Moda All-Stars Merry Makers

Let’s make something Merry for the holidays!

Merry Makers – Book 7 for the Moda All-Stars – has arrived and we’re sharing projects, a lovely story and maybe even a book or two.

But first, a story about the common threads we share as quilters, the surprising ways that our paths cross, and how quilting can make a difference in people’s lives… often in ways we will probably never know.

Mini Charm Quilts was published in February, 2018 with eighteen projects benefitting LCC Canine Comfort Dogs.  Launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog program is a national human-care mission embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers.

Photo from LCC Canine Comfort Dogs – Puppy In Training

A few weeks ago, Jennifer Keltner, the Publisher and CVO of Martingale Publishing received the following letter from Maggie Hansa, the Administrative Assistant to the President and CEO of Lutheran Church Charities. 

Dear Jennifer,

When the President of LCC called me into his office to ask about Martingale and Company after receiving the recent very thoughtful and generous royalty donation, the second of its kind – I wound up immersed in your Facebook page – my long-latent love of quilting quickly re-igniting! In checking our database, I thought you might be the same Jennifer Keltner as a donor we showed as being in Iowa. My mother was an Iowa farm girl, I still have a number of her quilts, all very delicate now. She was born in 1915. When Tim saw me light up after finding your Facebook page, he asked me to reach out to you, and to thank you for the incredible thoughtfulness and generosity of Martingale & Company.

We have a Deaconess and a pastor’s wife who typically call or email each of our donors, to thank them and offer prayerful support if there’s a need. I didn’t want to make an incorrect “leap” based on information in our database, so thought it best to call Martingale and see if I was connecting the right dots. I talked with the wonderful gal that answered – I think it was Colleen? – It seems likely that I’m correct that you are the same person that we have in our database, having lived in Ankeny, Iowa?

I understand that you are very much the creative, visionary force at Martingale. What a beautiful blessing you bring, to share, enrich, and enlarge the creativity in other’s lives! And re-ignite it in others!

To you and all of your staff Jennifer, thank you so very much for your very thoughtful consideration of LCC, and support of the LCC Comfort Dog Ministry!

Blessings and gratitude,


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Now about those Moda All-Star Merry Makers!  As with the first six books, the royalties from the sale of the book are donated to charity, and Merry Makers will benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  Doing something for kids is always a good thing!

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And finally…

To read more about the first six books and the charities they’ve benefitted – All-Stars & Giving Back.  To date, the books have raised almost $40,000 for charity.  

So to help make other Merry… leave a comment by Midnight CST on Sunday, September 23, 2018 telling us if you’ve started your holiday sewing.  

We’ll draw two winners and each will receive a copy of Moda All-Stars Merry Makers, one holiday-theme Layer Cake and a Moda tote bag.  (Winners will be notified via e-mail.)

Happy Friday!  We hope your day – and weekend – are very merry!  

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236 thoughts on “Moda All-Stars Merry Makers

  1. How wonderful the connections between us which are found when we’re reaching out and making the world a nicer place. Carrie, thanks for sharing this story!
    Beautiful projects in the new book!!

  2. I have started sewing for Christmas! I made a list so I can pace myself (it’s pretty long). It seems every week I think of something else to add to the list to make for someone. This book is going to make my list grow! Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. I have started my Holiday sewing by purchasing supplies to make mesh grocery bags! I several family members in CA where plastic bags are no longer available! Now I just have to create the time for sewing.

  4. I love the projects in this book especially the gift card holders, what a wonderful way to present those cards ad gifts.

  5. I have stacks of projects with fabric and patterns, but really need to get started. Time is short! I loved the story in your article. Thanks for the chance to win this fun book.

  6. Down in my sewing room sewing little strips after cutting for weeks! So yes I’m trying very hard to complete a red and white quilt before Christmas! Plus I have gifts I want to sew busy, busy!
    Your book has so many inspirational ideas for gifts can’t wait to get a copy!

