Christmas in July ~ Hometown Stars

Ho Ho Ho!  It’s hot, hot, hot at the Texas-pole.  While it’s still too early to think about the holidays, it’s not too early to think about sewing for the holidays, especially if you’re making a quilt.

This is Hometown Stars.

It was designed by Thelma Childers with a tiny assist or two from me.  (I’m annoying that way.)  Way back in January, I asked Thelma about making a quilt for our Christmas in July using this wonderful Hometown Christmas collection by Sweetwater.  She loved the fabric and was totally on board except… what to make?  Patterns were considered and finally, when “the perfect pattern” couldn’t be found, Thelma said she had a few ideas of her own.  My reply?  Go for it!  (It’s not like she hasn’t changed every. single. one. of my patterns she’s ever made!)

My primary contribution is that I got to write the pattern.  And I changed it.  Of course.

Thelma’s quilt measures 87″ x 87″ and it was made with fat quarters.  But because I only have a fat-eighth bundle, I wrote the instructions for a 70″ x 70″ quilt.  The smaller quilt has the same number of pieces and blocks, the pieces are just a skosh smaller.  Okay, 1/2″ smaller.  (The instructions include both sizes.)

The piecing is relatively easy but there is a lot of it, and to get it all to work, the squares are pieced individually.  It’s the only way to make sure you have enough squares for the stars in the blocks – and to have some options.

This is Block 1 – there are 13 of them.

Hometown Stars was machine-quilted by Connie Lancaster of Quilts Plus in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Block 2 – there are 12 of these.

I love that this quilt looks more complicated than it is, and that it will work with collections, scraps and a mix of the two.  It will also work for with any color palette and style of fabric.  It’s versatile!

If you’d like to make one of your own – Hometown Stars Pattern.

And if you’d like it to be made with Hometown Christmas… we can help.  We happen to have a Hometown Christmas Fat Eighth bundle to giveaway, with the Bella Solid background to make the quilt.

Just leave a comment telling us the name of your hometown by Midnight on Sunday, July 23.

That’s it for today – Happy Friday!

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517 thoughts on “Christmas in July ~ Hometown Stars

  1. this is a wonderful pattern and a great collaboration. Thelma always inspires me – she has a great eye for color and she gets so much done! I look forward to her blog every week. Thank you both!

  2. Love the quilt! Lots of pieces but appears pretty straightforward. Hometown is Coopersburg, PA.

  3. This quilt makes me happy. My hometown is Ludlow, Vermont….however I currently live in Brooksville, Florida

  4. Rockford IL was in a quilt class you taught for Quilters General Store. Thelma was there too.

  5. What a beautiful quilt! And lovely fabric! I love the close-up of the blocks, I was trying to figure them out immediately 🙂 My hometown is Hillsboro, MO

  6. My hometown is Lyons, Kansas and being a retired Army family, my kids would call Lansing, KS their hometown. LOVE this scrappy quilt and would LOVE even more to try my hand at it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. I really love this quilt and Sweetwater has some of the cutest fabric. My hometown is Detroit MI. I love the city and will always have a special place in my heart.

  8. Four blocks would make a beautiful holiday table topper, too! I was born and raised in Dayton, but I have called Lexington, Ohio home for 36 years.

  9. Perfect timing..I am on my way to a quilt show in Raleigh NC. I will keep an eye out for Xmas fabric.

  10. Great pattern as would work with any combination of fabric. Hometown is Dauphin,Manitoba, Canada

    1. Cookstown, Ontario, Canada. Your blogging is always so interesting, Carrie. And Hometown Stars looks great!

  11. My hometown is Lafayette, Louisiana. Great pattern. Will add this one to my to do list.

  12. I enjoyed looking at all the states represented in the comments! I live in St. John, Indiana.

  13. Love the pattern and I love piecing! It’s my favorite part of making a quilt! Midland, MI

  14. My hometown is Airdrie, AB. I just love this quilt, it is on my to do list already.

  15. Beautiful fabric and quilt! Love Sweetwater fabrics! Thx so much for the chance to win !
    Santa Rosa, CA

  16. My hometown is Pewamo, Michigan. Yes, spellcheck thinks the spelling is wrong. It isn’t 😉

  17. My hometown is Marlinton, WV. (Ain’t no “G” in Marlinton) A poem by that name–unknown author.

  18. What a cute Christmas Quilt. I would love to make this quilt with Home Town Christmas fabrics & Bella solids.
    Jane N from Yardley, PA.

  19. Sweetwater – one of my favorite designers. I have used many of their fabric lines (Countdown to Christmas is my favorite). My hometown is Cincinnati, Ohio. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway.

  20. Mom’s 85 birthday was July 4. My brother Denis birthday is today July 21 he’s 60.
    I would love to make this quilt in honor of my Mom for him.
    Mom’s hometown is Akron Ohio as is Denis . Mine is Pawtucket,RI.

  21. This is a great pattern, and it does look more complicated than it is. Would love to make it. Weatherford, Oklahoma

  22. Another great pattern, quilt, fabric, and obviously, designers and quilters. This is a must on the list. My hometown is Deerfield, VA. You probably won’t find that one on the map. Thanks for an opportunity to win.

  23. Love the quilt! Enjoyed reading all the comments and where everyone lives. I’m in little ole Waterloo in Upstate New York! Thanks Carrie … so enjoy reading your posts!

  24. Beautiful quilt that I’d like to make for a Christmas quilt on my bed. I am from Pine Island MN.

  25. Nothing like Christmas in Chicago, my Hometown. Love to have you visit. Thanks for keeping it scrappy. Great pattern

  26. My hometown is Onondaga, New York. It is a suburb of Syracuse. I absolutely love this quilt. It is going to the top of my want to make list!

  27. My hometown is Reno Nv. and when I was little the snow would start usually in November and last until February, we had the four seasons back then. Christmas and Halloween and July were my favorite times of the year. Christmas because of the white blanket of snow with the red and green were gorgeous, Halloween well what child doesn’t love halloween, and July because it was my birthday month but also because red, green, and white with splashes of blue were everywhere again. Nice quilt, am thinking red, green and white with maybe a splash of blue here and there.

  28. I’m a beginner quilter but I think I could make this. Love the fabric. Thanks for offering this free pattern and the chance to receive the fabric. Lewes, Delaware

  29. My friend & I have been trying to figure out what to do for a Christmas holiday quilt. This is perfect!
    Hellos from Utah – Brian Head- a little ski resort at 10,000 feet in the mountains in the southwestern part of the state. About an hour and a half from Scrap Apple Quilts in St. George, where we took your “Village” class. Loved it – love you!

  30. I love this quilt. I am picturing it in patriotic colors. Maybe that would take me forever to get enough variety. I am still working on my Spot, which I decided to enlarge. It is on Christmas fabrics. So maybe totally scrappy. I think I will make this. Peoria IL

  31. I love this pattern. If a person made it in a blue colorway it could be called stars at night. Ceresco Nebraska

  32. I love this quilt. Would make the ideal Christmas quilt indeed. My home town quilt would be Sonora, CA. Maybe I could make a second quilt in the colors of the foothills. Love my idea. Thank you for the chance to become a winner.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

  33. Graysville Alabama, it was a small town where all the kids played at the community pool. We also had a park where we all just sit and hung out. We had 1 stop light and what we thought was a fast food restaurant called “Uncle Mons”. My dad would take me and my friend Tammy there and give us each $1.10 because that got us a Hamburger, Fries and a drink. We would just hang out there until a friend that could drive would come by and get us. Not really anywhere to go so we just basically drove around in circles around the town LOL. Those were the good old days and I miss them but all of us kids are still friends today and im actually engaged to one of them!!!

