Monday, July 17, 2017

Jingle Wishes - my 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop quilt


Welcome to my stop on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Confessions Of A Fabric Addict
This is the 2nd year for this holiday themed blog hop and it just might become an annual event if the enthusiastic response is any indication.  :) 

Last summer for this blog hop I designed and created my Merry Jingle quilt (which happens to be in the process of being remade with non-holiday fabrics for my first pattern release for retail sale.)
 It was made using the charms I collected after hosting a Kate Spain Christmas Charm Swap in the fall of 2015.
That swap consisted of her lines Joy, Solstice, 12 Days of Christmas, Flurry, In From the Cold and Jingle.  For this year's hop I wanted to use the same fabrics since I still had so many charms leftover and I also wanted to make a second Christmas themed quilt for my home.  This design is my newest result.  May I present:
Jingle Wishes
 This is a simple charm and half charm quilt with skinny sashing strips between the blocks.
I admit that my main motivation for this design was to use up as many of the Christmas charms as I possibly could.  My only constraint was the amount of fabric that I had for the skinny sashing pieces. This quilt finished at 57" x 55" and used a total of 120 charms for the top.
The panto I chose was Christmas Doodle and the lighthearted motifs suited this cuddle quilt perfectly.  For the top I used Glide thread in Chartreuse which stood out a little while still being very subtle over all the various fabrics. The designs included ornaments.
Sweet candy canes.
And whimsical Christmas trees.
This picture taken in the morning light shows the lovely texture that the panto gave to this quilt without overpowering the fabrics.  I love it!
For the binding, since I had just enough of the same yardage left from the Merry Jingle quilt binding, I used it for this quilt too. It works for me as it includes all three of the main holiday colors of Red, White and Green and ties everything together well.
In keeping with the "use up what I already have" mentality I used a yard of one more Kate Spain Christmas print I had in my stash with even more charms from the charm swap, 64 to be exact.
I'm a big fan of pieced backs because they add so much more interest plus using up bit of this and that is always a good thing so that there's room to buy new fabrics.

The panto design again just shows as great texture across the back. Signature thread in Lime was used on the back.
I'm thrilled with how this design experiment turned out and if you might want to create your own version check back in a few days for the free tutorial.
 I can't thank Sarah enough for hosting this blog hop again.  It gave me the excuse chance to make another beautiful Christmas quilt to adorn my home this coming holiday season.
 Please visit the other ladies who are sharing their projects today.


The entire blog hop schedule is:

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th
Sunday, July 16th
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 17th
Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Tuesday, July 18th
Wednesday, July 19th
Thursday, July 20th
Friday, July 21st
Saturday, July 22nd

 And to just add to the excitement and fun here is more great news from Sarah!

And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren't enough, this year we've got something extra special!  The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it's pretty drool-worthy stuff, too - it's Tula Pink's new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!
I have six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away - and here's how we're going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop, I'll do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone's name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day's hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners - the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then I'll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though - let's spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment - it makes the time spent on each post worth it when you see what people think about your work!

So it's worth your while to visit each blog hop participant and leave her a comment.  Not only will it make her day but it will give you another chance to win some of this yummy fabric.

Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you enjoy my quilt and will come back to see what else is going on in my studio.  Lots of fun projects are in the works and I can't wait to share them.


140 of you added your own colorful comments:

  1. this is a lovely quilt. it will be so much fun to snuggle in during the winter.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  2. What a beautiful quilt - love the colors!

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  3. Beautiful way to use your charm squares!

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  4. What beautiful quilts...really puts me in the holiday spirit. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love a pieced back. I like my quilts to be reversible. Oh,and your quilt is lovely too.
    I wondered why you were late. I am glad you got the issue sorted out.

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  6. beautiful quilt love how the colours just go....

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  7. That is so pretty, Michele. Love the soft colors for Christmas.