  7. I have started holiday sewing. I have one lap quilt done. The blocks made on another, and a third cut out. Love Moda, and all its stars.

  8. I recently finished quilting a Christmas quilt and I have two more tops waiting to be worked on in hopes of gifting them.

  9. Thanks for the wonderful story about the golden retrievers as comfort dogs. They are such wonderful, compassionate animals. I haven’t started my Christmas sewing, but the Merry Makers book looks like great inspiration!

  10. I have collected the fabric I need to make eight pillowcases for my grandchildren for Christmas, but need to finish a current project before I begin sewing them. I have a Christmas quilt on the long arm that I pieced during the summer and it will be finished soon. So at least I have gotten started.

  11. I love that you donate to charity, wonderful! No Christmas sewing this year finishing up graduation quilt for my niece who graduated from college, and a wedding quilt for my great niece. Thanks for the great giveaway

  12. I love the holidays and always have a project in the works for them. Usually a table runner, pillows or stockings. I think there is never too much hand made holiday gifts or items. More is always better.

  13. Have not started any holiday sewing yet, gathering ideas and busy with projects for family fall birthdays. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

  14. I usually start around Oct but already collecting ideas and fabrics. (Toys for Tots was my Dad’s favorite charity. I continue his tradition of purchasing toys and making a donation every year. Thank you for selecting them as your charity.)

  15. No, I haven’t started my holiday gifts yet, but as soon as our quilt show is over and I get my hands on this book, I will! That wreath is amazing, and those coasters! Can’t wait!,

  16. Have four gorgeous grands who live 8 hrs away; always get to see them for Thanlsgiving and we have a mini Christmas celebration then. Their Christmas quilt top is completed and has just been dropped off for machine quilting. There will be plenty of time to get the binding on and have it ready for November delivery .

  17. I made a Christmas quilt earlier this year (July) but I think I should start with my holiday sewing in really soon I have already a list.

  18. Great looking projects for a wonderful cause. Have finished a Christmas quilt for a gift and am gathering fabrics for some gift ideas.

  19. Such refreshing, new ideas for holiday quilting and gifts. Love them all and the fabric colors. Thanks for donating to such worthy causes, especially Marines Toys for Tots Foundation. Anything military makes me happy.

  20. I have my first grandchild coming in January, so all my efforts have been to prepare a baby quilt! I need this book to help inspire me to start Christmas projects!

  21. I haven’t started my holiday sewing but I have started my holiday knitting. I love all textile crafts! The story about the dogs touched my heart in a special way. I loved the therapy dog at the hospital my dad was in before he died this summer. You never know how you may touch the life of another person in their time of need.

  22. The hot, humid weather hasn’t been very inspiring so I haven’t started yet. Love the story regarding the donation – I felt even better knowing I had bought one of the books to help support the cause. I have many projects tagged for gifts so I hope to get started very shortly!

  23. I love that the royalties go to different charities. No Christmas sewing yet here. Those coasters are calling my name, though. And the wool door hanging!

  24. I haven’t started on holiday sewing yet as I’m recovering from surgery. However, as I lie here recovering, I’m seeing all of these great projects and am dreaming up perfect gifts to make for everyone! Can’t wait to get back to sewing! Pain, pain, go away, Susan wants to sew and play!!!

  25. I’ve completed four of five doll quilts for our guild’s challenge. Each year, we buy a new doll or stuffed animal, and make a quilt for it. Then we donate both to FACETS, a local non-profit that helps families become self sufficient. The toy and its quilt go into “the sibling store” where boys and girls get to choose a holiday gift for their brothers and sisters. FACETS loves to receive our gifts, and we love making to make them.

  26. As they say. It’s a small world. People connect far and wide and quilting definitely helps that. I have made one holiday gift for my Bobbin Buddy. This is my quilt guild version of a secret Santa and oh what fun it is to give things and watch your buddy’s reaction from afar as she opens it. I usually make something small for a family Christmas party gift exchange. Otherwise I don’t usually give many handmade gifts. I had made things for my church bazaar but people in my area refuse to PT the price of what such items are worth.

