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Christmas in July... Again!

by Joanne Hillestad on 07/28/19

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It is Christmas in July, again!

I'm back for another day of the Masterpiece Quilting's
Christmas Collection Book blog hop!

Today I will share a medium sized stacking pop up
with the Jingle Bells Wall Hanging design on it.




This time I used a Medium Stacking Pop-Up using spring FQG123.
It finishes out at 8" in diameter and 8" tall.

To make this pop up, start out cutting the pieces needed for the inside and outside of the pop up according to the FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern.  Fuse the stabilizer on... I like SF101 ShapeFlex.

Then cut out all the applique pieces.
I didn't change anything for the bells and the bow.
But, I did change the size of the swag.
I stretched it out to 13.25 for a full swag.  I needed 1 of those.
I cut a second swag exactly the same (I used the first one as a pattern)
and cut it in half.

Here is the outside piece of the pop up with the swags fused on.



I centered the full swag and lined up the half swags on either end.
You will notice I left a large area above the swags empty.  This is because the top 1.5" needs to be left empty so the top edge can be rolled twice to finish the pop up.

I laid all the pieces out before I fused the swag to make sure there would be enough room below the swags for the bells.  Make sure the last 1/2" minimum is empty at the bottom edge too.

Then I fused the rest of the applique pieces down and top stitched them.




For the appliques, I used Barely There Fusible Adhesive.  It is a medium heat, quick to fuse product that I really like.  It stays soft and flexible even if you layer many pieces.




I used a plain old straight stitch on this pop because I made it while on an rv trip and when I opened my sewing machine I only had one presser foot!  Only my 1/4".  Oops!
So, there was no zigging or zagging for me!





I followed the FQG122 Stacking Pop-Up pattern exactly to finished the pop up.  I think it turned out very cute!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jo

Items you need to complete this project:
Red fabric - scraps
Green fabric - 4" x 27"
Golds - scraps
Tan background fabric - 1/3 yd for outside.  1/3 yd for inside.  I used the same fabric for both.

Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Book
Shapeflex Stabilizer by Pellon (SF101)
Barely There Fusible Adhesive - 1/8 yd or so.
FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern
FQG123 Medium Pop-Up Refill

Make sure to check the Masterpiece Quilting Blog each day from now through August 2nd, 2019
for more fun stops on the hop!   

Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop

by Joanne Hillestad on 07/22/19

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It is Christmas in July!

I am excited to show you what I made using the
Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Book!

This book is full of great holiday designs.  I decided to make a pop up using two of the designs. Today I'll share the Wreath Runner and Wall Hanging version.



I used precut 10" squares for the reds, greens and tans on the pieced outside.  I had a coordinating 3/4 yd of tan that I used for the inside and both base circles.  

This is a Large Stacking Pop-Up using spring FQG124.
I pieced wreath blocks following the instructions for the table runner.  
Then I added coping strips between each block and above and below.



I pieced the coping strips so I could mix it up a bit for more variety.  You could use the same fabric as the inside for a more cohesive look.  

I added 4" strips between and 3" strips above.
This made the side slightly large than I needed for the FQG122 Stacking Pop-Up pattern.

When I finished piecing the wreath blocks and coping strips, I fused stabilizer to the entire unit.  This gives the side more body and helps keep the seam allowances from fraying once it is a finished pop up.



For the appliqued bow, I used Barely There Fusible Adhesive.  It is a medium heat, quick to fuse product that I really like.  It stays soft and flexible even if you layer many pieces.



I like to use an applique foot and a buttonhole stitch when I do my applique stitching.  The foot makes it so easy to see exactly where the stitches are landing.  The buttonhole stitch is just my favorite.  It is quick and forgiving.  Easy to pivot around curves and corners.



I then trimmed the side down to the size listed in the pop up pattern.  I took the extra width off the coping strip and the extra height from the bottom.




Once this was done, I followed the pattern exactly and finished the pop up!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jo

Items you need to complete this project:
Red fabric - one 10" square
Green fabric - four 10" squares
Tan fabric - seven 10" squares and 3/4 yard for inside, bases and ties of pop up.

Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Book
Shapeflex Stabilizer by Pellon (SF101)
Barely There Fusible Adhesive - 1/8 yd or so.
FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern
FQG124 Large Pop Up Refill

Make sure to check the Masterpiece Quilting Blog each day from now through August 2nd, 2019
for more fun stops on the hop!  I'll be posting on 7/29/19 with another fun pop up
using the Jingle Bells Quilt + Wall Hanging.  

A Tour of My Christmas Tree

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/17/18

A Tour of My Christmas Tree

We love to collect ornaments during trips.  So you do the same?  Here is a quick tour of our Christmas tree and some of the ornaments we collected on family vacations.

Mount Vernon, 2013


Colorado, 2009


Grand Canyon, 2015ish


Royal Gorge, Colorado, 2009?



Arizona, 200?


Michigan, 2008


Washington DC... but this says 2007... so I think this was a gift from my mom from her trip.


Florida, 2007ish
That was a fun trip with our favorite travelling family... the Ihfes.  


The Great Salt Lake, Quilt Market, 2016


Germany with my son's German Class, 2013



And a cat for good measure...
Happy Holidays!

Been Eating Mediterranean...

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/13/18

So, I missed yesterday's blog post.  I have been really quite busy lately with proposals for fabric companies, making a super secret quilt which ships tomorrow, trying to find Christmas gifts for family, and other general end of year business things.  Not good excuses... but yesterday I plain old forgot.


Picture of me from 10 years ago because I had nothing else to post.  bahahaha

On top of all that, I have decided to start eating like the people in the Mediterranean.  Lots of olive oil, lean chicken and fish, veggies... then some more veggies.  As I creep up to the big 5-0 I have started trying to be better to myself.  Maybe 2019 will have to be the Year of the Me.  Sometimes a person just needs to step back and change some bad habits.

So far this year I cut Diet Coke.  That was huge... and difficult.  But I feel so much better for it!  Then I took it another step and cut out aspartame and saccharin.  I watched a show on PBS about the impact those 2 artificial sweeteners have on blood sugar and gut health.  Freaked me out a little.  Again... can't believe the difference.  

Now, I'm not perfect... i still allow Stevia.  But that is not supposed to be quite as bad as the others... so far.  I was running out of things to drink.  Dairy has been off the list for years.  Allergic to High Fructose Corn Syrup (that knocks out a lot of food and beverages).  Water.  I drink a lot more water.  

Hopefully, I will start exercising regularly and lose some of this extra 'me'.  I visit my Oncologist for my annual check up in June... I almost look forward to the comprehensive lab results!  Nothing has been in the bad range... but some of the basics have been creeping in that direction.

Ok, I'm done.  Just a peek into my life... which is just like everyone else.  Except maybe the cancer part... been 11 years.  Yeah me!

Here's to healthier eating! I won't say completely healthy eating... because a girl needs a piece of chocolate every so often...
  

Let's Talk... Fat Quarters. Very Briefly.

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/11/18

Let's Talk Fat Quarters
Fat Quarters are right up my alley.  lol

A standard fat quarter is a 1/2 yard wide and half the width of the bolt tall.
Which makes it a Fat, Quarter Yard of Fabric... get it?
Roughly 18" x 22" max.



To be safe... I always assume I only have 17" x 19" of usable fabrics when planning.
That way, if I have a crooked cut it should be ok.
Plus, not all bolts of fabric are the same width.

Fat Quarters are often available individually or in pre-packaged bundles from a collection.
This makes them easy and fun to grab when visiting your favorite quilt shops.

There are many patterns available that use fat quarters.
Most also need a border, sashing or accent fabric.

Here are a few by the FQ Gypsy and Swirly Girls Design:

First up in Tabitha by the Fat Quarter Gypsy.
This uses 12 fat quarters and 2 borders.
It goes together quickly.


Next we have Fat Quarter Four-Patch by Swirly Girls Design.
This is a fun Dashing Bobbin pattern.
It have 4 sizes using from 15 FQs for the lap size to 50 FQs for the king size!

Lastly, we have Cosmos by Swirly Girls Design.
Cosmos uses 5 FQs for the spinning stars and 1 FQ for the accent pinwheels.
Just add a background and border!

So, that ends my very brief talk about fat quarters.

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