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  8. Kate spains fabrics are fabulous for this Christmas cozy quilt. Thanks for participating with your hectic life, it's appreciated.

    ejaneemerson@yahoo.com

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  9. I love this year's Christmas quilt and will certainly be on the lookout for the tutorial.

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  10. This is a beautiful holiday quilt Michele. Love the Kate Spain fabrics too.

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  11. Simple design made effective with the use of the wide variety of charms. I love the quilt motif you used and using the colored thread helps the design show. Hopefully blog hoppers will check and find your post. Technology is great when it works, but a pain when it doesn't.
    Pat

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  12. Love your Charming quilt! What a great way to use charm squares. Thanks for sharing your idea

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  13. Cute designs for your quilts. I like the back art you created.

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  14. Cute quilt with adorable fabrics! I'll be checking back for that tutorial soon! Thanks!

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  15. Very nice quilts! Gives me Christmas fever :) Have a great day!

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  16. Love all the colours!!! Great for a quick quilt when using precut charms!!!

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  17. Nice quilt! It is hard for me to use "the good stuff" for backing, but I need to rethink that as I have a large stash and not getting any younger!

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  18. I'm loving the fabrics and quilts. Just loving the whole thing really.

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  19. Pretty quilts. They are so colorful and bright.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
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  20. Your quilt turned out so nice. It really inspires me to make a charm and a half-charm quilt! Great way to use up stash.

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  21. Your quilt is beautiful and it's a great pattern to show off all those darling fabrics!

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  22. I like the simplicity of this project. It is very doable and can be scaled to any size. Thanks.

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  23. So sorry that you had trouble posting! This quilt is adorable. Love the easy way it goes together and the quilting you added. Great job!

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  24. I like the repeating process in your pattern. It looks as if it would go together quickly. Thank you for participating in the blog hop. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  25. Great way to sue charm squares, and I just love how you quilted it. Perfect Christmas quilt.

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  26. Thank you and looking forward to pattern. Never to many Christmas quilts.

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  27. I love this charm/half charm quilt... I have a lot of Christmas charms and this would be perfect!

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  28. great quilt for a busy season! Love the quilting you did on it

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  29. Very pretty Christmas quilts. Thanks for the inspiration. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  30. Great way to use "charms" or other smaller pieces of fabric. I do have a collection!

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  31. This is a very pretty quilt! It's so soft and warm looking!

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  32. The charm and a half quilt is lovely. The skinny strips really helps bring it all together. I'm so glad you got your technical issues ironed our. Technology is great when it works and frustrating when it doesn't. I, too, ran into a technical glitch and missed my posting deadline for today's post by an hour. So glad, you've got things worked out.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  33. Your quilts are great! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to the tutorial in a few days!

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  34. Love your Christmas quilts and looking forward to the directions in a few days. I'm enjoying this Blog hop.

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  35. Very cute quilt, I can see it done in many different color ways.

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  36. Congratulations, Michele, on two beautiful quilts!!
    (I'm following your blog now... I'm looking forward to your tutorial!)
    Thank you for the great ideas!
    Pat T.

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  37. Your quilt is gorgeous. It's very colorful. I LOVE the panto you did on it. The back is perfect and just how I like them. Merry Christmas in July!

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  38. After having cut the fabric for Santa's trip, I still have left over fabric. I love your idea and will get cutting up some squares. Thanks.
    Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  39. Wonderful addition to your holiday decor. I'm thinking one for Halloween would be interesting. Looking forward to your tutorial.

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  40. I like that Merry Jingle name for a quilt!
    tvonzalez at gmail dot com

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  41. I too like using up bits of extras for a backing. Very lovely way to tie in themed fabrics~

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  42. Wonderful quilt! It was worth the technical problem wait to see it. I too am fond of pieced backings and think yours is awesome. Thanks for sharing today!

