Christmas in July

It's My Day on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop 2019!

Welcome to my day in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop 2019!

The hop is filled with great ideas and patterns for gifts and decor you can make for Christmas, so you sure don’t want to miss it. You’ll find a list of participating blogs at the end of this post.

There’s also a giveaway—be sure to read to the end of this post so you can enter to win!

Thanks to our host, Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict. This hop has been wonderful thanks to you! Sarah is hosting a quilt along during the hop so be sure to visit Sarah’s blog each day of the hop for the next steps in building this wonderful quilt! Isn’t it gorgeous?

I know. Triangles. But don’t let that stop you from making this quilt—Sarah has tons of photos and detailed instructions to help you over any fears. Don’t miss this chance to add this technique to your quilting wheelhouse!

Now, I mentioned a giveaway didn’t I?

Throughout the blog hop, you can collect multiple chances to win this fabulous fat quarter bundle from the Winterlude collection by FIGO fabrics. Simply visit each blog on the hop, leave a comment, and fill out their copy of the entry form to get your extra chance to win! You’ll find my entry form and a list of the participating blogs at the end of this post.

My Project - Peppermint Twist Tablerunner

My project is this lovely table runner. I call it Peppermint Twist.

The pattern comes with a variation that includes pieced setting triangles. I love how the pattern completely changes with this simple change!

Peppermint Twist uses a stripe fabric that’s printed on the diagonal. Don’t you just love how that stripe twists in the block and border, just like a sweet candy cane?

I also put that diagonal stripe to good use in the binding. I love using a stripe in a binding! If you can’t find a diagonally printed stripe fabric, you can still make Peppermint Twist and it will look lovely. The blocks just won’t twist as much.

The Peppermint Twist Tablerunner uses partial piecing to complete the block. Don’t let that discourage you! Just for the hop, I’ve prepared a special photo tutorial on how to make the block using partial piecing, just to get you over any fears you might have.

Partial Piecing Tutorial

For my tutorial, I decided to make a mini version of the block used in Peppermint Twist. I figured it’s July, so why not make a red, white and blue block? If you’d like to make one too, here’s what you’ll need.

Red

(1) 1” x 18” strip (I cut these from a fat quarter—be sure to starch your fabrics first!)

Stripe

(1) 1” x 18” strip

Navy

(1) 1-3/4” x 18” strip

Navy Center Square

(1) 2” square

Sew a Strip Set

The first thing you need to do is to create a strip set. It’s best to starch your fabrics before cutting your strips to keep them from stretching out of shape as you sew the strip set.

Sew the Red, Stripe, and Navy strips together, pressing the seams in the same direction. Take your time and try to get an accurate 1/4”. If you have problems doing that, you can always cut your Navy strip at 2” and then trim the strip set when you’re done sewing it together.

The strip set should measure 2-3/4” wide. Trim or resew the strip set as needed.

Subcut the strip set into (4) 2-3/4” x 4-1/4” rectangles (Unit 1s).

If you don’t want to make a strip set but you’d like to try your hand at partial piecing, simply cut (4) 2-3/4” x 4-1/4” rectangles and (1) 2” square to make this block.

Lay Out Your Block

Layout your Unit 1s and the center square. Now let’s sew this block together!

Sew the First Rectangle

Lay the Navy 2” square on top of (1) Unit 1, right sides together (RST), aligning the top and side edges of the Navy square and the Red strip of Unit 1 as shown.

Sew from the top of the Navy square, stopping about 1/2” from the bottom edge of the square. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

Press towards the Navy square.

Add the Second Rectangle

Rotating the block clockwise, place (1) Unit 1 on top of the block as shown, RST. Stitch the entire seam, and press to the Navy square.

Add the Third Rectangle

Rotate the block clockwise again, place another Unit 1 on top of block RST as shown. Stitch and press towards the Navy square.

Add the Last Rectangle

Rotate the block clockwise one more time and add the last Unit 1. Press to the Navy square.

Finish the Partial Seam

Return to the first Unit 1 and align its edges with the last Unit 1 and the Navy square. Sew the partial seam to complete it, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Square block to 6-1/2”.

Here’a look at my pressing. Press the seams in the strip set in the same direction, and as you’re sewing the block together, press towards the center square.

What Can I Do With My Block?

Tons! Obviously, you could make more blocks and sew them into a cute patriotic mini-quilt. This one is set on-point just like the blocks in Peppermint Twist. Notice how the blocks still twist, even with a straight stripe (non-diagonally printed).

This is what it would look like if you set the blocks horizontally, with sashing.

Don’t want to make a quilt? It would be super easy to sew your block into a mug rug like these. I’ve got a step by step tutorial here.

