Xmas in July Giveaway – Cotton + Steel Tinsel FQ Mini-Stack!

Yay! Fabric Giveaway!

Peeps! It’s a flippin’ giveaway! Woohoo! This giveaway is now closed – I’ll announce the winner shortly!

Ok, so the Merry Medallion quilt is almost finished (last batch of instructions on Friday!) and I hope some of these quilts will start popping up between now and Christmas! I finished mine today, and photographed it ahead of the final tutorial, and I have to tell you: I LOVE IT SO MUCH. So much that I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO USE ALL CAPS. Seriously, dudes. It is already one of my most favoritest things I’ve EVER MADE. I freaking can’t wait to show you!!

But that’s a couple of days away, so why don’t we pass the time with a little giveaway?! I have to admit, I originally intended on pairing this particular giveaway with another project, but then I went and got a new job (!) and a few of my Christmas in July projects had to go by the wayside. That’s ok, there’s still Christmas in December. BUT, I didn’t want these fabrics to waste away, since I bought them especially for you and everything, and it occurred to me that these four make a might fine starter for a Merry Medallion of your own!

Yay! Fabric Giveaway!

These four fabrics are my favorites from Tinsel by Cotton + Steel, which is my favorite Christmas fabric EVER. It’s just perfect in every way! Here’s a low volume, a red, and a green – and the very same mid-volume (the washi tape print, isn’t it the best?!) I’ve used in my Merry Medallion, as you’ll see on Friday. These four would be a great start to a gathering of Merry Medallion fabrics!

So, to win this little mini-stack of festive pretties, leave a comment and tell me your favorite story about a holiday project. It could be a funny story about the time you tried to make a gingerbread house and it collapsed into smithereens, a touching story about a birthday gift you made that was loved to pieces, or a near-miss story about the costume you just managed to finish at 6pm on Halloween night. Any story, any craft, any holiday!

This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere, and I’ll close it at midnight (UK time) next Friday, August 7th. The winner will be chosen by Mr. Random Number Generator. Off you go!

13 Comments on Xmas in July Giveaway – Cotton + Steel Tinsel FQ Mini-Stack!

  1. Julie S
    July 29, 2015 at 19:57 (3 years ago)

    So my friend Susan and I generally have a baking day near christmas to make presents for the unbuyable people (namely, the males in our families). We make truffles, brittle, candied orange peels… and gingerbread. There is also generally wine. Several years ago, we had two gingerbread recipes. Apparently we had forgotten which we agreed on. I added things from one recipe, she added things from another. We ended up wearing some of the flour. Baked the gingerbread and it was the best we ever had. It didn’t even make it into presents. We hogged it all over a bottle of wine and it remains the gingerbread that got away since we’ve never been able to recreate it.

  2. Jenny
    July 30, 2015 at 03:17 (3 years ago)

    My story involves baking too! Hubby and I were watching the Christmas special from the Great British Bake off show, and hubby gets it into his head that he really wants to make a ‘Yule Log’ like the one they featured. So a few days later after watching the segment a number of times over to catch all the ingredients and method we attempt to make the chocolate sponge roll and the gnache which covers it with…. it turns out rather interestingly, but alas we have no miniature robin to sit on the log. Later when I go to take it out of the fridge (where a lot of the far too thin gnache has run off it) I find that in the absence of the traditional robin, one of the boys has sat an ‘angry bird’ (from the game app Angry Birds) balanced on the Yule log instead. It was a laugh and very yummy dessert in spite of how it looked!

  3. Marci
    July 30, 2015 at 08:16 (3 years ago)

    Since I sew I always make my christmas presents. For years I have been trying to get my family to make presents for each other instead of going to the mall. About 4 years ago they finally decide to give it a try. It was a huge success, one of my sisters brewed beer and made sausage for everyone, one brother bought movie tickets and candy for everyone and I screen printed family photos on tea towels. It turned out to be a very satisfying Christmas present exchange and now we do it every year.

  4. Dittany
    July 30, 2015 at 09:58 (3 years ago)

    Ah. Like the time my husband unplugged the cooker to free up a socket for the outside sparkly lights. Then the cooker would not start on Christmas day and we were running round like proverbials for two hours?

