On a Roll

When I started making the Metropolitan Tree Skirt for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 issue (check it out at the Quilt & Sew Shop if you haven’t seen it), I began thinking about how versatile and fun working with 60-degree triangles could be. I spent a little too much time arranging and rearranging the patches of the tree skirt on my design wall, because there’s so many cool ways to rotate and combine the different patches to get wildly different looks. So as a way to explore this idea, I decided to cut some smaller triangles after the tree skirt was done and have a little fun with them.

I cut triangles from strips that were about 4 1/4″ wide. I explained how I decided on this measurement, and how to cut the triangles, on a recent video for Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community, which can be viewed in its entirety on QNNtv.com. When the triangles are joined together, they ended up being strips of the perfect width to make one my favorite-ever projects, the Eye Candy glasses cases. This pattern is in 2103′s Best Christmas Quilts issue, which is still available at the Quilt & Sew Shop.

I really love making these cases, and I’m not sure I could tell you all the reasons. They go together really quickly. They hold glasses and sunglasses (or pens, or other stuff) like nobody’s business. I carry several of them in my purse for different items and I love using them. Other people seem to like receiving them, too. And of course, like any quilted thing, you can put any combination of fabric to personalize it. My husband asked me why I keep making them and he thinks I should move on to other things, but I really just like this project. A lot.

So I started with a bunch of triangles to mix and match one Saturday morning, and by the end of the weekend I had 5 new cases. These particular triangle patches have a variety of stripes and it was cool to try out the different combinations. Let’s take a look at all the cases!

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Case #1. I was so excited to find black-and-cream stripes in the same width as the black-and-gray stripes.

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Case #2. I added some scraps and coordinating strips to this one.

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Case #3. The colored stripes give a lot of options for fun arrangements.

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Case #4. Eventually I ran out of the black-and-cream stripe fabric.

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Case #5. That purple print is nice because it is and isn’t a stripe at the same time. It’s also an interesting mix with the floral.

You may notice that I machine stitched the bias binding to the back, rather than hand sew it down. Like Lori, I avoid handwork if I can. If the stitching is a little wobbly, no big deal, because I got it done in a fraction of the time. And since I use my cases pretty heavily, I like that the binding is very secure.

The only change that I made to the written pattern for this batch of cases is cutting the angle at the top/opening of the case at 60-degress, rather than 45. It’s a nod to the triangles themselves, but I also found that it provides a little more space for the bias binding so it doesn’t bulk up in that area. If you haven’t tried this pattern, I highly recommend it, even though I may be a bit biased about it. Christmas is coming up and if you like to sew gifts, these are fast and fun to make and well appreciated by the recipients.

That’s all I have for today, but we always have stuff going down on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and our website. Have a stitchtacular weekend!

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Quilting LIVE! General Admission Tickets Giveaway!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS, TAMMY, LAURALEE, LAURA, MARTHA & VIRGINIA!

The Quilting LIVE! event in Atlanta, GA is almost here, and around the Quilters Newsletter office, we’re getting pretty excited!

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Just in case you aren’t yet as excited about Quilting LIVE! as we are, we’d like to give away five pairs of tickets to five lucky winners, one pair per winner at a value of $30 per pair! Visit the Quilting LIVE! website for more information on this event. You’ll have the chance not only to meet, view presentations from and make a project with Quilters Newsletter creative editor Lori Baker and associate editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras, but also to meet, view presentations from, make projects with and take classes from editors from several other quilting titles, including McCalls QuiltingQuiltmakerQuilting ArtsKeepsake QuiltingModern PatchworkQuiltyFons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and QNNtv!

And not only that, you’ll be able to see all of the finalist quilts including the winners from our 45 Years of Quilting Quilt Challenge! There will also be other fun quilt exhibits and so much more happening at the Quilting LIVE! event. Lori and Mary Kate hope to see you there!

To enter to win one of the five pairs of General Admission tickets to Quilting LIVE!, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday September 7, 2014. Please note that winners must be US Citizens for this particular giveaway. CLICK HERE for the official rules for this giveaway.

Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com on Monday September 8, 2014 with instructions on how to redeem your prize.

We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications and you will find that many contests are only valid in the country where they originate. This article gives a good explanation:howstuffworks.com/question541.htm

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Wrap Up!

