Christmas In My Heart – Blog Hop & Giveaway

Christmas In My Heart
Marian of Seams to be Sew is hosting another fun blog hop.  This event has the theme of “Christmas Is in My Heart” and it kicks off today.  You’ll find oodles of fun, creativity, inspiration, recipes, freebies and giveaways along the way. And, I’m thrilled to be one of the stops in the kick off today.

What comes to mind when you think of Christmas Is In Your Heart?

For me, “Christmas in my Heart” is a value that I hold near and dear. While I don’t criticize the commercial side of this holiday, I personally try to not get caught up in it.  In all honesty, the best gift is priceless…it is gifts from the heart.  They can come by way of a gift of time, the gift of thoughtfulness, the gift of love and friendship.  It may be a phone call, an email, a card, getting together over coffee or for lunch with friends, or even a walk.  We all lead busy lives, so when someone reaches out during the holidays to share they are thinking of you I treat that as a gift from the heart.

I’ll confess that as someone who enjoys quilting and many other forms of creativity, I do love giving and receiving handmade gifts.  They are never expected, but they are gifts from the heart.

But as there are so many ways to capture Christmas in Your Heart that it is impossible to share them all.  So, I thought I’d share a few inspirational stories from blogging friends, which for me, depict Christmas Is In Your Heart.  I also hope this may introduce you to some blogs filled with #CreativeGoodness and you’ll take time to check them out.

Dana of Stormy Days is a very creative quilter who designs many of her quilts (I hope she’ll one day begin to sell her designs), but she is also very active in helping stray animals, those living in shelters,  children and families in need, and just about anyone or any animal that could use a helping hand.  For those that follow her blog, it is easy to see she an “Angel on Earth” and truly carries Christmas in her heart, as she is always out there to help those in need throughout the year, but especially at Christmas.  As such, Dana has unconsciously reminded me and grounded me on holding Christmas in My Hart.

Cindy C of SewCindy, is also an amazing quilter and creative person.  You may remember her from her blog SewCindy. But while she is no longer blogging, she does share her creativity now via instagram: //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jshttps://instagram.com/sewcindy/  and you can also follower her on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/socindy/  Cindy is someone who definitely carries Christmas in her Heart throughout the year.   Years ago, Cindy inspired me for how ready she always was to give handmade gifts at Christmas. She starts early in the year making handmade items for Christmas gifts and keeps a special box, which she adds items to throughout the year. Again, there are so many wonderful quilters and creative people that carry Christmas in their Heart and have inspired me. And, I’ve enjoyed meeting many  of these individuals that are bloggers or blog followers and honestly feel blessed for how they have influenced me through creativity and friendship.  Truly that is the best gift I could ever receive for Christmas.   I  wish I could recognize all of them.  But, I’m hopeful you’ll leave a comment and share what inspires you to carry Christmas in your Heart?

{above} A Christmas in my Heart quilt.  Actually, this quilt, which I made, a few years back, is a design called “Feathered Christmas”, designed by Cherry Guidry, of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Did I Mention A Blog Hop?   Here is the line up:

Thursday, November 12 

Bejeweled Quilts

Quilt Shop Gal (where you are today)

The Quilting Queen Online

BumbleBerry Stitches

Friday, November 13 

All Thingz Sewn

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Jane’s Quilting

Just Sew Quilter

Batts in the Attic

Monday, November 16

A Stitch In Time

Apple Avenue Quilts

From This To That

Quilting Affection Blog

Kwilt Krazy

Tuesday, November 17

Just Because Quilts Words & Stitches

Feather Your Nest

Patchwork Breeze

Quilt In Piece

Wednesday, November 18
Pink Doxies

Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Morning Glory

In Stitches and Seams

Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, November 19 

Meadowbrook

Tea Time Creations

Selina Quilts

Living My Dream

Seams To Be Sew

The Christmas in My Heart Blog Hop is
hosted by Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew

and Sponsored By The Fat Quarter Shop

 

Fat Quarter Shop

 

 

Did I Mention Giveaway?

 

While you’ll find giveaways throughout this blog hop, I want to share insights on two giveaways today:

 

Marian of Seams to Be Sew, our host for this blog hop, arranged for Fat Quarter Shop to sponsor this event and they are donating a $25 Gift Certificate every day of this hop.  And, this giveaway is open to anyone WW.  Just simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter the giveaway today:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m also hosting a giveaway where you could win a bundle of pre-cut fabric hearts, die cut, with Christmas fabrics.  There are actually 75 pre-cut hearts, in three different sizes, in this collection, all cut with various Christmas fabrics. These cuts could be used on a quilt, wallhanging, table runner, stocking, placemats, etc…the possibilities are endless.  And, I will ship them to anyone world wide.

