Wednesday, July 20, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July - and Quilt Along, Day 7!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the seventh day of our 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!  Are you having fun yet?  I sure hope so!

Today we welcome two more fabulous bloggers!  First up is Vicki in MN, who can be found over at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting.  Vicki has a fun, chatty blog and is also one of the 2016 Island Batik Ambassadors, so she's got lots of gorgeous eye candy each month using their fabrics.  She's got a great Christmas item to share with us today, one I'm sure you're going to love.

And our second blogger is Jennifer, who blogs at The Inquiring Quilter.  Her blog is full of beautiful things, great tutorials and patterns, and she's even written a book - with a great title:  Idiot's Guides: Quilting!  Jennifer has a handy-dandy gift idea to share that will be useful all year, not just at Christmas time.  

So hop over and check them out, then come back here for Day 7 of the quilt-along.  I'll have a snack while you're gone!!


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(Just so you remember what you're working for... )


Today we'll be using the flying geese units we made yesterday to create the "B" units, which are at the north, south, east and west of the star block, for all four large blocks.  Let's get started!



Take the three stacks of flying geese units you made yesterday, and lay them next to your sewing machine in the order and orientation pictured below. 


Lay a unit from the stack closest to your machine on top of the center stack, and sew the seam, matching the center seams and ends.  Chain piece all sixteen units.


Leaving the chain piecing together, pull the units into your lap so the first one you sewed is once again at the top.  Open it up, face down, and pin a green unit to the right hand side, matching the center seams and nesting the HST seams on each end.  Chain piece all sixteen units.



Cut apart your chain piecing and press the seams TOWARD the green units.

If you have a design wall, this is a fun time to set your blocks on it so you can see the beginning bones of your quilt!  The "A" blocks you made on Day 2 go in the center, and the "B" blocks go at the four points of the compass (top, right, bottom and left), with the green triangles touching the "A" block.  You should see a square of background  bordered by a red arrow pointing out on each "B" block.



Step back, gaze admiringly, and pat yourself on the back!!  See you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah

And so you can catch up on the blog hop if you're behind, here's the schedule...

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

5 comments:

  1. Can you believe! I am actually sitting here with a cup of hot chocolate (in my Christmas mug) tonight as we are cold. And all while visiting a Christmas Hop. Now where are the cookies?

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  2. It's fun to see it coming together.

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  3. Your quilt is coming along beautifully Sarah! It's fun seeing the stages that led up to your finish.

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  4. Sigh. Blogger took my comment away half finished again. I'm saving all the directions because I don't have time to start something new, but I love your pattern and hope to have my own in time for Christmas this year!

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  5. I love seeing your progress on the design wall! Looking great Sarah!

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