Sew Seasonal Blog Hop

Kristy at Quiet Play and Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts are sharing 25 (FREE!) Christmas-themed block patterns!  

You can find the patterns in their Craftsy stores. They are free for the month of November. Paper pieced patterns are here and Ornamental patterns are here. Get them while you can and see what wonderful Christmas things you can create!

I decided to pick one of the paper pieced patterns, since I've been having a go at it recently and am enjoying trying different patterns. I got the lovely Christmas star... and since I have too many quilts on the go I wanted to think of something practical I would use and love. I came up with this notebook cover:

Now it doesn't look too Christmassy (not great for a seasonal blog hop - sorry!!) because I have no Christmas fabric left and I chose instead to use up some of my favourite scraps. I also only had the most giant notebook to hand so it's ridiculously big!

My idea though is that you could easily use one of the 5" blocks to make a fun Christmas notebook cover and get yourself really organised with a place for gift and card lists, addresses and when the time comes 'who received what from whom' so you can write your thank yous!

They would also make cute gifts because who doesn't love a notebook?!

I used this tutorial from Stitched In Color as a guide, although I had to work out the measurements and maths is really not my strong point! It came together well though and I loved picking out fabrics that make me smile.

I also embroidered 'Starry Starry Night' onto the cover, which actually makes it look like a book. I used this wonderful variegated thread that my Nanny gave me, I love the retro labels!

Be sure to check out Rebecca's blog today to see her gorgeous cushions!

And for more inspiration here's a list of all the bloggers taking part:

Sew Seasonal Blog Hop

1st November: Kristy from Quiet Play & Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
2nd November: TBA & Jane from Where Jane Creates
3rd November: Susan from Patchwork N Play & Kelsey from Kelsey Sews
4th November: Janice from Better Off Thread & Erin from Missy Mac Creations
5th November: Lucy from Charm About You & Rebecca from Making Rebecca Lynn
6th November: Charlotte from Lawson and Lotti & Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
7th November: Jess from the Elven Garden & Cindy from Live a Colorful Life
8th November: Elaine from Dashasel Sews & Kelly from Jeliquilts
9th November: Beth from Plum and June & Fiona from Finding Fifth
10th November: Juliet from Tartan Kiwi & Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches
11th November: Taryn from Pixels to Patchwork & Anorina from Samelia's Mum
12th November: Megan from Jaffa Quilts & Jane from QuiltJane 
13th November: Gemma from Pretty Bobbins

Now it's your turn! Download the patterns (they'll be free for the duration of the blog hop!) and make one or more of the blocks to create a finished product. Anything you like, as long as it's completely, 100% finished! Then come back here on November 30th to link up your finished product to win some awesome prizes! There's also a Flickr group for the blog hop, where you can share your blocks as you finish them. Show off your progress, and be in the running for a prize there too. That's 2 different ways to win prizes!

And what are these fabulous prizes?! Well, so far we have:

Awesome Launch Day giveaways at Blossom Heart Quilts and Quiet Play - check back November 1st!
2 x $10 vouchers

Joy by Kate Spain - full fat quarter bundle + panel

2 x $25 vouchers

1 x $25 voucher

$30 gift voucher

Japanese Christmas fabric - fat eighth bundle

Charm pack

Plus, are you needing some Christmas fabric supplies for the hop? Well, Chrissy from Sew Lux Fabrics has set up a special discount code on Christmas fabrics in her shop! So if you need supplies, be sure to check it out. The code is "sewseasonal10" and is for 10% off all Christmas fabric (Joy, Blitzen, and Sentiments) through November 18th. A charm pack or layer cake will work perfectly for Ornamental!

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