Thursday, July 19, 2012

Christmas Tree Skirt In July

It was 102 degrees yesterday, the air conditioning was cranked, and I got too much sun at the pool. Christmas is pretty much the last thing that should be on my mind, right? Except that somehow, December 25 always manages to sneak up on me. And with the inevitable gift buying/making rush, Christmas decor projects tend to take a back seat. So really, why not make a Christmas tree skirt on a 102-degree day in July?

Christmas in July
With that in mind, welcome to my stop on the Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy! Every year since I started sewing, I've been saying I would make a Christmas tree skirt for my family, and this year, we will finally have one. A few months ago, I pinned this half-square-rectangle tutorial from the Modern Quilt Guild's "100 Days of Modern Quilting" series. When I went to design this tree skirt, it called out to me. Here's how to make the tree skirt, using the MQG's tutorial.

You will need:
- 1.5 yards solid white (or other background fabric)
- 3/4 yard of red prints or scraps
- 3/4 yard green prints or scraps
- about two yards of fabric for the back
- 3/4 yard of solid red for binding

Cutting:
- Cut (18) 5" x 7" rectangles from green prints
- Cut (18) 5" x 7" rectangles from red prints
- Cut (36) 5" x 7" rectangles from solid white
- Cut (4) 8.5" x 12.5" rectangles from solid white
- Cut (4) 8.5" x 6.5" rectangles from solid white

How to make it:

1. Start by going to The Modern Quilt Guild's blog for their tutorial on making half-square rectangles. For this tree skirt, you'll want 24 red half-square rectangles going in one direction, and 12 red half-square rectangles going in the opposite direction. For green, you'll want to swap that—so you need 24 green half-square rectangles going in the opposite direction of the 24 reds, and 12 greens going in the opposite direction of the 12 reds. Clear as mud? Great. Moving on. : )

2. So you should now have a total of 72 finished half-square rectangles. Again, following the instructions from the MQG's tutorial, make those 72 units into 18 diamond blocks.

3. Lay out your completed diamond blocks as shown above. The first three rows are staggered, followed by a row that isn't staggered, followed by two more staggered rows. The 8.5" x 12.5" white pieces go in each corner, and the 8.5" x 6.5" pieces are in the second row in from each side, at the top and bottom.

4. Once I completed the top, I decided to baste the skirt before trimming it into an octagon shape. (I figured it would be easier to baste while the skirt was still square, but I didn't want to spend time quilting areas that would eventually be trimmed off. So trimming after basting but before quilting was my solution—but you could really trim at any point in the process.) To create the octagon, measure along the edges of the basted skirt, 16.25" from each corner, and make a mark.

5. Then lay your ruler diagonally across the corner, from mark to mark, and trim. Voila, it's an octagon! Oh, and save the corner pieces that you cut off—they're great for practicing your FMQ!

6. Now you're ready to quilt. Since this was the first project I quilted on my new Horizon, I wanted to try a free-motion design that I'd never done before—and since I've never done anything but stippling, I had lots of options. : ) I went with loopy squiggles.

7. Now comes the scary part: Cutting into an almost-completed quilt to make space for the tree trunk! I used a cereal bowl to trace a circle in the dead-center of my skirt (dead center is easy to find thanks to the block seams). 


8. Once the circle was traced, I used a ruler and my rotary cutter to cut right down the center seam of the quilt, starting at the top edge and stopping once you've cut into the traced circle.

9. Then I used my scissors to cut out the center hole.

Looks more like a tree skirt now, right?

10. That just leaves binding. With the octagon's odd angles and the circular hole in the center, bias binding is a must here. I always make continuous binding when I use bias—click here for a great tutorial on how to do this from Julie of Jaybird Quilts (scroll down to Method #2). It's a convenient way to make bias binding, and results in less waste. I made my binding from a 27" square and had plenty left over.

11. To bind around the odd angles of the octagon, I used this tutorial by Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures. It's more or less the same concept as binding 90-degree corners. Once you've gone around the octagon, keep going down one of the long cut edges, around the inner circle and back up the other cut edge, right back to where you started, like a normal square quilt.

Christmas in July And there you have it! One bright, modern Christmas tree skirt, and I already have one less thing on my holiday to-do list! Woo hoo!

But wait, here's the best part: Now I get to give away a big ol' bundle of fabric to one of you, to get a head start on your own Christmas projects! The Intrepid Thread is sending one lucky winner an FQ bundle of the entire "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" line by Creative Thursday. How adorable are those little cardinals?? Just leave a comment on this post telling me how you would celebrate Christmas ... in July. Margaritas? Trip to the beach? Lying in the hammock all day? : ) (THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.)


Oh, and just in case you don't win that lovely bundle, Manda of Manda Made Quilts is hosting a Christmas in July Charm Swap and needs about 15 more swappers. Sounds like a good way to get a variety of holiday prints—all the details are here.

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Thank you to The Intrepid Tread for sponsoring today's giveaway! And don't forget to check out the rest of the blog hop—the full schedule is below. Now, off to the pool! : )

Monday 7/16 - Don't Call Me Betsy
Tuesday 7/17 - Sew Crafty Jess
Wednesday 7/18 - Pink Penguin
Thursday 7/19 - Freshly Pieced
Friday 7/20 - Sew Sweetness
Monday 7/23 - Happy Quilting
Tuesday 7/24 - Comfort Stitching
Wednesday 7/25 - Diary of a Quilter
Thursday 7/26 - Felicity Quilts

370 comments:

  1. That looks quick and really effective! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I think I will spend this year Christmas with my family at m hometown.

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  3. That's a unique skirt! I am usually not interested in christmas prints but those are just so cute!
    andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. i'd spending it under our tree in the backyard on a quilt while the kids run around outside!

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  5. How wonderful! Christmas in July would be spent on the beach on the snow white sands, building a Sandman! I am hoping Christmas this year will be spent half way across the country in a new house because we hopefully get to move before then. I am hoping I can look out my window on Christmas morning and have it be snowing too.

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  6. I would fly south to the winter!!! So hot and humid here :( Beautiful tree skirt - I can imagine how scary it was to cut it like that!!

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  7. Huddled inside eating all sorts of comfort foods! Love this bundle, thanks for the chance!

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  8. I'd spend Christmas in July on the lake - boating, swimming, and roasting marshmallows by the lake at night!

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  9. I'd spend Christmas in July with my family...only hanging out at camp instead of being snowed in!

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  10. Great tutorial! Love the octagon shape. On the beach, under a big umbrella, with a nice cold drink sounds heavenly!

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  11. Nice tree skirt! Makes me want to make a new one for our tree... To celebrate Christmas in July I would make and eat all my favorite cookies and not feel a bit guilty about it!

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  12. What a great tutorial and fabric. To celebrate Xmas in July I hope to get some presents made so December is less hectic.

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  13. I've wanted to make a tree skirt for ev er! Going to a quilt shop with a buddy today ~ gonna pick up some reds and greens!

    For Christmas in July ~ camping on the bay. A little kayaking, some hiking, and ending the day by a cozy fire.

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  14. I'd spend Christmas in July staying inside in the ac, pretending it's cold outside!

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  15. I am thinking making holiday cookies! Everyone would love that!

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  16. I would go spend those quilt shop gift cards that I am hoping to get for Christmas. I will be asking for a couple hundred dollars to my local shop so I will just go spend it now. Shopping for fabric is never wrong in my opinion. I love this bundle. I might just have to buy it if I don't win. The tree skirt is lovely.

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  17. Christmas in july could be arranged by making swedish saffron buns - delicious!!! Hmmm, maybe I should make them, they're so good!!!

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  18. What a great tree skirt! I'd spend Christmas in July meeting all the babies being born in the family and eating our special holiday food!

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  19. When I was little my WHOLE family (extended included) would congregate at my parents' home - now, we still the do the same thing...except in Vegas!

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  20. Great tree skirt, Lee! I totally know what you mean about the decor projects getting pushed to the side. I'd celebrate Christmas in July with melted snowball fight. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. This year Christmas in July was spent hanging with family on the beaches of Captiva Island. And yes, I did take my sewing machine with me for those times I wasn't at the beach.

    Patty
    gnpkrupp at netzero dot net

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway. Lovely fun tree skirt. We'd love a rainy down pour day for a nice Christmas present this dry year!!!!

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  23. Love your tree skirt! Something I need myself. I'd spend Christmas in July on a much cooler climate!

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  24. I love the tree skirt! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. Beautiful tree skirt. I need to make a new one for our home to go with my new tree my awesome husband surprised me with two years ago now. I'm still using the one I made years ago and it's too 'cutesy' for me now plus it really does not go with my tree at all. My biggest fear is to make such a pretty tree skirt and then have to make that first cut in it to open up the circle. I might need a few margaritas to settle my nerves before making that cut. LOL

    Hmmmmmm how would I celebrate Christmas in July? I think I'd make some snowballs to have an indoor snowball fight with my Grandkids that are old enough. One of the machine embroidery digitizers I know created an In the Hoop project to make Snowballs with adorable little faces on them to have snowball fights inside for kids. Once I tired them out with the snowball fight, Grandma would have to have something to drink so yea, margaritas would be perfect.

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  26. I love this! If Christmas were actually this month, I would probably spend it doing things at the last minute, just like in December!

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  27. Christmas in July, well, gift giving! and since we have July birthdays in our family, it works great. Gift getting is nice too, I'd better spread the word about Christmas in July!

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  28. Christmas in july: resting at home and making a list.

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  29. Christmas in July for me would be great because we would have no snow and I could use the Winter to get ready for "Christmas".As it is now JUly is spent raking hay for my DH here on the Farm.

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  30. Eating, drinking, and presents of course!

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  31. Christmas in July is best spent in a hammock with a cool evening breeze! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. Love your tree skirt! As for Christmas in July? My family actually celebrates it! It is way to difficult to get my mom's dad's side together throughout the year, let alone during Christmas, so we switched it to Christmas in July! Families take turns hosting, but it is usually at one of the cabins at "the lake!" Over the years it has grown to include any baby and bridal showers needed for that year :) It is a great way to see our very extended family once a year!!

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  33. Great tree skirt! I've been promising my sister I'd make her one for at least ten years, and now I've no excuse! I'd celebrate Christmas in July with a barbeque and homemade ice cream--yum!

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  34. I just celebrated Christmas in July myself by making a quilt I bought the fabric for on sale after the last Christmas! I would love to make this tree skirt with those adorable fabrics!

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  35. arggh! you cut the quilt after it was quilted..... I never thought about it but that's CLEVER and then it's already sturdy to do it- note to self I HAVE to make my own tree skirt for Christmas soon! It was in the 90s yesterday here.... the last few years- not this year, my old church had a christmas in july craft show that I was part of, with christmas music and everything.... it was so much fun, you totally get in the spirit, then packed up our stuff at the end of the day and go outside in 90 degrees again....

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  36. This is exactly what I need for Christmas, si thanks for the tutorial! As soon as it stops raining, I'm off to pick berries. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. What a fantastic clear tutorial!! A tree skirt is definitely on my christmas to do list, and this makes it look very achievable!!
    Christmas in July would be a very waterlogged affair here in the UK at the moment, so I'd be dodging the showers for a BBQ!

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  38. Great totorial.I need one of this.Christmas in July at home and meeting with friends and family eating,drinking and dancing near the pool or beach.

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  39. Christmas in July would mean cookies to me! Never a bad time for that!

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  40. Christmas in July would definitely be spent eating our wonderful Christmas BRUNCH... I host each year and look forward to having everyone over! It would be even better twice a year.

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  41. Christmas in July at my house...would still entail a lot of baking (cookies & pies), but with the AC cranked up. And I'd probably talk the husband into grilling Christmas dinner. My usual decorations would come out (I've lived in fairly warm climates for a few years), but I'd probably use the quilts & afghans for picnic blankets.

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  42. Christmas in July would be amazing! I think I'd spend it with my family at the lake. That means boating and swimming and so much fresh air it makes you dizzy. Oh, it would be so nice. :)

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  43. I'd be sitting out by the lake--relaxing!

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  44. Wow, I love that tree skirt and I've been looking for one to make for our tree! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win! I'd invite the family over for a Christmas themed bbq and instead of mint hot chocolate we could have mint mojitos! :)

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  45. Christmas for me is all about family - so my Christmas in July would include a week relaxing in a lake house with our siblings, spouses, and all the nieces and nephews. Plus Gramie to help with all the kiddos! In reality I'm hoping THIS Christmas in July includes me snuggling with a my new baby - any day. (And time to sew during maternity leave! Which includes Christmas stockings so this giveaway is perfect!)

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  46. Christmas in July means picking and eating fresh tomatoes!

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  47. It would be really fun to just pick a day in July and hand out gifts to everyone you love, wouldn't it?

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  48. Love your tree skirt, I am wanting to make one also. We live in north central Idaho and for a Christmas in July it would be our family getting together with our rafts and floating down the Clearwater River. It is a beautiful river and the weather is hot and the water is warm. We have a wonderful day splashing and laughing.

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  49. Since I live in Maryland, we'd have a big family gathering and have steamed crabs. ... Thanks for the giveaway and the great tutorial ...

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  50. What a stylin' tree skirt! Thanks for the tute. Christmas is far from my mind (July's my birthday month, so that's the celebration that's top of mind at the moment). However, I have been known to embroider Christmas gifts on our summer beach holiday. I think my fav summer Christmas celebration was when I was a kid and we always did secret Santa at girl guide camp. We had to leave a gift on our partner's pillow every night and these were mostly sweet things we found in nature, like pinecones, a smooth rock or acorns.

