I'd like to thank Sarah@ Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the opportunity to participate in this 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. This is my first blog hop it has been a lot of fun. Sarah continues to give directions for a quilt-a-long each day. Our complete blog schedule is listed below. Be sure to visit today's other blogger Cindy@ Stitchin at Home.
For my project, I decided to do a redwork table runner. I first searched for a free image I could copy onto my fabric and I came up with this guy:
I traced him onto my fabric which I cut out at about 9 inches, and proceeded to embroider the image with a backstitch using DMC #8 Pearl Cotton, color 498. When I do redwork embroidery I always back my fabric with a piece of thin batting the same size, so the threads won't show through from the back, especially with light fabrics. I embroidered 2 of the same image. If I were to do it again, I think I would have tried to reverse one of them so they were facing each other. This was what it looked like after my embroidery was done:
Next I string pieced some 8" blocks to make some Christmas trees. I used 1.5 and 2" strips of fabric. I am working completely from my old, old stash. One piece was from 1991, I have no idea of who the designer was. My fabrics included Mary Ellen Hopkins Classics for Moda, Kathy Schmetz Hand Stiched Holiday for Moda, Folk Art Christmas I, II, III and IV by Robyn Pandolph for Moda.
I next cut out the trees going different directions out of the string-pieced blocks. I drew a pattern and cut out the background pieces and trunks:
I then assembled six trees, I later realized that was way to many for the table runner. So I have 3 leftover to make another one.
This one has a wonky trunk but I like it that way.
Next I put 1.5 inch sashing between the blocks, two santas at the ends with the trees in between. With all the 1.5 and 2 inch strips I had leftover from the string-piecing I randomly sewed them together and attached them to the table runner, making them 2.5 inches, with corner pieces 2.5 inches squares. I then quilted it. The table runner ends up being 45.5 x 14 inches.
Also for this blog hop I did a little mini quilt. I found a free primitive nativity scene, and embroidered it, again using a backstitch and the DMC #8 Pearl Cotton, Color 498.
A good source for redwork designs and patterns is Bird Brain Designs. I have gotten these patterns from them before, and made my giveaway ornaments from the Long and Tall Holiday Ornaments pattern. I also bought the redwork book Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley. I am not affiliated with Bird Brain Designs in any way, just a happy customer.
My giveaway is these 2 redwork ornaments
In order to be entered in the giveaway, be sure to leave a comment below. I will pick a winner on Thursday, July 26th the day after our hop ends. Also if you are a no-reply blogger and wish to be entered, please be sure to leave your e-mail in your comment so I can contact you.
Saturday, July 14th
Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts
Sunday, July 15th
Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
Monday, July 16th
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats
Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts
Mary @ Made by Marney
Wednesday, July 18th
Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Thursday, July 19th
Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah
Friday, July 20th
Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts
Saturday, July 21st
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog
Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail
Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie
Tuesday, July 24th
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts
Wednesday, July 25th
Susan @ Quilt Fabrication