Sunday, July 7, 2013

Modern Holiday Blog Tour

Hi everyone! I'm so excited because my Modern Holiday Blog Tour starts in just a few hours right here and over at Stash Books. The theme is Christmas in July and each day one of many great bloggers will have a book to give away! (Winner inside the US will win a hard copy; outside winners will receive a digital copy.) They will all be mailed at the end of July, after the tour wraps up. The theme is Christmas in July and people will be sharing favorite quilts, fabric collections, cookie recipes, etc.

I'd like to start off by talking about the quilt on the cover of the book. It is called Holiday Forest and it is our daughter's favorite.


I love it too but she was really convinced this one would be the cover quilt and she was right! I think the aqua and green color palette looks lovely on the cover, with all the presents in front and the big, fluffy rug on the floor. (For those who are interested, the fabric came from a collection called Ready Set Snow by Me and My Sister Design for Moda, and there are lots of Robert Kaufman blenders in it as well, including some by Patrick Lose.)  This quilt doesn't have to be made in strictly Christmas prints - choose a color palette you love and go for it!



Holiday Forest features three different sizes of trees. The biggest is over 22" in height, which means this quilt is sew-able in a weekend. I don't know if you can tell but the snowflakes are appliqued with metallic thread for a little bit of sparkle. Of course you could use a Cutwork tool for snowflakes if you have one, or you could even cut them out by hand. There are 4 snowflake shapes included in the book.


They are also used in this pillow...

And in these coasters...


You could decorate the trees on the quilt with buttons or trim and keep it out the entire winter! To enter to win for this first day of the blog tour, just leave a comment on this post telling me what whether you would most like to make the quilt, pillow, or coasters and what colors you might make it in. That's it!  One entry per person and the deadline will be this Friday, the 12th, at midnight.

 Don't forget to hop on over to Stash Books tomorrow to enter for another chance to win!

I'll be posting a link to each blogger on their day, but just so you have them all, here is the lineup:

Monday, July 8th


Tuesday, July 9th


Wednesday, July 10th


Thursday, July 11th


Friday, July 12th


Monday, July 15th


Tuesday, July 16th


Wednesday, July 17th


Thursday, July 18th


Friday, July 19th


Monday, July 22nd


Tuesday, July 23rd


Wednesday, July 24th


Thanks so much to all these talented people for helping me out!

 Happy sewing everyone!
Amanda

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At July 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Jenelle said...

The pillow and the quilt would be beautiful together and fun to coordinate prints with. :) Love these ideas!

 
At July 7, 2013 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Martina said...

I love this quilt too! And would make it in blue and silver .

 
At July 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM , Blogger Suzanne said...

I am excited for the Blog Hop and the release of your book! I would LOVE to make the quilt but reality right now is that I will be able to make and complete the coasters! I would make the quilt in traditional Christmas Colors and the coasters in blues and whites.
Suzanne dot Jourdan at gmail dot com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM , Blogger Nancy said...

I'd make the quilt - in browns and greens

 
At July 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM , Blogger LJ said...

All 3 projects are darling but I think I'd make the pillow and use blues and white to use as a winter pillow.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM , Blogger Jill said...

I would love to make the tree and the coasters would make great Christmas presents for quilting friends xx

 
At July 8, 2013 at 12:59 AM , Blogger *Cornelia* said...

I just love pillows, so yes please, and i would love in red and aqua

 
At July 8, 2013 at 1:13 AM , Blogger Madame Samm said...

Well we have always agreed that your daughter and I loved the trees...congrats on this book tour and how exciting Amanda to be part of something that really ties us all together....HOLIDAYS....I am ready for tomorrow....

 
At July 8, 2013 at 1:14 AM , Blogger Rachelle said...

I'd make the pillow and it would be in peacock and cream.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 1:29 AM , Blogger Beth said...

I am a traditionalist, so I am thinking of making the quilt in trad Christmas colors: deep red, deep green, and gold.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 1:31 AM , Blogger Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

I'd like to make the quilt in blue and white, and maybe another in green and brown. This looks like a really fun book. Love your cover quilt!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 1:49 AM , Blogger Jane said...

Congratulations on the book. I'd make the quilt. I like your colors, but would probably need to go more traditional due to my super traditional hubby. Thanks!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:27 AM , Blogger maxzoe said...

