Merry Christmas 2013 from all of us at Christa Quilts!

Merry Christmas from the Watsons!

Merry Christmas

I love Christmas time because it’s the only holiday I’ve made a lot of quilts for! (Note to self – get a jump start on those other holidays right away in the coming year.)

Christmas Quilts

Nutcrackers with an earlier version of my Log Cabin Wreath Mini

When we first moved into our house 8 years ago, I let everyone pick out any fabric they liked for their stockings (the kids’ tastes have changed a bit since then). My mom embroidered the names for me on a separate piece of fabric which I then appliqued to the front of the stockings.

Stockings

And the stockings were hung by the front door with care…

I’m not much of a decorator and I like to recycle many of my ideas so I don’t have to think too much! (I have made two “tree” quilts and two mini’s from pretty much the same patterns I created about 10 years apart.)

Christmas Quilts

This is the original Christmas Trees quilt and the updated Log Cabin wreath mini.

I like how Modern Trees looks hanging down over the bannister from the second floor of the house. It’s the first thing everyone sees when they walk though the door. I think I’ll eventually add some loops on the back that I can velcro around the wooden spindles so I can show the whole quilt.

Modern Trees

This is the view from the bottom floor looking up.

The only thing I’m missing now is a quilted tree skirt. Maybe next year…

Merry Christmas!

Sat Dec 22 Christa’s Quilt Links – Holiday Projects and Beyond

Ok, so maybe this post is a little late talking about holiday sewing projects with Christmas a few days away, but I couldn’t resist. I saw so many of them while blog hopping this week that I just had to share. You can file this under “get started right away for next year!”

Snomen OrnamentsTerry from A Quilting Blog has a tutorial for  adorable snowman ornaments on her blog.

She used a super easy snowball block to make them (love that theme!) and they turned out so cute. You can follow her tutorial here.


Mug Rug TutorialConnie at Free Motion by the River has put together an excellent Christmas mug rug tutorial.

In fact, she has several posts about different mug rugs, mats and fun holiday ideas  that I know you will want to check out on her blog so be sure to take your time reading and enjoy it!


Turtle Doves PillowsAmy from During Quiet Time made some fun Christmas pillows from the song “12 Days of Christmas”.

She focused on the line about 2 Turtle Doves for her festive creation! I love it, don’t you?


Patchwork StarKaren, blogging at BlondeDesign has decided to share this fantastic Patchwork Star Ornament tutorial.

I definitely feel the need have to make a few of these for next year!

Karen is talented enough to have been featured on Liberty of London’s blog. Way to go Karen!


Felt GarlandAnother talented Karen, from Sew Well Maide, has stitched together a very crafty Christmas garland created from felt.

She’s also hosting TGIFF (Thank Goodness is Finished Friday) this week so pop on over to her blog and you will be treated to loads of inspiration!


After browsing through all these awesome Christmas craft ideas, there is still more sewing fun to look forward to in the new year! Did you like my beginning paper piecing tutorial I finished last week?

Paper Pieced BOM

If so and you are ready for more paper piecing goodness, you are in luck!

Kristy from Quiet Play will be launching a fantastic sewing-themed block of the month starting in January.

There will be prizes for those who participate and each pattern presented will be free for that month!

Her adorable “Sewing Room” block caught my eye some weeks ago and now I can’t wait for more!