vintage christmas sew along!

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Yay! It is finally my turn on the Vintage Christmas sew along! I have been patiently awaiting my turn to show you some of this week’s blocks. Are you ready? First, let me introduce you to the new book by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet Company.

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Lori and her publisher, It’s Sew Emma asked me to participate in the book tour. YES! Y’all know how much I love Lori’s patterns. Her quilts always have an upbeat, refreshed vintage, scrappy look. The patterns are easy to understand, you have the option of making blocks in 6” or 12” - and Lori always shows plenty of setting options. An added plus for me - I can make a block, ooh and aah over it and then make a whole new block (I can get easily bored if I have to sew the same block 42 times). So here are this week’s featured blocks.

First, meet Sparkle, the perfect block to showcase some happy gingerbread people.


And next is Stained Glass.

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Once I got started sewing, well, I couldn’t stop! They’re addictive. Let me show you what I mean.

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I’m working with a bundle of Sugar Plum Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics. It was from last year and it’s now a little hard to find, but Fat Quarter Shop still has some layer cakes available. If you make the 6” blocks you really just need small pieces, so you could easily mix this in with your other stash fabrics.

And now I’d love to show you the other blocks that I’ve made so far. The sampler quilt shown on the cover needs 42 blocks, and I've made 15 blocks. It’s time to crank up the Christmas music and keep sewing!

Candy Canes block. I am obsessed with the Candy Cane Chill Blizzard from DQ. And peppermint stick ice cream. And Junior Mints. I even have crushed peppermint candy to use as a cake and cookie topper! So, this one was perfect for me.

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Candy Swirl block.

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Christmas Candles block - those little leaves are tricky! I needed a warm print for my flames, so I added a yellow stripe from Fig Tree.

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Christmas Star block. I used some cooler colors here to calm down all those other candy brights.

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City Sidewalks block. Many of you know that I lived in NYC for most of my life. The sidewalks there are dirty! And so, I thought that I needed to make a candy-like sidewalk.

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Cozy Star block. Lori shows this in all scrappy prints, but I saw this as another opportunity to use a stripe.

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Fresh Cut Tree block. Never mind that we have 4 faux trees in our house. But we have that fresh cut tree scent anyway, thanks to lots of candles!

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Gingerbread House block. This might be my favorite block so far. And it took some concentration and seam ripping, but well worth it.

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Glimmer block. Candy, stripes and gingerbread-y center. Mmmmm.


Glisten block - like a chic, modern wreath.


Holly and Ivy block. Oh was this tricky to sew! But like I mentioned earlier, only one block is needed and that is always do-able.

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Ice Skate block - my other favorite block (so far), and this was the first time that I used the reindeer print.

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Jingle Bell block. I struggled with my fabric choice, rearranging fabrics over and over, and I’m still not completely happy with it. But it will stay in the finished quilt; I’ll just make a few other pale blocks so it won’t feel lonely.

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I’m glad that you joined me for this book tour today. I’d like to thank Lori Holt, It’s Sew Emma and Fat Quarter Shop for inviting me. Now, if you’d like to pick up a copy of Lori’s book, they are available at Fat Quarter Shop here. And have fun sewing your own blocks!

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