Christmas RAPPing Blog Hop

I’m delighted to be back to blogging with a quick project this week, and this is a great idea to take a deep dive into. I have been invited by Margaret Willingham and Nan Baker to help to promote their new collaboration, Christmas RAPPing – a book about Reverse Applique and Paper Piecing patterns (and techniques), which revolve around a central Christmas theme.

This blog hop was generously sponsored by Island Batik, Aurifil and June Tailor, and the authors invited some current and past Ambassadors to join in the fun – in my case, it’s a little like getting the band back together.

Inspiration from my closet – and the fabric pull

This is a Christmas themed book, and if you were to come to my house at Christmas, you would find that I am as much a traditionalist as most New Englanders…and I have quite a stash of traditional Christmas themed fabrics from Island to pick from. That said, I knew from the start that I wanted to give the readers of the hop something different colorwise to pick from, and I googled Contemporary Christmas decorating themes for a month – before finding what I was looking for in my closet. 

If you’re someone with a Midcentury Modern vibe (I’ve heard it called MidMod), this is your holiday project.  My story and I’m sticking to it, and fortunately, I have a significant stash of Island fabrics to pick from – lucky me! 

When I volunteered for this, I told Nan that I wanted to select the Mini Star of Light ornament, and use that small 4″ paper pieced pattern from the book to create a small table mat or candle mat.

If you’ve never done Paper Piecing, this is a great fast project to work with. If you have never done any…this is a great starting point. It’s small, and you make the same block 4 different times before sewing it together in pairs. The photo below shows the top set and the bottom set, before joining them. 

The building block becomes a holiday candle mat.

I’ve had a lot of fun working on this project, and I know you’re going to love this book – there’s a lot of inspiration in it for projects throughout the year.

There’s also prizes for lucky winners… Two lucky people are going to win a bundle of 9 fat quarters and three spools of Aurifil thread, thanks to Aurifil and Island Batik. All you have to do is to click on the link HERE to enter.

To see more of the talented quilters who are part of this blog hop, all you need to do is to follow the schedule below…I’ve linked each of the blogs for you, so all you need to do is to be inspired…

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