I sometimes wonder if people first started celebrating around mid-winter just because that’s the time of year when we seem to need it most—when the weather is coldest and the days are short and dark.
I think that at this darkest of hours we spin our own magic with twinkly lights, feasting, decorating, and being close to loved ones in order to remind ourselves it’s all going to be okay. We actively put ourselves in the way of beauty when we make holiday crafts, and with each tiny stitch we renew the light within ourselves.
Last week I shared some of the projects I’ve worked on over the years that have given me joy (Craft Yourself a Merry Little Christmas), but I have just a few more things to share that I didn’t get around to finishing…this year!
So before we head into the new year with a renewed spirit fed by the love and joy of the season, I wanted to share some of the patterns and creations from other quilters and makers which have lit up my heart this winter.
1.This Bright Star Ornament Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics
I love the simplicity and creativity of this little project found on Art Gallery Fabrics’ Creative Blog. I could make these all day long!
2.This free Ugly Christmas Sweater Quilt Block Pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts
I can’t even…these little sweaters are seriously too fun. Check out the instructions at Sew Fresh Quilts Ugly Sweater Quilt Along page.
3.This Felt Christmas Carol Ghosts Pattern on Etsy by Noia Land
A Christmas Carol is my all time favorite Christmas story, so I just couldn’t resist the feeling of total delight at seeing these characters in felt! I just had to get the PDF Pattern on Etsy at Noia Land.
4.This free Modern Christmas Tree Quilt Block tutorial from Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter
If you follow other quilting blogs, you may have seen this one already. What’s not to love about these trees. We can make trees for days, yay, thanks to Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter.
5.This Little Dear cross stitch pattern by Cyndy Young (my sister) at Luhu Stitches
Oh dear! This is my little plug for my sister’s too adorable cross stitch patten available at her Etsy Shop, Luhu Stitches.