Thursday, June 28, 2018

Christmas in July

What? Christmas? In July? 

How many times lately, if you are a Facebook user, have you seen the posts of a dancing Santa or a twinkling Christmas tree that say "Christmas is in 6 months"? How many times have you walked in to a store and they already have their Christmas stock on display? And everywhere you turn you are hearing about "Christmas in July". What's this all about?

For some people they just shake their heads saying it's way too early. But for others it means the start of their Christmas shopping. These people like to get a head start to find that perfect gift (hopefully at a great price) for the people on the list. But how did all this "Christmas in July" get started?

Werther, an 1892 French opera had an English translation published in 1894. In the story, a group of children rehearses a Christmas song in July, to which a character responds: "When you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season."

In 1935, the National Recreation Association's journal Recreation described what a Christmas in July was like at a girl's camp, writing that "all mystery and wonder surround this annual event".

The term, if not the exact concept, was given national attention with the release of the Hollywood movie comedy Christmas in July in 1940. In the story, a man is fooled into believing he has won $25,000 in an advertising slogan contest. He buys presents for family, friends, and neighbors, and proposes marriage to his girlfriend.

The U.S. Post Office and U.S. Army and Navy officials, in conjunction with the American advertising and greeting card industries, threw a Christmas in July luncheon in New York in 1944 to promote an early Christmas mailing campaign for service men overseas during World War II. The luncheon was repeated in 1945.

American advertisers began using Christmas in July for summertime sales as early as 1950. In the United States, it is more often used as a marketing tool than an actual holiday. Television stations may choose to re-run Christmas specials, and many stores have Christmas in July sales.

In keeping up with the Christmas in July tradition, Quiltsy will be celebrating too. Check out our Quiltsy Team Pages for unique handmade gifts. If you are someone who likes to make your own gifts, check out the Destash FabricDestash Patterns and KitsDestash Quilt Books, and New Fabrics Patterns and Tools.  And don't forget to browse the Christmas and Hanukkah Decor if you are thinking to add to your own Christmas decor.

Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Time to Vote on our Quiltsy Lewe the Ewe Baby Quilt Challenge!

What a fun challenge this has been. We had 23 members of the Quiltsy Team answer the challenge of making baby quilts using the focus fabric from a line called Lewe the Ewe from the World of Suzybee. As we went through the month, we even caught the attention of Suzybee. How fun is that?

The Challenge:
There were no rules as to size or design, and they could add whatever other fabrics they chose to make their quilt. Each member had free rein to use their imagination and their individuality when designing and making their baby quilt. The results are 23 absolutely adorable, different and amazing baby quilts.

Here are the quilts and the members who made them:







Below are pictures of all the quilts to vote on. All you need to do is click on the little heart in the upper right hand corner of the picture to vote for that one. Please only one vote per person. You can also click on the name below the picture which will bring you to the listing itself.

An InLinkz Link-up

Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day is only a week away (May 13th). Is there something special you do, or have planned? Maybe flowers or a plant? Maybe a nice dinner? You know that we celebrate our Mother's on this day, but do you know why or how it all started?

Mother's day is now celebrated in 40+ countries worldwide in honor or mothers and motherhood. The actual date varies by country, but is celebrated annually. The modern holiday of  Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world"

In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother's Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a "Mothers-in-Laws Day". However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all of the U.S. states observed the holiday with some of them officially recognizing Mother's Day as a local holiday (the first being Jarvis' home state of West Virginia in 1910). In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

So this year, put a little extra into celebrating not only your own mom, but also the generations of mothers who came before (like your grandmother, great-grandmother). Maybe look for a unique gift, make a nice dinner or desert, or get a little creative and make her a card. And as always, the Quiltsy Team is here to help. Check out our team pages for one-of-a-kind gifts that are ready to ship.

Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011.