Celebrating Christmas already?

It's not too early to get into the festive spirit right?
Today Pattern Press (my lovely distributors) are releasing two One Day In May Christmas patterns and as you know, a new pattern launch means a giveaway!
Christmas decorating for me is all about holly, pine, wreaths and doves.

It's been lots of fun, incorporating some dimensional holly into this design… aptly named "Deck The Halls".
(I had a little facebook help naming this one – gotta love quilting friends!)
 OD6 Deck the Halls Table Runner ~ pattern cover
The central wreath is designed to surround a small dish or bowl, just the right size to hold a large candle or selection of Christmas treats.
Deck the Halls Table Runner ~ along length
There is lots of technique variation to enjoy in this pattern, beginning with some simple, but effective, variegated stitchery.
I've used Cottage Garden Threads 503-Snapdragon in both new patterns.
Deck The Halls Holly ~ One Day In May
The stitchery is topped with folded leaves and fabric covered beads.
That, combined with some patchwork, using some beautiful Christmas prints… and "facing-finish binding" has resulted in a table runner that is bright, dimensional and delightfully festive.
"O' Christmas Tree ~ Framed Applique with Trapunto" is also being launched today…
O' Christmas Tree pattern cover
I've used the same fabric range to create this smaller project… "Jovial" by Basic Grey.
Beginning with a tree, my plan was to focus on a very simple design. But who can resist adding a dove or two? Not me? ; )
O' Christmas Tree birds One Day In May
Designed especially to fit a standard 8" x 10" frame, "O' Christmas Tree" is a blend of raw-edged applique, embroidery (more lovely variegation for the baubles) and quilting.
O' Christmas Tree flying bird 1
For added, dimensional effect I've chosen to use the method of trapunto to give the tree and birds some extra "puff". Sounds complicated… but it really isn't. There are lots of methods for trapunto, as numerous as there are for applique. But for this little design, I've chosen to use the simplest of techniques, adding a 2nd layer of batting. The instructions are straight forward and written step-by-step.  
To see lots more photos of these designs, visit the photo albums at the top left of the page, You'll find photo albums for all One Day In May designs there.
Or click "Deck The Halls" or "O' Christmas Tree" to find them straight away.
So…time for a giveaway!
I have 2 of each pattern to share… that means 4 winners in all!
To enter, please leave a comment telling me which pattern you would prefer.
All entries are welcome, local and international…
the more the "merrier". : )

Entries close at midnight (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), 29th of October… and will be drawn by random generator shortly after.
Good luck everyone!
Melissa  x

34 Responses

  1. Amanda Begelhole

    love a chance to win deck the halls, its lovely!

  2. So hard to choose but i think i’d like Deck The Halls please. It’s fabulous. Hugs,

  3. Oh Melissa i would really love deck the halls if i was lucky enough to win,thankyou very much for a chance to win such a lovely prize.

  4. Kerrie

    O’ Christmas tree is my favorite, just looking for a Chrissy project 🙂

  5. Vicki

    What simply divine Handwork you do, I am in awe…But I would truly love to win either…If I had to pick though, I think it might be the little framed Xmas tree and birds applique/stitchery Thanks for the opportunity

  6. diarna allan

    wow what great work you do it would be a beautiful centre piece on any dining table for Christmas dinner thank you for the chance for one of us lucky people to be able to enjoy your work

  7. Peg

    I am intrigued by the trapunto and then the fabric covered beads and leaves in Deck the halls. I would absolutely love either. My 65th birthday is the 30th so that would really make it special!

  8. I found One Day In May searching some christmas patterns. When I saw the Deck The Halls table runner, it was love at first sight! Thank you for sharing it with us… Brazilian kisses!

  9. Love DECK the HALLS but—–O Christmas tree might get done for this year! THANKS for all the BEAUTIFUL things you do

  10. Katy (LethargicLass)

    I love the table runner… so pretty!

  11. Jenny Schulz

    Its always hard to choose between your beautiful designs Melissa. I love both but can see myself stitching those gorgeous little birds on the Christmas tree.

  12. Lyn Smith

    Love ‘O Christmas Tree’ I have Deck the Halls from QFD
    Love your designs.

  13. I have not long found your blog and I have to say wow what a lot of great reading. Your patterns are to die for just beautiful. I especially love the Holly leaves tablerunner.
    Got to be in it to win it right?
    (((HUGS))) Roz.

  14. Oh I love Deck the Hall, would love to win this one to make up for Christmas.

  15. Helen Ducker

    At Last! Someone designing patterns with 3 dimensional elements. I love Deck the Halls – would love to make your holly and scatter it round my house every year.

    I do so miss the holly with red berries I used to have each year in the UK.

    Helen from Hobart

  16. OOh! I would love the runner pattern! What a talented lady you are! Absolutely stunning designs.


  17. Its so hard to believe that Christmas really isnt that far away – love both patterns – Deck the Halls look hard to a newbie but O Christmas Tree looks fun and I have never tried trapunto before. Thanks for a lovely offer

  18. Cathy

    I was sent to your site through Pam Bono and am I glad I came! I would love either, but I would probably learn more from your table runner “Deck the Halls” I hope this pattern is available in the states or will have to purchase it through your website.

  19. Lynnette

    It’s a hard choice, but it would be the “Deck the Halls” table runner pattern.

  20. I would love the table runner pattern it would be perfect on my coffee table

  21. Oriel

    It is never too early to start getting Christmas crafts together . . . . . . . my choice would be the table runner pattern “Deck the Halls”.

  22. Bronwyn

    Hey Melissa would love to win”Deck the Halls”. It looks complicated but I am sure that your , ever impressable, instructions will see me whipping one up just in time to host Christmas at my house. Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. SandyG

    I don;t have a preference, Melissa they are both sensational patterns. Absolutely gorgeous like all your others. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  24. Alison Gilewski

    Love the ‘Deck the Halls’ runner, Melissa. Looking forward to trying this gorgeous dimensional work. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Linda

    Oh Christmas tree looks to be a real cutie and thats the one I would like to choose…..both projects are really lovely…..

  26. Debbie

    Both these Chrissie things are beautiful but I’ve been in a table runner mood lately and I do so love holly leaves. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one!

  27. Verna Grace

    I love them both, but would like deck the halls if I won. You do great work. Thank you for the opportunity!

  28. As always Melissa I just love your gawjus designs. How I could possibly choose between the two though is beyond me. Let’s just say I’d be utterly delighted to win either :o).
    Joy :o)

  29. Both of your new designs are beautiful. I think I would like theDeck the Halls table runner if I were to win.

  30. Rhonda Rowan

    after seeing trapunto quilt made by Deborah Louie in Sydney am very interested in oh CHRISTMAS TREE and am so frilled that you have left christ in christmas

  31. Either one would be nice to win! If I must choose, though, Deck the Halls is it.

    Love the beautiful things you design!


  32. Glenys

    Deck the halls is my favorite and would make any table come to life a christmas and also make a special gift for family or friend.

  33. Hi Melissa,I love all your patterns but Deck the Halls is great

    • Melissa Grant

      Thank you so much Vicki! I’m hoping to make another sample with felt leaves soon. It’s a favourite of mine too. 🙂

  34. 3expostulation

  35. 2jubilation

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