Saturday, July 20, 2019

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along, Day 8!


Hi, all!

Wow, it's hard to believe we've been hopping for a full week now, isn't it?  So many great ideas are whirling around in my head, like snowflakes in a snow globe.




Shiny things are such a distraction, aren't they?  I want to drop everything right this minute and make some of these wonderful projects.  And we've got more today!  Tracie from Riceford Streams and Marian from Seams to Be Sew have their own shiny things to tempt you with.  I can't wait to see what they are - because you can never have enough shiny things!

Here's the line-up once again...

Sunday, July 14th


Monday, July 15th


Tuesday, July 16th


Wednesday, July 17th


Thursday, July 18th


Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th


Sunday, July 21st


Monday, July 22nd


Tuesday, July 23rd


Wednesday, July 24th


Thursday, July 25th


And remember, too, there's a giveaway!  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line, Wintertide...


...and one lucky reader will get to take it home!  All you have to do is fill in the form below with your full name and email address (don't worry, I won't use it for anything beyond notifying you if you win!).  Entries will close on Tuesday, July 30th, and I'll announce the winner here on Wednesday, July 31st - New Year's Eve in July!


Be sure to click "Submit"!!

You get an entry for visiting the stops on the hop, too, so drop by each new day's blog posts, enjoy the post and leave a comment (comments make us happy!), then fill out the entry form on their blog too.  If their blog hop post doesn't have an entry form feel free to come back here and leave an entry after checking out their "gift" for you!

So get hopping, folks - then come back here to see today's step for the quilt-along...

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If you're managing to follow along with a block a day, you should be making your seventh block today.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of my versions at the seventh block, so I'm sharing a picture of what it looked like on my quilt frame.  I really dithered about how to quilt this top, but finally realized that I needed to just do it so I had a finished version to share.  I ended up doing what I call "girlie swirlies" on it, a tight swirl that comes to a point.  I think it played well with the starbursts on this fun grunge fabric!  It doesn't interfere with the design, just gives it an overall texture - and it's finished, which is the important part, right?

I'm still working on my borders...


...and I'm really hoping that I can get this medallion version finished completely by the end of the hop so I can share it with you all!  Keep your fingers crossed for me, ok?

Keep working on yours - a finished Christmas quilt for this year's holiday season is within your reach!  

Hugs!

Sarah

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along, Day 7!


Hi, all!

Welcome back to the Hop!  Have you got your dancing shoes on?



Because we've got some more great stuff to dance about today!  Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter and Anja of Anja Quilts have great ideas to rock our Christmas crafting, and I for one can't wait to see what they are!  I'm already so inspired by the ideas that have been shared, and have multiple projects that I must. make. RIGHT. NOW.  How about you?

For your convenience, let's share the line-up once again...

Sunday, July 14th


Monday, July 15th


Tuesday, July 16th


Wednesday, July 17th


Thursday, July 18th


Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th


Sunday, July 21st


Monday, July 22nd


Tuesday, July 23rd


Wednesday, July 24th


Thursday, July 25th


And remember, too, there's a giveaway!  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line, Wintertide...


...and one lucky reader will get to take it home!  All you have to do is fill in the form below with your full name and email address (don't worry, I won't use it for anything beyond notifying you if you win!).  Entries will close on Tuesday, July 30th, and I'll announce the winner here on Wednesday, July 31st - New Year's Eve in July!


Be sure to click "Submit"!!

You get an entry for visiting the stops on the hop, too, so drop by each new day's blog posts, enjoy the post and leave a comment (comments make us happy!), then fill out the entry form on their blog too.  If their blog hop post doesn't have an entry form feel free to come back here and leave an entry after checking out their "gift" for you!

So get hopping, folks - then come back here to see today's step for the quilt-along...

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Today you'll be working on the sixth block for your quilt.  Does yours look like mine, or are you a "corners first" person?  Whichever you are, keep at it - you're in the home stretch!  If you need the block construction instructions again, you can find them here.

And now for the next steps on my medallion version of this quilt!  I decided I wanted a checkerboard border as the next round, so my next step was to decide what size it should be.  I waffled around between 2" squares and 1" squares, but when I drew out a sample of each size, it was definitely the 1" squares which pleased my eye the most.  But 1" squares!  Oh my gosh, the horror of the thought of sewing over four hundred 1.5" squares almost stopped me in my tracks.  But then I realized that I could do strip construction pretty easily.  I found two reds in my stash that worked well together AND worked with the reds in the quilt, and cut 1.5" WOF strips...


...and sewed them together in pairs along the long edges.  Then I cross-cut the strips to yield lots of little two-patch blocks.  (TIP: Use a shorter stitch length when you plan to cross-cut, so your stitching holds well.)  I was pretty sure that two sets of strips would yield me enough 2-patch units to make one edge of the border, so that's how I did it, rather than doing all of them at one time. I told you I have a short attention span, right?


Then came the chain piecing - LOTS of chain piecing!  But because I was only working on one border, it wasn't too boring.  After sewing them together in pairs and pressing, I took those 4-patch blocks and sewed them together into 8-patch blocks, pressing once again.  Then I sewed all the 8-patch blocks into a long strip, pressing after I finished the strip.  And see how nice it looks with the rest of the quilt?


I did manage to get two more sets of these borders done before I had to write this post...


...and I'm really pleased with how they are looking.  I want to put another skinny white border between the checkerboards and the trees, and another white border on the outside, so that's my next step.  That will be my task for today.

I hope you are enjoying your own progress on this quilt - see you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, July 19, 2019

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along, Day 6!


Hi, all!

Well, it's another beautiful day in the Starbucks neighborhood...



