmitz pattern! Her designs are AWESOME.

    —Janet Sue on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall depending on how many projects I am giving as gifts. I always make time to make one new Christmas Quilt for myself.

    —Sandy Dagg on May 16, 2018
  • I try to make one new Christmas project each year. Usually a small quilt or wall hanging. This is started in October/November. Sometimes I even get them finished 😂

    —Cheryl Noakes on May 16, 2018
  • I will start my project tha day after my winning book arrives❣️

    Bonnie Cushing on May 16, 2018
  • I start as soon as I find patterns that I fall in love with! So ironic I have been debating on buying this particular book, just love the patterns, so like me, older looking but fun!

    Linda Welz on May 16, 2018
  • July

    —Shirley VanderWerff’ on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start stitching for Christmas in June. I enjoy taking my time.

    —MaryAnne on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start a holiday project in the late summer, but then have a mad rush as the holidays come, since I saw and started something else without finishing my original project. Sometimes I have to wait until the following fall but typically I can finish by the holiday.

    —Katie Peterson on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch them whenever I want to. No longer stick to that rushed schedule

    Norma Klotz on May 16, 2018
  • In the fall to finish up in January. I’m being honest!

    Donna Murdock on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in April or May.

    —Sandy Whisler on May 16, 2018
  • I can’t start stitching for Christmas until November – before that I’m just not in the mood. Some lovely ideas here :0)

    —Janet on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start a holiday project in the late summer, but then have a mad rush as the holidays come, since I saw and started something else without finishing my original project. Sometimes I have to wait until the following fall but typically I can finish by the holidays.

    —Katie Peterson on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch holiday projects year round.

    —Marilyn Martin on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall, at least some of them. And sometimes finish them later after Christmas 🙂

    Fantastic book, thank you for the giveaway!

    Tatiana Kishchinskaya on May 16, 2018
  • I putter along with my stitching all year long but usually get down to business in the fall.

    —Wendy on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday stitching when the gardening is put to rest and the weather turns chilly. That’s the time that calls for me to slow down and enjoy the long evenings with my needlework.

    —Dawn Hadfield on May 16, 2018
  • Normally start at the end of December❤️

    —Helle S. on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas in the summer but I have declared 2019 as the year for me making Christmas all year long!

    —Joyce Parrish on May 16, 2018
  • I will do them anytime if I see something I like! Great book!

    —Martha Wilson on May 16, 2018
  • I seem to start abt Nov 1st!! I don’t always get it finished on time, but it is fun, and I LOVE Kathy’s embroidery designs!!

    —Helen LeBrett on May 16, 2018
  • It really depends on how many things I’m making and how large the items are, I like to start at least by mid summer.

    —Becky on May 16, 2018
  • I never really stop Christmas stitching & not because I never finished last years. ha ha

    —Sharon Groves on May 16, 2018
  • I have joined a “Mystery Christmas Club”
    I’m sent a kit every 2 months.
    So I started stitching in February
    I have this gorgeous Book, on my ‘To Buy List’

    —Bridget Fletcher on May 16, 2018
  • I know this is probably open to US citizens only but I thought I will put in a comment anyway. Being from New Zealand Christmas is in the Summer but we still do all the snowman and winter stitcheries, and patchwork. I enjoy stitching and patchwork all year round and will start anytime.

    —Janice Anderson on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in June or July…

    —Robyn Nelson on May 16, 2018
  • I start in late Winter and work throughout the year along with my other projects.

    —Sherry Hodge on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas project when the weather starts to cool in the fall. Then I think about gifts to make for loved ones,my quilt guild friends etc. Would love this book and fabric as inspiration!

    —Lois on May 16, 2018
  • I’d be starting after Easter a girl needs plenty of time to get these cute project finished before a busy time of year comes around love that book and fabric 💜

    Barbara harvey on May 16, 2018
  • It depends on the year and how big the projects are so it can be anywhere from January to September. I love making homemade gifts!

    —DeeAnn Fuchs on May 16, 2018
  • I’ll start projects in fall but not saying what year the finished project may emerge. New ideas, health and life in general have a way of getting in the way.

    —Susan Rogers on May 16, 2018
  • I love making holiday projects. I usually start them in the fall.

    —Janet Beyea on May 16, 2018
  • My stitching for Xmas never ends. I have a basket filled by the chair that I am always working on. I get more done in the summer because longer daylight.

    —Amy on May 16, 2018
  • In February at my guild retreat

    —Janet Carver on May 16, 2018
  • I have something on the go all the time! I love Christmas!

    —Michelle vince on May 16, 2018
  • I start early in the year but don’t finish till after Thanksgiving!!

    —Marya on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine in the fall

    —Hilda Krebs on May 16, 2018
  • July on my Birthday which just happens to be the 4th America’s Independence Day. Although I can often be found stitching Christmas at anytime.

    —Sharon Lagan on May 16, 2018
  • Start? I never stop…..Christmas stitching year round for me. Love everything about the Festive Season. Thanks for the great giveaway

    —Anna Banks on May 16, 2018
  • Most of my holiday stitching is Christmas related. And, since I LOVE Christmas, I stitch on Christmas designs all year!!

    —Mary on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking about projects early in the year, but the actual making is always left to the last minute. I’m a huge fan of Kathy’s, and would love to win some of her gorgeous fabrics. And the Winter Fest table runner might even see me get my act together this year!

    —Margaret F on May 16, 2018
  • Start in fall, finish is another story.

    —Sandra Rassel on May 16, 2018
  • I’d like to say I start in the fall, but it ends up being after the holiday s

    —Stacy McDaniel on May 16, 2018
  • I usually stitch all year round, my favourite season combined with stitchery!!! This book excites me, it’s definitely on my wish list❤️

    —Chrissy Hemphill on May 16, 2018
  • I really like these patterns! I usually start in the summer, but I could be stitching Christmas anytime of the year!

    —Lana Drum on May 16, 2018
  • I haven’t done a lot of holiday sewing, but I have wanted to do an embroidered block quilt with snowmen and it looks like the book has some really cute snowmen. AND that fabric is gorgeous!!!

    —Jenny Clouse on May 16, 2018
  • I’m not particular about when I begin Christmas projects, Christmas comes around every year!

    —Janice on May 16, 2018
  • Early Fall is usually the time I get started. It makes me excited for the holidays.

    —Marsha Nelson on May 16, 2018
  • I ‘ll start anytime, like this year has been the year of finishing embroideries so now all now I’ll start putting them together ready for Christmas. I usually love to have some new things done for each Christmas. I’m loving the look of that table runner I’ll check out ordering it, one for me and one for my bestie💕 congratulations on the book it’s awesome.

    —Cheryl Forward on May 16, 2018
  • I start holiday stitching whenever I see a pattern, fabric or wool that says "make me." I usually end up with some partially finished projects when the holiday rolls around but I like to think I am ahead for the next year’s holiday. Love all her designs!

