Monday, July 25, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas in July, and the Final Day of the Quilt-along!

Hi, all!

Can you believe it - it's finally here!  The last day of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!  For the past twelve days, you've been shown some great gift ideas, quilting projects, decorations, recipes, a little bit of everything to get you in the Christmas crafting mood! I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.  But it's not over yet - we've got three more great quilt bloggers joining us today for their turn!

First up is Susan, who blogs at Quilt Fabrication.  Susan has been doing a fabulous job recapping what's happening each day of the hop, plus she showed a sneak peek of her project for today - I can't wait to see the final reveal!

Then you can hop over to see Beth from Cooking Up Quilts.  Beth's blog is new to me, and she's got some really cool things going on over there.  I love her Monday linky party - Main Crush Monday - and I bet you will too!  She has an original design to share with us today - how exciting!

And then to wrap it all up, Linda over at One Quilting Circle has a fun Christmas-themed wall hanging to share with us.  Linda stays busy as an Island Batik Ambassador but I'm so glad she managed to squeeze out some time for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

So go check out all the posts today, then come back here.  Not only do we have the final steps for the quilt-along quilt, but you'll have an opportunity to link up and share any Christmas projects you've been inspired to do as a result of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!  I do hope you'll show off your efforts - it's always fun to see what others do with your designs.  That linky party will stay open until next Sunday, July 31st at midnight just to round out the month.

And if you've missed a stop or two, here's a list of all the blogs involved so you can catch up!

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Carolina Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ Made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene Lewis @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle


See you in a few for the last step in the quilt-along!

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Welcome to the last day of the quilt-along!  Have you kept up?  If not, I'm sure you're close, and will have your very own Christmas quilt to show off this year!  Let's get those borders on!

Gather up the 4.5" x 41.5" background strips and the 4.5" x 28.5" background strips.  Pairing one of each, sew the short edges together so that you have a 4.5" x 69.5" strip.  Repeat until you have the four border strips.  Press the seams to one side.

Pinning at both ends and easing the fabric as needed, sew the borders to the right and left sides of your center piece.  Press the seams toward the borders.

Take a border piece and sew a 4.5" cornerstone to each end of the strip.  Press the seams in toward the background piece.  Make two.

Pin one of these longer strips to the top of your quilt, matching the seams where the cornerstones and borders meet and easing the center as needed to make it fit.  Repeat for the bottom of the quilt.  Press the seams toward the borders.


Hang your finished quilt up on the design wall and stand back.  Take in that beautiful quilt top you just created, and say to yourself, "I WILL get this quilted in time for Christmas!"

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And if you've been on the fence about joining in the quilt-along, here's a little inspiration from me - a slightly different version of this quilt that I made last year.  This was the prototype for the quilt we've been working on for the past twelve days.



I'm going to create a Page on the blog where you'll be able to find the links for the quilt-along and for all the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts so they will be easily available for reference.  

And now I'm hoping that those of you who have been quilting along will share your own quilts - and those of you who have made projects inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop can share your creations too!  So link up below and let's all do a little happy dance together for getting a jump on Christmas!


The linky party will stay open until next Sunday 7/31 at midnight, so there's plenty of time to work on your projects and share your progress!  Be sure to check out what everyone else has done, too - it's always fun to see the variations inspired by the originals!!

Hugs!

Sarah

Sunday, July 24, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July, and Quilt-Along, Day 11!!

Hi, all!

Can you believe we're eleven days in to the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop?  If we were collecting the presents in the song - you know, a partridge in a pear tree and all that - we'd currently have 286 items piled up around the house!  Can you imagine - 11 partridges in pear trees, 20 turtle doves, 27 French hens, 32 calling birds, 35 gold rings, 36 egg-laying geese, 35 swimming swans, 32 milk-maids, 27 dancing ladies, 20 leaping lords, and 11 pipers adding to the racket!  I read online that PNC Wealth Management measures the changing cost of the items on the list, and in 2015, the company disclosed that the cost of all the gifts would total $34,131 - and I bet that didn't even include the cost of storing all that wildlife and feeding all those people!

Hopefully all the stops of this blog hop have given you something much more useful - some great gift and decoration ideas for Christmas that you can use now and in the future!  Let's see what's in store today...

Carolyn blogs at ...byCJ and has a great project to share with us today!  She's been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for a while, so be sure to drop by and leave her some encouraging comments - we'd like to see more of her in blogland!!!

Tisha, from Quilty Therapy, will be sharing a scrappy project with us today.  Be sure to take some time to look around her blog while you're there - she has a fun style and is always doing something interesting!  

So hop on over and check out today's offerings, then come back here for Day 11 of the quilt-along.  We're so close to having a new Christmas quilt made - are you excited yet?  See you in a few...


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Today we'll be putting the center of the quilt together.  Gather up your centerstone 4.5" square and the four 4.5" x 32.5" strips.

TIP:  This is a really good time to lay your quilt out with the centerstone in place (cornerstones too if you need it to visualize) and be sure that you like the fabric you chose for them.  (Don't ask me how I know this!)  If you are happy with your choice, proceed!  If not, swap it out now for something you like better.

Take one of your large blocks and a 32.5" strip.  Sew the strip to the right side of the block, matching the ends and easing fabric as needed.  If the center of your block is directional, be sure it's going the right direction!

Now take a second block and sew it to the other side of the 32.5" strip, also matching the ends and easing fabric as needed. Press the seams toward the sashing strip.

Repeat for the other pair of blocks.

Now take one of the 32.5" strips and your centerstone.  Sew the centerstone to the right side of the strip.  Take the remaining 32.5" strip and sew it to the right side of the centerstone.  Press the seams toward the sashing strips, away from the centerstone.

Take one of your block strips and pin it to the top of the narrow strip you just made, matching ends and seams. Sew the seam.  Repeat for the other block strip, sewing it to the bottom of the narrow strip.  Press the seams toward the narrow sashing strip.

TIP:  Corner and centerstones may seem like a fiddly affectation, but they will allow you to line up your blocks perfectly every time. I usually include them in my sashing - if I don't want a contrasting color, I just make them out of the same background fabric.

Congratulations!  The center of the quilt is done!  One more day and you'll have a finished quilt top!

Hugs and see you tomorrow!

Sarah

Here's a list of all the bloggers participating in the hop so you can catch up if needed!

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ Made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene Lewis @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle

Saturday, July 23, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July, and Quilt-Along Day 10!

 Hi, all!

Can you believe that Christmas is only twenty-two weeks away?  And those twenty-two weeks will go by in a flash.  But hopefully you've found some great ideas in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop - and there's still more to come!

Today we've got two more great bloggers all ready to share their amazing ideas with you!  First up is Joanne, who blogs at Everyone Deserves a Quilt.  Joanne definitely has Christmas on the brain right now - her blog is jingling all the way!  Be sure to check out her post today - she's having a giveaway, too!

And then hop over to see Paige, at Quilted Blooms.  Paige calls herself a traditional quilter with a love of appliqué and a recent fondness for all things modern - and you should check out her finished quilts gallery.  She's really taken on modern and has some beautiful creations!  She's got something special to share with us today - I hope you're as excited as I am to see exactly what she's made!

So hop on over and check out today's bloggers, then come back for Day 10 of the quilt-along.  The end is in sight!!

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Today we're going to finish assembling the blocks.  You should have three stacks from yesterday - arranged vertically, you will have a right, center and left stack.  



If space permits, take the left hand stack and the center stack and lay them next to your sewing machine as shown above.

Lay the top strip from the right hand stack face down top of the left hand stack and pick up the top pair. Pin to match seams as needed and stitch the seam.  Repeat for all four sets.  Press the seams toward the outside of the block.


Lay the units you just created to the far left of your sewing machine bed, with the rearming right side units to the right of it as shown above.  Lay one unit from the right hand stack face down on the left hand stack and pick up the top pair.  Pin as needed to match seams and sew the seam.  Repeat for all four units.  Press the seams toward the outside of the block.


Your blocks are now complete!  Put them up on the design wall and just imagine how close you are to a finished top.  Just two more rounds of sewing - two hours or less - and you'll be done!

Hugs and see you tomorrow!

Sarah

Here's the list of all the great bloggers involved in the hop... catch up if you need to!

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ Made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene Lewis @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts

                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle