THE LAST WORD

Sleigh bells ring, are you lis­ten­ing? Kate Basti is well and truly in the sea­sonal spirit as she pulls a fun bundle in­spired by the Christ­mases of her child­hood

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Sleigh bells ring, are you lis­ten­ing? Kate Basti is well and truly in the sea­sonal spirit as she pulls a fun fab­ric bundle in­spired by the mu­sic-filled Christ­mases of her child­hood

If ever there was a hap­pi­est time of year in my child­hood, it was Christ­mas time. The cares and wor­ries of ev­ery­day life sim­ply melted away with the smells of cook­ies bak­ing in the oven. Christ­mas was a time of re­flec­tion, cel­e­bra­tion and, per­haps best of all, tra­di­tion.

One of my very favourite child­hood Christ­mas tra­di­tions fell af­ter the New Year. Epiphany or, as we called it, Old Christ­mas is cel­e­brated on Jan­uary 6th, and it was our an­nual rit­ual to hold a party. My par­ents would in­vite dozens of friends, many of whom had chil­dren. There were party games, folk mu­sic played by my par­ents’ band and more food than could feed a small army. The house would fill with laugh­ter and mu­sic un­til the wee hours of the night, and I al­ways con­sid­ered it one of the best days of the year.

I wanted to pull a bundle that re­minded me of this fam­ily tra­di­tion. The first hol­i­day print that comes to mind is Christ­mas Mice in Aqua from Heather Ross’ Su­garplum line for Wind­ham Fab­rics. This adorable print fea­tures a band of tiny mice play­ing mu­sic. My fa­ther played the fid­dle and my mother played the dou­ble bass, so this “mou­si­cal” trio is just about as per­fect and cute as it gets!

I want this bundle to have a few hol­i­day prints, but not so many that it screams Christ­mas. This sea­sonal pull should work for more than just De­cem­ber 25th. Bas­ing my choices on the tones in the hero print, I be­gin with the reds. I’m im­me­di­ately drawn to Flurry in Red by Cot­ton+Steel with its del­i­cate snowflakes. I then pull Flame from the Reef col­lec­tion by El­iz­a­beth Hart­man for Robert Kauf­man and Wink in Tomato by Birch Fab­rics, both of which make me think of the magic of the Christ­mas sea­son.

Mov­ing on to the greens, I pull my favourite co­or­di­nat­ing print from Heather Ross’ Su­garplum line, Pep­per­mints in Green. Not only does it add an­other Christ­mas print, but the touch of nos­tal­gia it brings to the bundle is just so sweet. I round it out with Carolina Ging­ham 1" in Kelly by Robert Kauf­man and Sprin­kle in Sum­mer­camp by Cot­ton+Steel, which re­minds of snow fall­ing on pines.

Next, I de­cide to add a colour that I don’t typ­i­cally use much when sewing: brown. A few warm, tan prints will com­ple­ment the tree stumps in my hero print nicely. I de­cide on Wave in Earthen­ware by An­nie Brady for Moda be­fore glitz­ing up my bundle with the glit­ter­ing, golden Manch­ester in Bronze Metal­lic by Robert Kauf­man. The touch of shine adds a lit­tle some­thing special. And fi­nally, I choose two low vol­ume prints. The first, Cir­cle Time in Nat­u­ral by Gin­giber for Moda re­minds me of swirling snow, while the sec­ond, Add It Up in Lol­lipop by Cot­ton+Steel, pro­vides just a tiny touch of green with its petite pluses.

And there we have it! A mod­ern bundle with a sea­sonal, tra­di­tional colour pal­ette, per­fectly rem­i­nis­cent of beloved child­hood mem­o­ries.

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