  5. Hayley
    July 30, 2015 at 11:35 (3 years ago)

    Ok, so I had been sewing for about a year and decided to make both my daughters a quilt each for Christmas. It was also my youngest’ first Christmas, so special. So I made the quilts with loads on time and for the little one I pieced a label into the backing. Quilt done and quilted and I went to write on the label and I wrote the wrong name. And not even the name of the wrong daughter so I could just swap them. No. One first name with the other one’s middle name. Aargh. I put it down to being a sleep deprived mum. I hand stitched another label over the top. It still isn’t written on.

  6. Michele T
    July 30, 2015 at 12:49 (3 years ago)

    Every year I love to plan and make small quilted gifts at Christmas. One year I got carried away with the list of recipients which stressed me out because I was scrambling days before trying to get each one completed. I was successful but those long, late nights taught me a lesson: begin creating earlier and reduce the recipient list!! Lol

  7. Jacklynn Grimm
    July 30, 2015 at 16:00 (3 years ago)

    My husband and I were married on Nov. 9. We invited my mother for dinner for our first Thanksgiving. The invitation was for 4:00, but because we had a small kitchen in our apartment, was didn’t eat until 8:00. About 6:00 my mom asked for a snack to tie her over…..needless to say that was the first and last time we cooked for her, we took her out to eat after that!!

  8. Mita
    July 30, 2015 at 18:16 (3 years ago)

    Well I’ve done the over-extending myself on craft projects and the Halloween costume that wasn’t quite sewn right, but my favorite story has to do with my Granny. One holiday she was cooking the turkey. Did I mention Granny was known to like a glass of wine or two? Well, there she was prepping the meal with my mom and they were enjoying the wine along with the cooking. The turkey gets put in the oven. The clean-up begins. They notice a dish towel is missing. Mom and Granny chalk it up to the mess in the kitchen, it has to be somewhere? Later, the table is set, dinner is served, the turkey is carved, the dish towel is found! Inside the turkey! After Granny washed out the inside of the bird she got to drying it too and totally forgot the towel!

  9. Super Mom - No Cape!
    July 30, 2015 at 20:45 (3 years ago)

    When our kids were little, my husband was a Corporal in the army and I was a stay-at-home mom. To earn money to help pay for Christmas each year, I used to make and sell crafts at the fall craft shows. One year, I made a stuffed elf that was a huge hit and one week, I came home with orders for 12 of them to be picked up the following week at the next craft show. That was in addition to all the other things that needed to be made to replace all the other items I’d sold. My husband… or St. Dave as he should be called… not only took over childcare, cooking, etc in the evenings but after he got the girls to bed each night, he’d come stuff elves. We ended up making 20 elves that week plus numerous other things. We had an extra special Christmas that year with lots of treats we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford because of the popularity of those elves. :)

  10. Gill in Ewell
    August 1, 2015 at 13:40 (3 years ago)

    When my sister, who is only 10 years older than my eldest daughter, was very young her favourite poem was ‘The Owl and The Pussycat. Foe one Christmas my 3 children decided that they would make her figures of the poem. We bought the Fimo, and got going. It took all my ingenuity to make palm trees in Fimo, bur it was , if I say it myself, bloody good. pig with ring and turkey included. It went down a storm. Soops (her nickname) loved it. and loved it for years…….until….. tragedy…… Flo the dog got a bit tooo enthusiastic and swished the owl and the pussycat off the shelf into oblivion……… Soops was distraught. Kate volunteered to make another, but it would not have been made by her 7 year old fingers.

  11. Katy M
    August 2, 2015 at 21:49 (3 years ago)

    What beautiful fabrics :) I once had to stall going around to my friend’s house on Christmas day as I was still finishing off her christmas present! We have a tradition of always hand making something for each other for christmas x

  12. Emaline
    August 4, 2015 at 06:11 (3 years ago)

    I had a grand idea to make an apple cozy for a crafty friend of mine, something modern and fun… I started with some knit fabric and elastic, I ended with something that looked rather similar to undies. Needless to say, it went strait into the trash can and I went in another direction for her gift. =] It was one of those moments where you’re so embarrassed about something, you just HAVE to tell them about it. Ha ha!

  13. Jennifer I
    August 6, 2015 at 11:33 (3 years ago)

    I don’t have many stories of crafts for holidays as I have just recently started making a lot of my own things. I always remember my mum making loads of things when I was little and now that I have kids of my own, I wanted to be able to do the same. I do remember a few years ago (the first Christmas I decided to make my own cards) I was still making cards at 11 on Christmas morning! I have always been more organised since then and have already started my daughters Halloween costume this year :)