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  43. Love the fabric collections

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  44. This is a great pattern for using up Christmas fabric (or getting new fabric -- hehe), and it shows off those fun fabrics so well! Very pretty! Sorry about your technical glitch this morning; so frustrating, but so glad you were able to get it quickly taken care of!

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  45. What a versatile pattern both for Christmas or any other theme. It is going to be fun to play with Christmas fabrics.

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  46. I like both of the quilts and good luck with your first pattern. The quilting is beautiful. Would love to been able to see more. Thanks for hanging in there and sharing your work.

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  47. Lovely design, and so bright and cheerful. Using what we have, I have done the same for my day on day 9. And your sunshine, the photos give me a smile, as down here in NZ, we have more rain, more snow on the way down south.

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  48. Lovely quilts! I need to work harder on using what I have. I need to make at least two more Christmas quilts (only made one so far); that way, each of my children will get one.

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  49. Pretty quilts. love your backing.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  50. I'll be looking forward to the tutorial for your new quilt. Thanks for participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop!!

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  51. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THESE PRETTY FABRICS!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  52. Very cute quilt. Ilook forward to the tutorial.

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  53. What a cute quilt and design. Looking forward to the tutorial and pattern :)

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  54. Hooray for you, for coming up with such a great way to show off your collected Christmas fabrics. I think sometimes it's harder to keep it simple, but it can be really effective, and your quilt proves that point.

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  55. Great quilt! Making another Christmas quilt is on my list.

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  56. I have some Christmas fabric that just might work well for this quilt.

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  57. Your quilt is a great use of charm squares!

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  58. Really pretty quilt, looking forward to seeing the tutorial!
    ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  59. Gorgeous quilt! And it doesn't have to be done in Christmas fabric--but it does make it special!

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  60. Pretty Christmas quilts! I like that they are not too Christmassy to keep out for longer.

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  61. Lovely quilts and I will come back to find your tutorial.
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  62. Nice quilts! Good luck with your new pattern sales.

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  63. Your Christmas quilt is beautiful!

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  64. Lovely job on your quilt. Thanks for sharing.
    Swoot@att.net

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  65. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

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  66. So happy you were able to figure out the technical difficulties. I love your quilt. It is something to see how charms can be used.

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  67. Love your quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Cute holiday quilt. Thanks for being in the hop.

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  69. Both of those are beautiful holiday quilts. I love the quilting too.

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  70. I love Kate Spain's Christmas fabrics and your quilts really make the most of them! The quilting with the holiday motifs is the icing on the cake.

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  71. A beautiful quilt. Congratulations on your second pattern. Leftovers are wonderful! dezertsuz at gmail

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  72. I love your quilt! The design is simple, but striking. Looking forward to the tutorial!

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  73. What a great way to use up a stash!!

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  74. Love the quilt! I am collecting fabrics for a Christmas/winter quilt just might have to try your Jingle Wishes quilt. Thanks!

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  75. Beautiful Christmas quilt! So colorful!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  76. Fun Christmas quilt! Thanks for sharing!

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  77. I adore your quilt and think it is cool that you used up leftover Kate Spain fabrics (what is not to love about her fabrics). I'll check back for your tutorial. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

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  78. I LOVE this!! This just might be what I do with my charm swap blocks =) So simple, but it really makes a statement.

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  79. What a beautiful quilt! I love the variety of fabrics and the way you organized them to make a great design!

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  80. That is a beautiful quilt. I love, love, love Glide thread.

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  81. great pattern for using charm squares!

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  82. Love your beautiful quilt. Nice to use those charm blocks.

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  83. Loving the fabrics in your new quilt & I'll be back for the tutorial & I've loved visiting all the different blogger's on this hop today :)

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  84. I am enjoying seeing all the Christmas ideas. Thanks for sharing yours. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  85. Your quilt turned out so nice -- how fun to have and use all those charm squares. Beautiful fabric!! I'll be back for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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  86. Michelle, so glad you got everything resolved, worth the wait! ;) Lovely quilt!

