Hi and welcome to The Christmas in July, then and now blog hop. Thanks to Carol from Just let me Quilt for organising the event. As always it has been fabulous, so much quilting eye candy and lots of inspiration for future projects. Ohh I feel a new project starting!
Christmas has always been special for my family. It's a time for the family to get together, chill out and spend quality time together. The fact that there are decorations, lots of yummy food and presents is the icing on the cake. Mmm cake!
When I started my blog several years ago one of the first things I did was to take part in a quilt along with Melissa from Happy quilting. The quilt along was based on tetras and there were weekly prizes. I won a jelly role of Christmas fabric - yipee. At the same time there were a lot of quilts being made using granny squares and I really liked the idea and so my first Christmas quilt was envisaged. It took a little time to complete - like all my projects. I love it and just wished the Christmas season was longer.
The quilt goes on my bed from December 9th. I insist on celebrating my birthday on December 8th before we usher in the Christmas decorations. This is still on of my favourite quilts.
I've also made advent calendars from panels and table runners.
This one was for my younger brother and I had fun filling it with his favourite sweets. The joy of these advent calendars is that each year I just need to supply the sweets as the calendar is still usable.
This year I made a new Christmas quilt. It was started on New Years day 2019 but not finished until earlier this year. Christmas 2020 will be its first chance to join in the festivities.
There is already an argument about who's bed it will be on for the festive season.. I just love the green stars.
For this hop I started a Christmas tablecloth. It isn't finished but I already love the way it looks. It will be the centre piece of my Christmas table. First I'll cover the table with a large white lace table cloth that my mother bought in Malta. Then this will cover the centre.
The centre square is all stitched together. Now I need to add all of the next layer round and finish it off. Unfortunately light was pouring in from outside and caused glare on the picture. This will be finished during the next two weeks as I'm on holiday. During that time I was also start my present list and ideas. I may even start my Christmas shopping, it just depends how much spare time I have.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas then and can envisage my Christmas now completed and in pride of place on the table.
Do go and visit the other blogs taking part today. I have some catching up to do as I haven't visited the ones from Thursday yet. The ones I've seen have given me so many ideas.