    —Bette on May 16, 2018
  • I like to start in early summer, but I have started quilts late in Oct. I’ll make smaller projects up to the week before Christmas

    —Dorothy Fry on May 16, 2018
  • I start Christmas projects now. I mean I’ve bought everything and have the greatest expectation of myself. I love making presents for Christmas.

    —Frances Claassens on May 16, 2018
  • I started mine December 26th of last year!! Seriously!!

    —Karen Bergt on May 16, 2018
  • When do I start? I work year round as the mood hits me. Sometimes I start right after new year and then set it aside for the following Christmas.

    —Elisa Richardson on May 16, 2018
  • I start in the fall and usually end after the holidays.

    —Ann O on May 16, 2018
  • I SHOULD have started December 16th—–usually I wait until June or July and then there are the last minute gifts that always seem to turn up. This year, I have a wall-hanging pieced quilt ready to give as a Christmas gift—YAY!!

    —Linda M DiVall on May 16, 2018
  • I actually start mine in the summer which isn’t one of the options, I teach school so I have summers off. I work on things year around.

    —Perri Ann Kaufman on May 16, 2018
  • I’ve done all three. But this year I haven’t started yet. I’m shooting for June 1st.

    —Judy Purcell on May 16, 2018
  • I seem to have a Christmas themed project at hand all year long!! I just love the warmth and home-iness that Christmas brings each year. Right now, for instance, I am sewing a sleeve on a Christmas primitive quilt. I have a Kathy Schmitz embroidery design on the hoop in my to-go embroidery bag that I carry to doctor’s appointments, etc. Love her designs and I love Christmas!

    —Cherrie Kridler on May 16, 2018
  • No certain time, just when I see something I love!

    —Susan K. on May 16, 2018
  • In the 80s i did wool Christmas stocking,ornaments etc to pay for my gifts.I was a single Mom. Now I do it for my family and friends.I quilt and do my embroidery year around.

    Love your pins cushion. You have wonderful ideas.

    —Angela Neu on May 16, 2018
  • I try to play with my bright fabrics all through spring and summer and then switch to my fall/winter colored stash in September. These projects are so charming I might make an exception!

    —Susan on May 16, 2018
  • I’m working on a quilt for my sister I started last year too close to Christmas so I would definitely say – on December 24 th!!

    —Kris Valle on May 16, 2018
  • i’ve started my last project last fall and still working on it! 😉

    —barb on May 16, 2018
  • I start by March…lots of time to make lots of gifts for family and friends! Already have this year’s gifties started for stitching friends! Time to work on my applique christmas block for my group exchange next January…yes, we stretch Christmas out as long as we can (me smiling)

    —Kate on May 16, 2018
  • June when it starts getting warm outside. Hoping that will cool me down.

    —Joanne L Wilson on May 16, 2018
  • In the fall! And sometimes the summer!

    —Kristi Eborn on May 16, 2018
  • I am making crochet hotpads now for my Quilting sisters. Two for each of the eight girls. I love your designs, my daughter would love to have me make her one of each! Thank you

    —Sandy Raphael on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in July! Love these cute patterns and beautiful fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Julie on May 16, 2018
  • I start my holiday stitching on December 26th…I love stitching Christmas all year round! ❄️

    —Leanne Mal on May 16, 2018
  • Around September

    —Deb Shupe on May 16, 2018
  • To begin stitching I have supplies all together and hopefully I will run into it and a reminder that this gift has to be done by December. If that works it will be a miracle.

    Althea Klosterman on May 16, 2018
  • I sta# in July. It is hotter than Hades here in Dallas in the summer. I can think cool weather an hum Christmas carols to psych myself out of spontaneous human combustion.

    Virginia Hauer on May 16, 2018
  • I’m always plan on starting it shortly after Christmas but then don’t really start till summer. I’m working on a Fall embroidery project then will start Christmas.

    —Claudia Gilstrap on May 16, 2018
  • 🌷 I start in the spring for fall and Christmas porjects. Mainly because I am slow. I tend to work on things when I have time to really concentrate with no distractions which is hard to do. I love small projects that I can carry along with me too. I have completed 2 of Kathy Schmitz’s small embroidered and quilted wall hangings. Love her designs!

    Nancy Albritton on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start around October for the Christmas holidays. Try is the operative word🙃.

    —Bernie on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my Christmas stitching at the beginning of the new year. I’d love to stitch all my gift giving, but manage to do a few. This lovely book and fabric would help!
    Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

    —Polly from Canada on May 16, 2018
  • I started about 2 weeks ago working on a wool applique tree skirt for my brother’s family in Norway.

    —Elizabeth Snead on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start making Christmas gifts/decorations right after Christmas and continue through the year.

    —Pam Donaldson on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmas projects around September. Thank you for the chance to get these two great items!

    —Janet Richard on May 16, 2018
  • I start in February and keep on so I am not stressed during the holidays trying to get a gift done.

    —Rebecca Boukikaz on May 16, 2018
  • What a wonderful book! I love the Winter Fest Table Runner. I usually start my winter/holiday projects in the fall. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Bonnie on May 16, 2018
  • I will start a project when I have an idea or see something that I like. I have been known to be making Christmas ornaments on summer vacation! My family think it’s nuts! I always give handmade ornaments to my kids and grandchildren for Christmas.

    —Debbie on May 16, 2018
  • I like to start in July for a month of Christmas in July sewing!

    —Susan Stanton on May 16, 2018
  • I try as early in the Fall as I can so I can possibly complete by the first of Dec. I’m not always that successsful with this but I keep trying until I make that goal. I Love making items for my kids & grandkids. Leaving them Good Memories begins long after I’m gone! Thanks for giving us All the chance to win these items. All are Wonderful!

    —Jacqueline Taylor on May 16, 2018
  • Oh, let’s see . . . around December 24th?

    —Susan on May 16, 2018
  • I don’t usually stitch Christmas gifts but if I did, I’d probably have to start in January! Thanks for offering the book and the beautiful fabrics!

    Nancy on May 16, 2018
  • It’s funny…I usually start a Christmas project a few days after Christmas. I love the Christmas patterns and can usually get excited and motivated to stitch one even after the holidays. Thanks, Jan Dudley

    —Jan Dudley on May 16, 2018
  • It really depends on what other projects I have going at the time.

    —Karen on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start in the fall, but I am always looking for ideas.

    —Karen A on May 16, 2018
  • I think of starting but usually have so much going on that it gets delayed til November/December!! 🙄🙄

    —Leigh Ann Prange on May 16, 2018
  • October is the month I like to stitch holiday items, but’s. In recent years I have allowed myself to stitch holiday items anytime!

    —Jacqueline Newsomw on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my holiday projects by the end of September.

    —Linda Cartweight on May 16, 2018
  • I love Christmas all year long!

    —laura mitchell on May 16, 2018
  • Usually around Thanksgiving but this year I’ve already started!

    —Nancy McFall on May 16, 2018
  • I start my x-mas items when the urge strikes which is generally fall.

