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



10 comments:

  1. Loving the hop Sarah and your quilt is fabulous :D #12daysofchristmasinjuly

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  2. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Sarah! You are an awesome hostess

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  3. That looks so pretty hanging there! Off to visit today's hosts.

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  4. who knew blog hopping and QAL could be so much fun! Thank you for all your hard work. I adore your quilt top and can't wait until mine is completed!

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  5. Whoop Whoop for you Sarah! The 12 Days are just flying by! Off I go to check out Zenia's and Alla's projects.

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  6. Love the look of that star. Must add it to my to-do list. Too busy right now. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Love your happy blog and the QAL is so neat! Thank you for hostessing the linky party for everybody!

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  8. The hope is great and your quilt is fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. I have a lot of catching up to do. Just got back from being away for two weeks. A lot happens in blogland in two weeks.

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  10. Wonderful to see the blocks coming together! Loving seeing all the Christmas reds and greens during the hop!

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