I saw the cover of the book and the quilt last week. I immediately thought that I needed to make it in the same colors you chose; my favorites. But, I also thought it would be cute made up in fall colors...greens, oranges, golds, with a leaf replacing the snowflake. I'm very excited to see what the next 10 days will bring. Wishing you much success!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Blogger GranChris said...

I would make the quilt. Adorable!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:58 AM , Blogger JoyceLM said...

I'd make the pillow in traditional Christmas colors of red, green & white. Thanks.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:08 AM , OpenID Ellee said...

Coasters for sure! These would make great gifts for lots of family, friends, and coworkers. I'd make them in blues, silver-grays, and white for me. For the gifts I'd have fun and play around with different color combinations. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:25 AM , Blogger charlotte said...

I love the trees in the quilt. That's what I would make.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:42 AM , Blogger Martha said...

I have been so looking forward to this blog hop...and I love the tree quilt...I would love to make it in blue and white...I have a piece of Jason Yenter snowflake fabric left over from last Christmas and it would be so pretty made up into this quilt...thank you for being so generous.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:46 AM , Blogger Iraelia Pernas said...

I will love to do the quilt in aqua ans reen and pink. Sort of retro colors!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:52 AM , Blogger Lisa Marie said...

I'd make the quilt first, but love all the projects. I like the green and aqua and might use those colors plus a bit of red.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:53 AM , Blogger Barb said...

The book looks great! Thanks for the chance. I always lean toward quilts, so that is what I would make.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:53 AM , Blogger Just Jadite said...

I really like the snowflakes and they would look awesome in lime green like your example
The quilt and pillow would be a fun project but then
Everything in the book would be fun to make

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:57 AM , Blogger Lee said...

I would make the quilt - adore the trees! In Navy, greens and white.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:02 AM , Blogger Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I like the quilt and the pillow; would probably make the quilt

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:02 AM , Blogger Gill said...

I would make the quilt (first!) in red, green and white - I love the traditional colours!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:06 AM , Blogger Heather said...

I'd start with a pillow (or several) for sure. The easiest way to change up decor for holidays. I have a bundle of Blitzen I still need to use up!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:07 AM , Blogger Cathy said...

First let me say your book is wonderful!!! I am planning on making a table runner out of the quilt pattern in shades of green, white with a little bit of red and gold. Congratulations on thebook and thanks for the giveaway offer too

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:11 AM , Blogger CynthiaT59 said...

I love the quilt! What a nice quilt for the cover. I like the idea of Christmas coasters. That looks like a fast and fun project.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:15 AM , Blogger Jeanie said...

Love the quilt... it would be lovely in warm flannels and used for a winter quilt, not just for Christmas. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:37 AM , Blogger Fiesta said...

Amanda I would make some pillows and coasters. Thanks for the chance.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:39 AM , Blogger Kathy C said...

I would probably make all three! Thanks. kcannon@anwsu.org

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:47 AM , Blogger Tessa said...

First item I'd make would be pillows using pastel colors of turquoise and pink - for a Florida Beachy Christmas! Would absolutely love to win your new book!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:59 AM , Blogger JudyCinNC said...

I would love to be making this quilt with the snow falling all around my wonderful cozy cottage. I would be using red and white, with a touch of bright green so it would fit right into my red and white Christmas theme. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. Judy C in NC

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:03 AM , Blogger Sylvia Anderson said...

I love both the quilt and pillow, but would probably make the pillow first. One of our granddaughters prefers the non-traditional Christmas colors, so they would make beautiful presents for her. Thank you so much for sharing your God given gifts with the quilting world.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:03 AM , Blogger Tina A said...

I'd love to make the quilt and a pillow. I would use the aqua, green and white and add a little red.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:14 AM , Blogger Dana Gaffney said...

I'd make the quilt using aqua, green and a few splashes of pink, my favorite colors for Christmas, thanks.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:20 AM , Blogger SheilaS said...

I am a primitive or Civil War quilter but I really like the larger quilt and I would make that except that I probably would use more tradional fabrics which would blend with the rest of the house.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:22 AM , Blogger Sandy D said...

I love the pillow the colors you have chosen would suit the brown leather couch we have. The quilt would also have to be made.Love the Ready Set Snow line you used.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:26 AM , Blogger velveteena said...

I would make a pillow in green and red, Love the coasters also

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:42 AM , Blogger Sheila said...

I would like to mnake the pillow , I love it , thanks for the chance.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:46 AM , Blogger Purl Buttons said...

I would make the coasters. I am a last minute project person and I can imagine making the pillow and the quilt, but not finishing in time for THIS year. Then I would have something to work on over the summer.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:48 AM , Blogger Jacque said...

Congrats again on your book! I would love to make the pillow in wintery colors, not necessarily Christmas...that way I could leave it out longer and enjoy it more! Thanks for the chance to win!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM , Blogger Lee said...

I am a traditional quilter..... mostly Civil War color way, but this book has spiked my interest in modern design! I would choose to make the quilt....not using stash. Buying all new and interesting fabrics! Thanks Lee

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:07 AM , Blogger Laura said...

Oh my! I would love to make all of them and I love the aqua and green! Going to get the book right now!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:17 AM , Blogger WoolenSails said...

I love the quilt and the pillow and think I would make both to go on my couch. I have seen a lot of blue and white christmas quilts and think that would be a beautiful combination to do, to match my couch.

Debbie

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:26 AM , Blogger CathyG said...

I would make the quilt, in the fabric shown, as it is stunning!!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:28 AM , Blogger Amber said...

I'd love to make sets of the coasters as Christmas gifts. I'd make them in blues and whites for my sister, traditional christmas colors for my step-mother, and red and lime green for a dear friend who loves that color green.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Margaret said...

I would probably make the pillow and the couch in Christmas prints to decorate my house for the holidays.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:52 AM , Blogger Rosa said...

I´d to make the quilt and love the fabrics you use or aqua and red.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:57 AM , Blogger JudyC said...

Hi, All 3 are beautiful. I would make the pillow, maybe for me and then for gifts this Christmas too!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:07 AM , Blogger Kaye M said...

The pillow is my favorite, I would make it with green, pink and sage. tkmattson@hotmail.com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:23 AM , Blogger luckymom said...

I would have to make the quilt with the traditional red and green Christmas prints mixed with some blue. Thanks for the chance.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:24 AM , Blogger Pattie Crum said...

I've made a couple of Christmas quilts and they get so little use that I think making the snowflake pillows would be a better use of my holiday sewing time, and it can be out longer for winter too.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:24 AM , Blogger { HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

I would so make that quilt :) I love the aquas and greens and I have some left-over Blitzen fabrics. Can't wait to see all the previews.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:27 AM , Blogger Kathy H said...

Love the wall hanging of the trees. I would usually use traditional colors but the aqua and green makes it seem like winter is giving way to a glimpse of spring. Very pretty. I would make the pillow though and use maroons and gold to go with my couch.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:28 AM , Blogger karen k said...

I would make the pillow. One, I know I could complete in time for Christmas. Two, one never has enough pillows! Three, make nice gifts. Maybe not give away!! :) I tend to be traditional in color at Christmastime.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:48 AM , Blogger StitchinByTheLake said...

Totally in love with that pillow! blessings, marlene

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:01 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

I love them all. And my colors will definitely be aqua and green as those are the colors I use to decorate for Christmas with. I really love the quilt.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:25 AM , Blogger KMSC said...

I would make the quilt in more traditional Christmas colors: burgundy and forest green. However, the colors in your quilt are beautiful together.
k.castanette@hotmail.com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Kathryn said...

I could use some seasonal pillows for my new green sofa, and both this pattern and fabric are perfect.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Judy1522 said...

Since I don't have any Christmas coasters I would start with coasters first using Christmas Fabrics. I would then make the pillow and the quilt. I love the colors you used for the quilt so would probably use similar colors.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM , Blogger Cecilia said...

I would make the quilt and would use red, aqua and green. The pillow looks great too.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM , Blogger Lorna said...

I am all in for the quilt! I am thinking a dark burgundy and a grayed lime green. I love Christmas in July!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Binky said...

love the quilt would make it using some pinks along with the blues and greens

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Binky said...

love the quilt would make it using some pinks along with the blues and greens

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM , Blogger Chris S said...

The quilt for sure, it's sooo cute!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM , Blogger Katherine McNeese said...

love the quilt, and especially in theses colors!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:52 AM , Blogger Karrie Smith said...

I would make the quilt and copy your colors! Thanks for the chance to win! I've been excited for this book to come out!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:59 AM , Blogger Debra Kay Neiman said...

I really could make the pillow for a current project. Love the quilt too!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Jean MN said...

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At July 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM , Blogger Jean MN said...

I love them all, but my colors will definitely be red, green, and white. I will be making a slew of the coasters for gifts.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Walters Family said...

