Do you ever get a favorite Christmas song stuck in your head? I sure have lately, working on so much Christmas stuff and looking at such wonderful projects. And I bet you don't have the same favorite song - mine is "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"! I've been working on a special version of the song - in ASL! You can see a video of it here. And now that I've put that song in your mind....
Here are the bloggers for Day 7 of the Hop!
Thursday, July 20th
Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting (our little overachiever) is back with more projects, and she's joined by Jennifer of The Inquiring Quilter and Selina of Selina Quilts, who both have some really cool things to share! Be sure to leave a comment here, then go and visit all their blogs and leave a comment - all those comments are your entries in today's giveaway! You can see the details about the giveaway here, but there's a lot of Tula Pink's Holiday Homies up for grabs!!
And now it's time for the next step in the Santa's Trip Around the World quilt tutorial! It sounds like several of you are following along with the tutorial and making your own quilts - I can't wait to see them!! You can post progress pics on Instagram with the tags #santasTATW and #12DCIJ if you want, and there will be a link-up on the 25th.
So here goes! Grab one of those sets of strip/tubes and pull out one strip/tube. Decide which print you want around the centerstone (that 2.5" square you have tucked away) of your quilt, then open the seam BELOW that print. You will now have a strip 2.5" wide and 16 prints long. Put a Clover clip or pin in the print you chose for your quilt center ring.
Pull a second strip/tube, and find the print you chose for the first strip's beginning. Go to the fabric ABOVE that print and split the seam between that fabric and the first block.
Now take your strips to the ironing board and press the seams UP on one strip and DOWN on the other. This will help you "nest" your seams and get nicely matched seams.
NOTE: This quilt is busy enough that if your seams don't match absolutely perfectly, it's not likely to show. Don't stress too much about it!
Pin the second strip to the LEFT side of the first strip, matching seams and pinning. Stitch seam. Press the seam as you choose. I pressed mine open to cut down on bulk.
Repeat, opening a seam on a strip/tube, pressing the seams on the strip in the appropriate direction, sewing the strip to the growing panel, then pressing the seam. You will see the diagonal lines being created on your panel as you go. Check frequently to be sure your strips are in the correct order (it's really easy to sew the strip to the wrong side of the panel, particularly if you didn't mark your starting center block in the beginning. If you goof, it's easy to fix - just remove the out-of-order strip, suit back into a tube and open it at the correct spot. When finished, you will have a panel that is a 15 x 16 grid.
Hang the panel up where you can see it so you can check your work as you assemble the next three panels.
And that's all for today! You'll be doing the same thing for the next three days as we complete the four panels. I'll be posting more fun ideas to help get us through those days. You're getting so close to the end - it all comes together really quickly after the panels are finished. Hang in there!
That's all I've got for today - be sure to go check out the hop blogs, and remember to leave a comment on each! Think about snow and maybe the summer heat won't feel so bad...
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