Celebrate Christmas

Today it’s my turn! Woohoo! Welcome, everyone!

It’s time for my block in the Quilting Gallery’s Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along.

If you haven’t been playing along with this, you are definitely missing out. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 12 weeks, a different free block pattern is offered up by a different designer, for a total of 36 free block patterns in all!

Each day when a block is posted, Super Deals for Quilters are also offered. You can get some really fantastic bargains on fabric and other quilting goodies . . . you shouldn’t be missing those.

And . . . yes, there’s more . . . if you make the blocks and post them in the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along Flickr Group, you get a chance to win some buttons from Button Mad. They’re randomly giving away a set of buttons for every block! But you have to make your block and post it to be eligible, so get busy!

And without further ado, here is my block:

It’s called “Mare-y Christmas”. I know you’re shocked that my block has a ranch theme . . .

It features applique with a little bit of embroidery embellishment, but it’s not difficult, so don’t be afraid to give it a try. I used the needle-turn method, but you can definitely use fusible if you prefer. Click here to download the PDF instructions and full-sized templates, and get started!

Oh, and before I forget . . .

When I was making my block, I came up with enough stuff to make up an extra block. So . . . I’m offering a block kit to one lucky winner in a give-away. All you have to do to be entered to win the block kit is leave a comment on this post. I’ll pick a winner next Monday, October 17, before the next Quilt-Along block comes out.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you’re enjoying the Quilt-Along!

Published in: on October 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm  Comments (45)  

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  1. Your block is TOO cute! Love it!

  2. So cute! Thanks!

  3. It’s adorable! It would make a cute wall hanging, that’s for sure!

  4. Loved your block! As a horse lover myself this block is being made as a christmas card for some family members.

  5. I love this block – I can’t wait to make it for a friend of mine who has several horses. Would love to win your extra block as well : )

  6. LOVE your block!!!! When I first saw it, I thought, “What a funny and fun Christmas post card!!!!”

    I could see myself make 1 or 2 of these and mail them off!


    Tks for the kit contest!!!

    Rosa Robichaud

  7. AWESOME block! I am making this block into a pillow for my BFF who has 3 horses!
    Dorothy in IL

  8. Shelly, I love your block! It is definitely my fav so far. I have printed off several of the patterns, but I haven’t actually started any yet. Seeing your block, just may get me going sooner rather than later.

  9. How cute! The horse getting ready to grab the snowman’s carrot nose brought a smile to my face.

  10. I love this block!!! I will definitely make this one and share. Thank you 🙂

  11. Very cute and so you!

  12. What a cute block. Love the horse getting ready to steal the poor snowman’s nose. LOL Super cute. Thank you.

  13. Oh my goodness Girl! You are amazing and that block is too cute! Honestly, that is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I’m off to pull fabrics! You are SO clever! This will be darling on my front door and make the cutest gifts for the neigh-bors!LOL!

  14. ha ha ha! too cute! Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  15. This is adorable. I have a friend who would love this block all alone.

  16. Your block is fantastic! I am off to print out the pattern!

  17. Love your block. Thanks for sharing.

  18. bellissimo il tuo blocco,saluti dall’italia

  19. Oh my word! This is soooo clever. I am making this as a block for my quilt and may do as several gals above me – a Christmas card for my horse lover friends. I just love, love, love it. You’re so creative. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Oh how funny this is! Love the horsey reaching for the carrot….err, nose! 🙂

  21. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this block! Even if I don’t make the whole quilt I have got to make this block!! Thanks!

  22. I saw your block in the Quilting Gallery newsletter and thought to myself, “wow, that block looks like a Shelly design.” Then I actually READ the newsletter and realized that it IS your design. It is very cute!

  23. Thank you for the cute pattern.

  24. Thank you for this block.
    It is just adorable

  25. Just to cute… I’m sure I’ll have to do a million of them as we are all horse lovers and owners in the familly….Thank you for sharing that block (speeking french, I’m not use to writte english… sorry for the spelling)

  26. What a great block, the Mare-y Christmas is very clever.

  27. Love love love your block! I had my first horse-back-riding lesson this weekend at age 44.

    Greeting from Norway

  28. This block is sooo cute. Love it! Thank you!

  29. It’s so refreshing to see a block that is so totally different…Great job !
    Cheers Michelle

  30. Just darling – thanks sooo much for sharing.

  31. This is going to be the first applique block that I attempt…thanks for the pattern and the giveaway.

  32. love the block..it really says Christmas!

  33. This has got to be the cutest block I ever did see! How this reminds me of our mare, she loves carrots!

  34. Love your fun block. Can’t wait to choose the fabrics. Thank you.

  35. Thanks for the block pattern…..love the theme…..and poor ol mr snowman….. how shocked would he be??!!! LOL Too cute…must make this one too!
    XX sugary hugs
    Wendy b :O)

  36. Love your block!

  37. This would make the perfect present for my parents. Thanks for the chance.

  38. Yes, you hit the nail on the head when you said we might be surprised by a farm theme block – but I need to tell you how much this particular block means to me. April, 2008, my brother passed; Sept, 2008, dad passed; January 10, 2009 my absolutely very best friend passed; Nov, 2009 mom passed; Feb 2010 hubby had half of left lung removed. After all of this in so short a time, the passing of my bestest friend Beverly affected me the most.Beverly lived in a log cabin house with hubby and three children on 10 a. with horses, goats, and other assorted animal friends.We spent so many enjoyable hours drinking iced tea or fruit juice from my fine chrystal-what else is one going to drink from fine chrystal!We would sit on the old wooden porch in the rear of her log cabin house and just enjoy watching the horses in the fields, talking about gardening, quilting, and generally enjoying each other’s company,putting aside for a short time all our worries.I truly miss her greatly, and the block you donated to the Celebrate Christmas Quilt A-long brings back so many memories of Beverly. Just want to mention also that I only discovered the Christmas Quilt A-long a few hours ago and have been busy attempting to catch up on all the donated blocks – And your’s was the last one available for download-and oh, what a wonderful surprise it was for me to have something to remind me of all the great times Beverly and I shared. don’t think I’ll have time to finish the block to enter into the contest but it really doesn’t matter because I am so happy to have this “special memory” block. Thank you -enjoy the weekend with family, friends and bring out the fine chrystal or best jelly jars, pour yourself a bit of iced apple juice, and sit on that old porch and enjoy life to its fullest. js

  39. wauw prachtige give-away en prachtig blok

  40. I actually love this block. I do a lot of applique and I can picture a whole quilt made of fun blocks like this.

  41. This is too cute! I have an Aunt Mary and we call her “Mare”. We tease her by singing “The Old Grey Mare” song. She will be the recipient of your block, which I’ll make into a little wall hanging for her room in Assisted Living. Mary & her 5 sisters and one brother grew up on a homestead in north central Montana (north of Great Falls). After their Dad died their mom had to sell the land and move to town, but they are all country kids at heart.

  42. Oh missed it by that much lol! Love this pattern… my printer is presently humming along, and I am making two of these for my daughter’s for christmas this weekend! They each have their own horse, and it will be from them! Thank you so much for such a lovely idea!!!!

  43. Oh, Shelly, it is so cute! you are so amazingly talented. I bow to you! I just love it! Have to download it and make it for my BIL sometime!

  44. Thank you for the pattern.
    I love it.
    Martine – FRANCE

  45. Wonderful block. My niece loves horses, so I will make her a pillowcase with this.

    Thank you

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