Wednesday, July 18, 2018

12 Days o Christmas in July Blog Hop, Day 5 and Giveaway



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:

Image result for free father christmas line drawing


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.  





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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

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

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59 comments:

Susan Shaffer said...

Thanks for sharing!
Susanpshaffer@gmail.com

Stoney said...

It's been a long time since I put down my needle on my last redwork project. This is such a cute Santa and I'm feeling tempted. Thanks for sharing this.

Sarah Craig said...

Karrin, this is such a cute idea! I love the Santa redwork piece all on its own, but it is genius in the table runner! Thanks for all your hard work for the hop....

MaryBeth Little said...

I love your Santa!! Thanks for the giveaway.

eileen said...

What a great embroidery Santa project !! I will definitely try it since there is plenty of time til Christmas !!

Julie in GA said...

Your Santa tablerunner is fantastic! I have the book Just Be Claus, but haven't made anything from it yet. You have inspired me to give redwork a try.

Jan Snell said...

I love your embroidery and have just recently returned to it. Thank you for the link to free designs. Thanks also for sharing your good ideas. I am currently working on a Christmas tree quilt and I realize now that I always cut and sew in the same direction. I will have to make a conscious effort to reverse some. Thanks. Janice.snell@gmail.com

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

I am currently working on a redword project too! Thanks for the tip on Bird Brain designs.

Quilting Babcia said...

Sweet little design, and so perfect for a country decor.

Stitchin At Home said...

I haven't done redwork in a very long time, yours is gorgeous!

Suze said...

Karrin = beautiful embroidery work and lovely tablerunner. I can tell you love Christmas. Your work is a great inspiration for me to sincerely think about Christmas crafts. I'd love to start on hand embroidery for Christmas tablerunners. I'd like to make a Christmas quilt with some of the blocks being hand embroidered and that's for another year at this stage of my life. Thanks for participating in the hop and being a great inspiration. Merry Christmas in July

Darlene said...

Beautiful redwork. A table runner is a great idea. Thanks

marebear said...

Super cute ornaments Karrin!

Meloney said...

That is a really cute set of mini wall hangings and table runner.

jrquilts said...

VERY CUTE ORNAMENTS, THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE NOT TRIED.... YET
hjrogers@sympatico.ca

Jocelyn said...

Very cute!

Lori Smanski said...

your redwork is wonderful. and your quilting is lovely. i have not embroidered in a while. may have to give it a try again.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Robyn R said...

Such a pretty giveaway! radosevichr@hotmail.com

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Lovely redwork and cute table runner!

Joanna said...

I love your table runner; nice idea for the redwork and scrappy trees. It's lovely. Embroidery and quilt blocks go together so well.

piecefulwendy said...

I'm not very good at embroidery, but you make it look so lovely! Perfect Christmas gift ideas, thanks for sharing!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Your work is beautiful! I've never done redwork embroidery although I've embroidered but it's been years. I just might have to find my supplies and try this. Great table runner idea!
kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

babiesdoc said...

I cant wait to embroider the santa , thank you for the pattern

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Ursula Yeo said...

What a lovely runner you made. What a great idea to make some ornaments too. I have always loved hand made ornaments.

tink's mom said...

Love your runner. I do at least 1 redwork piece per year, primarily at Christmas. This looks like it could be this years project. Just love it. Would love to win one of your beautiful ornaments. Thanks for the chance and for sharing your ideas and talents.

Theresa Taylor said...

I love your redwork and how you used them in the table runner

Sherry said...

Great job on the table runner. I love that Santa.

I forget how much I like doing redwork until I start doing it again. Thank you for giving me some inspiration to get another piece going.

cityquilter grace said...

beautiful stitchery....would love to know where the pattern is for the nativity scene....

Linda Schiffer said...

How nice of you to give away your own handwork! I like the Santa Moon design you chose, too. Redwork is funwork.

:) Linda

Nancy J said...

Lovely trees, a super way to use strips, and have the redwork at each end of the runner is really pretty.

Sewgirl said...

Your table runner is just delightful. I love redwork,especially this time of year as it is great for traveling. Thanks for sharing!

mumbird3 said...

Lovely table runners -- love the name Bird Brain Designs....I may have to use that one!!! lOL

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Kathy H said...

Beautiful redwork. I also love the bird brain designs and have stitched many of them. I haven’t tried the 8 perle cotton with embroidery but I really like how yours came out. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Great idea to incorporate embroidery in a quilting project. It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

This may sound unbelievable but the Santa's that you embroidered for the ends of your runner, I have a Christmas decoration of the very same design. My decoration is about 4" tall and has a little bell that hangs from Santa's hat. I've had the decoration for over 30yrs. Not sure where I got it from but it's been with me from Abilene, TX to Omaha, HE to Corpus Christi, TX and through 3 more moves around Corpus Christi. This year it will be handed down to either my daughter of my youngest son. It has a story of it's own.
Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

I like how the redworks makes everything look vintage. What a fun project!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Love your scrappy redwork table runner.Thanks for sharing.

Sandi1100 said...

What a lovely table runner! I also like to do embroidery. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Lewis said...

I love your red work embroidery. Embroidery always is a favorite of mine, however, I'm not very good at doing it. I may have to try it again though!!

Nancy Lewis said...

I love your red work embroidery. Embroidery always is a favorite of mine, however, I'm not very good at doing it. I may have to try it again though!!

Moira said...

Great runner. Love the primitive nativity wallhanging!

BarefootThunder said...

Your redwork is beautiful !! Trees are adorable, what a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas. 😉

Carolyn Jones said...

Very nice projects! I especially like the primitive nativity scene. Would you mind sharing the link to where you found this image?
Thanks for the inspiration, I think I need to try some red work.
Happy stitching!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Hi Karrin! This is a very cute project. I really like the trees! For redwork, my preferred method is in my embroidery hoop! LOL I have done a little hand embroidery in the past and really need to brush up on that technique sometime! Thanks for sharing!

KatieQ said...

The Santa tablerunner is lovely, but the nativity scene is the one that steals my heart. I enjoy stitching redwork projects, but never thought of using a thin layer of batting on the back when stitching. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely try it with my next redwork project.

Jayne said...

I enjoy doing redwork and really love the nativity scene

Monica said...

You have reminded me that I have some Christmas tree potholders that I need to finish.

Susan said...

I already loved it from IG, but seeing the whole post here, and seeing it bigger makes it even better! I like Bird Brain Designs, too. I used to subscribe to their newsletter and it got expensive because I had no resistance. LOL Now I go once in a while for a look. All your stitchery is wonderful, and you are so good at it. My backstitch isn't perfectly even, but I enjoy doing it. I'm much better with outline stitch. =) Primitive is a style I enjoy, too. Thanks for the chance to win a couple of your stitchings.

Nicole Sender said...

I've never done redwork. It is really lovely! Your table runner and ornaments are outstanding!
nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

Karrin Hurd said...

Im having blogger issues again, trying to get comments sent to me

Debbie said...

I have never done embroidery work, my Mom used too, but I never really learned how and I don't have an embroidery machine, but I just love your Santas and the table runner. I love seeing what others can do. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway! I hope I can win!! deb.meyer77@gmail.com

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Your redwork is so pretty! I love simple embroidery of all kinds... just finished some gingerbread houses in brown - not sure there is something called brownwork but there you have it!! Hope you get your blogger issues sorted... xx

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOVE those ornaments!!

Sharon Aurora said...

I have been wanting to do redwork embroidery for awhile now but I need to stock up on my red floss before I start on that. Nice designs. shades000 at gmail dot com

Carol C. said...

I love the table runner, the wall quilt, and the ornaments!! Perfect for redwork -- thanks so much for sharing! I always like to have an embroidery project going, and these are great ideas!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Red work is just so classic for Christmas. Lovely work and thank you for sharing.

Havplenty said...

Someone made me a redwork mini in a swap several years ago. I love this style of creative design.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Bonnie said...

What a great idea for a table runner. It looks darling. I've never thought of looking at free designs to use as an embroidery. wonderful post even if I am very late getting to reading it!

Christina said...

I love Bird Brain Designs! They have some cute designs available. I love what you did by finding images online to make what you want, and the string pieces trees are a fantastic idea, and a great way to use up our Christmas scraps! Thank you for much for sharing your project, and participating in the blog hop!