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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

And the Winner Is....

On my day of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop here, hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict, I stated that on July 30th I would be having a drawing for this crazy quilt Christmas stocking ornament.  



Using a Random Number Generator, the  number was chosen #6:  

The Joyful Quilter said...
Thanks for offering your sweet stocking ornament as a giveaway for the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop! Best of luck to all of who comment. Your sister will absolutely LOVE her tree skirt! Thanks for sharing bits of the construction process with us.
I have contacted the lucky winner by separate email for her mailing address. 

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

Another three weeks has flown by, and it is time to report in again for the Hand Quilt Along.  I spent most of that time working on my 12 Days of Christmas in July Project.  You can see that post here.  I spent about a week (except the 2 days a week I have been watching my grandchildren)  getting the machine embroidered motifs done.  I had a few snafus and I kept having to start over.  Then I spent the next week and a half hand-embroidering the crazy quilt pieces.  

My sister asked me several years ago to make her a tree skirt, and I finally got it done.  I'm going to give it to her for her birthday later this month, then she will have it in time for Christmas.  


This is the finished tree skirt.  I still need to add some snaps at the back and it will be ready to go.  Hard to get a good picture.  Too bright outside, and too dark inside.




After I got that project done, I started working on some of my Kathy Schmitz stitcheries.  I belong to the One Stitch at a Time Club and I am working these bird ones up for a wallhanging for one of my daughters for Christmas.  I finished the first one, and started on the second one.






Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and Kathi



I will also be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  If you have a chance, check out what people have been up to this week!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, My Day and 2 Giveaways


Welcome to My Day of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by the Amazing Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I do appreciate all she does to put on this blog hop.  

When I was invited to participate in this blog hop again this year, I jumped at the chance and knew exactly what I wanted to do.  My sister had suggested several years ago that she would like a Christmas Tree Skirt.  Several years ago I had purchased some Christmas designs for my embroidery machine and never had a chance stitch them out, and wanted to incorporate those into a tree skirt. 

This is my finished skirt.  


I went looking on Pinterest for tree skirts, and finally decided on this one by Newton Custom Interiors, mainly because she gave the dimensions, and has a tutorial on how to make the tree skirt.  About the only thing I used was the dimensions to make the pattern.  I made the pattern with paper, and traced it on a piece of muslin and cut it out about an inch bigger around the sides of the pattern. The reason for me doing this was after I stitched out my Christmas designs i was going to crazy piece the rest of the unit, and they might shrink after embroidering seams.  I love, love, love crazy quilting and haven't done it in several years and it was so heavenly to be back at it.  



I started embroidering my Christmas motifs on my machine and ran into a couple of snafus.  For a good laugh here are a couple of them.


This one got a tangle of threads underneath, and when I tried to cut them loose, the whole throat plate came off.  





This one apparently got out of syc from the last mess and was sewing things in the wrong places.  I figured it out when it put his eyes and hair and beard on top of his head.  

I was finally able to get the 8 motifs embroidered and I started crazy piecing the units.  I spent the next two weeks embroidering these units by hand.  

I'll show my finished units. and explain the process below on something simpler.








I assembled all the units and added a backing and binding for the top.  I was going to add batting but it was going to be too much.  Crazy quilting is not generally quilted.  

I also decided to have a giveaway on my blog, a little crazy quilted stocking ornament, and I will show how I made that.  I had a lot of scraps leftover from my project and decided to use those.  

1.  I drew out a stocking outline on a piece of muslin for a base.  My first piece of fabric I always just randomly cut a 5 sided piece and place it on the muslin.


2.  I place the next piece of fabric along one of the edges and sew along that edge.  Don't go any further than the piece you are covering. I sew along that edge, and flip it back.




3.  Just keep going around in a circle until you have covered the entire shape (plus a little beyond).  That shape on the muslin is what I am going to cut out.





