Saturday, August 4, 2012

Christmas Blog Hop ! ! !





Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by!

This is the first time I’ve participated in a blog hop and it’s been super great fun!

I won’t bore you with all the stuff you already know……you know why you’re here..…so let’s get to the good stuff!

I decided if I were going to participate in this blog hop, that I’d likely HAVE to make a new Christmas sampler quilt….so that’s the direction I headed…..I managed to get a few 12.5” blocks done:



I’ve been making a ton of these blocks lately….for my NuBees Group and a Scrappy Mug Rug swap on flickr (12.5” and 10” respectively) and I’ve been sewing away on blocks for my Rainbow Starburst quilt – a large 17” version – the tutorial for this block is found HERE on Kat’s site. It’s super fun and easy and I've just changed the size of the squares to get the different size blocks. All the little squares on this Christmas block are 3". I squared up the block once it was complete to 12.5'. You can see some of my other Starburst blocks by scrolling down to earlier posts, if interested.



For this block I used some leftovers from a project I worked on last year. I used Moda Fabric READY SET SNOW by Me & My Sister Designs. It’s fun colors and patterns and just reminds me of snowy Christmas’s as a kid!



The last block I made was this log cabin....currently I'm in the middle of machine quilting a TON of scrappy log cabin blocks made for me by my Quilting Bee group: Beejeebers! So....why not make a Christmas Log Cabin too!

While I had all the Christmas fabric out, I made a couple of Christmas bibs:



I'm including these bibs with the other two I created for Operation Baby Shower, a charity event on flickr.



Once I got going on these blocks, I was sort of getting into the Christmas spirit and decided to create a few mug rugs from the scraps:





And being that Christmas is a time for GIVING – I’m going to do just that! I’ll be doing a drawing on August 5th the final day of the blog hop and I’ll post the winner on Monday, August 6th.

Two ways to get your name in the drawing….

1. Leave me a comment telling me which mug rug you’d like win.

2. Sign up as a follower and mention it in another comment. I’ll be giving away at least one….maybe two mug rugs…..who knows? I may give away all of them!

GOOD LUCK!

August 4 - today’s blogs:

Creations On The Island - You are here!

That Other Blog

Sunshine Girl

Hallbrook Designs

The Recipe Bunny

Sisca at That Other Blog

Polkadot Classic

Ariane's Crafts

Katie's Salt Marsh Path

The Cuddle Quilter



Special thanks to Lesley and Madame Samm for organizing this great HOP and for cheering all of us elves on!!!

146 comments:

Lesley said...

Oh Laura, you have been a busy elf! Love all your blocks and the brightness of your fabrics! The star block and the trees are just so wonderful! And then to use the scraps in such a festive way with mug rugs...super idea! Your mug rugs are adorable! And to close off with Santa on the beach is fabulous...you rock!

Donna said...

Such cute Christmas blocks. Thanks for sharing. All of the mug rugs are adorable. If I have to choose a favorite I'm leaning toward the second - the one with the red Christmas tree. Happy quilting.

Aurea said...

I think I am beginning to really like the mug rugs. Yours are very colorful and I like the first one best. You have done a great job showing all the different blocks with the same fabrics and so bright. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Gordon said...

Love the log cabin style mug rug however they are all so fun. My coffee mug is waiting.

Kathy Gordon said...

I am now following you. Come follow me at http://kwiltypleasures.blogspot.com. Thnx

Kathy Gordon said...

I am now following you. Come follow me at http://kwiltypleasures.blogspot.com. Thnx

Polka Dot Classic said...

Very nice:)
Love your fabrics, nice and brught
Have a happy sewing day
Marta

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning Laura..ohhhh your lovely parade of work was sew in the running...we could not decide what was the best...they all are...we are sew pleased you joined in the fun, we hope to see you again, your work is very good

Lee said...

I am late to the hop but enjoying it non the less! Great blocks! I love your bibs and mug rugs too - you have been busy! I love the cute red tree mug rug and the dot fabric you used too. thank you!