  34. I love this quilt. Think I know what I will be making at my fall retreat.
    M home town is Chapmanville WV, but I live in Ohio.

  35. Love the pattern and fabric! My home town is in the thumb of Michigan – Kinde. Haven’t lived there since I was a teenager but it was a good place to grow up in!

  36. Originally Denver, Co and currently Thief River Falls, MN. I’m a little intimidated by the number of pieces in this pattern but the final result would be worth it.

  37. Rochester, MN has been my hometown for 41 years…I have great quilting friends here and know they will enjoy the Hometown Stars pattern, too.

  38. I love the star/churn dash blocks! All of Thelma’s quilts are beautiful! My hometown is West Dundee, IL.

  39. Thank you for the pattern! I have a bit of a fat eighth bundle of Blitzen leftover from a sew along and this will make a great table runner with it. My hometown is Coral Gables, Florida.

  40. I love this quilt for so many reasons – at top of the list is it says home, cozy, safe from all the irritations of life! I have a great life, but you know what I mean. Makes me want to snuggle – even in Texas in July! I live in Enloe, Texas- an unincorporated community of 57 .

  41. Oh my…it’s lovely! My hometown is currently Broken Arrow, Oklahoma…but my heart remains in Austin!

  42. My hometown is Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I love decorating for the holidays with Christmas quilts. This would be a wonderful addition to my collection. Merry Christmas!!

  43. Love the fabric……. love the quilt…… my hometown is Big D, that’s right Dallas, Texas.

  44. My home town is Brigham City, Utah!! Home of peach days!! That quilt is beautiful!!

  45. I loved reading all of the hometowns. And you can’t get a better combination than Carrie and Thelma!! I’m from Beaubier, SK, Canada.

  46. My hometown is Duluth Minnesota on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior. I want to make this quilt for my son who lives in Texas!

  47. Love the fact that this Christmas quilt isn’t too red/green to be used year round. Hometown? Baton Rouge

  48. Great pattern Thelma and Carrie! Can’t go wrong with Sweetwater. Home is Scottsdale in very hot Arizona.

  49. My hometown is Mason, OH. I believe this quilt is an “I think I can! I think I can!” project!

  50. Oh, I can see this quilt made in so many different color combinations! Love it! My home town is Ferguson.

  51. Greetings from Hardeeville SC situated between Hilton Head and Savannah and our “snow” is the sandy beach. Love the “friendship star” variations making up this quilt.

  52. Great pattern and wonderful fabric from Sweetwater. From Springfield IL, Lincoln’s hometown

  53. Not sure anyone else caught this, but it looks like block 2 needs (5) assorted squares at 2 1/2 ” rather than 4. Very cute quilt top – way to go Thelma and Carrie! I live in Washington state now, but still consider my hometown as Poway, California.

  54. Love this quilt. Thank you for the pattern. I am always inspired by both Thelma and Carrie. Hometown is Nipomo, California.

  55. Being a military wife, I have more than one home town! Born in Kansas, but spent most of my adult life in Alaska, both hold pieces of my heart. Adore the quilt-pattern and fabric!

  56. It looks very complicated but i guess you tackle it one square at a time. My hometown is Duncan, BC

  57. My hometown is Bonanza, Oregon. A very small hamlet in the eastern portion of the state. I would love to win, it is a beautiful design.

  58. I can’t stop looking at this beautiful quilt! I was thinking scrappy, patriotic, even rainbow colorways! So versatile!!

  59. I love the look of this quilt! I’m making Raleigh my hometown these days. Thanks for the chance to win!

  60. As a newish quilter this looks like a wonderful challenge! My hometown is Sequim, Washington.

  61. Love the pattern and the fabric! Today is my birthday and we are in our hometown, Rockford, Illinois,
    for our 50th high school reunion!!!