I look forward to making this quilt. I will definitely add the metallic thread on the snowflakes.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I love the quilt in the colors you chose, but would probably start with the coasters in traditional colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

bolson1172@yahoo.com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM , Blogger BizyStitches said...

I like the pillow and I like the colors you have a photo of. Thanks for the fun. I need to get started with my Christmas sewing.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I am just now struggling with the idea of making my first quilt- my son has chosen to make me a grandmother. But I would have to say coasters. You seem very knowledgable- do you know where Icould find a pattern for a unisex baby romper- you know the fat bottom kind with elastic at the leg holes? Thank you for all this hard work sharing.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM , Blogger Kathy B said...

First quilt, then the pillow and leftovers would used to make coasters. I like the darker reds and greens, But the light color is really cool too

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Edna said...

What an amazing group of projects! I love the quilt and the little stuffed trees! I would definitely start with those! Looking forward to seeing the book up close and personal :-)

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Michele said...

I would probably make the quilt in more traditional winter colors. I'd also make the pillow, and adapt the pattern to make a table runner. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Love the quilt! I would make it in the forest green/burgundy and cream colors. :) Thanks for the chance!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM , Blogger maria said...

I think I'd like to go for the quilt in aqua and red to hang on the wall along the stairs.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM , Blogger Jacklynn said...

I would start with the pillow, in cream and navy like snow flakes in a night sky. I like the quilt too, may cut it down to 1/4 and make a wall hanging.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Deb said...

I would start with the coasters, to get in the mood on a hot 95+ degree day. I would like them in the same colors as the quilt to match my decor. I might even make them into mug rugs!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM , Blogger Kathy MacKie said...

I would make the quilt and it would be beautiful in modern greens and silver.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM , OpenID monkeyneedle said...

I love the quilt and love the blue and green. I would change it up by switching white for the cream though.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Boo Chura said...

Not sure what colors I would use, as I haven't seen what is available at this time. I like what you have done, but may find a different plan as the new collections arrive in my LQS this season.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Think that I would start off with the coasters and definitely in a christmas print

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:41 AM , Blogger AngieSue said...

I would love to make the quilt in dark green and sky blue and browns!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Cecilia said...

I really love Christmas crafting and sewing! That is a super cute snowflake and I think I would definitely make the pillow, but in the colors of the quilt. Beautiful!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM , Blogger Janarama said...

I think I would make the pillow with sparkly blue and white fabrics. I'm looking forward to this hop to see the other projects in the book.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Angelina Kendra said...

I would make that quilt in super bright -- neon? -- pinks and limes. Love it!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM , Blogger Kristin said...

My holiday colors are pink, turquoise, and bright green, and I would love to whip up some of those adorable coasters!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM , Blogger JANET said...

I would like to make the quilt or pillow in ice blues and whites.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Hobby flunky said...

The pillow in Holiday Forest. Gorgeous!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Carolyn in Kentucky said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and I would love to make one with similar colors. I enjoy non-traditional Christmas colors for the holidays. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your book.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Carolyn in Kentucky said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and I would love to make one with similar colors. I enjoy non-traditional Christmas colors for the holidays. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your book.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM , Blogger Ellen said...

I would definitely make the pillow. Not sure that I would have time this year to make a quilt, but a possibility for next year.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM , Blogger l carolyn Ghearing said...

These designs are adorable! And I love the color choices! I am such a lover of red, that foe me a quilt with BIG red trees would be perfect! Thanks for sharing...

 
At July 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM , Blogger DeAnna Julie Dodson said...

Oooh, the book looks delicious!

I would love to make this quilt, and I would make it in red and green. But they wouldn't be bright Christmassy reds and greens. They'd be more like reproduction burgandies and maybe forest greens or dark olives with a dark cream background print.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM , Blogger Ebeth said...

I think the coasters are such a great gift idea - I'd make them in blue and silver if I made them to keep myself. More traditional colors for a gift - white or silver snowflakes with a red or green background fabric.

Thanks for the chance!
Elizabeth
Lwghosts at yahoo dot com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Shirley said...

The quilt and pillow are beautiful and I would make them in traditional colors.


Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM , Blogger Terry Kessinger said...

That is a seriously cute quilt, but I'm a total sucker for coasters! And I just bought some metallic flossast month!!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM , Blogger Barb said...

I make the quilt first using a variety of reds and off-whites.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Victoria said...

Good evening! I would do a quilt and in the traditional Christmas colours: white, red and green. Many thanks for this giveaway!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM , Blogger Tamie said...