    —Joyce Koeppl on May 16, 2018
  • my holiday items are continuous. if it doesn’t make it one year, it’ll be for the next! no big deal

    —Roz Agulnik on May 16, 2018
  • i start my christmas projects in january–it takes me a year to get things done since i also work full time. i love handwork and enjoy the stitching & embroidery. it continues to amaze me that i can actually do it & make it look nice most of the time.

    —susan on May 16, 2018
  • I start in September but each year think I should have started earlier. This year maybe…love your book Kathy….Another great giveaway, thankyou in anticipation?

    —Jacqui Delchau on May 16, 2018
  • I don’t have a set date. I work in things when I feel like it. I will admit I’m bad bout waitin till the last minute. Now that I don’t work it will be nice to work on it all year long. Christmas is my favorite time of year.

    —Victoria Banks on May 16, 2018
  • I’m a " leave it until the last minute kind of gal", which makes for some very long nights right before the big event.

    —Linda Taylor on May 16, 2018
  • I love to begin in the heat summer because it helps keep you cool!

    —Kathy on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start projects in the fall. I don’t always get them done by Christmas, but at least they’re started! Ha

    —Debbie M on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my holiday stitching in spring. After the holidays I need some time to regroup. I would love to win this to work on holiday projects this summer.

    —Patricia Phaiah on May 16, 2018
  • I don’t usually make too many gifts for Christmas. Never enough time and too much pressure to get it done. This year I do have a couple projects in mind that I plan to start this summer.

    —Janice Mc Laren on May 16, 2018
  • I start thinking about it in late December but usually don’t start until november. Time flies faster every year!

    —Patty Highstreet on May 16, 2018
  • I always seem to have a holiday project going!

    —Marietta Herinckx on May 16, 2018
  • I used to have a running list and just start next project after I finished one…..I enjoyed being able to gift something I made that the receiver would enjoy.

    Now I try to do something eVery season….I like projects I can switch around. I like to combine Stitchery with quilting.

    Nice nice looking book and fabric is always great!!! 🤗

    Jane Modjeski

    —MJ Modjeski on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my holiday stitching in the summer 😊

    —Suzanne on May 16, 2018
  • I love Christmas, I’m already planning on gifts to make this summer for family and friends. I’m finishing up a snowman quilt plus working on a wool snowman wall hanging. Love Christmas projects.

    —Diana Lentz on May 16, 2018
  • I’m still working on one from 2 years ago. So much stitching to do, so little time! I better start now!!!

    —Pat B. on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start my winter/holiday stitching in the Summer. Nice and relaxing!

    —Melba Beisley on May 16, 2018
  • Most likely around October, there are times that I have a project going as a gift that I may work on all year.

    —Joan Kniffen on May 16, 2018
  • I try to get started in September.

    —Gale W. S. on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas quilts and sewing in July. Sometimes I get it done in time–lol. What a lovely prize. Thanks for the opportunity to win ❤️

    —Rebecca Lomasney on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine in the fall, but some years its year round. I would love to win this!!

    —Carol simmond on May 16, 2018
  • My intention is to start in the summer but reality is after Halloween and most likely not finished and picked back up next year. Maybe I’ll do better when I’m retired!

    —Barbara H on May 16, 2018
  • I stitch for the holidays all year long.

    —Lynn on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in January and stitch all year long. I would love this book. I love Christmas stitchery!

    —Pamela Collins on May 16, 2018
  • I really do start on December 26th! The house is festive, it’s quiet and relaxing after all the preparation and people. The winter days that follow find me by the tree and fire stitching snowmen and holly.

    —Mary Dyer on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start around June.

    —Nancy Davis on May 16, 2018
  • While I’m still in the holiday spirit, I start some projects for the following year on Dec. 27th. (We get together on Dec. 26th as everyone has other family obligations on the 24th and 25th) I keep adding to my list during the entire year and work up until the last minute!

    —Ann Mckenzie on May 16, 2018
  • I work on my holiday projects all year long.

    —Sue Goodin on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start in the Fall.

    —judith Martinez on May 16, 2018
  • I haven’t done very many holiday themed……but I did the ones I have in April….so early, I guess. This is lovely. Love the reindeer stocking especially.

    —Nancy Bart on May 16, 2018
  • I do holiday stitching all year long….and I seem to never finish!!

    —Karen on May 16, 2018
  • I try to start my Christmas projects in the fall if I have planned ahead & know what I want to do. I see so many projects here that I would like to make.

    —Kay McCaffery on May 16, 2018
  • I try to get them started early, sometimes it works……. I like to think they will
    Get finished….

    —Linda Berwaldt on May 16, 2018
  • I try to get started around Halloween when the weather gets cooler and I want to stay in the house!

    —Laura Weisz on May 16, 2018
  • I start mine on December 26th for the next year.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on May 16, 2018
  • Oh my… dare I admit to December 24th? LOL

    —Jo McAllister Richards on May 16, 2018
  • "Christmas in July" is a great time for me. I like to play Christmas music and classic holiday DVD movies to get me in the mood.

    —Gina Milano on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start mine in the fall. Great colors! Thanks.

    —Maryellen on May 16, 2018
  • I start stitching around October and hope I finish by Christmas!

    —Lori Swistack on May 16, 2018
  • Love your designs, they are so pretty. I like to stitch to relax. It’s very enjoyable to me.

    —Dianne Giltner on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.

    —Kim Hamilton on May 16, 2018
  • With great intentions carried over from the prior year I started in the new year…but am scrambling by November- how does that happen?!!

    —Rebecca B on May 16, 2018
  • Maybe a few months before Christmas if I’m lucky!

    —Kathy LeMere on May 16, 2018
  • I start my Christmas projects whenever I see fabric that inspires me. Sometimes I give a lot of handmade items and sometimes not so many. It depends on the year and the inspiration.

    —Virginia in AK on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.

    —Nancy on May 16, 2018
  • I start a project whenever something comes up that inspires me or someone asks for me to make.

    —Gail Beam on May 16, 2018
  • I have such good intentions to make Christmas projects for the approaching season and consider starting in the summer, but then get serious once fall rolls around. Problem is, I often do not get them done in time and push them off till the next year. Since I love hand embroidery, I am anxious to get Kathy’s new book and get started right away. So many cute ideas there.

    —Sharron Meyer on May 16, 2018
  • Always far too late! Last year I decided to make gifts for friends and family around late November so it was a bit of a rush. I’m already thinking about this year but doubt I’ll start early enough again. Still need ideas. Thanks for this great offer.

    —Pippa on May 16, 2018
  • I start somewhere around December 1st

    —Cathy G. on May 16, 2018
  • I try to get started early fall, doesn’t alwaus go as planned. This new book looks delightful, I found myself relating to some of her memories. It would be a deight to win!

    —Betty on May 16, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the winter, right after Christmas! That way I am still in the holiday spirit.

    —Rhonda Best on May 16, 2018
  • I start buying my fabrics and patterns during Christmas season with hopes of accomplishing for the next year. I like to start my Christmas gift shopping for the next year right after Christmas. I just need to find time to put together all my Christmas project dreams. The fabric and patterns are awaiting my skills, dreams, and hopes.

