Red, White & Green

The clock keeps ticking down for the quickly disappearing Christmas in July sewing and quilting pattern bundle.  The links are only live for 72 hours, so Thursday at noon PST, the bundle deal is gone for the year.

I was hemming and hawing a couple weeks ago about not really being ready to accept the prospects of quilting for the holidays.  Mostly my reluctance was because I was still working on some graduation quilts (Yes, I realize graduation season has passed by!)  I might just be the queen bee of procrastinators!

However, after browsing through the PDF files from Christmas in July bundle, I quickly jumped on board to start stitching another project.

I grabbed a new needle for my machine and pressed some fabric, and I got to work!

Okay, in all honesty, I lazily accomplished those things in a very sloth-like, semi-reluctant manner after a trip to my local quilt shop.

I pulled out some fabrics from my dwindling fabric stash (it dwindles at that slow, sloth-like pace), but many of these patterns had me wishing for some solid fabrics and a little red, white and green.

So I doled out the little bit of money left in my budget and decided I’d give Cheryl Brickey’s (Meadow Mist Designs) Poinsettia Pinwheel pattern a go.

This pattern goes together quickly using 18″ blocks!  So if you aren’t ready to craft until, say maybe December 20th, you still have a shot of getting a lap-sized quilt done for someone you love!  Just don’t wait to get the pattern because the Christmas in July pattern bundle ends in just a couple of days!

Yesterday I purchased and pressed my fabric and cut out all my pieces.  Initially, I selected the same fabrics as the image on the pattern, but my daughter said she preferred some different hues.  I think she wants this quilt when it is done.

So I sat down last night and I made most of my half square triangle (HST) blocks.

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Today I pressed my HST blocks open and trimmed them up to the right dimensions.  In two evenings, or about 6 hours total, I’ve prepped all my fabric and I’m just putting the blocks together now.  I have one block finished to share with you.
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I wanted to try to make a quilt similar to the cover since we are talking Christmas in July.  I also bought enough fabric to make another version of this quilt in white, grey, blue, and green (a slightly Seahawks version).  Using solid fabrics for this quilt makes it a cost effective gift.

Poinsettia Pinwheels is only one of the great patterns available in the Christmas in July bundle.

Just in case you missed yesterday’s post about the contents of the bundle, here’s a peek of what is inside.

Remember this is 23 patterns for just $25 (That’s just over a dollar a pattern!).

The sale runs for only 72 hours (the sale ends at 12:00pm PST on Thursday).

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