Ok, I have to admit it, I’m double-dipping here and I hope no one minds. I recently entered my first two mini exchanges on Instagram and decided to let my #mostwonderfultimeoftheyear2015 project do double duty as my Christmas in my Heart project. Why? Well, funny you should ask…
As soon as I began thinking of a Christmas mini, I began thinking of “Silent Night” as a theme. Life is chronically hectic right now for me and just thinking of a starry night, snow and quiet was enough to make me smile. I searched around for that “just right” blue…not too dark, not too solid and started trying out patterns. I may have printed two or three different paper-piecing patterns before I came on this one by Jennifer from Sewhooked (here’s a link to the free pattern on Craftsy.) So, I had a house that fit my vision and away I went! I added a free-pieced Christmas Star and, of course, a bunch of snow on the ground. While I pieced this, I was reminded of one of my mom’s stories. My mom grew up on farms outside of Joliet, Montana. She has told me many times about still, frozen winter nights and the wail of the train whistle across the open spaces. “It was the loneliest sound I ever heard,” my mom will say. So, unseen in my little Christmas quilt is the echo of those faraway trains and the immense comfort of being tucked up safe and warm in the cold.
My wish for you this Christmas Season is the warmth of friends, family, traditions and stories…the kind of stories that bind us to our history with gossamer threads of imagination.
And, in celebration of the season, I’ve got a little giveaway gift. I’ve yet to meet a quilter who didn’t enjoy a few more fat quarters so here’s a trio to give away.
Just leave a comment, and, yes, I’ll ship internationally (although I don’t guarantee that it will arrive for Christmas.) I’d love to hear some of your Christmas or Holiday stories but any comment will do. Enjoy the rest of the hop and may all the blessings of the season be yours!
P.S. Please don’t spill the beans to my instagram partner…I don’t think her package has arrived yet!
Oh, and there’s a great giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop...as soon as I can get the codes to work, I’ll let you know. The giveaway is the same on all our blogs today so you only have to enter once! Special thanks to FQS and Seams to Be Sew for all the fun! (I’m pretty sure you can hop over to Seams to Be Sew and enter, too.)