Friday, September 27, 2013

Simply Modern Christmas Book Review and My Version of "Joy"

Simply Modern Christmas

Cindy Lammon has a beautiful new book "Simply Modern Christmas" full of lovely and cheerful projects.  She asked me to review her book and how could I refuse.  I am a big fan of hers and her blog Hyacinth Quilt Designs.

Simply Modern Christmas

I chose to make her quilt properly named "Joy."  The instructions were very clear and the cutting requirements are specifically for using fat quarters making it easy to plan a quilt from fat quarter bundles.

"Joy" from Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

Prepare for a little picture overload...

"Joy" from Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

This quilt is a good size finishing at 68" by 82".  The pattern uses a large print for the border and large blocks in the center.  For my large print, I chose the fabric Paint by Number Birds in Sky from the collection Lush Uptown by Erin Michael for Moda.


Along with an assortment of other fabrics, some of which are from the Lush Uptown collection.


I used the Paint By Number Birds in Unpainted for a portion of the back along with Robert Kaufman Kona cotton in Snow.

Quilt back of my version of "Joy" from Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

Just a few more pictures of the blocks...

"Joy" from Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

Deciding on the arrangement of fabrics is the hardest part.  It takes me forever to make up my mind... I keep arranging and rearranging.  It is hard to know when to stop.

"Joy" from Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

Another one of my favorite quilts in her book is "Garden Lattice."  I almost made this one.  It was such a tough call.  I love how she made this quilt with non-Christmas fabrics and used unconventional Christmas colors.  Most of the fabrics are Amy Butler prints.  You could use it any time of the year, but it would also be a beautiful addition to your holiday decorations.

Simply Modern Christmas

I love the idea of a holiday quilt that can be used all year long.  That way it doesn't spend any time stuffed in a box waiting for the next holiday to come around.

Most of the projects in her book are very versatile and can be made as Christmas or every day quilts.  There are also a few projects specifically for Christmas such as a very modern Christmas tree skirt and Christmas stockings.

Cindy has made various versions of many of the quilts from her book and shares them on her blog, Hyacinth Quilt Designs.  Stop by and check them out.



Just a few more details on my version...


My version of "Joy" from Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

The binding is Sewing Guide from the Mama Said Sew collection by Moda.  I LOVE this fabric for the binding!  I think it fits the paint by number scheme perfectly.  I think I may have squealed a time or two when choosing the fabric for the binding, when I was sewing the binding on, and when the quilt was finished.

I was going for a "quilt to snuggle up with while reading a book" look.  I think I achieved it.

My version of "Joy" from Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

I love this pattern!  Last look of the overall front and back...

My version of "Joy" from Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

Cindy is offering you the chance to win a Simply Modern Christmas ebook.  The giveaway is now closed.

All you have to do is leave a comment.  If you are a noreply blogger, you will not be elegible because I will have no way to reach you.  Feel free to leave any comment, but for fun, tell me if you prefer a Christmas quilt that is strictly made with Christmas fabrics or one that is a little more unconventional.  The giveaway will close at noon (Central Time) on Monday, Sept. 30th.  Be sure to enter to win!

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Thank you for all the entries!
Using the random number generator, the winner of the Simply Modern Christmas ebook is...

I definitely prefer unconventional fabrics and color schemes! Ur quilt is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Congratulations Kelie!  Cindy will be contacting you with your copy.
Thank you Cindy for the great giveaway!

Have a great day!
Candace

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89 comments:

  1. This is super cute :) I love the fabrics you chose. I think it is nicer to use "non-traditional" Christmas fabrics so that it is more versatile for the entire year.

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  2. Wow, your quilt is amazing! It is so soft, gentle and FUN too!
    I think I would prefer a quilt for x-mas that was not so specific, but more of a winter or seasonal theme. I do love the warm colours of X-mas fabrics.
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
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  3. One of my quilting goals is a Christmas quilt on every bed. Since my boys have moved out, I guess I still have to make each of them a Christmas quilt and they should probably be Christmas fabrics - the Grinch is included in that.

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  4. Your version of the quilt is really beautiful. I really love it and the quilting. Need to get more text fabric for binding. It really gives it a special touch. Very beautiful

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  5. Gosh, I can't believe it's Christmas planning time already!!!!! Love your quilt

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  6. I'm definitely the non-traditional colour type! As Christmas is celebrated during Summer where I live, that's not really a hard decision.

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  7. I like non-traditional colors - lately the red and mint green and gray color scheme is catching my eye. Thanks for the give away!

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  8. It's beautiful! I love it. I definitely like the use of the reds and greens to blend with Christmas decor but then still look great all year round.

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  9. Cute quilt from an awesome looking book! I'm a non-traditional quilter - like to be a little different. Thanks for a chance to win! Love your blog!

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  10. I just love the traditional Christmas fabrics. Using them makes any quilt pattern into a Christmas quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. I prefer something non traditional that can be used eve after the holidays! Thanks for the giveaway!

    onehotstove AT gmail DOT com

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  12. What a great book! I especially love the Garden Lattice pattern. Would love to make that in batiks. Your quilt is absolutely adorable. Great choice of fabrics and color.

