Monday Musings – It’s Christmas in July

Welcome to those of you who have been following the Christmas in July Blog Hop Tour, which was started by Sarah of Confessions of A Fabric Addict. In conjunction with the blog hop, Sarah has designed a quilt along for those of you who want to make a quilt but only have a small chunk of time daily to work on it.  I’ve been having fun watching her…and I’ve been saving something quite special for today…the last day of the hop!


If you’re been by before, you know that I am also one of the team of Island Batik Brand Ambassadors – and that we had (wait for it) Christmas in July as our theme for this month’s projects.  Life has been good to Linda this month.  Look closely below for some of the other Ambassadors who have been playing along.

Christmas in July Icon

I’ve had  fascination with flying geese this year – it’s been the Year of the Goose in my sewing room – and I wanted to play with some of the rules of geese – starting with what happens if you switch up the sky?  You get Recalculating!


The pattern name comes from the term the GPS throws at me when I make a wrong turn somewhere…these geese don’t know which way to go!  The basic block is a 12 inch finished block, which can then be twisted and turned into different directions.  I’m working on getting the pattern done up as a lap/twin/bigger version, but for this project, the table runner is a great way to highlight the Holiday Happenings addiction I have for Island Batiks.


I played with my new Janome 8900, and I have to say, the quilting bar makes the straight line quilting so much easier…there’s just a lot of it.  It’s going to be fun to practice my free motion skills later on.

Coming on the last day of the hop means that I’ve been following along with all the other talented bloggers – and getting ready to make my holiday projects this fall.  I share today’s date with Susan Arnold of Quilt Fabrication. and Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts.  Please stop by and see what they have in store for you.

The other stops on the hop – you can go back and play read along with them again – are:

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts

                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist

                   Chris Dodsley @ Made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion

                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn

                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble

                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne

                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio

                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.

                     Zenia Rene Lewis @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ

                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication

                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts

                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle



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