Friday, July 27, 2012

Christmas in July Block-A-Thon: My Block

Okay, this is the last time I'll talk about Christmas until December, I swear. : ) But today is the day that my block is featured in the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon on the Free Spirit Fabric blog.

I had a very long, narrow block shape that I thought lent itself to some interesting partial-block designs. In fact, once I started working on this block, I started thinking of it almost as if you're looking at the night sky through a narrow skylight! That's why I'm calling this block "A Piece of Sky." Some of those half-square triangles are on the small side, both other than that, this block is really quite easy to make. Head over to the Free Spirit blog for the full tutorial. 

And remember, all of the Christmas in July blocks being featured on the Free Spirit blog will make for one fabulous holiday quilt by the time we're all done! You can follow along right now to make your own quilt, or Free Spirit will be putting the entire collection of block tutorials into a handy e-book for those of you who want to make it later.

And on top of all this blocky goodness, I also get to giveaway a charm pack of Free Spirit's Designer Essentials prints. Just to give you an idea of what you can do with a charm pack like this, Faith made this beautiful quilt for Spring Quilt Market entirely from Free Spirit Designer Essentials:
Photo by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

To win the Designer Essentials charm pack, just leave a comment on this post. I'll draw a winner on Monday. Good luck!

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Margaret said...

love all the colors. Endless possibilities.
Thanks for giveaway.
Margaret

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

Fun stars! And I love that colorful quilt :)

Laura said...

Sew pretty, thanks for the chance to win :)

Heather D. said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Teresa in Music City said...

Oooh - those look like wonderful colors! I love Faith's quilt!!! And your quilt with the stars is absolutely wonderful! I'd love to see it done in Christmas blues to make up the night sky :*)

Meredith said...

Love your block and love Faith's quilt!

Heidi Staples said...

Love that quilt Faith made, and those Christmas stars are fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway!

Katy said...

I just made my first quilt with a jelly roll. Next one will use a charm pack!

Kayla Yapuncich said...

Love that quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jeana said...

Thanks for the chance - I love that quilt it's on my "to do" list (along with 3412789906293 other beautiful things!)

Lex said...

I love rainbow quilts, they make me smile! I want to eventually make one with my scraps

enigmatic_15at yahoo dot com

Jennie P. said...

Your take on that is really cool. I like partial designs! Very interesting.

Melissa said...

Oooh that is gorgeous! I'm sure I could find something pretty to make with that fabric!

giddy99 said...

congratulations on your feature! and thanks for the giveaway chance. :)

Cheryl said...

those stars would look great in solids

Lynne Tilley said...

Beautiful! I love that pattern.
tilleybl@aol.com

Diane said...

Nice simple lines! Thanks for the giveaway.

Lynda said...

wonderful quilt - loving the brights with white. Thanks for the chance to work with some.

Jodi said...

Beautiful! I see a fabulous table runner, also! Thanks for the chance!

Barbie Mills said...

I like your block! The partial stars add a nice touch.

Faith's quilt is beautiful.

audrey said...

Love the block! So nice!

Kristin said...

Really nice use of the space. I look forward into seeing it in the whole quilt. Thanks for the chance to win fabric. That's always a good day!

Mimi said...

I am thinking some new placemats for the kitchen!! Thanks for the chance!

Laura said...

I love your star block!

Jeanne in Ohio said...

Lovely fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway.

bhafer said...

Thanks for the giveway and love your partial blocks.

Cori said...

I'd love to try a colorwheel mini quilt -- would love to win!

Captain StitchyPants said...

Lovely quilt! So simple, yet so effective.

M-R said...

Ooh, I love asymmetry! Great block, Lee and thanks for the giveaway!

Molly said...

I love Christmas quilts... and starting to see them pop up on the internet in July is motivating me to finish the one I started last year.

Thanks for the giveaway!
molly.m.amstutz (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Love your long narrow block-a refreshing change from the square. A quilt of them would be interesting. Thanks for the opportunity for a giveaway.
Rosemary
nellieduclos@yahoo.com

Doreen said...

Those colors are full of spark and life!! Love! Will check out the tute for your "Piece of Sky"....would be equally nice in Christmas colors (I'm thinking quilt group exchange (smile)! Inspiring post!!!!

Sarah said...

I love the colors! So pretty!

Zelda said...

I really like how clean it looks. Nice job.

corina said...

Love your block! Thanks for a chance to win the charm pack!

AJ said...

I love "A Piece of Sky" That would make a great table runner! Thanks for the chance to win - it woudl be fantastic to have that charm pack.

Marcia W. said...

Wow! like this - am headed over to freespirit to see the tutorial
The quilt made of the essentials charms is awesome. Thanks for showing me a new way of looking at a charm pack! alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com
p.s. you can blog about Christmas as much as you wish

KellyS said...

