We are in the home stretch of celebrating Christmas in July and today, I have a fun new fabric collection to share. It’s called, Under the Mistletoe, by Michael Miller.
As I mentioned earlier, as a Michael Miller Ambassador, I get to play with all sorts of fun fabrics, and this month, it’s all about Christmas. The collection is filled with adorable prints that are all things holiday. From Christmas Darlings that have a vintage pin-up girl vibe to nods about Santa’s list. A few of my favorites are the tiny holly and the candy canes.
One of my favorite thing about the collection is that the fabrics come printed on colored backgrounds. Honestly, those pink and aqua backgrounds have my mind swimming with ideas. I have a feeling you might see few additional holiday projects in my IG feed. Here is a peek at the prints they sent my way.
Since I’m a scrapper at heart, I had to really flush out my ideas before diving into the fabric. Each quilt design I sketched up needed more of a variety and the Christmas Darlings keep throwing me for a loop. Here is where I landed.
My goal was to keep things simple and focus on the fabrics. Plus, I thought the Christmas Darlings were stunning and needed to be more of a focal point.
So, I decided to go with a simple 9 patch quilt block. Now, we all know that fussy cutting can be tricky so, I grabbed one of my printed templates to help keep me on track.
With my pieces cut, the quilt top stitched together super fast but then it hit me. Normally, I would send my finished quilt top out for quilting but the timing was tight and I was determined to finish. That meant there was only one thing to do… time to settle in for a little late-night sewing session!
I kept it fun and didn’t stress over perfectly straight lines. Instead, I just enjoyed the process and took it as an opportunity to get comfortable moving the bulk under my machine. Sure, I could have marked each line with a ruler and pen but that’s not my idea of fun.
Don’t misunderstand, there is a time and a place for precise stitching but this little snuggle quilt was not it. Yes, if you look close you will see a few waves along the way but in my world, that is what I like to call, handmade charm!
Under the Mistletoe Christmas Quilt
Interested in fabric? You see the full collection here and can find it at your local quilt shop.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out and I think this project has sparked my interest in quilting more of my projects. Now, I just need to add some binding, I’m thinking candy canes for the win!
*If you would like to learn more about quilting, be sure to leave me a note in the comment section. I am happy to start sharing more about my adventures and tips along the way.