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  13. Love your quilt! The colors are beautiful! I have a Christmas quiltin progress that is made of all traditional Christmas fabrics, but I'd love to make one that's a little more out of the box with some fun colors thrown in.

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  14. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful!! What a great choice for the binding. I would love to have a quilt just for Christmas- would just make it all that much more special!

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  15. I love the projects in this book. Thanks for sharing! Linhs4real@aol.com

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  16. Wow - I almost grabbed my own book to snuggle up and start reading. But then I remembered it's your quilt and not mine! Guess I'll have to make my own. Love the fabric choices and that soft blueish green on the border. I am quite a traditionalist, and so for Christmas, I'd use reds and greens and golds from my stash.

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  17. I love the binding you did on that quilt. I laughed when I read you thought you might have squealed over it. Sometimes, you just have to. lol I like Christmas quilts that are in less traditional colors so they feel comfy overlapping the season a bit.

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  18. I like the non-traditional holiday prints mixed in with my stash. I tend to make small projects for the holidays. They go by so fast. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

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  19. Love your quilt so much! I'm going to make the wreath quilt from her book.

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  20. Beautiful quilt - thanks for sharing. I like Christmas quilts made with just Christmas fabrics, but I also like them made in traditional Christmas colors but not Christmas fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  21. Since I am new to quilting, I don't have any that are seasonal. And love to have them out all the time. I would enjoy making those that might work for a season or blend in with everyday times.

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  22. Love the picture overload, because that is such a gorgeous quilt! I would prefer to make my quilt using a Christmas prints. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  23. Your quilt is gorgeous! I'm a traditional Christmas girl. Most of my Christmas quilts are red & green! My current Christmas WIP is red, green & gold.

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  24. I definitely prefer unconventional fabrics and color schemes! Ur quilt is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. Wow what a great book!
    And your quilt is just Lovely!!!
    I've only made one Christmas quilt and I used traditional Christmas prints.

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  26. I love the unconventional approach. That paint by number fabric is just too cute! Thanks for the chance to win what looks like an awesome book.

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  27. Love your choices and the book! So refreshing!

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  28. Love non-trad fabrics and traditional patterns. jennylarking@gmail.com

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  29. You quilt is gorgeous! I love the fabrics that you used. I like both traditional and non-traditional fabrics. I have never made a Christmas quilt...guess it is time. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  30. Quilts are great, would like to have that book, thanks

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  31. Oh my goodness, your quilt is GORgeous!!! I want one Just Like IT, please :D

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  32. what a wonderful quilt and book, and I would totally love to make one in christmas colors, never made one before

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  33. Your Lushy quilt is beautiful! It's a wonderful use of those prints, and I love the MSS text for the binding. I have tons of that print and I am definitely doing that in the future, Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  34. I've had my eye on this book for a while! I'm in such a Christmasy mood (already!), I'd have to go with Christmas fabrics for Christmas quilts.

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  35. I had not heard of this new quilt book until right now! (via Conf. of a Fabric Addict link-up...thanks for linking up!) I have a silly goal--to make a Christmas quilt for each member of my family. Silly because it will take years! I am always looking for ideas and this would be a great addition to my inspiration collection.......

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  36. Hi,your quilt is so neat!
    Love your Blog!
    Thanks for sharing a great giveaway!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  37. Lovely quilt! The book looks great. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  38. I love your quilt! I've only made Christmas quilts using traditional Christmas fabrics, but I'm starting to really like the more modern looking ones. Simply Modern Christmas is on my wish list!

    tstanulis@mac.com

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  39. Gorgeous quilt!! I can just imagine you squealing over that binding!! The book looks great! I am not really a fan of "themed" fabrics so would rather make a quilt in Christmas colors but not with Christmas fabrics.

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  40. I go either way, depending on who the wut is for-kids/adults, or where it is going-bedroom/living room. Thanks for a chance to win a fun book!

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  41. I think that just like with quilting, Christmas can be traditional or modern, but I prefer modern. I'd rather not use "Christmas fabric," but rather a combination of modern fabrics I like in seasonal colour combinations. And when I say seasonal, I guess that's all a matter of preference, isn't it? You could go for green and red, or green and blue, or light starry blues--you could really do anything and still make it suitable for the holidays; yet because it doesn't scream traditional, it could be used year round.

    That's a beautiful quilt and I'd love to see more from the book.

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  42. I love what I see from this book - and I love Christmas! I think I go for more unconventional prints to try to get away with having the quilt out after twelfth night! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  43. This book looks beautiful, as does your quilt. =) I'm torn between conventional and unconventional holiday fabrics. My first thought was unconventional, so I can keep it out, but there's something special about an item that you keep for a particular occasion. I always think of my grandmother's Christmas angel - we'd just wait for it to come out of the box!

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  44. Your quilt is beautiful! I love seeing christmassy projects that incorporate other fabrics so that you could use it all year round!

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  45. I love seeing how the pattern translates into a non Christmas quilt. Love your fabric choices.

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  46. I like unconventional. I just recently pulled fabric with the hope to start a Christmas quilt that I can leave out all year!

