Saturday, July 22, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 9!

Hi, all!

Do you have favorite Christmas traditions that you observe every year?  I think every family does - one of ours is to use a different wrapping paper for each family member, so that our littles can hand out the packages even before they can read.  Another, as I mentioned yesterday, is to have orange rolls for breakfast.  It's just not Christmas without those orange rolls!

Here are today's blogs for the hop...

Saturday, July 22nd

All Points of the Compass

Leanne of Devoted Quilter, Kathy of Kathy's Kwilts and More, and Jean of All Points of the Compass have a wonderful array of Christmas inspiration to share with us today - I can't wait to see their posts!  Head on over there and leave your comments to be entered in today's giveaway!

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Today's step in the Santa's Trip Around the World quilt tutorial?  Well, it's a little "second verse, same as the first" as we repeat the steps from Thursday again to make the third quarter panel for the quilt.  

And as you do that, here's a little more Christmas inspiration!  How about some fun things to do with the kids?  We are always looking for crafty things to do during the holidays when the kids are off - and here are some cool ideas...


These ornaments are made with plastic pony beads, and melted in the oven.  Super simple!


Do you remember making pinecone trees as kids?  I remember these, but also taking pinecones and smearing them with peanut butter and rolling them in birdseed, then hanging them in the trees.  So many fun things you can do with pinecones!


There are always fun things to make with popsicle sticks, but this is one of the cutest trees I've ever seen.  And just think - nowadays, you can buy the popsicle sticks in bulk, nice and clean!  No more having to eat them all summer and save up the sticks!


And finally, another great use for that button box!  I love this in green, but I think it would also be cute made with gold or white buttons...

You can find the links for all of the above ideas on my Pinterest page, 12DCIJ Pins.

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We're getting closer and closer to the end of the hop, but there's still a lot more to come!  Remember to check out all of the day's stops and leave a comment to be entered in today's giveaway...

Hugs!

Sarah


Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th


Saturday, July 15th


Sunday, July 16th


Monday, July 17th


Tuesday, July 18th


Wednesday, July 19th


Thursday, July 20th


Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd



Friday, July 21, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 8!


Hi, all!

I think this Christmas thing is catching - my youngest granddaughter was singing "Jingle Bell Rock" in the car today!  Well, a little Christmas spirit never hurt anyone, did it?  She's actually pretty good, too.  Not bad for a deaf kid!

I do hope you're enjoying the hop - I've loved reading all your comments, although I'm way behind in responding to them.  Please know that they are received and appreciated, and I'll try to get a quick response off as soon as possible.  It's been a crazy week!

Here are today's stops on the hop.....


Friday, July 21st




I hope you're as excited as I am to see what Kate of Katie Mae Quilts, Paige of Quilted Blooms, and Susan of QuiltFabrication have for us today.  After you leave a comment here, be sure to hop over to their blogs and check out the great Christmas inspiration - then leave comments on their blogs.  All your comments (in addition to giving them some great feedback and thanks) are entries in today's giveaway.  You can read more about that here, but you definitely don't want to miss out on the chance of winning some Holiday Homies precuts by Tula Pink! 

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And now for today's tutorial step for the Santa's Trip Around the World quilt! It's really simple - take another of your strip/tube sets and, using yesterday's instructions, make another quarter panel for the quilt.

And in the meantime, I want to share some more Christmas inspiration with you!  One of my favorite things to do at Christmastime is to eat lots of yummy things - how about you?  


This (Christmas Crack) is one of my sister's favorite things to make, and is definitely one of my husband's favorite things to eat!  It's simple, and amazing!


And I just found this recipe on Pinterest, but I know I'm going to have to give it a try this Christmas!  I mean, popcorn, marshmallows, peanut and plain M&Ms - how can you miss?


At our house, we have a tradition of making orange rolls for Christmas breakfast.  I love this idea of a way to lay them out so they are festive for the table!


And if you have kids or grandkids around during the holidays, aren't these pancakes just the cutest?  I especially love Santa's little crossed eyes....