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 is an issue for every quilter, even for quilters who don’t celebrate traditional Christmas. Many of the quilts come in non-traditional colorways and patterns that could be used year round to celebrate different holidays in different color schemes. Check out the  table of contents for the issue on our website to see which of the 29 cheery projects is your favorite. And then be sure to share any quilts you make from the issue (or any of our other issues) with us on our social media or at QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com. With your permission, we might share your quilts in our Quilting Bee section in an upcoming regular issue of Quilters Newsletter, but even if we can’t share them, we always love to see what you’ve made!

So without further ado, Congratulations to all of our Blog Tour Winners!
Day 1, on Jen Daly’s blog: Janet
Day 1, on Tracy Souza’s blog: Melinda
Day 2, on Marcia Harmening’s blog: Susan
Day 2, on Debbie Grifka’s blog: Jocelyn
Day 3, on Tammy Silvers’ blog: Carrie
Day 3, on Susan Geddes’ blog post: Debra
Day 4, on Karen Gibbs’ blog: JoAnne
Day 4, on Gigi Khalsa’s blog post: Gloria
Day 5, on Patti Carey’s blog: (TBA)
Day 5, on Janet Jo Smith’s blog: Diane
Day 5, on Mary Kate Karr-Petras’ blog post: Nancy

And because not everyone who contributed to Best Christmas Quilts 2014 has a blog, let’s see some of the other quilts in the issue:

Lerlene Nevaril contributed Diamonds in the Sky, pictured below.

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Diamonds in the Sky by Lerlene Nevaril

Joyce Robinson contributed Holiday Stripes, pictured below.

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Holiday Stripes by Joyce Robinson

Bev Getschel contributed Nature Sings placemats, pictured below, as well as a matching Nature Sings table runner and a 70″ x 70″ quilt, Baubles.

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Nature Sings by Bev Getschel

Heidi Pridemore, who does have a blog but was not able to participate in the tour this time (check out her latest posts HERE), contributed Simply Sweet, pictured below.

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Simply Sweet by Heidi Pridemore

Ramona Sorensen contributed Christmas Cards, pictured below, as well as a trio of Yuletide pillows.

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Christmas Cards by Ramona Sorensen

ZJ Humbach contributed both Cowgirl Christmas and Jingle Bell stockings, pictured below, as well as Joy wall hanging which pairs with her Ho Ho Ho wall hanging from the Best Christmas Quilts 2013 issue. (Ho Ho Ho is available to purchase as an individual pattern HERE.)

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Cowgirl Christmas by ZJ Humbach

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Jingle Bell Stockings by ZJ Humbach

We hope you enjoyed our Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour, visiting many of our talented designers blogs and making plans for your holiday decorating. If you didn’t manage to win a copy of the issue, fear not, because it’s available on newsstands, at quilt shops, bookstores, and online at Quilt and Sew Shop (in both print and digital versions)!

And if the copy of the issue you brought home didn’t come with both pull-out pattern sheets which were supposed to be in the issue, go HERE for printable PDFs of both of those pull-out pattern sheets. Apologies for those of you who received one of the few issues missing one of them.

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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It’s How Many Weeks Until Christmas?

Last week I got in the mood for Christmas. I know it’s only September but when you make most of the Christmas presents, it’s never too early to start sewing.

When I was at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh this spring, Cindi Edgerton gave me the pattern for these cute little Christmas stockings. If you love the pattern and would like to see more, go to her website.

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Little Holiday Stockings Pattern

These little stockings are foundation pieced. The pattern includes tissue paper foundations to make eight stockings in each of three sizes. My first thought was that it would be fun to do the smallest stockings for each of my five children. The smallest stockings are only 1¾” x 2½”. They will be the perfect size for a gag gift or for a piece of paper. I’m sure at this point my bolder children would let me know that money is paper and can be folded into a very small size.

But as I was gathering fabric, I got to thinking how fun it would be to make each of the kids one stocking in each of the three sizes and put the smallest one inside the medium one and put that inside the large stocking. They could be sort of like the Russian matryoshka nesting dolls. The large stocking is only 6 3/8” x 10 5/8” so it won’t take a huge amount of time to make them.

I thought I could show you a bit about how I do foundation piecing. I love it because it is so precise.

This photo shows how very small the littlest stockings are. Notice the patches are numbered.

