Stacy West’s Christmas

Nobody does Christmas like Stacy of Buttermilk Basin.

Christmas Cheer

Make the season bright with a beautiful quilt complete with wool-applique motifs that will spark your favorite Christmas memories. As you stitch each block of this beauty, you’ll reminisce about your childhood days of sledding, decorating the Christmas tree, and putting out treats for Santa’s annual visit. Holly boughs, candy canes, poinsettias, gingerbread, and other familiar holiday fare will make this quilt one you’ll enjoy displaying for years to come. Your stitching will become a family treasure for generations. Put on some festive music, bake a plate of cookies, and nestle into your favorite spot to enjoy hours of stitching pleasure as you make the 15 nostalgic wool-applique blocks in Christmas Cheer! It’s guaranteed to turn the most wonderful time of the year into a yearlong celebration!

Frankly, a pic of the quilt and this description is all we’ve got now BUT her books are always best sellers – and this one will be no exception! This book is due to arrive in August, so place your orders now!

Kimberbell’s Hometown Halloween

This is not coming out until June, but I had to tell you about it now! Kimberbell Design’s last Halloween sampler quilt was one of her most popular patterns ever – and I’m sure this one will be just as popular!

Candy Corn Quilt Shoppe is available as a fabric kit by Maywood Studio.

Candy Corn Quilt Shoppe Kit - Fabric Only, 40in x 40in

And all of the fabrics are available by the bolt or in pre-cuts. Just look at this color pallette! Go to Hometown Halloween to see the entire collection. Kimberbell thought of everything – right down to the diagonal stripe for bindings!

Fat Quarter, Hometown Halloween, 19pcs/bundle

The machine embroidery pattern will be available when the fabric is released.

Candy Corn Quilt Shoppe Machine Embroidery Version

It is also available in a traditional format : Item #KD727. Make sure you add this to your summer schedule so it can be done in time for the Trick or Treaters!

Gift Card Ornaments

Gift-giving has never been easier! These delightful ornament bags, designed by Rachel’s of Greenfield, are just the right size for gift cards or other treasures of your choice. Each envelope-style ornament bag has a different decoration on the front and fastens on the back with an old-fashioned figure-eight closure. The kit includes woolfelt®, embroidery floss, and gold string plus precise patterns, and complete instructions to make 6 gift bags.

Gift Bag Ornaments Kit

There are lots of kits to choose from.

Kit Warm Feet Ornaments
Christmas Critters Ornament Kit
Kit Warm Hands Mitten Ornaments
Charcoal Mittens Kit

These kits are a great way to keep those mask makers engaged. This is my plan:

This year I made GALLONS of Chex mix, filled quart jars, and put them in gift bags. My children and grandchildren had a ball leaving these gifts on the doorsteps of friends and on the desks of their favorite teachers. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate the holidays this year up close and personal, but we want to continue the tradition. I drew squares the size of each woolfelt piece onto freezer paper. Then, I traced the templates for that color within the square. Since my family and friends are making multitudes of these, we can run as many copies of the template sheets as we have kits – and only have to trace them once. Now, the instructions say to trace the templates right onto the wool felt, but ironing the freezer paper onto the woolfelt with a warm iron was much faster. Why not provide a template sheet to your customers as that “value-added” bonus with the purchase of each kit?

This Gypsy Quilter Appliqué Freezer Paper is over-sized and worked well!

Gypsy Quilter Freezer Paper 12in x 15in Heavy Weight 40ct

And, what great handwork while sitting in front of a fire…..

Love is in the Air

There are a multitude of heart projects in the top 100 patterns. It is that time of year….

Jen Kingwell and Andrea Bair’s Boho Heart is a booklet of block patterns that are then combined into an over-sized lap quilt. Add a border to make a double size quilt. The pieced strip border is stunning and adds that awe factor to the quilt.

Boho Heart Booklet

What makes your heart burst with joy? Capture the feeling with the Exploding Heart by Slice of Pi Quilts! This advanced beginner pattern makes a large 72” x 72” throw quilt and is fat quarter and fabric cutter friendly.

Exploding Heart

Shoot the moon with a winning hand of hearts. With 5 fat eighths, make a “pair of hearts” from each print. Three fat quarters will yield “four of a kind” from each print. To make each heart different, deal 10 – 10″ squares to each player. No need to avoid the black queen, we’re playing with just hearts. Let’s Play Hearts by Atkinson Designs.

Let's Play Hearts

Have a Heart by J. Michelle Watts is created with 1-1/2 inch strips for a small quilt, 2-1/2″ strips for a generous throw. Choose one pack of strips for the heart, two for the background, and you are ready to sew!

Have A Heart

Why not set up a Valentine’s Day display?

A Christmas Tradition

A friend of mine comes from a quilting family. Every year, Santa tucks them in with their own special Christmas quilt so they wake up under it Christmas morning. They cuddle with it all day and then Christmas night, Santa takes it back to the North Pole.

Our family has decided that is a lot of work for one night so in our house, we asked the Elf on the Shelf to bring the quilt – and take it back to the North Pole on Christmas night!