Yes, I love that quilt from Faith, and I think I would love to try and make a mini quilt. I love your block!! I agree with the poster above, it would make a great table runner!

Caryn said...

That is one of my favorite quilts. Thanks for the chance!

Debbie said...

Love the triangles.

hiyacinth said...

I'd make some pillows with that charm pack! Thanks for the giveaway! And I love your block!

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

That's a really unique block, I love it! I need to start thinking about Christmas.. :)

Lynn said...

The triangles are wonderful! So many ways to use the charm pack!

Wendy said...

Thank you for this opportunity. I can see triangles with these great colors.
Wendy

Jenny said...

I love Faith's quilt so much. And the Christmas block is great!

Xandi said...

Ooh, I love that top star

gccmom said...

I usually use charm packs for totes and purses. Lovely block!

Gill said...

Fabulous colours!
I love Faith's quilt!

Florence said...

Great giveaway !
Lovely colors !

Katy Cameron said...

Fab giveaway, thank you, and I love what Faith did with her collection. Loving your elongated block too :o)

Katie B. said...

Reading this makes me want to pull the Christmas quilt I made last year out of storage! (And by "storage," I mean I want to pick it up off of the guest room bed.)

Alex said...

adorable christmas block, and cute giveaway idea!

Jennie said...

Oooh! Count me in!

Kristen Sanderson said...

Love your block! ksandereson@hotmail.ca

quilt happy said...

love that christmas window thanks for the giveaway

Linda said...

YOUR QUILT TURNED OUT SO NEAT!
LOVE THOSE SOLIDS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Becky Butler said...

Rainbow quilts are just fab!

heather said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

Solange said...

What beautiful fabrics. A rainbow colored quilt has been on my list to do for a while. Hope it's my lucky day!

Anita said...

Love that quilt! Do you think she would do a tutorial or pattern for it? Thanks for the giveaway :)

Erin and Daniel Palmer said...

I love the bright colors, they are just the fabric that I would pick out if I were to go to the fabric store. eatkin85@yahoo.com

Anne said...

I like your inspiration quilt. This is happy fabric!!Thanks for the giveaway!

Pat said...

Gorgeous quilt - happy colors, love it! thanks for sponsoring the give away...

Longvacation said...

Looks intriguing, I'm going to check out the QAL. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anne said...

Especially like the center star with the red center. Would love the charm pack.

Sheila Howard said...

Love the colors and the quilt pattern--DELIGHTFUL!
Thank you for the giveaway.

justme said...

Love this colorful selection of fabrics.

Julianne said...

What vibrant beautiful colors, I could have so much fun with those..thanks for the giveaway!

heygiz00 at gmail dot com

Stephanie Zito said...

Wow! Stunning! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Nita said...

Someday I will win a giveaway! Lol! Thanks for the opportunity!

robin said...

would lovelovelove to win so I can make this happy quilt!

Mi Ha-Pea said...

A rainbow coloured quilt is on my list of must do's. I have 3 things onm the go at the moment (including the christmas in july block a thon) so once they are done I cant wait to start a rainbow quilt!!

Rosa said...

Your quilt are absollutely beautiful.They stunning!!

Katherine said...

Wow a huge amount of color in one charm pack? That just sounds like fun. Thank you for the chance to win!

Texas JennyWren said...

I wish I was organized enough to be doing some Christmas sewing and planning!! Ain't going to happen here though.

The Christmas long quilt block is so pretty. I love that shape. And I would LOVE to win the fabric colors you are giving away. Thanks for a chance to win.

Esch House Quilts said...

Love your partial star block! The top star is my favorite kind of star to make - love the spinning effect.

jeanne e. said...

lovely block!! thanks for the chance to win. :)

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Love your stars. So neat how you designed them. Looking forward to seeing the whole quilt.

Thank you and Free Spirit for a great giveaway and a chance to win a gorgeous charm pack. The quilt Faith made with the same charm pack is amazing!

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

shawn said...

Love the block- very creative! Thanks for a chance to win :)

Beulah said...

Great stars! One day..hopefully sooner than later I shall begin working on a star quilt.

sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

Tiffany said...

Cute block - very creative!

MONA said...

Always love a star! Thanks for a chance to the winning charm packs!

linda f said...

Faith,

I love star blocks of any kind. Thanks for a chance to win.

Have a good day.

Linda f

Cassandra said...

Nothing wrong with talking about Christmas in July. ;)

That quilt is really pretty! I love the rainbow colors.

Bev said...

Your block is intriguing-at first I thought it looked unfinished and then I read your reasoning behind it. I have about half of the blocks cut and half of those pieced-will get this one together before summer is over! Thanks for letting us into your brain. Bev

Anonymous said...