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  51. How I am actually looking forward to Christmas and winter already! I hate to say it but the heat has done me in as well as the dryness of it all. Anyways, I would celebrate Christmas in July with some grilled chicken and veggies fresh from our garden with smores on the fire for desert! My kids love them.

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  52. I love it! It is so much fun, and I'm sure your family will love it for years to come!

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  53. I would celebrate with a BBQ and a glass of sangria. Thank you for the chance to win an early Christmas present.

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  54. haul everyone to the beach and have it under an umbrella, with a dip in the ocean afterwards! Love the tree skirt! I'm doing Manda's swap so I might have to alter it to HSTs.

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  55. I think I would spend it in a bikini at one of our lakes enjoying the sun and being very about nothaving to work :)

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  56. It would definitely be spent on a beach somwhere in the South Pacific. Maybe even a boat. A girl has to have a dream.

    LOVE the tree skirt. The shape is amazing.

    Dianne
    dbienick@comcast.net

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  57. Margaritas at the beach! Thaks for the giveaway. Love the skirt!
    Ana

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  58. Those fabrics are wonderful. I will be spending a lot of time in our garden. Woohoo!! I love summer. Oh and enjoying all the flowers and bbq outside.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  59. Would love to celebrate Christmas in July by making little gifts for my family!

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  60. For me it would be a flight over to the UK to visit my family and friends.

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  61. I was already excited to see your awesome tree skirt, and then I read about your giveaway - bonus woohooo!! I would love to celebrate Christmas in July by stocking up my stash with awesome Christmas fabrics - especially flannels!!

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  62. By relaxing with family; thanks for chance to win! Your skirt is lovely! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  63. Oh, if only it actually felt like summer! Here in Ireland, I'm beginning to think Winter has arrived extra early! Bah Humbug - I'm jealous of your sunny weather :)

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  64. Great tree skirt. I'm trying to make a Christmas quilt for every bed in my house . . . so that's how I'd celebrate. Thanks for the chance.

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  65. Oh my goodness I love your tree skirt!! And I love those fabrics! Fingers crossed as I have 1001 ideas for more Christmas projects to make for this year!!! I'd like a festive wall hanging and a pillow for the couch. Thanks for the chance!

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  66. Christmas in July....It would be hard but I would put up all the decorations and the tree.

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  67. The best way I know to celebrate Christmas in July is by quilting projects with Christmas fabric. It is all so beautiful. I love, love, love! the "Santa Claus is coming to Town" line in aqua. I just painted my bedroom that color and would so enjoy a Christmas quilt for it!

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  68. Thanks for a great tutorial! I would definitely decorate a Palm Tree and mix up a batch of margaritas to celebrate Christmas in July!

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  69. What a fun and festive tree skirt. Thanks for sharing it and this giveaway with us. I would celebrate Christmas in July by watching Christmas movies and drinking hot cocoa. Thanks again!

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  70. So far my Christmas in July has been celebrated by staying inside with the A/C on, it's been so humid here in NY. I'm almost done with a baby quilt, YAY! Thanks for the great tut. ;-> Toni Anne

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  71. This tree skirt is really cute! I have also been saying for a while that I need to make a tree skirt for tree. Maybe it will happen this year.

    I can't imagine actually celebrating Christmas in July. I can't quite wrap my brain around that.

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  72. I love the tree skirt. I was just thinking this week that I should find a tree skirt pattern to make a new one for our tree. Thanks for the tutorial this one is perfect. To really celebrate Christmas in July I would have to put on some Christmas music and start on Christmas projects.

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  73. great tree skirt - I've been meaning to make one for years - this just might be it!
    Christmas in July would involve relaxing on the deck with a Gin & tonic in hand. Just to make it festive, add a splash of cranberry juice to it!

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  74. Love your tree skirt! Your quilting looks fantastic too. Christmas in July - well I haven't even taken the Christmas tree down from last year so maybe I could plug it in for the rest of the month! Eek!

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  75. One year my husband's family did celebrate Christmas in July. Instead of gifts at Christmas, my in-laws took all the extended family on a trip to the beach! While we were there we took a group photo where we all wore beach clothes and Santa hats. Lately I'm sewing Christmas gifts so I guess that's Christmas-prep in July.

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  76. I would celebrate Christmas in July with a big picnic on some Christmas quilts in the yard.

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  77. We celebrated Christmas in July by having our family photo taken for the Christmas card! I really like the tree skirt.

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  78. I'd love to celebrate Christmas in July on the beach but the weather has been so wet there is no chance! Instead I'll have some orange loaf cake with passion fruit icing! Mmmmm
    thanks for the awesome giveaway it would really help me get organised!

