Every year around the Winter holidays, I wish I had started making decorations for my home earlier in the season. Don't you? Especially the more complicated, time-consuming kind. There are never enough handmade ornaments for the tree (or for handing to that surprise guest that brought over a little something), I wish I'd bought some holiday linens when they were on sale the year before (because there's no time to make anything myself), that sort of thing.
It's that very thing that led us to start a Christmas in July series last year, in an effort to put a little more thought into what we were doing to prepare for our yearly gift giving and decorating. Jenny made a lot of really amazing ornaments for her tree, too! We're back again this year with more inspiration, tutorials, original projects and giveaways!
First up, Jenny and I thought it'd be fun to feature two projects you can make now and stash away in that holiday decoration bin. Just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit!
We're excited about sharing two holiday patchwork patterns from the NEW upcoming book Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays by John Q. Adams.
Milk and Cookies Mug Rug designed by John Q. Adams (Quilt Dad!)
Between the Lines pillow designed and created by Kelly Lautenbach
Check back soon for these free PDF patterns from the book, thanks to Amanda over at Lark Crafts!
Sponsors and Giveaways
Speaking of Lark Crafts, they are sponsoring this year's Christmas in July fest not just with free downloads but by giving away books! Our other fabulous sponsors include Alewives Fabrics, Felt on the Fly and Fat Quarter Shop! How exciting is this?!
Come visit regularly through the end of July for some pretty awesome giveaways...
Get your supplies ready!
Both Pretty in Patchwork projects need fabric scraps and a bit of yardage. The other projects and tutorials we will be sharing will require felt, embroidery floss, fabric scraps and decorative notions like buttons.
If you'd like to stitch along with us, it's time to gather supplies and order what you don't yet have from our lovely sponsors. ;)
We can't wait to get rolling... Check back this week for the first free download, a giveaway or two, and some Christmas-y inspiration!