My first Christmas in July QAL so to speak,, how kewl is this,, love your block and also love the Ebooks,, especially the one that will be coming out for "CHRISTMAS IN JULY"
Take care,
Linda J
VA
LJeterpudd@aol.com

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Lovely block - love the FMF in there!! Fingers crossed for your lovely giveaway!

cse84663 said...

Love all the stars....and Christmas in July!!

Brenda H. said...

Always impressed with such beautiful ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Homemaker Honey said...

I like how bright cheery the triangle quilt is! So fun!

Deborah
homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

Sarah said...

I love those fabrics.

Ann said...

I really like your block!

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas, even in July. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

hueisei said...

Love the colorful quilt! :)

Taisia @ Piecing Light said...

Oh those are delightful colours. I like the idea of partial blocks! could make a very fun table runner.

JoyceLM said...

Love your stars and Faith's quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

Amy DeCesare said...

You can talk more about Christmas any day with me! These colorful patches are cute and would be fun to have!

nakedk9 said...

Love your block!

Kathryn said...

So many wonderful colors!

finallyfin said...

Your quilt is fantastic! I love the cascading rainbow effect!

Dawn said...

Great blocks! And Faith's rainbow quilt is lovely.

Have a great weekend!

Linda said...

You're always involved in the coolest stuff, Lee! I'm in awe. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Beautiful quilt. I love Free Spirit fabrics, thanks so much for the chance to win.

Fran said...

Your block is really gorgeous & it's Christmas-y without being too Christmas-y (if that makes sense?). Thanks for the chance to win.

kbzelazny said...

I love your block-stars are my favorite! Thanks so much!

Aideen said...

so eyecatching! love the design :)

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Oh, great block. Been collectin em so I can just "go" with fabric and blocks soon. :)

Carmen Nuland said...

I love the quilt that Faith made - so bright and cheerful!

Alicia said...

Love those colors!

Brian G. said...

Fun star block!
I love Faith's quilt!

B Greene said...

Thanks so much for the great post and the fun giveaway chance!

Karen said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever had the guts to make a block with partial blocks in it. So cool! A great giveaway too, and thanks for showing us what we could make.

Anda W said...

Your quilts always have such fresh and lively colors! awolk at rogers dot com

karen608 said...

Lovely rainbow of colors! Thanks for the chance. BTW #111 about looks like a spam post. Don't pick them.

Anonymous said...

I've been working on Christmas gifts ... Think about it all year. What a cheerful, colorful charm pack. Thanks for the chance to win. Janecisneros at cox dot net

Artsy-Craftsy Ivy said...

Beautiful block! Love Faith's quilt! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Jennyroo said...

Some nice eye candy there! Thanks for the giveaway.... I think I could be inspired with that pack!

Tamie said...

I'd love to have these essentials.

Beth said...

Your block is great--it has a real spark to it, no pun intended. Thanks for sharing, and for the giveaway.

Lisa E said...

I love the colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

Newbie Jen said...

Faith's quilt is adorable; I love those colors!

Dina said...

That quilt is beautiful! Thanks for a chance to win such good-lookin' fabric!

Suz said...

Can't wait for that ebook to come out - this is one really interesting looking Xmas quilt!

mahoo said...

What a great block, and a different quilt! Endless possibilities with all those colours. Thanks for the chance to win.

Carrie Siegfried said...

I love that the stars are hanging off the edges. I don't see that very often. Thanks for the chance at the charm pack!

Barbara said...

Bellissimo quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!
b.zanninelli@gmail.com

bruinbr said...

Love Faith's quilt and would love a chance to win! Thanks!

vickievanphd said...

Way cool Thanks for the chance to win!!
Vickie
vickie.van@hotmail.com

Di said...

Your block is delightful, as is that fresh, crisp quilt. I'd love to win more fabric, please!

Susana said...

Un sin fin de estrellas es lo que harĂ­a.Gracias.

Gingerp13 said...

I love the quilt you posted, that would be fun to make.

charlotte said...

I love the partial block. I think I'd like to make one and I'd love to win some of that gorgeous fabric.

Sandi1100 said...

I can't wait to see the finished quilt!! Thanks for the chance to win the book and the charm pack.

Celtic Thistle said...

Great inspiration and an excuse to get organised this year!

Tara said...

I love that quilt!

Jeneta said...

I LOVE your "A Piece of Sky" block - traditional with a touch of quirkiness!

Diane said...

Beautiful quilt! love it! Thanks for the chance.

Annabanana said...

Beautiful quilt ! It's so nice to see examples for inspiration. And...I say you can mention Christmas all you want !!

Margaret said...

I love this block. I have a small narrow space in my kitchen and something like this would be nice as a wall hanging there. thanks for the tutorial and for sharing your talents with us.

Hitch and Thread said...

Can we slow down the next 6 months? I'm not ready for Christmas yet!

Karrie S said...