P1140039  The envelope will be a regular size envelope.  Due to computer problems (my computer was in the shop the last 48 hours) I do not have a photo I can upload at this time, but this post will be updated to show these heart pre-cuts with Christmas fabrics.  

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post and let me know what you might like to create with pre-cut hearts of Christmas fabrics.   I will randomly select one winner, at the end of this blog hop and update this post about November 20th to announce the winner.  I’ll also send an email to the winner to notify them.   While Christmas is still about six weeks away, I hope you enjoy the holiday season.  Don’t forget you can hold Christmas in your Heart and not get caught up in the commercialism of the season.  Just have fun enjoying “time” with family and friends, make calls to let them know you are thinking of them during the holidays, and when you can, make a handmade gift. //widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

0 thoughts on “Christmas In My Heart – Blog Hop & Giveaway

  1. Depending upon the size of the hearts, I was thinking of making an advent calendar. I also like the use of the hearts in the Feathered Christmas quilt above and there are so many more ideas floating around in my head.

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  2. I keep Christmas in my heart by making as many gifts as I can. Christmas is the only time of the year that our whole family is together. I would use the hearts to make more Christmas gifts. Thanks!

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  3. I love the hearts in your tree! I try to make handmade gifts each year – this year it will be a braided bracelet for all the ladies on my list. I have sweet friends and family whose small gestures all year make me grateful and keep Christmas in my heart. Life is good. 🙂

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  4. What a lovely way to think about the holidays – so full of love. I think creating gifts is a perfect way to help keep the holidays from becoming too commercial.

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  5. I never used to celebrate Christmas after I moved across the country from my family. It just reminded me of fun times I didnt have anymore. And I’m not religious.
    Now that I have a daughter, my Xmas spirit returned! Last Christmas was the first in years that I actually felt Christmas in my heart

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    1. I’m delighted you are finding Christmas in your heart. Nothing more special than seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. A great opportunity to start your own traditions and share your personal values with her, creating memories to carry on for generations to come.

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  6. Call me crazy but that feather quilt was not there this morning, right? It is lovely.
    I came back to tell you a few ladies were forbidden to leave a comment, whatever that means.
    And to make sure I left a comment. which I did. I was thinking maybe I was down as a noreply blogger. I have not received one response from my comments and that is very unusual. I wanted to fix it if something is wrong on my end before my post is up tomorrow. Would you let me know if you got this please?
    Thanks

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    1. Tonia – You need not worry about being a no-reply blogger on a wordpress supported blog, as you leave your email address when you leave a comment. This was actually one of many reasons why I migrated from SewCalGal/Blogger to QuiltShopGal/wordpress. Your comment did come thru, and yes, you did catch that I updated this post after it was originally released. As my PC was in the repair shop and I got it back late last night, I was rushing to update my draft post for this blog hop and forgot to add that photo. I’ve also now updated it to include the photo of the pre-cut hearts for little giveaway that I’m sponsoring.

      Now, off to continue to load more software to my computer that was lost when the technician added a larger hard drive.

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  7. I never noticed the hearts in the feathered tree design before. Love it. I’m not ready for Christmas music, but I’m excited about using Christmas fabric. For me, it’s about family and sharing great food with them. Thanks.

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    1. I love how Cherry Guidry/Cherry Blossoms quilting designs pulled the heart into the center of her feathered tree design. I’m 100% with you on Christmas music (and movies), but enjoying working with Christmas fabric.

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  8. I’d like to make a small wall hanging for our entry way and think hearts would be a good design element to include. (And I didn’t notice the hearts in your tree until seeing a comment above!) Thanks for the Christmas inspiration.

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  9. I make PJs for my grandkids for Christmas. Right now we have what we call the Princess Pack- 9 between 8 and 4. They love hearts and pink and dressups and they would love hearts on their pjs. Thanks.

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  10. Lovely stories. We love remembering friends and family who have moved on and keep their memories alive. Inspired by your feathered tree, I might try designing a tree from the hearts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  11. I love your beautiful tree. I wonder if I could construct a Christmas tree using mainly hearts. I might need to add some funky hearts to get the points, but that would be manageable. Thank you for sharing your work!

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  12. I have seen the pattern for the feathered tree made up by a few guild members. It is such a lovely pattern. Thank you for sharing a bit about the designer. Your quilt is so pretty.

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    1. LOL! And I’d probably use them on a simple dress I’m making for a granddaughter . . . with hearts swirling all around her from top to hem . . . so she’d remember, each time she wore it, her Neesey loves her will all her heart(s)! 🙂

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