Kimberly Cassie said...

Great scrappy blocks! Thanks for sharing. I'd be honored to receive any of your mug rugs!

Michele said...

Very nice. I like them all. But if I am luck and win and I just have to choose, I would pick the red tree mug rug.

Kimberly Cassie said...

I'm a new follower!

MooseStash Quilting said...

What cheerful blocks you have put together! Fun fun fun to look at!
And lets talk about that Santa foto! hehehehe Love it!

I would be delighted drinking my cocoa while looking at any of your adorable mug rugs!

Abbigail said...

The blocks are super! I really love the mug rugs! I'm sort of into those right now and I don't have any Christmas ones...yet! I like the 3rd one best but would love to have any of them.

Abbigail said...

I'm a new follower!

Just Carol said...

Love the blocks and the fabrics you used for them--very nice! The little mug rugs are just too cute. Glad you joined in the fun!

Cindy Staub said...

Love your blocks, the fabric is fabulous! I am especially fond of the block with the tree. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post and also thank you for the chance to win one of your mug mats, love all of them!
Happy quilting!

Cindy Staub said...

I'm a new folloewer :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I agree, if you are going to pull those seasonal fabrics (out of their normal season), you might just as well go the whole nine yards and create away! Thank you for sharing with all of us today.

Teresa said...

Hi, Laura! You have definitely been busy. I love your blocks! If I win, I would love the mug rug on top with the log cabin and tree. Beautiful job on all.

Teresa said...

I am a new follower! So glad I found your blog.

Sandra said...

You are definitely in the Christmas spirit. You have been quilting your little heart out. What a beautiful display you have shown all of your followers. Now, you are even sharing a mug rug or two or even three. All of them are cute. Since I have the option to choose, I am picking #2. Thank you for making this Think Christmas so much fun.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Fiesta said...

Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing today. I would love the one with the red tree. Thank you for the chance.

Foolish Feathers said...

Great job Laura! Everything looks so crisply put together, very nicely done! I look forward to seeing the completely sampler quilt. I love the little festive mug rugs, aren't they just a blast to make? Last year this was my definite go to project for gifts!

Nellie Duclos said...

Hi Laura-How's the weather in Michigan? We've had a mild summer here in CA, but I predict our time will come as we don't usually get our warm weather until the fall.
I love your polka dots especially in combination with the trees. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win one of your cute mug rugs!

Mommarock said...

I like the one with the Red Tree.

Jennifer Gail said...

Good job. I like the red tree one the best. I love log cabin blocks and mug rugs are so adorable.

Jennifer Gail said...

I following you around now:)

Lyn said...

How very cute! I would love the middle one, but any of them I would be proud to have! Thanks

Lyn said...

I am a new follower in my Google Reader. Thanks nice site!

Sowing Stitches said...

Mug Rug #3 for me.....love those blue dots on the Christmas Tree! :D

sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

pinsandneedles said...

Such pretty blocks! Your fabrics are so cute! I like the second mug rug the best but both with the trees are sweet!

Connie said...

What great blocks and projects! Your baby bibs are so cute and for such a great cause! I am a new follower and love all your mug rugs! If I had to pick a favorite it would be the little red tree! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

I love all your Christmas blocks. I really enjoyed browing through your blog, you do beautiful work! I like the mug rug with the polka dot Christmas tree best(although they are all adorable!)

Nancy Biggs said...

Laura: Love your creative post today. Your bright colors are great! Love all of your mug rugs! I'd be happy with any one of them!

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Cute blocks!!!! I love the reindeer baby bib and the island santa!!!! I would love to win the red tree mug rug!!! Very cheerful!!!!

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

I am a new follower!!!! I have so enjoyed the hop!!!!

Ariane said...

I love all your blocks!! They are beautiful!! My favourite mug rug is the 3rd one!! Thanks for sharing.

Needled Mom said...

Your projects are delightful and I really like the bibs.

