Monday, July 18, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July, and Quilt-Along, Day 5!

Hi, all!

Wow!  Four days of great projects so far - are you inspired yet?  I know I am, and my "bucket list" has gotten a lot longer!  But wait - - - there's more!!

Today we are being tempted by Lara of Buzzin' Bumble.  Now, if you haven't already heard or seen all the great projects that were floating around bogland, Lara wrote a book this year called Crafted Appliqué.  A whole new method for appliqué, so much fun, and definitely worth checking out!  I'm excited to see what Lara has for us today, and I hope you are too!

And then there's Soma, who blogs at Whims and Fancies.  Soma is a really good photographer, and shares her love of photography with us on her blog.  She has some great tips for taking better pictures, and creatively uses her subjects in her quilting on occasion!  She has some fun projects for crafting with kids for us today - perfect if you have littles running around needing something to do during the holidays!

Go check them out and then come back for the next step in the quilt-along - I'll wait!


(Just to keep our eye on the prize!)

Time to square up the outer star HSTs (red on the EQ7 diagram).  This can get kind of boring, so put on an audiobook or some good music and let's get cracking!

Lay an HST on your cutting mat.  You will be squaring up your blocks to 4.5", so take your template and place the 1" markings in the upper corner and line up the diagonal line on the template with you seam. Shift the template as needed so that the 4.5" square marking is completely within your block and the diagonal is still lined up.  Trim the right and top sides of your block.

Now lift off the template and turn your block around. Lay the template back on the block, this time lining up the 4.5" square markings with the bottom left corner of your block.  Trim off the top and right sides once again.  And you HST is now complete and ready to put into your quilt top. Repeat until all 96 HSTs are trimmed. Set aside for later assembly.

Tomorrow we'll start assembling the components for the blocks.  See you then!



Need to catch up on the blog hop?  Here's all the great bloggers who are participating!

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 @ 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


  1. I had problems with the link to Lara's page, but found it at

    1. My apologies - the link has been updated to link directly to her post for the hop. The original link worked from my computer, but you are the second person to tell me it wasn't working, so I changed it. Hopefully it will work now!

  2. Two more very inspiring hosts today - that just isn't enough time with that growing list of projects!

  3. Loved both projects presented today!

  4. Thank you so much for the lovely introduction, Sarah! I had a fantastic time making the projects :)


  5. Sarah, this hop has been so much fun so far! You had such a wonderful idea and have worked so hard to bring it to reality and we all appreciate it! Thank you for your kind words and for fixing whatever the link up trouble was. I'm off to check out what Joanne and Suzy made today!


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