Best Christmas Quilts blog tour!

Serenity Stars is the center quilt

Hi all!  Welcome to my stop on the Best Christmas Quilts blog tour!  Even thought it is still pretty hot outside in this part of the world, I know some of you smart people are planning ahead to the holidays.  Quilter’s Newsletter is ready to help!  Their special issue, Best Christmas Quilts, just hit the newsstand.

The editors specifically mentioned during the submission process that they were interested in alternate color schemes in addition to the traditional red and green.  I’ve been in love with neutrals at the holidays for the past few years, so I continued this theme with my submission, Serenity Stars.  Lucky for me, they liked it well enough to include it on the cover πŸ™‚

Serenity Stars

Serenity Stars is made with a neutral Essex linen (putty) and white.  Its simple friendship star block is a perennial favorite and perfect for gift giving or your own holiday decorating.  It finishes at 60″ x 60″ which is a wonderful throw size for keeping warm during the winter chill.

Quilter’s Newsletter has generously offered to give away a copy of the magazine to one of my readers!  Just leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday decorating colors.  Please leave your email address in your comment so I can reach you if you win!  The giveaway will close at 6am EDT on Wednesday, August 27.  Good luck!

  • WYO Di
    Posted at 04:49h, 09 September Reply

    Blues and greys – the colors of winter!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 20:20h, 29 August Reply

    My favorite holiday colors are bright/lime green, Rich bright Red and white or natural!

  • Nikki
    Posted at 21:10h, 28 August Reply

    I am pretty traditional…reds and greens….mainly cuz I live in a large old home, with red, khaki, blue walls. My lr has a red sofa and my family room has a navy sofa. I am trying to put more silver in my colors. That said…..I am making a aqua, pink, lime green Christmas quilt with my LQS using go cutter dies. Can't wait. I will find someone or somewhere for it!!!

  • KaHolly
    Posted at 19:06h, 28 August Reply

    I'm pretty traditional. I just swung by to check out your Zephyr quilt pattern. What fun to find a give away going on.

  • DEKowal
    Posted at 21:07h, 27 August Reply

    I love colorful quilts, with a black background, it shows off the colors better than a white.

  • Beth
    Posted at 15:57h, 27 August Reply

    I am a very traditional holiday decorator, using mostly reds and greens. None of the new-fangled pink and aqua decorations for me! πŸ˜‰ Having said that, I love your pattern. I can imagine it in a golden-wheat color, to give some breathing room to the rest of my Christmasy stuff. And the quilt as you made it is exactly the color/style scheme of my niece's newly completed nursery. Gotta love a baby with good taste.

  • JudyC
    Posted at 13:02h, 27 August Reply

    I love the solids, especially in the neutrals you chose. That would be a prefect gift for anyone, it works with any style. I think I need to make something like that!!

  • Amanda J
    Posted at 12:43h, 27 August Reply

    I use two colour schemes in my home at Christmas – Bright colours like pink, red and aqua with some white and silver thrown in. Then purples and silver! I love traditional colours but feel they don't fit in with my home decor! (acrothers06(at)googlemail(dot)com)

  • Karen L
    Posted at 12:35h, 27 August Reply

    Turquoise and silver are the happiest

  • Margaret
    Posted at 11:33h, 27 August Reply

    I love the traditional colours because they make the house feel warm when it's 20 below. Your quilt is beautiful.

  • Susan Smith
    Posted at 09:53h, 27 August Reply

    I love this in neutrals! So calming!

  • Helen T
    Posted at 09:27h, 27 August Reply

    Your Friendship Star is so perfect in neutrals. I normally use greens with neutrals or blues with neutrals, but maybe I need to work neutrals with neutrals. Congrats on the cover.

  • Julie
    Posted at 09:09h, 27 August Reply

    Red and green for me…..Thanks
    jaaverill at aol dot com

  • Aunt TC
    Posted at 08:24h, 27 August Reply

    I like red and green.

  • kbo
    Posted at 05:58h, 27 August Reply

    Blues and white make for a cool holiday…colors lasts into the New Year.

