Thursday, July 19, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 6!! And Yes, More Giveaways!


Hi, all!

Today marks the halfway point in this year's 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - are you in the Christmas spirit yet?  And we've got three more bloggers lined up for your enjoyment!  First off is Christina of Christina's Handicrafts.  She's dreaming of snow and has something wonderful to share with us!  Then you can go visit Sherry, who blogs at Books, Hooks, Sticks, Etc.  I'm really looking forward to her post, because I have a stash that will fit right in with her project!  And then drop by Danice at Homespun Hannah, who has something a little bit different to share, along with something yummy for your tummy!  Today we'll also be at the halfway point in the quilt-along, too - with a catch-up day tomorrow (whew!)

And with all the great giveaways that have been going on this week on the hop, I've decided it's time to do one of my own!  



As if we haven't had enough great ideas for Christmas so far, I've got three Christmas issues of BLOCK magazine for one lucky winner!  To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas song or carol.  I'll start us off with mine - "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas"!



So you've got some packages to unwrap today - three great blogposts, a giveaway (remember to leave a comment AND your email address!) and today's tutorial for your Christmas quilt!  Let's get started!


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Today we will start assembling Block B.  Once again, this is a simple 9-patch block construction, so we'll be using much the same construction technique as we used for Block A.  

Gather up the 52 Tri-Recs blocks you made yesterday, and 65 Fabric A 4.5" squares.  Make four equal piles of 13 of the Tri-Recs blocks and five equal piles of 13 of the Fabric A 4.5" squares.  

Lay out a 9-patch block with the Tri-Recs blocks at NSEW with the two points on the outside edge of the 9-patch block.  Place the Fabric A squares in the center and corners.  SPEED TIP:  I stack up all the parts for all 13 blocks on top of each other so I don't have to stop and lay out the next block after finishing one.  




Now assemble your block in the same manner as we did on Monday, chain piecing the center and right hand column pairs together from top to bottom, then chain piecing the left hand column pieces to the center pieces.  Once you have webbed the block, set it to one side and do the same for the remaining twelve.

And now you're done for the day!  Tomorrow my blog will be hijacked by Kristi, who doesn't blog herself but wanted to be part of the hop - and she did such a great job during the Hands2Help Challenge I want to give her the platform!  That will give you a day to play catch-up if you've gotten behind.  Friday we'll finish up our B blocks.  Don't get ahead of the game, because the pressing instructions will help your quilt go together smooth and easy!


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So remember to enter today's giveaway (leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!) and visit the other blogs - there's lots of great ideas out there for you!  See you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah


*Winner of the giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, July 25th.

Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day Five!! And There's More Giveaways!!

Hi, all!

Well, here we are at day five of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop - are you having fun yet?  I'm finding so many great ideas that I actually don't know where to begin!  I may put them in a hat and draw them out one by one just to change it all up... 

We've got two more great bloggers for your enjoyment today!  Karrin, who blogs at Karrin's Crazy World is going to share some of her own favorite Christmas crafting, and Cindy of Stitching' At Home has something special to share with us too.  I, for one, can't wait to see what they have created!  And, once again, there's a giveaway out there somewhere, so visit both blogs and sign up!

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Today we will be starting on the B Block for "Rejoice"!  (Do I hear a little rejoicing out there?) Once again, it's a simple nine-patch block, with the addition of the Tri-Recs units.  Today we'll be making those units.  I really suggest reading through the following directions because there are corrections to the original cutting directions and some tips to make this block easier interspersed.

NOTE:  I just discovered an error in the cutting directions:  You will need 120 Recs (side) triangles (not 100) and 60 Tri (center) triangles (not 50).  I'm so sorry!!

And if you are just now cutting those pieces, I've made some corrections/additions to the original cutting post that I'll also post here.  Cut both the Tri and the Recs pieces from strips cut 4.5" x width of fabric (WOF).  Do NOT open up the strips.  Leave them folded as they were on the bolt.  This way, when you cut the Recs pieces, you'll get both a right and a left side from each cut.  Line up the top of the template with the top of the strip; the line under 4.5" should line up with the bottom of the strip.  And see those little corners cut off on the template?  It really does pay to cut those off too - it makes it so much easier to line your pieces up correctly to sew them!


