Friday, July 28, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Back in the Groove...

Hi, all!

Well, it's Friday again, and that (once again) means that it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!

I've missed whooping it up with you for the past two weeks, as both fell during the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop.  But - - - the hop was a wonderful SUCCESS, with so many great ideas shared and fabulous feedback from all of you!!  I know all your wonderful comments made this a lot more fun for the bloggers who shared as part of the hop.  The hop was a LOT of work, but so worth it - so I'm whooping that I made it through with no major "oopses"!  I've still got a bit of work to do, choosing winners for all the giveaways - those will be announced here next Friday - but I've survived!  Now things can get back to normal around here...

That's all I've got to whoop whoop about this week, not having had any time for sewing, but I think that's a biggie!  Now I'm going to live vicariously through all of you...


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!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Some Christmas Cheer!

Hi, all!

Well, it's been a crazy two weeks around here, with the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop going on - but it's over now and I didn't want to let Wednesday go by without a scrappy post!  Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to work on anything but some commission jobs and the hop stuff, but I did make a super-scrappy back for my quilt-along quilt for the hop, so here it is!

I started with this pile, the contents of my Christmas fabric scraps tub...

...but unfortunately, even after using all those scraps, I had almost a full tub left over when I finished!  How is that possible?

There were lots of great projects in the hop that would be perfect for using up your own Christmas scraps if you are also overrun, so if you missed the hop, be sure to check out all the links here!

See you next week with (hopefully) some new scrappy sewing!!



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July - The Finale!!

Hi, all!

Well, it's finally here - the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas in July blog hop!  All the stops on the hop have been so wonderful - loaded with inspiration and fabulous ideas to get us in the Christmas spirit!!  I hope you've enjoyed this journey as much as I have.  My bucket list has expanded exponentially, but I'm so excited about all the wonderful things I'll be able to make this year to make our holidays super-special!

Today's stops on the hop are:

Christina of Christina's Handicrafts, Aby of Abyquilts, and Kathy of Kathy's Kwilts and More are wrapping up the hop with some fabulous decor, quilts, and kids' crafts that I know you'll want to see!  Hop over there and be sure to leave a comment on each blog to be entered in today's giveaway, then come back here!

I also want to be sure you know about some additional posts that have happened during the hop.  Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats has been stuffing a stocking with some great ideas, and is having a giveaway today.  Be sure to head over to her blog and see her creations, then enter the giveaway - it's a goodie!  Michele at Crayon Box Quilt Studio posted a tutorial for the quilt she made for the hop - click here to find the directions!  And Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life did a tutorial for the cute little JOY mini-garland she featured in her hop post.  You can find those instructions here!  Carole of From My Carolina Home has a wrap-up post on her blog today, too.  Jennifer of The Inquiring Quilter is posting some of her Christmas tutorials from earlier years today on her blog.  And finally, Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic has a tutorial for her wonderful tree wallhanging - I know I'm excited about seeing that!  You can find those instructions on her blog.  


If your Santa's Trip Around the World top is finished, I imagine you're thinking about the kind of back you want to put on it.  The fastest back of all, obviously, is a single piece of fabric, and you can use a 90" wide print or muslin to achieve that very quickly.  

But I had a LOT of Christmas fabric scraps that I wanted to try to use up, so I decided to dump out my Christmas scrap tub and see what was in there...

I started pulling fabrics and sewing them together in just a random mix, slowly building up the panels that would become the back.

This is definitely not the fast way to make a quilt back, but it is a good way to use scraps.  As you can see, there are small scraps and large scraps in this quilt back...

 And finally, at the end, I just added wide strips to each side to bring it to the correct width, because part of those will be lost completely after the top is quilted and trimmed.

And here's the final result - the back of my Santa's Trip Around the World Quilt!!

And here's a funny story - when I was cleaning up after finishing making the back, I was excited to put all the unused scraps neatly back in their tub and see how much I had used....

...and it barely made a dent!!!  Oh well, I guess there's still a few more Christmas quilts in my scrappy future!


Now how about showing off your own versions of the Santa's Trip Around the World quilt?  It doesn't have to be finished - I'm sure everyone would even love seeing your progress shots!!  Just link up below and share with us.  And be sure to visit some of the other links and give them a big pat on the back!!  The linky party is at the very end of the blogpost, after the list of blogs participating in the hop.


Thanks so much for joining me on this journey - it's been a blast!!!  

Now - about the giveaways.  I know I originally said I would announce the winners on Friday, July 28th, but we've had such an awesome response to the blog hop this year that I think it's going to take a little longer to tally all the responses and draw the winners.  So I will announce all thirteen winners on Friday, August 4th.  Thanks for your patience - I guarantee it will be worth it!  

After all, it's not every day you get a chance to win some of Tula Pink's Holiday Homies, is it?  Big time thanks and a huge shout-out to this year's sponsor, Free Spirit Fabrics, who provided all those lovely pre-cuts!!

So hop on over to today's blogs and leave your comments to be entered in today's giveaway!



Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd