Saturday, July 24, 2021

Christmas in July - Part 2

 I am excited to be sharing a second post for the Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is our hostess and besides organizing this Hop, she is facilitating a Sew Along. Sarah has been sharing the steps we need to create our own Peppermint Twist quilt. 

Along with Sarah's instructions each day, various bloggers have been sharing fun holiday ideas and tips. I am always amazed at the talent and creativity of quilters, and this hop has not disappointed. I may not sleep until December because I have found so many projects I want to do. :-)  

In case you missed a few days of the hop, here's the full line up...

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd
Sandra of MMM Quilts

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th


On Sunday, I shared a very simple table runner that is made with large half square triangles, a few rectangles, and three borders. I used these beautiful fabrics. I just love that Christmas print!

Right after I sketched the table runner in EQ, I knew I wanted to make it into a quilt too so I kept playing with various layouts and fabrics.

I decided to stay with the table runner look and I made this quilt. I have to admit that my decision was made easier by the fact that I had enough of all of these fabrics to make both the table runner and quilt. Plus, I had a little left over so I can make some placemats too. WooHoo!

I'm sure you've noticed that my pictures aren't great and that neither of my projects are quilted. Well, just like Christmas of 2020 when we ran into a snag with many gifts not being delivered in a timely fashion; something similar has happened with this hop. 
I ordered backing fabric for the quilt and table runner on July 5th and it still has not been delivered. I had no other fabric that would work and I didn't have time to go shopping, so nothing is quilted yet. :-(

I decided that, just like last year, we'd go to Plan B which was to stay calm and remain patient. Plan B for Christmas was to open the gifts that had arrived and open the balance of them on January 6th - the Epiphany (also knows as the Day of the Kings). That would have worked if everything had been delivered by then, but there were still some missing gifts. The last of the gifts arrived January 21 and it was really kind of fun to be getting packages for what really seemed like no apparent reason. Oh well... 
I kind of feel the same way about the backing for these quilts. Honestly, if this is the biggest worry and problem that I face, I am pretty darned blessed. The projects will get quilted and I'll share pictures when that happens.


Back to the quilt... 

I guess I am lucky to have taken a picture (no matter how bad it is). I actually forgot that I hadn't taken a picture and when I remembered, it was too dark to try to take any outside. 
Even though there is no picture of the totally finished quilt, I can still share the details on what you'll need to turn your table runner into a quilt that measures 60" x 75".

Background Fabric: 3 yards
cut: 4 strips - 7" x WOF, sub-cut each into 6 - 7" x 7" squares for HST
cut: 8 strips - 2" x WOF, sub-cut each into 6 - 2" x 6.5"
cut: 13 strips - 3" x WOF - set aside for borders 1 and 3

Red Fabric: 3/4 yard
cut: 2* strips - 7" x WOF, sub-cut each into 6 - 7" x 7" squares for HST 
*(you may need a 3rd strip)

Green Fabric: 3/4 yard
cut: 2* strips - 7" x WOF, sub-cut each into 6 - 7" x 7" squares for HST 
*(you may need a 3rd strip)

Gold Fabric: 3/4 yard
cut: 10 strips - 2" x WOF, sub-cut each into 5 - 2" x 8" rectangles

Christmas Print: 2/3 yard *(more if directional)
cut: 6 strips - 3" x WOF - set aside for border 2

Binding: 2/3 yard
cut: 7 strips - 2.5" x WOF


Following the instructions HERE to make 12 large blocks.

Sew large blocks into four rows of three blocks each. Press seams open to reduce bulk.

It's time to add borders.

Border 1 - Background Fabric Border Strips
 Sew 6 - 3" x WOF strips together. Press seam open

Measure the length of the quilt top and cut 2 strips that measurement.
Find the center of the quilt top by folding it in half lengthwise. Mark with a pin.
Fold the border strip to find the center and mark that with a pin.
Match the pins at the center point and pin the border to the quilt top.
Pin the ends of the border strip to the ends of the quilt top. Pin as needed in between.
Sew with the border on the bottom, near the feed dogs. Press open or to the border.

Follow the same procedure to add the top and bottom borders.

Border 2 - Christmas Print Fabric Border Strips
Sew 6 - 3" x WOF strips together. Press seam open.
Follow the same procedure to measure, cut, and sew the Christmas Print Fabric Border Strips to the quilt top.
Press open or to the border.

Border 3 - Background Fabric Border Strips
Sew 7 - 3" x WOF strips together. Press seam open.
Follow the same procedure to measure, cut, and sew the Background Fabric Border Strips to the quilt top.
Press open or to the border.

The quilt top should now measure approximately 60.5" x 75.5"

Quilt as desired and bind using your favorite technique.


Stay tuned for pictures of these projects quilted. The good news is that I won't be rushing around in December, trying to get these done. 

Stop back tomorrow for the final day of the hop. We'll be sharing some past Christmas in July projects and I know that you'll love what you see. :-) 


Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Thanks sharing the interesting block and quilt design. I look forward to trying it.

tink's mom said...

Love how the quilt top turned out. I don't know how you were able to settle on just one of your designs as each was wonderful. Memories of last Christmas's deliveries are a hoot. So important then so entertaining now. The last of my outgoing arrived on Jan 26 and one of our gifts never made it to us at all. Once your batting arrives you can finish up and get these pieces in the mail by Halloween :-}

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

So festive, great design!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks SEW much for that tutorial!!

Karrin Hurd said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial for this
Lovely quilt!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Great addition to the table runner and the hop! Thanks so much! xx

Vicki in MN said...

Great look and great tutorial!

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