    —Rosa Sparling on May 16, 2018
  • I usually start holiday projects in September and finish on December 24th. Give them on Christmas day or later. I think I make too many.

    Kim Carron on May 17, 2018
  • Christmas in July with sparklers!

    —Nancy on May 17, 2018
  • Usually after Christmas because the holidays are so crazy there is just no time to sew.

    —Shellie on May 17, 2018
  • Last year I decided to make all the gifts for my family and friends … some stitched and some baked. Fortunately it wasn’t a long list. I didn’t get everything done but I certainly enjoyed the process and the giving. This year I’m going to start earlier, probably Fall/September. Thank you.

    —Esther on May 17, 2018
  • Never soon enough! Late fall. This book makes me want to get busy!

    Eileen on May 17, 2018
  • Labor Day is my time to start. Some years I’m on track and others not so much, there’s always next year!

    —Diane N. on May 17, 2018
  • Late autumn – but I always like to have a seasonal project to stitch over the Christmas period as well, even if it doesn’t get finished until much later in the New Year

    —Maggie Marlow on May 17, 2018
  • Will stitch at any time of the year as I love Christmas

    —maureen bain on May 17, 2018
  • I enjoy embroidery and appliqué projects in summertime. They are easily transported. I don’t do a lot of piecing, but in colder months I sew my handwork together and hand quilt in winter.

    Nancy Bekofske on May 17, 2018
  • My holiday stitching can happen anytime! These patterns m me want to get started sooner than later!

    —Brenda Julovich on May 17, 2018
  • I never start soon enough!!!

    —Vickie Mills on May 17, 2018
  • I start my holiday stitching projects during the summer. I take a weeks vacation by myself to attend the quilt show, gather row by row blocks and visit many quilt shops. I unwind and stitch the hours away.

    —Debra Walsh on May 17, 2018
  • I start Christmas projects whenever I see something that takes my fancy. I try to do at least one new project each year. I love Christmas <3 <3 <3

    —Alison on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start my projects in the fall for use 😊

    —Martha Cook on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start my projects in the fall for sure 😊

    —Martha Cook on May 17, 2018
  • Whenever I see something I want to make.

    —Renie M on May 17, 2018
  • I love the season so it is projects year round. Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely book!

    —Barbara on May 17, 2018
  • I just start a Xmas project when I find something I want to make, irrespective of what time of year it is!

    —Carol Hargreaves on May 17, 2018
  • A year ahead as the holiday mood bring so much ideas and holiday give me more time to have me time on craft ❤️

    —Dora Lesmana on May 17, 2018
  • I may start my Christmas projects any time – some planned (and started) quite ahead of time, others closer to the holiday. Christmas stitchery is way too much fun to save for just one time of the year!

    —Katherine on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start holiday projects in October. I always think I’ll start earlier.

    —Barbara Dearman on May 17, 2018
  • Bought the book yesterday. Would love to win the lovely fabric.

    —Kim Kerschl on May 17, 2018
  • I stitch whenever I feel motivated, so it really varies.

    —Iras Miller on May 17, 2018
  • I never seem to start my Christmas stuff until it is too late. Each year I vow to start earlier and it never happens !!!!

    —Brenda Travis on May 17, 2018
  • I am working on a Christmas quilt right now!!

    —maureen on May 17, 2018
  • Year around….

    —Janie Steele on May 17, 2018
  • Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the Fall.

    Joyce Carter on May 17, 2018
  • I started this spring with knitting and quilting for Christmas. Part of the family will celebrate Christmas in July so need to get going! Loved the patterns I saw in this book , that sock is beautiful.

    —Diana on May 17, 2018
  • When it’s 96 degrees outside it’s a great day to be
    stitching snowmen! …. so anytime between spring
    and through the summer my thoughts (and hands)
    turn to stitching holiday projects… if for nothing else
    then to dream of being cooled off! ☃️

    —Lynne on May 17, 2018
  • Quilts, I’m doing them now! I hand bind and am slow at it, mainly because I don’t sit still long enough to do it! I have two sons, a niece and two grand niece/nephew’s quilts that should be done by the Fourth of July. Then I’ll slow down until September, the season of handwork! Need the book and fabrics! New ideas! Love it!

    —Carol on May 17, 2018
  • I love embroidery so I will stitch all year long.

    —Jane Stanley on May 17, 2018
  • I love to start in the summer, especially for small projects.

    —Tina Sanders on May 17, 2018
  • I like to start around august..it depends what I am making..i make all our gifts for friends and family so I am busy and I love it!

    —Carole crawford on May 17, 2018
  • Always start too late.

    —Carol M on May 17, 2018
  • I stitch what I like year round.

    —Susan Yates on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start planning early in the year, but actually execution doesn’t start until late summer or early fall.

    —Sue on May 17, 2018
  • Usually I start in the fall but have been known to be finishing on Dec.24th. This year I started and finished a large quilt in January for Christmas. I was still in the mood for holiday time I guess!

    —Sharon Ray on May 17, 2018
  • Actually I haven’t done hand stitching in a while but I do love it. This would inspire me.

    —Nancy Norris on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas projects in May. Good intentions but it’s often the following year before they are done. Then it seems like a breezy to complete!

    —Laura on May 17, 2018
  • In the summer. Working on ‘cool’ stuff makes the summer heat more bearable.

    —Diana O on May 17, 2018
  • I start in the fall. I always have good intentions to start sooner but it never happens.

    —Janine Hoey on May 17, 2018
  • I haven’t been making gifts for Christmas for a few years because I just couldn’t get them done. But maybe now that I am retired, if I start now, maybe I could get something done.

    —Lynn Ellis on May 17, 2018
  • Sooo Pretty, can’t wait to start, usually around Sept is when I start thinking about Christmas

    —Marilyn on May 17, 2018
  • I start when the mood strikes me! This year it seems to be here already! Already lots of inspiration coming out

    —Sheri Klaich on May 17, 2018
  • I usually do Christmas projects all year. However if I haven’t started by the summer, I definitely get on the ball then!

    —Angela Walters on May 17, 2018
  • I try to start Christmas projects in the spring. I’m such a procrastinator though so I’m frantically trying to finish them last minute. My family teases me about wrapping up works in progress.

    —Julia Stavran on May 17, 2018
  • I make things all year, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book to get started on Kathy’s designs!

    —Cherokee Haab on May 17, 2018
  • Definitely start in the fall, sometimes earlier if I just see the perfect project and CANNOT WAIT!!

    Carol on May 17, 2018
  • When I finally decide what I want to make, I usually start around the first of December. Yes, not everything gets done, but the projects are often doable. There is something about the pressure that gives me a boost 😉

    Jocelyn on May 17, 2018
  • I also stitch on holiday projects all year long, depending on what I see that I can’t wait to make!

    —Katherine Morvay on May 17, 2018
  • I usually get excited to begin new projects in the fall…but I can easily be persuaded to start anytime of the year!