And this isn't a Pinterest pin - I've never seen the recipe written down - but here it is - the simplest hot punch EVER!  And so delicious...  You'll need a large jug of apple juice.  You can use the cheap stuff - it won't matter!  And you'll need a package of red hots, sometimes called cinnamon imperials.  The ones I find are in a plastic package about 6" square, and are hard to find except during the holidays, so I have a tendency to stock up when I find them!  Pour the apple juice in a large crock pot, then pour in the entire package of red hots.  Turn the pot on high, stir occasionally until the red hots are melted, and enjoy!!!  I usually start it a few hours before I'm going to serve it to give the candy a chance to melt well.

Hungry now?  


PS You can find the links for all the above pins on my board 12DCIJ Pins

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That's it for today!  Remember to visit all the stops on the hop and leave a comment to be entered in the giveaways!!

See you tomorrow!!!

Hugs!

Sarah

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th


Saturday, July 15th


Sunday, July 16th


Monday, July 17th


Tuesday, July 18th


Wednesday, July 19th


Thursday, July 20th


Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 7!



Hi, all!

Do you ever get a favorite Christmas song stuck in your head?  I sure have lately, working on so much Christmas stuff and looking at such wonderful projects.  And I bet you don't have the same favorite song - mine is "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"!  I've been working on a special version of the song - in ASL!  You can see a video of it here.  And now that I've put that song in your mind....

Here are the bloggers for Day 7 of the Hop!


Thursday, July 20th

Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting (our little overachiever) is back with more projects, and she's joined by Jennifer of The Inquiring Quilter and Selina of Selina Quilts, who both have some really cool things to share!  Be sure to leave a comment here, then go and visit all their blogs and leave a comment - all those comments are your entries in today's giveaway!  You can see the details about the giveaway here, but there's a lot of Tula Pink's Holiday Homies up for grabs!!


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And now it's time for the next step in the Santa's Trip Around the World quilt tutorial!  It sounds like several of you are following along with the tutorial and making your own quilts - I can't wait to see them!!  You can post progress pics on Instagram with the tags #santasTATW and #12DCIJ if you want, and there will be a link-up on the 25th.


So here goes!   Grab one of those sets of strip/tubes and pull out one strip/tube.  Decide which print you want around the centerstone  (that 2.5" square you have tucked away) of your quilt, then open the seam BELOW that print.  You will now have a strip 2.5" wide and 16 prints long.  Put a Clover clip or pin in the print you chose for your quilt center ring.


Pull a second strip/tube, and find the print you chose for the first strip's beginning.  Go to the fabric ABOVE that print and split the seam between that fabric and the first block.  


Now take your strips to the ironing board and press the seams UP on one strip and DOWN on the other.  This will help you "nest" your seams and get nicely matched seams.

NOTE:  This quilt is busy enough that if your seams don't match absolutely perfectly, it's not likely to show.  Don't stress too much about it!


Pin the second strip to the LEFT side of the first strip, matching seams and pinning.  Stitch seam.  Press the seam as you choose.  I pressed mine open to cut down on bulk.


Repeat, opening a seam on a strip/tube, pressing the seams on the strip in the appropriate direction, sewing the strip to the growing panel, then pressing the seam. You will see the diagonal lines being created on your panel as you go.  Check frequently to be sure your strips are in the correct order (it's really easy to sew the strip to the wrong side of the panel, particularly if you didn't mark your starting center block in the beginning.  If you goof, it's easy to fix - just remove the out-of-order strip, suit back into a tube and open it at the correct spot.  When finished, you will have a panel that is a 15 x 16 grid.

Hang the panel up where you can see it so you can check your work as you assemble the next three panels.  

And that's all for today!  You'll be doing the same thing for the next three days as we complete the four panels.  I'll be posting more fun ideas to help get us through those days.  You're getting so close to the end - it all comes together really quickly after the panels are finished.  Hang in there!

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That's all I've got for today - be sure to go check out the hop blogs, and remember to leave a comment on each!  Think about snow and maybe the summer heat won't feel so bad...

Hugs!

Sarah

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th


Saturday, July 15th


Sunday, July 16th


Monday, July 17th


Tuesday, July 18th


Wednesday, July 19th


Thursday, July 20th


Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd