12 Days of Christmas… July 2018

12 Days 2018

It’s a wonderful time of year. July is a good reminder for us all that we should get started on our Christmas sewing and quilting if you haven’t already.

When I was single, I always waited to buy Christmas gifts till just right before Christmas, when I got married, I bought all year long, and now, I feel lucky if I get everyone covered, I’m really good at gift certificates now.

This year tho, I am determined to create all my Christmas gifts for everyone. I have a new grand nephew/niece due next February and I am very excited about being a Grand Auntie.  I can’t wait to make his/her first quilt for her.

I was supposed to participate on Wednesday with this hop, but my day got shifted thankfully by the good people participating. I’d like to thank all of you who volunteered to switch days with me.

I have been dealing with an injured leg for the last two weeks. I have no idea whatsoever of what I did to my leg, but it’s been bad enough to keep me on the main level of our house, and rolling around in an office desk chair.  The doctor has told me it is probably due to my psoriasis, I have very severe psoriasis on my legs, sometimes on my elbows and head and it likes to frequent on my face at times also. I do not like talking about medical issues, but this has really taken me for a loophole. I was once in the hospital in Germany for 7 days due to an infection in my left leg where they fed me penicillin 24/7 to get rid of the infection. That was about 13 years ago. It started happening for me when we lived in San Diego, but I just thought I had an ankle that itched a lot. I remember someone telling me to switch my shampoo… which was odd since I’d used that shampoo for years. Never the less I did change it and the itching seemed to go away… until we moved overseas. Doctors like to prescribe steroid creams for psoriasis, I am not a fan, so I typically avoid a doctor who just wants me to use a steroid cream. I’d rather live with psoriasis itself than the burning sensation most of them cause.

At the moment, I’m at a point where I can stand again, I can walk a step or two, and then I’m back in the chair, so while it’s not as bad as it has been, I’m still on the mend.

Suffice it to say I did not finish my project, but I can show you what I was planning to do.

I thought it would be fun to do a bunting, something I could hang down the staircase handle, or fireplace mantle, or in a window or a shelving wall in your home. Buntings are great, there are so many great things you can do with them. I can remember the day that most were just made out of paper, and or that craft foil. Now we make them with fabric also. This was what I was doing for this hope.

These are the pattern and designs I created…

The fun thing about bunting is it doesn’t take much to make them. You simply need the measurements of the medium you plan to hang them on, then decide how many bunting objects you want to make and divide that number with your medium measurements so you can determine what the width of your bunting objects should be.

My little banners are 8 x 12 nice even for a large mug rug if I change the bottom to be straight.

There are many ways to attach bunting to whatever you choose to string them up with. Most people either use craft rope or satin ribbon. A lot depends on my mood, but I tend to go with craft rope as I love that really thin rope and it looks nice also.

Some ideas to attach your buntings…

There are some wonderful ideas at each of these sites and I hope you’ll take the time to visit them. The Mad Woman of Locke Street is a site for machine embroidery designs, but she has some of the cutest buntings I have seen when I was looking around for them and what I really loved was how they decorated the “in between” of each bunting object.

I hope you’ll give buntings a try and let me know if you thought they were easy also.

Here is a fun bunting I created last month that you can try…

The buttonholes are not placed in the pattern as I’m still trying to figure out how to that in EQ. 🙂  However, if you know anything about buttons, this allows you to also place the buttonholes where you like them. On this series I’d do them in the middle, thus I get a top and bottom to my bunting which I think would be adorable.

Little Angel (Click To Download)

Click the image to download.

Here are the other blogs participating in 12 Days of Christmas.

Saturday, July 14th
Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th
 
Monday, July 16th
 
Tuesday, July 17th
 
Wednesday, July 18th
Cindy @ Stitchin’ At Home
Karrin @ Karrin’s Crazy World
 

Thursday, July 19th
Christina @ Christina’s Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th
 
Saturday, July 21st
 
Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie
 

Tuesday, July 24th
Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts

Wednesday, July 25th

I hope you all have an awesome day!!

I have my desktop downstairs with me now, I hope to get caught up on TTNBC and Sue/Sam here by the end of the month, please bear with me while I still try to get on my feet tho. It has been a very frustrating two weeks.

All Flickr Rewards are now caught up.

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32 Responses to 12 Days of Christmas… July 2018

  1. Christina says:

    Cute ideas, and your designs are really cute. I’m happy to hear you are on the mend, and I hope it continues that way. Thank you for sharing and participating in the blog hop!

