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December is a time of celebrations and gatherings with friends and family. It is also a time of gift-giving. There are some great projects in this issue for giving this year and next. It is never too early to start working on next year's gifts, right? This month's issue includes Cheryl Quigley's Cats in My Lap for the fun-filled days of cat ownership. For those that don't care for the cooler temperatures, Cinzia White's Spring Blossoms may be more to your liking.

For a quick Christmas project, be sure to check out Stephanie Povey's Rhinestone Star Tote Bag. This would be adorable adorning your arm or appreciated as a gift. Your fabric choices could take this terrific project from playful to elegant.

Speaking of gifts, Fly Away Geese by Barbara Douglas would be a treasured quilt for cuddling. The striking design would be stunning using a black, white, or gray background. You may already be working on a gift with Renette Opperman's The Dollhouse. This BOM has barely begun with part 2 of 12 this month. There is plenty of time to finish this for some young at heart person on your gift list.

Of course, it may be a little late to work on some projects for Christmas. We are past the middle of my Quilter's Progress with part 8 of 13 this month. Be sure to share your work in the group on Needle Spot.

Bottom line, as usual, we have curated a wide variety of projects for your enjoyment. I hope you find plenty of time to sew during this wonderful month.


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PatternMany people do not want to deal with diamond shapes. I can understand that. They can be tricky to cut, and without amply applied starch, bias shapes can easily become distorted. This leads to frustration and things being lobbed across the room. Half Square Triangles can be made into many shapes, with diamonds being among them. So a Lone Star look-a-like was born in Stephanie's new pattern in the form of a cute tote bag called Rhinestone Star. In it you will hone your Half Square Triangle, zipper insertion, and handle placement skills. A win-win situation!
PatternThe modern style of Fly Away Geese by Barbara Douglas is created using the lovely negative space of the background.

The "geese" squares are sewn using the foundation paper piecing method.

Though the sample crib size quilt used one color to achieve the directional flight of the geese, this would be ideal to use up 3-1/2" scraps in various colors.

PatternJoin Bonny Peters in the Quilter' s Progress group on Needle Spot, a private online needle-arts community. This month we make the Intertwined block.

This project starts with the May 2021 issue and concludes in the May 2022 issue.

PatternThe only thing better than a quilt in your lap is a quilt with a cat. Cats In My Lap by Cheryl Quigley uses cat print fabrics to make this fun quilt for you and your cat, or cats. Of course, any print will work so choose your favorite. Fussy cut the large pieces for added interest. A panel print works great. With this quilt, you can always have cats in your lap, even if you are allergic. Of course, real cats will love it too!

Join Renette Opperman in The Dollhouse group on Needle Spot, a private online needle-arts community. This month we make the upper landing.

This project starts with the November 2021 issue and concludes in the October 2022 issue.

PatternBold, colorful prints make these flowers dance in the wind. Spring Blossoms, designed by Cinzia White, is a lovely fresh quilt that will brighten a room during any season of the year.

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Rhinestone Star Tote Bag
Made by Kathy S
Rhinestone Star Tote Bag
Made by Linda S
Spring Blossoms
Made by Gisela C
Rhinestone Star Tote Bag
Made by Meloney F
Spring Blossoms
Made by Bonni F


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Flower Vine

Cindy Mccoy brings us a sweet appliqué design in the Flower Vine table runner. The small amounts of fabrics required make this another great stash-busting project.

If you are new to hand-appliqué, Cindy’s terrific directions for making bias vines and the large-sized appliqué pieces make this a perfect beginner’s project. It’s also a great take-along project. As always, you can also use the templates for fusible appliqué. The templates are arranged so that you can print them directly onto printable, fusible applique sheets to save time.

So, what are you waiting for? Start today and in no time you’ll have a lovely little table runner!

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