    —Carol on May 17, 2018
  • I have started having a Christmas in whatever month it is bee at my home for our guild members. I try to schedule it for around the 25th of each month. A group of about 4-6 of us get together and work on whatever we want toward our Christmas sewing or crafting. I am currently working on a table runner and a wall hanging using blocks I swapped with an online group. In August or September I will probably start making my Christmas cards. I also would like to make a set of placemats for my daughter, and a dress for my granddaughter.

    —Linda Ahn on May 17, 2018
  • Loving this book and fabric. Thank you for a fabulous giveaway

    —Roxie on May 17, 2018
  • Oh these are all so lovely

    —Cindy Wilson on May 17, 2018
  • I stitch Christmas items all year long, but really gear up in the fall.

    This book looks wonderful, another must have! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and I really hope I win!

    —susan on May 17, 2018
  • Autumn always starts me thinking toward Christmas. BUT the fact is-I never start soon enough!

    —Nancy Lyman on May 17, 2018
  • Well I bring out Halloween stuff in September but Christmas stuff is year round !!🎄🎄

    —Kim wesley on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start my projects in the summer but, I am usually scrambling to finish them.

    —Chris Day on May 17, 2018
  • I start winter projects in late summer when it’s so hot outside you dream of cooler weather.

    Cheryl Kuhns on May 17, 2018
  • I’ve been trying to start in October but it always gets away from me! Most of the time, it ends up in December! Thanks so much for a chance!

    —Tabitha Keener on May 17, 2018
  • Oh, this set is gorgeous! I do usually start my holiday stitching in the fall, when I am inside more. The winters are long here in north Iowa, so we are outside until the nights come early.

    —Denise Wood on May 17, 2018
  • I work on Christmas stuff all year…I love holiday things!

    —Delinda on May 17, 2018
  • I work on Christmas projects all year round!

    —Maureen on May 17, 2018
  • Usually in December! Haha! Oops!

    —Lauren Dalton on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start my holiday stitching in January (in preparation for the next Christmas). Thanks!

    —Delaine on May 17, 2018
  • Just love your products !!!! I usually start in December and have them finished by the next December….<3

    —Linda Blackman on May 17, 2018
  • I start my Christmas projects December 26 th while I’m still finishing last year’s projects. It’s a never ending process.

    —Karen Bennett on May 17, 2018
  • Always last minute…..need to do better!

    —Wennette Pegues on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start getting the bug to sewing for the holidays when I start seeing the decorations and such out at Walmart. Which is getting earlier and earlier every year. Lol. So usually the end of August first of September.

    —Tammy on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start my Christmas projects in the fall, sometimes in September. I have already bought the fabric for the 3 main projects and if I make any smaller projects, I will use fabric that I have on hand.

    —Angela Bowling on May 17, 2018
  • Winter can be a long season in Canada, so I start right after the New Year and continue all year long. Loving these embroidery designs. So fresh and appealing for new projects. I may have to embroider again! Love it!

    —YVONNE BAMLETT on May 17, 2018
  • In the fall

    —Leslie Wittenberg on May 17, 2018
  • I start sewing late summer running into fall so I can get into the spirit. Plus I live in Florida, so you really have to wait for a little cooler weather.

    —Linda Lawson on May 17, 2018
  • As soon as the kids go back to school in September my creative mojo for Holiday gifts jump into high gear. Maybe it’s the cooler weather, or perhaps knowing the days will become longer that makes me think it’s time to get moving. My kids are all grown up, married with kids of their own, but the week after Labor Day still means ‘get making’ to me.

    Deb on May 17, 2018
  • I usually begin stitching for Christmas during the autumn 🎄

    —Kim Shepherd on May 17, 2018
  • I love Christmas and I’ve already started on a quilt for this years Christmas Season.

    —Starla on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start sewing for Christmas in September. I love to make gifts for family and friends and decorate my house with items that I’ve sewn.

    —Linda Webster on May 17, 2018
  • I start most off my Christmas projects in the Fall and hope that I can get them done in time!!!

    —Karen H on May 17, 2018
  • I work all winter on gifts to get me through the cold months!

    —Lee on May 17, 2018
  • I start Christmas projects in January. Still in the spirit and long time to finish!

    —Sandra Painter on May 17, 2018
  • I start Christmas projects in the fall. I should start sooner do
    I get everything
    Completed

    —Cynthia on May 17, 2018
  • I’d say I started them on Dec. 26, but that would really mean I reassessed my projected year for certain gifts I started prior to Christmas but which didn’t quite make it (or were a long long way from making it last year).

    —Brenda on May 17, 2018
  • I start my holiday projects in the fall

    —Bernadette Williams on May 17, 2018
  • I’m in the middle, Christmas projects go on all year.

    —Shan on May 17, 2018
  • I work on Christmas projects all year long, it’s my favorite time of year. I’ve already knitted four scarves and working on my fifth to have on hand for spur-of-the moment gifts. I sew, quilt, and embroider all year long and take small handwork projects to work on at lunch when the weather isn’t suitable for walking. Creating helps keep me sane!

    —Betsy Mott on May 17, 2018
  • I usually begin my Christmas needlework projects in August. I love to crank up the AC and stitch away.

    —Diane Nars on May 17, 2018
  • I usually start my projects for the grandkids about Thanksgiving and I sew like a banshee to get them done in time to ship and then breathe a sigh of relief.

    —Jeanette on May 17, 2018
  • I start my Christmas projects as soon a so school starts in a August!

    —Cheryl Dobberstein on May 17, 2018
  • I start my Christmas holiday projects all year round as I love all the designs and motifs. I love to embroider and appliqué. My sewing basket always has a Christmas project in it.

    —Merrill Hogan on May 17, 2018
  • In the fall or later. About the time I think about Christmas crafting is my business year end, and by the time that’s wrapped up I’m feeling behind on Christmas already. I really need to learn to start it while it is still warm out. Would love to win the fabric bundle. Always love to add to my stash.

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on May 17, 2018
  • I try to work on my holiday projects all year. In fact I am hoping to start my next one soon!

    —Jennifer c. on May 18, 2018
  • I always mean to start a Christmas project in the fall-many times it is closer to Christmas than I would like-so I work a little harder under a dead line.Love the designs and the projects !! would love this year to start in the summer and relax by the lake so I could finish in a peaceful
    frame of mind 🙂 !!

    —Nancy Currier on May 18, 2018
  • I start mine when the cold weather comes to Australia. This old Canadian girl misses ‘real’ winter.

    —Nina Bate on May 18, 2018
  • I try to start in the summer around July when stores start Christmas in July

    —Robin Crittenden on May 18, 2018
  • I start as soon as I find something that will please the person that I am giving to and who will appreciate the work that has gone into the project.

    —Betty on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start my Christmas sewing and stitching in the fall.

    —Sharon G on May 18, 2018
  • Oh, let’s see . . . around December 24th?

    —April J on May 18, 2018
  • December 26th always works for me. I love these projects!

