Monday, July 27, 2020

Christmas in July (then and now) Blog Hop + Giveaway CLOSED

EDIT: The giveaway is now closed, congratulations to @lutzcats for winning!

Welcome to the first day of the Christmas in July (then and now) Blog Hop, which also happens to be my day. Thanks to Carol of  Just Let Me Quilt  for organizing this. The whole schedule is listed below. Make sure to visit the others that are on for today, too. And, last but not least, enter my GIVEAWAY (at the end of this post)!

I have not made a lot of Christmas quilts, but I managed to dig out a couple from my piles.

My first entry is a wall hanging with a cute Christmas Tree. This one was made in 2013. I got to use some of my button stash, also, on this one.

My second entry is the result of a free sew-along in 2017 hosted by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. The 15 different blocks turned into a very nice sampler quit.

This quilt is described in detail in this post: Christmas Came Early .

My favorite quilt holder, the Troll (or the uprooted tree) volunteered to display my quilt in the forest, as always. He is trustworthy!

Make sure to visit the other participants in the blog hop!

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What is a Christmas (in July) Blog Post without a Giveaway?

I am giving away this panel to make a Christmas Countdown Garland. It is from Riley Blake Designs and the selvage dates it to 2017. It is for making a garland of 25 cute mittens, and you will have plenty of time to finish it before Christmas.

To enter the giveaway:

1. Follow my blog and/or follow me on Instagram notqnot  
    Leave a comment that you are following.
2. Comment with telling me best Christmas gift you ever received.

A random winner will be selected August 1.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Pineapple Pincushion

As a little project in-between, I knitted this little pineapple that can be used as a pincushion. Free pattern by Amanda Berry.

It is sew cute!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Six Hundred

My latest quilt is the result of overflowing scrap bins. When making quilts there will always be scraps. I took a deep dive into my bins and cut 2.5" squares to the max. I tried to get as much fun looking squares as possible; novelty prints, animals, bright colors, etc.

Some of the cutting was done with the rotary cutter, but most with my AccuQuilt Go cutter. That one eliminates wrist pains.

This is how a part of the 20 x 30 block layout looked laid out on my floor.

I assembled the squares with strip piecing. The above picture shows the rows being connected.

Here's the final result, a very colorful quilt consisting of 600 squares, dimension is 40" x 60".

After the strip piecing bonanza, I did not feel like piecing the backing, so I went searching in my stash and found the perfect red Gingham from Riley Blake Designs. You can see a glimpse of it in the top picture in this post.

A design like this definitely calls out for old fashioned diagonal quilting. A combination of walking foot and Aurifil 50wt variegated thread in red, white and blue (#3852) creates extra life to the quilt.

Binding strips were cut 2" wide and hand stitched to the back. Multi colored, striped binding with orange as the main color fits the quilt perfectly.

What's the status of my scrap bins after this ordeal? No visible change, actually!

This is my thirteenth charity quilt for the year, and number 57 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.