12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop
There's an exciting event going on in Quilting Blogland and it's the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, put together by Sarah Craig @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Sarah gathered together 25 terrific bloggers to share ideas for Christmas crafts, quilting, and recipes - so you can get a head start on the holidays this year. You can find all the blog hop stops in the list at the end of this post and also by searching the hashtag #12daysofchristmasinjuly on social media.
Today is Day 5 and I share this day with my friend Soma @ Whims and Fancies, so be sure to check out her post today too because she's teaching us how to make handmade books and bookmarks! To top it all off, Sarah is running a 12 Days of Christmas in July Quilt Along for the delightful quilt shown below, and she estimates that with only 1 hour a day you can have the quilt top completed in just 12 days.
|12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along|
Frosted Flakes Quilted Runner
Did you ever make paper snowflake cutouts as a kid? It has always been a tradition in our family to make them, so for my 12 Days of Christmas project, I decided to make an appliqued and quilted snowflake runner. I'm calling it the Frosted Flakes Runner, because I used Fairy Frost fabric for the snowflakes.
|Close up of a Crafted Applique Snowflake|
It's no surprise that I used my Crafted Applique method to make these snowflakes. (hashtag #craftedapplique) I didn't want any fraying and knew my method would keep the edges nice and neat, while at the same time allowing me to cut out elaborate shapes. You could also do this project using fusible web interfacing to adhere your appliques.
|Swirling Breeze quilting|
Fabrics used - I was going for the same color as jadeite:
Very Merry by Sandy Gervais for Moda - Light Aqua - 17832-15
Very Merry by Sandy Gervais for Moda - Light Aqua - 17834-15
Michael Miller Fairy Frost in Snow
Here's another shot, this one taken indoors:
A peek at the nine snowflake patterns (I designed nine, just in case someone wants to get flakier than me):
|Frosted Flakes Snowflake Applique Patterns|
You can download and save the Microsoft Word document, complete with sewing instructions and all 9 snowflake patterns by clicking here:
Don't forget to read to the end of the post, because I'm also having a great Christmas in July giveaway!
Holiday Brunch Menu
One of the other fun things Sarah suggested was that we share a favorite recipe. Our family has so many of them! As the kids started becoming great cooks in their own right, we all developed an addiction to trying out recipes we find on Pinterest, so that is what I will be sharing today. I'm laughing a little at this photo. The runner is meant to be one long hot pad, but I wasn't ready for it to get besmirched yet, so we kept all the food off of it. :) If you use Insul-bright batting instead of regular batting, you'll have yourself a dandy hot pad.
A simple Christmas Holiday Brunch, featuring:
Ham Quiche Cups - so quick to make!
|Ham Quiche Cups|
Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones - we substituted fresh blueberries - yum!
|Glazed Blueberry Orange Scones, Cranberry & Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail, and Coffee|
Cranberry and Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail - we substituted Proseco for the champagne. You can also use sparkling cider for a non alcoholic alternative. Next time we will stick to just the simple curled orange peel garnish. The lime slice and pomegranate seeds were a bit much.
I hope you will visit all the other bloggers participating in the hop! Here is the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop Schedule:
July 14th: Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
Carole Carter @ From My Carolina Home
July 15th: Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD
July 16th: Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
Leanne Parsons @ Devoted Quilter
July 17th: Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
Selina @ Selina Quilts
July 18th: Lara Buccella @ BuzzinBumble - That's me!
Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies
July 19th: Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
July 20th: Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter
July 21st: Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic
July 22nd: Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion
July 23rd: Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms
July 24th: Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy
July 25th: Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle
12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!
Last, but not least, I holding my own giveaway, where THREE lucky commenters will win this wonderful red and white fabric panel:
|North Woods - by Kate Spain for Moda - Fabric panel in Cranberry|
It's from Kate Spain's "North Woods" collection and features a table topper and ornaments/appliques. Perfect for a fun and fast Christmas project!
If you'd like a chance to win, just leave a comment below. BuzzinBumble followers, both new and old, can have a second chance at winning - just leave a second comment telling me how you follow my blog. Make sure you also leave a way for me to contact you if you win. There are more and more no-reply commenters these days and most people are unaware of it. Three lucky winners will be randomly drawn on July 25th, 2016 and I will announce them here on BuzzinBumble soon afterwards.