O Holy Night Advent

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It’s December 1st!  The spirit of Christmas is in the air!!!  This year our family is focusing on “Lighting the World” each day in December by doing an act of service or kindness.  These can be super small things like writing a thank you letter, forgiving someone, donating clothes, or visiting someone who is lonely.  However small the gesture seems, if we all participate, we CAN make a difference!  How will you Light the World this December?  To learn more and for a list of suggestions each day go to Mormon.org.

I am spreadig the light of Jesus by taking my favorite Christmas song, O Holy Night, and creating an image for each day in December using the song lyrics.  These are a little gift to you as they are free to download.  I was thinking it would be fun to print them out and use them with our advent calendar.  I hope you enjoy them and that they bring the spirit of Christ into you heart.

Click here for the Dropbox link to download the files.  I will add a new one each day!
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the stars

saviours birth

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a thrill of hope

the weary world

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oh hear

o night

led by the light

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Christmas Party Quilt Reveal

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I just got my Christmas Party quilt back from my quilter!  I am so in love with this quilt!  My quilt model needed some work so here he is showing off the beautiful snowflake quilting!christmas party quilt 3

My favorite part of the quilt is the green cat border combined with the pink candy cane binding – SERIOUSLY!!!!!

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The back is a light aqua with small circles – from the Daysail line by Moda.christmas party quilt pattern
It goes perfectly in my retro-whimsy family room – but it’s actually going to be hung upstairs in the hallway.christmas party quilt
You can find the pattern for this quilt in my Etsy shop.  I hope you like it!

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Christmas Patterns – all in one place!

I love sewing for the holidays!  What better way to add Christmas cheer to your home than with a quilt!! I’ve gathered my favorite Christmas patterns from the past few years and put them all in one place!
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Rustic Pines {A 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s Christmas in July!  I love making a Christmas quilt in the summer – I never have time when it gets closer to Christmas!!  You are going to love this Rustic Pines Quilt!  Choose your 5 favorite Christmas Fat Quarters and let’s get sewing!!

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I choose the Comfort and Joy line from Riley Blake.  It has such a wonderful cabin-like Christmas feel!
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The trees are strip pieced and cut at 60 degree angles and then appliquéd on!!  Super fast – who has time for hand work in the summer!!
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A little tip for appliquéing:  Use Spray n Bond and put the trees wrong side up on old wrapping paper.  Spray the backs and set them in place.  Just unroll more paper for a clean basting surface!!
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I love that the pattern calls for a scrappy low volume background – it gives it such character!!  I added an accent border instead of a low volume border – you can choose!

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Hop over to Amber’s blog to read all about her version and to download the free pattern!
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Amber’s version is even more cozy with all kinds of homespun plaids from Moda!!!

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Be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see your creations! @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble
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Christmas Ornaments and Art on Etsy

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Proud Mommy Alert!!!!  I just want to take a moment and give my sweet daughter, @Ellasketch,  a shout out!  She has been working so hard this holiday season to paint amazing ornaments and decor for her Etsy shop!  She has been spending every moment in her room painting ornaments to fill orders.  She decided to open an Etsy shop instead of getting a regular “teenager job” to save money for college.  Thank you to those who have supported her – we both appreciate you so much!!  If you would like to see her work, visit her Etsy shop here 🙂

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Not only does she have ornaments, but she has painted these wonderful 7″ wood squares.   img_7430

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Very Merry Wall Quilt {Free Pattern}

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Today I’m sharing the pattern for this festive little Very Merry Wall Quilt!  This is such a fun project to whip up!  You can use fat quarters or better yet – just get out the Christmas scrap box!  I appliqued a tree die cut with my Sizzix Fabi machine in the center of the quilt.  You can add your favorite motif to the center!  The quilt is made up of 4 blocks.  I created a PDF pattern that you can download HERE.  These would make great little gifts as well!

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This is the state of affairs in my sewing room – projects everywhere and not enough time to get it all done by Christmas!!!

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I love this fabric Little Joys designed by my friend Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics!!  Such a classic!!

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Mufasa loves this project too and was super sad when I hung it on the wall where he couldn’t nap on it!img_7326

I collect little vintage Christmas decorations – and I love how this quilt fits in nicely!

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Meowy Christmas Quilt Pattern

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I’m so excited to announce the release of my latest pattern!!  It’s called Meowy Christmas and you can purchase it in my Etsy shop for instant download.  I fell in love with this retro feeling Christmas cat print from Michael Miller.  It was the inspiration for this quilt!  The colors are so nostalgic – red, pink, green and mint green!  There are 12 blocks that measure 12″.  The finished quilt is 52″ x 65″ which is the purrrrfect size to cuddle up with and watch Christmas movies!  Even if you are not a cat lover (gasp) this quilt is a great way to use large prints or theme prints.  cat-block

This quilt even inspired Mufasa to get into the spirit of Christmas!  Doesn’t he look thrilled!!

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I love the quilt border!  It has 12 bows that are appliqued on.  This is seriously my new favorite quilt!  I hope you love it too!!!     img_6932

 

Quilt Petite Blog Hop

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I’m so excited to be the next stop on the ‘Quilt Petite’ Blog Hop!!!  Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine has just released this adorable little quilt book! It is filled with the cutest projects and ideas – it’s just fun to look through again and again!

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It was difficult to choose just one project to feature here.  Since I am in full Christmas decorating mode, I thought a holiday twist would be fun!  I chose the Petal Burst Table Topper pattern, used traditional red and green colors, and turned it into a quilted pillow!  The fabrics I chose are from a variety of Bonnie & Camille fabric lines.

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To speed up the pillow making process, I choose to applique the petals with Heat n Bond Lite.

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Once the petals were fused, I sewed around each petal with matching thread.

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I quilted around the flower and then cut the pillow top down to 20″ square.

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To finish the pillow, I cut the pillow back 20″ and inserted a zipper toward the bottom.  I placed the pillow top and back wrong sides together and basted 1/8″ all the way around the pillow.  I then added binding – just like a normal quilt.  Once it was done I popped a 20″ pillow inside.  I LOVE it!!

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The blog hop goes until December 11th.   Check out this amazing list of quilt bloggers participating in the blog tour!  Be sure to visit Down Grapevine Lane for a chance to win a lovely package full of all kinds of goodies, including a copy of Quilt Petite! 
November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki’s Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia’s Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

Snow Globe Jars Quilt Pattern

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Today I am releasing my latest quilt pattern called Snow Globe Jars! You can find it in my Etsy shop!  Have you ever made homemade snow globes out of mason jars?  That’s what inspired this little quilt!  I love fussy cutting and these jars are perfect for that.  I used Pixie Noel Fabric from Riley Blake Designs.  It was so fun to choose what little scene to put in each snow globe!

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Mufasa also loves snow globes 🙂

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This quilt measures approximately 39″ square which is the perfect size to hang on the wall, place on a table or flop over a couch!IMG_7373

Each of the snow globe blocks is sashed and set with red stars.IMG_7372

I hope you like this quilt as much as I do!  How fun would it be to give this as an early Christmas present to someone you really love!!

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Pixie Noel Blog Tour – Snowflake Quilt Tutorial

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It’s my turn on the Pixie Noel Blog Tour!  Yay!  I have been in love with this fabric as soon as I saw Tasha Noel post a few sneak peeks months and months ago!  I love how whimsical her art is and I love her choice of colors!

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 1.33.33 PM It was a little bit challenging to sew with winter fabric when the temperatures here in Southern California have been in the 110’s and our town is literally ablaze!   I decided to beat the heat by creating this whimsical snowflake quilt.

I don’t know about you, but cutting snowflakes and sewing snowflakes is not on my top 10 list of favorite things to do.  Super time consuming!  This quilt has 2 amazing shortcuts that will have you whipping one up in an afternoon.

First, all the snowflakes were die cut on my Sizzix Fabi – 3 at a time!

Second, the snowflakes are appliqued using Heat n Bond Ultra which means no tedious applique top stitching necessary!  Heat n Bond Ultra is heavier than Heat n Bond Lite which I normally use for applique.  The Ultra requires no sewing.   Just cut, press, and go!  The snowflakes get sewn over during the quilting process – which helps incorporate them into the quilt and makes it even more durable.

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Here’s how you can make one:

Supplies:

55″ Heat n Bond Ultra

Sizzix snowflake die

1 yard white fabric

1 yard aqua main fabric (or additional if you want to fussy cut)

fat quarters for applique, red, navy, green

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Instructions:

Cut (32) 6.5″ squares of white fabric

Cut (32) 6.5″ squares of the aqua Pixie Noel theme print

Cut the Heat n Bond Ultra into 5″ strips.  Fuse to the wrong side of the snowflake fat quarters.

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Make sure your cat helps you die cut the snowflakes.

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We cut 3 at a time.

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Center the snowflakes on the white squares and heat set with hot dry iron.

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Die cut 6 green snowflakes, 12 navy snowflakes, and 12 red snowflakes.

Lay out the quilt according to the diagram below:

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Sew the squares together in rows using 1/4″ seams.  Press each row alternately.  Sew rows together pinning at each intersection.

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I always use Spray n Bond to baste my quilts – its fast, secure, and no pinning!  Seriously this quilt can be made in a matter of hours!!

I quilted loops and stars.  I sewed right over the snowflakes.  It helps to make them feel like part of the quilt and not puff out.

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I love that there are 3 stripe colors to choose from in Pixie Noel.  Even better, they are printed on the bias which makes cutting bias striped binding a snap!!!

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Mufasa loves the quilt!  Don’t tell him it’s not for him 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!!!!  Happy Christmas in July 🙂  pixie noel quilt