Is it bad that one of the reasons I’m doing Christmas in July is to pretend that it’s not so darn hot out here? It’s not as bad as last year, but it’s still SO.FREAKING.HOT. Let’s look at Santa and some snowflakes instead…
I actually almost didn’t even make this in Christmas colors. It’s a good old trusty Ohio Star (one of my favorites!) and it would have looked perfectly awesome in red, white, and blue, with a hint of gold. But then Sarah reminded me about her Christmas in July blog hop, and I remembered that I have several Christmas tops that really ought to be quilted, and I decided to go all in on Christmas in July.
Aww, Santa is so awesome! I almost didn’t use this - I didn’t have enough to do both the centers and the corners/borders, like the pattern called for. But then I decided Santa was just too good to pass up, so I did the corners in a similar aqua blue. So the spirit of the pattern is there!
And the pattern! Totally well written. She makes the flying geese my favorite way (no wasteful stitch and flip!) and there’s block piece sizes along the way - I hate it when the pattern just says it’s a 6” block without breaking down that the flying geese are 2.5”x3.5” unfinished. Or whatever that proper size would be. I like to make sure everything is trimmed and good to go before putting the block together.
The book overall is the same way - loads of clear instructions, good pictures - and bonus for me, a lot of nice general patterns that use Christmas fabric or applique to make them Christmas. That means you can just make the Friendship Star quilt in any color if you just want a Friendship Star quilt. (But the applique is very complimentary to the designs, so definitely do those, too!) And there’s a nice variety of project sizes - table runners and bed runners, up to full size quilts.
It was pretty hard to get pictures, because my kitchen is not…photogenic. (It’s summer and my kids are home and I swear every time I wipe the table, there’s a new cherry stain.) I made my runner one block shorter than the book since my table is pretty small, but it’s still overwhelming. Oh well - that just means I’ll have to steal my mother-in-law’s table sooner rather than later. (But not the white fabric chairs. The cherry stains, people!) I suppose I could have left off the aqua outer border, but I love how it frames the whole thing. So I didn’t.
The deets! Santas are Michael Miller, aqua chevrons are Riley Blake, binding is the rest of the Tasha Noel from Friday’s finish. (And I do mean every bit of the leftovers. I have about 1” left!) Backing is Doodlebug Designs from 2011 (no, I don’t want to talk about my backing stash) and I very efficiently quilted it at the same time as this upcoming Friday’s finish. Everything else came from my Christmas scrap bin.
Oh, and the quilting! Again, tough to get a good picture, but I was inspired by a picture on Instagram. I did the straight line quilting with the horizontal lock on my longarm. (Yes it took forever. No I couldn’t have aligned it to stitch vertical, I had limited backing fabric left.) Then I switched to my regular machine and added in the waves. The original design was a wave, but I inverted and made mine more like
parabolas. (Or not, I googled and that's not what they are. Lava lamps. They're lava lamps, okay?)
Anyway…! If you’ve made it this far and you’re just here for the BOMs Away link - sorry. It’s right here. And if you’re new here, we have a pretty loose definition of “block of the month”, so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!
And the blog hop deets! First up, the Christmas in July book blog hop. (Keep scrolling to Sarah’s, though, there’s a giveaway.)
Terri Vanden Bosch
Tuesday July 23
Wednesday July 24
Thursday July 25
Friday July 26
Monday July 29
Rona Ribbit Herman
Tuesday July 30
Wednesday July 31
Terry Vanden Bosch
Thursday August 1
Friday August 2
See, I told you I’d make it worth it if you made it to the end! Confession of a Fabric Addict’s Christmas in July blog hop! You can enter her giveaway here - once a day, every day for the whole blog hop!
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