It doesn't look much like Christmas in here, but I'm definitely feeling the holiday spirit as I experience great thankfulness for having a place where I can go and be welcomed in my hour of internet need!  And that little lady behind the counter may be my new best friend - my crazy drink order (venti decaf Americano, iced, with sugar free vanilla and cream - keto friendly, of course) is very close to becoming something I can order by saying "the usual"!  So never doubt that Christmas spirit is around all year long - even if there aren't red cups to commemorate it!

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along, as we hit the halfway mark - Day 6!  As usual, we have some fabulous gift-ie goodness coming from two more quilt bloggers - Moira at The Quilted Snail and Mel at Cloth and Paper Studio will be bringing it to us, wrapped up with a bow!

For your convenience, let's share the line-up once again...

Sunday, July 14th


Monday, July 15th


Tuesday, July 16th


Wednesday, July 17th


Thursday, July 18th


Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th


Sunday, July 21st


Monday, July 22nd


Tuesday, July 23rd


Wednesday, July 24th


Thursday, July 25th


And remember, too, there's a giveaway!  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line, Wintertide...


...and one lucky reader will get to take it home!  All you have to do is fill in the form below with your full name and email address (don't worry, I won't use it for anything beyond notifying you if you win!).  Entries will close on Tuesday, July 30th, and I'll announce the winner here on Wednesday, July 31st - New Year's Eve in July!


Be sure to click "Submit"!!

You get an entry for visiting the stops on the hop, too, so drop by each new day's blog posts, enjoy the post and leave a comment (comments make us happy!), then fill out the entry form on their blog too.  If their blog hop post doesn't have an entry form feel free to come back here and leave an entry after checking out their "gift" for you!

So get hopping, folks - then come back here to see today's step for the quilt-along...

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Today you should be making your fifth block, and you will start to see the kaleidoscope design taking form.  It's pretty, isn't it?  Keep up the good work, you're doing great.  If you still need to refer to the block construction instructions, you can find that post here.

I've been working on turning my finished kaleidoscope quilt top into a medallion quilt, and here's what I've been doing...


All the Christmas tree blocks got trunks added to them...


And then I arranged them around the center motif to get an idea of spacing.  Here's where my least favorite part of quilting - 
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came into play.  The top and bottom rows were pretty easy, because I knew I wanted the three center trees centered over the three blocks.  So I determined how much fabric I needed between the three to center them, and used the same size for the fabric between the center section and the two outer trees.  


I also knew I wanted a border of some sort between the center medallion and the tree borders - and that's where my mind absolutely fried.  I did finally figure out that the borders around the medallion needed to be 3" wide (finished), and added those.  Then I measured and 'thought' I had figured out the right size for the pieces between the side trees - but no....


I ended up needing a "humility" piece on both ends of each strip of trees!  Oh well, it won't show when the quilt is quilted and washed, and if it does, it will be a great reminder that no one is perfect, right?


So here's the current state of my quilt top.  I am thinking I will add another white border (maybe a narrow one this time) around the trees, and then do some sort of checkerboard border all the way around.  It's getting pretty large now - about 54" square - so it won't take much more for it to get to a comfortable size.

Time to get back to the drawing board, and back to the sewing machine!  I hope you're getting some great ideas about how to finish off your own quilt top as we go along.

See you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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

Hi, all!

Five days in to this year's 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - are you in the Christmas Spirit yet?



By the way, Elf is probably my favorite Christmas movie of all time....  

Today we've got even more to get excited about, if the last four days haven't been enough to get your inner elf jumping up and down!  Kathy of Kathy's Kwilts and More will be sharing something special, and Selina of Selina Quilts will be bringing her first of two posts - because she had so many great ideas we couldn't limit her to just one post!  

Here's the line-up once again...

Sunday, July 14th


Monday, July 15th


Tuesday, July 16th


Wednesday, July 17th


Thursday, July 18th


Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th


Sunday, July 21st


Monday, July 22nd


Tuesday, July 23rd


Wednesday, July 24th


Thursday, July 25th


And remember, too, there's a giveaway!  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line, Wintertide...


...and one lucky reader will get to take it home!  All you have to do is fill in the form below with your full name and email address (don't worry, I won't use it for anything beyond notifying you if you win!).  Entries will close on Tuesday, July 30th, and I'll announce the winner here on Wednesday, July 31st - New Year's Eve in July!


Be sure to click "Submit"!!

You get an entry for visiting the stops on the hop, too, so drop by each new day's blog posts, enjoy the post and leave a comment (comments make us happy!), then fill out the entry form on their blog too.  If their blog hop post doesn't have an entry form feel free to come back here and leave an entry after checking out their "gift" for you!

So get hopping, folks - then come back here to see today's step for the quilt-along...

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It's time to make your fourth block - and the best thing I can say about that is "fourth verse, same as the first"!  I'm sure by now you are finding these blocks pretty simple to put together, and maybe you've even caught the "no one can eat just one-itis" that I have!  Here's how my medallion version is coming along...


And now I'm going to take my husband's suggestion.  You see, the internet at our house has been out pretty much 75% of the time since we returned from vacation on July 1st, and because of that I'm having to write these blogposts (several at a time) away from home, and I'm running out of witty things to say!  Yes, at one of my busiest blog times of the year, I'm having to do most of my blogging at Starbucks or McDonalds - because we live in a semi-rural part of the state, and can't get either cable internet or DSL.  I've upgraded my list of questions if I ever buy a new house - it will now include, top of the list, "How do you get your internet service?"  Ours is via satellite dish, which is notorious for being weather-sensitive, plus we have LOTS of trees in our yard, which means we are constantly at the mercy of tree growth, which can block line-of-sight from the dish to the satellite.  



All of that to say, I'm sorry if the content of these posts isn't as scintillating as usual.  So I'm going home now to sew a little and relieve some stress and think of wonderful things to say tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah