Tuesday, July 16, 2019

πŸŽ„12 Days of Christmas in July 🎁 with *2* Giveaways!



*giveaways are now closed*

Hello friends, Merry Christmas in July!

Since the last time I was on the blog the temperature has turned a 180 on us, it is blazing outside now!  Which makes it nice to sit and sew and think of cooler days to come.  😁  I was super excited when Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict invited me to participate in the blog hop again because I had some projects to get done.  Thank you Sarah for organizing all this goodness!  In addition to all the inspiration you will see on this hop there is a giveaway sponsored by FIGO Fabrics that you can enter to win on each participating blog, and I am also having a celebratory giveaway!  The giveaway links are near the end of my post.

First, I completed a couple pillowcases for my nieces.  I love the "burrito" method with French seams, it makes such a nice gift.

Secondly I completed this quilt!  A bit of back story on this:  I was picked by Henry Glass for the Desire to Inspire Challenge in May 2019, and got to work with this beautiful collection of fabric called Jolly Ole Soul by Barb Tourtillotte (visit here for pictures of my projects) and origionally planned to use this as the backing of the quilt I made.  I ended up liking it too much to part with, so instead made it even larger and quilted it up for John and I to snuggle under!
I made this quilt with the panel that is part of the line and then made some simple present blocks using flying geese for the bows.  I made my "presents" different sizes and alternated the background for added interest!  I also used a couple prints from last year's Challenge with the Just Beachy fabric.  And I decided to quilt an edge to edge pattern with the swirls as they mimic the swirls in the white around Santa, and it was relatively quick to stitch out.  Sometimes you just need your project to be finished!

I backed it with flannel, fyi
RED FLANNEL BLEEDS
and you should wash it before doing anything else with it.  I washed mine twice with 3 color catchers each time, and I think I will be comfortable sleeping under it now.

I had to get John to take a photo of how much taller the quilt is than I am, I'm so excited to have it cover my toes and nose at the same time!

I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today, and guess what?  This is my 100th post and in celebration I am offering a giveaway in addition to the one from FIGO Fabrics (entry form below my drawing)! I am offering a pair of handmade beaded Christmas earrings!  Your choice of either snowmen or Santa earrings if you win.  My giveaway is open until July 27th and I will announce the winner shortly after.
(I have to limit this to US only due to ridiculous international postage rates, but I will figure out an alternate prize if you are overseas!)

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And here is the beautiful fabric from FIGO Fabrics (a fat quarter bundle!):


Make sure to click SUBMIT!

I hope you have lots of fun exploring the posts on this blog hop and get a ton of inspiration!

Brandy

Thomas and Belle say "hello" too!  They really love this rainbow quilt, I am guessing it's the wool batting.


I am also linking to

53 comments:

Nancy J said...

Hello Brandy, I will be so honest and say that Thomas and Belle stole the show for me today. A ginger feline is always a love in my life. What a great size for your quilt, the border shows off the centre so well.

Danice G said...

Beautiful Christmas quilt and pillowcases. The earrings are adorable as well.

cityquilter grace said...

very nice christmas project....i like the idea of flying geese for the bow...and such pretty earrings!

Patti said...

My grandson recently asked me to teach him to sew. We've decided to make burrito pillowcases and I plan to show him yours for inspiration!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

I definitely wash new reds several times with Color Catchers before use. Love the Christmas quilt. Thanks for sharing.

annemarie said...

Love your quilt - great job!

Jan Snell said...

Congrats on your finished Christmas quilt.looks great. I love burrito pillow cases, too.

MissPat said...

I love the beaded earrings. I just had some dye bleed on a kids quilt. Mostly red but a blue and aqua block, too. I used the Vicki Welsh soaking method, but alas, after 24 hours and two soak, the blue and aqua is still visible. It's a very busy colorful quilt, so I don't think the bleed will be really obvious, but it's annoying anyway.
Pat

MaryBeth said...

I love your Santa quilt!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your Santa quilt is adorable! I didn't know that red flannel bled so much - thanks for the tip!

Carol C. said...

I love how your quilt turned out!! And the pillowcases are really cute. Great idea. The earrings are adorable -- they look like a lot of work! Thanks for sharing. :)

Kathy H said...

I love making pillowcases too. The Christmas quilt is beautiful and it is great that it is long enough to be so snuggly.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh I love that quilt! And I know what you mean when you say it will be nice to have it cover all of you! I have one that I love but it is a little short... and I'm constantly having to compromise with which end of me is sticking out, lol!
Love the pic of your kitties too - they look so comfy!!
the earrings are pretty, but I live in Australia, so I won't enter :) xx

wendy said...

Great Christmas quilt, looks very snuggly! Cute earings too!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Wonderful projects, and your earrings are lovely.