  • GranChris
    Posted at 04:57h, 27 August Reply

    It used to be red and green but now that I am older I am up for any color. Last year I had purple and gold. You get crazy when you are old.

  • Quilt n Queen
    Posted at 04:33h, 27 August Reply

    Congratulations on making the cover!! Love the neutrals. I have a lot of deep red in my Christmas decor. Happy quilting!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 04:29h, 27 August Reply

    I love Christmas! I love cranberry red, green, gold and silver! I'm always game to try something new!!

  • Cloud 9
    Posted at 04:24h, 27 August Reply

    I'm fairly traditional with the usual colors of red, green and gold, but I do like to throw in some blue.

    Posted at 03:04h, 27 August Reply

    Red, green, white, gold, midnight blue, blue grays. Just isn't Christmas without those colors.

  • teachpany
    Posted at 03:01h, 27 August Reply

    Great quilt! I love blues and white for Christmas, but also the traditional red, green and gold. Thanks.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 02:38h, 27 August Reply

    My favorite colors are Midnight blue, light blue, white and gold.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:07h, 27 August Reply

    I'm fairly traditional with my colours for Christmas – red,green, white and sometimes a little gold.
    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

  • WoolenSails
    Posted at 02:03h, 27 August Reply

    I like traditional colors, red and green, but I like to mix creams and tans with them.


  • JoyceLM
    Posted at 01:48h, 27 August Reply

    Love your Serenity Stars quilt. I usually decorate with red & white ornaments on my green Christmas tree. Thanks. jleekamitchell(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Pamela
    Posted at 01:32h, 27 August Reply

    I really like the neutrals in the Serentity Star quilt.

  • Cynthia Lanahan
    Posted at 01:15h, 27 August Reply

    I love green and silver with some Turkey red

  • Paige Biddlecomb
    Posted at 01:06h, 27 August Reply

    I love red and silver. I also like the traditional red and green.

  • Sue Blank
    Posted at 00:55h, 27 August Reply

    Lovely. Lots of space for show-off quilting!
    suequilter at

    • Sue Blank
      Posted at 00:59h, 27 August Reply

      And I have used different colors in different rooms. Red and green wins, but I also like mauve and burgundy with blue/green.

  • Renata A Little Bit County
    Posted at 00:55h, 27 August Reply

    I'm a green person. So Christmas is green with red, gold and blue as accents.

  • barefootT
    Posted at 00:50h, 27 August Reply

    red, white and blue !!!

  • Vicki H
    Posted at 00:43h, 27 August Reply

    I like red and white. Love your stars.

  • scottylover
    Posted at 00:19h, 27 August Reply

    I love that your quilt is done in an alternate color scheme! We always seem to have the "different" decorations than normal, so this would fit perfectly in our house!
    Sandy A

  • rvquilter
    Posted at 00:15h, 27 August Reply

    Red & Green but not super brights. Love your pattern, guess I need to run out to look for the magazine πŸ™‚

  • CathyK
    Posted at 00:07h, 27 August Reply

    I guess I'm too old fashioned. I just love red, green and gold for the holidays!

  • Carrie P.
    Posted at 00:06h, 27 August Reply

    your quilt is simple but elegant. love it.
    i still decorate in traditional red and green.

  • Janet M
    Posted at 23:06h, 26 August Reply

    I think red, green & silver are pretty for Christmas. But I like your neutral quilt immensely! It would not be put away with the other Christmas stuff.

  • Joan
    Posted at 22:56h, 26 August Reply

    I like red and green decorations. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Debbi2323
    Posted at 22:17h, 26 August Reply

    I like red and gold decorations.

  • Cathie
    Posted at 22:17h, 26 August Reply

    I'm hooked on neutrals!

  • Linda
    Posted at 22:08h, 26 August Reply

    With all the glitz, sparkle, and shine of the holiday season, the simplicity of the solid neutrals has a calming, restful effect. Very nice!

