Sunday, July 22, 2018

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It's my turn on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  This is my second year participating, and I extend my thanks to Sarah for all the work that she puts into organizing and hosting this blog hop.



I recently had some success with a table runner using the Quick Curve Ruler Mini by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  So I thought I'd give it a try again, using the same pattern that came with the ruler.

This is the block, which is actually half of the larger block.  Curved piecing is not as hard as you imagine it to be.


I thought I would make Christmas "ornaments" -- but I wasn't thinking when I was cutting the red and green fabrics.  I followed the pattern thinking that I needed an even number of each colour. But I forgot that there were five "ornaments" and that I need 8 squares of one colour and 12 of the other.  And I didn't realize my error until I started piecing the blocks together.


Although the plan is for this to be a table runner, I do like it hanging on the wall.  Maybe I'll add a hanging sleeve.


I felt the fabric called for free motion quilting of stars and loops.  I even hand sewed the binding to the back.


If you're making Christmas gifts this year, I hope you were able to find some new projects during this blog hop, or at least some inspiration.



Giveaway
I have two patterns by Jaybird Quilts to give away:  Mini Northern Lights and Seaside.  Leave a comment for a chance to win both patterns.  The giveaway is open internationally and ends at midnight on Wednesday, July 25, when the blog hop ends.



       


Here is the complete list of all the blogs participating:


Saturday, July 14th
Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th
Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th




63 comments:

  1. That is wonderful! I really like the finished runner, and it DOES make a nice wall hanging, as well. Thanks for the chance to win the lovely patterns, that's nice, too.

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  2. I like your wall hanging, I have the ruler, so let's get sewing !! A great idea for gifting !

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  3. Your runner looks great. Curved piecing is something that I need to practise

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  4. Pretty table runner/wall hanging. I love the design. I really need to practice sewing curved seams.

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  5. I like it as a wall hanging! Love it!

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  6. Beautiful table runner - those curves would scare me! Thanks for the chance to win the patterns.

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  7. What a cute idea! Looks good either way. Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  8. Thanks for sharing! Love your idea of hanging a table runner on the wall. Also admiring your treadle sewing machine. Susanpshaffer@gmail.com

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  9. The project is great as either a table runner or a wall hanging. Thanks for the inspiration. I have the regular size ruler and have never used it. Now, I really want to get it out and use it or get the mini. Thanks for a great post and the wonderful nudge to make this project. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. susan.dietrich@cox.net

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  10. ohhh i love your ornament runner. i actually like the way you did it than if you hadn't goofed. thanks for the inspiration and for turning a goofed into something wonderful.
    thanks for sharing today.

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  11. I love this! I've avoided buying another template, but I may need this one now! Alternating the colors on the sides of your circle was genius. Thanks for all your hard work, Anja!

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  12. Very nice table runner. I like the split color, looks like rings. Thanks for the idea.

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  13. I haven't tried the quick curve ruler, but I've sure heard quite a bit about it. Those rings are fun, and I like it as a wall hanging!

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  14. The curves look good, this is something I am willing to try, since I usually stay away from them. It does make a cute wall hanging or table runner. Thank you for the project.

    Petuniakr@aol.com

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  15. I love doing curved piecing, and yours is beautiful. I don't have the quick curve ruler, but it is on my list.

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  16. I am always looking for pretty tablerunners. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  17. Cute table runner. My neighbor is going to University of Oregon and I may have to make one for her.

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  18. Thanks for the nice idea.

    hijoffe@gmail.com

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  19. What a great idea for christmas gifts or any seasonal theme.
    hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  20. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJuly 22, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    I like it hanging also.

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  21. Curves intimidate me ... maybe I need the quick curve ruler!! love the table runner/wall hanging!!

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  22. I love the table runner -- really like how you did the colors! Perfect for a table or a wall hanging! Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. Wow! That is a neat table runner. It is so different. I'm going to check my rulers to see if I have that one. Either that or it will go on my Christmas list. Very clever! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I think it works both ways. If you add a sleeve you can do either with it depending on your mood. I have that template lost in a pile of other templates. Need to pull it out and give it another try. Thanks for the incentive.