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The Smallest Stocking

Foundation piecing is easy. I just place the fabric for patch #1 under the pattern, right side down, so it covers the #1 space on the pattern with enough fabric for ¼” seams on all sides. Then I put the fabric for patch #2, right side up, under the pattern so that when I stitch and open the seam, it will cover the #2 space on the pattern with enough fabric for ¼” seams all around. It doesn’t hurt to pin and unfold and check to make sure you have enough fabric.

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Pinned and Ready to Stitch

Stitch on the seam line between the #1 and #2 on the pattern.

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Stitched and Ready for the Next Step

Fold the paper pattern out of the way, trim the seam to ¼” and press from the fabric side.

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Patches #1 and #2 Stitched and Pressed

I honestly think that is the hardest part, getting the #1 and #2 patches right. It seems to me that after those two pieces are done right everything else makes sense.

When I foundation piece, I work from both sides, the pattern side and the fabric side. Then I go to the cutting board and with the pattern side up, I put a thin, plastic card with a straight edge on the next stitching line – exactly on the line.

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Getting Ready to Trim

Then I fold the pattern back over the card. I have this cool ruler called Add-A-Quarter. It has a raised edge so I slide it right up next to the card and from the raised edge to the edge of the ruler is ¼” so I cut and I have the right seam allowance for the next patch. I love this ruler. If you’d like one, you can find it here.

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Trimming with the Add-A-Quarter Ruler

I turn the project over and on the fabric side, I line up my next fabric with the edge of the seam allowance I just cut with right sides together.

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Getting Ready to Stitch Again

I turn it all over to the pattern side again and stitch on the printed line.

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The Sewing is Easy – Just a Straight Line

This was the first time I’d done foundation piecing with tissue paper. If I were using a different paper, I’d change to a 90/14 needle and shorten the stitch length to make the paper easier to remove. The tissue paper is so thin and easy to remove; I didn’t need to make any adjustments.

The rest of the piecing is exactly the same steps over and over.

Once all the piecing is done. I cut out the stocking and stitched it and the lining together according to the instructions in the pattern.

I stitched the opening that is left in the lining to turn the stocking by machine. No one will ever see it.

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The Opening Stitched Shut by Machine

I’ve finished four of the littlest stockings, one medium and one large stocking.

I used Sulky Fuse’n Stitch (available here) for stabilizer but wound up taking it back out of the two smaller sizes. The littlest stockings were very difficult to turn with the addition of the layer of stabilizer. But I love the crisp look stabilizer gave to the large stocking.

Here are the six stockings I’ve completed so far. I think they are great.

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Aren’t They Super?

And the kids will be happy to know money – the green kind – does fit in the smallest stocking.

If you’d like more Christmas ideas, our Best Christmas Quilts 2014 issue is available now at your local quilt shop, on newsstands and at Quilt and Sew Shop.

Happy Labor Day. I hope you are spending the day doing something wonderful. I am lazing around sewing. That’s a surprise, isn’t it?

So, until next time, check out Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for quilty fun and ideas, as well as the latest news.

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Quilting LIVE! Giveaway!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST HAS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS, JULIE! WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER GIVEAWAY FOR QUILTING LIVE! TICKETS WHICH DOES NOT REQUIRE YOU TO HAVE A WEBSITE OR BLOG SOON, SO CHECK BACK ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 FOR FIVE CHANCES TO WIN!

QuiltingLIVE color 550 Quilting LIVE! Giveaway! This weekend’s giveaway is a wonderful opportunity to attend the Quilting LIVE! event in Atlanta, GA, September 11, 12 and 13, 2014 with Quilters Newsletter‘s very own creative editor Lori Baker and associate editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras without having to pay entrance or class fees! You do have to be a United States citizen and have your own blog or website in order to be able to enter to win this giveaway, however, so apologies to those of you who cannot enter for this particular prize.

Quilting LIVE! will have quilt exhibits, stage presentations, classes, make-it take-it events and more, not just presented by Quilters Newsletter, but also McCalls Quilting, Quiltmaker, Quilting Arts, Keepsake Quilting, Modern Patchwork, QuiltyFons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and QNNtv! Be sure to check out the Quilting LIVE! website today to find out more and learn about all the quilting experiences you could have by attending.

By participating in this weekend’s giveaway, the Value Package which you have a chance to win is worth $114 and will include:

  1. 6 Quilting LIVE! class sessions
  2. 3 days’ general admission to Quilting LIVE!
  3. A Quilting LIVE! shopping bag

Note: Materials fees for the classes are not included.

To enter for your chance to win the Value Package, help us spread the word about Quilting LIVE! by making a post on your blog or a post on your website mentioning Quilting LIVE! with a link to the Quilting LIVE! website (http://www.sewingexpo.com/QuiltingLIVE.aspx), then copy the link to your post once it’s up and paste it in the comments section of this post below. Posts must be shared on your blog or website and the link to that post shared in the comments section of this post below by 11:59:59 pm Mountain Time Monday, September 1, 2014. CLICK HERE for the official contest/sweepstakes rules.

The randomly selected winner will be notified via email on September 2, 2014 as well as having their first name posted as the winner at the top of this post. The email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Quilters Newsletter Quilting LIVE! Giveaway” and contain instructions on how to go about claiming your prize. As the prize must be redeemed by September 5, 2014, if you choose to enter the giveaway, please be sure to check your email with enough time to allow you to redeem the prize if you win.

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 5!

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Here at Quilters Newsletter, we hope you’ve enjoyed the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour so far, because today’s the last day, Day 5! Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 is a splendid issue with enough inspiration to help you make decorations, gifts, gift bags, table runners, pillows, quilts and more. Check out the table of contents for the issue on our website to see a preview of each of the projects. Also be sure to grab your copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014 if you haven’t already done so from a newsstand, quilt shop, bookstore, or online. Then learn even more about some of the quilts by participating in the last day of our Blog Tour! Every day from Monday August 25, 2014 through today, Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

Our first featured designer of our last day of the Blog Tour is Patti Carey, who used an adorable flannel collection of owls to make this splendid quilt:

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Hootin’ Holday by Patti Carey

Leave a comment on Patti’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of various size flannel scraps from the Hootin’ Holiday quilt from the Holiday Hoot collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Holiday Hoot by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics

Our second Day 5 featured designer is Janet Jo Smith, whose star quilt in traditional Christmas colors evokes the feeling of the season:

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High in the Heavens by Janet Jo Smith

Leave a comment on Janet’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat eighths from the Solstice collection by Kate Spain for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Solstice for Moda

Last but certainly not least, our third designer on Day 5 of our Blog Tour is Quilters Newsletter‘s own associate editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras, whose project makes your gifts twice as nice since they’ll be wrapped in homemade gift bags:

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Silver & Gold Gift Bags by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Leave a comment on Mary Kate’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Winter’s Grandeur collection by Robert Kaufman Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Winter’s Grandeur by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

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Silver & Gold Gift Bags — Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour

BCQ14 Cover 2501 Silver & Gold Gift Bags    Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog TourHello, and welcome to my stop on Quilters Newsletter’s Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! I hope you’ve been enjoying the entire tour over the past few days. I want to step out of my role as a contributing designer for a minute and into my role as managing editor of our special issues so I can thank all of the designers who contributed such wonderful projects to this issue; my colleagues Lori, Gigi, Susan, Kath and Bill for all of their hard work putting it together (I think it turned out pretty darn beautiful); and Caitlin for coordinating this blog tour, which is a big job in itself. We all know our efforts are worth it because we know how much quilters love to celebrate Christmas through the medium of fabric, ourselves included!

Which brings me to my project in the issue, the Silver & Gold Gift Bags. This is not a quilt pattern but is included in our “Simple Gifts” section of quick and easy projects. And these were definitely designed to be quick and easy.

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Silver & Gold Gift Bags by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

GiftBag3 800 264x300 Silver & Gold Gift Bags    Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog TourI blogged about the first incarnation of this pattern back in January when I made a drawstring bag to hold a gift for my mother-in-law. Once I worked out in my head how I thought I would approach making the bag I think it took me maybe an hour to complete. Now that I’ve finalized the pattern, construction goes even more quickly than that, making the pattern a great one to try if you need to arrive somewhere with gift in hand with little time to spare. The main portion of the bag is unlined — again to keep construction fast and easy — but the top cuff is folded and stitched for a nice finished look. All that’s left to do is tie some fancy ribbon in a big bow to make the presentation complete!