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  79. I think I'll be celebrating Christmas in Key West but I'm loving your tree skirt and I think it will make a perfect gift for someone on my list. Can't wait to get started.

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  80. Christmas in July would definitely have to be celebrated at the cabin! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  81. I never knew about Christmas in July, until I started a quilting blog. We'll keep it for December here in the Netherlands ;o) Do love the idea though.

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  82. HELLO! I CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS IN JULY JUST LIKE YOU>COMPLETED A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT FOR MY DAUGHTER! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  83. Beautiful tree skirt. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us!

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  84. I dream of celebrating Christmas in July by heading south of the equator for some winter like weather....it's way to hot down in the southern us. Love the skirt....thanks for sharing. Th giveaway is AWESOME!

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  85. what a cute tree skirt! i don't usually think of Christmas in July, but this year I've been working on a Christmas quilt! I'm excited to *finally* have one finished before the holidays come along. :)

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  86. Celebrate it with a cool Mike's hard lemonade and a good book at the beach!

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  87. love the tree skirt! I'm headed to the cottage with hexies in hand for christmas in july.

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  88. I just finished celebrating Christmas in July by purchasing a couple of iPads for the family. We are heading on holidays soon that involve a 10 hours drive in the truck, so the kids need to be entertained somehow. LOL

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  89. I would celebrate by strolling on the beach-- after a delicious meal at our favorite Mexican restaurant including a nice, icy cold Margarita! :-) Thanks to you and Intrepid Thread for the chance to win!!

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  90. Christmas in July sounds like a great holiday to celebrate very much opposite the hustle and bustle of the December holiday. I would love to celebrate with my family on a tropical isle, laying in hammocks next to the beach, with a lovely tropical breeze. If we are going true fantasy celebration, Christmas in July should probably last all month along! Right?
    Thanks so much for holding the giveaway,
    Betsy (Yes, do call me Betsy) in the Seattle suburbs

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  91. I'd definitely find a way to cool off--the lake, a beach, the pool! Thanks for the chance to win this cute fabric!

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  92. I love the tree skirt. I like christmas patterns in unexpected, non-christmas colors like that blue stack.

    I think I would do a movie/tv show marathon in my jammies, but instead of sipping cocoa - have snoballs (new orleans style shaved ice)

    Alexis
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  93. I need to make a tree skirt!

    I would go to Levenworth, WA and shop for a new ornament at there Christmas store.. then head over to Uncle Ulys for a bite and a brew.

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  94. Beautiful tree skirt!

    I'd celebrate Christmas in July with big ice cream sundae on the beach!

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  95. I would love the "holidays" off from work so that I could sew. Thanks for the tut and the giveaway.

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  96. That turned out so cute. Has me inspired. I would love to celebrate Christmas this year being done buying in October. :) Would leave time to play games and sew. Okay, beach doesn't sound too bad either.

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  97. Christmas for me means a trip back home to Michigan to see my family - so that's what I'd do!

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  98. Holiday to me means relaxing, so I'd be sitting in a chair near a waterfall with a good book.

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  99. Christmas is waking up to excited children ready to run downstairs and see what Santa brought them.

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  100. I have never won anything but couldn't resist a chance for this wonderful fabric!!! I would put on my Christmas music in July and work on sewing Christmas gifts for my family. Thank-you for your tutorial - it's time for us to all get started sewing for Christmas! Sandy

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  101. Since my birthday is in July I would combine that celebration with Christmas in July and have lots of cake and lots of presents!! Beautiful tree skirt! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  102. Well first of all we would have to cook the turkey on the grill :) Then we would all sit down and eat at picnic tables. I would hang hammocks from all the trees so everyone could have an afternoon nap. When we woke, we would walk down the street and take a nice walk on the beach. Then, it would be dessert and drinks under the moonlight :) LOL wishful thinking. I love the tree skirt and if I win, would make it for sure as i have no Christmas fabrics. thanks for the chance!

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  103. My Christmas in July would be either sewing or knitting on the porch enjoying the nice weather. Thanks!

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  104. Great tutorial! I really need a new tree skirt, so this is will be a big help!

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  105. In a hammock with a coctail sounds good!

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  106. hi! here, where i live, buenos aires-argentina its winter. however, today its a sunny warm day...i'll do some holdpotter with this fabrics! ;)

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  107. I'm planning to spend July watching the Olympics and piecing a Christmas quilt...when I've decided on the design, that is! This fabric will work perfectly with the fabrics I already have - if I win I could make a giant Christmas quilt, how fabulous!!!