  27. I’ve started my Christmas sewing in my head! I’m making a list and checking it twice–don’t want to forget anything! Just looking at this post, I see several things I’m adding to my list.

  28. I have 2 gifts done and fabric and or plans for 3 more. I generally make 6-10 holiday gifts. Thank you for a book with more great ideas.

  29. No holiday sewing yet. Made 4 Christmas quilts last year for each of our kids. Not too motivated right now- still in the 90’s here in Houston!

  30. There are so many beautiful quilts in this book and awesome that proceeds go to a charity. No, I have not started any Christmas sewing. I don’t have any projects planned, but maybe I should pick one?? Thanks for this chance.

  31. I have two projects in the works at the moment. I also have another lap quilt I’m hoping to get done for Christmas. Thanks for sharing about the amazing donations for charity. It takes a big heart to desire to help those less fortunate.

  32. I have 6 Christmas table runners pieced and 1 tree skirt. Now comes the hard part for me the quilting. these are all gifts that I need to get busy with.

  33. Wow! I don’t know what rock I have been under, but I did not know about the charitable contributions Merry Makers has made. As a person who has worked with people in need, I am always happy and appreciative to learn of those who support the many needs of the people of our country. THANK YOU!
    Along with that, I love this blog and moda fabrics. I have been enamored of quilting since I sat under my grandmother’s and aunts’ frame as a child and listened to them “gossip”, share family news and just enjoy each other’s company. Thank you for satisfying two of my passions.

  34. It’s nice to know that Martingale is a company that gives back to the community! The Christmas projects I hope to make this year are still in my imagination — too many other items to finish first.

  35. Our family is known for our love of all things Christmas. I began quilting four years ago but hadn’t yet made a Christmas quilt for us. I decided this would be the year to make that happen! I currently have a Woodland Wander quilt made with Jingle by Kate Spain on my design wall waiting for borders! Maybe, just maybe it will be completed in time for Christmas!

  36. I need to finish the binding on a quilt and I am done! I start my Christmas sewing super early as I don’t like last minute stress.

  37. Yes, I have started. I will be knitting and sewing my Christmas gifts again this year. Once granddaughters are teenagers, you have to get creative. Grandsons require that too.

  38. Our annual church bazaar is the first weekend in November so, yes, my Christmas sewing has begun.
    I’ve also managed to start some gifts as well.

  39. Thanks to the wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts shown on your blog, I have been happily sewing and crafting lately! I have made the little jeans bags, fabric wreaths (strips of fabric tied onto wire wreath frame) (so cute) and Christmas pillows. Those fabric candy canes and some coasters are up next.

  40. HA! It’s not December yet! I always have illusions of starting early…
    Looks like another great book and charity to support!

  41. I’ve pieced the gifts for this Christmas and now to quilt them…sigh! I’d rather piece than quilt but I’m trying to like it=get good at it! ha!

  42. I sew Christmas projects all year round. It just makes me happy to periodically work on a Christmas project throughout the year.

  43. I’ve been working on Christmas projects for a month already! I love Christmas sewing. I make a Christmas quilt every year…it’s getting out of hand. Now I see more projects I’d love to do in this great new book.

  44. Yes, I have a Christmas quilt top, Midnight Clear, already to be quilted! Several other projects are in the works too. They’ll get finished at some point!

  45. I have not started holiday sewing yet, as I just moved and still locating things in boxes. I want to make some quilted photo frames for my friends and insert one of the only photos we had of the four of us together. We lost one member of our group unexpectedly this year and I know the other girls would appreciate a nice quilted frame of this special photo. We got together at least once a week for years but never thought to get some group photos!

  46. Only if you count finishing the top for my tree skirt 2 years ago. Really would like to have it quilted for this Christmas season.

  47. Loving Sandy Klop’s tablerunner and all the other fun designs. I have not started on my own projects but am making two quilts for my cousin to give his granddaughters for Christmas. It’s fun to sew for girls again!

