Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas

Welcome to Day 1 of Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas. On weekdays through
Dec. 21, we’ll share holiday cheer with you here on Quilty Pleasures.

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Think patterns, freebies, recipes and giveaways. Some days will be simple quilty Christmas eye candy—all you have to do is enjoy it. Let’s just relax and have some fun together.


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You may be familiar with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It’s a special issue we publish twice a year and there are now six different volumes. In each volume there have been a few blocks with Christmas or winter or holiday themes.


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Snowman Farm by June Dudley, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 2

This is Snowman Farm by QM’s Editor-in-Chief June Dudley. It appears in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 2. I think it’s one of the cutest blocks we’ve ever published.

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Here’s more of a bird’s-eye view. There’s a lesson here: by stepping away from what you’re making, you’ll get a different perspective. Always look at your work from at least six to eight feet away. You’ll be amazed what a difference it makes.



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Holiday Tea by Melissa Harris and Arlene Stamper, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 2

This is Holiday Tea by Melissa Harris and Arlene Stamper of The Quilt Company. This elegant block is also from Volume 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.


Ice Crystal by QM Associate Editor Eileen Fowler, below, was the first in a series of intricate seasonal blocks she designed. Volume 2 contained this oh-so-chilly beauty.

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Ice Crystal by Eileen Fowler, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 2

If you can sew on a straight line, you can make this block. People can hardly believe it when they’re first introduced to paper piecing, but it’s the truth!


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Holiday Season by Cynthia Foster, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3

In Volume 3 we published Holiday Season by Cynthia Foster of Carter Creek Quilts, above.



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Blooming Trumpets by Martha Walker, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3

Blooming Trumpets by Martha Walker is another favorite that doesn’t have to be in the holiday category, but surely could be. Martha is the designer behind Wagons West Designs.


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Star Flower by Barbara Bieraugel, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3

The same is true of Star Flower by Barbara Bieraugel. It wouldn’t have to be considered Christmas, but it definitely fits in with our holiday theme.


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Say Cheese! by Joni Pike, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3

This is the more lighthearted Say Cheese! by Joni Pike of Sew Special Designs. Love those photo corners.


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Game Board by Pam Vieira-McGinnis, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3

And if your taste runs to a soft palette of Christmas colors, I think Game Board would be just perfect. It was designed by Pam Vieira-McGinnis, aka Pam Kitty Morning.

That’s just a taste of the holiday blocks we have published. Each image is linked to our store site where you can purchase the issue it’s in if you don’t already have it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this small show & tell. See you back here tomorrow for more Countdown to Christmas fun!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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