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  108. My week days are like Christmas because I have my grandchildren but, I still try to find time to get some sewing/quilting/yo-yo making in when they are here. :) Thanks for the terrific tutorial and giveaway! Good luck, Everyone!!

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  109. Wonderful tutorial! I've been wanting to make a tree skirt. Thanks for the tute!
    I would celebrate by getting started on my Christmas sewing!

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  110. Cocktails and christmas cookies sound like a good combo!

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  111. Lots of BBQ and getting together with friend in July, while in Dec it is indoor but still lots of getting together with friend.
    Very nice tree skirt, thes fabric remind me of some Xmas place mats that I started maybe this would be a good week to finish them.

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  112. I would celebrate by making some jams and jellies for Christmas gifts.

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  113. To celebrate Christmas in July, I'd head for the mountains where it has got to be cooler than it is here. I have been wanting to make a tree skirt and I really love yours so thanks for sharing the tutorial. And thanks for the fabric giveaway, too.

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  114. Ooooh I love the margarita idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  115. I'm thinking it would include Sangria, low country breezes, and AC!! I love this collection!

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  116. What a darling tree skirt! I think I'd celebrate Christmas in July with an ice cream sundae and a good movie. Thanks for sharing!

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  117. Definitely with Margaritas on the beach in a hammock! I will definitely be making your tree skirt!

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  118. What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing (and thank goodness for Christmas in July). Thanks for the chance to win such a sweet collection.

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  119. You are so talented. What a great tree skirt. Well done.
    thanks for sharing.
    I would be looking for snow but since there is none around I will just hang out in a nice air conditioned coffee shop and enjoy and iced coffee.

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  120. I celebrate christmas in july by making gifts, crayon rolls!

    thank you for the giveaway!

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  121. I would love to Celebrate Christmas in July in Las Vegas!! Thanks for the great chance to win!

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  122. i'd celebrate with a spread of appetizers and cookies with the royal tenenbaums on the sofa bed in the living room! thanks. love that tree skirt!

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  123. Christmas in July is best celebrated with huge crowds in our seasonal best laughing the night away singing jingle bells! All of course while feasting on the best holiday treats.

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  124. Beautiful tree skirt, wow! In July I spend my time doing some Christmas quilting!

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  125. I really like the tree skirt. What are the final dimensions? As for christmas in july? I would drink some cold white wine on the patio, and bbq some steaks.

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  126. Any excuse for a party. Love those fabrics.

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  127. I think I would spend Christmas in July up at the cabin, quilting and enjoying all the beautiful smells of the pine trees, etc.

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  128. Thanks for a great tutorial! I love anything with triangles!!
    Lying in a hammock sounds good! if only it would stop raining long enough!

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  129. Christmas in July for me is getting my list with all the grandkiddos orders for new quilts (some already in the works (4) and (5) more to start). It is busy for me, but the rewards are seeing the grandkiddos wrapped in their new quilts. That's what grandma's are for. I believe new tree skirts will be a great gift for the bigger kids. Thanks for tips and tutorial. Love the fabrics in you tree skirts. Beautiful! Judith, Texas

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  130. I would do a big BBQ ham. :-D
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  131. A tall glass of sweet iced tea with a sprig of fresh mint would be a perfect way to celebrate Christmas in July. Thanks for the great tutorial & the chance to win.

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  132. I'd celebrate Christmas in July with a pool party!

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  133. Kristen SandersonJuly 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I would celebrate with family, but being July and with the heat you may need a drink in your hand. ksanderson@hotmail.ca

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  134. I keep trying to convince my family that Christmas in July (i.e. travel to Hawaii for Christmas) would be a beautiful thing. Swimming and yummy tropical fruit. So far only one kid is on board with me. I'll keep trying.

    reklimes at usfamily dot net

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  135. I'd love to have my toes in the sand somewhere to celebrate Christmas in July.
    mindingmomma@aol.com

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  136. Christmas quilting is what I would do since our temp is 102 outside and feels like 110.

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  137. Right now the weather feels as cold as Christmas outside :o/

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  138. Christmas in July would be a family reunion at a hotel with a pool, relaxing and no pressures!

    sue
    legato1958 at aol dot com

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  139. On vacation, definitely! I live in NJ and it is hot here, but I would rather embrace the heat somewhere like FL or the Bahamas :)

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  140. Christmas in July....sitting on my back deck with a soft breeze sipping on a nice cool tropical drink! I am loving this blog hop because I started thinking last week that I needed to get started on my Christmas planning if I was to get it all done by December! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  141. I would enjoy spending Christmas in July in a mountain log cabin with family.

