If you have ever visited
the National Historic Landmark Marshall Field’s Building in Chicago (now known
as Macy’s on State Street) at Christmastime, you know it is a sight you are not
likely to forget. The rows of decked-out window displays, the enormous tree in
the Walnut Room…it’s Christmas splendor at its finest. And what better way to
capture that Christmas magic and bring it into your own home than with Windy City Christmas by Diana Richards and Jan McGrath?
This wonderful book, our first
release from our new Kansas City Star Quilts imprint, features fifteen totally
charming projects that reflect the beauty of Marshall Field’s at Christmastime.
The grandeur and glitter of the holiday window displays, along with iconic
images of the store, such as the huge clocks and Frango mints, are embroidered
and appliquéd on quilt blocks, pillows, table linens, a tote bag, and a ruffled
tree skirt. Aprons for parents and kids to wear while baking for Santa and
jolly jester stocking with lots of space for candy and toys help to make the
holiday extra special for everyone.
Diana Richards has a very
personal connection to all of this Christmas grandeur–when she was a girl, she
made annual visits to Marshall Field’s at Christmastime, and she has continued
the tradition with her own daughter. That spirit of making family traditions carries
over into Windy City Christmas, where all of the projects could easily be the
start of new treasured tradition in your own family. (Windy City Christmas is available for pre-order here.)
What are some of your own
treasured Christmas memories? Do you have a family tradition you’d like to
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