Can you believe it - it's finally here! The last day of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! For the past twelve days, you've been shown some great gift ideas, quilting projects, decorations, recipes, a little bit of everything to get you in the Christmas crafting mood! I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. But it's not over yet - we've got three more great quilt bloggers joining us today for their turn!
First up is Susan, who blogs at Quilt Fabrication. Susan has been doing a fabulous job recapping what's happening each day of the hop, plus she showed a sneak peek of her project for today - I can't wait to see the final reveal!
Then you can hop over to see Beth from Cooking Up Quilts. Beth's blog is new to me, and she's got some really cool things going on over there. I love her Monday linky party - Main Crush Monday - and I bet you will too! She has an original design to share with us today - how exciting!
And then to wrap it all up, Linda over at One Quilting Circle has a fun Christmas-themed wall hanging to share with us. Linda stays busy as an Island Batik Ambassador but I'm so glad she managed to squeeze out some time for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!
So go check out all the posts today, then come back here. Not only do we have the final steps for the quilt-along quilt, but you'll have an opportunity to link up and share any Christmas projects you've been inspired to do as a result of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! I do hope you'll show off your efforts - it's always fun to see what others do with your designs. That linky party will stay open until next Sunday, July 31st at midnight just to round out the month.
And if you've missed a stop or two, here's a list of all the blogs involved so you can catch up!
July 14th: Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
Carole Carter @ From My Carolina 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
See you in a few for the last step in the quilt-along!
Welcome to the last day of the quilt-along! Have you kept up? If not, I'm sure you're close, and will have your very own Christmas quilt to show off this year! Let's get those borders on!
Gather up the 4.5" x 41.5" background strips and the 4.5" x 28.5" background strips. Pairing one of each, sew the short edges together so that you have a 4.5" x 69.5" strip. Repeat until you have the four border strips. Press the seams to one side.
Pinning at both ends and easing the fabric as needed, sew the borders to the right and left sides of your center piece. Press the seams toward the borders.
Take a border piece and sew a 4.5" cornerstone to each end of the strip. Press the seams in toward the background piece. Make two.
Pin one of these longer strips to the top of your quilt, matching the seams where the cornerstones and borders meet and easing the center as needed to make it fit. Repeat for the bottom of the quilt. Press the seams toward the borders.
Hang your finished quilt up on the design wall and stand back. Take in that beautiful quilt top you just created, and say to yourself, "I WILL get this quilted in time for Christmas!"
And if you've been on the fence about joining in the quilt-along, here's a little inspiration from me - a slightly different version of this quilt that I made last year. This was the prototype for the quilt we've been working on for the past twelve days.
I'm going to create a Page on the blog where you'll be able to find the links for the quilt-along and for all the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts so they will be easily available for reference.
And now I'm hoping that those of you who have been quilting along will share your own quilts - and those of you who have made projects inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop can share your creations too! So link up below and let's all do a little happy dance together for getting a jump on Christmas!
The linky party will stay open until next Sunday 7/31 at midnight, so there's plenty of time to work on your projects and share your progress! Be sure to check out what everyone else has done, too - it's always fun to see the variations inspired by the originals!!