3.  When I have made the rounds once, I trim up the edges so there is a 5 sided shape again.  And just keep going until you have filled in the whole shape.  The stocking shape is sort of lost.  I trimmed it up again so I have the shape I want to end up with





4.  Next comes the embellishment, lace, braid, stitches.  There are lots of good resources out there.  Sharon Boggan has an online Stitch Dictionary here.   I have been crazy quilting for over 20 years, and have multiple books by Judith Baker-Montano, my favorite the Embroidery and Crazy Stitch Tool, Foolproof Crazy Quilting by Jennifer Clouston, Crazy Quilt Stitches by Dorothy Bond, and many others.  

5.  After I did my stitching, I just added a backing, and I did add a piece of batting.  


This is the finished stocking ornament.  I am offering this as my giveaway.  You can enter to win by leaving a comment.  If you are a no-reply blogger and would like to be entered, I will need an email to contact the winner.  I will randomly choose a winner on July 30th.  


Also the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop also has a giveaway.  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line Wintertide





All you have to do is fill in the form below.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the form to submit.  

***  THE DRAWING FOR THIS IS NOW OVER







You can submit an entry at each blogger, and on Sarah's post for the day.  Sarah has a beautiful quilt-along going on too.  

The line-up for the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop is below.  


SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

MONDAY, JULY 15TH

TUESDAY, JULY 16TH

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH

THURSDAY, JULY 18TH

FRIDAY, JULY 19TH

SATURDAY, JULY 20TH

SUNDAY, JULY 21ST

MONDAY, JULY 22ND

TUESDAY, JULY 23RD

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH

THURSDAY, JULY 25TH





Sunday, July 21, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching



It's time again for the link-up of Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  This is my favorite time of the week to visit everyone's sites.  Love seeing all the great projects.  

Well I have been REALLY, REALLY busy this week with my various things, but mostly my project for the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

My project seems to have taken on a life of its on.  So I have been frantically hand stitching on that.  Hope to get the rest of it stitched today and tomorrow when I have the grandkids, and Tuesday I can put it together and write my blog post.  

The beginning of last week, I started stitching on a Kathy Schmitz design I received in her One Stitch At a Time Club.     I'm trying to finish a number of these and put them into a wallhanging for one of my daughters for Christmas who loves birds.



Here's a peek at some of the stitching I am working on for the blog





I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Stop by and see what others are doing if you have a chance.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Giveaway, Day 8


The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop continues, hosted by Sara @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  

If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, the line-up is below.  There are some awesome projects being shared.  Sarah continues her quilt-a-long and there is a giveaway  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line, Wintertide, which one winner will get.  You should be able to sign up on each blog, if not sign up on Sarah's here.



SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

MONDAY, JULY 15TH

TUESDAY, JULY 16TH

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH

THURSDAY, JULY 18TH

FRIDAY, JULY 19TH

SATURDAY, JULY 20TH

SUNDAY, JULY 21ST

MONDAY, JULY 22ND

TUESDAY, JULY 23RD

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH

THURSDAY, JULY 25TH

Saturday, July 20, 2019

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, Day 7



The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop continues, hosted by Sara @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  

If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, the line-up is below.  There are some awesome projects being shared.  Sarah continues her quilt-a-long and there is a giveaway  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line, Wintertide, which one winner will get.  You should be able to sign up on each blog, if not sign up on Sarah's here.



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, Day 3


The 12 days of Christmas in July Blog Hop continues, with our host Sara @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict with her quilt-a-long.  There are some excellent projects being shared.  



Here's the line-up once again...

Sunday, July 14th


Monday, July 15th


Tuesday, July 16th


Wednesday, July 17th


Thursday, July 18th


Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th


Sunday, July 21st


Monday, July 22nd


Tuesday, July 23rd


Wednesday, July 24th


Thursday, July 25th


There is also a giveaway donated by FIGO Fabrics of a FQ bundle of their new Christmas line called Wintertide.  



My day is next Wednesday.  I am busily working on my project still.  I have run into some speed bumps along the way, have changed my mind about how I am doing things.  Hopefully in the next few days I will get it more into the finished project.  

Thanks for stopping by!