July 16, 2012

Christmas in July

Well, my almost-two-month hiatus is now officially over and I needed to shake off the cobwebs with a fun project.  I've been waiting almost 8 months to start this project and I'm so excited to finally start my "Christmas Star Quilt!"

This quilt was featured on the cover of McCall's  last year and I just loved it.




















A couple years ago, I did a Christmas quilt and it was before I really started to understand that just because you like all of the fabrics in a particular line, you shouldn't use them ALL in one quilt at one time.  It was a little loud and overwhelming.  ANYWAY, so I love this quilt because I really love the Flurry line by Kate Spain for Moda, the quilt uses a jelly roll so I know the cutting will be precise, AND I got the fabric all 50% off last year after Christmas.

I changed up the color scheme a little since some of the fabrics weren't available - I focused the star more with the winter blues and my border will also be blue.  It reminds me of frosty winter snowflakes, which we never get here in Texas.  So, last night, I dusted off my machine and got to work.  I was really pleased with how quickly the top came together.  After just a few hours of work, I got most of it done, thanks to those precut jelly rolls.  Also, it only takes about 1/2 of the jelly roll so I'm thinking I can make a holiday table runner or some placemats with the rest.  Here's a sneak peek on the design wall last night:







































I do find it funny that I am working on this quilt in the midst of the 100 degree temps here - but in some ways I feel ahead of the Christmas rush now.

Oh, I also decided that I would finally use this embroidery pattern I got for FREE last year from www.urbanthreads.com - sign up for their weekly e-mails if you haven't already done so - they do free designs quite a bit and I snagged this one.  You can see it in the top right corner above - so cute!

I'm hoping to wrap the top up tonight - I've got several baby quilts in the queue - maybe I need a new project list post so I can re-organize my next few months and figure out what's up next.   I can't decide if this one is going to go on Etsy to fuel my fabric addictions or whether I'll give it away as a Christmas gift - we'll have to see how attached I become by the time I am done with it!

This week, I am linking up my post to Work-in-Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced - can't wait to see all the great WIP's out there.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



LET IT SNOW!

11 comments:

  1. I love all of her lines and your star is really pretty!

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  2. This is looking so good! I love the Flurry line, I used it to make my Christmas stockings last year. Thanks so much for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks Taryn - great to see a fellow Texan in the blogosphere!

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  4. I LOVE IT! I really need to get to work on my Christmas quilt. I keep letting everything get in front of it since it isn't until December ;)! I really love the pattern and the embroidery is really cute with it!!! Hi from Houston!!!

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    1. Thanks! This might be a new trend for me - do my Christmas work in July - it has definitely gotten me thinking of the holidays a little earlier. I have extra jelly roll strips and I'm thinking of a table runner or placemats to use my leftovers :)

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  5. Love the embroidery corner piece! And now I've got that Elf movie on my mind. lol

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  6. I really like this star. Can you please share your pattern. Thanks, Margaret

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