I’m participating in the Sew Let’s QAL, and I’ve created several projects you can make with the blocks in that quilt along. There’s no reason why you couldn’t use your new patriotic block in one of my sample projects.

Click here to see my QAL Segment 1 projects and my QAL Segment 2 projects. I’ll be creating Segment 3 projects at the end of the quilt along so be sure to follow me (you’ll find ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.) It’s not too late to join us in the quilt along if you like—click here to learn more about the quilt along.

I Love Partial Piecing!

If you’ve found this tutorial easy to do, why not make my Peppermint Twist table runner for your holiday season? It’s only three blocks.

The pieced setting triangles are easy too—they are simply partially pieced blocks that you lop off after you get the quilt center together. So feel free to try both versions!

You’ll find the Peppermint Twist Table Runner pattern in my shop. My pattern is on sale for 20% off through the end of the blog hop.

If you’d rather make a quilt, you’ll find the original Peppermint Twist quilt pattern in my shop along with Water Vortex (the pieced setting triangles version). Both of these patterns are also on sale at 20% off throughout the duration of the blog hop.

If you make my Peppermint Twist Table Runner, Peppermint Twist quilt, Water Vortex, or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Wait, don’t leave without entering the giveaway!

To enter to win this gorgeous Wintertide fat quarter bundle from FIGO fabrics:

  • Leave a comment at the end of this post.

  • Fill out this form. You’ll need to scroll to click that blue Submit button to finish your entry!

  • Visit the other bloggers on the hop (especially Anja @ Anja Quilts who is my partner today) and fill out their form to get an additional entry!

  • Visit our host, Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict to get the next step for her quilt along quilt and to enter for another chance.

You’ve got 24 chances to win if you visit each blog participant, and another 12 chances if you visit Sarah each day of the hop and complete her form. Don’t miss out! You’ll find the list of participants right after the form.

Sarah’s giveaway has closed. Click here to see if you won!

Wait! I have a giveaway too!

Enter my giveaway to receive a free PDF copy of my Peppermint Twist Table Runner! The giveaway is open to International visitors as well so be sure to enter. The winner will be announced Wednesday, July 31st, on the same day as Sarah’s winner. To enter my giveaway, simply leave a comment here on my blog.

My giveaway has closed as well. Click here to see if you won!

Here’s the schedule for the hop

Sunday, July 14th

Jamie @ L’Fair Quilts

Sharon @ Vrooman’s Quilts

Monday, July 15th

Amy @ Sea of Estrogen

Meloney @ Mel’s Quilting Blog

Tuesday, July 16th

Joy @ Days Filled With Joy

Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic

Wednesday, July 17th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, July 18th

Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Friday, July 19th

Moira @ The Quilted Snail

Saturday, July 20th

Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

Anja @ Anja Quilts

Sunday, July 21st

Tracie @ Riceford Streams

Sharon @ Vrooman’s Quilts

Monday, July 22nd

Katie @ Katie Mae Quilts

Susan @ QuiltFabrication

Tuesday, July 23rd

Mary @ Made by Marney

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Wednesday, July 24th

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

Karrin @ Karrin’s Crazy World

Thursday, July 25th

Christina @ Christina’s Handicrafts

Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to leave a comment (with you email address).

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It's Been an Awesome 12 Days of Christmas!

All good things must come to an end, and that includes the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, which was filled with ideas and free patterns for Christmas giftables (small sewable gifts) and Christmas decor. If you've missed out it's not too late! You'll find the list of participating blogs at the end of this post.

Before you jump down to the blog hop list, let me share a few additional Christmas ideas of my own! Some of these are my own design, some are not. Some are complete tutorials, some are simply idea launchers. Regardless, if you can't find something you like here, then your eyes are shut! <grin> Happy sewing everyone!

Back to the hop! Free Spirit Fabrics is our blog hop sponsor, and to enter to win one of 13 fabulous fabric packages, visit each of the participating blogs listed below and leave a comment on the blog hop post. You've got until Wednesday, July 26th at midnight to leave your comments, so get a hoppin'!

Visit our host Sarah as well, and leave a comment on each of her blog hop posts for more chances to win. Sarah will announce the winners Friday August 4th on her blog.

Here is the list of participating blogs. My original blog hop post is also listed below (or you can just click here). I shared a free Christmas table runner pattern and a matching quilt pattern in that post so be sure to check it out and of course, leave a comment. <grin> Again, be sure to also visit Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and leave comments on her posts as well as the blogs listed below.