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  25. Cute project as wall hanging or table runner! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Anja, your wall hanging turned out with perfect precision! Mine would likely be wobbly and have partial ornaments on the sides. I really like how your "mistake" turned out with opposing fabric colors. Beautiful quilting too!

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  27. Nice project! I’m yet to use my quick curve rulers, but my husband sees Ohio State “Os” in your project. That might be a start.

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  28. I certainly enjoyed seeing your runner. When I saw the peek, I thought it was going to be a stable for a manger scene. Instead it became ornaments. Wonderful, either way.

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  29. Such an interesting pattern. I've never made anything with curves before. Yours is lovely.

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  30. I like it on the wall, but the photo setting on the old treadle machine is my pick. A super way to use those curves.

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  31. This looks like a great pattern. The blog post before this one with foxes is wonderful. My DD love fox, wolf and owls.

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  32. Cute, with room for embellishments if you wanted to add some to the centers. Don't enter me in your drawing, I have enough stuff. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  33. Very nice, Anja. Very great Xmas runner or wall hanger. I have both curve rulers. May give this a try.

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  34. Your Christmas quilt really is striking. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. That's quite a festive Table Runner. Thanks for offering a giveaway!! I don't own either of those patterns, so would be thrilled to win.

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  36. What a unique Christmas table runner or centerpiece. You'll enjoy that for a many years to come!

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  37. I love your FMQ! The loops and stars are perfect.

    ~Brandy

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  38. That is a beautiful tablerunner!

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  39. Tyty I love seeing how colors work with quilt blocks. ...helps alot.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  40. Very pretty. Suzanne cooperrs@sbcglobal.net

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  41. Thanks for the inspiration to try out my languishing quick-curve ruler, still unused, and also for the view of your lovely treadle machine. Those patterns are two of my favorite Jaybird Quilts ones, so would love to win them. susanprincess at att dot net

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  42. I learned to quilt on a treadle machine so long ago. Wish I had that machine.

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  43. Love your table runner. Doesn't it feel great to get a head start on Christmas?

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  44. What a fun design - I don't like overly 'traditional' patterns, so this really peaks my interest. Thank you for sharing.

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  45. that northern lights patterns is absolutely beautiful! thanks for the chance to win it!

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  46. That is a lovely runner/hanging; very inventive, and the alternating colours look great.

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  47. I love the curved piece quilt! I haven't ventured that far into the skills level and should probably start soon!

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  48. I definitely love the pattern as a wall hanging! But I like it as a table runner too! I'm working on curved piecing. This would be a great project to work with. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. The curved pieces make a nice design--Looks fun to try!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  50. It looks like you have mastered using that curved ruler!! Such a lovely table runner.
    Thanks for being part of the hop.
    xx, Carol

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  51. Hello Anja, I love your table runner. It is very modern and graphic.

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  52. That is a nice festive runner. I need to make a couple for holiday decorating.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  53. I haven't tried curved piecing yet. This is a very interesting design and I like the alternate color arrangement even if it was a "mistake". It's really a design modification.
    Pat

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  54. Very modern looking Christmas wall hanging or table runner. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Well had you not said you messed up, I'd not have noticed a thing - I like these 'ornaments' as they are! Nice job, and hand-sewing woo hoo. Yup it looks good on the wall. Sweet giveaway - pick me! ;-)

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  56. Very creative!! The runner turned out lovely!
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  57. I really like the runner/wall hanging with the curved piecing and the free motion quilting.

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  58. Love your table runner (or wall hanging)! It will look wonderful at Christmas. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  59. I like the table runner-- but, is is almost 90 today and find it hard to think of chrismtas
    sharongalli(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. I love how your table runner turned out! It is really cute, and you would never know what you intended as it turned out wonderfully. Thank you for sharing and participating in the blog hop!

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