Is Your Christmas Shopping Done??? Lotsa News Today…

Christmas ShoppingSomewhere in this world, at least 1 person hasn’t even started there Christmas shopping. I can remember as a single person always waiting until the day before Christmas to hit the malls and get it done at that time. Back then, there was no internet, the malls and shops were always very busy, parking was a nightmare. When I got married that all changed. Everyone in my new family was not even in the same state we were, so we had no choice but to ship everything. In today’s world, thank goodness for the internet, I can shop online and have it delivered right to them, no need to wrap, no need to guess at what they like or dislike, a gift card does the whole thing nicely. I love gift cards. I do give gifts of my sewing projects, but I’ll be the first to admit, that my sewing this year has concentrated mostly on wedding gifts I’ve made for the wedding were just at, and the wedding we have in February to go to.

I hope you have your shopping and even your sewing done. By the time you get to this date in December, it’s not too likely you’re going to even get a package to someone in time for it to arrive by Christmas Day. I think all the shippers have set today as the last day to do Express type mail, so if your planning to still ship… you need to Express it today.

So today, I’ve asked the previous designers of the Christmas Caroling Row Along to vote on the theme for next year. I am excited to see which theme they choose to do… As a hint the themes they are voting on are: My Happy Place, Fantasy and Fairies, and Nursery Rhymes. Don’t those sound like fun themes to do for the Row Along in 2018. We’ll know how they all voted next week when the poll ends. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the themes.

Today on Craftsy I uploaded the Machine Embroidery version of the Christmas Borders for everyone. This set is completely continuous line design in the hoop with the exception of the eyes on the Santa and the Reindeer. I’ll be updating the Hand and FMQ patterns to show those in all continuous line also or ways to make there patterns Continuous line. Five of the patterns in that set are not continuous line since they have separated sections, but are still considered Continuous line.  To find it easily, click the link above, or on the image below.

Christmas Borders 01

I also created a video for those of you who may not know how to line up your borders for your quilting in the hoop. This video is only good if your using the machine embroidery designs. You do not need Embrilliance software in order to do this technique, but you do need some form of editing software. The technique is basic to all softwares, I chose Embrilliance because it is my favorite editing software. If I am asked, I could also show how to do this in other software’s, but because the technique is basically in the same, I believe you can figure it out on your own if you are at all familiar with your own editing software.

I have also uploaded a fun quilt for New Year’s enthusiasts. It is another quilt done with piecing and not applique, it has 4 bonus patterns for each year from 2018 to 2021 that are not sold individually.

Clicking Each Image Will take You To That Pattern.

Artwork for all blocks except the yearly blocks is from Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.
The yearly blocks were created by me.

And last, I added the Temecula Quilt Shop to the BOTM list I posted the other day. The Quilt Along has already started, but it’s not to late to join in.

With Christmas being on Monday, I will not be posting again until Tuesday the 26th of December, I wish you all a beautiful Christmas, and a lovely holiday season. Thank you for the warm wishes and a wonderful year of visiting my blog and following my adventures as a quilter.

Marry Christmas From Seams To Be Sew

 

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8 Responses to Is Your Christmas Shopping Done??? Lotsa News Today…

  1. Bonnie says:

    Marian
    Happy holidays to you and yours. Thank you for all your ideas during the year wish I could keep up with you, but I have fun trying. Still have packages to wrap finished the last Christmas quilt at midnight. Running a little late this year.

  2. Edith Gorzo says:

    Merry Christmas Marian! I had to chuckle when I saw the extra “year” dates above…..is that in case we don’t get it finished next year, or the next, or the next, etc., then we can chose the date for the year we actually finish it in. LOL Great thinking.

    • Marian says:

      That comes from already having a pattern on Craftsy Edith, I updated those years earlier this year and added I think to 2020. I guess I see it this way if in a few years a pattern does sell, they will have one for there year also. I’ll add to it as the years go by as I created all the numbers, I just have to make them into a pattern now. 🙂

  3. Susan says:

    And I love all the themes, but maybe Fantasy just a wee bit more.

  4. Susan says:

    Merry Christmas, Marian! I’m so glad this year brought you home!

  5. Sue Raymond says:

    Just finished shopping and wrapping, now to head to my sewing machine and relax! Love the idea of the Fairy & Fantasy Row Along! Really appreciate you sharing you talents. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

  6. Wendy says:

    Shopping all done! Have a bit of baking to do yet. I would love to see a Fairy Row Along. I can imagine it already! Have a Wonderful and Blessed Christmas!

  7. Lori Smanski says:

    These themes sound like a lot of fun.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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