I think I would make the quilt and I love the colors that you used. Thanks for the giveaway.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:32 PM , Blogger Linda Crosby said...

What a sweet quilt but I would probally just be able to do the pillow or coasters. Love the colors. Thanks for the chance to win

 
At July 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM , Blogger Kathy LeBlanc said...

I would love to make this quilt to have in my living room for the Christmas season. I need red in a Christmas quilt so I would use the greens and teals put some bits of red.
This book looks wonderful, thanks for the chance and the fun hop.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM , Blogger Lisa E said...

I would make the coasters as gifts. The colors would depend on the receiver's color preferences. The book cover is lovely!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM , Blogger Tamara Oster said...

I would love to make the quilt. I think I would like to make it in pinks and greens, festive with a twist!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM , Blogger Jerry Beavers said...

I love the quilt & would make it in browns & green so I could use year round.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM , Blogger Darlington Delights said...

I would love to make the quilt in traditional Christmas greens and embellish it with beads and rick rack. I can't wait to see the new book. It looks amazing! kmcassie at gmail (dot) com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM , Blogger Darlington Delights said...

I would love to make the quilt in traditional Christmas greens and embellish it with beads and rick rack. I can't wait to see the new book. It looks amazing! kmcassie at gmail (dot) com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM , Blogger Sheryl said...

I love the quilt! Love the colors!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM , Blogger Brenda said...

I love the pillow. I would like to make it in silver and blues.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM , Blogger Nana said...

I love the quilt and the colors are perfect that you've used! I love the pillow too! Such talent!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM , Blogger Heather said...

I'd make the quilt in teal and burgundy with gold highlights.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Jeanne Gwin said...

You know I would have to make your quilt and I would have to use a variety of fabric designs but they would include some of your Tinsel, some embroidery blocks done in silvery blue and some very nice dark midnight blue to touch it all up. Thanks Amanda, you're fantastic as usual. I have to win the book, hubby said no book purchases this year and I'm trying to be good. :)

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:11 PM , Blogger CharlotteT said...

Amanda, I love the quilt and in the same colors you used! But I guess I would use red and white in mine.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM , Blogger QuiltinGram said...

I would make the quilt and pillow in powder blue and a darker one, along with some white. These are my daughter's colours...I learn towards more traditional.
QuiltinGram

 
At July 8, 2013 at 4:25 PM , Blogger Shari said...

I adore the tree quilt - would love to make one. I love your colours and they would totally suit the hot Australian Christmas - no sign of snowflakes here though! But I wouldn't leave them out - a reminder of family and friends celebrating in the North!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM , Blogger M.W. said...

I would make a quilt and love love the colors of turquoise and green.
Shawn

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM , Blogger LeAnne said...

I'd like to make the forest quilt in something non-traditional, like purple!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM , Blogger venita said...

I Like th coasters and I like aqua & Red

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM , Blogger Linda said...

HELLO, LOVE YOUR PROJECTS!
I'LL DO SOME COASTERS IN CHRISTMAS REDS+GREENS FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM , Blogger VickiT said...

I really love the quilt a lot but, at this point in time, I would choose the coasters. I'm thinking of making gifts for the holidays of coasters and food gifts with a few other things. I know those would be made and not sit on my shelf. I think the colors I'd use would be teal, red, green and some metallic golds/silvers.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

The quilt is darling so that would be my choice to make. The blue/green colorway would be the colors.

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM , Blogger barbara woods said...

I have some great Christmas fabric I would use for that

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Diane said...

I so want to make this quilt because you probably won't give me the one in the photo! Right?

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Just Quilt It said...

What a lovely quilt. I would love to make it in dark greens and burgundies. It looks like a great book!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Quilt n Queen said...

Congratulations Amanda!! I love the Holiday Forest quilt and the snowflake pillow too...which one shall I make first? I'd say it is a must have book for anybody's quilting library. Keeping my fingers crossed...thanks for the chance!! Happy stitching, Pauline

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM , Blogger scottylover said...

I would love to make the pillow the most because I could leave it out even after Christmas. I would use silvers, teal and gray for the colors so it would fit perfectly in my living room.

Sandy A

 
At July 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM , Blogger mvink said...

Love the projects in this book!! I would make coasters or mug rugs with purple and silver!! I would also do up a couple pillows! Thank you for the chance!! :-)

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Liz said...

Love the quilt! The book looks like a lot of fun...congrats!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM , Blogger Deb said...

