Friday, July 20, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, Day 7 - A Blog Hijack and Giveaway!

Hi, all!

Day Seven!  I feel like a little kid again, opening all kinds of wonderful gifts on Christmas morning!  So many wonderful ideas from our creative bloggers, and still more to come!  Today Wendy of Peaceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life will be sharing her Christmas vision with us.  Wendy is so fun and creative, I can't wait to see what she has to show us. 

And my blog is being "hijacked" today by Kristi, who has a fun project to share.  I'll be yielding the floor to her in a few minutes, but first I want to announce that we'll be having another giveaway here today!  



I have two of these bundles to give away today.  Each bundle has a canvas tote bag, a zip pouch, and a water bottle, all coordinated to go together. Aren't they fun?  I think they'd be perfect to take on a retreat, to guild meetings, or even just to express your quilty, crafty, self to the world!  If you'd like one of these bundles for yourself, leave a comment (and email address) below.  Today, tell me the most memorable Christmas present you ever got.  It's probably the first thing that jumped to mind when you read that sentence, and I'll share mine with you... I remember getting up one Christmas morning, going into the living room (before my parents got up!), and finding the whole Flintstone gang in stuffed pillow dolls - Fred, Barnie, Wilma, Betty, BamBam and Pebbles - that my mom had made for me that year.  Isn't it funny the things you remember?  So share yours in the comments below and I'll draw two winners for this giveaway.  Winners for all my blog's giveaways will be announced on Wednesday July 25th, the final day of the hop.

And now, here's Kristi!

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Hello friends! I’m pleased to be guest blogging today for Sarah’s Christmas in July blog hop. I’ll confess, Christmas is my family’s favorite time of year. We’ve even been known to listen to Christmas music even mid-summer! So it’s no surprise that I enjoy making Christmas crafts.
Last fall, when I was visiting my mother (whom I see in person only a couple times a year because she lives two states away), we decided to peruse her fabric stash, most of it from the 1990’s. Among many soft florals, she had lots of Christmas fabrics. We found many larger cuts of Christmas yardage, and then we hit the jackpot with a stash of already-cut 4 ½ inch squares in a variety of coordinating Christmas fabrics. 
I love the challenge of creating a quilt with an interesting pile of scraps! I love Sarah’s blog especially because she is a master at making odds and ends into something beautiful. Quilty ideas started forming. We looked around a little more and I found some chunks of solid cranberry red and various printed muslins that looked great with the 4 ½ inch squares. I cut the cranberry and muslins into 2 ½ inch squares.

Because my mom and I were just hanging out enjoying each other’s company for the day, I pulled out her 1970s, all-metal Elna SU sewing machine and started in. Having just one remaining day for sewing on our trip, I went with a simple and graphic block: a Double 4-Patch. As I was planning on rotating the blocks around in a variety of ways, I didn’t worry about the orientation of the directional fabrics. The quilt will look good from all sides.
After a few experimental blocks I realized I had enough fabric squares to make a small lap quilt. I invite you to take a ‘shopping trip’ through your Christmas fabric stash and join me in this project!
Vintage Lap Quilt
Finished Quilt Size: 48 inches square
Block Size: 8 inches finished
Number of Blocks: 36 total (6 by 6 square)
  • Assorted Red Squares (4½ cut): 36 or cut from about ½ yard
  • Assorted Green Squares (4½ cut): 36 or cut from about ½ yard
  • Cranberry yardage, cut into 144 2½ inch squares from about 5/8 yard
  • Printed Muslin, cut into 144 2½ inch squares from about 5/8 yard
  • Binding at your desired size (I used extra cranberry)

The first step is to create the cranberry and muslin 4-patches. Start by chain-sewing all the muslin 2½ inch squares to the cranberry squares. Press to the cranberry.

After you have all the muslin-cranberry pairs, divide them in half and lay them out as 4-patches. The first pair goes on the top with the cranberry on the right. The second pair goes on the bottom with the cranberry to the left. Make a stack of these and chain sew into 4-patches. Each 4-patch unit should be 4½ inches square. Square them up if you need to.
Now the fun part comes with 4-patches for the pressing. We are going to spin the seams! After you sew the 4-patch together, hold it up and inspect the last seam you did. Where that seam crosses the two seams (that you had to match), remove that little bit of seam in the seam allowance on both sides (using your fingers or a seam ripper). The part you want to remove is shown as the green line in the picture below.
 
