Friday, July 14, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop Begins! And A Giveaway!! And A Tutorial!!

Hi, all!

Good morning, and welcome to the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop (more simply known as 12DCIJ!)  As I write this post, I am sitting outside wearing shorts and enjoying the beautiful summer day around me - but I know that "winter is coming" and so is Christmas!  I always have great intentions of making all my Christmas gifts, but then time gets away from and I end up joining the crowd at the mall or ordering on-line.  Are you like me?  I bet you are!  Well, this blog hop is designed to get your creative holiday mojo up and running!  

First of all, let me share with you the blogs that are participating in this year's 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


Pretty stellar line-up, right?  I'm so excited to see what each blogger has to share with us!  I know I came away from last year's hop with so. many. ideas.....  Carole of From My Carolina Home and Sharon of Vrooman's Quilts opened our hop last year, and this year they are joined by Brandy of Pampered Pettit.  They have a wonderful variety of things to share that I know you'll love!

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Santa's Trip Around The World

And on this blog, I'll be sharing a tutorial / quilt-along for this quilt each day of the hop, a simple step each day.  If you can invest a couple of hours each day, you can have a finished quilt top by the end of the hop - but even if you can't, it's a quick and easy tutorial that you'll find useful not just for a Christmas quilt, but for a quilt for any season.  More on that below - be sure to keep reading! Today's step is at the end of this post.

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And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren't enough, this year we've got something extra special!  The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it's pretty drool-worthy stuff, too - it's Tula Pink's new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!


I have six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away - and here's how we're going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  If you comment on all the blogs involved that day, you'll have that many entries in that day's drawing!  At the end of the hop, I'll do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone's name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day's hop-blogs and mine), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners - the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then I'll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though - let's spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment - it makes the time spent on each post worth it when you see what people think about your work!

A couple of notes about the giveaway - if you miss a day, no worries - I'll be counting up comments at the end of the hop, so you've got time to double up a few days without worries.  But all good things must come to an end, so you'll have until midnight on Wednesday, July 26th to comment.  Thursday I'll gather up all the entries and draw winners and announce them on Whoop Whoop Friday, July 28th!  Also, I'd suggest if you really want to win, you leave your email address with your entry - it's really sad when someone's name is drawn, but they're a no-reply blogger and can't be reached!

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And now we get to my part of today's hop - the beginning of the tutorial!  If you missed the heads-up post on Wednesday, here's the fabric requirements for this quilt:

Fabric Requirements:

10” x WOF of 16 different fabrics - you can choose to use 16 different fabrics, or repeat certain fabrics as desired.

One 2.5” square for center of quilt; fussy cut if desired.

1/2 yard for binding; scrappy binding looks great with this quilt and can help eat up some of your Christmas scraps!

3 5/8 yards for backing


I wrote this tutorial for the 12DCIJ blog hop, so obviously I've done mine in Christmas fabrics - but there's no reason why you couldn't make the same quilt with non-holiday (or even another holiday - Halloween?) fabrics. It's completely up to you!  

Assuming that you now have your fabrics, the first step is simple and basic.  Iron all your fabrics well, matching up the selvage edges and getting a good sharp fold line.  Square up the cut edges of your fabric with your rotary cutter and straight edge  All this is important, because you want your strips to be as straight and true to the grain of the fabric as possible.  Use starch if you want, to help prevent stretching while sewing.

TIP:  I read recently that the difference between ironing and pressing is that you "iron" before you sew, and "press" after you sew.  In other words, you iron to get out wrinkles; you press to set seams and move them to one side or the other.  Here's a great video tutorial that I highly recommend watching about it!

Now on to cutting.  

Cutting from fold to selvage to get the straightest cut, cut four 2.5” WOF (width of fabric) strips from each of your 16 fabrics.  As you cut, set the strips aside in four separate piles, putting one strip in each pile.  When you finish, you will have four identical stacks of fabric strips.

Take one of your four stacks, and press the strips open and flat.  Use starch if you are so inclined.  This will help prevent stretching when you sew the strips together.

Now determine your color order.  TIP:  Find the shortest strip in the stack and start with that one.    This won’t necessarily become the center of your quilt, but it will make it easier to put your strip set together.

When putting the strips in color order, keep in mind contrast between the colors.  You don’t want to “lose” a really cute fabric visually because the colors on either side of it blend in too well!

Repeat, arranging all four sets of strips in the same order.  Your work for the day is done!

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That's it for today, folks!  Tomorrow we'll talk about how to sew your strips together into panels, and then you'll have four days to get the four panels done if you want to do the 12-day quilt top thing. So don't panic that you'll have to do all of them tomorrow!

Now go visit all of today's blogs in the hop...

Friday, July 14th


...and leave a comment on each so you'll be entered in the giveaway! See you tomorrow!!

Hugs!

Sarah

149 comments:

  1. I'm excited about this years blog hop! I very much enjoyed it last year! I'm hand quilting my quilt from last year :) it'll be displayed this Xmas! Yey!

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  2. I'm excited to sew along! Hopefully I can keep up =) thanks for making it fun!!

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  3. Sarah, I am thrilled to be starting with day one this year and enjoying all the posts. I think I am going to hunt down some fabric and make this quilt. I'll keep you posted.

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  4. Sarah, the hop is off to a wonderful flying start, and your fabrics are beautiful. And to know we have more goodies to see for the next 11 days, makes it even better. So many thanks for all your behind the blog work, a hop like this doesn't just happen to fall into place so neatly by itself.Your weather,,, we had 4 Celsius maximum yesterday, heaps of snow in so many other areas, so I am thinking of you and the warmth up North.

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  5. Love the Santa's Trip Around the World! It is time to start thinking about Christmas! Love Tula Pink's new fabric.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  6. I really like the quilt, Tula Pink is always a favorite.

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  7. Love your quilt..love looking at all the different fabrics you have in it.

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  8. This is so exciting, every year I am behind for Christmas but this year I'll be flying. Now I'm off to visit the others, I'd hate to miss anything.

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  9. Thank you for coordinating the blog hop. I look forward to the inspiring posts :-)

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  10. I enjoyed the Christmas In July blog hop so much last year I made sure to mark my calendar so as to not forget it this year. Thank you and all the others for sharing and inspiring. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  11. Yeah, it's time for Christmas in July! I've been looking forward to this blog hop. Thanks for all your hard work putting it together.

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  12. I love blog hops, I always learn new things and feel so inspired.

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  13. Lovely!!!! Love the hops...I want to get back into them with all of you one of these times. Miss that! Thanks for this chance.

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  14. Thanks for putting together 12DCIJ! I'm hoping to do your quilt along--might not keep up though!

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  15. Thanks for the easy tutorial. If all the steps are this simple I may be able keep up

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  16. wow! So so excited to join the blog hop! What a HUGE thing to coordinate! Thank you so much again for the tutorials and Christmas fun! xo

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  17. A wonderful quilt-love the Christmas fabrics-hope to try this one out! Thank you, Susan spierssusan52@gmail.com

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  18. Thanks for putting together this fun hop, I am delighted to lead off again this year! Thanks for all you do to get great prizes for participants too!!

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  19. Today sounds easy enough! Thanks for making thus hop happen.

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  20. Thanks for the reminder of the difference between pressing and ironing. I see professional teachers who IRON the seams (rub rub rub/stretch/stretch - instead of press/lift/press) If making a precision block, it does make a difference.

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  21. I'm going to love this quilting!

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  22. Very nice - have never thought of using Christmas fabrics for a TAW.

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  23. Thanks for organizing this Christmas hop. Already have my eyes on several projects.

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  24. thank you so much for making this happen, I look forward to following along

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  25. I've been looking forward to this!! Love the quilt I made last year, and am looking forward to making this year's quilt -- Thanks so much for all your work!!

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  26. Thanks for a great blog hop and the quilt along. I love this design, but have not made one yet.

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  27. LOOKS LIKE A QUILTERS DREAM OF HAVING FUN

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  28. wow what an awesome Christmas quilt.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  30. Thank you for the tutorial! I will be sewing along as I definitely need another Christmas quilt!

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  31. I can't wait to start the Christmas quilt.

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  32. I'm so excited to participate this year! Thank you for organizing such a fun event, and thank you for the motivation to get started on Christmas sewing!

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  33. Thanks so much for organizing this blg hop. Last year's quilt is still only partly quilted. Last year's bloggers had so many great ideas, I'm sure this year will be just as good.
    Pat

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  34. Thanks for organizing the hop once again, Sarah! I'm excited to see all the projects!

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  35. Excited to read this year's posts. Now I'm really intrigued by the QAL too.

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  36. This will be lots of fun to follow along with, and thanks for the wonderful giveaways, too! diannbottrell@gmail.com

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  37. Yeah! I am participating with a bundle of Craftsy's Colonial Manor in red and cream, but enlarging the strips to 3.5" wide and making 6 strip sets to make a queen size quilt. Thanks for hosting!

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  38. Love the title of this quilt. Glad we don't have to finish it in one night! A78mandel at yahoo dot com

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  39. Thanks for coordinating this year's hop. Your quilt is beautiful. I can't decide if I should use Christmas fabrics or other.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  40. Love the quilt. I will have to dig through my Christmas fabrics this weekend. My husband's grandmother made one similar to it many years ago.

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  41. Can't wait to see what everyone made! And thanks for the tutorial

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  42. Thanks so much for hosting this hop! I had so much fun last year and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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  43. I'm excited to get some great ideas and meet some new to me bloggers at this years hop !

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  44. Last years blog hop was so much fun to follow and I'm really looking forward to this year's. I'm hoping to sew along and make this quilt, thanks for the tutorial and also for sharing the pressing link. I'm off to visit the other blogs now. Have a great day!

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  45. Glad Santa is getting an early start on his trip around the world! What a fantastic idea for the blog hop quilt along! Sarah, thanks for hosting again this year! Can't wait to see what's in store each day!

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  46. I think I am going to do mine in fruit & veggie fabrics. My DH has been collecting that type of fabric for years and has not done anything with it.

    So far I have made one quilt top using an Eleanor Burns pattern and I think this one will be great for a 2nd.

    I just have to see if he has yardage of enough prints. . . I know some fabrics were purchased as FQs.

    Thank you!

    Have a lovely day,

    Sherry V.

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  47. THANKS FOR HOSTING AGAIN THIS YEAR. I'M ENJOYING ALL THE IDEAS! READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

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  48. oooh this is going to be so much fun!!

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  49. I love the little snowmen peeking through in your quilt! Keep up the good work. :)

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  50. I love Christmas in July. I always try to get my Christmas gifts made ahead of time but don't usually succeed. With starting now, I might get one or two done early. Thanks for organizing this.

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  51. Sarah...thanks for organizing this 12DCIJ! It's always great! I'm currently working on several Christmas projects and regretting that I didn't voulnteer to participate! I'll,have to get my act together a bit earlier next time around!

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  52. So glad that I pulled out all my red and green fabrics the other day! I'll try to keep up with this one since I still have last year's quilt to finish!

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  53. I'll have to look for my Christmas fabrics to join in on the fun...thanks for the quiltalong!
    ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  54. argh! once again this year my 'day job' is interfering! I sure hope I'll be able to sew along :-(

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  55. That is a lovely quilt you are sharing. It is so kind and generous of you to not only host the blog hop, but share a tutorial as well. Thanks so much!

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  56. The sun is shining and what a fun way to start preparations for C******AS. Who knows what I'll make over the next few weeks! TY

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  57. Thank you for the tutorial. I love the tip about the difference between pressing and ironing. Looking forward to participating in the blog hop.

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  58. A great tutorial. And the ironing/pressing tip is great advice....I never get tired of hearing it! Looking forward to the rest of the blog hop.

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  59. Love your Christmas quilt and its clever name! I really need to pull out some of my older Christmas fabrics and make one!

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  60. Such a cute way to use Christmas fabrics! I do have a lot of Halloween fabrics that I've been collecting, so maybe I'll do one in those. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  61. I am gonna make this one!! Thx Sarah!
    hcmlisa@yahoo.com

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  62. Thanks for the pattern - I remember how much fun that was last year. Looks like a great hop lined up, and wonderful fabric prizes. dezertsuz at gmail

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  63. Excited to make this pattern Sarah. Thank you for the great tutorial (and love the press/iron reminder!).

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  64. I'm excited for this to finally start! There were so many great ideas last year and I'm sure this year will be no different :) Thanks for all you've done for the organizing and hosting, Sarah!

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  65. Thanks for or hosting another year. I always find something fun.

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  66. I love your quilt and love the colors looking forward to the blog hop.

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  67. What fun! No matter how early I start, I never seem to finish all my Christmas gifts on time.

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  68. Excited for the hop and looking forward to learning your method for making this quilt!

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  69. A nice way to remind us Christmas is never far away! reply: pjrquilter (at) msn (dot) com

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  70. this hop is going to be lots of fun. Thanks.

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  71. This is my first bloghop and am loving it - so many great ideas for Christmas.

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  72. Awesome fabric from Freespirit!!!

    I really like your quilt too.

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  73. What a great start to thinking Christmas. Although with the heat today it is hard to think of a cozy quilt.
    (frances.campbell@ns.sympatico.ca)

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  74. Great tutorial, thank you!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  75. Oh boy...does this look fun! Count me in!!!
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  76. I will be making one of these - trip around has been on my list and I have a pile of fabrics on the table to chose from - very scrappy.

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  77. Thanks for sharing your quilt and for organizing the blog hop.

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  78. Wow! The excitement of Christmas begins today. Can't wait to start checking out the blogs so I'm off. Thanks for organizing this.

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  79. Super excited to start, but in hospital. Patience til I get home. Blog hop looks full of festive excitement.

    Love Santa's Trip Around The World Quilt.

    Thank you for great organisational skills.

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  80. I am currently away from my sewing studio but can't wait to catch up on all the fun. Sometimes, life just gets in the way of quilting!

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  81. I'm so excited to start the Trip Around the World pattern, it's been on my bucket list to try. Thanks!

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  82. *Thank you!* for organizing this!!... This will be fun!
    (And I can get a great quilt top, and a head start on my Christmas list, out of this!... in July!!)
    Pat T.

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  83. I have very little in fabric as I am only just sewing my first quilt so I'm a very new beginner but roll on payday next week as I am going to get some fabric for this. I'm especially liking the Halloween idea! So thank you for organising this I am discovering some wonderful blogs!

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  84. Love it. I am looking for a project that uses up all those Christmas fabrics I bought in the early 90s. Time for them to resurface as a quilt. I have already pulled some out and made a crazy quilt tree skirt for my daughter. I even tried machine embroidery. Yay, me! Thanks.

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  85. Thanks so much for hosting this blog hop. I have already gotten some ideas for gifts....wish I had as much time as I have ideas!

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  86. So excited to see what everyone's doing!

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  87. love your snowmen, the combo of wool or felt with cotton adds a lot of texture.

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  88. Thanks for offering this Blog Hop. The quilt looks like TONS of FUN!!

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  89. I really enjoyed last year's hop. I am sure I shall enjoy and learn a lot this year too.

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  90. Can't wait to see how this turns out!!

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  91. I'm looking forward to each day's project. This is a great way to get ahead with the Christmas projects. Love the bright colors in your quilt!

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  92. Thanks for organizing the blog hop and sharing your tutorial. I'm looking forward to seeing all the projects.

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  93. So excited to visit the blog hop sites, thanks!

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  94. July is a great time to start Christmas sewing! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  96. First timer here! Blog hop sounds fun and love the pattern:) renestovall@hotmail.com

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  97. You are so generous with your time Sarah, I love you're scrappy xmas trip quilt. I would like to do one in solids or tone on tone. I made one from a mish mash of scraps and it is my most used quilt to date.

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  98. I love Christmas in July blog hops! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  99. I really want to make a trip around the world quilt. This hop will introduce me to lots of new bloggers. Should be fun. Jkestevens@aol.com

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  100. I want to make this quilt too, but it is down on my bucket list. Thanks for the blog stdphaniewoodward@att.net

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  101. I have this on my list of quilts to make. I want a Christmas quilt and this will fit the bill!

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  102. HOw much inspiration can one woman absorb?? Never too much, especially where Christmas is involved! Thanks for this hop! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  103. Looking forward to great gift ideas for Christmas and also the tutorials to make them!!! Thanks for hosting this yearly event!!!

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  104. What a great trip around the world quilt.

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  105. Sarah, This is a great tutorial. The 12 days have hardly begun and each day is already fantastic. I have found great inspiration for some really quick, non-labor intensive projects. That is great for me. I'm the one who will take on a project that could last a life-time with no end in sight. These projects are doable and can be done easily in a flash. Thank you for putting this hop together. Some of the ladies, I "know" and some are new acquaintances and I'm sure will be new quilty friends. Many, many thanks.

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  106. Trip around the world has always been one of my favorite patterns. This should be a fun one to make.

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  107. I have never made a Trip Around the World Quilt and this one is tempting, especially since I have quite the stash of Christmas fabric. I'll look forward to your continuing tutorial.

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  108. I've just found this site, and it's awesome! Not only the giveaway, but the ideas gathered while looking through here are priceless! Can't wait for tomorrow's blogs!!

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  109. Great Hop and who doesn't love Christmas any day of the year!

    Tula' done it again with this line of "homies", I'm saying prayers to win one of these giveaways, thanks for sparking all the creativity!

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  110. This all sounds great and I hope I can keep up.
    Swoot@att.net

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  111. I am going Halloween on this one. Something new and different.

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  112. I love that tip about pressing vs. ironing. I am guilty of ironing my seams and am still trying to break that habit. I will love to be ready for Christmas ahead of time this year. :)

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  113. I'm enjoying visiting each of the blogs on this hop and finding different Christmas projects I haven't seen before. I hope I can get started waayy ahead of schedule.

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  114. Great scrappy quilt project, and well organized which is exactly how I like them. Super job, and thanks again for hosting the hop!

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  115. Of course you have to create another quilt that tempts me to stray from my quilty To Do list.

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  116. I couldn't keep up with the hop last year, hoping things go better this year.

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  117. This is such a fun idea. It will be great to get a jump on Christmas.

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  118. I hope to sew the Christmas quilt. No promises. Wanting and doing seems to be a personal flaw.
    Swoot@att.net

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  119. Fun, fun. I'm late to start, but am going to dig out the Christmas fabric tub and get busy.

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  120. Your quilt makes me want to dig out my Christmas fabrics--so many good ideas on all these blogs!!
    barbkaup(at)yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  121. Love blog hops christmas ones are the best...tytyty... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  122. Love blog hops christmas ones are the best...tytyty... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  123. I have always loved a Trip Around the World quilt. This looks great in Christmas fabrics. I am going to really enjoy visiting all the blogs participating in the blog hop!

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  124. Thank you for hosting this, Sarah. The TATW is fabulous!

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  126. You've convinced me. I need to scour the stash and find some fabric to quilt along. I've been jumping around the Internet and have really enjoyed the various blogs. Thanks for organizing this.

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  127. Thanks for the ironing tip.
    monica(at)icanquilt2(dot)com

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  128. Thank you so much for hosting this blog hop! I'm having a blast learning so much from these gals! Thanks again!!

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  129. You may have thrown me a squirrel Sarah...one I can't afford to chase but one I think I can't afford not to! Thanks for creating another fun project for QBL.

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  130. Thank you for a great blog hop, this will certainly be fun getting to know new blogs and preparing early for christmas. x

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  131. Thank you for this hop and your tutorials!!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  132. I have tried and tried to leave a comment on post one and cannot do it. Probably my fault, but can we make it easier, I can't be the only one. Stephaniewoodward@att.net

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  133. I've got to make one of these with my Christmas fabric that I've accumulated over the years. I buy it all the time but never seem to use much.

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  134. I've missed most of this blog hop as I was out boating but I am going to go back and check out as many posts as I can. Looks like fun!!

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  135. I started backwards and ended here on your blog. Just have to check out all the Christmas goodness tomorrow. Thank you for putting this together. There are a lot of great ideas. Sometimes my comments don't like blogger, so here is my email, just in case. amywarner(at) rocketmail(dot)com

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  136. What a great hop it has been! I thank you for starting the idea - I have enjoyed all the ideas everyone has shared. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  137. The quilt to be made is awesome. I can not wait to make it in the future!

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  138. This quilt is amazing-- thanks for breaking it down into manageable parts!

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