Ready for Christmas Projects?

So, are you ready for Christmas projects? Some years the answer for me is “not yet” other years it’s “wait, it’s December?”  This year, for some reason, I’m raring to go! After a full day of prep, eating, family-hosting and clean-up on Thanksgiving, I should have gone right to my bed. Instead, I suddenly had a quilt in mind that I was dying to pull together so I stayed up and cut the whole thing. I can’t wait to see it come together. (I paid the next day – I was pooped! But my project is patiently waiting for me to return. Maybe tonight?)

This is a little project that came together so fast today. A mini bunting made with my felt scraps from the felt circles pillow last year. It’s so cute and came together so quickly – I used red & white baker’s twine to string the pennants together.  

I think that one of the reasons I am so excited about Christmas projects is thanks to Stitch Craft Create.  At the Sewing Summit, Vanessa handed out copies of this magazine as part of her photography class.

It’s such a beautiful magazine and it is FULL of ideas for Christmas projects – decor, gifts, and all around cuteness.  My girls love pouring over it as well.  Our copy is dog-eared all over the place. 
This velvet ribbon rose is another project from the magazine. I plan to finish it and make it into a Chrismas broach. Did I mention how many projects there are that I want to make?

 Like these felt roses?  So when Stitch Craft Create offered to send magazines to giveaway to my readers, I said, “heck yeah!”  Really – this magazine is so inspiring and full of SO many great ideas. But even if you don’t make a single one, you will enjoy it for the eye candy!  So if you’d like a copy leave a comment. Giveaway open until Wednesday, November 30 at midnight (MST). I’ll randomly select three commenters so that I can get these out to you asap for that Christmas inspiration.  WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE BOTTOM OF POST. If you can’t wait, you can find the Stitch Craft Create on most newstands at craft and bookstores or you can order directly from SCC.
Are you a crazy shopper during the weekend after Thanksgiving? Call me a party pooper, but I tend to avoid the mall/Walmart/etc. like the plague during all the Black Friday sales. Thank goodness for online deals. :)  And since today is Small Business Saturday you can find great quilting deals AND feel good supporting small businesses at some of these online fabric shops:
Fresh Squeezed Fabrics: everything 20% off with the coupon code christmashop20

Burgundy Buttons: great discounts through Monday.
JAQS Fabrics:Everything 10% off with the code JAQSTenOff through Dec 1
Little Fabric Shop: 15% off entire order with code Gobble11 through Monday

Fabric Worm: 10% off orders of $50 or more with code 10off50 – cyber Monday only.

Canton Village Quilt Works: Whole shop 25% off with code CyberMonday25 at checkout – Monday only.

SewObessed: Free shipping on everything through Monday.

Fort Worth Fabric Studios: Everything 10% off through Monday with the code shop2011
There you go. You’re welcome.

Congrats WINNERS! I will contact you by email. (Looks like Becky was the lucky name this time.)

 Becky S. said…

That looks like a great magazine! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.
 Amy said…

I want to win one! I went to Vanessa’s class, but she had ran out of magazines so I didn’t get one. It looks like so much fun! Not that I need any more projects right now :)
Becky said…

I’m not sure I really need more projects to work on. Just kidding! I could always squeeze in a few more :) I almost never shop on Black Friday. One year I did, lived to survive, but have no desire to do that again. I do admire those that brave the crowds and come away from the experience with great bargains.


  1. says

    Thank you for this lovely giveaway offer. I have bee trying to cut back on my spending, but have browsed a number of magazines while in line at Joann's. This one looks great. I really like your bunting, and the rose broach and felt roses look nice. I avoided the whole Black Friday mess and stayed home and sewed/quilted. I did order one item I've been looking for on sale at Burgundy

  2. says

    Oh, that sounds like a fantastic magazine! I have 3 daughters who like to craft with me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! Good luck with all your Christmas projects!

  3. says

    Looks like a great magazine, thanks! :) I&#39;m like you– avoiding stores of allllll kinds. Happy Holidays (love the mini-bunting!)<br />~robin<br />

  4. says

    What a cute little set of banners! I love the movement of the line you have. The magazine looks dangerous! But I am ready for danger. :-) Thanks for thinking of us. K-

  5. says

    Actually, I&#39;ve been thinking about putting a magazine subscription on my Christmas list..if I don&#39;t win, this looks like a great one for my list!<br /><br />Thanks

  6. says

    This looks like a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win one. :) I have four small children, so a lot of Christmas ideas get &quot;filed away&quot; for later years. I&#39;d love to have a copy of this little idea book!

  7. says

    Love your little bunting. <br />The magazine looks great. Thanks for the chance to win it.<br />Oh, and thanks for the links to some of the sales going on this weekend. The only store I went to on Black Friday was a little local yarn shop – supporting a small business a day early, I guess.