When you get that little bit of extra seam removed, you can then spin them. With the unit face down, fiddle with the seams that meet in the middle to make them look like a little checkerboard. This time the cranberry presses toward the muslin.


Finish the rest of the 4-patches, spinning the seams as you go.

Now you’re going to do the same to make the double 4-patches out of the 4½ inch squares and the 4½ inch 4-patch units.
First layout the block.
Sew the top row together, then sew the bottom, pressing toward the 4½ inch squares.

 
Now sew the top to the bottom. Then remove the little stitches in the middle and spin the seams!


Now you have the finished block! Repeat to make all 36 blocks.


It’s fun to experiment with the layout. These blocks can be rotated around in a variety of ways to make different patterns. Here are some options:
Option #1

Option #2
Option #3 

I chose option #1 and decided not to add a border. I like the diagonal rows of alternating green and red squares with the muslin creating another diagonal the other direction.


Sew the blocks into rows and then the rows together and you have a finished top! I quilted the quilt on my Juki 2010Q mounted on my Gracie King frame in wavy lines across the quilt. After doing one direction, I loaded the quilt rotated 90 degrees and quilted the other direction. It gives the quilting a wavy checkerboard feeling, which seemed apt for all the squares.


And here’s my finished quilt, ready for snuggling by the tree!   


Hope you enjoy making yours as much as I enjoyed making mine! My 11 year old son has already claimed it! Happy Sewing!



Kristi, a fourth-generation quilter, has been quilting actively since 2013. She loves sewing quilts for kids and using up all her scraps! When not working as a Database Administrator during the day or sewing in her free time, she can be found enjoying the outdoors near her Northern California home with her husband of 30 years and their 11-year-old son. You can follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kristiquilts/ 

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Wow!  Who knew that being hijacked could be so much fun? Thanks, Kristi, for a fun post and great tutorial. Now I'm wishing I hadn't given away all my Christmas scraps - but maybe there are some more hanging around in there somewhere..... (SQUIRREL!!!) 

Remember to check out Wendy's blog, and enter the giveaway below, too!  And for those of you doing the quilt-along, use your catch-up day well - we're almost done!

Hugs!

Sarah

Thursday, July 19, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 6!! And Yes, More Giveaways!


Hi, all!

Today marks the halfway point in this year's 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - are you in the Christmas spirit yet?  And we've got three more bloggers lined up for your enjoyment!  First off is Christina of Christina's Handicrafts.  She's dreaming of snow and has something wonderful to share with us!  Then you can go visit Sherry, who blogs at Books, Hooks, Sticks, Etc.  I'm really looking forward to her post, because I have a stash that will fit right in with her project!  And then drop by Danice at Homespun Hannah, who has something a little bit different to share, along with something yummy for your tummy!  Today we'll also be at the halfway point in the quilt-along, too - with a catch-up day tomorrow (whew!)

And with all the great giveaways that have been going on this week on the hop, I've decided it's time to do one of my own!  



As if we haven't had enough great ideas for Christmas so far, I've got three Christmas issues of BLOCK magazine for one lucky winner!  To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas song or carol.  I'll start us off with mine - "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas"!



So you've got some packages to unwrap today - three great blogposts, a giveaway (remember to leave a comment AND your email address!) and today's tutorial for your Christmas quilt!  Let's get started!


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Today we will start assembling Block B.  Once again, this is a simple 9-patch block construction, so we'll be using much the same construction technique as we used for Block A.  

Gather up the 52 Tri-Recs blocks you made yesterday, and 65 Fabric A 4.5" squares.  Make four equal piles of 13 of the Tri-Recs blocks and five equal piles of 13 of the Fabric A 4.5" squares.  

Lay out a 9-patch block with the Tri-Recs blocks at NSEW with the two points on the outside edge of the 9-patch block.  Place the Fabric A squares in the center and corners.  SPEED TIP:  I stack up all the parts for all 13 blocks on top of each other so I don't have to stop and lay out the next block after finishing one.  




Now assemble your block in the same manner as we did on Monday, chain piecing the center and right hand column pairs together from top to bottom, then chain piecing the left hand column pieces to the center pieces.  Once you have webbed the block, set it to one side and do the same for the remaining twelve.

