Ready to have some fun? Today, I am hosting a blog hop for your enjoyment with a Christmas theme for our hot days of July. The Christmas In July Pattern Parade Blog Hop includes quilters from the US, Canada and Australia. We are a group of pattern designers that have not done an event together before, so you may find some new blogs to follow today. Each blog will offer you a free pattern for a Christmas project, or a project suitable for gift giving. The bloggers are all designers, so they’ll also have their patterns available for purchase. Some are doing giveaways, too! All the links are active today, and you can come back and hop to your heart’s content, either all today or over several days. You can come back later too, as all these links will stay up. The full list is at the bottom of this post.
For my free project, I am showing my Christmas Trip Around the World quilt. This is really such a fast and simple quilt, I made it in just 10 days from start to finish a few years ago, but luckily you have more time that that.
You will need 1/2 yard each of 8 different fabrics. Cut them into strips 3-1/2-inches wide by the width of the fabric. If you have a box of scraps, you’ll need 36 each of 8 different prints. Depending on which print is where, you’ll end up with a few squares left over with either method. I’ll show you the strip piecing method for really fast assembly. Complete instructions in the pdf download.
In a jiffy, you’ll have your top done.
Add borders to make the size you want. See my Quilt Borders Tutorial to learn the proper way to add borders, and why doing it the right way matters.
Quilt and bind as usual. The final quilt made with the instructions is 63 x 71, but you can vary this by the size strip or square you use. Download the free pdf pattern for your sewing room, just click on Christmas Trip Around the World
Of course, any pattern can be a holiday quilt, just choose the right colors. And this Trip Around the World can be made in any color combination or square size, perfect for a special gift this year. Wrap a loved one in a quilty hug. Want to see more of my free and quick projects for gifts? See my Christmas in July projects post. Other small projects for gift ideas can be found on Camera Case, Christmas Star Table Runner, Travel Pillow Case and Gift Ideas for Guys. You can see the blocks in the Vintage Christmas Quilt Along. Then, click on my Christmas Category for tablescapes, gift wraps, gifts from the kitchen and more. I have lots of inspiration and ideas!
You can see my Scrap Dance pattern series on My Patterns page, or on Etsy. Leave a comment on this post with the Scrap Dance pattern you like best, and be entered to win a free digital pdf pattern of your choice delivered via email. If you purchase a pattern this week, and your name is drawn, your purchase price for one pattern will be refunded as your prize.
Winner will be drawn on Sunday. Congratulations to Jayne P who won the Scrap Dance pattern of her choice.
Now, without further ado, meet the talented pattern designers on our Christmas in July Pattern Parade Blog Hop! The bloggers are divided into three groups, based on the project they planned to show today. Have fun!!
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