Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Happy Early Christmas!

Hello! Hello! Or should that be a Santa ... "Ho! Ho! Ho!" ! 😜 Christmas is coming early this year ... Nothing about 2020 should surprise us anymore, right?! 😝 Today I'm sharing my block as part of the Love And Hugs From Australia Stitchalong! YAY!

I have a little confession to make ... I don't really "do" Christmas. I hear gasps of shock & horror out there! 😜 I might put up a tree ...


... & a couple of folk art pieces designed by my gorgeous blogging buddy Kerryanne English ... But that's about it. So I found it a bit challenging to design a Christmas block ... Especially a 4" block! YIKES! That's much smaller than I usually play with! 😳 But once I visited The Quilters Angel & Steph helped me choose some gorgeous aqua & French red Tilda fabrics, I was on my way! 😁 And the finished block ...

Ta! Da! A slightly shabby chic Christmas tree in a bucket. 😜 I stitched it in a Cottage Garden Thread (of course! 😝) called "Galah". So then I needed to make it up into something ...


A sweet Christmas hanger. I LOVE that aqua floral & the raspberry stripe was perfect for binding. But just like the old telemarketing slogan ... But wait! There's MORE! 😁


While the tree block is available as a free download from the LAHFA Facebook page or by following the button link in my left sidebar here ... I designed three more stitcheries & three more projects to create my "Christmas Cuties" pattern. It's the stitcher's equivalent of a "choose your own adventure". 😜 You can mix & match the four stitcheries with the four projects to create your own favourite Christmas project. All four projects are quick, simple & fun to make & are ideal for Christmas gifties ... Or to spoil yourself. The pattern is available from The Quilters Angel HERE & a limited number of kits in the same yummy fabrics are available HERE

But wait ... There's STILL MORE! To celebrate the release of my Stitchalong block & "Christmas Cuties" pattern, I thought we'd also celebrate Christmas a little early (2020 is already so topsy turvy that we may as well shuffle Christmas around! 😝) so I'm giving away TWO PDF copies of "Christmas Cuties". All you need to do is leave a comment on THIS post to tell me your favourite Christmas memory & you'll go into a random draw to win. The draw winner will be posted here on Sunday August 30 (Queensland time).

PHEW! After all of that, I think I need a cup of tea. 😜 I'm looking forward to seeing lots of versions of my Christmas tree block ... & the projects from "Christmas Cuties", but now I'm taking my cuppa & settling in front of the computer to do some more appliqué template editing ... The end is in sight, but it's a bit of a slog to get there. 😜 In the meantime, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling! 😁 Til next time ...

CHRISTMASY BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS





9 comments:

Janice said...

For a non Christmas person you designed some beautiful projects. 😊 My favourite Christmas memory would be the first Christmas we celebrated at our new home in the countryside and had heaps of room for all of our families. It is such a special memory as we are now back in town and the families have spread and parents passed on, so such times will never be repeated.

Anita : Shabby Quilt said...

Beautiful Kris. Love your choice of fabrics.

Marjorie said...

Hi there. Until Love and Hugs Sew along I didn't even know about you !!!!
I so love all things Christmas.
We have a tradition in our house that has been passed on for generations. For the whole month of December we eat Honey Biscuits.
the one recipe makes up 20 something doz. We bake the last week in November. Who ever is around at the time of baking helps mix, then the mixture sits overnight. You set aside the next day to roll out, cut and bake the biscuits before spending another couple of days piping royal icing around the edges.
Over the years it has grown into a big event where my nieces who are all grown up with their own families make sure they visit from interstate to be part of the 'Big Bake', and to take some home with them.

Jeanette said...

Love your Christmas designs. I don't have any favourite memories but I have a memory that sticks in my mind. Christmas Day 1974 we were in the north of Western Australia when the cyclone hit Darwin & i can clearly see my Uncle sitting there untangling fishing line he found. We didn't know until later that day about the cyclone. Hugs, xx

Unknown said...

Hi Kris - I can't find the button to download the pdf pattern for love & hugs project.

Julie D said...

Hi - thank you for your sweet project. My favourite memories of Christmas are when my children were little and there were end of school concerts where they sang Christmas carols and made cute ornaments - many of which I still have. Julie

Christine M said...

Your Christmas block is gorgeous, Kris. My favourite Christmas memories are when my boys were little and their excitement on Christmas morning.

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely christmas block.....no on the darkside so I miss some things........
I do like the extras you designed too........

June's Jottings said...

Hi Kris,

Love your lovely Christmas block Kris, brings back lots of memories for me. Christmases for us these days (ha, ha for this year) are usually alternating between Townsville and Canberra each year with our caravan in tow visiting family. However my favourite would have to be when one year hubby and myself spent it just the two of us, sitting under our Christmas tree in our pj's, a cupppa and opening our gifts to each other - just us! It was something special.

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