  62. My hometown is Glen Ridge NJ. Little town in northern Jersey 3 miles long & 1/2 mile wide at its widest point!! Close to NYC!!

  63. My hometown is Livermore, CA.
    I love this quilt & happen to have a bunch of Cookie Exchange fabric that I haven’t dared cut into yet. But I also think this quilt would be fun as a Patriotic quilt or with scraps!!

  64. My hometown is Rancho Mirage, Ca. I’d love to make that quilt for my daughter and her family for Christmas ☺️

  65. I was born in NYC but have lived all over. Now that the dust of life has settled, I am in my brand new home so I can keep up with my children who also live on the outskirts of DFW. My new hometown is Princeton TX.

  66. My hometown is Ferndale, Michigan, but reside in Bedford, Texas,now. I would love to make this quilt with my eleven year old gramd-daughter. Thank you for the opportunity.

  67. Wow! That’s beautiful!!! But I’d expect nothing less from the Awesome Twosome 😀 Thanks for the chance to win – I’m in Lyons, IL

  68. Airdrie Alberta Canada…was a small town when I was a kid, now its a booming city!! Every year at Christmas my family of 51 (sometimes more if friends join!) gather at one house to celebrate. I always make a quilt and do a raffle with the family. 5 bucks a ticket to try to win the quilt, all monies collected go to a local charity! This would be an awesome quilt for my family Christmas 🙂

  69. I love a quilt with stars and lots of fabrics and this one is just wonderful. My hometown is Marshall, Missouri, home of Jim the Wonder Dog!

  70. Wow, you did it again! A wonderful pattern that is versatile and makes me look like I can make anything! (; Thank you Carrie & Thelma Childers, its fun & beautiful. Flushing, MI

  71. This is a gorgeous quilt and the pattern is perfect for the fabric collection! My hometown is the same place I’ve lived my entire life and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else: Dubuque, Iowa!

  72. I don’t know if it is my computer, but the patterns I love and want to print a copy of will not print from these instructions. Please let me know how I can get a copy. Your Christmas patterns are over the top. Love them so much. Martha

  73. This is gorgeous! Thelma is always such an inspiration and this is so fun to have something she designed! Thank you! I live in the sweet little town of Cambria, California.

  74. Lemon Grove, California – Home of the BIG lemon that proclaims “best climate on earth”!

  75. La Mirada, California. I haven’t lived there since I was eighteen! I also consider San Diego and Santa Ana my hometowns, even though they’ve grown so much I couldn’t find my way around in them any more. And I also consider Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii my hometown because I spend the most years there of anywhere. Holy cow, I guess I’ve moved around a lot!

  76. Oooh, I LIKE this quilt. Farm girl here. Our address was Mendon, IL but we lived 2.5 miles north of Coatsburg, IL; home to the author of “Dick and Jane”. We shopped and went to school and church in Coatsburg so that is home. Not bad for a village of 100.

  77. I lived 99.99% of my life in Portland, OR but my husband and I just moved to Bremerton, WA so I guess Bremerton is my new home town. (PS I love this quilt!)

  78. A friend showed me Hometown Christmas & I love it. My hometown is Rockville, Maryland, but it’s been a long time since I’ve lived there.

  79. Love this pattern and love all of Sweetwater’s fabric lines. I call Cincinnati, OH my hometown.

  80. I am lying in bed on a winters wet Saturday morning reading this blog, working out in my head how many different colouways I can make it from my stash? Oh what fun.
    My hometown is Orewa, New Zealand. Just love this pattern

  81. Great pattern with the two different blocks! Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Moved to Texas in 1974. Allison in Plano, Texas

  82. Having a sewing weekend with friends, was thinking of working on Christmas, this pattern is perfect.
    St Charles, MO.

  83. Beautiful quilt! Beautiful fabric!!! Beautiful pattern!!!
    My hometown is Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!

