Today it’s Fat Quarterly’s turn to be the stop 5 on Amanda Murphy’s ‘Modern Holiday’ blog tour!!!

I bumped into Amanda at Spring Quilt Market in Portland and was so sucked in by the prettiness of her booth!!  Amanda makes beautiful, beautiful things so her booth jumped out as a I walked past. I think her work is the absolute perfect combination of modern and traditional.

Modern Holiday contains 18 sewing projects such as quilts, table runners, stockings, and Christmas decorations.   The patterns look super easy to follow as the instructions and diagrams are so clear. This book is full of the kind of projects that I would love my house to be full of but never get around to making as I leave Christmas Projects until the last minute. Not this year though, my mid-years resolution is to get my butt into year and get some of these projects made in time for Christmas. I have even planned the order!

First up is Crossroads. A few years ago there was a spell where red and aqua quilts were hugely popular and the internet was full of quilts in this gorgeous colour combo. I never got around to making one so that’s partly why this is first on my list. The other reason is that this is just one of those simple elegant quilts that you’d get to use all year round.  It would also be great as a scrap buster.


Second up is this beauty called Holiday Wreaths.  I feel my life is incomplete without this quilt.


These fabulous cushions are 3rd on my list.

I have mountains of cushions but a girl can never have too many cushions. Can she? I could go on forever, as there are stunning Christmas stockings and I have this romantic notion of having tons of them hanging from my mantelpiece, all matching and full of goodies to be opened on Christmas morning. I love Christmas can you tell?

In the spirit of holiday giving there is a copy of this book to be won by one of you. If the winner is inside the US they will receive a hard copy of this book and if the winder is outside the US they will receive an electronic version. One day I will tell you about the saga of the king size quilt I decide to make for my parents for Christmas. To cut a very long story short I started it 1 1/2 weeks before, ran out of background fabric on Christmas Eve, was up until 4am on Christmas morning quilting it and I bound it in between opening presents and my parents arriving for lunch.

To enter this giveaway leave a message and tell us your funny stories about last minute gift sewing. The one that makes us laugh the hardest wins!