    —THERESA WESTRUP on May 18, 2018
  • Love doing embroidery!

    Risa Hoke on May 18, 2018
  • January is the start of holiday projects. Being so slow and switching between the many projects I start takes me that long. By the time they are finished new projects are found for the start of a new year.

    —Jean on May 18, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall! Actually, I try to start them right after the 4th of July!

    —Rebecca on May 18, 2018
  • Usually the beginning of November, but need to start earlier as I am always putting the finishing touches on them Christmas eve!!

    —Deb V on May 18, 2018
  • I haven’t stitched in years, this book looks wonderful and I’d love to make everything in it. Just need the time, I’ve already given up cleaning, shopping, cooking, can’t wait to give up working!

    —Jenny on May 18, 2018
  • I work on holiday projects whenever I get the inspiration throughout the year … that usually means in December, though! Thanks once more for such a generous giveaway.

    —bookboxer on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start my holiday projects in the early Fall.

    —Sheila on May 18, 2018
  • In the fall..AKA November…despite best intentions!

    —Teresa Hansen on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start at the last minute but if I won this beautiful bundle and book, I could get an early start this year.

    —Sharon on May 18, 2018
  • I have a Christmas or winter project going at all times. I work on them while I work on bigger projects when I need a break. These patterns are adorable. I try to make as many homemade gifts for Christmas as I can get done. I have a large family and they love getting them.

    —Krissy Butorac on May 18, 2018
  • Shopping for fabric and patterns is a year ’round endeavor and stitching my ideas into gifts gets going in early Spring.

    Becky Pike on May 18, 2018
  • Generally I start making a few Christmas gifts in July in the hopes of being done before December then any last minute gifts get worked on in December itself. It depends how time consuming the gift might be, but so long as it is enjoyable to sew then all works well.

    —Anne Shelbaer on May 18, 2018
  • I work on my Christmas projects starting in March. So many to do that I am able to finish most of them by Christmas. This book and fabric would be wonderful to win as I love hand-embroidery. Thanks,

    —Marge on May 18, 2018
  • I like to start Christmas stitching in the HOT Texas summer — late June or July. Somehow it makes the heat more tolerable and can think about cooler days ahead when staying inside more due to the hot temperatures. What beautiful motifs and ideas in this new book.

    —Nan Hobbs on May 18, 2018
  • I definitely start my holiday sewing in the fall

    —Carol on May 18, 2018
  • Usually start them in spring. Better chance of getting them done by Christmas. Beautiful book!

    —Jan on May 18, 2018
  • I usually have to save them for next year.

    —Judy B on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start thinking Christmas in the fall.

    —Kathleen T on May 18, 2018
  • I have a couple of embroidery projects books, so I tend to work on something the year around. I like the projects and designs in this book.

    —Carolyn Kitterer on May 18, 2018
  • When I find a really great new pattern!! Like these😃

    —Sandy Turnbull on May 18, 2018
  • Do we really ever stop and start our holiday projects? For me it never stops and and never ends! I am in the spirit all year round!

    —Tamara Eaker on May 18, 2018
  • Oh, My, such lovely Christmas stitching. I usually start Christmas projects in the late summer, but these would be fun to work on year-around!

    —Glenna D. on May 18, 2018
  • I have already started planning.

    mandy whalen on May 18, 2018
  • My holiday stitching starts in February when I take 30 days to make our Christmas cards. If my guild needs some items for giveaways for buying raffle tickets, I make something quick.

    —Ocotilla on May 18, 2018
  • I start mine in the fall.

    —Amy W on May 18, 2018
  • Oh, let’s see….about Dec. 24th! Well, maybe a little bit sooner, but not a lot. I seem to have to be in the mood for Christmas stitching. Then, when it gets here I chide myself for not starting sooner.

    —Sue on May 18, 2018
  • I start my holiday stitching in the summer, usually when I start seeing the Christmas stitching and quilting books starting to appear! I love giving hand-made crafts for Christmas gifts.

    —JJ on May 18, 2018
  • I have great intentions, but usually it’s a mad rush in December. However, these designs are so adorable, I will want to start sooner!

    —Renee on May 18, 2018
  • I have shopped on Dec. 26, but I don’t think I have started sewing for the next Christmas then. However, I do start sewing as early as I can.

    —Nancy A on May 18, 2018
  • I start as soon as the mood hits! Fall seems to be my starting point mostly.

    —Rose Landon on May 18, 2018
  • So random – just when an idea strikes me – even if I still have something else on the go! Fingers crossed it gets finished by Christmas!

    —Louise on May 18, 2018
  • I start the day after Christmas with all new projects!

    —Sue Anderson on May 18, 2018
  • I usually get everything lined up over the summer as far as patterns and fabrics go. I start stitching that first cool night mid to late September. Thank you so much for this giveaway

    —Virginia Bronner on May 18, 2018
  • When I find something that makes me want to do Christmas.

    —Vicki Allen on May 18, 2018
  • I always think about Christmas projects on December 26th but usually don’t get started until about December 23rd.

    —Barbaraben on May 18, 2018
  • I start at the end of September and end the week before Thanksgiving. I restart the day after Christmas until the end of January.

    —Cheri B on May 18, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall. Sometimes I start during the holidays and finish up in time to have a surprise the following year.

    —Cindy S on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall if I’ve decided what I’m doing by then! Otherwise I start it closer to Christmas and hope I finish. Thanks for this generous giveaway!

    —Marie Eddins on May 18, 2018
  • I try to start them in the fall.

    —Donna W on May 18, 2018
  • I start planning in early fall and try to get started in October, but usually I’m frantically finishing in December!

    —Kay Jackson on May 18, 2018
  • I always have good intentions to start in the fall but end up scrambling in December

    —Sue Cahill on May 18, 2018
  • I begin just before Thanksgiving, making sure I have my patterns and ALL fabrics & thread I need in a clear pouch. That way I have no need to go back to quilt shop.

    Gayle Jacobs on May 18, 2018
  • I work year ’round on projects for Christmas. I shop for Christmas all year long, too. It makes the holidays less stressful and I can get more handmade gifts made that way!

    —Jaxine Andersen on May 18, 2018
  • I start my winter and holiday projects in the fall except for a few wonderfully organized years when I have started in the summer. It feels so good and less stressful that I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. I don’t like feeling stressed at Christmas.

    —Kathleen King on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start my Holiday projects during Summer, slow down during Fall and hopefully have them finished by early December.

    —Mary D on May 18, 2018
  • I start any time, if I get an idea for a gift for someone in May or July, etc I start then. So I don’t have a particular time that I start.

    —Gladys Bacon-Rust on May 18, 2018
  • year ’round!

    —MS Barb on May 18, 2018
  • I try to start my holiday projects in the fall. Looks like a lovely inspirational book.

    —Teri on May 18, 2018
  • It depends if it is a present or for me but usually in Sept the bug bites.

    —Sandra B on May 18, 2018
  • No matter how early I start, I seem to run up against the Holiday deadline.