  8. says

    I love the ideas that come out of magazines. I recently went through some old sewing and quiltings magazines that belonged to a great aunt. I found so many must-do projects!

  9. says

    Hmmmm, I am feeling a bit shafted as I was at said photography course with Vanessa and did not get a magazine! It looks wonderful. Maybe I will get lucky here. If not, I probably don&#39;t need more on my insurmountable to-do list anyhow 😉

  10. says

    i was in the book store yesterday and thought the magazine was great- but like some others- pass it up to save a few dollars. thanks for the chance to get ahold of it.

  11. says

    I&#39;m not sure I really need more projects to work on. Just kidding! I could always squeeze in a few more :) I almost never shop on Black Friday. One year I did, lived to survive, but have no desire to do that again. I do admire those that brave the crowds and come away from the experience with great bargains.

  12. says

    That looks like a really fun magazine! I avoid all stores on Black Friday weekend. I also avoid getting out of my jammies too! We had fun putting up the Christmas tree and decorations.

  13. Anonymous says

    I have wanted to get that magazine. It looks so fun! I don&#39;t know if this contest is open to readers who aren&#39;t bloggers, but I would love to enter the drawing! kelliebaer(at)yahoo(dot)com

  14. says

    Looks like a beautiful magazine with some fresh ideas.<br />I worked yesterday, but hit a couple stores today. Didn&#39;t see a crowd, even at the mall.

  15. says

    I already finished a tree skirt and am working on some stockings . . . it&#39;s actually been fun to get started on Christmas stuff this year. Thanks for the chance on the magazine!

  16. says

    I already feel like I am running behind with Christmas decorating! I can&#39;t wait to see your quilt- the sneak peek of your fabrics is such a tease. Thank for offering this giveaway, too!

  17. says

    I love your ribbon rose! And the page with the button ideas~ love it!! Please put me in the hat!! :-) <br /><br />I don&#39;t do Black Friday either. Just no desire to be in any of those crowds. <br /><br />Have a happy week!

  18. says

    That magazine looks awesome!<br />I love your little garland! I&#39;m always looking for easy Thanksgiving projects for the women in my family. While the men watch football, we give thanks for crafting!

  19. says

    Ooooh…I love playing with felt…cut a bunch of little goodies out yesterday!:) I wanted to make my MIL a &quot;Happy Birthday&quot; bunting to replace the cardboard one she uses….FELT…perfect idea!:) Thanks!<br />I would LOVE to win one of those magazines!:)<br /><br />Hahahah….my word verification is glummug!;)

  20. says

    I&#39;ve had Christmas on my mind for awhile now as I am making many of the gifts I am giving this year! Looks like an inspiring magazine!

  21. tracylea says

    Thank you for the opportunity to check out this magazine. It looks very beautiful.<br /><br />brl0mnkys at gmail dot com

  22. says

    That magazine looks so fun! I too,am trying to avoid shopping this weekend. I&#39;ve been tempted several times with the fabric deals, but my goal for the rest of this year (and beyond?) is to use the fabric I have. Maybe I&#39;m the only one with this problem, but &quot;Why is it so much easier to buy?&quot;

  23. says

    I&#39;ve been busy reorganizing my sewing room and found some Christmas fabric, but I&#39;m not in the mood yet, so I hope I win your giveaway…I need some inspiration! Glad you had a nice end to your Thanksgiving…I had a little sewing time too and gave thanks for a patient fiancée!

  24. says

    Always love your projects! I&#39;m needing to start and/or wrap up a few projects for Christmas. I did get my wreath made though :) <br />I would love to win a copy of the project magazine! Thank you for always having such wonderful give-aways!

  25. says

    Oooh, I&#39;ve not come across this magazine before, but I&#39;m sure I could happily add it to my monthly magazine collections :oD Thanks for the chance to win.<br /><br />As for the sales, as it wasn&#39;t Thanksgiving here, I have been spared the madness (it&#39;s Boxing Day that everyone goes mad here), although the online sales have been tempting… :o)

  26. says

    Ooh that magazine looks like fun. I&#39;m definitely in that, &quot;it&#39;s almost December??&quot; stage. Can&#39;t believe I&#39;m about to start working on Christmas presents. Where did this year go?

  27. says

    Looks like a great magazine! I avoid Black Friday too. I did however venture out for Small Business Saturday! I found some great deals on fabric – and it was exactly what I wanted.

  28. says

    I already see some projects that I&#39;d love to make from that magazine. And yes I avoid the shopping over this weekend if I can help it. Too many years of working retail soured me to the craziness that happens.

  29. says

    I love having a sit down with a new magazine, it&#39;s almost like a obsessions I think. I&#39;ve had to stop going to Barnes and Nobles so often because it does get too costly. Some mags. now cost the same as a book! Love the op to win, thanks and have a lovely Sunday!

