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

Friday, July 22, 2016

Whoop Whoop Friday, 12 Days of Christmas in July, and Quilt-Along, Day 9!

Hi, all!

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?  Are you whooping about a great project you've started that's going to brighten someone's home? Have you started on a new Christmas quilt?  Well then, it's time to whoop it up and show off what you're doing!  And even if you haven't been working on Christmas this week, I hope you'll share what you've been working on - because that's what Whoop Whoop Friday is all about!



This is also the ninth day of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop, and we've got two great bloggers to hear from today!  First up is Alla, who blogs over at Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes. (Don't you just love that name?) Her blog's a lot of fun to read, too!  When she told me what her plan was for her day on the hop, I was so excited - I can't wait to see the final result.  You're going to love this!

And then you need to hop over and see Zenia Rene at A Quilted Passion.  Zenia Rene has a fun monthly linky party, and she makes the most unique crafted item - Mr. PeePotty.  You really need to check it out!  She's also got a great gift item to show you today, something I bet you'll find really useful.

So hop on over and check them out, then come back for the next set of instructions in the quilt-along!  


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"Eye on the prize..."
Today we'll start assembling the blocks. We'll be putting the units together in three rows for each block.


Row A:  The top row.  Make two stacks next to your sewing machine.  On the left, four "C" units, arrows pointing up and left, and on the right, four "B" units, arrows pointing up.

Lay a "B" unit on top of a "C" unit, face down, and pick up the pair.  Pinning as needed to match seams, sew the seam.  Repeat until all four pairs are sewn together.  You can chain piece these, but because of the size, you may choose not to.  If you do, cut them apart, then press the seams toward the center "B" unit.


Now lay four "C" units next to your sewing machine, with the arrows pointing up and right.  Place the pairs you just pieced to the left of those "C" units, with the "B" unit next to them and pointing up.  Lay one of the "C" units face down on top of the "B" unit, pin as needed, and sew the seam. Repeat until all four sets are sewn together.  Press the seams toward the center "B" unit.  Set these units aside.


Row B:  The center row.  Make two stacks next to your sewing machine. On the left, four "B" units, arrows pointing left, and on the right, four "A" units (the square-in-square blocks).

Lay an "A" unit on top of a "B" unit, face down, and pick up the pair.  Pinning as needed to match seams, sew the seam.  Repeat until all four pairs are sewn together.  Press seams toward the "B" units.


Now lay four more "B" units next to your sewing machine, arrows pointing right. Lay the units you just pressed to the left of those units, with the "A" units in the center.  Lay one of the "B" units face down on top of the "A" unit, pin as needed, and sew the seam. Repeat until all four sets are sewn together.  Press the seams toward the "B" units.  Set these units aside.


Row C:  The bottom row.  Make two stacks next to your sewing machine.  On the left, four "C" units, arrows pointing left and down, and on the right, four "B" units, arrows pointing down.

Lay a "B" unit face down on top of a "C" unit, and pick up the pair. Pinning as needed to match seams, sew the seam.  Repeat until all four pairs are sewn together.  Press seams toward the "B" unit.


Now lay four "C" units, arrows pointing down and right, next to your sewing machine.  Lay the units you just pressed to the left of those units, with the "B" units next to them.  Lay one of the "C" units face odeon on top of the "B" unit, pin as needed, and sew the seam. Repeat until all four sets are sewn together.  Press the seams toward the "B" units.  Set these units aside.


Arrange on your design wall, gaze admiringly and give yourself a big pat on the back!  You're well on the way to having a new Christmas quilt in three more days!

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And now it's time to do some whoop-whooping!


What's got you doing a little happy dance today?

Share - we want to dance right along with you -
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!!

Remember, it doesn't have to be a finish - 
Just something that's making you smile!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight - 

Hope to see you there!
Hugs!!

Sarah

Need to catch up on the hop? Here's a list of all the bloggers!


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



Thursday, July 21, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July - and Quilt-Along, Day 8!

Hi, all!

Welcome once again to the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! It's hard to believe we're more than halfway through the hop, but there are lots more great Christmas ideas to come!  I hope you'll share anything you've been inspired to create on tomorrow's Whoop Whoop Friday post - it's always fun to see others' creations and interpretations of the hop designs!

Today's bloggers love color like I love fabric!  Our first blogger is Michele from Crayon Box Quilt Studio.  She and I share a love of Kate Spain fabrics, and I participated in her first Kate Spain charm swap a few years ago.  This year she's got a fabulous KS project to show us - I can't wait to see the final reveal!

And then we'll be hearing from Jan, who blogs as The Colorful Fabriholic.  Jan just published a book with AQS called Cut and Shuffle Quilts - definitely a must-have if you like simple and quick quilts!  She's got a great gift item to share and I can't wait to see it!

So go check out today's entries and then come back here to see today's steps for the quilt-along!  I'll be here waiting!


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Today we'll be assembling the "C" units, which will fill in the corners of the outer star.  For these units you will need:

32 red HSTs
12 red 4.5" squares
16 background 4.5" squares
16 background 4.5" x 8.5" rectangles
16 background 4.5" x 12.5" rectangles


First we'll make the 4-patch units.  Lay out the pieces for the four-patch blocks to the left of your sewing machine as shown in the photo above.  Take the top right block and lay it face down on the top left block.  Pick up and sew together.  Do not cut thread. Take the bottom right block and lay it over the bottom left block.  Pick up the pair and sew together.  Repeat the process, pulling alternately from the top piles and then from the bottom piles, until all the sets have been sewn together.

Lay them out and cut between the second and third pair.  This will separate one four-patch block, still chained together, from the rest.  Do the same with the rest of the string until you have sixteen block sets.


Press the seams toward the HSTs.


Lay the four-patch sets next to your sewing machine again.  Nesting the seams, sew each pair of block sets together to create the four-patch blocks.


Press the seam toward the red 4.5" square.


Lay out the four-patch units, the 4.5" x 8.5" background rectangles, and the 4.5" x 12.5" rectangles as shown in the photo above

Lay the 4.5" x 8.5" rectangle face down on the right side of the four-patch block.  Pick up the pair and sew the seam.  Repeat for all sixteen sets, chain piecing for speed.

Cut the sets apart.  Press the seam toward the 4.5" x 8.5" rectangle.


Re-arrange the remaining pieces as shown above.  Lay a background rectangle on the left side of the 4-patch unit and stitch the seam.  Repeat for all sixteen sets, chain piecing for speed.


Cut the piecing chains.  Press the seam toward the 4.5" x 12.5" background rectangle.


Now is a good time to add these to your design wall and see how pretty your quilt is going to be!  Are you excited yet?

Remember - you can post your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #12daysofxmasinjulyqal so we can all enjoy and cheer you on!

Hugs and see you tomorrow!

Sarah


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