  48. I’m celebrating Christmas with a new baby quilt for my new great-grand-daughter! I love that once again quilting as always is doing all kinds of good supporting all kinds of charities in need. Thank you!

  49. I will soon get out Christmas projects that I started last year and work on them during the holiday season. I am in the process of making a Fall quilt for a friend as an early Christmas gift so she can enjoy it now!

  50. I’ve started, but slowly. Looking at your post has me eager to get going and make everyone happy with a home made gift and benefit a worthy cause.

  51. I love your site and check it often for inspiration. I have begun my holiday sewing. So far mug rugs — quick, easy and instant gratification!

  52. I have made a table runner for the holidays this year and also have several projects already planned now to get them done.

  53. I’m usually well underway by September but this year has been crazy and I haven’t started! Looks like I’ll be making small items for gifts this year.

  54. I’ve gotten as far as looking at patterns. I’m making bags for our church womens’ sale table to raise funds for their projects.

  55. Yes, it’s never too early to start Christmas sewing! I’m working on a set of holiday placemats, so fun!

  56. I have bot started sewing for Christmas unless you count the stuff I did not finish last year! This new book has some nice projects that are inspiring.

  57. I have not started holiday sewing, I don’t think I’ll be doing any this year! (I know, what a horror!) I will be finishing a little sweater for my granddaughter though, so knitting is my holiday craft this year!)

  58. I haven’t started my Christmas sewing–I have a son getting married in three weeks so I’m working on projects for that–but hope to get very busy on it once the wedding fun is complete. There are some wonderful projects in this book! I always want the Moda All-Stars book.

    I loved reading the email in this post too–and one can never see too many cute dog pictures!

  59. No, I haven’t begun my holiday sewing yet. I’m trying to finish up a tulip quilt I started hand appliquéing in May , but seeing these pictures in your six books have given me ideas about holiday projects to start. Very soon. It’s gonna be October!

  60. Yes I have started sewing up Christmas kitchen sets (apron/hot pads/cute appliqué tea towels) for those family members who cook

  61. I HAVE started my Christmas sewing! I’ve got 2 small embroidered/quilted wall hangings finished, one embroidered/quilted pillow in progress, a lap quilt waiting for a border and 2 table runners being pieced! Woohoo!

  62. Thanks for the heads up. I hadn’t even thought about the holidays until your article. I guess I had better get going, but first I have to finish the current quilt.

  63. Thanks for the story about the charitable benefits from quilting publications – quilters give in so many ways!! I have started holiday sewing , ornaments and small gifts are on the list.

  64. This year has totally gotten away from me, and I haven’t even thought about holiday sewing yet. It may be a year when IOU’s are put under the tree and the actual gifts are given in January (February?).

  65. This is the first year I am not doing a Christmas project. I am working on two queen size quilts that have to be done by February as soon as I get the fabric.

  66. No, I haven’t started actually making anything yet, but I sure have been thinking about the projects I’m wanting to make.

  67. I loved reading about the Pup Charity. So inspiring. I have just recently started making my quilted Christmas gifts. Since my family and I have moved so far away from family and friends, I have found it best to start early and send gift boxes with little handmade items. They will all be surprised this year.

  68. I started my Christmas Sewing in January! I Love Christmas and find that I’m always motivated to start working toward the next year right after I put the last decoration away. I’ve found that having the new projects started give me great motivation to pull them out and finish them in the fall. My grown children get their first Christmas (family) present as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over. Always something I have made and thus that years celebration is started.

  69. I’ve started thinking about my holiday projects-does that count? I have all the materials I need for a tree skirt, and I’m designing a stocking for my new grandson’s first Christmas.

  70. It warms my heart to hear what you are doing and giving back. Holiday prep is well under way at my house with Christmas stockings for the past year new additions. One of the “Swell” quilts is in process and a couple of the blue jean pant leg bags are being fashioned.

  71. Unfortunately I am a procrastinator- so no I have not even thought about the holidays until I saw your book and some of the nice projects in it !!

  72. I was just commissioned to make a twin size quilt for someone. So excited to get started. May be done in time for Christmas.

  73. I am making Christmas gifts currently {today I am quilting an over-sized king quilt for my daughter-in-law}, but haven’t begun making ‘Christmasy’ gifts as of yet—I need a bit of inspiration, perhaps a Moda All-Stars Merry Makers book! The Calendar pages are turning quickly! It is time!

  74. I make new pillowcases for everyone for Christmas. Those are cut and ready to sew. I’m not sure yet what else I will be making for everyone, but I guess I’d better get on the ball! I usually give checks/gift cards too, so the little gift card holder by Sweetwater would be my first project from the new book.

  75. It is so great to see this happening at Martingale…giving hearts to those who need it. Just love these books and the causes they support.

  76. Well, if you consider buying a Basic Grey Winter Village Advent calendar panel starting my Christmas sewing, then yes! Mentally I’m in the process of figuring out what fabric and pattern to use for my 14 month old granddaughter’s bedroom. Needs to be a more modern style, as per her mom’s wishes. Hmmm, what to do, what to do?

  77. I have started making quilts for my nieces and nephews. Don’t know that they will be done by Christmas, but that is my “unofficial” deadline. I’m using the Moda Love pattern from a few years back for all of them and they go together beautifully! (As long as you don’t get a block turned the wrong way… :))

  78. I have bought oodles of fabric and pinned dozens of patterns but I still have to decide which pattern and which fabrics.

  79. Oh no! Is it time to start sewing for Christmas already? I have some birthday quilts to finish for October and November before I can start thinking of the Christmas gift quilt that is waiting in the wings.

  80. By “started”, I’m hoping you mean the quilt that was supposed to be finished LAST Christmas that is still only 1/2 done! Ahhhh!!

  81. You’re kidding right? Holiday sewing? I usually start in December because that’s when I get inspired. I think this year I may actually start earlier – do I dare say November? I have really good intentions but my follow-through just isn’t very good. Maybe with this book I will be able to do some Christmas sewing for all my family recipients. Now if I could just talk myself out of bed quilts for everyone.

  82. I’ve been doing Christmas sewing for the past month or so. I see some things that I might have to add to the to-do list if I get my hands on this book! Keep up the good work, Moda and Martingale!

  83. Have not started sewing any projects yet, but have been looking at patterns and ideas. This book looks great. Would love to win it.

  84. I’ve started long ago! Most of my extended family lives 600+ miles away so I’m in the habit of making well in advance to get it there when there’s an opportunity – instead of paying huge postage rates.

  85. I Love sewing for all of the seasons, right now I am still on fall but have quite a few things I want to do for Christmas. I also do a lot of sewing and quilting for our battered women and I am going on a retreat with Ole Green Cupboard this next weekend and a friend and I are only working on charity quilts. I Love to do this!

  86. I decided my 2 ‘grown’ daughters need ‘girly’ quilts just for themselves (no sharing with the boys!) for Christmas this year. I’ve got one cut out and started … the other is planned, but I still have to pick fabric. I better get movin’! I love the projects in the new book … thanks for giving us a look! Candy

  87. First let me say I love the inspiring story you shared. I love the generosity of this organization!

    So I have not officially started sewing but I have gathered fabric, notions and some great patterns and ideas to start making for our Breakfast With Santa event at our church that was just agreed upon last week. We will have a Christmas Craft area this year to sell and raise funds for missions that we support locally, nationally and internationally. My Christmas sewing will be for this event to help others in need. God bless and Merry christmas!

  88. No, we are between hunting for a new home, and my space is limited to say the least. I have on hand only a couple kits, so if I do any Christmas projects, they will have to be small. Loved the story, and great cause.

  89. It does my heart good to hear the story of what happens with the charities you support through these amazing books. Thank you for that!
    I am behind on all my sewing as I am knee deep in preparations for my eldest granddaughter’s November wedding. Grandma gets to bake the cake! (For 200!!).