  30. says

    The magazine looks great! I am gearing up to make a set of placemats and a quilt for some Christmas gifts. I better get going!!<br />

  31. says

    I would love to prowl through that magazine. Thank you for offering it to us. :) I do NOT go anywhere near a store on &#39;Black Friday&#39;…I&#39;m definitely not a crowds person. :/

  32. says

    Hi Amy.<br />I too received that magazine (so don&#39;t put me in the give a way). Oh goodness, it is just packed with pretty ideas. <br />I am the same way. No thanks on the black Friday shopping craze. Would rather be home decorating our tree with my family. Plus I am just not a real big shopper to begin with. Love online deals! Especially when they come to your door. :o)<br />Have a

  33. says

    Since I like thinking about projects more than actually doing them (they always come out perfect that way), I would love this magazine. Thanks!

  34. says

    I want to win one! I went to Vanessa&#39;s class, but she had ran out of magazines so I didn&#39;t get one. It looks like so much fun! Not that I need any more projects right now :)

  35. says

    I usually don&#39;t catch the Christmas spirit until December hits, but this year my daughter has been listening to Michael Buble&#39;s new Christmas cd since early November. I guess it drove me to an early holiday mood. I put away the Autumn quilt (…I was hoping to finish it before Thanksgiving!…) and pulled the Christmas stash and WIPS out of the closet. I&#39;d love a copy of the magazine

  36. says

    I never noticed this magazine before – how can that be??? I love the Christmas trees on the front cover. They&#39;d be perfect in my dining room! And the velvet rose is soooo pretty. What a fun Christmas brooch!! Thanks for the chance to win.<br />Nancy L.<br />

  37. says

    I love your itty bitty pennants! That idea is too cute to pass up. I need to make one as well. And I&#39;d LOVE a copy of the magazine to further inspire me this year. I can use all the help I can get!

  38. says

    I am so excited about Christmas projects. I am almost done my gifts for the teachers! Would love this magazine for inspiration and decorating ideas. Thanks for the opportunity!

  39. says

    I had not seen this particular magazine last time I was at the store, looks like a lot of fun projects to add to what I would like to make THIS year LOL! Love your mini bunting too! Thanks for the give-away!

  40. says

    I would LOVE one of these magazines! I am making small homemade gifts this year, and this magazine has tons of fabulous ideas!<br />soulrunner(at)hotmail(dot)ca

  41. says

    I LOVE this magazine! Discovered it last year about this time and I will admit it is a must have.<br />Can&#39;t wait to see your little project….you have me courious now.

  42. says

    I definitely need some inspiration. We are moving back to our remodeled home this week after 15 months. I did very little sewing during that time and can&#39;t wait to get into my new studio.

  43. says

    That magazine looks awesome. I have been working on Christmas projects since October! But that&#39;s just because I&#39;m slow. 😉 Would love to see fresh ideas. Thanks!

  44. Jennifer Kunze says

    Double edged sword!!! Would love the magazine but then would probably end up subscribing!!! Thanks for the chance and maybe a pre Xmas gift to me!!! Subscription!<br /><br />Jennifer

  45. Anonymous says

    Look forward to receiving your posts on facebook. Since being forced to retire early because of illness, there is little money left over for quilting books and magazines. This looks like a fun one and I am trying to make more presents this year for kids and grandkids. Would love to win this magazine. Thank you for the chance. Happy days to you.<br />

  46. says

    Cute little bunting! I too stayed away from the crowds during this past Black Sales weekend. I opted to stay home to finish some lingering projects.

  47. says

    I am SO much in need of inspiration! I purchased a sewing magazine just the other day to use my coupon &amp; was hoping to jump start my urge to delve into the projects that will make others happy. I would so very love this magazine so I can make a few of the projects &amp; mark items off my christmas list . . . . Thanks for being so very generous

  48. says

    Oh wow, that magazine looks AWESOME! I&#39;ve never seen it in any of the stores around here, so I would love to win one. I am loving Christmas crafting this year, but I could definitely use some inspiration. :)

  49. Karen S. says

    Looks like a great magazine and right up my alley too. Thanks for featuring it so that I can look for it (if I don&#39;t win the copy).<br />Karen

  50. says

    I&#39;ve been eyeing that magazine and I would love to win it! I&#39;m going to be making gifts and decorations this year and I&#39;d love some ideas.

  51. says

    Love the quilted trees on the cover. So fun to discover new things to share at Christmas. Thanks for sharing so many great things on your blog!

  52. says

    What a fun magazine! I absolutely adore the trees on the cover &amp; would love to make them with the aqua &amp; red color combo I have seen at Pleasant Home. My daughter (12)wants to be a fashion designer and has her eye on the ribbon rose.<br />Thanks for sharing I&#39;m with you, much rather shop online and visit the small independent shops in our quaint New England town :)

  53. Cathy C says

    I am intrigued by the pictures you are sharing from this new magazine. I would love to win one of my own. Thanks for the chance and the sharing.

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