but the hopping I'm speaking of is a Blog Hop!!
Hello and welcome to my day to share on
the Quilt Doodle Doodles Blog Hop!
My winter-y welcome is appropriate
for the quilt that was made for this hop...
|My quilt finished at just 22 inches by 26 inches.|
It's machine-pieced, with wool hand-appliqued for snowmen noses, roof snow, door wreath & bow, mug steam and skate blades.
Last year, Cindy at Quilt Doodle Doodles
offered this as a free Block Of the Month pattern
to make a block or row each month.
I jumped right in!
But, not wanting a bed-sized quilt (approx. 70"x82"),
I choose to downsize my blocks
so I'd end up with a wall-hanging instead.
I do admit that I thought I was half-sizing the pattern,
but ended up smaller than half
because my brain kind of does it's own thing sometimes. :)
The patterns that Cindy offered
had fabric squares cut at 2 1/2 inches, finishing at 2 inches.
So to make half-sized, I should have
cut my squares at 1 1/2 inches to finish half-sized at 1 inch.
I cut my squares at half the size of her cut-size,
so I cut at 1 1/4 inches, to finish at 3/4 inch.Besides the down-sizing,
I made a couple of other small changes...
One change was to not put in a row of Christmas-y light bulbs.
I made them, and love them,
but wanted this little quilt to stay Winter-y looking,
so I could leave it displayed longer than just the Christmas season.
The second change was instead of the light bulb row,
I used the scrap corners leftover from my Snowman row
and made these cute little pinwheels!:
|Yes, each little, eight piece, white pinwheel is 3/4 of an inch!|
My final change was that I re-arranged the placement of my rows to space out my light-colored rows.
Then, on to my quilting.
The whole time I was making this little quilt,
I was thinking I would hand-quilt it.
I even had it pin-basted in preparation of hand-quilting:
|Pin-basted from the back.|
The little pieces in this quilt are only three-quarters of an inch!!
That means that the
seam allowances cover most of the back of each little square!
NOT conducive to hand-quilting.
Instead of hand quilting, I started by doing some stitch-in-the-ditch on my domestic machine.
Then I loaded it onto the long-arm machine
and did a little echo quilting around the snowmen heads and candies across the top,
with some clouds and windy-swirls thrown in around the house and trees.
I love my little finish,
and loved the sew-along qualities of the BOM offering from Cindy.
It was fun checking in each month with others making the same pattern, seeing their progress and creativity.
You can visit today's other bloggers on the January Hop, too:
Debra - My Life Is A Stitch (you are here)
Thanks to you also for visiting and doing some January Hopping!
PS - Cindy is offering a new B.O.M. for this year, so visit her blog to check it out!!
ALSO, she's having a giveaway, so when you visit her blog - just leave her a comment to enter.
PPS - Leave a comment here for me,
as I'm doing a little giveaway, too!!
I have an extra, little string of snowmen to share!