August 26, 2014

Best Christmas Quilts blog tour!

Serenity Stars is the center quilt
Hi all!  Welcome to my stop on the Best Christmas Quilts blog tour!  Even thought it is still pretty hot outside in this part of the world, I know some of you smart people are planning ahead to the holidays.  Quilter's Newsletter is ready to help!  Their special issue, Best Christmas Quilts, just hit the newsstand.

The editors specifically mentioned during the submission process that they were interested in alternate color schemes in addition to the traditional red and green.  I've been in love with neutrals at the holidays for the past few years, so I continued this theme with my submission, Serenity Stars.  Lucky for me, they liked it well enough to include it on the cover :)

Serenity Stars
Serenity Stars is made with a neutral Essex linen (putty) and white.  Its simple friendship star block is a perennial favorite and perfect for gift giving or your own holiday decorating.  It finishes at 60" x 60" which is a wonderful throw size for keeping warm during the winter chill.

Quilter's Newsletter has generously offered to give away a copy of the magazine to one of my readers!  Just leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday decorating colors.  Please leave your email address in your comment so I can reach you if you win!  The giveaway will close at 6am EDT on Wednesday, August 27.  Good luck!

96 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Love your neutrals. I have not sewn with the Essex linen, will have to give it a try!

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  2. I LOVE the color of your quilt I am going to have to find some of that fabric, working with the essex linen has been on my list to do. My favorite colors for christmas decorating is red and white.
    thanks for the giveaway I love holiday issues of quilt magazines, always inspirational
    Kathie

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  3. Whites / neutrals have been a favorite of mine for awhile, although my family has always preferred reds and greens…..
    Congrats on being a Cover Girl!

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  4. I am really liking the look of the linen in quilts. My christmas colors are still red and green but not the bright ones, I love decorating for Christmas.

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  5. When I think of Christmas projects, a palette of red, white, turquoise and lime appeals to me.

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  6. I have some Essex Linen!--inspiration strikes! I like darker reds and greens,
    thanks for a chance at your giveaway

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  7. My Christmas decorating is multi coloured because it is based on treasured objects from past holidays made and given by others and then whatever new things are added each year. And I love it that way.

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  8. Christmas quilts are so pretty and fun.

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  9. I love traditional colors red and green.

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  10. I'm still traditional - love deep green and red, with a splash of gold to brighten it up. Thanks for a chance at the draw. Your quilt is beautiful.

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  11. Last year I had a grey and white Santa painting! Love your grey with white stars!!

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  12. This is gorgeous -- wonderful. I like deep, rich burgundy and greens.

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  13. I love the traditional red and green, but also have a soft spot for blues and silvers.

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  14. I usually do a red, white & silver theme at Christmas.

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  15. Congratulations on making the cover. Traditional red and green for Christmas. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  16. I really like your quilt. My colors are traditional reds, greens and gold. The friendship star has always been a favorite of mine.

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  17. Pretty quilt! My colors are red, green, blue, and pink. Congratulations on having your quilt included. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. I d a lot of decorating with gold, white and silver at Christmas.

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  19. I use a lot of red and white. That way the decorations can be pulled out for many different holidays.

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  20. I usually stick to the traditional reds and greens and also throw in some silver. momstoffel@gmail.com

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  21. After many years of traditional reds and greens, the last few years I've been adding some of the things with the lime greens and aquas mixed in. They seem fun and fresh to me.

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  22. I usually use Blues and White! Pretty quilt!

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  23. Sometime the simplest is the best. Love your design. I like red/green/blue together with a little gold.

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  24. I'm very traditional - red! Friendship Star is one of my favs, too.
    Barb Peters, mizippipete@comcast.net

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  25. I don't do much holiday decorating, but I love the green of our Christmas tree! :)

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  26. Beautiful! I really like the simplicity of this quilt.

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  27. Red, green and blue! I like traditional colors for the holiday!

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  28. Last year I had a blue and silver Christmas. It was quite pretty!

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  29. I use the traditional colors of red and green along with some camel thrown in. These are the colors in my home all year long
    Only not as saturated as at Christmas.

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  31. I guess I'm sort of a traditionalist, I generally go with red & green at the holidays. Your color scheme for this quilt is so elegant!

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  32. I like a deep red and green for Christmas decorating. Your quilt is lovely, congratulations. laura84watt (at) gmail.com

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  33. Just did my tree skirt in grey and white. this would be the best compliment to the scene.

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  34. Love your quilt. I also like non traditional colors at Christmas. Last year I decorated with turquoise and silver. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine.

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  35. Lovely to see the website and congratulations on being published in the Christmas magazine. You have some great ideas and it is nice to see solids used.

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  36. I love the simplicity of this quilt,especially done in the neutral color. I've recently been putting light teal in my Christmas quilts along with muted greens, reds and golds.
    Msdevost@myfairpoint.net

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  37. Beautiful quilt, the colors remind me of a snowy landscape.
    joyb414@hotmail.com

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  38. Traditional red and green. Love your choice, though!

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  39. darmkrystal@gmail.comAugust 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    The stars quilt is cool colored....I love using green...purple...blue and red...with shades of black for night time xmas quilts.......have a great quilting day....

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  40. Love the giveaway, butalso love the quilt

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  41. Traditional colors, although your grey quilt is lovely!

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  42. Congrats on getting your lovely quilt on the cover! I like to decorate with traditional colors.

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  43. I love colored lights for the tree and house. My decorations are silver, blue and purple, with some red and gold thrown in. (for the tree) I don't have a lot of other decorations, but I do want to make a quilt Christmas-tree skirt and some wall-hangings. I want to make blue and silver Celtic snowflakes and stars.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. I knew that had to be your quilt as soon as I saw it! I've been going with red and white and I'd like to add some kind of icy blue this year.

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  45. My favorite holiday decorating colors are blue and silver. It brings a sense of "cool" to our Christmas here in South Mississippi. thanks for the chance to win.

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  46. Love your quilt. Thank you for your tutorials. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. I've never worked with linen, but I love the look. Beautiful.

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  48. Beautiful! I love the traditional green and red, but in the more muted shades. Thanks!

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  49. Essex Linen intrigues me. Serenity Stars would be the prefect place to start using them. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway. My favourite Christmas colours are blue and white. Crisp and cool just like our Christmas season.

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  50. I love this pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  51. With all the glitz, sparkle, and shine of the holiday season, the simplicity of the solid neutrals has a calming, restful effect. Very nice!

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  52. I like red and gold decorations. quiltlady86@yahoo.com

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  53. I like red and green decorations. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  54. I think red, green & silver are pretty for Christmas. But I like your neutral quilt immensely! It would not be put away with the other Christmas stuff.

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  55. your quilt is simple but elegant. love it.
    i still decorate in traditional red and green.

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  56. I guess I'm too old fashioned. I just love red, green and gold for the holidays!

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  57. Red & Green but not super brights. Love your pattern, guess I need to run out to look for the magazine :)

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  58. I love that your quilt is done in an alternate color scheme! We always seem to have the "different" decorations than normal, so this would fit perfectly in our house!
    Sandy A

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  59. I like red and white. Love your stars.

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  60. I'm a green person. So Christmas is green with red, gold and blue as accents.

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  61. Lovely. Lots of space for show-off quilting!
    suequilter at Hotmail.com

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    1. And I have used different colors in different rooms. Red and green wins, but I also like mauve and burgundy with blue/green.

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  62. I love red and silver. I also like the traditional red and green.

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  63. I love green and silver with some Turkey red

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  64. I really like the neutrals in the Serentity Star quilt.
    kinderpam@gmail.com

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  65. Love your Serenity Stars quilt. I usually decorate with red & white ornaments on my green Christmas tree. Thanks. jleekamitchell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  66. I like traditional colors, red and green, but I like to mix creams and tans with them.

    Debbie

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  67. I'm fairly traditional with my colours for Christmas - red,green, white and sometimes a little gold.
    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

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  68. My favorite colors are Midnight blue, light blue, white and gold. sarah@forrussia.org

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  69. Great quilt! I love blues and white for Christmas, but also the traditional red, green and gold. Thanks.

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  70. Red, green, white, gold, midnight blue, blue grays. Just isn't Christmas without those colors.

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  71. I'm fairly traditional with the usual colors of red, green and gold, but I do like to throw in some blue.

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  72. I love Christmas! I love cranberry red, green, gold and silver! I'm always game to try something new!!

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  73. Congratulations on making the cover!! Love the neutrals. I have a lot of deep red in my Christmas decor. Happy quilting!!

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  74. It used to be red and green but now that I am older I am up for any color. Last year I had purple and gold. You get crazy when you are old.

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  75. Blues and white make for a cool holiday...colors lasts into the New Year.

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  76. Red and green for me.....Thanks
    jaaverill at aol dot com

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  77. Your Friendship Star is so perfect in neutrals. I normally use greens with neutrals or blues with neutrals, but maybe I need to work neutrals with neutrals. Congrats on the cover.

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  78. I love this in neutrals! So calming!

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  79. I love the traditional colours because they make the house feel warm when it's 20 below. Your quilt is beautiful.

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  80. Turquoise and silver are the happiest

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  81. I use two colour schemes in my home at Christmas - Bright colours like pink, red and aqua with some white and silver thrown in. Then purples and silver! I love traditional colours but feel they don't fit in with my home decor! (acrothers06(at)googlemail(dot)com)

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  82. I love the solids, especially in the neutrals you chose. That would be a prefect gift for anyone, it works with any style. I think I need to make something like that!!

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  83. I am a very traditional holiday decorator, using mostly reds and greens. None of the new-fangled pink and aqua decorations for me! ;) Having said that, I love your pattern. I can imagine it in a golden-wheat color, to give some breathing room to the rest of my Christmasy stuff. And the quilt as you made it is exactly the color/style scheme of my niece's newly completed nursery. Gotta love a baby with good taste.

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  84. I love colorful quilts, with a black background, it shows off the colors better than a white.

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  85. I'm pretty traditional. I just swung by to check out your Zephyr quilt pattern. What fun to find a give away going on.

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  86. I am pretty traditional...reds and greens....mainly cuz I live in a large old home, with red, khaki, blue walls. My lr has a red sofa and my family room has a navy sofa. I am trying to put more silver in my colors. That said.....I am making a aqua, pink, lime green Christmas quilt with my LQS using go cutter dies. Can't wait. I will find someone or somewhere for it!!!

    nikki_moshier@hotmail.com

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  87. My favorite holiday colors are bright/lime green, Rich bright Red and white or natural!

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  88. Blues and greys - the colors of winter!

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