I love your block!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

WhitneyL said...

pretty fabrics- pretty quilt- Would love to win!

tartankiwi said...

What a fun block!

jmniffer said...

Out of the box thinking on your block...I like it! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

Heather said...

Stars are my favorite :), what a cool idea! Thanks for the chance!

bee said...

great idea for a block!

Sharon said...

Love your star blocks!

Sarah said...

I love the bright colors of that quilt! And I think your block looks great. It does look like your catching a glimps of the sky! I long the elongated block, too, different!

Betty said...

Who wouldn't like to have such a beautiful charm pack!

Jo said...

I love the block idea, fab! :)

sherry said...

love that quilt

Holli said...

Genius block! Thank you for sharing! And thank you for the chance to win!

Erin said...

Both are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

Karen said...

Love your blocks. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Lori said...

Thanks for the give a way. I love the look and simplicity of the Fresh Lemons quilt.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

StacyOK said...

The possibilities are endless!

StacyOK said...

The possibilities are endless!

tlcala4me said...

Love what she did with the charm pack. Loving the bright effect. Great colors.

Anne said...

Lots of great colours! Thanks for the chance.

Andee said...

Love that colorful quilt!

Debbie said...

Thanks for showing us Faith's quilt, Lee. It really is beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

CathyH said...

OH!! I love new fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

creativeinstincts said...

The quilt is beautiful. would love to win the fabric and make one ...
Leena

Haley said...

I've been wanting to do a long pillow with a rainbowish color palette. Thanks for the giveaway!

Isa said...

I just bought some christmas fabrics today so I totally enjoy seeing your block <3

Thanks for the fun give away <3

Nikki M. said...

I'm sure i could come up with something fun to make with that Charm pack!

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog...I'm just a stalker and a fairly new quilter. I really like your block. Consider me entered for the giveaway. Thanks!
MetaJezik@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

This is a fun idea get ready for the holidays in July!
gd82796@gmail.com

Sis-O said...

Love that quilt! I'm not quite ready to embrace Christmas fabrics yet. So hot here...

Sis-O said...

Love that quilt! I'm not quite ready to embrace Christmas fabrics yet. So hot here...

Diane said...

I love your Christmas is July quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ginny said...

Love your block! Thanks for the chance to win - love Faith's quilt!!

quiltingpiecebypiece said...

I love the idea of putting parts of different stars in your long block. I'm going to have to go check out Christmas in July right after I finish this comment (so I can be eligible for your drawing!)

Kathy P said...

The fabrics in that charm pack look like great stash builders! Love all the colors. Thanks for the chance to win some!

drewteach said...

LOVE those flying geese! What wonderful, clear, happy colors!

drewteach said...

LOVE those flying geese! What wonderful, clear, happy colors!

Heidi said...

Love, love, love giveaways! I have never used a charm pack before. Maybe I will get lucky this time:)

jmj said...

I saw that quilt at Fresh Lemon Quilts, too cool, thanks for the giveaway

Anita said...

I'd like to win the charm pack!

Sarah W. said...

That quilt is awesome! I'd love to win the charm pack to make one like it. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sarah W. said...

That quilt is awesome! I'd love to win the charm pack to make one like it. Thanks for the chance to win.

Wendy said...

I love the rainbow quilt. Thanks for the chance!

VickiT said...

What a great looking block. I don't think I've ever seen anyone do a partial block like this. VERY cool. I really like the way it looks too. Beautiful job. Thank you for the great instruction on how to create your block too.

The fabrics shown in the quilt below are gorgeous. Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful colored fabrics.

Dawn said...

All these blocks are so inspiring!

Caillean said...

Love your block, the shape and design is really interesting.

Erin McSweeney said...

so beautiful...and would make a beautiful bright baby shower...

QuiltsHappen said...

thanks for the chance to win ..these could work so well to help finish same WIPs

Nat at Made in Home said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I love the quilt Fai made, so beautiful!

Gwen said...

LOVE your block! I think this would make a beautiful table runner!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea! Oh, and also, thank you for the chance to win!! :-)

everinprogress said...

I really need to get going on some christmas projects. Your block is really cute!

Kirsten said...

Your block is beautiful - love the different stars!

stephmabry said...

Love the rainbow quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

Laurel09 said...

It's amazing what can be done with a small amount of beautiful fabric, isn't it? I would be very excited to win the charm pack. Thank you for the chance!

Allison C said...

That rainbow quilt is awesome. Thanks for the chance!

Allison C said...
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Amanda said...

It's beautiful! I love solids.

manybooks said...

I like your block~ and thanks for the chance to win those beautiful solids~

PT in SC said...

Love your Christmas block and I love the colors in the charm pack.

diane said...

I would love to win some new to me designer solids.

cherie godbey said...

I would love a chance to win! Thank you!

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