Saturday, July 14, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along - The Beginning!

Hi, all!

Welcome to this year's 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop!  We have twenty-eight great bloggers all lined up to give you some fabulous crafty ideas with which to bring in the season - and all in July, so you have time to pick and choose (and finish!) your favorite projects!  Each day, here on the blog, I'll be directing you to that day's bloggers AND providing a calendar of all the blogs participating.  

And that's not all that will be here on the blog - as in the past years, I'll be doing a tutorial for a quilt top that can be finished in about an hour a day over the twelve days of the hop.  There will even be a couple of catch-up days, too, in case you get behind.  And this year, I've shown some alternate color ways of the quilt, so if you don't want a Christmas quilt, you can see the potential of other color combinations.  

And best of all?  I've got a few giveaways to do during the hop, and so are some of our bloggers.  So don't miss a day - you might miss out on a flash giveaway!  

So let's get started!!  First, I'll introduce you to today's bloggers.  First of all, we have Joy from Days Filled With Joy.  You might remember that she was a guest blogger for the Hands2Help Challenge this year, sharing what it's like to live and quilt in the Middle East.  She's going to share some great gift ideas with us and I for one can't wait to see them!  Our second blogger is Selina, who blogs at Selina Quilts.  It seems like I've known Selina forever - I think hers was one of the first blogs I ever followed - and I love her style!  She's going to share a scrappy Christmas tumbler quilt with us today, and I know you'll love it!  

And FYI - here's your first giveaway alert:  one of today's bloggers is having a giveaway!  So check them out and join in the fun!


And here's this year's quilt-along quilt!  After much pondering on names, and a lot of help from my friends, I think we'll call this one "Rejoice"!  You can see some other color ways on this post, too, including one that would be appropriate for Quilts of Valor.

So let's get started!  Here are the fabric requirements:

This quilt, as shown, finishes up at approximately 68" x 68".

You will need three different fabrics for this quilt.  Looking at the quilt above, let's call the red A, the white B, and the green C.  For the top only, you'll need the following amounts:

Fabric A:  1 3/4 yards
Fabric B:  2 1/8 yards
Fabric C:  1 3/8 yards

The colors in each top are arranged in the same sequence, so if you prefer one of the other colorations, or one of your own, just choose your fabrics accordingly!

It will also be helpful to have a Tri-Recs ruler and a 6.5" Bloc-Loc ruler.  You can find more information about those on the post referenced earlier showing the different color ways.  There's also a discount code for the Bloc-Loc ruler that is good through 7/15/18.  If you don't have, or don't want to buy a Tri-Recs ruler, I can send you a PDF with the correct size templates drawn on it.  NOTE:  Be SURE to give me your email address in your comment!  If you don't, I may not be able to send it to you, as Blogger sends many comments as "no reply".

Now for the cutting.  I would recommend that you press all your fabric, matching the selvages so you will get nice straight-of-grain cuts.  It adds a little time but you'll be happier with your finished quilt!  And here are the pieces you'll need to cut:

For Block A:      6  Fabric A  10" squares
                           6  Fabric B  10" squares
                         48  Fabric C  4.5" squares
                         12  Fabric A  4.5" squares

For Block B:    65  Fabric A  4.5" squares
                     120  Fabric B  4.5" side (Recs) triangles 
                                                     (includes border triangles) 

(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!)

                       60  Fabric C  4.5" center (Tri) triangles 
                                                     (includes border triangles)

Set aside your leftover material to cut borders later!  Don't lose it!

And that's it for Day 1!  Not too much, I hope.  Tomorrow we'll start making the parts for Block A.  See you then!  

Oh, and here's a list of all of the bloggers who will be participating in the blog hop - because I know you all want to know! 
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
Jean @ All Points of the Compass

Don't miss a day - it's going to be awesome!  And don't forget those flash giveaways - you never know what day there'll be one (I don't even know!) so check in daily!




  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I really like how the point fall over into the border. Great idea!

  2. Super design for your quilt along! Thanks for hosting this annual hop to get us all started on ideas for the holidays with enough time to get them finished!!

  3. Yay! I think I fixed my log in problem! I can chime in again :-)

  4. Looking forward to the quilt along! I have the tri rec rulers but mine are by Marti Michell. I have had them for years but have never used them! Thanks for the opportunity!!! Would you please send me the templates so I can verify the size? My email is Thank you!

  5. Such a pretty quilt and I happen to have a stash of leftover Christmas fabrics I was just going to give away. Now I'm debating making this I need another project... But I'm missing how large the quilt finishes? I'm sure it's somewhere, but I can't seem to find it in any recent posts about the quilt! Thanks!

  6. Sarah, this year of the 12 days is off to a wonderful start. Another fantastic pair of bloggers giving us more wonderful projects to sew now or save for later.

  7. Hi Sarah this year I actually have the time to make this gorgeous quilt of yours AND follow the blog hop! Yay! Could you send me a pdf of the tri rec ruler please? My email is . Thanks very much

  8. I love the design but pensions don't cover the cost of templates on top of necessities etc so would be grateful if you would send the pdf please. - michrichbloch(at)
    Many thanks.

  9. I love the quilt and the name for it. Please send me the pdf template if you can. Thanks

    1. Sharon, you are a no-reply blogger and did not provide your email address, so I am unable to send you the templates. Please email me directly at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll be glad to send it to you!

  10. Could you please send me the pdf as well. Thank you!

  11. I'm so excited about this blog hop! Thanks again for hosting it and I will try to join in on the quiltalong :) xx

  12. Love your quilt, Sarah! I've been looking forward to your blog hop all summer and it is finally here! My goal is to comment on every participants many good ones to read.

  13. Great blog hope very pretty

  14. please send me the template pdf. Thank for the QAL, can't wait to get started!

  15. Please send pdf for the templates also.

  16. Hi Sarah, as usual I'm a little behind!! Can you send me the PDF with the templates please?!! Thanks!!

  17. Can u plz send me the Pdf and the templates please. Thank you.

  18. I cut all my scrappy pieces for the QAL, and blogged about it, too, woo hoo! It took me 2-3 hours, and I wondered why that was so much longer than it took you. Then I realized that cutting from just three fabrics would go much faster than sorting through my scraps and trimming all the odd sizes into a cohesive pile. And of course, now I have a new set of scraps from cutting the never ends!

  19. I’m pretty tempted to try this QAL even though I have a very poor track record for keeping up and finishing them. I won a tri recs ruler set last year and have never used it. This might be a good time to give it a try!


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