Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas in July

I got very excited about Christmas in July last year when I participated in The Crafty Quilter's Christmas in July Blog Hop.
Christmas in July Blog Hop @ The Crafty Quilter   
So I've been watching the blogs and searching the search engines for more quilty Christmas in July fun.  
I dragged out my unfinished projects from the last few years to work on and found a fun project to make that I'll show you soon.
Yesterday I spent some time making little houses to go around the patchwork square (I also made a similar quilt and gave it to a friend last year).

I found this darling little Christmas Scrap Mini on Pleasent Tree

So I made one too using brighter fabrics.  I like Pleasent Tree's better, but maybe if I get one of those cute little stands...

Confession:  I think I need a quilt psychiatrist because I have lots of newer Christmas fabrics but don't want to cut into them so keep using the old scrappy stuff.

Sunshine 16 quilting skills progress.  
I'm sewing much slower and controlled (from what I did before) which I found practically eliminates breaking the thread (and I also have to give credit to the brand, Glide thread).  Sewing slower also causes the machine to heat up faster, which forces me to stop and take much needed breaks (for the machine and me).

I love sewing those figure 8's!  I'm trying out cross hatching in the pink row and it's impossible for me to sew the diagonal lines decently.

Amazingly, it's pretty easy to sew lines going vertically or horizontally.

Stop back soon and hopefully I'll have that new little Christmas project ready to show.  Hint:  It's from an old McCall's magazine issue with a free tutorial I'll share.

Linking up with Heather and Megan at Quilt Story Fresh Poppy Design


Ivory Spring said...

Your Christmas projects are darling! I especially like the one with the houses.

Thank you for stopping by - glad you liked my runners!

legato1958 said...

Beautiful quilting, Sheri! There is a lot to learn, but you are learning all of the steps to make it beautiful!