I love Christmas; I love the decorations, I love the weather, I love the music, I love the parties and I love all the treats. What I don’t love is the shopping among the crowds of people. Because of that I try to get all my planning and shopping done by Thanksgiving. From Thanksgiving forward I’m all set to just enjoy the holiday. Decorating, putting up the tree, enjoying friends and family and the food.
Last month I was invited to test a new pattern from Ellis & Higgs called Merry & Bright. The quilt is a 36″ x 36″ wall hanging or table topper of a Christmas wreath. The “decorations” on the wreath are pinwheel blocks that provide wonderful movement throughout the quilt. Be sure to check out the Ellis & Higgs site for more info on the Merry & Bright pattern and other new patterns.
For the fabric I used Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft. I tend to be drawn to brighter reds and greens for Christmas decorations with a retro flair, but I thought this fabric would give the wreath a more sophisticated and elegant look with the hints of gold in the fabric.
During this time of year I always get in the mood to make a Christmas project, but then I think, I don’t need more Christmas stuff so I often talk myself out of it. A co-worker recently gave me a great reason to go ahead and do it. When I showed her a photo of this quilt she said, “what are you going to do with that?” I didn’t really have a response as it doesn’t really match my holiday decor. My co-worker then suggested that I use it for a hostess gift for a holiday party. I’ve decided that is a genius idea. So often I take a bottle of wine or liquor and leave it at that. But something like this makes a unique and thoughtful hostess gift. Bring on the Christmas sewing from now on!