I'd do the quilt for sure because I don't own a Christmas quilt at the moment. And I'd definitely go with the blues and greens! Just perfect!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Blogger Laura said...

Omg! I have been a traditionalist quilter but lately am just starting to explore the more modern stuff;I must say I LOVE THIS QUILT! You are very talented. Thanks for posting.
-Laura

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Blogger newsurfiegirl said...

I would like to make the quilt in purples and blues. Congrats on the book!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:13 PM , Blogger Emily said...

I need a new Christmas quilt so I would make the quilt in bright red and greens. Love your talents! thanks

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM , Blogger Scrapatches said...

Your new book looks wonderful! I love making my Christmas quilty and comfy. I would make the quilt in the green and aqua and white, but I think I would like to add a touch of red. Thanks for the fun blog hop and the chance to win ... :) Pat

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM , Blogger Rhonda D. said...

I love the quilt; but I know that I would definitely make the coasters for gifts @ Christmas. I would use some aqua, red & white
fabrics. Thanks for the chance to
win!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

 
At July 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM , Blogger NancyL said...

I'd start by making the pillow, and I love the fabrics you used, so would choose them, if I knew what fabric line it is!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM , Blogger Jane S. said...

I'd make the tree quilt! I'd do them all as Christmas trees and put one color of beads, sequins, crystals on each tree. I'd end up with a rainbow forest. :)

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM , Blogger Jodi - usairdoll said...

Congratulations in a beautiful book! I'd love to start with your tree quilt, as I also love the pillow and coasters, hehe. I have more of a traditional background but I'm loving the "modern" twist. The colors you used are wonderful and I'd try and find similiar, if not the same fabric.

Thank you and Stash Books for a super giveaway and the chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

 
At July 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM , Blogger Kelly G said...

It is sew fresh to see such a Modern Christmas book! I simply adore all I have seen so far. I would love love love to be able to make the Christmas Tree quilt especially in those colours - they are suited for a hot Aussie Christmas. I am really excited about this blog hop.

braydonandkel@bigpond.com

 
At July 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM , Blogger Lesley said...

I would make the quilt, but might choose more traditional greens to match my decor. Love all the projects!

 
At July 9, 2013 at 4:33 AM , Blogger Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Looks like an interesting book. At the moment, I would make coasters for gifts as they are easy to mail

 
At July 9, 2013 at 5:25 AM , Blogger Audrey said...

Nice looking blog and book. I would make the coasters because they would be quick. I would use contemporary fabrics.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 5:26 AM , Blogger CieAngel said...

Love the pillow with the snowflakes would make a couple of them for the livingroom couch. Thank you for having this bloghop and giveaway.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 5:54 AM , Blogger Kathy L said...

Would love to make all of them. Coasters for each family member would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 6:03 AM , Blogger Julia Plunkett said...

Love the quilt and the pillow. I'd probably raid my stash first since i have quite a bit of Christmas fabric!

 
At July 9, 2013 at 6:29 AM , Blogger Cindy W. said...

I like the pillow!!

 
At July 9, 2013 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Margaret said...

I would make that tree quilt. I love it

 
At July 9, 2013 at 7:09 AM , Blogger Pat said...

I would make the coasters in black and white.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 7:11 AM , Blogger Patti said...

I'm in a cushion making phase at the moment, so a silver and red colour would look amazing. Congratulations on your book, and thanks for the chance to win a copy!

 
At July 9, 2013 at 7:19 AM , Blogger Kate said...

I think I would start with the coasters! I have lots of holiday fabrics, but I think blues and white would be great! Thanks for the chance to win.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 7:48 AM , Blogger Jo said...

I would make the coasters for gifts, in reds and greens :)

 
At July 9, 2013 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Vickie said...

Wonderful book Amanda ! I would make a lap quilt in traditional Christmas colors for me and nontraditional colors for my granddaughters. Thanks for a chance to win !

 
At July 9, 2013 at 8:23 AM , Blogger Kathy in GA said...

I would love to make the cover quilt of trees, and I love it in the aqua and green - so different from my usual reproduction color scheme! Of course that means one of my kids might steal it for their house...better make a few "modern" Christmas quilts!

 
At July 9, 2013 at 8:34 AM , Blogger Carla G said...

I love the quilt and would make it in similar colors - turquoise & limey green. :) This book looks fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

 
At July 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM , Blogger Tanyia said...

love the quilt most I think, although they are all just adorable! I think I would love to make it in red, white, and aqua!