The scrappy blocks are always so appealing to me and your mug rugs are very cute. I especially like the ones with the trees.

lynaeve said...

i like the one with the red tree

lynaeve said...

Im a new follower

Needled Mom said...

I am a new follower.

Tricia said...

Hiya Laura...... From one Michiganer to another!!!! I love all your bright & cherry blocks. They sure bring out the Holiday colors. I'm would be interested in the 1st log cabin one if I was lucky enough to win. Thank you for the chance to win a cute mugrug. Also going to look into the Operation Baby Shower.

Sincerely From Barryton, Mi.,
Tricia

ps.... this will sound funny but I can't find you "follow" button. Please help.

Beth said...

All of your blocks are fabulous! If I am a lucky winner I would like the 3rd mug rug.

Beth said...

I am now a follower of your blog. I am so glad I found you.

Robin said...

I love the mug rug with the red tree (red is my fav color)
Thank you for the change in your give away.

Gloria said...

I like them all and you inspired me to make some for gifts. My favorite is number 3.

Robin said...

I'm now a follower again thank you

Robin in Washington State
http://robin-assweetaspeaches.blogspot.com/

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Laura!! How in the world have I missed your blog! You know how much I love your work and today you showed me why!! I just love the mini Christmas Trees and well all your blocks. Thank you for sharing.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Now that I founf you, you will not get rid of me! I am a follower!!

Zuzan said...

Love the bright coloured fabric in your work. I would love to win the Log cabin mug rug, if not successful then the tree with baubles, then the red tree.
I like the way you use up scraps as you go. I have aready liked your work in Madame Samm's Pinterest then I thought I better say Hi.

Zuzan said...

Love the bright coloured fabric in your work. I would love to win the Log cabin mug rug, if not successful then the tree with baubles, then the red tree.
I like the way you use up scraps as you go. I have aready liked your work in Madame Samm's Pinterest then I thought I better say Hi.

Pokey said...

Very nice to meet such a creative quilter. I'm a new follower ~
:-}pokey

Pokey said...

I would like any of those cute mug rugs, seriously! Thank you ~
:-}pokey

Zuzan said...

Eek there are two comments from me there. How did that Happen? Just letting you know Laura I am a new follower. Thank you.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved those bibs and mug rugs!! They are all adorable!! I'm a follower!!

Joyce Carter said...

Hi Laura. I loved your blocks, but I really loved the baby bibs. I sew for babies but had not thought to make them at Christmas to give away. If I am lucky enough to win, I would love to win the mug rug with the tree and log cabin. Thank you so much for a chance.

Joyce Carter said...

I am now a happy follower.

MoeWest said...

Thanks for sharing your blocks. They will be nice and colourful in a sampler quilt. I like all your mug rugs, especially the one with the polka dot tree. The picture of Santa and the elves at the beach made me laugh.

MoeWest said...

I'm a new follower ;-)

Sharon Dawn said...

Laura,
Love your bright, cheerful fabrics and cute blocks! Your mug rugs and beachy Santa are so fun! I hope you are enjoying the hop. Thanks for participating!

hueisei said...

I love the second mug rug. So cute.

hueisei said...

I follow you.

Nancy in IN said...

Love mug rugs. Love the log cabin and tree one.
Thanks for ideas

tink's mom said...

Glad you decided to join us. Love them all. So bright and cheery. I'd love a chance at the mug rug with the polka dot tree.

tink's mom said...

Love a chance at the POLKA Dot tree mug rug now that I'm a new follower.

Kathy Lancaster said...

Love the mug rug with the red tree!

Linda said...

HELLO! EACH ONE CUTER THAN THE LAST-LOVE THESE OF THE POLKA DOTS!
THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I love the fabrics you chose! Very festive!
Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

Julie in WA said...

What a fun post; I especially like your choice of fabrics in your Christmas block and mug rugs! I think I lean towards the red tree with log cabin mug rug, but they are all so terrific! Thanks for sharing in this blog hop!

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh they are all great - love those Christmas tree mug rugs! Thanks for sharing.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I am a new follower.
I would love to win any of the mug rugs,but if Must chose one, I guess it would be the red tree.

Karen said...

Love all your mug rugs, but the one with the red tree is calling my name.

Barbara Woods said...

love the 3th

StitchinByTheLake said...

For a first time hopper you did great! I love your trees especially - so cute. blessings, marlene

Carrie P. said...

YOu certainly have been busy. Love all your blocks and I also love the blocks on your header. All are so pretty.
I like the mug rug with the red tree.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Wow! how fun! I love all your blocks and bibs! :-)

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I am your newest follower, but i can't choose a favorite! If I win, choose for me! :-)

Sheila said...

Very cute blocks and I love the mug rugs , any one of them would be lovely to win. Thanks for the chance .I am already a follower.

Cecilia said...

I like the scrappiness of your blocks. I really like the mug rug with the polka dot tree (3).

Cecilia said...

I'm a new follower. I really like the blocks and quilts I've seen on your blog.

BeachQuilter said...

I love those Christmas bibs, I'll have a new grandchild by then, I'm borrowing your idea!! I like the polka dot tree mug rug.

BeachQuilter said...

I am a new and happy to be follower!

Marcia W. said...
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Marcia W. said...

These blocks and projects are all cute. I like the middle mug rug with the red Christmas tree, or the one below it with the green tree. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects.

Kathryn said...

All of your blocks are quite nice. I especially like your mug rug with the red christmas tree. Thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

Everything is so adorable.
I love all your mug rugs, but if I had to strt with one, I would start with the tree that is red
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Gill said...

What fun! I love the reverse star block! I'd love a quilt of that block!
I like the second mugrug best!

Gill said...

I'm a new follower!

Susan said...

I am a new follower. I love what you have done so far and look forward to more fun inspiration!

Susan said...

I really like the first mug rug, the log cabin block. It is so cheery and fun!

Farm Quilter said...

Wow, you have been busy!!! Love all your mug rugs - thank you so much for the opportunity to win one of them!!!

Farm Quilter said...

New follower :o)

Linda said...

Your blocks are wonderful! Love them. I really love the mug rug with the polka dot tree. So cute. Thanks

Linda said...

I am a new follower! I have already spent time checking out you blog and all the wonderful projects you have. Can't wait to see more.

Linda said...

I have joined your blog as a new follower. I always look over a blog before "signing on." We love the same type of quilting..and love taking pictures of grandkids!

Judy B said...

Your blocks and bibs are fantastic! I like the polka dot tree one, well actually love them all>

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your great blocks..I would love to use the Mug Rug with the Log Cabin square and red and white tree.

Judy B said...

I am also a new follower, can't wait to see what else you create!

Eileen said...

Laura, wow...you've been busy! Love the mug rug with the green christmas tree!

Sue said...

Love all of your blocks! If I had my "druthers" I would love to win the first one you posted, the log cabin.

Sue said...

I am now a follower.

Sally said...

They are all darling but I like the middle one best! Thanks for opportunity!

krislovesfabric said...

Nice job on your projects, I especially like the red plaid tree :)

sandra said...

Hi Laura, I just love all of your blocks, you have been a busy beaver.I love all the mug rugs so if by chance I win I will let you choose one for me. Thanks and blessings Sandra

becky said...

I really like the first mug rug.the trees are definitly very cute.Thank-you for the give away chance.Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

becky said...

I am a follower.Thanks Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

quiltmom said...

You have created lots of fun projects with the Christmas fabrics. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
I love the polka dot Christmas tree. Thanks for the chance to win such a cute mug rug.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Linda said...

Hi, Laura! What pretty projects and so Christmasy!
Any mug rug would suit me fine. They are all pretty!

KatieQ said...

Wow! You really have been busy. The bibs are adorable. The mug rugs are really fun. Thanks for sharing.

sandyb said...

Wow, you have busy, busy!! Thank you for the inspiration!

