Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Celebrate Christmas - a giveaway!


Christmas in July! I wonder where that started? Probably by a quilter who looked at her list of holiday projects and decided she'd better start in July!

Today I'm here to introduce you to a new book by the staff at Martingale. So whether you're starting your holiday projects now, next month or December 15th {like me}, this book is loaded with some great ideas! And if you're making gifts or your own holiday decor, I think you'll find some super cute quilts, pillows, table runners, and more!

Here are a few that really caught my eye:

This Chevron tree is awesome! Make it for a small apartment or home to serve as the holiday tree year after year. Or hang it in an entry-way or kitchen with a table of wrapped gifts underneath.


And how fun is this tree skirt? You can't go wrong with polka-dots! I love the colors in this one, but it  would also be just beautiful in more traditional Christmas colors.


I love the simplicity of this pretty woodland pillow. It's made with wools and could certainly be displayed beyond Christmas.


Have you noticed the holiday fabric arriving in your local quilt stores? I guess it's time to get planning!


So now to the fun part! Would you like to get a head start and win a copy of Celebrate Christmas? Leave a comment below and let me know what kind of holiday projects you like to sew. And are you a get-it-done early person? Or more like me and sewing holiday projects on December 24th? Be sure there's an email address associated with your comment and I'll pick one person to win an ebook on July 9th. Good luck!

For more chances to win, visit the other bloggers on the hop:

Thursday, June 26 - Stitch This!
Friday, June 27 - Silver Thimble Talk
Saturday, June 28 - Magnolia Bay Quilts
Monday, June 30 - Ruby Blue Quilts
Tuesday, July 1 - SewCalGal
Wednesday, July 2 - Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Thursday, July 3 - Gen Q
Saturday, July 5 - Quilter Chic
Monday, July 7 - Reanna Lily Designs
Tuesday, July 8 - The Teacher's Pet
Wednesday, July 9 - Amy's Creative Side

The book is available for purchase at Martingale or Amazon or ask for it at your local quilt shop!



89 comments:

  1. I would like to sew a wall hanging for Christmas.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. It is hot for christmas here so I like to make table runners and wall hangings. I also leave things to the last minute.
    The book looks great with lots of gorgeous projects. I was flicking through your christmas book the other day as there are a few things in that I want to make.

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  3. I like to sew Christmas table runners to give as gifts. They're quick, usually easy, and really appreciated. I love the projects from this book, especially the mantle runners.

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  4. I've made mug rugs, small table mats, hot pads, & fabric baskets for Christmas gifts, usually finishing up right before Christmas. Thanks.

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  5. I'm sewing a Christmas quilt that I started 3 years ago and it will be for us. No sewing this year for anyone else. I have two charity quilts to concentrate on and those will be my gifting projects. I do love Christmas projects though.

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  6. I love to sew for Christmas. I start out early with good intentions but somehow I'm always still at it on the 24th. Table runners, mug rugs and other gifts are usually what I make but this year I'm determined to make a new tree skirt. The book looks fun, thanks for the chance.

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  7. Table runners are probably my favorite holiday decoration to make and to give. I figure everyone has a table somewhere that they can decorate. I start early on my holiday sewing because I do a lot of it, but there are always a few last minute ideas that keep me busy right up until the end!

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  8. I like to make table runners for Christmas b/c they are so fast. I can make several to give as gifts and still have one for my own table. I also like making ornaments---they are usually quick and easy.

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  9. I usually wait until the last minute and all I get done is a hot pad!

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  10. I want to make some holiday placemats this year. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. Good morning! I start early and finish just in the nick of time! Table runners and lap quilts make quick gifts.

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  12. This year I am planning to make Christmas stockings for our kids in Chicago and for Ozzie, our grand dog. I've already purchased some of the fabric. I am going to use the patterns from guess where???? Your book, Simply Modern Christmas!

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  13. I am working on a fall wall hanging at the moment, it should be done in time. (Fingers crossed). Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. I like to make bags, pouches, aprons, placemats,etc--all things fabric. Even with good intentions, I am usually sewing gifts at the last minute. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I LOVE that chevron tree!! The Christmas projects I sew mostly include table toppers or placemats...quick and easy :)

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  16. I love to give handmade gifts for the holidays. I however leave things to the last minute all the time, sometimes they end up being for the following Christmas! Will I ever learn???

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  17. Love this book and really need to get started on Christmas gifts. I didn't enjoy spending every hour possible in December working on gifts.

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  18. This year I am a bit slow because I am having my first grandson and I have been sewing for him. Otherwise, I have all my quilted gifts done before I go back to school in August. I make seasonal table toppers, and placemats with napkins as gifts.

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  19. Holiday projects...which holiday? Not only do I like Christmas decorations, but I also go gaga over Halloween decorations. All of the above can be quilty or otherwise.

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  20. I like to make small wall quilts, and quilted pillow covers, table cloths, table runners, placemats and napkins for Christmas decorations. And I am usually finishing them at the last minute! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  21. last year I made a tree skirt for my DIL it was a big project!! Thanks for the chance to win a neat quilt book.

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  22. I like to make pillows for Christmas gifts, but I've done advent calendars and stockings, too. This book looks great - thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. I like making wall hangings for Holiday decorations. This book has some great new ideas

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  24. I like to make Christmas ornaments. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  25. I always have good intentions of starting my sewing early, but end up with the post office deadline. Still unsure what I will be sewing this year.

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  26. I have cut back on making gifts. When it becomes stressful, it's not fun any more. However, I do like making Christmas wall hangings when time permits. Thanks for a great giveaway!
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  27. I've actually started on one Christmas gift but normally I am sewing on Christmas Eve!! Beth
    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  28. I will be making stockings, a tree skit, and I would love to make some kind of advent calendar/wall hanging for my kids to help them countdown Christmas. Looks like a fun book!!

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway. I like to make small gifts like fabric baskets and ornaments. I wait until November to start my projects.

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  30. Hi Cindy, yes, I like to start early. I make ornaments,placemats+this year I'll be making Christmas tree skirts for our two daughters, so I'm planning them now. Love sewing/quilting for Christmas ! Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  31. Each year I make an ornament for my son, now 33, he still looks forward to something homemade from Mom and I thinking the ornaments in the book would be great for this year!

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  32. I like to make many different kinds of gifts. I really like to make ornaments and quilts. Obviously one takes much longer than the other *wink*.

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  33. Christmas table toppers and ornaments are fun for Christmas.

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  34. I do try to start on Christmas ideas early but always find something wonderful right before Christmas too. I really enjoy making wall hangings for Christmas.

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  35. I try to start my sewing early, but sometimes things get in the way. I like small projects, table runners and wall hangings, placemats and hot pads.

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  36. I really like the star mantel piece that I have seen on a few of the blogs in the last few days! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  37. Last January I made a tree skirt for DD1, after making one for her yourger sister before the holidays. It felt good to finish something so early, but I don't know if I'll make anything else before November. The book could be an inspiration.

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  38. Stockings, ornaments, wallhanging (for year round use) or anything for the little ones. I always start early, but rarely finish till the last minute. Have enjoyed the "hop".

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  39. I haven't done much Xmas sewing, but what I have done was definitely last minute!

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  40. I started years ago making cross stitch cards, then tree decorations and progressed to larger items, pillows, wall hangings and quilts. Husby used to say' its not Christmas if your not burning the midnight oil on Christmas eve stitching like a maniac'. I have also been known to finish the binding on a quilt in the car on the way to lunch!
    I always promise myself that I will start in July but somehow it just seems wrong.

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  41. i need to make a tree skirt. but i like all christmas crafts

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  42. Hi Cindy, what an inspiring book! I love the snowflake pillows on the front cover. I gather ideas all year and start working in December. I like the idea of starting in July. Thanks for motivating. Linda. Quiltnlinda@aol.com

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  43. I like to make things that can be used as Christmas decorations to get my family and friends in the holiday spirit! I've made table runners, lap quilts, pillows, wall hangings... Love the projects in the book and would love to have a copy too!

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  44. i make ornements , table runner and pot holders, thanks

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  45. I want to make holiday pillowcases this year.

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  46. Every year i make gifts or my siblings, nieces and daughters. Pillowcases, makeup bags, rice filled warmers, laundry bags are. Few of he ones i have madein the past. Need an idea for this year.

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  47. I always try to have some home made gifts for the holidays so I always keep an eye open for new & different things to make. Thanks much for the chance to win!
    Debby E ;)
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  48. I like to sew throw quilts for Christmas presents because I know they will get a lot of use during the winter!

    Sandy A

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  49. I love the tree wall hanging
    I usually make stockings for new family additions both human and furry

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  50. I like to make quilts, table toppers, and pillows for Christmas presents. I also try to start early, but sometimes I'm trying to finish on December 24th. :-). Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

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  51. For Christmas I try to make things that are small . Love to do banners, small wall quilts for my granddaughters and sometimes purses and placemats. I start early, but don't always finish on time.

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  52. I'm kind of middle of the road, and usually start the end of October or beginning of November. sarah@forrussia.org

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  53. Well, I usually start in the fall and get them done by November, so I guess that's not too bad. Last year I realized at Christmastime that I needed some updated Christmas quilts for decorating the house, so I made a couple in January and February. I like to make table runners and bags and pillowcases for gifts.

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  54. I love to make buntings, wreaths and pillows! thanks!

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  55. I love to sew stockings, each new addition to our family (immediate and extended) needs a handmade one :)

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  56. I would like to make a tree-skirt for my tree. I am not a get it done early kind of person. My middle name should be "last-minute". :) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  57. Thanks for the opportunity! I need to finish my quilt from 2 Christmas' ago, but I'd also like to see a tree skirt!

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  58. I tend to try to make too many things from placemats to quilts and am always working up until the presents are put under the tree. It doesn't matter when I start, that's how it always ends up. If I find myself finishing this early, I think of one more thing I should make, so my time honored traction of being last minute Millie coming to pass again!

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  59. As far as what projects I like to make, it really depends on the person I am making it for. Some I'll make a project that is quick while others will get something that takes a lot more time.

    It really doesn't matter whether it's a quick project or one that took more than a month or more to make as a gift; they will all be completed within hours of the time they are needed. LOL I'm a huge procrastinator no matter how hard I try not to be.

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  60. I'm usually finishing a gift on Christmas Eve. I wish I were better organized but ...

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  61. I like to make small things, because I never think to start until about December 15… ;)

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  62. I love making gifts for Christmas. This year I am making purses for all the girls in the family.

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  63. I've never made a holiday project, but if I did it would be something small like a table runner or cushion cover. I usually finish projects just before they need to be finished, but not so late that I'm rushing to get it done.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  64. I'm thinking easy, bright, fun projects this year. Obviously I need ideas.

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  65. I like to make cushion covers and cute zip bags!

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  66. I always think I will get things made early but I'm always still working up till the last day possible. This year, I will be making things for my niece who has her 1st apartment.

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  67. I really need a new tree skirt so that is what I would sew. It's a cute one! I'm a make it far ahead of time person. Near Christmas I have no time to sew.

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  68. Last year I did a lot of crocheted snowflakes. I keep meaning to make stockings and other Christmas ornaments or a table topper (I usually do a mini store-bought wreath with a candle in the middle, but I'd like to put a little more effort into it!)

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  69. I always plan to start early for Christmas but never actually do !!

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  70. I really like the chevron tree. I always mean to start early and I do get a couple of things done but then hit panic motions in December. This year I will be making some placemats and a table runner. Thanks for a fun giveaway. x

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  71. I would love to sew an advent calendar!

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  72. I have made table runners and aprons for last minute Christmas gifts, usually last minute because I just don't get started on planned projects soon enough. :-) I would like to make the chevron tree wallhanging.

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  73. I like to make small quilted gifts for Christmas giving. I'm always looking for new ideas so this book would be ideal. I hope to get started any day now!

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  74. Table runners and place mats are my go to gifts. This year I am making an Advent calendar for my nephew. That being said, I am a last minute person. In fact,the Advent calendar fabric was purchased last year but I never got it done. I better get started soon!

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  75. I am always running up the neighbor projects the last week before Christmas. Love aprons and tablerunners. Thanks.

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  76. I try to start early. I'm always looking for something unique to make for all the ladies in our family - one year it was towel head wraps, another year it was potholders, this year maybe tea wallets. We'll see!

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  77. I like to make anything in BRIGHT red, green, and white! I mostly make stockings, table runners, and wall hangings!. Love anything in Christmas colors!!!!
    Debbie Barnes
    barnes2676@sbcglobal.net

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  79. I really like making small handmade gifts for Christmas. They are always rushed and finished right at the last minute!

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  80. I am making three Christmas quilts for Christmas this year. I would like to think I am a "get done early" type of person but I will probably be sewing down binding come the 24th. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

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  81. I sew for Christmas all year long! Lots of lap quilts and anything my granddaughter requests!

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  82. I am working on changing my Christmas sewing habits to being an early bird this year, this month will be very active in my Christmas gift making! (this is my new mantra... lol)
    ~Brandy

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  83. This year I'm determined to have a Christmas Runner for my table! I think in order to accomplish this I may need to start it soon!

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  84. I love to make my Christmas gifts. This book looks like it has a lot of projects that would make fun gifts.

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  85. I would love to make more Christmas gifts or more decorations but I am very much a person that leaves it too late to start!

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  86. I haven't really made christmas gifts in the past - I mainly make birthday gifts. But, this year I do plan to make a quilt for my sister for her Christmas present!

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  87. I like to sew useful kitcheny decorative quilted gifts to give away. :)

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  88. My projects would include embellishing towels, making hot pads, table runners, scented sachets, gifts for others.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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