Sunday, July 15, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 2!!! And Giveaway Alert!!

Hi, all!

Did you enjoy the projects from yesterday's bloggers?  Well, I promise that you'll enjoy today's just as much!!!  Today our first blogger is Joanne from Everyone Deserves a Quilt.  Joanne is a prodigious quilt maker, and I think that if everyone deserves a quilt, Joanne is determined to make sure that happens!  And next up is Jan, also known as The Colorful Fabriholic.  I got to meet Jan in person at the AQS quilt show in Paducah one year, and she's as lovely in person as she is on her blog. She's also a book author, which I had the honor of reviewing in this post.   So go see what's going on with them, then come back here and find the next set of instructions for the quilt-along quilt, "Rejoice"!  And heads up - one of them has a giveaway going on today - don't miss your chance to enter!


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And now we're ready for day two of the quilt-along!  Above, you can see this quilt in a different color way - I used two close shades of blue prints and pure white for this one, and I've been told by several people that it looks like "Frozen"!  I hadn't thought of that when I was making it, but it really does.  My main purpose was to come up with a wintry quilt without using "Christmas" colors.  This one is much more subtly colored.

Today we'll be making the half-square triangles (HSTs) that will go into Block A.  For a visual reference, here's a diagram of Block A.


We will be using the 8-at-a-time method for making the HST units that make up the corners of this block.  We need enough for twelve blocks, which means we'll need 48 HST units.  

Step 1:  Pair a white 10" square with a red 10" square.  Make 6 sets of these.


Step 2:  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the white squares; repeat from the opposite corner.


Step 3:  Stitch a scant 1/4" from each side of the diagonal lines.  


Step 4:  Cut the square in half both vertically and horizontally.  Imagine the points of the compass and cut N/S and E/W through the center of the block.


Step 5:  Cut the resulting blocks in half along the diagonal line you drew in Step 2.


Step 6:  Press toward the darker fabric, being careful not to stretch the block out of shape.


Step 7:  Square up the HSTs to 4.5".  Now, I know you may be getting tired by now, and want to skip this step. Trust me, this is one of the most important steps in this quilt. The trick to HSTs is to square them up so they are all the same size.  Otherwise, you'll end up with some larger than others and your quilt won't go together well.  So drag out that rotary cutter and square those puppies up!  (If you've got a Bloc-Loc ruler, it's pretty simple and quick.)


And now you should have a beautiful pile of neat little 4.5" HSTs...


...and an equally cute little pile of trimmings!  Birds love these for their nests, or you can put them in a pretty little jar and admire them as quilt-y art.  I have a friend who weaves, and she likes to add them to her weavings, so I save them for her.

And here's the list of bloggers for the hop,  in case you've missed any...


Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st


Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

And that's it for today!  If you haven't already, be sure to check out today's bloggers and enter in the giveaway offered on one of their blogs - you might get lucky!  See you tomorrow for the next step in the quilt-along!

Hugs!

Sarah

Saturday, July 14, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along - The Beginning!

Hi, all!

Welcome to this year's 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop!  We have twenty-eight great bloggers all lined up to give you some fabulous crafty ideas with which to bring in the season - and all in July, so you have time to pick and choose (and finish!) your favorite projects!  Each day, here on the blog, I'll be directing you to that day's bloggers AND providing a calendar of all the blogs participating.  

And that's not all that will be here on the blog - as in the past years, I'll be doing a tutorial for a quilt top that can be finished in about an hour a day over the twelve days of the hop.  There will even be a couple of catch-up days, too, in case you get behind.  And this year, I've shown some alternate color ways of the quilt, so if you don't want a Christmas quilt, you can see the potential of other color combinations.  

And best of all?  I've got a few giveaways to do during the hop, and so are some of our bloggers.  So don't miss a day - you might miss out on a flash giveaway!  

