Monday, July 09, 2012

Ho Ho Ho!!

Good morning! How was your weekend? It was a hot one here, so we tried to limit our outdoor time as much as possible. But let's get down to Monday-Business! Today is my day for the Christmas in July Block-a-thon!!!

As you can probably imagine, coming up with a modern style block was a bit of a challenge for me as a traditional style quilter. Add to that some non-traditional holiday fabric and YIKES! Can I meet the challenge, all in a 6 inch finished block? I hope you see this and think that I did! Yup, those are holiday gifts!

completed block

Here's what we're starting out with! But put down those pens and papers, there will be an instructional pdf to download at the end!  


First off you need to do some cutting:

From the green bow fabric cut (3) 1 7/8" squares, cut each in half diagonally.

From the background white fabric cut (3) 1 7/8" squares, cut each in half diagonally, (1) 2 1/2" square and (1) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle

From the blue gift fabric cut (1) 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle and (1) 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle

From the tan gift fabric cut (1) 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle


Stitch bow triangles to background triangles for (6) bow/background triangles.


Stitch those triangles into pairs to make a bow unit! Layout your block for stitching!



Assemble your gifts as follows:
Gift 1:
Stitch bow unit to blue gift 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle. Press to the gift rectangle.
Stitch 2 1/2" background square to the bow  unit pressing to the background piece.

Gift 2:
Stitch tan gift rectangle to bow unit. Press to gift unit.

Gift 3:
Stitch bow unit to remaining blue gift rectangle. Press to gift rectangle.
Stitch 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" background rectangle to bow unit, press to background piece.


So you're done! You can download the instructions here! (be patient, it takes a bit to download)  Free Spirit has generously provided a Denyse Schmidt Chicopee Charm Pack for a giveaway! Leave a comment and I'll pick someone later this week!

Denyse Schmidt_Chicopee-Charm Pack

Ok! Print and go make your block!!!! Haven't started yet? Here's a list of block designers and their scheduled days!  HAPPY MONDAY PEEPS!
July 2th - Heather at Fiberosity
July 5nd - Pat Sloan
July 6th – Melanie at Melanie Dramatic
July 9th - Pam at Pam Kitty Morning
July 11th - Kelsey at Kelsey Creates
July 13th - Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
July 16th - Kim at Persimon Dreams
July 18th - Amanda at Sasikirana
July 20th - Jane at QuiltJane
July 23th - Kristy at St Louis Folk Victorian
July 25th – Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
July 27rd - Lee at Freshly Pieced
July 30th - Jennifer at MJ and Co
August 1st – Mishka at Quilting Gallery
August 3rd - Tiffiny at Free Patchwork Quilt Info
August 6th - Tacha at Fat Quarterly
August 8th – Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations
August 10th – Jocelyn at It’s Sew Emma
August 13th – Final Quilt Reveal!


Anonymous Beulah said...

I personally think that you are more of a modern quilter than you give yourself credit. :D Great job on the block! This would also be perfect for say a Birthday quilt at a milestone birthday. :)

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4:13 AM  
Blogger JoT said...

Thanks for posting your instructions bright and early! This gives me a chance to mull them over while at work before I dash home and hit the cutting table.

4:29 AM  
Blogger hiyacinth said...

That is so charming! But that's what I'd expect from you! Thanks for a great block!

4:29 AM  
Blogger Jamie Lee said...

I love it! What a fantastic block:)

4:40 AM  
Blogger Terry Conner said...

Very different. With a small change at the top you could make candles.

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job on the block!! I'm enjoying following the Christmas in July as I like the free patterns but also getting to see some Blogs that I haven't been to. Enjoyed your Blog and thanks for the chance to win.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very nice block. And thanks for the link for the download!

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it alot! Good job!

7:08 AM  
Blogger krislovesfabric said...

Love your block! Thanks for the chance at DS fabric :)

7:16 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Your block looks fab, I think you met the challenge well! :)

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what I love best, the PDF!!! You're way ahead of the pack with those.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Well I think you did a wonderful job. I really like your gifts block. Thanks for the tutorial.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

7:40 AM  
Blogger Paule-Marie said...

great block. and pretty easy to do. thank you.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great block! As always, you're soooooo creative! Thanks for the opportunity to win :). Nurse Payne

8:42 AM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Very creative Pam! The cheery bows are great!

9:15 AM  
Blogger VickiT said...

I like your block. The bows are super cute on the top of the presents. Thank you

9:40 AM  
Blogger Celine said...

Your block is lovely, well done! Thanks for the chance to win.

10:36 AM  
Blogger angelsister1951 said...

good job ms. pamkitty.. what a cute block, thanks for letting me enter the drawing... oh ahh lovely fabric
have a great day .. glad all went well with your little family of humming birds...

10:43 AM  
Blogger LJ said...

Wow! That is a non-traditional block but lovely non-the-less.

10:53 AM  
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10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm more of a traditionalist too, but I like your block!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Linda said...


11:45 AM  
Blogger Marcia W. said...

Thank you for the tutorial to make this lovely block. Wow! you have such a creative mind for design. Thanks for the DS charm pack giveaway from Freespirit too.

12:02 PM  
Blogger ritainalaska said...

pretty block; great instructions ... will enjoy making it.

2:28 PM  
Blogger AnnieO said...

The presents are so fun! Thanks for the great tutorial. I would love to win a charm pack of some DS!

6:09 PM  
Blogger Marla said...

Cute bows

6:11 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I love the present theme! Great block!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Homemaker Honey said...

Lovely fabric!

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6:28 PM  
Blogger kutiequilter said...

Great block! Thanks!

6:41 PM  
Blogger Karrie S said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

7:07 PM  
Blogger generationSue said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway and showing us how you press your seams. I just get so frustrated with those some times ;)

9:12 PM  
Blogger CaroleBB said...

Great instructions, and a download --thanks!!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Brandy Fishback said...

Awesome!! Thanks so much, The instructions are great and easy to follow!

10:25 PM  
Blogger suemac said...

Wow. Denyse Schmidt. Lucky you to be giving that away. I am loving your giveaway.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Kimberly Cassie said...

Christmas is never complete without a couple of presents. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

12:15 PM  
Blogger drmithome said...

What a great block. Thanks for sharing.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Kate Brown said...

I am really going to enjoy making all these Christmas blocks. I love your block (and the pdf!!!) and am already picking my colors for it.

6:54 PM  
Blogger thepiececorps said...

Your block has an awesome Mixed Trad/Mod feel to it, love it!

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cute block, PKM! Love your modern touch. :)

5:40 PM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

Shoot- how did my comment end up as anonymous? It's me, it's me! Also, the pincushion kit arrived! Thank you so much. Now, to make it!!

5:41 PM  
Blogger LJ said...

The Chicopee Charm Pack would be a welcome addition to my stash! :)

7:25 PM  
Blogger MoeWest said...

Nice block, and modern looking too! Thanks for the chance to win a charm pack.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

What a pretty block! Thanks for the chance to win!

7:04 PM  
Blogger Amorette said...

great block! i love the reverse view myself- i like to see how much sewing i am in for!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Gill said...

The Christmas in July hop is such fun!
Thank you!!

1:03 AM  
Blogger Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

That block is terrific!! I love the three pressies - I shall download instructions now :)

2:15 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh what fun! Thanks for inspiring me to think about the holidays.

2:35 AM  
Blogger robin said...

Cute block!

5:18 AM  

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