“Chroma Keys” and “Jolly Holly Days” Published

Have you seen the November/December 2018 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine? It contains sew many lovely projects both for Christmas decorating and gifting. And if you’ve already planned projects to keep you sewing until Christmas Eve, there are several non-holiday designs to keep you creatively creating well into the New Year.

Two of my table runners with accompanying placemats are published in the issue!

“Jolly Holly Days” was made from the “Christmas Figs” collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. I began with a package of 5″ charm squares and added a cream background with green snowflakes. The line includes springs of holly on a red background; I chose this for an outer border. And bright green sashing adds punch to the composition. The runner was so quickly made, I added four placemats to the ensemble. I hope you’ll try this festive design.

For “Chroma Keys,” I challenged myself to make a table runner with a package of “5” charm squares plus yardage for sashing strips and binding. I chose the “Grunge Hits the Spot” line by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics because it contains every shade of the rainbow. Grunge black really helps the colors sparkle. For the rectangles, I placed cool colors on the ends of the runner and moved to warm colors in the center of the runner. I experimented with color progression and gained advice from the magazine editor, Eileen Fowler. To add interest, I reversed the line up of the colors of the squares. A happy discovery was having enough leftover charm squares to make two placemats. “Chroma Keys” would enliven the decor of your New Year’s Eve party.

I have one copy of Quilting Quickly to give away. To be in the drawing, leave a comment describing a favorite Christmas or New Year’s party game/activity. I’ll draw the winner on Monday, 12 November.


17 thoughts on ““Chroma Keys” and “Jolly Holly Days” Published

  1. When visiting relatives in the south, on New Year’s Eve, we would shoot off fireworks at midnight. Fireworks were a treat for me, as I was from California, and you could only have fireworks on 4th of July, and then only in certain parts of the state.

  2. My mom always made a timeline on New Years Eve. She would take a long roll of butcher’s paper and draw a straight line on it, mark the beginning with “January” and call out, “Okay, what do you remember about January?”. She would add events from her calendar along with whatever was memorable to each of us to the timeline, month by month, and at the very end–up to the minute, she would have a visual account of the year. One year one of the last entries was, “Beth arrives home to spend New Year’s Eve with us because Johnny stood her up.” (34 years later we’ll be ringing in the New Year together, so that entry now seems funny.)

  3. Nice work Aby! I really like both designs, but am drawn more to the Christmas set. A fun activity for Christmas or New Year’s is the game Left, Right, Center. Most people play it with 3 $1 bills. But it is even more exciting with scratch off lottery tickets!

  4. Our favorite Christmas activity is a soup potluck for the family on Christmas Eve. Then we can each enjoy our own Christmas traditions (gift opening, pjs all day, etc.) but share the holiday in a fun way. Sometimes we top it off with an ornament exchange.

  5. I really liked the color placement of the Chroma keys…sparkles. I was just thinking about runners last night. I need to make some new ones and that would be great.

  6. Special candy making was a favorite Christmas time activity we did when I was a teen–My Mom even made chocolate covered cherries, but my favorite was chocolate covered Butter Toffee!

  7. I like both of your patterns for table runners and placemats. Watching a holiday movie after Christmas dinner is one of our favorite things to do.

  8. Our guild uses a poem to pass out presents. Left Right, etc. It is a lot of fun and you never know what you will end up with.

  9. My favorite Christmas Eve/Christmas day activity is playing for the church services. It just doesn’t seem like Christmas if I don’t get to play.

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