Christmas in July? None of us like to think about Christmas this early but in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine I usually cover Christmas fabrics, or at least a couple, in the July issue, but why? We all know it takes time to make quilts so if you want a Christmas fabric for a gift or quilt to snuggle under at Christmas we need to start early. Therefore, the fabric producers bring out their ranges mid-summer. If you really want a particular one then, by October, the shops may be running low. This is also the reason that the Autumn shows have a larger concentration of seasonal fabrics and crafts.
So, what’s out there this year? British company Lewis and Irene have several ranges you can choose from. A Countryside Christmas is a lovely collection with images of local wildlife in a snowy forest on muted winter tones. Small Things at Christmas follows on in the Small Things range which has traditional Christmas motifs in very useful, smaller prints.
Makower is another of my favourite UK companies. They bring out a Scandi Christmas 2019 range which is always popular and we had a lovely Scandi quilt using these fabrics in our September issue. They also have Christmas themed panels, in many designs, from advent calendars to stockings. These are great for a quick special make for children and adults alike.
Moda, I’m sure you’ve heard of. Perhaps the largest of the American fabric suppliers always bring out a large selection of seasonal fabrics from the more traditional to modern variants. The problem with these is that we can’t always guarantee that these will be available in the UK. Winter Manor is a very traditional range whilst Oh What Fun is aimed more at children.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at the 2019 Christmas ranges, there are more to see in BP&Q magazine every month, and we all know it will be on us before we are ready. Christmas is coming!