Christmas in July

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.

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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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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12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

Well it’s July and time for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! I participated in this blog hop last year and it was a lot of fun and absolutely chock full of terrific projects for Christmas. This year, the hop is even bigger and more awesome! At the end of this post you’ll find the blog hop schedule and links to each of the participants.

Before you scroll down though, let me tell you about the most wonderful part—giveaways! Yep, Sarah arranged for Free Spirit to sponsor our hop! Every day during the hop, you’ll be eligible for lovely Free Spriit fabric including Tula Pink’s new holiday collection, Holiday Homies. I saw this collection at Market and I can tell you it’s absolutely yummy and oh so Tula! In total, Sarah has 6 jelly rolls, 6 layer cakes, and 1 fat quarter bundle of gorgeous Free Spirit fabric to give away. To enter, visit the participating blogs each day of the hop and leave a comment. If you fall behind that's ok; Sarah says you've got until midnight Wednesday July 26th to get caught up with your comments. On Thursday, July 27th, Sarah will select a winner for each day from the people who visited that day’s participating blogs and left a comment. Then she’ll select a grand prize winner (the fat quarter bundle) from all the commenters. Only one prize per participant, and again, prizes will be awarded at the end of the hop. Sarah will announce the winners on Friday, July 28th so be sure to visit her blog that day.

Before I show you the list of participating blogs, I want to thank the hop’s host, Sarah Craig @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Thanks Sarah for all your hard work in putting this hop together. You’re simply awesome!

Here is the list of blogs to visit over the next 12 days. To make it easier to find this list each day, just click the blog button at the top of my sidebar and you'll be taken right back here. My day is next Thursday, July 20th, so be sure to stop by! Also, before you hop off, you might want to link up to my Wednesday Wait Loss because I'm having a giveaway!

Now off you go to visit the blogs listed for today. Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog hop post to enter the giveaway! Also, Sarah is posting each day of the hop so be sure to visit her and get the next step in her quilt along and to leave a comment each day

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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Tell me...what are you making For Christmas?

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