Christmas in July Pattern Bundle~The Clock is Ticking

I’m a little sad at how quickly this pattern bundle has appeared and is now disappearing until next year!  At noon PST, it’s gone for the year!

I had so much fun designing a pattern, but I’m also having fun working on some items using the patterns in the bundle.  Unfortunately, there’s no way I can show you all 23 patterns because I am not the quickest stitcher around.

Yesterday I showed you Poinsettia Pinwheel from Meadow Mist Designs.  If you haven’t checked this pattern out, it is fantastic.  It is a great way to get an on-point look to blocks with creative placement of half square triangles.  I am slowing down to teach my daughter this block because it really is a lot of fun and so simple!

Today, I really intended to have something fun, fantastic, and finished to show you.  Unfortunately, today has been one of those days that I chalk up to astoundingly awful.  Needless to say, it didn’t go as planned and I walked in the door at 8 p.m. from a very, very long work day that allowed for absolutely nothing crafty or quilty in nature.

I’d hoped to share examples of all four of the paper-pieced blocks in Amy Garro’s (13 Spools) pattern, Galaxy Stars.  This is another of my favorite patterns.  I love, love, love paper piecing because of the ability to make accurate angles and crisp points.  One of the great things about the Galaxy Stars pattern is that Amy provided coloring pages for brainstorming color and fabric placement before stitching.

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While I don’t have even one single block done, I wanted to try out my favorite block (Atlas) using my scrap basket.  My scrap basket sample is made with navy and green fabrics.  (You can never go wrong with that color scheme!)

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Previously, I used Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper for paper piecing, but I’m a single mom with MS and a limited income.  I now order a package of 500 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ newsprint (thanks Amazon Prime).  It goes through my printer well, and seems to work nicely.  It is a lighter weight than the foundation paper, but I’ve been happy with it.  I do shorten my stitch length to 1.8.  Anything shorter seems to slice through the paper.

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I’m having fun with this and only stopped because I have rummage around in my scraps for more blue for the star points.  I’m thinking this block would make a stunning bed-sized quilt and goes together very quickly.

Do you enjoy paper piecing?  The Christmas in July bundle has several paper piecing patterns and I’m excited to try out more of them.  Next up for me will be the Geometric Reindeer.  I think a couple throw pillows with the Geometric Reindeer block would make a fantastic Christmas gift for my kids’ grandparents.

If you’d like to get 23 patterns for just $25, you only have a few more hours left.  Then the deal is gone until next year.

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