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  47. Awesome! Like the fabrics and the pattern is so neat.

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  49. Your quilts is beautiful! I can't wait to check the book or in person. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  50. Oh my land! You so nailed it with the paint by number fabric and this pattern. I think it is probably the best one I've seen and, for the first time, I'm wanting some of that bird print for myself. Wonderful job. (Please don't enter me in the contest as I already have a copy of Cindy's beautiful book.)

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  51. To answer your question, I love Christmas quilts that can be used at least all winter. I finished one for myself last year that features candy canes and holly, but they are tiny prints. I added some icy blue to the red and white and green palette and I'm so pleased with it, for using all winter long.
    Your fabric choices for the Joy quilt are just awesome, and I love every photo of it. I need a big bib...so much drooling over the lovely views, close up or far away. The rolled up one showing the text binding is just the best! Thanks for sharing! I think you should get started now on a Lattice one!

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  52. Here in New Zealand Christmas comes in the middle of summer - we think beaches and bbqs, not snowflakes and fir trees. The downside of making a Christmas quilt is that it is actually too hot to snuggle under a quilt. Wall hangings and decorations are the way to go. The patterns you have shown from the book look great for all sorts of fabrics and times of the year.

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  53. I love your quilt. I hate the idea of a quilt that is only good for 1 or 2 months out of the year so I'd definitely make Christmas quilts with fabrics that aren't limited to Christmas. (I do like all of the winter themed fabrics that are out there though and since those can last well into March and April I can see using them.)

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  54. Looks like a great quilt. Love the colours in yours. they are so bright and refreshing. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  55. Love your quilt! Excellent selection of fabrics. I'm hoping to make a tree skirt this year and those fabrics would be perfect.

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  56. The book is beautiful. I had the chance to browse the book yesterday in my LQS, and I would make several of them, but I would probably use non-Christmas fabrics so I could show them off longer! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

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  57. The quilt is beautiful!
    I prefer Christmas fabric for Christmas projects - BUT! I prefer the modern prints - I'm not traditional at all.

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  58. Love the colors showing in the pictures...What I love is a traditional colors for the quilt and another color way used for the back! 2 quilts in 1!

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  59. I am new to quilting so I am still learning to think outside the box. I appreciate your enthusiasm for quilting and your inspiration. I think I would like a traditional Christmas quilt and non-traditional colors - Two quilts - twice the fun to make!

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  60. Adorable quilt! I love Christmas quilts with some Christmas fabric (just not themed...aka no Santa and Elves :) )

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  61. This is a gorgeous quilt! I love what you've done with this great fabric line. Well done!

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  62. This turned out so nice! I love the colors and love the back!

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  63. thanks for the chance to win this amazing book

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  64. Christmas fabric or Christmas-y fabric. Thanks for the chance to win. I can be contacted through my blog at www.missourimel.com.

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  65. I like one that's a little unconventional. I love the quilt you featured!

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  66. I like to rotate my quilts, so usually like them to be seasonal.

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  67. This is such a lovely quilt!!! I really don't "do" Christmas, which is why the non-traditional approach of this book is so appealing to me :)

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  68. I love your quilt,Candace! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  69. Great quilt! I love your color choices.

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  70. Your quilt is beautiful. I love Christmas quilts with Christmas fabrics. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

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  71. It's hard for me to introduce some "Modern" into my "Traditional".....this book would really help me! Ruth in FL

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  72. thanks for the give away chance, I have pulled fabrics from my stash for a non-traditional Christmas quilt, this is the incentive I've needed to get started, wish me luck

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  73. Love it! That sewing guide text print is one of my favourites. I am not a huge fan of Christmas novelty type stuff so I would definitely prefer a more modern eclectic approach to a festive quilt.

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  74. I would have to use fabric in traditional Christmas colors to satisfy my family but, that's not to say they have to be Christmas prints. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  75. Lovely quilt! I like traditional colours but not necessarily Christmas fabrics!

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  76. Your quilt is lovely and I love the fabrics you chose. Thanks for reviewing the book, I think this will certainly be one I will have to add to my wish list. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

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  77. Love your quilt. My favorite part is the awesome binding! This book may be a must have!

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  78. I already have the book, but wanted to tell you how gorgeous your quilt is! I have such a crush on it! :)

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  79. Garden Lattice is my favorite quilt. It would look great in any set of colors!

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  80. The fabric choices for the quilts in the book are just gorgeous!

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  81. Beautiful quilt! I've made the Simply Simple Table Runner from Cindy's book and, like you, have had trouble deciding which pattern to tackle next. I think I've landed on Garden Lattice.

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  82. Love the quilt!!! I think I prefer Christmas quilts in non Traditional colors. Or maybe... A red and white quilt would be lovely all year around!!!

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  83. Love your version of this quilt. And I would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

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  84. I love the binding on your quilt (love the quilt too)

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  85. totally in love with this georgous book, thanks for the chance

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  86. What a beautiful quilt... so light and bright! Thanks for a chance!

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  87. I love those colors! Great fabric choices for a very nice quilt.

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  88. I would like Christmas fabrics.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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