Star light, star bright… Celebrate the stars with today’s ideas from Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts!


Today’s Guest Curator: Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

From Alyce:
“Hi, my name is Alyce, and I love stars!” It’s been well documented that I’m a sucker for a good star quilt block on Blossom Heart Quilts. Earlier this year, I shared my Autumn Chain quilt Block tutorial on Sew Mama Sew as a part of The Bee Hive quilt block tutorial series.


Since then I have continued to share my love of teaching and released my first book, DIY Block Design! DIY Block Design walks you through every step of designing your own quilt blocks from sketchbook to finished product. If you’re a fellow star quilt block lover, check out my 2016 Aurora BOM program for more starry goodness!

Make It


Easy Star Baby Quilt
Make an Easy Star Baby Quilt from Diary Of A Quilter for the special little ones in your life.


Ribbon Star Mug Rug
A mug rug is a quick and small project to whip up for gifts, and the Ribbon Star Mug Rug from Bryan House Quilts is no exception. Make a whole set for a great hostess gift.


Half Hexie Star Table Runner
Here’s a slightly different take on a standard star! Dress your table or sideboard with a Half Hexie Star Table Runner from Crafty Pod.


Christmas Star Quilt Block
Use the Christmas Star Quilt Block from Blossom Heart Quilts to make a fun Christmas quilt of stars and ornaments, or use the corresponding pillow tutorial to turn it (or any 12” finished block) into a gorgeous patchwork pillow!


Crochet Stars
Sprinkle some stars around the room with these adorable Crochet Stars from Crochet Objet. These would also make a lovely garland.


Star Of David Quilt Block
Have a happy Hanukkah with the Star Of David Quilt Block from Whims And Fancies. You could turn it into a mug rug or even resize it larger for a pillow.


Pinwheel Stars Placemats
Finish dressing your table with a set of Pinwheel Stars Placemats from The Crafty Quilter.


Star Fabric Gift Tags
And once you’ve finished all your Christmas makings, use the leftover scraps to make some scrappy Star Fabric Gift Tags! It’s the perfect finishing touch to your handmade gifts.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Star Light, Star Bright Gift Ideas, Wonky Star Block, Scrap Happy Stars Block, Icicle Star Paper Pieced Block

Mix It


How to Decorate Your Hanukkah Cookies
Do you need some cookies to go with your Star Of David Mug Rug? Good Things By David has some great tips for How to Decorate Your Hanukkah Cookies. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and get to work!


Spiced Wine
Whether you decide to gift it or just keep it all for yourself, this Spiced Wine from Well Plated is a definite treat for the holiday season.

Print It


2015 Collection Star Wars Snowflake Printables
Spoil the Star Wars fans in your household with the 2015 Collection Star Wars Snowflake Printables from Anthony Herrera Designs.


Faux Rusty Metal Star Lantern
If you want to really challenge your papercrafting skills, try them out on this Faux Rusty Metal Star Lantern from A Piece Of Rainbow. It will definitely be a centerpiece to talk about!

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Sew Fantasy Toys: 10 Sewing Patterns for Magical Creatures from Dragons to Mermaids

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Author: Melly McNeice
Publisher: David & Charles

Gorgeous new collection of huggable creatures from fabulous toy designer Melly McNeice. Mums and grannies alike will love the designs for fantasy creatures including scary monsters and mystical unicorns, which will capture their imaginations as much as their children.

Sewers will adore the bright, modern fabrics Melly uses for her colorful designs and won’t be able to resist the simple but effective patterns that are fun and easy to sew. They will love making the pretty mermaid for their daughter to cuddle up with at bedtime, or the friendly dragon who will protect them while they sleep…

There are 10 creatures in this collection so you can choose your favorite from a friendly monster, brave dragon, pretty mermaid, marching robot and a mysterious unicorn amongst others, or you can make them all and create your own fantasy world of cuddly toys – sure to make very special keepsakes in years to come.

All the patterns have easy to follow step by step instructions, quirky photography and full sized templates.

Country Living Christmas Joys: Decorating * Crafts * Recipes

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Author: Country Living
Publisher: Hearst

Make this Christmas the best and brightest yet, with hundreds of gorgeous decorating ideas and delicious recipes. From holiday house tours and ways to deck the halls to handmade gifts and festive feasts, this beautiful book will help you celebrate Christmas in Country Living style. Create stunning wreaths, turn saltshakers into sparkling snow globes, craft Advent calendars from tiny envelopes, bake gourmet-store-worthy cookies, and more to make a truly happy holiday.

Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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