I’m a big fan of reusable fabric gift bags and have made different types over the years. I always hope the recipients will “pay them forward” (which some might call “re-gifting”) by enclosing gifts for others in them, but I find that most people love them and want to keep them. Such is the power of the handmade item. But really, who can blame people for wanting to hold onto the bags when they’re made in beautiful fabrics? I made the set pictured above using the elegant Winter’s Grandeur collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics; two of my friends have already placed dibs on the ones they want to be holding their Christmas gifts this year.

We have a fat quarter bundle of the black and gold colorway of Winter’s Grandeur to give away, which would allow you to make a whole set of gift bags to put under your tree this year.

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Winter’s Grandeur from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight (August 29, 2014) for your chance to win the Winter’s Grandeur fat quarters and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

If you want to see a tutorial on how to make the bags, be sure to tune in to Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community starting September 19; the episode will be available for free viewing for a week.

Thanks again for coming on the blog tour with us this week!

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 4!

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While we may still have 17 weeks until Christmas, that’s only 17 weeks to get all our decorations finished and presents ready! If you’re looking at that number wondering how you’re going to make it  in time, picking up your copy of Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 from a newsstand, bookstore, quilt shop, or online could certainly help in your planning process. If you’re not yet convinced, check out the table of contents for the issue on our website. To learn even more about some of the quilts, keep reading, because today’s Day 4 of our Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! Every day from Monday August 25, 2014 through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

Our first Day 4 featured designer is Karen Gibbs, whose quilt contains a whole village ready for the holiday season:

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Over the Rooftops by Karen Gibbs

Leave a comment on Karen’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of three quarter yard cuts from the Stained Glass Christmas collection by Hoffman California International Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Stained Glass Christmas by Hoffman Fabrics

Our second Day 4 featured designer is Quilters Newsletters own associate editor, Gigi Khalsa, who used metallic prints and a 60-degree angle to create this lovely tree skirt:

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt by Gigi Khalsa

Leave a comment on Gigi’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Lost and Found Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Lost and Found Christmas by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win three new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt

BCQ14 Cover 2501 Metropolitan Tree SkirtWelcome to the blog tour!

When the Quilters Newsletter team was looking through all the submissions for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 special issue (available at the Quilt & Sew Shop), I noticed that there were no tree skirts among the entries, so I volunteered to make one. I had a few design ideas floating around in my head, but once I saw the beautiful Shimmer collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman, I knew I wanted to do something using the gradient of neutral, metallic printed tone-on-tone fabrics. The faux-snakeskin print is especially cool, I think.

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt

This fabric collection doesn’t scream “CHRISTMAS!!!” by any means, but it is glitzy, shiny and fun, which describes the holiday season pretty well. The neutral color scheme also gives it a lot of versatility. In a video for QNN TV about 60-degree triangles, I show a few other little things I made with leftovers from the tree skirt, along with some tips and ideas for working with 60-degree triangles in general. Talk about design possibilities!

I do think this tree skirt design would be stunning in traditional Christmas colors. If anybody makes one, please send us a photo because I would love to see it!

Leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight (August 28, 2014) for your chance to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Lost and Found Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 3!

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If you’re not ready for Christmas weather, let alone Christmas, Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 might just be the perfect thing to help you get into the spirit of the holiday season! It’s packed with 29 wonderful quilting projects which you can preview in the table of contents for the issue on our website, and to help you learn even more about some of the quilts, we’re doing a Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! Welcome to Day 3! Every day from Monday August 25, 2014 through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs. Then be sure to pick up your copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014 from a newsstand, quilt shop, bookstore or online.

Our first Day 3 featured designer is Tammy Silvers, who used a single triangle template to create the scene of the perfect Christmas tree, or at least a beautiful tree that doesn’t shed sticky needles all over the carpet:

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Leave a comment on Tammy’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Pine Fresh collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais for Moda

Quilters Newsletter‘s very own art director, Susan Geddes is the second featured designer for Day 3. Her quilt recognizes that not everyone celebrates Christmas in cold-weather areas, and even those of us who do might welcome something a little more tropical into our seasonal decorating:

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In the Tropics by Susan Geddes

Leave a comment on Susan’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Warm Wishes collection by Michelle Palmer for Red Rooster Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Warm Wishes by Michelle Palmer for Red Rooster Fabrics

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

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