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  142. I am celebrating Christmas in July by making Christmas table runners!

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  143. I think I will celebrate by following this hop and joining the swap.. I posted on my blog today how I am getting ready, it was by cleaning........ Not my idea of a party but a great start to JOY..

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  144. Christmas in July = relaxing by the pool or eating ice-cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  145. Very festive tree skirt! I appreciate the tutorial on the bias binding for the center -- it will come in handy. Love the nail polish on the toenails! Barefoot is the only way to quilt. I also live in WI and glad to have the 70 degree temps today. Thanks for sharing.

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  146. Oh, I would celebrate Christmas in July by going on another fabulous cruise to Alaska which we did in 2009, and it was so utterly awesome, and we desperately want to to it again. :)
    Love this fabric!

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  147. Oh I love this tree skirt. I am really in need of a new one and this is just the pattern I need. Christmas in July? I would want a nice BBQ, some nice cold sangria, family and friends and have a summer white elephant gift exchange. ;o)

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  148. I hadn't really thought about it, but margaritas sound good! What a great giveaway--thanks!

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  149. I'd spend Christmas in July at the beach. Nice tree skirt!

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  150. I would have a glass of wine with a friend and sew the afternoon away!

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  151. Love the fabric and your tree skirt!I think I'd want to go somewhere cold with my family or maybe the ocean.

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  152. A trip to the beach. That is a really cute tree skirt. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  153. What adorable holiday fabric!

    I'd spend Christmas in July at the beach with margaritas and pina coladas. :D

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  154. I would celebrate by getting together with friends and having a Christmas in July" dinner like we are doing this weekend:) Love your tree skirt too!

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  155. Wonderful giveaway! I love the Intrepid Thread! Margarita's and a trip sound like a perfect way to celebrate Christmas in July! Thanks for the chance to win some wonderful fabrics!

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  156. July in Denmark feels like December.... So I guess I might as well just stay here... Though of course I'd love to celebrate my Christmas in July somewhere feeling warm :)

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  157. A Yule log on the beach, chocolate peppermint ice cream...and presents!!! Thanks for the chance to win some great fabrics! VermontPines at aol dot com

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  158. Hummm...if I was going to have Christmas in July, I'd have it at a park near a lake with a great big gazebo. Roast the turkey over the BBQ, chilled pumpkin bars with cool whip for dessert, and a great big crowd of people. Lots of splashing and laughing.

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  159. Christmas in July on a Beach sounds Great! I Love the "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" Fabrics! Thanks for this Great Giveaway!

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  160. Christmas in July would be spent just like we celebrate in December with the extended family gathered together for a huge dinner at my niece's home. We spent Christmas in Jamaica a few years ago and it was awful!!!

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  161. hmmmm....Christmas in July...with all this hot weather some snow would feel good right about now...so I'd go to where there is snow to get inspired and smell the trees.

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  162. I celebrate with lots of chilly desserts and a little holiday quilt planning (or should I say plotting?)

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  163. My Christmas in July might be spent in .... I don't know Hawaii. Nah, I will be spending my Christmas in July making gifts for my Christmas in December :P

    Lucretia

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  164. well, i just moved to hawaii so christmas in december will be very similar to christmas in july - how about a beach day with a good book :)

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  165. Christmas in July -- maybe fly to the Smokey Mountains and enjoy some cool weather -- BUT would have the regular Christmas with church, presents for the children, and all the family for dinner too.

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  166. FYI****Freshly Pieced****Error for Hyperlink****

    I'm was anxious to check out the other blogs and thus checking the hyperlinks to the other quilting sites. When trying to access Diary of a Quilter, I received a 404 Error. The URL set up for the link is: http://diaryofaquilter.com/

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  167. I'd want a family cruise to Alaska to celebrate Christmas in July. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  168. Lee,

    Awesome tree skirt! Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Linda F

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  169. Christmas in July would be sewing a Christmas gift, using Christmas fabric. Like your tree skit! That is on my someday list. Love your version. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway.

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  170. It would be Christmas party lights and bbq on the patio. Love the giveaway!

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  171. My family already has Christmas in July as so many family members have Christmas birthdays. Switching years we have Christmas or birthday celebrations in July so everyone can take time off to travel without dec. congestion. Extended families meet at hosting location for dinner, fun, and family. Turkey is rarely on the menu.

    Family loves christmas!

    Thanks~ Dante4043@yahoo dot com

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  172. I am so sick of this hot weather, I'd like to celebrate Christmas in July in Antarctica!

    Thanks for sharing this with us! I, too, have dreamed of making a tree skirt for many years. Let's see if I actually do it this year!

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  173. Sometimes I put on a Christmas CD in July and listen to my favorite Christmas songs. Why limit yourself to one month of this beautiful music? Love these fabrics!

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  174. If Christmas was in July I would spend it in Maine in a cabin on a lake in Maine. I really like this Christmas tree skirt.

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  175. A big, cold mojito is how I would like to celebrate Christmas in July with no A/C....Great tree skirt, might actually try one this year. Thanks for the chance.

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  176. This is such a cute tree skirt! I would spend my christmas in July on a beach escaping this heat!

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  177. I think stitching up some projects using oh-so-cute Christmas fabric puts me in a cool, winter frame of mind!

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  178. I would go camping with my family. wouldn't it be fun for the kids to see if Santa could find where they were? We could get stocking stuffers like suntan lotion, sunglasses, and new swimsuits instead of mittens, warm socks, and long pajamas! I like the idea myself! these holiday fabrics are just my style too! Merry Christmas!

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  179. love that tree skirt would love to make thanks for the giveaway

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  180. Hmmm...I think a bike ride would be a good way to celebrate Christmas in July!

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  181. I am going to do it by having my mom and aunt come to visit me. Just 16 days to go!!! Great tree skirt. I'm going to have to make one of those one day!

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  182. I will celebrate Christmas in July on my holidays lazing on the pristine beaches on Lake Huron in Canada! awolk at rogers dot com

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  183. Hmmmmm, Christmas in July - It is 100 degrees, no rain in jeez, I can't remember when - I think sitting by the local pool with my visiting family and just having a blast and a family time that I won't be able to have at Christmas will be just perfect!!!!!!!

    Thank you

    Just love those little cardinals too!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  184. For me Christmas in July would be lovely to celebrate it in the beach with lots of sun. I live in Mexico and it´s been raining every day with no sun! Love the fabric, it´s so cute!

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  185. Great tutorial and great tree skirt! I would spend Christmas in July at home with my family, swimming, little umbrella drinks or a brew in hand - Relaxed!

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  186. We celebrate the 24th of July (state holiday) with a parade, fireworks, fun at the park and generally, a family barbecue. So the 25th is a day of recuperation. That's a great tree skirt. Love it. THanks.

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  187. July is a great time to celebrate... I'm in the mood from crafting with some Christmas music playing, singing along! Working with some Christmas fabric and reds and greens would be just perfect!! I think it would be nice to celebrate all year long. I love that special feeling of being loved that comes with the holiday. We need a little more of that!! Be especially blessed, Kathy

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  188. I would blast the christmas music and enjoy decorating my whole house. Then I would leave everything up until Christmas finally arrives. Have you ever dusted your Christmas tree? I think I would have to if the tree stayed up for 6 months!

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  189. Love the tree skirt. Thanks for the tutorial. I would spend Christmas in
    July lounging by the pool,& BBQ with the family. Thanks for th chance to
    win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  190. By my pool with the misters going and lots of shades with a big ole tub of ice cooling down the beer and margaritas, surrounded by good friends and maybe a gift or two. Sounds divine. Since 2 friends are coming over tomorrow, that is what I am going to do~Thank you and Julie for the fantastic giveaway. I haven't purchased any Christmas fabric this year. Maybe it will be my lucky week :)

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  191. For Christmas in July I'd like to spend some quality time outside with my family. Going for hikes to bike rides. It would be great to spend some time with the people that really matter and getting to do some warm weather activities :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  192. Barbeque steak and a cold beer! Wait a minute, that's what I did for December's Christmas dinner (hey, if I'm cooking, I make what I like!) (grin).

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  193. I would celebrate the same way.....by being with family and enjoying each other. Nothing else matters

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  194. Love your tree skirt! I've been meaning to make a new one for seveal yeard - this might get me going. We are sort of doing Christmas in July - a week in Montana with my husband's entire family under one big roof. Sounds like Christmas to me!

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  195. Christmas in July would definitely be celebrated at the beach with a big ol' barbecue!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  196. A tree skirt has been on my list for a long time too,no time like the present :) Charm squares would be great for making a tree skirt,of course so would the fabric in your giveaway ! Thanks for chance to win such a wonderful bundle of fabric.

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  197. Christmas in July would be with family by lake instead of the Christmas tree! Love th fabric too, thanks for the chance!

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  198. love the great fat quarter collection. what i am doing this july? staying inside where the a/c is on and quilting...what else is there to do???

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  199. I love that skirt! Hmm, well I've started making bags for presents, and thinking about what to make for whom, so I find it celebratory because it's so holiday related but it's far enough away from December that there's no stress associated!

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