Here are just a few of the patterns that are in the top 100 that would be perfect choices:

So This Is Christmas
A Tale Of Two Gnomes

This pattern does not include the instructions for a quilt – but they are too darn cute to miss!

Holly Jolly Gnomes Pattern

Why not start a new family tradition. If you get started now, they will be done just in time…..

The Gnomes Have It!

These Holly Jolly Gnomes designed by The Whole Country Caboodle are simply adorable! The pattern features four different gnomes: Reindeer Gnome, Snowflake Gnome, Santa Gnome, and Papa Gnome. With names like that, they could move right in with the Smurfs and feel right at home!

Holly Jolly Gnomes Pattern

The booklet includes instructions for a mug rug, pillow, pillow wrap, and canister wrap. Many feature homespun towels as a base.

These fellows also come in laser cut kits which Include precut fused applique & finished drawing for assembling applique.

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Reindeer Gnome Precut Fused Applique Pack
Papa Gnome Precut Fused Applique Pack
Snowflake Gnome Precut Fused Applique Pack

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Santa Gnome Precut Fused Applique Pack

I can already see these as the basis of gifts for next year. Why not start a holiday club in January? Feature projects like this that make great gifts for everyone on your list – including the pets! Can’t you just picture a canister filled with cat or dog treats wrapped with a reindeer gnome? Decorated kitchen towels for hostess gifts? Mug rugs for the folks at work? Wouldn’t it be nice to have an assortment of gifts on hand next year?

These items are due to arrive the end of December so they would be a great way to kick off a new program! And don’t forget to check out Leann’s fabric with Henry Glass. Her basic lines are great wardrobe choices for these guys!

The Wreath Quilt Sampler

To see how gorgeous – and easy – this quilt is, view the video tutorial before you do anything else!

In Krista’s words: The Wreath Quilt Sampler (#TQL10023) is a fun, fresh addition to your holiday decor. It’s composed of six different blocks or concepts, each one teaching a new technique using the Creative Grids® 60-Degree Diamond Mini Ruler. The shapes are simple, and the construction is a breeze, building your quilt block by block with no Y seams! Work from your stash or collect a variety of reds and greens and enjoy the process of shade and color placement to get the complete effect. Finished size: 55″ x 55″.

The Wreath Quilt Sampler

All of the units are created with the Creative Grids® 60 Degree Diamond Mini (#CGR60DIAMINI). The quilt can be made with the Creative Grids® 60 Degree Diamond (#CGR60DIA) as well – but since the pieces are smaller, it is much easier to manipulate the mini!

Creative Grids 60 Degree Mini Diamond Ruler

Krista does such great support for everything and her latest addition is no exception! She has created cutting charts for the diamond rulers. These charts show how many triangles or diamonds can be cut from each width of fabric strip. And while you are there, stay awhile and check out her other videos. You will be glad you did!

Snowflake Squad Wool Garland

The pattern name is even adorable! Sew Cherished created the Snowflake Squad to help you with your winter decorating. Using the interchangeable banner and attaching the appliques with magnets – these little banners change out really quickly for a big impact. Each wool applique measures approximately 5″ in diameter.

Snowflake Squad

This is the winter version of the Gouly Gang pattern I shared a few weeks ago. Made of hand-dyed wool, each pumpkin head is approximately 4″ x 4″. Designed to fit in the banner with magnets, they could easily be made into separate ornaments as well.

Ghouly Gang

Both patterns are designed to work with this 67.5″ garland from Kraft Klub. Simply affix the wool work with magnets. The circles have a chalkboard finish you can write on them with chalk, too.

Circle Garland


Here are the magnets designed to work with everything above! They are1″ inch enamel magnets that come in a 12 pack.

White Enamel Magnets 12ct

Don’t you love having a handwork project this time of year? Let’s sit in front of the fire and stitch away!

Fast, easy Holiday Project

Kristine Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs has the best ideas! She is genius at creating projects that can actually be completed in a class. Santa Socks is a perfect example of that!

Santa Socks

These stockings are a nice size – 11″ x 17″ – which also means they can be cut from fat quarters! Christmas fabric is arriving soon so lets be prepared! Kris has worked with Bosal so that the fusible batting is the exact size you need – no need to trim!

Santa Sock

That is always the frustrating part since the shape is larger than traditional paper! These patterns and pre-cut batting packages are due to arrive the first week in June so order now!

HoHoHo with Nancy Halvorsen

Nobody knows how to add that awe factor to any holiday like Nancy Halvorsen! And she is back with her latest fabric line with Benartex – Better Not Pout. Of course, there is a book with 20 projects to support the line as well!

Better Not Pout

Houses are everywhere this season – including in the companion fabric line, available in a white or navy background:

White Christmas Village

She also included some stocking panels which are so cute, you will want to make some just to fill with gifts instead of wrapping paper. There are two different panels to choose from and she even remembered the cat and dog!

Multi You Better Not Pout Panel
Multi He's Making a List Panel

Each panel is approximately 2/3 of a yard.

Her tea towels are so popular that she is now offering them in packages or on bolts!

Tea Towels, 8 per pack

Everything is due to arrive the end of May so place your orders now!