  90. Not long back from my holiday in San Francisco and thinking about getting ready for the holiday season. Sprinf here in NZ so lots of lovely flowers for inspiration. Time to get sewing to have new Christmas quilts for the grandchildren’s beds.

  91. Yes and no. I am going to be in my first craft show so I’ve put holiday sewing on hold till the end of November.

  92. I have started my holiday sewing: I am making simple patchwork throw quilts for as many members of our family as I can get done! Each will be different and i’m having fun choosing 5” blocks for each quilt.

  93. Looking at pattern`s and fabric`s,plus made a few project bags. Also sorting cross stitched ornaments to complete to add to parcels.

  94. I have not yet begun holiday sewing/quilting – love all the ideas you have highlighted and will now get started

  95. You are definitely all stars! I have completed 2 projects. Small wall hangings of a stack of bolts of fabrics with a sewing tomato on top. They are for my daughter and her best friend. We all share the love of quilting. It’s like having 2 daughters that quilt.

  96. Well, as a matter of fact, I am about to begin making a Christmas tree skirt for my daughter, so it looks like Christmas sewing has begun at my house. This book looks marvelous and I am eager to see it in person!

  97. I have only made 1 item… for our guild gift exchange at the beginning of December…have not started anything else yet!

  98. I love this book. I had the privledge of seeing several of these sewn gems in person. Absolutely a must for a quilters library. Yes, I have a couple of things finished and one on my cutting board for holiday gift giving.

  99. No, I haven’t started any Christmas projects or gifts yet. The only rhjng I MUST make before Christmas this year is a 12 1/2” block to donate at our quilt guild at our annual Christmas party! So, if I get anything else Christmas-y done, it’ll be a bonus! LOL!!! I have very single Moda All Stars Book published so far. I simply love them. The photos are so inspiring & reading a bit about each maker is sew fun! Can’t wait to add this one to my collection! Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. I’ve thought about what and if I can sew for the holidays, but I am always tired at 35 weeks pregnant. I did a baby quilt too but I still need to quilt it!

  101. I haven’t started my holiday sewing projects yet…..just have so many ideas, hope to get going soon !

  102. My holdiay sewing in ongoing! I love putting projects together for family and friends and find inspiration in books such as your newest Moda All-Stars, Merry Makers. Thankful for a large family, I am always happy to find just the right gift for each member, from camouflage to baby blue, Sewing is never seasonal!

  103. Does Halloween sewing count? I just bought some cute fabric today for some goodie bags. Love the ideas coming from this new book.

  104. I have already started my Christmas projects. They are lofty goals for sure. Two quilts, a table runner, I spy quilt and two quite books.
    I would love the book and use it if I were one of the winners. Thank you so much

  105. I have the fabrics collected for 3 Christmas quilts for the kids and 1 for me… does that count?!! (Actually, truthfully, I probably have enough stashed for 3 for me! Haha!) No, I haven’t started sewing them yet… might need to add a year to the due date! I’ll get Nolan’s done tho… grandboy goes to the top of the list!! Always! Merry Merry Making!! ~pris in idaho

  106. I have all the books! Love the charity combination that my obsession helps with. So many great new projects, I can’t wait to start!
    Such a wonderful idea!

  107. For the first year EVER I have completed a mini tree skirt ( begun a couple of years ago) before the 11th hour! I can’t wait to put it under a small tree @ the bottom of my stairs

  108. I have bindings on 5 Quilts to get done & mail to my siblings. Then, 2 X-mas Quilts for
    My son & daughter-in-Law. But I want to make “On The Ice” for me!!

  109. I have pieced a Victorian Christmas tabletopper, finishing a snowman cross stitch piece for a pillow, getting ready to paper piece a fox baby quilt, need to quilt another baby quilt, plus other quilts that are in the works and cross stitch a cat pillow.

  110. Your post reminded me that I need to get working on some Christmas sewing. To answer your question, no, I have NOT started, but will very soon!

  111. I’ve been waiting for this book to come out, I love collecting Christmas quilting books and Christmas fabric, and try to make gifts for my co-workers every year, so love the new ideas. I’m queuing up to make a vintage truck Christmas quilt for myself. I was due to be born right around Christmas, but came early, but still consider myself a Christmas Carol.

  112. Just bought some reds to make candy canes….thanks for the merry giveaway. The book is definitely on my to buy list. Thanks for supporting some great charities.

  113. I’m planning on starting for Christmas something very soon otherwise, I end up wishing I had made something earlier. I’m finishing up my newest granddaughter’s quilt first. Enjoyed hearing about the wonderful dogs that help so many people. Thanks for the chance to win a lovely book with so many great projects!

  114. I’m leaving for a girls weekend in two days and I just finished 5 little cross body bags for all of us! I have not started anything for The holidays yet but I’m sure I will when I see Merry Makers! Go Moda All Stars!

  115. I have started my Christmas sewing! Several family members will receive items — I’ve had a very fun summer sewing with the recipients in mind. Thank you, thank you for supporting the charities!!

  116. You know, I haven’t really started making any gift projects yet but have started a few holiday decorations. I’m just really behind this year–haven’t been motivated but this book has given me a great deal of excitement to get out there and start working on things.

  117. Love the projects from this book. Lots of great ideas for gifts, and things I would keep for myself!! I’ve bought some fabric for Christmas gift projects, but haven’t actually started the actual work on them. Hey, it is only September!

  118. I have them all and have made something from each, looking forward to this one and have time to whip something up for Christmas

  119. I’m so happy you have chosen Toys for Tots. When I lived in California, Camp Pendleton Marine base was very close-by, so we felt a special kinship to that charity. Every Christmas season, my mom and I would shop together for the toys we would donate to Toys for Tots. I carry a strong memory of the year I found a good deal on a toy and was going to toss it in as an “extra”; my mother, ever the teacher, reminded me that she always took particular care when choosing her Toys for Tot donation, as that might be the only gift a child received that year.

    My mother has been gone for eighteen years now. Every Christmas season, I buy two gifts and gently place them in the Toys for Tots bin. I make sure they would something that would be nice enough to make a child happy even if that’s only thing they receive on Christmas morning. And I shop for two, because Toys for Tots is something I’ll always share with my mom, as is the joy of giving.

    1. Whoops! I forgot to answer the question! Yes. I’ve done some Christmas sewing, but I have a long way to go. Sorry for being so wordy, and off-topic.

  120. It never ceases to warm my heart hearing stories of what a big quilty family we are!! Oooh this book promises to be a good one! With only 93 days til Christmas I have indeed started my holiday sewing! Thank you for all you do and continue to do!!!

  121. No I have not started my Christmas sewing yet but not sure that I am sewing any Christmas presents this year.

  122. LOVE that 1) the royalties go to chaities! And 2) the book has an excellent set of patterns – something for everyone!

  123. I’m just finishing the binding on my first quilt ever that I started a year and a half ago. It will be a Christmas gift to myself, does that count? Some of the points are lost and not all the seams match but it was a labor of love. Thank you for supporting such wonderful charities.

  124. Such a fabulous cause ❤️It’s fantastic to see the spirit of Christmas being so well represented by you ! Have the fabrics got to start making Christmas tree skirts for gifts this year 🙂

  125. I wish I had started to make my Christmas gifts, but I only have vague ideas about what I even want to make ! I really need to get busy! Jadahlgr at Yahoo dot Com

  126. My final two Christmas gift large quilt tops are in the hands of the long-arm quilter and should be back next week. I still have some small pieces to make – runners, totes, potholders. Another great charity choice! I can’t wait to get the book.

  127. I love that these books benefit a good charity. Thank you Martingale and the Moda All Stars! I have not started my Christmas projects yet. Am waiting to find that special something to make. There are quite a few projects in the Merry Makers book that interest me though. Thank you!