So let's get started!!  First, I'll introduce you to today's bloggers.  First of all, we have Joy from Days Filled With Joy.  You might remember that she was a guest blogger for the Hands2Help Challenge this year, sharing what it's like to live and quilt in the Middle East.  She's going to share some great gift ideas with us and I for one can't wait to see them!  Our second blogger is Selina, who blogs at Selina Quilts.  It seems like I've known Selina forever - I think hers was one of the first blogs I ever followed - and I love her style!  She's going to share a scrappy Christmas tumbler quilt with us today, and I know you'll love it!  

And FYI - here's your first giveaway alert:  one of today's bloggers is having a giveaway!  So check them out and join in the fun!


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And here's this year's quilt-along quilt!  After much pondering on names, and a lot of help from my friends, I think we'll call this one "Rejoice"!  You can see some other color ways on this post, too, including one that would be appropriate for Quilts of Valor.

So let's get started!  Here are the fabric requirements:

This quilt, as shown, finishes up at approximately 68" x 68".

You will need three different fabrics for this quilt.  Looking at the quilt above, let's call the red A, the white B, and the green C.  For the top only, you'll need the following amounts:

Fabric A:  1 3/4 yards
Fabric B:  2 1/8 yards
Fabric C:  1 3/8 yards

The colors in each top are arranged in the same sequence, so if you prefer one of the other colorations, or one of your own, just choose your fabrics accordingly!

It will also be helpful to have a Tri-Recs ruler and a 6.5" Bloc-Loc ruler.  You can find more information about those on the post referenced earlier showing the different color ways.  There's also a discount code for the Bloc-Loc ruler that is good through 7/15/18.  If you don't have, or don't want to buy a Tri-Recs ruler, I can send you a PDF with the correct size templates drawn on it.  NOTE:  Be SURE to give me your email address in your comment!  If you don't, I may not be able to send it to you, as Blogger sends many comments as "no reply".

Now for the cutting.  I would recommend that you press all your fabric, matching the selvages so you will get nice straight-of-grain cuts.  It adds a little time but you'll be happier with your finished quilt!  And here are the pieces you'll need to cut:

For Block A:      6  Fabric A  10" squares
                           6  Fabric B  10" squares
                         48  Fabric C  4.5" squares
                         12  Fabric A  4.5" squares

For Block B:    65  Fabric A  4.5" squares
                     100  Fabric B  4.5" side (Recs) triangles 
                                                     (includes border triangles)
                       50  Fabric C  4.5" center (Tri) triangles 
                                                     (includes border triangles)

Set aside your leftover material to cut borders later!  Don't lose it!

And that's it for Day 1!  Not too much, I hope.  Tomorrow we'll start making the parts for Block A.  See you then!  

Oh, and here's a list of all of the bloggers who will be participating in the blog hop - because I know you all want to know! 
Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th


Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st


Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd


Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass

Don't miss a day - it's going to be awesome!  And don't forget those flash giveaways - you never know what day there'll be one (I don't even know!) so check in daily!

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, July 13, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? It's Feeling a Little Like Christmas....

Hi, all!

Friday is here again - can you believe it?  And with July almost half over, we've got a little extra to be whooping about, as all the Christmas in July festivities start and we get a little blast of virtual snow and Christmas cheer just when we need it to take our minds off the summer heat!  So let's think cool and get our whoop-whoops on!!


And one of my big whoop whoops this week is the upcoming 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop - which starts TOMORROW and runs through July 25th!  It's hard to believe it's already here, but it is - and you'll be entertained and inspired by twenty-eight fabulous bloggers as they share ideas for home decor, gifts, recipes, oh so many fabulous things!  And here on this blog, I'll be sharing a tutorial for a Christmas quilt you can make in about an hour a day over the 12 days of the hop.  You can find the fabric requirements and tool suggestions here.

PS I'd be whooping a lot more if I had those tutorial posts written already!  But I promise they'll be ready in time.....  LOL!


And on the quilting front, I haven't had too many finishes this week, but I did do the quilting on this cute doxie quilt for a friend!  I just love these happy little dogs!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

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And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?


What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you,

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

Sarah