 
At July 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Whitney M said...

I'd love to make the quilt! Ad that means I'd have to go fabric shopping!

 
At July 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM , OpenID shawn said...

I love that quilt!! Thanks for the giveaway.

(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

 
At July 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM , Blogger Lou said...

Love the pillow and coasters....matching of course in white and blues:)

 
At July 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Joyce Carter said...

This book is really awesome! Thank you for the chance to win. I would love to make the quilt and I think it would be gorgeous in reds and greens.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM , Blogger Laurel said...

i think i'd make the quilt in red, gray and white....

 
At July 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Carrie P. said...

I love the quilt and the other Christmas items. But I would definitely make the quilt in colors of red and green. I know that is typical Christmas colors but that is what I like during that season.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM , Blogger Paula said...

I'd make the pillow in red, turquoise and white

 
At July 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM , Blogger Susan Smith said...

The quilt! And I love traditional Christmas red and green colors. Boring, I know.........

 
At July 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM , Blogger Bonnie58 said...

Gorgeous quilt. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to win a copy

 
At July 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM , Blogger Crickets Corner said...

I would so make the quilt. Silver and Gold are the colors I would use.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM , Blogger sandy said...

I really like the pillow nk I would make tht one in navy blue and white. Looks like a lovely book.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM , Blogger Nancy said...

I would make the pillow. Maybe a few of them as gifts.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Sonja Simmons said...

I would like to make the quilt and pillow to match. I think I would use turquoise and green with a pale lavender as a background with the trees.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM , Blogger evelyn said...

Oh I really love this quilt. i am working on a snowman quilt, so I would like to make the snowflake pillow in blues and greens to go with it.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Emily C said...

I love the coasters, they are so cute and useful. I can easily whip up a bunch of these for friends and family. I love the red/green combo, but I'm sure some of my friends would also love blue/white.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM , Blogger MaddyMaze Studio said...

I need coasters so badly and this would give me an excuse to make them! Pink, turquoise and green would be my color way.

 
At July 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM , Blogger Judy B said...

I would make the Tree quilt! I would use soft shades of green for the trees.

 
At July 10, 2013 at 2:18 AM , Blogger Gloria said...

I would make the quilt, probably to match our drawing room, as it is stunningand looks a 'quick' makeas ialways underestimate how much time I have til Christmas.


 
At July 10, 2013 at 4:31 AM , Blogger Vera said...

I would copy cat your quilt and colors as it's just beautiful!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 4:33 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I love all three but I would start with the coasters. A couple sets for me to keep and a few sets to give as gifts!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 4:45 AM , Blogger Mhairi said...

I love bloghops and this one looks like lots of fun.
I would definitely make the coasters in purple, green and silver. I would make the snowflake in silver and the background in greens and purples.

 
At July 10, 2013 at 5:27 AM , Blogger Lydia said...

I kind of like the color palette you've chosen. It's quite nice. Or perhaps change up the green to include various shades of evergreen to reflect the trees here in the northwest.

 
At July 10, 2013 at 5:49 AM , Blogger Donna Baker said...

I would LOVE to have pillows on my couch this year with those exact colors - it's gorgeous! I love Christmas in July. congrats on your book Amanda!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 7:23 AM , Blogger Aggiequilter said...

I would LOVE to make the quilt and I'd do it in similar colors, my daughters would just have to draw straws for it!
CONGRATS on the new book, looks wonderful - & thanks for the chance to win!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM , Blogger Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

I would really love to try the quilt. I'm still a (very much) newbie, but with the larger pieces I don't think I'd too much trouble. And it is soooo very pretty!!

Thanks for the giveaway!!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM , Blogger Teresa Stanulis said...

I think I would make a bunch of the coasters to give in sets as teacher gifts!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM , Blogger Celine said...

I love love love snowflakes so I would probably be drawn to the pillow first that I'd loved to make in a nice cool blue background with lovely white flakes to keep it cool and cold!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM , Blogger CaroleBB said...

Fun! I would start with the quilt in bright colors, e.g. apple green, aqua, turquoise, pinks, and raspberry reds with white. And since the pillow and coasters coordinate...
Thanks for the chance!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 6:17 PM , Blogger Katie said...

I'd love to make those coasters in a blue and silver colorway :) Thanks!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM , Blogger Carmen N said...

I would love to make the coasters the most - I love snowflakes! I'd probably make in a soft blue and white

 
At July 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM , Blogger lizzieslog said...

