Monday, July 17, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 4!


Hi, all!

Are you enjoying the hop so far?  I hope so - I know my creative juices are bubbling over with new ideas!!  And today we've got even more goodness on tap!  Here are the hop stops for the day....

Monday, July 17th


Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats, Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life, and Michele of Crayon Box Quilt Studio have got a great line-up for us today - there are even some kids' crafts in the works!  Remember to visit each stop on the hop and leave a comment to be entered into this day's giveaway.  If you're new to the hop, you can read more about the giveaway in this post.



And we're up to Day 4 of the tutorial for this quilt.  Fortunately, you know exactly what to do at this point - today you will make the third strip set panel, just like you did on Day 2 and Day 3.  You can find the directions here.  

And while you're working on that, I've got some more Christmas goodies to show you!  

A few years ago, when my daughter was working on ways to raise money to bring our Chinese grandson home, she did a Christmas ornament sale.  In the course of helping her, I discovered the joy of making origami ornaments.  Now, paper isn't my first medium of choice, but there is something very satisfying about taking a flat piece of paper and turning it into something three-dimensional!

This is one of my favorite designs, called a kusudama ball.  It looks really complicated, but isn't.  If you'll click the name above, it will take you to a tutorial that explains clearly how to make one.  Tip:  mini clover clips and white glue are your friend here, although small paper clips work well too!


This neat little ornament is made from the pages of old books.

You'd need double-sided paper for this one, but isn't it cute?

And if you really can't bring yourself to work with any medium other than fabric, there's this fabulous folded fabric star!  I've made several of these - quick, fairly easy once you get the hang of it, and a great scrap buster!

You can find the original links for the last three pictures on my Pinterest page, 

*!*!*!*!*!*!*

I hope you're hanging in there with the quilt-along - one more day of making the strip sets, then we'll move on to something new!  

Remember to visit all the stops on the hop and leave a comment to be entered in today's giveaway!  See you tomorrow!

Hugs!

Sarah

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd

98 comments:

  1. love the paper flowers, but the fabric star, a beauty. I am going to give it a try. The hop is winning hands down, so many visiting, and wonderful hops to visit.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm definitely enjoying myself! There have been so many wonderful ideas shared so far and we still have plenty more days left!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lots of great ideas from everyone!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the fabric star, I just clicked to follow your board, there are some great things there.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love the star. I went to your Pinterest page and tried to go to the 50 ornaments but the link is dead for me. I am an ornament addict.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What great ornaments! I love the Kusudama ball. Just lovely, especially in red for the holidays. Thanks again for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The origami ornaments are beautiful! I'll have to give them a try. Thanks for the info.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Nice selection of homemade ornaments.

    ejaneemerson@yahoo.com

    Ps: I could leave or for that matter read the post from the blogger with house full of estrogen, three girls and a boy. I kept being diverted to pop ups saying I won....... couldn't get around it. Very frustrating.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That should have read : could not read or leave a comment.

      Delete
  9. Origami is great, from simple to more complicated, the flowers always impress! Thank you for sharing, Susan

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow the paper ornaments are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love the origami ornaments--I have some paper from plans for another project-maybe I'll give it a try.
    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Love the ornaments. I am done my strip sets, once I got going, I figured I might as well 'getter done. Thanks for the motivation to make this quilt,

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love origami, therefore I love your ornaments!!! Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm thinking those fabulous paper crafts are some interesting ways for younger groups (Girl Scouts, ect) to make as fundraisers as well! Awesome ideas. Thank you For sharing those with us!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I played with origami years ago, but I was never very good at it.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Beautiful ornaments. I'd love to try making them.

    ReplyDelete
  17. The origami ornaments look like so much fun to try! Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for sharing your projects. I have 2 granddaughters who love to do origami. I need to show them this beautiful ornament.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I like the fabric star best!
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I made tons of those fabric stars for gifts to give to all my co-workers last year. They were so much fun to make, almost addicting. And a great way to use up some smaller strips of fabric.

