News & Christmas in July - Part 2

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Let’s get the business and news out of the way first before we talk about sewing all the things!

Back in September I was lucky enough to attend the SewPro Convention in Chicago. Some of my new friends from the event, and I, decided to get together and do a SewPro Stars Blog Hop and it kicks off today. The full schedule will be listed at the end of this post. These are some really talented ladies so I highly recommend you take the time to follow along. My day is Wednesday so please check back here to hear more about SewPro and see my creation inspired by the event.

The next bit of news is about the website. You might notice that some affiliate linking has been added to the site, and in some of the blog posts. These links should be clearly labeled, and all posts that have affiliate links in them should have a disclaimer at the beginning of the post. For some links I might receive a small commission to help keep this site running and to keep events like the Mystery Quilt Along free. This is all the advertising planned for this site, so if you, like me, dislike pop-ups, flashing and/or obnoxiously place advertisements, worry not.

Pfew. Now that that is out of the way. Time for the fun stuff!

Christmas in July – Part 2


Now, I know it is not July, but I’m going to pretend it is, because where in the world did this year go? Has it gone by fast for anyone else? Either way, I had originally hoped to get my Ambassador Christmas in July project quilted before the end of July, but oh well. This is why I start my Christmas projects in July. That way I may actually get them done in time to use for Christmas. What time of year do you work on your holiday projects?

So just to recap. Our July Ambassador project was to make something Christmas themed, and we were given a fat quarter bundle of a few fabrics from the Holiday Happenings line. I chose to make a scrappy Christmas tree table runner. My trees were made with the Lazy Angle Ruler and I did a fun, scrappy sashing in between the blocks. If you want to know more about the runner assembly, you can read Christmas in July – Part 1. Today I’m going to go into the quilting of the runner.


I started off quilting a single block sample that I added a border to. I wanted to play around with some of the pre-programmed stitches on my machine, as well as metallic thread. My first stitch didn’t work out as planned, and I only got a little way in before ripping it out. I settled on one that looked like snowflakes on a string and went back and forth across the tree. My metallic thread experiment didn’t last long. I had lots of issues with the thread breaking and decided to just do a cotton thread in the background on the runner. It is something I will play with later on some muslin.

On the runner I used Superior Magnifico 2069 thread to stitch in the ditch around the tree and the block. Also I used it for the special stitch in the tree. It was absolutely wonderful to work with, and had a nice metallic look without the frustration of the regular metallic thread. With the fancy stitch from my machine it gave the trees a look of garland strung across.


In the background I echoed the tree every 1/2” with Superior King Tut 960. For this I just used my walking foot and guide. Also, so I knew where to pivot I marked with masking tape.


Thankfully I got it done in time to send it to the Connections Quilt Festival in Nashua, NH to be in an Island Batik Ambassador booth. The show was last weekend and I can’t wait to get it back and put it on my table for Christmas.

Thank you for taking the time to visit. 

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14

Lisa Peterson -
Sherri Noel -
Andi Stanfield -
Brooke Gilbert -

Tuesday Nov 15

Vanessa Behymer -
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart -
Sherry Shish -
Joanne Kerton -
Lisa Nielsen -

Wednesday Nov 16

Carmen Ross -
Anne Beier -
Jessica Caldwell (you are here) -
Pamela Morgan -

Thursday Nov 17

Maryanna Powell -
Cathy Smith -
Lissa LaGreca -
Paula Mamuscia -
Angie Tackett -

Friday Nov 18

Becca Fenstermaker -
Holly Stockley -
Teri Seal -
Trinia Braughton -
Deanna Wall -