  84. This pattern is adorable and I love Sweetwater fabric!! I was born in Youngstown, OH, raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and currently live in Las Vegas, NV. I would say my home town is Youngstown. Lol

  85. I’ll be honest, I don’t know whether ‘hometown’ refers to where you were born, where you grew up, where you lived the longest or where you live now, so I’m just going to pick one of them! Marske-by-the-sea, UK.

  86. It’s time to make a Christmas in July quilt. I never have enough time to do everything I want to do in December. I’m in Victoria, BC Canada.

  87. LOVE the Christmas quilt & fabrics! Hometown–Matteson, IL. But I’ve retired & moved to TN 3 years ago! Great giveaway!

  88. Riverton, Illinois–but I’ve always called it “River-tony-town”. No reason why–it’s just fun to say! 🙂

  89. Love love love Sweetwater and the pattern is perfection. Hometown is Brisbane, Australia.

  90. Just LOVE the quilt…great pattern! What are the chances you’d give away the quilt???
    Truckee

  91. I’m so excited to see the “friendly” collaboration you both had in making this quilt! and I am considering it the FIRST gift of Christmas! It’s beautiful… and I love the Sweetwater fabrics!!!

  92. Monticello, ILLINOIS. This quilt is beautiful! Please, please if I don’t win, kit this up for me to purchase.

  93. My hometown is North Vernon, Indiana! I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern to make a graduation quilt for my niece . She is #1 in her class for the past three years and she is our “hometown star”!!! We are so proud of her. This will be perfect.

  94. Love the fabrics and the stars!! Nothing goes better for the Holidays than stars.
    My Hometown is Leander, Texas

  95. Beautiful with all those stars⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hometown eh? Tricky question. If home is where your heart and family lives, then Lehi, Utah. But if hometown is where I was raised then Arcadia, California. Love that name and the memories it brings…..

    1. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to start making that beautiful pattern AND with the gorgeous Hometown Christmas Fabric! Merry Christmas in July!

  96. Love the quilt. Your question is a hard one to answer. By hometown do you mean where I spent my preschool years, where I spent my early school years, where I spent most of my school years, where I lived the longest and raised my family, or where I live now? I will answer in that order — Mount Vernon, IL; West Frankfort, IL; Barrington, IL; Champaign, IL; and Tuscaloosa, AL.

  97. Thank you Thelma and Carrie for providing this cute quilt pattern – luv it. My hometown is Adelaide, South Australia

  98. Hometown is a home run! (The quilt, that is). I love it. Can’t wait to make one. My hometown (where I grew up) is Fruita, Colorado. My current residence is in Westminster, also in Colorado. Thanks for the giveaway.

  99. Hometown, is Midlothian Tx, that where we’ve been for the last 29 years! Originally from, Totowa NJ & Barnegat NJ! I love Cindy Nixdorff’s post, you need to pick her!

  100. LOVE love love this quilt! Cn’t wait to make it, and give some away to local military family babies, so will be making smaller versions too! Yeah!

  101. I am from Auburn, NY. It is the adopted home of Harriet Tubman, and a place where you can still play Red Rover on the frozen pond…
    A quilt and a bit of hot chocolate after ice skating, well that’s hometown magic.

  102. My hometown is Dallas , Texas the home of Moda! Lol not that I ever get to visit but I hope to someday! It is on my bucket list! Really! I would love to win ! Thanks for the cutest pattern ever and for the opportunity to win!

  103. The colors in this quilt are so pretty!
    My hometown…where I presently live…Orlando, Florida. Where I was born…Ypsilanti, Michigan.

  104. Love the Friendship Stars in the blocks! I still live in my hometown, Ventura, CA. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

  105. I love this pattern and will surely make it, but would love it even more if the fabric were to be supplied by me being your winner.

  106. My mind is just whirling with ideas—– really like this quilt pattern! Lemont, Illinois

  107. Home is where I grew up–that’s Indianapolis, IN, but I now live in Greer, SC. Pretty quilt.

  108. I grew up in Sacramento, CA, but have lived in Oregon for the last 35 years and love it! Great to see all the hometowns listed!

  109. Andover, Hampshire UK. thanks so much for the free pattern. Sweetwater have produced some my favourite lines over the years, looking forward to the new ones!

  110. Beautiful! Would love to enjoy it with the rest of my Christmas quilts. Hometown Lancaster, PA

  111. Wow how cool to see where everyone is from. When you post the winner tell us how many commented. It would blow me away to know people from France to big, medium and small town USA are following me, lol. Thanks for the gorgeous pattern. Van Buren, AR

  112. Everything about this quilt of fabulous! The fabric is adorable, the pattern is timeless. This is definitely getting added to my project list!

  113. I love this quilt and will be adding it to my list of projects here in Mahone Bay Nova Scotia.

  114. Wow! Over 400 comments! Love the quilt and the fabric. Will make this even if I don’t win the fabric. Maumee, OH

  115. Love this pattern and the fabric as well. This is on my to-do list…………well there is a lot on there….lol. Auburn, NY

  116. This is such an exceptional quilt. I love friendship stars and this places them so well. Thank you.
    Berea, Ohio

  117. I’m from Downs,Kansas! Your quilt is bright and so beautiful! Thank You for a sweet giveaway too!

  118. When I saw this, it drew me in and had to read more, just love it! I live in Greenwich NJ and it’s pronounced like the wicked witch LOL.

  119. The quilt is so beautiful. I love it!!!! Home town hmmmmm, what is that for someone who grew up as a military brat????? I am going to go with where I live now, Fort Bragg NC.

  120. Oh, what a pretty quilt with Christmas y fabrics! My hometown now is Hattiesburg, MS. But, my heart will always be in Canadice, NY.

  121. I’m dreaming of a ‘cool’ Christmas; it’s been over 100 all week! here in Columbia, MO

  122. Loving this quilt pattern. Sew glad you two put it together for us. My current hometown is New Franklin, Ohio.

  123. Love the perky colors, the great design, and I would love to win the fabric collection! !
    Selma, OR

  124. Andover, NY is my hometown. I ish you had added a black and white deawing of the quilt so we could color in our selections. Thanks for the pattern. I love squares and triangles.

  125. Greetings from Grifton, NC…….. A farming community where we all know our neighbors…….. Most gorgeous sunsets…. I am never up early enough to see it rise…………..

  126. That is such a fun quilt can’t wait to make it and I just love the colors in all sweetwater lines. My hometown is Sumas, WA

  127. I’m imagining this quilt with starry skies colors – yellows, whites and oranges for the stars, dark blues for the backgrounds, and purples and medium blues for the scrappy square outlines.

    Bellevue, WA

  128. Just beautiful! Yes, there is such a thing as love at first sight. Born in Indianapolis…raised in Tampa…but Pennsauken, NJ is my home now.

  129. this quilt pattern is fab…the colors of the fabric reminds me of ribbon candy at Christmas it would be delicious in red, white and blue too

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    Love the combination of the blocks. My home town is Mt. Healthy Ohio even after 40 yrs in Mi.

  131. Love the crisp colors and cheerful pattern.Will match the bright stars over Texas.
    Hutto, Texas

  132. I love the friendship stars you used in this quilt. Would love to win the fat eights bundle! Thanks for the inspiration!

  133. Love this quilt. The colors of this fabric line are such happy colors. My home town is: Maquoketa
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  134. I love this quilt and the Hometown Christmas collection. I’m from Dayton, Ohio. Thanks for sharing the pattern and the great photos!

  135. I really love that quilt. Not quite sure if it’s the fabric or the pattern, both are amazing. I’m from Cedar City, Ut. Thanks

  136. Christmas is so exciting and the quilt is beautiful. It is hot and wet here in my home town of Cardington, Ohio.

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