    —Rosanna on May 18, 2018
  • In the summer if it is an afghan. By Halloween if it is a smaller project.

    —Charlotte Wisner on May 18, 2018
  • I try to start in the fall…but any day is a good one to start a project!

    —Rosalie on May 18, 2018
  • I work on holiday projects all year round! Thanks for the chance to win this book — I’m coveting it!

    Jeanne on May 18, 2018
  • I’ve already started making holiday gifts. I like to keep busy

    —Lynne on May 18, 2018
  • I start my holiday stitching in April. So have already started. Love stitching. It’s so relaxing for me.

    —Carol Y on May 18, 2018
  • Not a real Christmas stitcher per se. I do love seeing what others make. I am a quilter so if a Christmas project strikes me, I jump right on it. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Helen Glover on May 18, 2018
  • In the fall!

    —Elaine on May 18, 2018
  • I love Christmas stitchery and always have a project going no matter the time of year. I am a big fan of Kathy’s designs and looking forward to this book.

    —Theresa on May 18, 2018
  • I normally start my Christmas projects in the late Fall.

    —Kit on May 18, 2018
  • Maybe fall or a bit sooner. These are beautiful designs that I would love to try! Thanks for the giveaways!

    —Linda on May 18, 2018
  • Seems like I’m working on projects all year long. Which Christmas I gift them for depends on how fast I can work. Remember, it’s the thought that counts!

    —Mary Smith on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start in July.

    —Lisa Garrett on May 18, 2018
  • In start most of the time in the gallery sometimes a LittleBigPlanet bit later;-)

    —Rommy Van Houten on May 18, 2018
  • I stated mine in March, but have not do too much. Need more time.

    —Diane Melton on May 18, 2018
  • I have to start now because I am slow. Love that tablerunner, it is gorgeous!!I will push myself if I have a deadline to meet; but Christmas isn’t one of them because I easily buy something if I don’t get done what I planned on making.

    —Nancy on May 18, 2018
  • I start way too late, so that by the next Holiday, whatever project I’m working on might be ready. Either that or I buy a kit with every intention of giving it to someone, and still have it fully wrapped. Am I the only one who does that?

    —Linda Cejnar on May 18, 2018
  • I usually try to start before Halloween, but that doesn’t always work out! Just ordered a pattern from Kathy; would be nice to have the fabric to use with it.

    —Penny on May 18, 2018
  • I start planning what I want to make for Christmas gifts in summer, but I usually don’t get them started until late Sept.
    Love the book, thanks for the chance to win

    —Lisa Lilly on May 18, 2018
  • I do all year as I have time.

    Susan on May 18, 2018
  • I try to start stiching in the fall, but sometimes life comes in between and I don’t always manage to finish all that I’ve plan. But it’s hard to start stiching for Christmas before the children have returned to school. Lovely book!

    —Gunilla on May 18, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall

    —Maureen Haynes on May 18, 2018
  • I usually get the Holiday bug in the Fall, about when school starts and the leaves are turning. I love Kathy’s style, brings back good memories of my childhood holidays!

    —YvonneJ on May 18, 2018
  • I always have good intentions to start in the summer but it’s usually LATE fall before I get my act together!

    —Cathy Wilson on May 18, 2018
  • I actually started this year’s presents before Dec 25 last year, since I was all done with 2017 gifts! That doesnt usually happen, but I usually start in Jan.

    —Madeline Wallace on May 18, 2018
  • I have started my Christmas sewing in November but definitely need to start earlier

    —Jo on May 18, 2018
  • I try to start my holiday stitching in the fall, but it usually starts around December 24th. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric and book

    —Karen N on May 18, 2018
  • Varies by other activities in the works; conventions etc

    —Maria H. Goetz on May 18, 2018
  • This year I’m starting next month, hehe. I don’t want to wait last minute any more, too much stress. Kathy’s designs are amazing! I already have one of her books and would love to win this one. Fingers crossed! 🤞

    Thanks for the super giveaway!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

    —usairdoll on May 18, 2018
  • I was born a procrastinator and I will most likely remain one. I really try, but time just slips away from me. Maybe this will be my year and I’ll get a true head start on stitching.

    —stephanie woodward on May 18, 2018
  • I start in June or July, and work on projects as time allows. Sometimes I get them finished and sometimes I don’t. My peeps are used to getting stuff late. Lol.

    —Cynthia Maki on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas projects right after Christmas. They then inevitably are abandoned somewhere along the line and then I go back to some previous year’s project and finish that because I realize that I meant to give the item last year. Sigh… a never ending cycle.

    —Angela on May 18, 2018
  • I’m not sure I ever stop! If something pops up I like, I’ll make it. I would love, love, love to have this book and the fabric as well.

    —Nancy Eriksen on May 18, 2018
  • I have quilts right now that I made two years ago. Maybe by Dec. 1st I will have them quilted, only I am into Project Linus and can not seem to stop having fun doing small lap quilts.

    —Linda on May 18, 2018
  • Even with the best of intentions, I usually start in mid December.

    —Alexia Jandourek on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start in September and finish it the following September!!
    Thanks for the chance to win such a great bundle.

    —Maureen Delahunt on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start my Christmas gifts in the summer.

    —Marlene Leonardo on May 18, 2018
  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.

    Susan E Lester on May 18, 2018
  • I generally start my holiday sewing in the Fall. Unfortunately, it’s usually the late Fall and it can all become very frantic and stressful before it’s over. But then, I’ve also been known to box up all the parts and pieces of an unfinished project, wrap it up, and give it with a promise to complete it after December 26.

    —Pearl on May 18, 2018
  • Late summerp

    —George on May 18, 2018
  • I start last minute-mid December but this year I am hoping to start over the summer.

    —Joyce Jose on May 18, 2018
  • I like to start in mid to late summer, when I’m tired of the heat and ready for cooler weather!

    —Kris B on May 18, 2018
  • I normally start November 25th. Nothing like holiday stress and midnight sewing to get a project done.

    Joy on May 18, 2018
  • I start in October with sewing projects but my knitting projects and stitchery projects are on going year round. Love the peek at these projects from Kathy’s book. Wouldn’t it be a joyous occasion to win this prize package. Thank for the chance.

    —Lu on May 18, 2018
  • Before I retired, I would start during the summer when I was off. Now that I am retired, I seem to start in November and have to sew late at night to complete any Christmas project.

    Nita Beard on May 18, 2018
  • Usually in the fall but often sooner if it is a big project

    —Sylvia on May 18, 2018
  • i START my Christmas crafts and gifts in JULY (Christmas in JULY LOL) AND on and off until December 20th usually. NEVER GET EVERYTHING FINISHED IN TIME THAT I WANT DONE THOUGH.

    —Helen Bowie on May 18, 2018
  • I often start planning the next years projects as I’m rushing to finish in time for the holidays, but often don’t start earnest work till in the fall.

