This mystery is a little more challenging than our last one.
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Joan Bassett is the master of fast, fun projects that really get your creative juices going! She’s done it again with Pinwheeling, a very versatile pattern adaptable to any season.
Joan’s sample is done in sophisticated sage greens suitable for the fall or Christmas season. Try it in black and gold to ring in the New Year or icy blue and silver as a nod to the winter still to come in the Northern Hemisphere.
Next month, we’ll present a lovely table runner by Pamela Avara called Gift Wrapped II. This month, for Gift Wrapped, we’ll take Pamela’s fantastic gift block and pair it with an additional block to create a stunning lap- and twin-sized quilt.
Use bright or jewel-tone colors to make a wonderful “moving into a big bed” quilt for a toddler. Try some pastels for a baby shower or gold and silver on gray for a lovely bridal shower version.
Pamela’s directions are easy to follow. Use the quick- quarter and half-square triangle techniques she describes, follow her pressing directions, and this project will go together in a snap.
Perk up your classic red and green Christmas decor with Christmas Candy by Karen Gass. This medium-sized quilt makes a colorful wall hanging, a lovely table topper, or an inviting couch throw to welcome the season.
Karen’s version harkens back to Christmas past with its small prints in red and green, but she modernizes the color palette by introducing a lovely dusty rose for the setting triangles and border. Combine that with a white and pink print to complete this happy holiday charmer. The small cuts of fabric required make this a great stash project too!
Just in time for holiday preparations, Michelle Sargent brings us this adorable assortment of Christmas Stockings. They are just the right size for decorating a fireplace mantle or gift-giving for family and friends.
Michelle used a variety of cottons, homespuns, felt, and wool to make the samples shown here. Don’t limit yourself to just one type of fabric. Stretch your creative side by mixing fabric types and adding buttons or other embellishments. The possibilities are endless.
Oh, I do love the holiday season! I love all the sights, the sounds, the smells, the decorating, the shopping, the wrapping, the eating, and the napping. All of it is my favorite. I couldn’t pick out one thing from all of that for a million dollars. Okay, I might for a million dollars, but I could also change my mind later!
Decorating for our celebrations is a joy to my heart. I love to use the same decorations, but in a new way. Maybe in another room, or shaped into a wreath instead of a swag. I change ribbons on things, and make new decorations whenever possible.
One year, my daughter and I made a gingerbread house from scratch! It was a bit wobbly, but people didn’t seem to mind as long as they could still pick the candy off. We used a small mirror and surrounded it with pillow stuffing to make a lake. Oh, the memories!
And there was the year of the ice storm, when we couldn’t get out to get a Christmas tree. We had no electricity, except what the generator could provide. I had a small half-table I put up against the wall in our living room, and then stapled the greenery we used to decorate the outside porch to the wall in the shape of a tree, and then to the table. It gave the illusion of a tree, and when my family came in from clearing branches, they really thought (for a minute) that I’d rustled up a tree from somewhere.
Holiday memories are the best. Make them yourself; don’t wait for them to happen. Tell stories about past holidays and the funny or heartfelt things that happened. Above all, love each other with all the love you have to give. Don’t hold back; afraid of what people will think. Forget about disagreements. How important are those issues? Forgive and love each other. The most important gift is Love.
Simple half-square triangle units mix with square units to form the leaves. The leaves are then simply arranged in a circle then framed with a coordinating colored border. The simple cross-hatch quilting pattern is dramatic, but easy to execute.
Although yardage is listed, this project is the perfect opportunity to use up scraps from other projects. Just jump to the cutting section and cut the appropriate colored scraps straight from your scrap bin!
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