Mary said...

I love your Santa quilt. The swirls were a great choice. That Red Flannel, oh my!! Glad you washed it. Yes, Christmas stitching is better in July!

Sarah Craig said...

Excellent projects, Brandi! Pillowcases are always a big hit with my grandkids, so I've started making them a new one every year. You're right, that burrito pattern is fabulous. And your quilt! Such a creative way to use the panel. Thanks for all your hard work!

Farm Quilter said...

I love a quilt that will cover nose to toes!! Your quilt is wonderful and the quilting was the perfect choice!! Thomas and Belle are perfect for testing out each quilt...over and over again!!

Tammy said...

Love your quilt and the snowman earrings. Love your cats the grey one looks like ours. And the ginger one looks just a lil bit like our other Cat Remy. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway.

ShirleyC said...

I love the quilt! I have a big Santa panel I need to make into something.

Jayne said...

What a lovely quilt and earrings

DelightedHands said...

I love to make pillow cases, too! How pretty your Christmas ones are!
What a great quilt making the most of the holiday panel!

Jane Holbrook said...

The photo of you gloriously holding up your quilt is priceless. How fun! Good work.

Vicki in MN said...

Your Santa quilt is very fitting for the season.

Sandi1100 said...

I enjoyed your Blog post and seeing your Santa quilt and pillow cases. Your cats are adorable also. I have 4 cats. Thanks for sharing.

GranChris said...

I love the quilt and the pillowcases, nice job.

Karrin Hurd said...

Cute Christmas projects!

Carol Andrews said...

What a great quilt! I was just looking at a Santa panel and thinking w
“What do I do with this one!”
Carol Andrews
QuiltSchmilt@gmail.com

Anna brown said...

Very very cool I love it and yess reds do bleed...happyness04431@yahoo.com

Mary Ann said...

I really like the way you used the fabrics so creatively!

Roseanne said...

Hi Brandy! So much goodness in this post. I just LOVE the photo of Thomas and Belle, and what a pretty quilt they are laying on. It's gorgeous! Your pillowcases are so cute - I just LOVE that fabric. But your quilt - now that's the star. Wait - you are the star!! You look so happy modeling your finished quilt. I have to say you make it look even better - it's all in the styling, you know. {{Hugs}} . ~smile~ Roseanne

sue said...

I like those packages. I had some non-flannel red print cotton that bled and bled too; I originally washed the quilt because there was black fabric on it! Love colorwashers!

OhioLori said...

LOVE your quilt!!! (& agree bout red flannel.. several washings & color catchers.. Always! Whewie! lol)

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing your quilt with the 12 Christmas in July Blog Hop! I don't blame you one bit for the nose and toes sizing. SEW much better that way!

Susan said...

Both great projects. I love the picture of you with your quilt (you're so cute!). You DO look happy to be covered head and toe!

Christine S said...

Love this quilt panel and your quilt is great!

Lee said...

Lovely projects! I love the fabric for your pillowcases and your quilt!!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

People may laugh but it's important to have a quilt that covers your nose and your toes! So cute and perfect for the season. It's a bit hard to imagine snow right now because it's 2000 degrees out where I live but your sweet Santa sure puts me in the mood! Thanks for sharing.

For the love of geese said...

So cute, and yes its good to cover the nose and toes.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love your Santa quilt, but I think I love your wonderful furry assistants equally as much.

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing the closeups of the quilting. beautiful job!

FrΓ©dΓ©rique said...

Pretty huge Christmas quilt πŸ˜‰ Love the pillows too 😊

Shelley E said...

What a cheerful quilt...just love it!

Dix in Canada said...

Love your Xmas quilt, as well as RED backing tip! So true. My favorite color is red but, need to color set ALWAYS.

Susan said...

What fun Christmas quilt - enjoy!

Christine said...

Lovely seeing your blog love your Christmas quilt. The beaded Christmas earrings are beautiful.! Thank you for sharing your time with us.

Mctoppass said...

Love the Christmas quilt!!! And the cats as well lol.

Mctoppass said...

PS I love the pillow case fabric!

Quiltsmiles said...

All projects are well done and I love the expressions on your models faces. Congratulations on your blogging event. May it continue to give you joy.

BarefootThunder said...

Great quilt, and earrings are Fab. I just put some burritos cases in the mail to son and family, stationed overseas.
Merry Christmas πŸŽ„

bcarlf said...

What is more cozy looking than a couple of cats napping together? That is so sweet. Love your quilt and earrings!

Danette said...

Love how your Christmas quilt will cover your toes and your nose! And love your kitties!

cghundley said...

Fabulous quilting and
love your fur babies!
Carla from Utah