A collection born from a box of “good junk” mixed with a happy accident led to Sweet Holly by Kansas Troubles Quilters for Moda Fabrics. Using a candy cane cutout wrapped with holly leaves, berries, and a gold bow, these cheerful prints remind us of vintage wrapping paper and everything good that comes with the holidays.
Who knew a broken box would be the perfect inspiration for a collection of fabric. Let me explain...I was moving boxes of papers, vintage fabric swatches and miscellaneous stuff out of my office to make way for a KT Quilt Shop expansion. About two-thirds of the way up the 26 steps to my new office, the bottom fell out of the box and the contents slid down the stairs. As I was picking up and sorting through the mess, I discovered a set of holiday stencils. They were dated 1929 and were bought in a box of good junk at an auction. One of the stencils was a delightful candy cane cutout with holly leaves, berries and a bow. It was the perfect beginning for a Christmas collection. I added designs that reminded me of vintage wrapping paper to complete the look. I hope you enjoy this cheerful collection as much as I have to create your own Sweet Holly Christmas.