Some of the block instructions were in the book "Quilty Fun", by Lori Holt, but with a little changes to make the blocks more "Christmasy". I purchased the book and I love it because it is filled with so many other fun block patterns and ideas to use with the blocks. Her quilts are eye candy to me...
I have a large collections of scraps so I really wanted to create my quilt using what I had but I ended up buying some fat quarters to help me along and keep the colours looking "put together". In the end, my quilt is scrappy but has quite a few fabrics the same throughout. I used a lot of the collection "Cookie Exchange" by Moda.
I enjoyed the process, most oft he time. My biggest complaint would be that for all of the cutting and piecing involved, I wished the blocks were bigger. I would cut and sew and press and curse... and then the block would come out super small. I wish I had thought ahead to make more of the blocks bigger then I would have had a bigger quilt in the end without much more effort. The mittens block was the most difficult for me. I must have made it 5 times.... and in the end I just kept the two "right-hand mittens" and moved on to the next block. **Note: I don't think they were actually too difficult; I must have been preoccupied with something else... like... preparing for Christmas!
I had the quilt top done for Christmas so I hung it on the wall without the border and binding.
Once the kids were back in school, I finished the whole quilt, folded it up and put it away... I know I will be happy to see it next December! I am so proud of it and I learned A LOT. I want to also thank Shari (my friend who was also sewing blocks of her own) for keeping me motivated with our own "quilt-along". Sometimes that's all we quilters need to finish something amazing!