Christmas in July (Then and Now)

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt organizes some of my favorite blog hops.  One of the ironies of this hop is that I started my project during a blog hop, in which I discovered Carol's blog.  In 2017 Seams to be Sew hosted a Christmas Caroling Row along, in which each designer created a quilt pattern based on their favorite Christmas carol and released the pattern for free for a certain time period.  I think this was the first blog hop that I really followed and I downloaded all the patterns.  I was so inspired by all the designs; and still think a bout making a few of them that I haven't made yet (I guess that's part of Christmas yet to come) but I don't think anyone did my favorite Christmas Carol-I guess Silent Night is a challenge to design.  Now probably the biggest other irony is that I was so inspired by that hop but I don't generally like projects that are Christmas specific-except nativities.  When these patterns were released so many used appliqué and I'd only made one appliqué project at that point but one of the first bloggers explained it in a way that finally sunk in and I really fell in love with fusible appliqué.  This week I finally finished "Let it Snow" designed by Quilt Fabrication who will be posting tomorrow. I loved this design because I can leave it out all winter-although my husband might be quick to point out that I do have some Christmas decorations up all year anyhow (that's part of why I like projects that are not specific to Christmas). 


Now Carol's directions for us said we could include a project from then or from now, so I started to think about the earlier Christmas projects.  Not long after started quilting I decided to make a Christmas quilt-this is how far I made it...
After Christmas 2016 I decided I wanted a nice card holder and made this one.  It doesn't show well but the squares on the sides and bottom are pockets to hold cards.  
Last Christmas I made this snow man quilt from Fat Cat Patterns for my aunt and started a second one that will eventually get finished for myself.  
And after Christmas I made this quilt that will be finished for a Christmas yet to come.
Be sure to visit the other bloggers and see all of their Christmas projects too. 

Comments

  1. Let It Snow is a wonderful finish. Love your projects.

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  2. You have some lovely Christmas items. Well done.

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  3. Great group of projects! I really like "Let It Snow."

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  4. Love all of your snowmen. You did a great job on all of your projects. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  5. Wonderful projects - thanks for sharing!!

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  6. So many pretty quilts! Thanks for sharing - I like Let It Snow!

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  7. What wonderful projects. I love the idea of saying...to be finished for Christmas's yet to come! That's perfect, as we all have those things in our UFO piles I think!

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  8. It's so much fun to take out our projects and look at them again. I really like the purple from Fat Cat. So cute!

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  9. You've shared some great Christmas inspiration here. Such a great idea to have a fabric basket for cards. Quilt Fabrication never disappoints with her cute designs....I love the snowman and snowflakes! Your "Christmas yet to come" quilt looks beautiful and I can't wait to see it. Thank you so much for sharing your then and now with us!

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  10. Wonderful projects! Let it Snow is adorable! I love your quilt that holds cards and the little snowmen are so cute! Thank you for sharing all your great projects.

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  11. Beautiful quilts and great job on Let It Snow! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your fun showcase of Christmas projects! And yay for the new banner - he's so adorable. Goes well with your Snowmen too! I agree - They're perfect to leave out for the whole season. I love the idea of making a quilted basket for Christmas cards! Thanks for the inpsiration.

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  13. Beautiful projects, thanks so much for sharing!

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  14. The snowman looks as though he's tossing snowflakes in the air - fun! Thank you for the invitation to come for a visit and to see your fun projects.

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  15. Super cute snowman projects to last from Christmas into February. LOVE!!!

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  16. Let it snow is wonderful. Love your card holder. So many awesome projects

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  17. What a lovely complement to the row along designers. Thank you for great complement you made about the row along and following that year. I think Silent Night didn't get chosen because the song my have still been copyrighted. We could only do public domain Christmas songs for the row along. My favorite also is nativities at Christmas and we did have quite a few of those in that year's row along. Your projects are lovely and your Christmas yet to come is a wonderful phrase for those gifts that are yet to be made.

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    1. I thought maybe Silent Night was just too difficult to illustrate. Thank you for your kind words

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  18. I enjoyed seeing your projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I love snowmen! How neat to get to make pics in the snow!

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    1. I kept waiting for the first snow and it was late this past winter!

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  20. I'm smitten with Let it Snow!

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  21. your christmas projects are all wonderful. i love the card holder. thanks for sharing today

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  22. Wow! Great finish on Let It Snow! I, too, love displaying mine over the holidays. He gets at least 3 months of viewing!

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  23. So fun seeing your Christmas projects. Let it Snow is lovely.

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  24. Love your Let It Snow quilt - so cheerful and festive!

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  25. Gorgeous projects. My favorite is the snowman.

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