I like them all but I think I like the log-cabin/christmas tree one best.

Thank you
sandyb720 at gmail dot com

sandyb said...

I am a new follower via newsletter.

Thank you

sandyb720 at gmail dot com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Somebody has been busy. hehe. I love stars and really like your starburst block. Your bibs are too cute. I've never one but what a great idea. Your mugrugs are awesome! Great quilting as well. I love all three and would be happy if I won any of the three.

Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Great projects! I'm a new follower.

Thanks again for another chance to win a beautiful mugrug.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa said...

I love all your blocks and you Christmas fabric is awesome! Your mug rugs are just so cute, I love them all. My favorite is the one with Dots in the tree!

Lisa said...

I am a new follower!

Rhonda D. said...

Love your blocks and mug rugs. Thank you so much for sharing with us! I like the red plaid tree mug.
thanks for the chance to win!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rhonda D. said...

I am a new follower via GFC and by
e-mail. Thanks.

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Linda V said...

I love all the mug rugs. They look GREAT. I especially love the plaid tree one. Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda V said...

I am a new follower. Thanks for the chance!

Tammy said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I love your NuBee blocks. Your mug rugs are so cute with your fabric selections. I'd love to win any of them!

Tammy said...

I'm a follower!

Homemaker Honey said...

G'Day from a fellow Michigan gal, now living in Brisbane, Australia! I love both of the mug rugs. If I win, surprise me!

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Homemaker Honey said...

new follower via email

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

AlessandraLace said...

they are amazing. it is difficult to make a choise. hugs

AlessandraLace said...

I am follower from Italy

QuiltSue said...

I love your Christmas tree block, and the mug rugs are great.

Mimi said...

I love all your creations!!! Thanks for sharing! The mug rug with the polky dotty tree is sweet!

Judy1522 said...

Your blocks are so pretty and as for the mug rugs if I was lucky enough to win one I would have to let you choose as each one is beautiful.

sew.darn.quilt said...

Your mug rugs are saa~weeeet, too pretty to use. Amazing blocks as well.
Thank you for sharing and for the chance

sew.darn.quilt said...

I'm #92 on your follower list! =)

BizyStitches said...

I'm now a new and happy follower. Thanks.

BizyStitches said...

I loved all your blocks, if I were to win I like Mug Rug with the red tree #2. Thanks for the chance to win.

deborah said...

I love the mug rug that combines the log cabin with the Christmas tree the most! But so hard to chose...all your work is awesome!

deborah said...

I'm a new follower!! Can't wait to see all your creations along the way!

Thearica said...

Your mug rugs are adorable and I love those baby bibs!! Great job!

Lv2sew2011 said...

Great Project, thank you for sharing your work with us.
Thank you for entering me in your give away!
God Bless!
Donna

And I'm a new follower!
And if I was to wind I would choose the Middle one!

Janet said...

Love your blocks and the lovely fabrics you used. I like the second, mostly green, mug rug the best.

LJ said...

I'm rather fond of Christmas trees but all your mug rugs are darling so I wouldn't be choosey. :) Thanks for being a part of the hop; I've sure enjoyed it.

Sara said...

Love those mug rugs...I would love to win the polka dot tree one...

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Kathy H said...

What cute bibs and mug rugs. My favorite is the polka dot tree one.

Kathy H said...

I am a follower.

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Probably too late for the give-away, but that's okay.
All of your blocks are very nice... love the fabrics!
And the bibs and mug rugs are too cute.

I'm a new follower, too.

Thanks for hopping along with us. This WAS a lot of fun, wasn't it?

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work!! thanks for sharing!

Quilt n Queen said...

Laura...I enjoyed your parade of Christmas blocks, bibs, and mug rugs...love those polka dots a LOT. Thanks for sharing...happy quilting!!

Maria Kievit said...

I know I am looking at your blog after you picked a winner, but I like to leave a comment anyway. Love the bright reds and greens you've used! Thanks for sharing.