Tuesday, July 18, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop continues

Today is day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop.  I don't know about you but I'm seeing lots of great ideas for new holiday projects, not that I need my quilty To Do list to get any longer.
Confessions Of A Fabric Addict
Today's participants are:
Thank you so much to everyone that commented on my Jingle Wishes quilt yesterday.  I'm working my way through replying to all of you and if you don't receive a reply from me in the next few days it is because you are a No Reply Blogger and I can't reply to you.  I've come across at least 6 in just the comments left yesterday before noon.  You really might want to fix that problem so that bloggers can get in touch with you, especially if your name is picked as a winner for a giveaway. 
The tutorial will be posted in a couple of days so be sure to check back in for that.  I'm just putting the finishing touches to the instructions. Gather your charms so you are already to get started.
Next project up will be a baby quilt for a little guy due to arrive later next month.  I'll be using a jelly roll and a layer cake of Riley Blake's Colorfully Creative.

As soon as that is done I'll be getting to work on the mini quilt for the Instagram Falloween Mini Swap.  I know exactly what I want to make.  Though I haven't decided what fabric to use for the background this is the fabric pull for the main part of the design.
I can't wait to have the time to start it.  I can promise that you'll love what I have planned.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jingle Wishes - my 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop quilt

Welcome to my stop on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Confessions Of A Fabric Addict
This is the 2nd year for this holiday themed blog hop and it just might become an annual event if the enthusiastic response is any indication.  :) 

Last summer for this blog hop I designed and created my Merry Jingle quilt (which happens to be in the process of being remade with non-holiday fabrics for my first pattern release for retail sale.)
 It was made using the charms I collected after hosting a Kate Spain Christmas Charm Swap in the fall of 2015.
That swap consisted of her lines Joy, Solstice, 12 Days of Christmas, Flurry, In From the Cold and Jingle.  For this year's hop I wanted to use the same fabrics since I still had so many charms leftover and I also wanted to make a second Christmas themed quilt for my home.  This design is my newest result.  May I present:
Jingle Wishes
 This is a simple charm and half charm quilt with skinny sashing strips between the blocks.
I admit that my main motivation for this design was to use up as many of the Christmas charms as I possibly could.  My only constraint was the amount of fabric that I had for the skinny sashing pieces. This quilt finished at 57" x 55" and used a total of 120 charms for the top.
The panto I chose was Christmas Doodle and the lighthearted motifs suited this cuddle quilt perfectly.  For the top I used Glide thread in Chartreuse which stood out a little while still being very subtle over all the various fabrics. The designs included ornaments.
Sweet candy canes.
And whimsical Christmas trees.
This picture taken in the morning light shows the lovely texture that the panto gave to this quilt without overpowering the fabrics.  I love it!
For the binding, since I had just enough of the same yardage left from the Merry Jingle quilt binding, I used it for this quilt too. It works for me as it includes all three of the main holiday colors of Red, White and Green and ties everything together well.
In keeping with the "use up what I already have" mentality I used a yard of one more Kate Spain Christmas print I had in my stash with even more charms from the charm swap, 64 to be exact.
I'm a big fan of pieced backs because they add so much more interest plus using up bit of this and that is always a good thing so that there's room to buy new fabrics.

The panto design again just shows as great texture across the back. Signature thread in Lime was used on the back.
I'm thrilled with how this design experiment turned out and if you might want to create your own version check back in a few days for the free tutorial.
 I can't thank Sarah enough for hosting this blog hop again.  It gave me the excuse chance to make another beautiful Christmas quilt to adorn my home this coming holiday season.
 Please visit the other ladies who are sharing their projects today.

The entire blog hop schedule is:

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th
Sunday, July 16th
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 17th
Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Tuesday, July 18th
Wednesday, July 19th
Thursday, July 20th
Friday, July 21st
Saturday, July 22nd

 And to just add to the excitement and fun here is more great news from Sarah!

And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren't enough, this year we've got something extra special!  The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it's pretty drool-worthy stuff, too - it's Tula Pink's new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!
I have six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away - and here's how we're going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop, I'll do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone's name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day's hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners - the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then I'll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though - let's spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment - it makes the time spent on each post worth it when you see what people think about your work!

So it's worth your while to visit each blog hop participant and leave her a comment.  Not only will it make her day but it will give you another chance to win some of this yummy fabric.

Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you enjoy my quilt and will come back to see what else is going on in my studio.  Lots of fun projects are in the works and I can't wait to share them.