Merry Christmas – in July!

25 07 2017

Welcome to the final day of “12 Days of Christmas in July” blog hop planned and hosted by Sarah Craig who blogs at confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com.  Travel to Sarah’s blog for a list and description of the other bloggers on this 12th Day of Christmas (in July). Remember to comment on each of today’s featured blogs in order to be entered in a give-away.

My contribution to all the wonderful gifts, crafts, and holiday décor projects presented in the blog hop is a quilt, of course. Actually, I’m showing two quilts. One is throw or twin size, the other is baby or wall hanging size. Take advantage of your local quilt shop’s Christmas in July fabric sales and begin making one or the other of these quick and easy Star quilts.

You will find pdf (printer friendly) instructions for the quilts on the Patterns page of this blog. The throw/twin size quilt measures 72″ x 72.” The baby/wall quilt measures 40″ x 40″ and is fat quarter friendly. Both are in one document listed as “Christmas Triple Star Quilt” on the Patterns page.

For a playful finish, I quilted meandering loops in white thread all over the baby/wall quilt. Using aqua thread, I quilted a snowflake pantograph on the larger quilt. I was a little unsure about using aqua thread, but I love the results; the snowflake motifs show up nicely and add interest in the large white background triangles. You can best see this in the close-up photo below.

Yes, it is July 25th, exactly five months until Christmas! Celebrate by making at least one of the blog hop projects as a decoration or gift. I would love to see a picture of your finished project.

To re-cap, here is a list of links to all the blog hop participants.

Friday, July 14th

 Saturday, July 15th
 Sunday, July 16th
 Monday, July 17th
 Tuesday, July 18th
 Wednesday, July 19th
 Thursday, July 20th
 Friday, July 21st
 Saturday, July 22nd

If this is your first time visiting abyquilts.wordpress.com, welcome! I invite you to “follow” for lots of quiltmaking fun and encouragement. I have an on-going pre-cut challenge for 2017. The challenge for the third quarter is using a Layer Cake of 10″ squares to make a quilt. There are frequent drawings for quilt magazines, and occasionally I host a Quilt Along or Mystery Quilt project.

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Independence Day Potpourri

4 07 2016

Happy Independence Day! I hope you are celebrating with family and friends as I am. I’m thankful to be an American, and I’m so grateful for our freedoms and religious liberty!

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After the cookout is over, if you have some time to sew, here’s a quick table runner idea. The inspiration for the design is from my runner published in McCall’s Quilting July/August 2013. Click here to see the original quilt and to link to a free lap quilt pattern. The fabrics are 2 1/2″ strips from Wilmington Prints “Ruby Red” and “Sapphire Sky” strip packs. You’ll need 3 red strips and 3 blue strips in varying shades; cut these in 6″ and 8″ lengths. You need 18 white 2 1/2″ squares. Refer to the picture for fabric placement, and read the free lap quilt pattern on the McCall’s website for detailed construction information.

Trinity and the grandkids are visiting this month, and we’re having a blast sewing together. Yesterday Krystine worked on her scrappy Nine Patch and Snowball quilt in fall colors. And Trinity completed four more 16″ star blocks for a queen size quilt.

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Our retirement house is looking more like a home. The roofing paper is preparation for the next stage – a metal roof. It’s exciting to walk around inside and imagine the finishing of all the rooms including a huge quilting studio, the placement of furniture, and where I’ll hang my decorative quilts.

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McCalls QQ Aug Sep Cover-200pxAnd now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . the drawing for the winners of Aug./Sept. McCall’s Quick Quilts. There were 21 comments and Pamela Reim’s and Tonya Krout’s names were drawn. Congratulations, ladies. I’ll send you emails asking for your USPS addresses. If you didn’t win this time and your local newsstand is sold out, click on the picture of the magazine to link to the Quilt and Sew Shop where you can order a copy.

 

 





“Zoo City” Published!

23 06 2016

McCalls QQ Aug Sep Cover-200pxI am so happy to announce the publication of my baby quilt, “Zoo City,” in the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! What’s not to like about this quilt? The fabric is cheerful and darling, from the panel and border print to the coordinating tone-on-tones. The framed squares are easily assembled and the stars twinkle brightly against a light blue background. The gender neutral fabrics and 55″ x 55″ size are perfect for baby or toddler alike.

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To add to the excitement, I am the guest blogger for McCall’s today. Click here to read about my inspiration for the quilt and the twists and turns construction took along the way to completion. Leave a comment on the McCall’s blog for a chance to win a panel of the zoo animals, thanks to Wilmington Prints’ generous donation.

I am also happy to announce that McCall’s is offering kits for the project. (This is the first of my published quilts that is offered as a kit!) Click here to order a kit from the Quilt and Sew Shop. Or, if you live locally and wish to see the fabric in person, visit Loving Stitches at 7076 North Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC  28311.

McCall’s editors kindly donated several copies of the magazine issue. If you would like to be in the drawing, leave a comment stating who you could make “Zoo City” for. The drawing will be on July 1.