Now that you have all of your Tri-Recs pieces (sounds like a dinosaur, doesn't it?) divide the Recs pieces into right pieces and left pieces.  Turn all the Tri pieces face up.  Stack the Tri pieces (all 60 of them!) next to your sewing machine, with the right and left Recs pieces to the right and left of the triangles so that they form a block.  


Fold a right side Recs triangle over the right side of the Tri triangle and stitch with a scant 1/4" seam.

NOTE:  There's a fine line here - you want your Tri-Recs block to finish at 4.5" (or as close as possible), but you also want a 1/4" allowance above the point of the triangle in the finished block.  You might want to make a sample block to determine the perfect 1/4" seam for your machine.

(Chain piecing is your friend here - it will allow you to go a whole lot faster, and save on thread.  I chain piece, then cut the segments apart before I press the seams.)

Stitch all 60 right sides, then press the seams open to reduce bulk.

Now stitch all 60 left sides.  Press the seams open.


Set 8 of these units aside for the border. WARNING!! Put them someplace safe, but not so safe that you forget where they are (don't ask me how I know that...)  I (now) keep a clipboard handy with my instructions and any future pieces clipped to it.  A plastic shoebox or project bag works well, too!  Or keep them with the remainder of your Fabric B that you will be using for the borders in a few days.

And that's it for the day!  Tomorrow we'll tackle the first step of assembling the B blocks - webbing them up.  That should be a lot quicker and easier than today.  This was probably the most time-consuming day of the whole quilt-along - so congratulate yourself if you're on track to finish by the end! If you aren't, remember there are a couple of catch-up days ahead...

And once again, my apologies for the corrections and additional information that I should have provided earlier.  My only excuse is that Hands2Help was such a success this year, I got behind on the planning and execution for this blog hop and didn't have time to write out my pattern and then test it!  Next year that will not happen - because I've already got a great idea for that quilt!!

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So now, go visit the hop blogs if you haven't already, and dream of sugarplums tonight!  See you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah


Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 4! And ANOTHER Giveaway!!

Hi, all!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  My favorite time of the year, made even better when I get a head start on creating beautiful handmade things!  Today our list of bloggers begins with Sharon of Vrooman's Quilts.  Sharon has my undying envy - she has the greatest street address ever, living on Quilt Lane.  She's also a prolific scrap quilter, and does some beautiful piecing.  She'll be teaching some new-to-me techniques, as is our second blogger, Mary of Made by Marney.  I think Mary's project may get me off the dime on paper piecing...

And here's a heads-up - there's a giveaway (or two) among today's bloggers - so stop by their blogs and throw your hat in the ring!

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Thought I'd share another pretty picture just to keep your eye on the prize... I hope you're enjoying the trip so far!  Don't worry if you're falling behind - because we're starting so early, even if life happens and you don't get finished with your top by the 25th, this quilt is simple and you can easily catch up.  So let's get on to the next step!


Let's finish up our A Blocks today!  


The first thing we need to do is press what we did yesterday.  Lay your webbed block on the ironing board with the sewn columns running vertically.  Press the seams on the right column in towards the center square of the column.  Press the seams on the center column out away from the center square of the column.  Finally, press the seams on the left column in towards towards the center square of the column.  Repeat with the remaining eleven webbed blocks.




Now, nesting the seams and pinning at the intersections, stitch the two remaining seams on each block.  


Grab your little friend Jack the (seam) Ripper, and break the little threads that webbed the blocks together for the next step.

And now, for the final pressing, I would suggest that you watch this video - it's short, and it will easily show you how to spin your seams if you don't already know how.  



Spinning those seams will make the final assembly of your quilt so much easier, and will reduce the bulk when quilting.  

That's it for today!  Tomorrow we'll start assembling our B Blocks. Put your A blocks up on your design wall and enjoy the colors!!

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Be sure to stop by and check out today's bloggers if you haven't done it already, and throw your name in the hat for the giveaways.  See you tomorrow with lots more Christmas-y inspiration!!

Hugs!

Sarah
Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th


Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st


Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd


Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit