Welcome to my stop on the Think Christmas Blog Hop! Special thanks to Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter and Madam Samm of Sew We Quilt and Sew I Quilt for their amazing dedication and organization. Without their efforts, I'm afraid I would be sweltering in the heat with no thoughts of Christmas at all!
Before I show you my Christmas blocks, I should warn you that we take Christmas decorations very seriously in my house. Last Christmas we had four decorated trees in our home and my husband went to great lengths to defend his title of "Best Christmas Decorations" in our neighborhood. He has won for the past two years and is committed to keeping his title this year!
This year, I'm taking my holiday quilting more seriously, as well. Today, I've tried to provide an assortment of Christmas quilt blocks that may appeal to a variety of tastes.
To begin, I'd like to share with you a more traditionally pieced Christmas wreath with bow. The pattern came from Moda Bake Shop. Measurements are provided to make a 24 x 24 wall hanging, but I adjusted it to create a 12.5 inch block. This little bugger has more than 100 pieces and is sure to qualify as more of a mini-quilt than a quilt block, but I wanted a beautiful wreath to include in my quilted holiday decor. I plan to finish it and display it on a table near the entrance to my home this year.
For the more modern quilter, this is a 12.5 inch block called "Free Wheeling." I've been drawn to this block many times. Every time I see this block, I think it looks like a bow. I had to include it in my Christmas plans this year. Free Wheeling was made using improvisation, paper piecing and traditional piecing. The block was designed by Natasha Bruecher and can be found in "Modern Blocks" by Susanne Woods.
For the whimsical quilter, no Christmas is complete without Santa's Little Helper....
Oops...wrong helper. How about this one?
Santa's Little Helper is an example of raw edge applique. I typically avoid this technique because I'm always concerned about how it will hold up over the years, but he was just too cute not to bring to life this year.
I hope you have enjoyed my stop on the Think Christmas Blog Hop. (Could you tell this was the first time I ever participated in a blog hop? - I hope not!) Be sure to visit my fellow quilters on the hop today.
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One last thing before you go...
I purchased one extra charm pack of Joy by Kate Spain for Moda that I will share with one lucky winner. To register for a chance to win this holiday charm pack, leave a comment below. Become a follower of my blog and leave an additional comment letting me know that you are now a follower for another chance to win (Limit: two entries per person). One winner will be selected via a random number generator on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:00pm (CST). International entries welcome. Winner will be notified by email. If you are a no reply blogger, please leave contact information in your comment or another name will be drawn.
Thanks for stopping by....Happy Quilting and Blog Hopping!
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