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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.



51 comments:

  1. Your holiday quilts are awesome! My best gift was my husband planning a post holiday trip for my family!

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  2. I am following your blog. My memorable Christmas gift was when I was about 7 years old and received a rocking chair and a hand-made teddy bear as well as a rag doll made by my Mom.

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    1. You received a wonderful gift, I can see it for me!

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  3. I love both of your Christmas quilted pieces. I think Lorna is just a fabulous pattern designer and your piece just proves it once again.

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  4. Both of your projects look fantastic!

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  5. I love you Christmas quilts and I really need a helpful tree for taking quilty photos.

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  6. My comment just disappeared--as I was typing it--so I'm going to start again. I hope this isn't a duplicate. I'm an Instagram follower; I'm @wordygirl11 there. Because it would be hard to narrow down the best Christmas gift ever, I'll tell you the best Christmas gift from my partner. Every year my dad gave me a box of See's marzipan for Christmas; it was a tradition going back at least 20 years and I loved having my favorite candy to settle in with along with the new books I always get at Christmastime. It just meant "Christmas" to me. My dad died just before the holiday, and everything was so different and sad...and then I saw that my partner had gone to See's and brought home a box of candy for me and put it under the tree, just like Dad always did. Such a simple gift but so thoughtful. He still doesn't understand why this is the best gift he ever gave me, out of all the things he has bought over the last 35 years, but none has ever meant more.

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  7. Buttons are the perfect adornment for a quilty Christmas tree. LOVE that idea. Your quilt with Lorna's pattern is adorable. My best gift, well not best, but memorable was the year I received an unicycle. I never could ride it though.

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  8. Oh how I love Lorna's BOM. Every time I see it, it reminds me I need to get it out of my UFO pile and finish it up. Thanks for sharing

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  9. Lorna har flotte mønster, og din quilt er helt nydelig. Likte godt det treet også. Jeg bruker ikke å få så mange julegaver, men en liten stoffbit blir jeg alltid glad for.

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  10. That Lorna can definitely create some fun blocks, which you made into that adorable quilt. I love all the different blocks and fabric choices! Cute, cute tree quilt with buttons, too. Thank you, thank you, for sharing your "then and now" with us!

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  11. Those projects are fun. I remember watching Lorna’s QAL and wishing I was doing it. Great job...and I follow on Bloglovin.

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  12. I've had some really great Christmas gifts but I think one that stands out has a little story. I took my rings off one night in bed to put on lotion, laid them on top of the cover then fluffed the cover to go to sleep and you guessed...they went flying. We found 2 but lost one. We turned that bedroom upside down and never found it. Few years later I divorced and moved out. That Christmas my children came home from their dad's and gave me a present. It was my ring. He had moved a large piece of furniture in the bedroom and it was wedged up in the corner underneath it. It meant a lot to get it back.

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  13. Great quilts! My favorite Christmas gift was a knitting machine my husband got me one year, when I told him I was thinking about it, even after he had already bought me a gift! Thanks so much for sharing, and I follow on Instagram

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  14. I love projects that combine fabric and buttons. I have a very large collection of buttons and anything I can do to lower the volume is always welcome. Thank you for inviting us over to see your fun quilts!

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  15. Hi, Anita, I love that large quilt - great photo shoot, especially with "the Troll" holding it! My fave Christmas gift from my husband was a big fish & tackle box that was meant for all my sewing notions! It was the best thing and served me for many years. Until I needed an entire basement for my sewing stuff, that is.

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  16. Beautiful quilts! The Christmas sampler is just stunning. Love the picture of your quilt against the woodland background. I can almost imagine it's Christmas! If I had to choose just one, my favorite gift was a set of silverware in a bamboo design from my son.

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  17. I'm following on Instagram. One of my favourite gifts were the many times my late husband and my girls stuffed my stocking full of fabric!

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  18. Thanks for taking time to share inspiration with us. Your sampler quilt turned out really nice and love the "Troll" LOL

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  19. I am following you -- my favorite Christmas present was in 2000 when my husband let me purchase a 6 thread embroidery machine

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  20. Very cute Christmas tree with the button decorations.

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  21. Your Christmas quilts are adorable. Love the use of the buttons on the trees! And that uprooted tree!! WOW Beautiful setting for quilts. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Love your holiday quilts. I liked your little tree with the buttons.

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  23. Every year...making Christmas cookies with my now 14 year old niece...doesn't look good this year.

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  24. Cute tree! Thanks for sharing

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  25. Lorna has such cute patterns but your quilt is outstanding. It made up beautifully. I, too, have lots of fabric - lots of good intentions make for quite a stash!! lol

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  26. The only option to follow you that I could find was through Bloglovin. I normally follow via email, but I didn't see that as an option. The best Christmas gift I ever received was my violin.

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  27. I love your quilts! I remember the second one as a QAL a few years ago.

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  28. Great Projects! Love the buttons on the trees, you could have mini ornaments from them.

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  29. I am following you on Instagram. (@sma_fb)

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  30. Both of your Christmas quilts are great!

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  31. I love your quilts especially the second one. The best Christmas gifts I ever received were handmade gifts from family and friends. I cannot choose a single one of them as they are all precious to me.

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  32. Your quilts are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    I follow you on instagram. QuiltingLady2
    I think the best Christmas gift I have received was when our first was born January 8. I know not really on Christmas day but he was our Christmas season gift from God. Other than that I have had a lot of wonderful Christmas's. I remember when I was 8 yrs old. My moms brother decided that us five kids needed a puppy. Dad didnt want a dog in the house. My uncle got this adorable white and brown Cocker spaniel puppy. Oh my goodness Lady just fit right into our family and she was the best dog we could ever ask for. She lived with us for 18 years. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  33. Both quilts are quite lovely, but I especially like the trees with the buttons. What a good idea!

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  34. Anita those Christmassy bits of eye candy are just too much fun. I think we all need a Troll to show off our quilts 😉. I follow you on IG. I’m @quiltschmilt. My favourite Christmas memory was last year, farm sitting for my son and his family so they could take a vacation and being there to hold my 2 day old great grand daughter. I think the best most thoughtful gift I received was my Accuquilt cutter and some dies from my DH when we realized that might help with cutting since arthritis was setting in my hands.

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  35. I like both of your projects. The sampler quilt is especially pretty--I saved all those block patterns from Lorna but never made it up. It's neat to see yours all done! Thanks for sharing (love your wooded setting too)!

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  36. I really love both of your quilts! The best Christmas gift I ever received was a set of 3 crystal penguins that my daughter gave me. I collect penguin and I love crystal anything, so this was the perfect gift. Thanks!

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  37. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

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  38. Adorable, I have only made 1 quilt that you cant deny is a Christmas quilt. The finish for this hop could be used anytime. I love your tree.

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  39. Cute Christmas projects! I love the idea of using buttons as ornaments on the cute tree. Thank you for sharing.

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  40. Love your quilt - great pattern and choice of fabrics makes it shine.

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  41. Both quilts are bright and cheerful.

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  42. Love both of the quilts! Lorna's patterns are such fun to make.

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  43. Your button tree is so sweet and I love your big quilt.

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  44. I love both of your projects. I remember that quilt along that Lorna did so many years ago. I love how your quilt turned out.

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  45. The best Christmas gift I ever received was the smiles and hugs from my six grandchildren the year I made each of them a Christmas quilt.

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