Monday, June 29, 2015

Peppermints in July

Getting ready for the  Christmas Holidays

I recently tested a pattern for a delightful Christmas / winter holidays quilt.  And I was so happy that I got to quilt and finish it before July. 

Look at what I have all ready for  the Christmas season! 

Peppermints  #106     Pattern by Summercrafter   Susie's Sunroom

 Peppermints Quilt    design by Elaine  Perez   Summercrafter  (pattern here)

 Quilt Details:      
          Size:  60 "  x 76 "
         Block size:  16 " x 16 "
          Fabrics:   Gingerbread men , houses , winter birds, snowflakes,  and presents fabric from my stash
                            Cream tone on tone background fabric 
        Batting:   Warm and Natural
       Quilting:   Aurifil 50 weight thread, cream

Peppermints Quilt   by Susie's Sunroom

 I chose some warm  and rich " Gingerbread " toned  fabrics for my version of the quilt. 

Elaine , and  Debbie S, another pattern tester, used colorways of red and aqua and white for their Peppermint quilts.
Quilt by Debbie S.
Photo courtesy of Summercrafter blog

Elaine's Peppermint Quilt
photo courtesy of Summercrafter blog

Elaine's pattern is easy to follow with her directions and detailed diagrams.  It was fun fun fun to make!   You can get the pattern as a pdf file, or a paper pattern!   I  didn't want to stop making the blocks, once I started! I ended up making  4 extra  blocks, and a label  for the back of the quilt!

The back side    

Elaine's block inspiration:

A wrapped peppermint candy

Can you see the wrappers on each end of a  candy block?
There are 12 different quilt blocks !

I really love the star block!

I quilted "in the ditch"  around  each piece of candy.  And then I got adventurous, and used the Zig- Zag decorative stitch on my Topaz 30 sewing machine, in the largest size.  I outlined each block (on the front side.)    You can see the details on the back of the quilt, below.... it gives the quilt a nice texture!

Zig -Zagging around 

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And now, some more  eye "candy" .....

Gingerbread fabrics in the blocks

I used Gingerbread houses fabric for the border

The Peppermint candy block


"Yep, this passes the softness test!" 

Be sure to go on over to the Summercrafter pattern store to see her other patterns! They are all  really so cute!!

This has put me in the mood to make more Christmas projects early.  Have you started any holiday projects  yet?

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:   Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

"This is a good chin rest, Mom ! " 


  1. Yay!!! Susie your quilt came out beautiful! So warm and cozy. Thanks so much for the shout out and being an official tester. Love, love, love it!!

  2. Another pretty quilt stitched in that happy sunroom of yours, Susie. It is lovely. As for stitching for the festive season.......nooooooooo........perhaps if I bury my head in my fabric it won't come so quickly.

  3. What a pretty Christmas quilt! The gingerbread fabrics look so warm and festive and the candies randomly placed on the back look so fun! And of course the kitty on the quilt is wonderful.

  4. Such a fantastic quilt and fabric combo and the back caught my eye!

  5. That was a lot of eye candy!!! You must be pretty proud to have a quilt ready to enjoy in November/December!!! Your quilt back is as cute as the front and I definitely love your warm color palette!!! Merry Christmas in July!!!

  6. The quilt looks gorgeous in the Christmas fabrics you picked! It would really brighten up the room! I always love to see photos of Whiskers. She makes the quilts even more beautiful :)


  7. Susie you made an amazing rendition of Elaine's Peppermints quilt - I am in love with your gingerbread tones, so rich and Christmassy. Miss Whiskers clearly approves. :) Great work with your photographs too!


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