    ReplyDelete
  21. By the way: Crayon Box Quilts had no hop info...or did I miss something? One less entry for the big drawing???
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Michele is having some technical issues with her blog this morning - hopefully they will be cleared up soon! But even if we have to add her to a later day in the hop, she'll be sharing with us! Just check back on her blog later today...

      Delete
  22. Super fun ornaments today. Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  23. i have always been fascinated by origami; the flower ball is gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
  24. your projects are wonderful
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  25. Those folded stars call to me every time I see them. I maybe should make some! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Your "flowers" are beautiful. Especially love the red one.

    ReplyDelete
  27. These are gorgeous. Have to add this to my list of things to try!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I really like the folded fabric star ornament.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Fun ornament ideas! Perfect for those "keep your hands busy" kinda days!

    ReplyDelete
  30. The star is amazing!!! Love this blog hop. Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Loving the ornaments. I may have to do some for gifts during the holidays.

    ReplyDelete
  32. My niece loves origami. . .maybe I can bribe her to make some for me! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  33. I remember those fabric stars from last year and never got around to them. Guess I better start a list (and check twice, or maybe three times).
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
  34. I'm not much into making anything other than fabric gifts, but I truly love these folded paper ornaments! Maybe I'll give them a whirl!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Those are darling ornaments. I haven't had much luck with paper folding. But nothing ventured, nothing gained. I've made the woven stars and yes, they are easy, once you figure out the rotation. Thanks for the ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I love the kusudama ball. Great ideas for kids today!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Really fun blog hop. Thank you very much.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I'm enjoying the Christmas in July Blog hop! You all are so creative! Thanks for running this.

    ReplyDelete
  39. These are super cute. I've never tried to make anything like that before. I'll keep that one in the back of my mind for now. I know I'll need it sometime.

    ReplyDelete
  40. I'm enjoying the hop so much again this year! I really appreciate the extra work you put into sharing Christmas goodies. They have provided so much inspiration for those little things that I think I want to do, but never seem to be able to spend the time looking for inspiration. You've done the work for me. Thanks! My strip sets are made and I'm excited for the next step. I've only made one trip around the world quilt (many years ago!), and that was made using two fabrics and large (6") squares. I'm loving the color splashes with this technique. I decided to make mine patriotic - simply because those were the fabrics that had not been put away from as previous project. It was easier to use them than to put them away. :-) Thanks for all YOU do! Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Love the star, gonna use it as a bowl filler, if not too heavy will use as ornaments as well. Great job with the hop Sarah.
    Hugs

    ReplyDelete
  42. Great ornament ideas. Using old books. Hmmm. I wonder if they would have the same look using some old textbooks? I might have to try some of these too. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  43. Love these paper projects - I see some of these in my future! Love this blog hopping!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Great ornament ideas -- pages of old books definitely piqued my curiousity! I like books, any way I can get 'em!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Oh, that fabric star is so cute! I have a lot of scraps to use up, so this is a great idea for that! My mother has some angels that my grandmother had made out of Reader's Digests. The book was kept whole and the pages were folded to make the skirt for the angel, and the whole thing was sprayed with gold paint.

    ReplyDelete
  46. I've seen that Folded Fabric Star before, but STILL haven't made one. Thanks for the reminder (and the fun Blog Hop, too!!)

    ReplyDelete
  47. Oh!... That Kusudama Ball is *beautiful*!
    I have to try that!
    *Thank you!*, Sarah, for ALL these great ideas!!
    I'm loving every one of them!
    Pat T.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Another day, more great ideas for crafting with kids and making Christmas quilts. Thanks, Sarah, for all the hard work and coordination that goes into this blog hop. You are such a treasure to the quilting community.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Thank you for the ideas. Sometimes I get so focused on quilts I neglect other ways of using fabric.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Thank you for the cute ideas today. I really like that Kusudama Ball. I am going to have to try making it.

    ReplyDelete
  51. Have wanted to make paper Christmas crafts for sometime and saved an old dictionary for the paper. Thanks for the directions.

    ReplyDelete
  52. These projects look like fun and great for small scraps too.

    ReplyDelete
  53. Thanks for your daily updates and ideas.
    Swoot@att.net

    ReplyDelete
  54. Cute ornaments. I am enjoying the hop.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Those ornaments are like magic to me! Thanks for sharing the sites. dezertsuz at gmail

    ReplyDelete
  56. Your ornaments are lovely! When I was a kid we used to do quilling -- which is basically rolling up narrow strips of paper with a tool -- to make ornaments.

    ReplyDelete
  57. I LOVE these cute ornaments! Great ideas for quick homemade gifts!

    ReplyDelete
  58. I really like the folded star and paper ornaments. So pretty!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  59. Love those origami ornaments! I'm going to pass this idea onto my daughter--she's the origami expert in our house!!

    ReplyDelete
  60. Never tryed any of these so cool somthing new for me.....ty for the ideas. .. happyness04431@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  61. I'm enjoying seeing the new stuff everyday. I think I may have commented on yesterday's when I thought I was commenting on today.
    Swoot@att.net

    ReplyDelete
  62. I am so enjoying this blog hop and gathering lots of ideas, Sarah! Your folded fabric star is one I need to make...so pretty and unique!

    ReplyDelete
  63. The origami ornaments are beautiful--also like the folded star fabric one--may have to try one of those--so many good ideas!!
    barbkaup(at)yahoo)(dot)(com)

    ReplyDelete
  64. I'm so thankful to be able to join in this year's 12 days of Christmas with you. I'm in the middle of binding my middle son's quilt so I'm sure I'll be late in finishing it, but I do look forward to finishing my 1st 12 days quilt top.
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  65. Love your origami ornaments!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Day 4 and you are doing a fantastic job!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Must try the fabric stars! Another day of festive projects!

    ReplyDelete
  68. Ok now I want to try all of these mini project ideas. :)

    ReplyDelete
  69. How fun to have this memory of making crafts to earn money to bring your sweet boy home! He is certainly a blessing to his family!

    ReplyDelete
  70. I love your kusudama ball but the folded star is my favorite. It would be a great project for my quilt guild boutique.

    ReplyDelete
  71. I can't remember if I commented on this but that folded star is on my list!

    ReplyDelete
  72. I was totaly smitten with today's sewn card by Domestic Felicity and the snowman pillow @ Stitchinathome. I will be making both of these.

    ReplyDelete
  73. Thanks for sharing the origami decorations

    ReplyDelete
  74. I am really enjoying this blog hop, especially the kusudama ball (which is absolutely beautiful). Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

    ReplyDelete
  75. Years ago I made my friend a fabric origami folded flowers wallhanging for her birthday. I used batiks. The technique was shown by a Japanese quilter who was featured on Alex Anderson Simply Quilts.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Those are all amazing and beautiful! Thank you.
    kcummings71@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  77. I love these! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  78. I'm not sure I can wait for Christmas with all the inspiration

    ReplyDelete
  79. A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! I'M GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT SOMEWHAT. READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

    ReplyDelete
  80. My daughter in law made kusudama balls to use in place of flowers for her wedding. They were beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  81. I love the look of origami and used to do it years ago. Now I really like that fabric star!

    ReplyDelete
  82. I love those paper flowers and the fabric star!

    ReplyDelete
  83. very colourful ornaments, will have to try making a few

    ReplyDelete
  84. These ornaments are just gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
  85. For your folded fabric star ornaments, did you press them as you made each folded star point? Or I am just not good at this one? ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  86. I made quite a few of those fabric star ornaments last year as gifts, and they were well liked!

    ReplyDelete
  87. I made some of those ornaments with my kiddos last year. They covered them in a bunch of glitter.

    ReplyDelete
  88. I love the idea of flowers out of book pages, a fun new idea for me. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete

Comments make me smile!! And I always respond if I can - if you don't hear from me, you're probably a no-reply blogger - so leave an email address if you are!