Wednesday, July 19, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 6!

Hi, all!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, right?  Or at least feel like it, a little bit - if you don't step outside!  I am having so much fun checking out all the great posts by the hop bloggers - there's so much creativity there to tap into!  A little bit of something for everyone... and if you haven't seen something that appeals to you yet, just stick around - we are only halfway through!


Here are the links to today's bloggers on the hop...

Wednesday, July 19th



I have no doubt that you are going to love what Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic and Kate of Smiles from Kate are going to share with us today - and you'll want to make one of each for your own home!  So hop on over to their blogs for a great dose of inspiration - and remember to leave a comment on each (leave one here, too!) to be entered in today's giveaway.  Giveaway, you say?  You can read more about it here, but I know you don't want to pass up a chance at some whimsical Holiday Homies fabric by Tula Pink, provided by our fabulous sponsor, Free Spirit Fabrics!


And now, FINALLY, it's time to move on to the next step in making the Santa's Trip Around the World quilt!  If you're on schedule, you should have four strip sets completed...


...and are ready for the next step.  So let's get started!

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First things first - stack your four strip sets on top of each other, so that you can see about 2" of each set above the one stacked on top of it.  Check now to be sure that all of your strip sets are identical. It's much easier to fix any mistakes now, believe me.  Hopefully they're all perfect, and you can move on to the next step!


Now take one of your panels and fold it so that the first and last long strips are together, right sides facing.


Shift the pieces as needed, side to side, to get a nice flat fold.  It's entirely possible that your edges won't be even, but it's more important that your strips be flat, just like a piece of folded yardage, so you can get good straight cross-cuts.


Sew the long edges together so that you have a tube of fabric.  Repeat with the remaining three panels.


Now take one tube and lay it on your cutting mat with the last seam you sewed against the bottom of your mat.  Trim the left end so that it's even, removing any selvage edges at the same time.


Continue cross-cutting the tube, cutting your strip/tubes 2.5" wide.  Cut 15 strip/tubes from each panel.  


Keep each set of 15 strip/tubes together in their own set, as you will construct the quilt in quarters.



Repeat for all four of your tubes.  

Now reach behind your left shoulder and pat yourself on the back!  You're done for the day and all ready for tomorrow!

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Remember to go and visit today's stops on the Hop, and leave a comment on each (here too!) to be entered into today's giveaway.  I'll see you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th


Saturday, July 15th


Sunday, July 16th


Monday, July 17th


Tuesday, July 18th


Wednesday, July 19th


Thursday, July 20th


Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd



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84 comments:

  1. This looks like it would be fun but must wait till next year. I'm swamped.

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  2. You need a pat or two on your back as well, this is coming along marvellously..

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  3. I need to try that!! Looks clever!! Thank you.
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  4. This hop is so good it's actually starting to FEEL like Christmas.

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  5. now I know where we are going...i think...great variation..

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  6. Your directions are very clear and helpful. Thank you!.

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  7. I am up to date but will be away for two days at my daughter's, Gotta enjoy some Grandma Love. Thank goodness for the weekend when I will get caught up. Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  8. It is so nice to have the directions broken down over multiple days. Doesn't seem like it will take that long if doing it all in one day.

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  9. The tute is coming along really nicely.

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  10. I'm enjoying visiting new bloggers each day.

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  11. Another day of great ideas for Christmas goodies.

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  12. I'm laughing.... give yourself a pat on the back! You have done way so much with the hop and the commotion of Christmas is getting me in the spirit. Thanks :)

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  13. Off to cut up those panels. Yikes.

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  14. I know from experience that a TAW quilt is a lot of work. I made one -small one- and that was probably enough for me. :-)

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  15. This quilt sure has been a GREAT learning experience for me. Unfortunately I took my "major" sewing machine in for a tune up. I'm reluctant to sew my last strip set on another one for fear of seams not being the same! Am I being paranoid? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  16. I really like the variety of fabric you are using in your quilt. So many fun holiday prints are included!

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  17. I have always wanted to make a quilt like this. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  18. It's fun seeing this come together! Thanks for the fun blog hop -- I'm having a blast!

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  19. I've gotten so much inspiration from the blog hop so far. Can't wait to see more.

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  20. I am enjoying this blog hop!! So many great ideas. This is a great way to do a trip around the world -- thanks for sharing this!! IronLftr10atyahoo.com

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  21. You have divided up the Christmas quilt into nice chunks.

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  22. ALSO ENJOYING THIS BLOG HOP AND FINDING NEW BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW, SO MUCH INSPERATION.
    hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  23. I definitely fell to the allure of another Trip Around the World Quilt. I was tickled to find 16 fabrics from my stash. All have been cut and are ready for some major sewing this afternoon. I don't think it will take long to catch up.... Now to go visit today's two bloggers.

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  24. I haven't started but am following along!

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  25. Thanks for the continuing lesson!

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  26. Fabrics are found. On to the cutting. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  27. You are one speedy piecer!! Hoping to catch up on this quilt during the coming weekend. Only time will tell!!

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  28. i love tube piecing, it goes so fast.

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  29. Still sewing my strips together, but hope to finish on time! Love seeing all the blogs with their holiday ideas!

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  30. I love strip piecing! Makes everything so much quicker and neater.

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  31. The projects on the blog hop today were outstanding! It's fun watching the process for this quilt come together. :)

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  32. YOU'RE SO RIGHT IT LOOKS LIKE CHRISTMAS IN MY BLOG FEED BUT IT IS DEFINITELY HOT HOT HOT HERE I THINK SANTA WOULD MELT IF HE SHOULD VISIT RIGHT NOW. READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

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  33. I'm going scrappy pieced - yeah, love sewing those individual squares. But your method does make the process a lot faster. Off to visit today's hosts

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  34. I'm really enjoying all the ideas--really liked the snowman pillows on Kate's blog!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  35. Ah the reason for the careful pressing presents itself, wink! Thanks Sarah!

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  36. Trip around the world is one of my first quilts I ever made and still cherish to this day. I had to re-bind it due to my husbands rough hands but it was well worth the effort. Thanks for the remainder! I would love to make one in the Holiday Homies line!

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  37. Okay, I'm caught up again. And whar great ideas today. I'm definitely going to try Jan's triangle Christmas tree. I no longer put up a tree, so this would be a good way to display some of my favorite ornaments. I've missed seeing them.
    Pat

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  38. Using lots of pictures is a great help, Thank you

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  39. The quilt is coming along nicely. Yours, that is. I'm still behind. Thanks for the tutorial. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  40. Kate and Jan had some great projects today! Thanks again for organizing this hop!

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  41. Cute projects today! Thanks so much.

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  42. I just have to tell you that I am having lots of fun visiting each blogger. There are so many fun ideas to try out. Thanks for doing this.

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  43. Love the daily inspiration with this blog hop.

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  44. I am staying out of the heat this week. Great time for sewing.

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  45. I'm really enjoying all the ideas of Christmas ideas. Thanks for doing this Blog hop.

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  46. The ideas are sure flowing with this hop! Thanks again for hosting.

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  47. Lots of wonderful things to make for Christmas, quilt included! Thank you so much for another great year of Christmas hopping.

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  48. You were so right - I loved both projects today!
    Eahorgan@gmail.com

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  49. I look forward to sewing the tube...sure looks like it makes this easier!

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  50. I am thrilled with how mine looks and look forward to seeing everyone else's. :-) Thanks for all YOU do!

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  51. This is like a Trip Around the World with tubes! Love it!

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  52. This has been such a fun break from the heat for me! Thanks for all your work in coordinating it. I'm loving your quilt!

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  53. I love how you are making the Christmas quilt! So festive!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  54. You make it look so easy, Sarah! I'm short on time, but will definitly make this one day! Thanks for such a detailed tutorial!

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  55. Great tutorial! Can't wait to start mine.

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  56. Looking good. I am out of town at the moment, but will try to carve out some time for this on my return! Thanks!

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  57. Sorry a day late but I am getting confused with the time difference, but both day 6 blogs been visited and commented on

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  58. Thank you for this hop with all the great Christmas fabric ideas & tutorials! Thank you, Susan

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  59. Sarah, I want to *thank you!*, again, for all the work you have done! I'm seeing SO many great ideas!... And your beautiful quilt and clear directions have encouraged me to finally make the Trip Round the World quilt I've always wanted to!! (Today's step will have to wait for me a little bit, though... I'm downstate to attend my grandson's concert... But I'm looking forward to catching up this weekend!)
    Pat T.

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  60. Thank you...I need to acqauire a few more Christmas fabrics before I can start but it's looking good!

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  61. Your tutorial is so detailed with many pictures for us visual learners. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Another great day on the hop. Kate taught me something new about appliqué--just in time for a new project I'm starting.

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  63. I loved the tree from the Colorful Fabriholic

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  64. Excellent instructions and pictures again Sarah; good advice about keeping the strata flat to get straight crosscuts. :-)

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  65. I am really enjoying this blog hop and your tutorial! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  66. Thanks so much for all your hard work in organizing this blog hop as well as the quilt tutorial.

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  67. Sewing strips like that can be a lot of fun.

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  68. I'm falling behind already. Will you be leaving the instructions up for a while?
    Swoot@att.net

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  69. 1st of all Sarah thank you for responding to each of my comments, it makes it feel as if I am an important part of your blog, giveaway and tutorials. I know that we all are but it's that extra length that you go to in responding. 2nd, I finished up with cutting all 64 strips tonight what a great feeling! But now looking at what I have to face next has me a bit scared lol. Be looking for questions from this newbie lol, hopefully I'll be able to figure the directions out when I get to that portion of the directions.
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

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  70. Thanks for organizing this hop. It has been so much fun.

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  71. Loving the ideas on the blog hop. Also great to discover new blogs.

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  72. Thanks for the tutorials! Enjoying all the ideas!

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  73. can't wait to see this finished

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  74. I am enjoying all of your Christmas project ideas! Todays blog sounds yummy!

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  75. Really enjoying the Hop - great ideas at every turn.

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  76. I love strip quilting. Makes it so much easier.

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  77. Thank you for putting this all together!

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  78. Thanks so much for organizing this hop!! Great job!

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