I am looking for a new quilt for my bed and love the colors of this one.

 
At July 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Cindy said...

I would love to make the trees cover quilt. I love the colors of this one, but also saw some flannel with cool winter patterns including snowflakes at my LQS.

 
At July 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

I would def ma ke the quilt with a variety of green and white patterns!

 
At July 11, 2013 at 3:30 AM , Blogger Michele said...

It is tough to choose just one but I would make the quilt. It would look fantastic on the really tall and big wall of my great room. Which colors? Hmmm. I think Blue, White and Silver would be beautiful together.

 
At July 11, 2013 at 4:50 AM , Blogger Miranda P said...

I love that pillow! Those colors would match my living room. Or even a dark deep red. Thank you!!

 
At July 11, 2013 at 5:18 AM , Blogger Linda said...

Your quilt is gorgeous, Amanda! I love the simplicity of it!

 
At July 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM , Blogger lauraluvsloons said...

I'd like to make a new Christmas pillow. I like the soft reds, gray and aqua for colors

 
At July 11, 2013 at 7:46 PM , Blogger Vicky P said...

I would love to make some of the beautiful pillow. Thanks for sharing.

 
At July 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM , Blogger June D said...

The pillow would be fun to make - although all the designs are attractive. I realize looking at the pillows that I like the idea of having different holiday pillows. I'd make in traditional red, green and white!

Thank you for putting my name in the hat for this special drawing.

 
At July 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM , Blogger Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I would love to make the quilt. I'd love to add some aquas.

 
At July 16, 2013 at 5:17 AM , Blogger Agnes B. Bullock said...

Would make both the quilt and the matching pillow out of cobalt blues and silvera

 
At July 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM , Blogger legato1958 said...

I would make the coasters first!

Susie
legato1958@aol.com

 
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Hi everyone! I'm so excited because my Modern Holiday Blog Tour starts in just a few hours right here and over at Stash Books. The theme is Christmas in July and each day one of many great bloggers will have a book to give away! (Winner inside the US will win a hard copy; outside winners will receive a digital copy.) They will all be mailed at the end of July, after the tour wraps up. The theme is Christmas in July and people will be sharing favorite quilts, fabric collections, cookie recipes, etc.

I'd like to start off by talking about the quilt on the cover of the book. It is called Holiday Forest and it is our daughter's favorite.


I love it too but she was really convinced this one would be the cover quilt and she was right! I think the aqua and green color palette looks lovely on the cover, with all the presents in front and the big, fluffy rug on the floor. (For those who are interested, the fabric came from a collection called Ready Set Snow by Me and My Sister Design for Moda, and there are lots of Robert Kaufman blenders in it as well, including some by Patrick Lose.)  This quilt doesn't have to be made in strictly Christmas prints - choose a color palette you love and go for it!



Holiday Forest features three different sizes of trees. The biggest is over 22" in height, which means this quilt is sew-able in a weekend. I don't know if you can tell but the snowflakes are appliqued with metallic thread for a little bit of sparkle. Of course you could use a Cutwork tool for snowflakes if you have one, or you could even cut them out by hand. There are 4 snowflake shapes included in the book.


They are also used in this pillow...

And in these coasters...


You could decorate the trees on the quilt with buttons or trim and keep it out the entire winter! To enter to win for this first day of the blog tour, just leave a comment on this post telling me what whether you would most like to make the quilt, pillow, or coasters and what colors you might make it in. That's it!  One entry per person and the deadline will be this Friday, the 12th, at midnight.

 Don't forget to hop on over to Stash Books tomorrow to enter for another chance to win!

I'll be posting a link to each blogger on their day, but just so you have them all, here is the lineup:

Monday, July 8th

Stash Books and Amanda Murphy Design

Tuesday, July 9th

Sew We Quilt

Wednesday, July 10th

Sew Sweetness

Thursday, July 11th

Me and My Sister Design

Friday, July 12th

Fat Quarterly

Monday, July 15th

Bernina (We All Sew)

Tuesday, July 16th

Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Wednesday, July 17th

Diary of a Quilter

Thursday, July 18th

Ellison Lane Quilts

Friday, July 19th

A Quilting Life

Monday, July 22nd

Aurifil Threads

Tuesday, July 23rd

Laurie Wisbrun/The Scarlet Fig

Wednesday, July 24th

Amanda Murphy Design

Thanks so much to all these talented people for helping me out!

 Happy sewing everyone!
Amanda

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