Friday, July 14th
From My Carolina Home
Vrooman's Quilts
Pampered Pettit

Saturday, July 15th
Citymousequilter
Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Quilting Fun

Sunday, July 16th
Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 17th
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Tuesday, July 18th
Seams To Be Sew
Stitchin at Home
Domestic Felicity

Wednesday, July 19th
The Colorful Fabriholic
Smiles From Kate

Thursday, July 20th
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting
The Inquiring Quilter
Selina Quilts

Friday, July 21st
Katie Mae Quilts
Quilted Blooms
QuiltFabrication

Saturday, July 22nd
Devoted Quilter
Kathy's Kwilts and More
All Points of the Compass

Sunday, July 23rd
Mel's Quilting Blog
Resourceful Momma
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 24th
Anja Quilts
PickingandStitching
A Dream and a Stitch

Tuesday, July 25th
Christina's Handicrafts
Abyquilts

Some of us bloggers got so excited by the hop, they wanted to share additional Christmas ideas in a second post! (My additional ideas are above, at the top of this post.) Here is the list of the other bonus blog hop posts:

Extra Hop Posts - More Ideas for Christmas!

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Michele @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Carol @ From My Carolina Home
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic

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It’s My Day on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to my day on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! The hop is filled with great ideas and patterns for gifts and decor you can make for Christmas, so you sure don’t want to miss it. The hop is also filled with awesome fabric giveaways, so be sure to enter by visiting the participating blogs and leaving a comment. You’ll find a list of participating blogs at the end of this post.

Thanks to our host, Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict! This hop has been wonderful thanks to you! Sarah is hosting a quilt along during the hop so be sure to visit Sarah’s blog each day of the hop not only for the next steps in building her wonderful quilt, but to also leave a comment each day for the giveaway.

So without further ado, here is my project for the hop—the Merry Berry Ornamental Table Runner.

Here are the fabric requirements:

Background – 1/2 yard

Gold – (1) fat eighth, or scraps

Ornaments – (1) fat quarter each, or scraps

Border—1/4 yard

Binding—1/4 yard

Backing—1 1/4 yards

Cutting:

Background

               (12) 3” squares

               (5) 8 1/4” squares, cut once diagonally

               (6) 7/8” squares

               (6) 2 1/8” squares

               (2) 4 1/2” squares, cut once diagonally

Gold

               (3) 1 3/4” x 2” rectangles

               (3) 7/8” x 1 1/4” rectangles

Ornaments

               (1) 10 1/4” square for each ornament (3 total needed)

Borders

               (2) 2” x 36 1/2” strips

               (2) 2” x 15 1/2” strips

Binding

               (3) 2-1/4” x WOF strips

Backing

               (1) 21” x 45” rectangle

Creating the Ornament Blocks – Finish 12”

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of (4) Background 3” squares. Place (1) Background square on top of a corner of (1) Ornament 10 1/4” square, RST. Sew on drawn line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4”. Press back, forming the corner. Repeat for each corner.

Sew (1) Background 8 1/4” triangle to the (3) sides of the square as shown. Press.

To assemble the remaining corner, sew (1) Background 7/8” square to either side of (1) Gold 7/8” x 1 1/4” rectangle. Sew (1) Gold 1 3/4” x 2” rectangle to the bottom of the unit.

Sew (1) Background 2 1/8” x 5 1/4” rectangle to either side of the unit. Position (1) Background 4 1/2” triangle in the middle of the top side of the unit as shown, then stitch and press the triangle back towards the corner to complete the Corner Unit.

Sew the Corner Unit on the remaining corner to complete (1) Ornament Block. Square to 12 1/2”. Repeat the steps to complete (3) Ornament Blocks.

Completing the Table Runner

Sew the (3) Ornament Blocks together. Notice the rotation of the blocks.

Sew (1) Border rectangle to each side of Quilt Center. Sew (1) Border Rectangle to top/bottom of Quilt Center.

Layer backing, batting, and quilt top. Baste, quilt as desired and bind. Decorate your table, sit back and relax because you're ready for the holidays!

What I love most about this pattern is that you can personalize the ornaments however you like. For example, notice that I kept one simple, added stripes to another, and applique and a stripe to the last one. If you decide to modify your ornaments like I did, just make sure you end up with a 10 1/4” square before starting the blocks.

I quilted my table runner in the ditch around the ornaments and on either side of the ornament stripes. I also quilted the stripes with soft curves. For the plain ornament block I quilted "stripes" into it.

The background was quilted with simple holly motifs. To do that, I sketched out two holly leaves (one big, one small) then pinned them to the quilt and simply quilted around them then quilted a vine down the middle.

