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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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Celebrating National Quilting Day with a New Pattern for Timeless Treasures!

Happy National Quilting Day and Worldwide Quilting Day! I hope you’re in your sewing room, quilting up a storm! If you don’t have anything to make, I offer this easy pattern.

I designed my latest pattern for Timeless Treasures and it’s called “True Patriot.” True Patriot is designed to use the fabrics from the Tonga Patriot batik collection, which is in stores now.

True Patriot finishes at 52-1/2" x 68-1/2" and would make a great Quilt of Valor. It would also be an awesome quilt for your own American hero, or as a welcome banner to your home.

The pattern is a free download that you'll find here, on my free downloadable quilt patterns page.

If you make True Patriot 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.

Happy National Quilting Day and Worldwide Quilting Day!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 74

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss, where you can share your quilty works in progress and recent finished quilts with us!

Happy Fourth of July! Let me tell you what I've been up to.

This week I finally got my June Island Batik challenge done! Yippee! It turned out pretty special so I'll save the details for a separate post.

The challenge, by the way, was to make a modern quilt. I can't wait to share it with you!

 

 

 

I also worked on my Bee Inspired block for the May queen. It's basically done except for some applique I wanted to add, so you'll see it soon. I think it's pretty special, and hopefully Velda, our May queen, will love it too.

Meanwhile, last night I did what's becoming a Fourth of July tradition--helping my sister plant flags on the lawns of her neighbors. Here are some photos I took last year in the daylight.

The planting of flags on the evening before the Fourth of July has been a tradition in my sister's neighborhood for years. The flags are bought by two elderly ladies who like to share their patriotism. My sister Pat has been helping them plant the flags for a while now. Recently though, one of the ladies has found it too hard to get around, so that leaves only Norma so a few years ago Pat has asked me to help. This year, my husband and daughter decided to join in the fun! (My dh is behind the camera in this shot.)

The flags are planted at night so they are a surprise. I love how these two women have been doing this in secret for years, and also how I now get to take part. It feels a bit like Christmas, leaving little flag "presents" on everyone's lawn.

I hope I get to do it for many years to come.

Well, that's what I've been up to this week.! Let's see who made this week's feature.

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After last night's flag planting adventure, I'm in a patriotic mood! Although my special red, white, and blue link up is coming up later this month, it's the Fourth of July so I just can't help myself. Let me share some patriotic quilts.

First up is Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts. Laura designed this baseball quilt for her son's coach. What could be more American than baseball?

Next, I want to feature Kathy @ Hazel's Daughter. Kathy shared two flag pillows, a wall hanging, and a table runner. I love all this red, white, and blue!

Congratulations Laura and Kathy! Thank you so much for sharing your quilts with us.  Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blogs.

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Our next special link up will be July 18th. Since the United States celebrates it's independence on July 4th (today), I'd like to celebrate the month of July with red, white, and blue quilts. I'll be having another giveaway, so get your quilts ready for the link up! To qualify, quilts do not need to be patriotic or have anything to do with the Fourth of July, but they do need to contain at least some red, some white, and some blue (all three colors).


 

Time to link up! Remember, if you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 61

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss where you can share your unfinished quilt projects and receive encouragement to finally finish them!

Me, I finished Wicked Envy last week but it's been either raining or snowing since. I may have to give up on an outdoor photo shoot. Sigh.

I do have some happy news though. I got some more shamrock blocks in the mail from my friends in Bee Inspired! Here's what Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting sent me.

Here are the blocks I received from Sue @ Seven Oaks Street Quilts.

And Kate @ Smiles from Kate sent these to me all the way from England!

I'm getting quite the collection!

On Saturday, I finished my March Island Batik challenge. The challenge was to try a quilting technique new to us. I tried making a Lone Star quilt and ended up checking off an item from my bucket list! You can read all about it here.

Finally, I'm sponsoring a quilt along that just kicked off this week. Yep, there are prizes for participating and this week the prize is one of my patterns. Jump over to Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts and join the fun!

 

Well, that's what I've been up to! Let's see who made this week's feature.

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This week I want to feature a new quilter to our WWL family: Danette @ Nettie Sews and Lucky Quilts. Last week, Danette shared some fabric Easter baskets with us.

Aren't they adorable? Congratulations Danette! Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blog.

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Last week, a lot of you shared your special Easter and Spring quilts with us. Thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in my special link up. If you missed the quilts, you simply must see them!

I don't know about you, but I'm liking these special link ups, and I've decided to have one each month. We had two in March, so I think the next one will be in May. How about basket quilts (May baskets) for May? We'll have our next special linkup on May 16th, featuring basket quilts.

Until then, feel free to link up any quilty work in progress or a recent finish. I can't wait to see what you're up to!

Remember, if you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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