Merry Christmas 2020 & Stomping Ground Sewalong

Hello Friends, Merry Christmas to you! I hope you had a blessed one. I know that many of of us weren’t able to do what we usually do for Christmas this year, but I was comforted to know that Christmas is Christmas no matter what I usually do! So this year without our usuals, I was able to focus on the FIRST Christmas, and enjoyed the simple things. My daughter and I even “binge-listened” to Bach’s 6-part Christmas Oratoria in one sitting on the radio, as opposed to, say, watch a group perform live. “Mom, this is really old-fashioned, and I love it!” – said my daughter.

Watching the wildlife that come through our yard is always special.

Earlier in December, my daughter hosted a Christmas party for her American Heritage Girls troop. My oven was working almost 24-7 for several days there while I dried orange slices while my daughter was in school. The orange slices were then used to decorate the centerpieces. I ended up with tree upon tree after the party. What you see aren’t all. I ended up scattering the rest throughout the entire house.

During the hectic craziness leading up to Christmas, I had a red and cream quilt published in the Feb 2021 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. This quilt has the most half-square-triangle units I have EVER made that go into one quilt – 936 of them! The quilt isn’t hard – just lots of repetitive parts! I had to say the whole process was made really fun because of the pretty fabrics I used. For this quilt, I used La Rouge Rose fabrics by Moda.

And if you subscribe to Pat Sloan’s blog or YouTube channel, you know TODAY is the day! Today starts the sewalong Pat Sloan is doing with my Stomping Ground pattern! Here is a screen shot from Pat’s blog post dated December 21, 2020. Click here for her YouTube episode on how to cut pieces for an elephant with a 10″ layer cake square.

Here are pictures of the quilt I had made before. This version is made with Pat’s Morrison Park fabrics.

Here are a few more color options if you want to join the sewalong but aren’t sure about what fabrics to use:

I am making this quilt the second time with Woodland Songbirds by Poppie Cotton! These fabrics are really sweet. Look me up on Instagram later to see my blocks. My handle is ivory_spring.

Well, where to get the pattern?

From my Etsy shop (pdf download): click HERE.

From Fat Quarter Shop (pdf download): click HERE.

From Fat Quarter Shop (paper format): clikc HERE.

And that is it — Ready, set, stomp for the New Year! Blessings to you all. I shall check in with you after the New Year!


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16 thoughts on “Merry Christmas 2020 & Stomping Ground Sewalong

  1. It sounds like you had a special and heart-warming Christmas in spite of all that is going on in our world these days. I loved that Gwen “loved the old fashioned way.” The orange decorated trees are wonderful. Here’s to a more normal 2021……… 😊❤️

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Sounds like you have been very busy. I love the red and cream quilt! I adore your Stomping Ground pattern. I may purchase after the new year…Really don’t want to overload my projects, I already have 24 UFO’s to complete and 4 new projects! This year I finished 13 UFO’s! I haven’t been online as much, since my MIL is living with us until she can get the vaccine. So our days are spent playing cards after our “chores” are done! I get in a little practice time and sewing time early morning and late evening. Life is good. Always good to see your posts and quilts!

  3. What beautiful decorations. I’m sure all the attendees of Miss Baby’s Christmas Party had a wonderful time. Good to see your Stomping Ground Sew Along has kicked off and the pattern is also available at FQS. Such a sweet pattern. I can’t wait to make it.

  4. Thank you for reminding me ahead of Pat’s video tonight. I wanted to start over with my fabric selection but I’ve been busy trying to finish two wall hangings so I can include them in my Completed Quilts of Quartantine 2020 list. I think I am just shy of 20. I’m excited about making this elephant quilt. My backing will be a blue and white tablecloth that I bought in Africa 3 years ago. I’ll make an additional elephant block as a wall hanging for our friends who visited Africa with us.

  5. Boy time flys Miss Baby must be quite the young lady, love that you are teaching her classics. Not sure my kids would ever sit that long lol. I grew up listening to the radio as a family thing. Usually suspense themed programs. Merry Christmas and may you have a Blessed 2021.

  6. Gwen’s trees are so cute and I’ll bet they smell fantastic. I love your basket quilt. That is a lot of HSTs, but so worth it. Looking forward to seeing lots of stomping quilts popping up.

    • Mary,
      Thank you for your kind words. It was worth it – I have gravitated toward large bed quilts the last couple of years for myself. So, I was glad to add one to the bed quilt pile. Once I got in the zone, it was actually enjoyable because the units weren’t hard to make — and no traps to be aware of like some quilt blocks.

  7. Those trees with the orange slices are so pretty. Sounds like a fun party. Smiling at the old fashioned comment! I trust you had a very Merry Christmas and we are all hoping for a Happy New Year!

    • Thank you – we had a nice Christmas. Quiet, but nice. I read that those orange slices will keep for 3 years. So I shall pack them up after 12th Night, and then reuse them for next Christmas. :)

  8. Love the Elephants….. I keep envisioning them in red, white and blue on a gray/white background. They’d be sweet in shades of gray prints on a huge floral or “tropical” background, too. So many ideas, so little time, so many projects in progress.. But, I’m heading off to buy the pattern anyway. Here’s to Gwen’s college fund!

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