On the back of the table runner I used a light Christmas fabric that shows the quilting beautifully. I chose a contrasting binding because I happen to like that.

I really loved making this table runner. It went together easily and the quilting was a breeze!

 Here are the quilt details:

"Feeling Ornamental"
15” x 39”
Original Design
Pattern:
Merry Berry Ornamental Table Runner
Fabrics: Christmas scrap fabrics
Batting: Warm and White
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt #5011Rope Beige
Quilting Thread: Sulky 40 wt #1082 Ecru, #1103 Dark Khaki, #1137 Yellow Orange, #1156 Lt. Army Green, #1169 Bayberry Red
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

If you like my ornament block, you can make it into a quilt! Yep, I have a free pattern for a quilt sized 75” x 85” that features the lovely Merry Berry and Bright fabric collection from RJR Fabrics. Merry Berry and Bright fabrics should be in your local quilt stores now.

Click here to download my Merry Berry Ornamental pattern. Be sure to check out my other free giftable tutorials. If you like this tutorial, I invite you to follow me! You'll find all the ways you can do that (such as my email newsletter, Bloglovin' and Facebook) at the top of my sidebar. I offer free tutorials and patterns quite often, along with fabric giveaways. In fact, be sure to check out my Wednesday Wait Loss this week because yep, there's a fabulous fabric giveaway!

As promised, here is the list of blogs to visit each day of the hop. To make it easier to find this list each day, look for the blog hop button on my sidebar. Be sure to leave a comment when you visit each blog to enter the fabric giveaway! And don’t forget to visit Sarah’s blog every day of the hop and leave a comment for extra chances to win.

Here’s the schedule for the hop.

SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

Jamie @ L’Fair Quilts

Sharon @ Vrooman’s Quilts

MONDAY, JULY 15TH

Amy @ Sea of Estrogen

Meloney @ Mel’s Quilting Blog

TUESDAY, JULY 16TH

Joy @ Days Filled With Joy

Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH

Pampered Pettit

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

THURSDAY, JULY 18TH

Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Selina @ Selina Quilts

FRIDAY, JULY 19TH

Moira @ The Quilted Snail

Mel @ Cloth and Paper Studio

SATURDAY, JULY 20TH

Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

Anja @ Anja Quilts

SUNDAY, JULY 21ST

Tracie @ Riceford Streams

Marion @ Seams to Be Sew

MONDAY, JULY 22ND

Katie @ Katie Mae Quilts

Susan @ QuiltFabrication

TUESDAY, JULY 23RD

Mary @ Made by Marney

Sherry @ Selina Quilts

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

Karrin @ Karrin’s Crazy World

THURSDAY, JULY 25TH

Christina @ Christina’s Handicrafts

Brandy @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

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12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Continues!

The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop continues this week and you don't want to miss out on any of the ideas for Christmas giftables. My mind is already bubbling with the wonderful things I can make now, and check off my Christmas gift list. You can get a head start too, just by visiting the participating blogs. Look for the list of participants at the end of this post.

My day is Thursday, so be sure to come back for a beautiful table runner pattern--free! Also, at the end of this post you'll find related links to my free tutorials for Christmas gifts from previous years.

Free Spirit Fabrics is our blog hop sponsor, and to enter to win one of 13 fabulous fabric packages, visit each blog and leave a comment. Visit our host Sarah as well, and leave a comment on her blog every day of the hop for more chances. 

ONE WARNING: Do yourself a favor and be sure to leave your email address with your comment. Depending on how you sign in to comment (for example if you sign on using your Google account), on some blogs your email is not automatically collected so you must leave it manually.

Sarah will announce the winners on Friday, July 28th so be sure to visit her blog that day to find out if you've won.

Here is the list of participating blogs. Again, be sure to also visit Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict every day of the blog hop.

Friday, July 14th
From My Carolina Home
Vrooman's Quilts
Pampered Pettit

Saturday, July 15th
Citymousequilter
Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Quilting Fun

Sunday, July 16th
Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 17th
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Tuesday, July 18th
Seams To Be Sew
Stitchin at Home
Domestic Felicity

Wednesday, July 19th
The Colorful Fabriholic
Smiles From Kate

Thursday, July 20th
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting
The Inquiring Quilter
Selina Quilts

Friday, July 21st
Katie Mae Quilts
Quilted Blooms
QuiltFabrication

Saturday, July 22nd
Devoted Quilter
Kathy's Kwilts and More
All Points of the Compass

Sunday, July 23rd
Mel's Quilting Blog
Resourceful Momma
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 24th
Anja Quilts
PickingandStitching
A Dream and a Stitch

Tuesday, July 25th
Christina's Handicrafts
Abyquilts

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