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December 2012

Christmas wishes...

One Day In May Merry Christmas 2012

My wish for you this Christmas, is to find joy in the little things...

Twinkling lights,

the smell of Christmas pine,

nostalgic carols,

giving to another,

a full belly,

a fridge filled with leftovers,

the memory of Christmases before,

and the dreams of Christmases to come.

The celebration of new life,

and a sense of wonder,

as we delight in our children

Hannah Christmas 2012 ~ 1

 and in the miracle of a baby named Jesus.

A new pattern release ~ The Joy of Christmas

Some of you may remember some sneak peeks of this festive wall hanging that I shared back in July. This One Day In May pattern was available as an early release for those participating in Christmas In July at Quilt Fabric Delights.
Well, the time has come to make it available for general release.

This is one of my favourite projects for 2012 and is just the thing for beginning the Christmas season.
I had imagined this little dove and nest for quite a while, and loved bringing them to "life".

Introducing "The Joy of Christmas".

The Joy of Christmas  ~ pattern cover

“Bless our hearts and home with the joy of Christmas”

The Joy of Christmas  ~ full quilt

"The Joy of Christmas" is a 20" square wall hanging.
This design combines embroidery, patchwork and lovely dimensional detail.
The central panel features a nesting, appliquéd dove with dimensional wing and tail.
Her nest is also appliquéd and has added textural detail, achieved with the attachment of household string.
This little bird has decorated her home for Christmas with semi-detached felt holly leaves and berries and a scattering of dainty gold bells.

The Joy of Christmas ~ bird closeup

I've used two of my favourite variegated cottons from Cottage Garden Threads to embroider the leaf-curls and script.

The Joy of Christmas ~ script

The Joy of Christmas  ~ border panel

Being a big fan of French General fabrics, I decided to use one of their charm packs for the two borders.
( I have a few leftover squares and have them tucked away for another special project I'm working on.)
Requirement details and cutting instructions are also given in the pattern for those not wishing to use a charm pack. 

The Joy of Christmas  ~ cropped

If you'd like to make your own "The Joy of Christmas" ~ Wall Hanging", patterns have started to arrive in stores.

 You can currently find patterns and just a handful of kits at Quilt Fabric Delights. Patterns are also available from Hugs 'n Kisses and The Patchwork Tea House.
If you'd like to order through you local patchwork store, please refer them to my lovely distributor, Pattern Press.

Do you stitch for Christmas?
Do you have a favourite Christmas project?
I'd love to hear about it.: )

Until next time,