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Friday, August 3, 2012

Welcome Christmas Blog Hoppers

Thank you Madame Samm and Lesley for putting together another fun blog hop for all of us to enjoy.  I'm embarrassed to admit, I've been so busy I have only been able to visit a few blogs during this  hop.  Hopefully, I can catch up and see them all this weekend.  Welcome!  Please come in and take a look at my Christmas tree.  Doesn't it smell wonderful?





Two years ago, Denise at Just Quiltin with Denise Russart organized a swap featuring a snow globe block that she designed and distributed for free.  I loved each of the 8.5 inch blocks that I received.  I must have loved them so much that I put them in a treasure chest and buried them, because I can't find them or the pattern we used.  Using Denise's block for inspiration and a cake plate to trace the shape, I came up with my own 12.5 inch version.  Although Denise is not one of the stops on the blog hop, visit her blog to download a gorgeous butterfly quilt she is sharing.

I'm sorry for the poor quality of the pictures of my blocks, but I snapped them at 11:00pm.  Hopefully, I will be able to edit the post and put in better quality photos tomorrow.  The snowman is machine embroidered on the tree print fabric.  I think they look kinda sorta like the real thing if you squint.


Sally over at Sew Wonderful has a great tutorial for the Disappearing 4 Patch, also known as the 4 to 9 patch block.  I decided to put a wintry spin on the block by adding some Redwork snowmen. Charming Station Embroidery offers free Redwork machine embroidery designs of snowmen and clever sayings to go with them.  Over 200 of their free snowmen designs are available to download for machine embroidery.   I embroidered the snowmen on 10 inch squares and trimmed the squares to 7 inches with the snowmen centered on the square.  Major error!!!  I did not take into account that when creating the 4 patch block you cut one inch from the seam both vertically and horizontally.  As you can see, the snowman with the song book is too close to the edge.  I embroidered the squares before we left for vacation so it was too late to embroider another block.  I love the block, but when I get back to my embroidery machine he will be replaced.   I am showing this block as a cautionary tale and to remind myself that Sister Diane Marie  was right 49 years ago when she told us that geometry/math is an important skill.  If only I had paid attention.



Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to visit the other blogs scheduled for today.

Creations On The Island
That Other Blog
Sunshine Girl
Hallbrook Designs
The Recipe Bunny
Sisca At The Other Blog
Polka Dot Classic
Ariane Quilts
Katie's Salt Marsh Path (you are here)
The Cuddle Quilter






55 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tree and your snowman sweet, even if one is off. I love the layout, it will work. I am a new follwer and Thank you for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  2. Oh, gosh, I remember the snowglobe pattern! How cute. You can also use Marcia's (Quilters Cache) Goldfish Bowl pattern upside down. And I have marked the free snowmen site - thank you for that.

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  3. Love all of these - I think the snowman are lovely as they are - one of my blocks is off centre too but I have decided to "embrace the wonky" and go with it - thanks for sharing.

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  4. Your house looks very festive and your blocks are great , thanks so much for sharing :-)

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  5. Love your snowglobes! Great fabric choices. I can see what you mean about the math...but we do learn something new every day! Love the way you combined the snowmen and the fabrics. I imagine they'll be replaced very soon, but hope you can use them in something else...they are so cute! Thanks for participating and enjoy the rest of the hop.

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  6. Celebrate with all your Christmas goodies. How about a pile of snowballs or redballs or both in lower right corner? Or a footprint? Thank you.

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  7. Very nice blocks! Love the snowman snowglobe....he s just too cute
    Thanks for sharing
    Marta

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  8. I love snow globes. What a fun quilt that would make for the holidays! I know "Sister" was right about the dreaded "math" thing, but I for one, pretended I didn't hear her either! hahahaha Although, I'm a paying the price myself for that now! :-)

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  9. Those snow globes are just the cutest! Love those snowmen, too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful blocks. :O)

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  10. Love the snow globe blcoks, cute! My sister would love them!

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  11. Snow globes are a wonderful idea!

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  12. What a great idea - snow globe blocks! That is very clever and very festive. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. What a cute idea to make snow globes blocks! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Did I read that right--you used your embroidery machine? *double wink*

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  15. Very lovely blocks. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Funny how lifes lessons always seem to show up!! Love the snow globe design!!

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  17. I was here very early in the morning..never saw a think christmas button sew I thought you must have dropped out...but you are here..and I adore your blocks..and it sew reminds me of our sisters saying the same thing about geometry...I know I have made similar mistakes...still love your block and your redwork is divine..

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  18. HI! LOVE YOUR POST+THE REDWORK IS SO NEAT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  19. Your snow globes are great what a wonderful idea. Thanks also for sharing the snowmen pattern site. All around great job.

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  20. Great blocks. I will have to go try the snowglobe block. They are so cute.

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  21. cute blocks. the snow globes are fun. hope you find your quilt top

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  22. I love the redwork snowmen - thanks for sharing!!

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  23. The blocks you made are so cute!! Love them!!!!

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  24. Your snow globes are amazing! Love 4-to-9P...I think I would have made the blocks before I did the redwork, cuz I always make humility blocks :o)

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  25. Love your blocks, so very cute and thanks for sharing.

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  26. Oh, I want some snowglobe blocks too! Must put them on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing yours!

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  27. Oh I love the snow globe block. Another great idea. A must for me.

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  28. Thank you, Katie, for showing us your adorable snowmen and snowglobe blocks! How cute! I might just have to try that!

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  29. Sometimes I find the math the most challenging part of quilting. I was recently thinking about the disappearing 4 patch pattern so Thank you for the link.
    Your Snowglobe block is quite lovely. Thanks for sharing.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  30. Love the snow globes! And your snowman block is cute too. ;-) Thanks for the link!

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  31. Your snowglobes are sweet and I really like your 4 patch. Thanks for sharing and the link.

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  32. Lovely idea snow glob blocks! I will have to try that one.

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  33. Oh, the snowglobes are awesome. I think your tree on the mini is darling. Your redwork is great.
    Super job on all your projects and thanks for sharing your projects with us.


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  34. The globes are wonderful, and so is the redwork.

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  35. Haha! I am sure Sister Diane Marie would be happy to know that you remembered her and have put her words to use! Thank you for sharing. They are beautiful.

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  36. This blog is one of the top 10 that I have visited so far. Love your work.

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  37. I love the snow globe blocks and the snowmen are very cute!

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  38. The snowglobes are delightful and I L-O-V-E your Redwork! I've seen quite a bit of this stitchery and I can't resist, I'm going to give it a try. Do you have any advice to pass along to a red work newbie?
    Thank you for sharing =)

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  39. I love to machine embroider, and that was a great lesson that I will remember if I try that block. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  40. I love snow globes and have quite a few. The redwork is beautiful!

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  41. Beautiful snow-globes! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. The snow globe block lends itself very well to fussy cut fabrics!

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  43. Thanks for sharing your snowmen blocks. I especially like the first one in front of the trees.

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  44. Love both styles of your blocks. Will have to try the 4 to 9. I like that one!
    I'm a new follower to your blog, too.

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  45. Wow! Love the festive look you've created. And thank you for reminding me that it's never too early to start planning for the holidays! :)

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  46. Yep, math is always important. I am glad you decided to show that snowman anyway. It's a good lesson for all of us. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. As a former math teacher I just loved your post! I taught algebra and geometry and can't tell you how many times I told the kids "you really will need this stuff some time when you're out in the world!" :) The snow globe blocks are wonderful but I also love your fireplace mantel piece too. I want to make one for my fireplace but just haven't gotten to it yet...it's on my never-ending to-do list. Great post! blessings, marlene

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  48. I hated geometry in school also. Who know I really would need it later in life. Love your snow globe blocks. What a fun idea.

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  49. I love your redwork and all the nice christmas items.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and the nice comments for my bag.
    Regards from Sweden

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