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  87. Such a beautiful quilt - I think you even topped last year's quilt! Thanks so much for all the effort you put into your post - I'm glad the technical issues got worked out!

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  88. A great quilt made with beautiful fabrics- can't wait to see the tutorial!

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  89. I always admire those quilted Christmas projects with modern holiday colors and yours is exceptional! Yes, I will be back to look for the tutorial! Thank you!

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  90. What a wonderful way to use up your charms! Very pretty, the thin sashing add so much! Your quilting is perfect-Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  91. Nice quilt. I'm always looking for ways to use my charm squares. Thanks.!

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  92. Love the quilt. Looking forward to your first pattern coming out. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  93. I am also in that use what I have frame of mind. I love your ideas for using charms! Thanks for sharing

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  94. I like the charm and a half design with the narrow sashing; it makes for a lovely controlled-scrappy look. susanprincess at att dot net

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  95. Such beautiful quilts--and I like the fact that you used charms (I have quite a collection!)
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  96. Your quilt came out CHARMing! Very pretty and happy.

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  97. What an interesting read and such beautiful quilts you have made from charm squares, giving me a whole new perspective on said 5" squares lol.
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

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  98. I've never used a charm square. I have a pack that came with a kit and have never made the kit yet. Now, I have a reason to think more about them and making them from scraps. I love your idea for the backing, too. I love Christmas no matter when it is.

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  99. I like the way you used the charm squares.

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  100. This is a great quilt, thanks for the idea.

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  101. well, how can you not love Kate Spain or Tula Pink Christmas fabric? Thank you. xo

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  102. Such prettiness to result from the lowly charm square! Great job!

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  103. Love Kate Spain and charms. Two winners for sure.

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  104. Great use of charms on the front and back of your quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  105. I love making quilts with charms!! Beautiful quilt!!

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  106. Your quilts are wonderful as always!

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  107. Hmmm, I know you used Christmas charms but I have a few orphan packages of charms that are waiting to be used. I think I can use them together to create something like this. Thank you for the ideas!! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  108. Charmin charms...having jun on this christmas tour

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  109. Lovely quilts - you made good use of the pieces!

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  110. The quilting on the quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  111. I love this idea for using charm packs

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  112. Beautiful fabric! Love the color choices you used. Never tried Kate Spaid, but I might just have to now. Thank you.

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  113. Both quilts are beautiful! Thank you in advance for a free tutorial; great use of the charms. I LOVE Jingle, and hmm, can't recall which of her other lines you mention that I have acquired yardage of...love the lime green and turquoise and reds and whites, so fresh! Great panto too.

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  114. I am having Christmas quilt envy! :) Yours is wonderful and I love that quilting! Very fun pattern!

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  115. Some beautiful quilts. Christmas quilts are about my favorite.

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  116. Lovely quilt. Thanks for the great ideas. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  117. Lovely! Aren't Christmas quilts fun!

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  118. I love your quilt!! Thank you.
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  119. WHAT A NICE QUILT I WILL BE BACK FOR THE TUTORIAL FOR SURE. READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

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  120. wonderful quilt - i love the panto

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  121. Very cute quilts!It reminds me that I need to use up some of my Christmas fabric as well. I always seem to buy it, but so far have never used any.

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  122. Lovely quilt and what a fantastic way to use up scraps.

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  123. Got my comment status fixed! I like the swirly Christmas tree quilting a lot, I think I will have to play with that design.

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  124. Great quilt, I look forward to seeing the instructions. thanks!

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  125. Fabulous a Christmas quilt! Love it! Kate Spain is s favourite of mine too.

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  126. What a great idea to use up charm squares! I will definitely be adding this idea to my long list!

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  127. I enjoy piecing backings as well! It just adds to the quilt's interest. What fun quilts you have made - I like them both :)

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  128. Your quilts and quilting are fabulous. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  129. That's a great use of charm squares! The pieced back is fun too :)

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