  128. I so love Pat Sloan’s Christmas Cabin quilt! I also really love the stars in the Twinkle, Twinkle wall hanging. So pretty and festive!
    I have just started on a Halloween project but have not begun Christmas sewing.
    Great Makers book! I would love to give it a new home!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  129. I have started my Christmas quilting. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Love the stars from me & my sister!

  130. Yes, I have started my Christmas sewing. So far I have made two quilts and an Ultimate Travel Bag (Craftsy online video class by Annie Unrein) so far. Am working on a third quilt with walking foot quilting. There’s some more projects in the works. I’m retired now so have lots of time for sewing. I plan to start shopping for fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop (recommended by Erica Arndt)

    Linda Sutley

    1. Sorry! I didn’t realize I was on Moda’s website. Erica Arndt also recommended shopping at Mods Fabrics so I’ll be looking into that as well.

      Linda Sutley

  131. I have just started my holiday sewing this weekend. I am making gifts for my sisters and daughters and nieces first. I have enjoyed several of the patterns from Moda and intend to use a few. Thank you

  132. Just finished 4 Christmas quilts. They were supposed to be done for last Christmas but, hey, I’m ready early for this Christmas!

  133. I just started working on mug rugs for all of my girlfriends and a table runner & placemats for a special couple who will be celebrating Christmas in their new home

  134. Another reason why I love Moda – the charitable donations and generosity of the designers, not to mention the awesome fabric!! For the first time in years I’ve started Christmas projects already (usually I’m waiting til December, cause, you know…anything worth doing is worth doing later!)

  135. Our house is kind of small so my Christmas decorations don’t get put up very early. I love the look but it’s hard moving so much furniture.

  136. No I havent started my Holiday sewing yet. Lacking some serious inspiration , however there looks to be some wonderful inspiration in this book!

  137. How can we live without you Moda? Giving. Helpful. Wonderful fabrics. Great designers. Your idea books are amazing!! Thanks for all you do. I think you need the Oscar this year.

  138. I am up to my elbows in Holiday sewing. I help organize a crafting retreat for late October and our theme is Old Fashioned Christmas. I am in the process of making 50 Christmas items to give to our guests.

  139. I have a Moda jelly roll from a few years ago (25th and Pine?) that I plan to use making a lap quilt; I have two different patterns but know I need to make my choice soon!

  140. I’m surprised to say that YES! I have started my holiday sewing! I’m well underway with a tabletopper for each of my sisters, and a quilt for ME! The pics in your post gave me even more ideas! Thank you for the opportunity to win – I’d love to have this book!

  141. Yes, surprisingly I have started a tree skirt for my daughter-in-law. Would love a copy of the book, always need more inspiration. Will buy one if I’m not a lucky winner since my grandson is a Marine!

  142. I have started gathering my ideas and making a list of what gifts I have to work on for the holidays! This would be a great book to give me more ideas I may or may not need! 🙂

  143. I have not started my holiday sewing, and I am considering taking a year off from the commitment, even though I enjoy it very much, due to some family issues that are taking priority. As much as I’d like to, I can’t do it all. 🙂

  144. I have started making bowl cozy’s for quick gifts for friends and fellow quilters. Who can’t use something to hold a nice warm mug of soup in the winter cold!

  145. My holiday sewing is still in the planning and/or accumulation of fabric stages, but I consider that started. Two steps that always need doing.

  146. I love every one of those projects! Yes, I have started my Christmas sewing. I have made 2 tree skirts so far.

  147. I am finishing a Christmas table runner I made for a friend’s wedding gift. The wedding was in July. My goal is to get it to them to use for their first Christmas.

  148. I love all the projects your designers have come up with….I’m sooo ready to start one. Love the story on the Golden Retrievers…they are near and dear to my heart as is the cause. Thank you for sharing this…it’s so inspiring!!

  149. I only wish I was sewing! We’ve just moved and the movers destroyed my sewing cabinet. I’m surrounded by boxes at the moment and I’m not sure when I’ll have a place to sew set up. I do have some plans for holiday sewing but I don’t know if I’ll get those projects done in time for this Christmas!

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