    —Judy Palmer on May 18, 2018
  • I love holiday stitching books so I pour over any new stitching books. I begin something immediately but rarely finish before the holiday. Kathy Schmidt is a favorite of mine

    —Kathy on May 18, 2018
  • I like to start in the fall.

    —Ola Norman on May 18, 2018
  • Now! I start gift sewing late spring / early summer so as to avoid pre-Christmas madness.

    —Gail on May 18, 2018
  • I started mine on December 26th of last year.

    —Susan on May 18, 2018
  • I always plan to start early but it is usually in Oct or Nov.

    —Sylvia on May 18, 2018
  • I get the holiday fever the first cool morning in September. That is when I begin to assemble supplies for the projects I plan to make for our family’s Autumn birthdays and Christmas. Missed making things in 2017 due to health issues, so I am really looking forward to the 2018 season.

    —Marta on May 18, 2018
  • I usually start Christmas needlework gifts in the fall. If I have finished any by Halloween I’m feeling like I’m on track for Christmas. Lol! Wonder why I never quite make it? Oh well that’s usually a start on someone’s gift for next year!😊

    —Tammy Durkin on May 18, 2018
  • I have the best of intentions to start my holiday stitching in June or July, but that most often doesn’t work. Reality is that I just work on holiday projects throughout the year——no organization!

    —Caryn Goulden on May 18, 2018
  • All YEAR LONG …. as in Australia we have lots of Christmas in July celebrations so we can have a more traditional Christmas ( being our winter ) …. December is often to hot for all the roasts etc. and is often more casual fare often the good old Throw a shrimp on the BBQ with trimmings LOL
    So projects not finished for July are then ready for December and likewise if not done by December work on these for following July hence All Year Long ;0)

    Carolyn R on May 18, 2018
  • Projects take a while so I start mine Dec 26. And also admit sometimes don’t have them done the first year.

    —Stephanie L. on May 19, 2018
  • I usually get inspired in the fall to get my Christmas projects going.

    —Janna Lee on May 19, 2018
  • I usually try to start in the summer months but realistically it is in the Fall. Thanks for this generous giveaway.

    —Renea on May 19, 2018
  • Way too late!

    —Lisa Timmer on May 19, 2018
  • I stitch for the holidays year-round. When I finish one thing, then I start another. Often there is a rush to finish by a certain date, but if that date passes, there’s always next year!

    —Linda Towers on May 19, 2018
  • I start my Holiday projects in the late summer after I finish my Summer projects. I’m inspired to start when the Fall and Holiday colors fill the quilt shops and web sites. I love, love, love the "the colors".

    Cynthia Reho on May 19, 2018
  • I usually start in the fall. Not soon enough, I’ve been working on Crabapple Hill’s Winter Wonderland off and on for several years and think that I should pick it back up now.

    —Barbara H on May 19, 2018
  • I started in January this year.

    —Carol W on May 19, 2018
  • I usually start in the summer especially if my list has bigger quilts to make…Can’t wait to see the book, I’m already a fan of Kathy’s work and subscribe to her blog!

    —Tiffanee Noack on May 19, 2018
  • I start my Christmas stitching about the 15th of Dec or Jan, or maybe July 😉

    —Charleen DiSante on May 19, 2018
  • My most recent holiday quilt I started in mid October but didn’t finish until February! Oh well, it decorated my sewing table last Christmas, but this year it’s all ready for my bedroom! Can’t wait for the next one!

    —Claire Kafka Duda on May 19, 2018
  • I always have good intentions but I never get them done in time. I scramble to get a gift bought at the last minute. They get the next year or for their birthday.

    —Lisa Newton on May 19, 2018
  • I try to start in the Fall but I am looking for ideas and fabric all year long.

    —Freda on May 19, 2018
  • What a lovely book of designs. I usually start on Christmas projects in the fall, but have been known to start them through out the year. Love making gifts for family and friends.

    —Karen Cumberland on May 19, 2018
  • I aim to start my Holiday projects in the fall but I also find myself in a rush around Dec 25th.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on May 20, 2018
  • I start projects whenever a project strikes my holiday spirit ~ can be any time of year.

    —brook on May 20, 2018
  • I try to fit in a Holiday project throughout the year…otherwise by Christmas, they are never completed!
    Love the book!

    —Jan on May 20, 2018
  • I usually start thinking about Christmas projects in late summer, but I’d really like to start earlier this year.

    —Mary on May 20, 2018
  • I start my stitching in the fall. i usually complete it in the spring.

    —Renata on May 20, 2018
  • Love Christmas all year round, but really get in the stitching mood at the first frost.

    —Bebe on May 20, 2018
  • I usually start mine in the fall when the weather gets cooler.

    —Cindy K on May 20, 2018
  • I start Christmas projects in the fall, but I usually only finish ONE of the many I start. Good intentions…many unfinished projects. I need to make a schedule with hard deadlines leading up to Christmas. Maybe I’ll start that now. Hand embroidery used to be one of my favorite things to do. This book is an inspiration to get back to it! Beautiful ideas – especially the table runner!

    —Rose D. on May 20, 2018
  • I start them in the fall and most of he time get them completed by Christmas.

    —Jackie on May 20, 2018
  • Love Kathy Schmitz designs, have made quite a few. I usually start in the summer with ornaments for the whole family. I do an ornament (very detailed) for my ornament tree. I usually do one a year; so have this going too!

    barb h on May 20, 2018
  • I am in "Christmas " mode year round! Some are finished in a timely manner, some not so much 🙂

    —Carol Schon on May 21, 2018
  • I start in July to make sure they are finished by December for shipping.

    —Casey on May 21, 2018
  • In my mind, Christmas is all year round. It is my favorite time of the year. I actually start stitching in October when it begins cooling off.
    This latest stitching book is my next purchase.

    —Karen M. Reza on May 21, 2018
  • I usually start them in February so as to get several months in before summer begins and then get back to them in October to finish.
    I love the new book. Saw it at our quilt show, but they sold out before I got back to that booth. You know what they say – He who hesitates!!!! Well that was me! Hope to win this one.

    —Judy Miller on May 21, 2018
  • I would do Christmas projects all year long if I could. I love Christmas.

    kathy on May 21, 2018
  • I usually start thinking about Christmas projects in the fall but usually get them finished for the next year. I love hand stitching but I’m very slow.

    —Vanessa on May 21, 2018
  • Great book and giveaway. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I look for projects year round. I try to start early but I’m always rushing near Christmas to finish.

    —Cece on May 22, 2018
  • Always thinking of what Christmas projects I want to tackle throughout the year, but don’t actually start them till late summer-early fall.

    —Annette F. on May 22, 2018
  • What delightful projects! I’m dreaming of Christmas projects and cooler weather when it’s 102 in the shade.

    —Karen on May 22, 2018
  • I WORK ON CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR ROUND

    —MARIE on May 22, 2018
  • I start as soon as I have my garden put to bed in the fall.

    —Sally on May 22, 2018
  • Hmm, I am a procrastinator so guess I would say in the late fall.

    —Jan Doyle on May 23, 2018

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