And now you're done for the day!  Tomorrow my blog will be hijacked by Kristi, who doesn't blog herself but wanted to be part of the hop - and she did such a great job during the Hands2Help Challenge I want to give her the platform!  That will give you a day to play catch-up if you've gotten behind.  Friday we'll finish up our B blocks.  Don't get ahead of the game, because the pressing instructions will help your quilt go together smooth and easy!


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So remember to enter today's giveaway (leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!) and visit the other blogs - there's lots of great ideas out there for you!  See you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah


*Winner of the giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, July 25th.

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

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day Five!! And There's More Giveaways!!

Hi, all!

Well, here we are at day five of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop - are you having fun yet?  I'm finding so many great ideas that I actually don't know where to begin!  I may put them in a hat and draw them out one by one just to change it all up... 

We've got two more great bloggers for your enjoyment today!  Karrin, who blogs at Karrin's Crazy World is going to share some of her own favorite Christmas crafting, and Cindy of Stitching' At Home has something special to share with us too.  I, for one, can't wait to see what they have created!  And, once again, there's a giveaway out there somewhere, so visit both blogs and sign up!

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Today we will be starting on the B Block for "Rejoice"!  (Do I hear a little rejoicing out there?) Once again, it's a simple nine-patch block, with the addition of the Tri-Recs units.  Today we'll be making those units.  I really suggest reading through the following directions because there are corrections to the original cutting directions and some tips to make this block easier interspersed.

NOTE:  I just discovered an error in the cutting directions:  You will need 120 Recs (side) triangles (not 100) and 60 Tri (center) triangles (not 50).  I'm so sorry!!

And if you are just now cutting those pieces, I've made some corrections/additions to the original cutting post that I'll also post here.  Cut both the Tri and the Recs pieces from strips cut 4.5" x width of fabric (WOF).  Do NOT open up the strips.  Leave them folded as they were on the bolt.  This way, when you cut the Recs pieces, you'll get both a right and a left side from each cut.  Line up the top of the template with the top of the strip; the line under 4.5" should line up with the bottom of the strip.  And see those little corners cut off on the template?  It really does pay to cut those off too - it makes it so much easier to line your pieces up correctly to sew them!


Now that you have all of your Tri-Recs pieces (sounds like a dinosaur, doesn't it?) divide the Recs pieces into right pieces and left pieces.  Turn all the Tri pieces face up.  Stack the Tri pieces (all 60 of them!) next to your sewing machine, with the right and left Recs pieces to the right and left of the triangles so that they form a block.  


Fold a right side Recs triangle over the right side of the Tri triangle and stitch with a scant 1/4" seam.

NOTE:  There's a fine line here - you want your Tri-Recs block to finish at 4.5" (or as close as possible), but you also want a 1/4" allowance above the point of the triangle in the finished block.  You might want to make a sample block to determine the perfect 1/4" seam for your machine.

(Chain piecing is your friend here - it will allow you to go a whole lot faster, and save on thread.  I chain piece, then cut the segments apart before I press the seams.)

Stitch all 60 right sides, then press the seams open to reduce bulk.

Now stitch all 60 left sides.  Press the seams open.


Set 8 of these units aside for the border. WARNING!! Put them someplace safe, but not so safe that you forget where they are (don't ask me how I know that...)  I (now) keep a clipboard handy with my instructions and any future pieces clipped to it.  A plastic shoebox or project bag works well, too!  Or keep them with the remainder of your Fabric B that you will be using for the borders in a few days.

And that's it for the day!  Tomorrow we'll tackle the first step of assembling the B blocks - webbing them up.  That should be a lot quicker and easier than today.  This was probably the most time-consuming day of the whole quilt-along - so congratulate yourself if you're on track to finish by the end! If you aren't, remember there are a couple of catch-up days ahead...

And once again, my apologies for the corrections and additional information that I should have provided earlier.  My only excuse is that Hands2Help was such a success this year, I got behind on the planning and execution for this blog hop and didn't have time to write out my pattern and then test it!  Next year that will not happen - because I've already got a great idea for that quilt!!

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So now, go visit the hop blogs if you haven't already, and dream of sugarplums tonight!  See you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah


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

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th