{christmas in july blog hop … free quilt tutorial!}


Today is the day!! I get to share my fun new Christmas quilt made from Gina Martin's beautiful Folk Art Holiday Fabric!



Here's what we are doing! Each day you can go to one of these blogs and enjoy a new project and another chance to win fabrics!!! Here's the schedule again:


Folk christmas jelly roll

In a minute, I'm going to tell you how you can win this jelly roll!! ♥ Stay tuned through the fun quilt tutorial!!


Sallys Angelworks sheep

Always start a fun tutorial out with a sheep…just sayin'…

Here's what we are making:

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Merry and Bright Quilt! 

First of all, you can have a bigger lap quilt by making 15" blocks or you can have a smaller table topper by making 8" blocks. 

I made 12" (finished) blocks!!

Cut 9 blocks whatever your finished blocks size is. I cut 4 solid red woodgrain 12.5" blocks, 1 solid gray woodgrain 12.5" block, and 4 patterned 12.5" blocks.


Find four of your favorite applique patterns! There are a bunch of free ones online. I particularly like this book, Inspired by Tradition for several reasons! First of all, the author is so sweet! I met her several years ago at a quilt market. The book also comes with a CD with several different block sizes, and it comes with detailed versions of how to do the different types of applique! I used two different kinds in this quilt. And it also has 50 different blocks to choose from! wow!!!

Here are my appliqued blocks. I used raw edge applique (using heat and bond fusible web for the applique):

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I did zigzag edging only on the berries on the leaves on this block. Otherwise I did single stitch edging on the rest of the applique.

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On the block below, I did needle turn with the help of interfacing. It's a cool technique that helps turn those quarter inch edges. 

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I still did the berries with raw edge stitching. I love the way these applique blocks came out!!

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For your middle block, grab a sketch pad and start writing! Use different types of letting styles to write your words. You can use a word processing program to use different fonts to print your own copy to trace. After you've settled on how you want your text to look, trace it onto your grey block and embroider away!! (As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm taking a lettering class here at CD Muckosky's site! It's really enhancing my embroidery text for sure!!)

If you aren't happy with any other fonts or your writing, I've uploaded a rough copy of my version for you to trace! Download that HERE!

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This quilt is basically one big nine patch with 4.5" borders (4" finished). Sew together your blocks in rows and then sew the rows together.

Sew on your 4.5" x WOF borders (If you do 12" finished blocks, you'll need one extra strip to help finish the long ends of your borders!)! Make your quilt sandwich, and get to quilting. 

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Some quilting tips:

  • You can wait to do the raw edge quilting until you have your sandwich together and use that to quilt!
  • The smaller the meandering is, the more the embroidery sticks out!
  • Choose something interesting for your borders. If you have time, practice on some quilt sandwiches.

Bind that  sucker and you have yourself a quilt! ♥


Thanks for sticking with me through this whole post!

Folk christmas jelly roll

In order to enter to win this awesome Folk Art Holiday jelly roll, leave a comment here on this post! Let me know when you start sewing for Christmas!! I usually start in August, so I'm already ahead this year!! You can get an extra comment entry by liking Sally's Angelworks on Facebook!! yay!! (leave a separate comment, please!!)

Thanks, Gina Martin so much for sponsoring this post and this fun blog hop! Can't wait to see what everyone else makes with this awesome fabric!!

Happy Christmas Crafting!!

{i'm also linking up with crazy mom quilts' finish it up friday!!}



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