  • Diana
    Posted at 22:03h, 26 August Reply

    I love this pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Audrey
    Posted at 21:53h, 26 August Reply

    Essex Linen intrigues me. Serenity Stars would be the prefect place to start using them. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway. My favourite Christmas colours are blue and white. Crisp and cool just like our Christmas season.

  • Happy Cottage Quilter
    Posted at 21:48h, 26 August Reply

    Beautiful! I love the traditional green and red, but in the more muted shades. Thanks!

  • Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts
    Posted at 21:28h, 26 August Reply

    I've never worked with linen, but I love the look. Beautiful.

  • Janie
    Posted at 21:20h, 26 August Reply

    Love your quilt. Thank you for your tutorials. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kay
    Posted at 21:19h, 26 August Reply

    My favorite holiday decorating colors are blue and silver. It brings a sense of "cool" to our Christmas here in South Mississippi. thanks for the chance to win.

  • Lucinda Miller
    Posted at 21:09h, 26 August Reply

    I knew that had to be your quilt as soon as I saw it! I've been going with red and white and I'd like to add some kind of icy blue this year.

  • Rachell
    Posted at 20:04h, 26 August Reply

    I love colored lights for the tree and house. My decorations are silver, blue and purple, with some red and gold thrown in. (for the tree) I don't have a lot of other decorations, but I do want to make a quilt Christmas-tree skirt and some wall-hangings. I want to make blue and silver Celtic snowflakes and stars.

  • Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek]
    Posted at 19:54h, 26 August Reply

    Beautifully simple – thanks for sharing!

  • Deb G. in VA
    Posted at 19:40h, 26 August Reply

    Congrats on getting your lovely quilt on the cover! I like to decorate with traditional colors.

  • Adrienne Dold
    Posted at 19:27h, 26 August Reply

    Traditional colors, although your grey quilt is lovely!

  • kathy nielson
    Posted at 19:22h, 26 August Reply

    Love the giveaway, butalso love the quilt

    Posted at 19:05h, 26 August Reply

    The stars quilt is cool colored….I love using green…purple…blue and red…with shades of black for night time xmas quilts…….have a great quilting day….

  • Sallie
    Posted at 18:51h, 26 August Reply

    Traditional red and green. Love your choice, though!

  • Joy
    Posted at 18:38h, 26 August Reply

    Beautiful quilt, the colors remind me of a snowy landscape.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:32h, 26 August Reply

    I love the simplicity of this quilt,especially done in the neutral color. I've recently been putting light teal in my Christmas quilts along with muted greens, reds and golds.

  • Pat Lewis
    Posted at 18:26h, 26 August Reply

    Lovely to see the website and congratulations on being published in the Christmas magazine. You have some great ideas and it is nice to see solids used.

  • Marls
    Posted at 18:15h, 26 August Reply

    Love your quilt. I also like non traditional colors at Christmas. Last year I decorated with turquoise and silver. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine.

  • Kathy Stoessner
    Posted at 18:14h, 26 August Reply

    Just did my tree skirt in grey and white. this would be the best compliment to the scene.

  • Diane H
    Posted at 17:55h, 26 August Reply

    I like a deep red and green for Christmas decorating. Your quilt is lovely, congratulations. laura84watt (at)

  • Pat V.
    Posted at 17:54h, 26 August Reply

    I guess I'm sort of a traditionalist, I generally go with red & green at the holidays. Your color scheme for this quilt is so elegant!

  • Jane
    Posted at 17:32h, 26 August Reply

    I use the traditional colors of red and green along with some camel thrown in. These are the colors in my home all year long
    Only not as saturated as at Christmas.

  • Diana
    Posted at 17:22h, 26 August Reply

    Last year I had a blue and silver Christmas. It was quite pretty!

  • Elaine
    Posted at 17:15h, 26 August Reply

    Red, green and blue! I like traditional colors for the holiday!

  • JanineMarie
    Posted at 17:02h, 26 August Reply

    Beautiful! I really like the simplicity of this quilt.

  • Alli
    Posted at 17:01h, 26 August Reply

    I don't do much holiday decorating, but I love the green of our Christmas tree! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:57h, 26 August Reply

    I'm very traditional – red! Friendship Star is one of my favs, too.
    Barb Peters,

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 16:57h, 26 August Reply

    Sometime the simplest is the best. Love your design. I like red/green/blue together with a little gold.

  • Lee
    Posted at 16:34h, 26 August Reply

    I usually use Blues and White! Pretty quilt!

  • Lisa Marie
    Posted at 16:30h, 26 August Reply

    After many years of traditional reds and greens, the last few years I've been adding some of the things with the lime greens and aquas mixed in. They seem fun and fresh to me.

  • Laine
    Posted at 16:30h, 26 August Reply

    I usually stick to the traditional reds and greens and also throw in some silver.

  • DebrafromMD
    Posted at 15:52h, 26 August Reply

    I use a lot of red and white. That way the decorations can be pulled out for many different holidays.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 15:51h, 26 August Reply

    I d a lot of decorating with gold, white and silver at Christmas.

  • Cecilia
    Posted at 15:43h, 26 August Reply

    Pretty quilt! My colors are red, green, blue, and pink. Congratulations on having your quilt included. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Quilted by the Lake
    Posted at 15:41h, 26 August Reply

    I really like your quilt. My colors are traditional reds, greens and gold. The friendship star has always been a favorite of mine.

  • Quilting Tangent
    Posted at 15:29h, 26 August Reply

    Congratulations on making the cover. Traditional red and green for Christmas.

  • Connie Kresin Campbell
    Posted at 15:28h, 26 August Reply

    Beautiful quilt and great colors!

  • vwlady
    Posted at 15:19h, 26 August Reply

    I usually do a red, white & silver theme at Christmas.

  • Hollerbear
    Posted at 15:18h, 26 August Reply

    I love the traditional red and green, but also have a soft spot for blues and silvers.

  • Gill
    Posted at 15:06h, 26 August Reply

    I still love red and green!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 15:04h, 26 August Reply

    This is gorgeous — wonderful. I like deep, rich burgundy and greens.

  • Glenda Karlik
    Posted at 13:56h, 26 August Reply

    Last year I had a grey and white Santa painting! Love your grey with white stars!!

  • DianneB
    Posted at 13:54h, 26 August Reply

    I'm still traditional – love deep green and red, with a splash of gold to brighten it up. Thanks for a chance at the draw. Your quilt is beautiful.

  • Betsy Smith
    Posted at 13:37h, 26 August Reply

    I love traditional colors red and green.

  • Rochestergranny3
    Posted at 13:33h, 26 August Reply

    Christmas quilts are so pretty and fun.

  • Leanne
    Posted at 13:06h, 26 August Reply

    My Christmas decorating is multi coloured because it is based on treasured objects from past holidays made and given by others and then whatever new things are added each year. And I love it that way.

  • Diane
    Posted at 13:04h, 26 August Reply

    I have some Essex Linen!–inspiration strikes! I like darker reds and greens,
    thanks for a chance at your giveaway

  • sophie
    Posted at 12:41h, 26 August Reply

    When I think of Christmas projects, a palette of red, white, turquoise and lime appeals to me.

  • Vicki in MN
    Posted at 12:26h, 26 August Reply

    I am really liking the look of the linen in quilts. My christmas colors are still red and green but not the bright ones, I love decorating for Christmas.

  • Sharon
    Posted at 12:20h, 26 August Reply

    Whites / neutrals have been a favorite of mine for awhile, although my family has always preferred reds and greens…..
    Congrats on being a Cover Girl!

  • antique quilter
    Posted at 12:02h, 26 August Reply

    I LOVE the color of your quilt I am going to have to find some of that fabric, working with the essex linen has been on my list to do. My favorite colors for christmas decorating is red and white.
    thanks for the giveaway I love holiday issues of quilt magazines, always inspirational

  • PT in SC
    Posted at 11:49h, 26 August Reply

    Congratulations! Love your neutrals. I have not sewn with the Essex linen, will have to give it a try!

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