  2. Robin Klein says:

    Thanks for the angel. I look forward to the rest of the characters. I hope you feel better. I know you hate prednisone or cortisone but have you tried a short Me from pack to see if you get any relief?

  3. Donna says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write to us. Love to read what is happening.

  4. Deborah Meyer says:

    So sorry to hear of your troubles, hopefully things will get better for you quickly. Thank you for your post and giveaway! So glad you were able to participate. Bless You!

  5. So sorry to hear you’re unwell, I wish you a speedy recovery. I love the idea of bunting and Christmas banners, thanks for sharing

  6. Sandi says:

    So sorry to hear you’re having troubles! I hope it gets better quickly. Your banners are lovely.

  7. Monica says:

    Very Nice Marian.

  8. celia says:

    Thanks for your participation, especially when you are having difficulty right now. I just want to share a suggestion for your medical issue. Dr. Colbert had the same problem years ago and wrote a book, “Let Food be Thy Medicine.” I got a copy at the library and found numerous other medical issues included in the book, all due to our food choices. I am keeping a food journal to monitor how I feel if I eat corn, wheat, sugar or processed foods. I am surprised I see a difference in just the past week going without these things. Hope you feel better soon. (celiaambrose@hotmail.com)

  9. Susan says:

    tHANK YOU FOR THE GREAT IDEAS. i HOPE YOU ARE SOON ON THE MEND. i CAN EMPATHIZE WITH YOU. i HAVE FIBROMYALGIA AND WITH ALL THE SUBSETS OF OTHER MALADIES THAT GO WIT H IT, i NEVER KNOW WHAT, IF ANYTHING, i AM GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO ON ANY GIVEN DAY. i MAY BE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMETHING AND HAVE TO QUIT, ALSO. tHEN WHEN i GET ANY ENERGY, i CAN’T GO BACK TO WHAT i LEFT, i JUST HAVE TO DO THE ESSENTIAL TASKS, SO THERE MAY BE A BIG MESS LEFT FROM WHAT i WAS LAST DOING. MOST PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND AND THINK I’M JUST LAZY AND SHOULD JUST “GET OVER IT.” i DO PRAY THAT YOU CAN BE UP AND ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS VERY, VERY SOON. I’M PROUD OF YOU THAT YOU DID PARTICIPATE IN THE HOP AND COULD SHARE WITH US SOME WONDER IDEAS AND A GREAT BUNTING PATTERN. GOOD LUCK!

  10. Susan says:

    Thanks for the great ideas on buntings, Marian! I’m so sorry you are having such a terrible time, but glad that it’s slowly improving. Thank you for the angel. I hope this means there are going to be more Christmas Cartoons between now and December! =)

  11. Danice says:

    Get well soon. Thank you for the free download. I also love the bunting.

  12. Moira says:

    I’m glad you’re doing better! And the idea of a bunting is great. Will have to consider that sometime for myself.

  13. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    Glad you’re feeling better. This is a great idea for some festive decorations.

  14. Chris says:

    Thank You, Take Care

  15. Linda says:

    Thank you!

  16. Anna brown says:

    Tyty love them so now I need to give them a try… happyness04431@yahoo.com

  17. Brenda says:

    Hi Marian, I’m glad you are at least able to stand. I’ve been thinking about you. This bunting is a great idea. It would look good on my mantle!! Thanks for the cute angel bunting! Take good care of yourself and I hope you are much better soon!

  18. Michele-Marie says:

    Thank you Marian, never seen a square angel 🙂 Cool.
    Did you know? – When you have psoriasis, your immune system is overactive. This creates inflammation inside the body, which is a cause of the symptoms you see on the skin.

  19. Janet T says:

    Hope you feel better soon!

  20. Jocelyn says:

    This has been a fun blog hop.

  21. Kathy h says:

    Hope you feel better really soon. I liked seeing your buntings and ideas of how to put them together.

  22. Cindy says:

    What a good idea Marion. Hope you heal soon.

  23. Psoriasis is invasive, and clings on like a limpet. I have tried so many remedies, and found that Dove soap ( very creamy and soft) and a defoliating mitt helped for a while. I do like the colours in your schedule list, my projects for the last day on the 25th are #1, done, and #2, the trial sewing was a success so now onto the real one. Keep watching as I have giveaways for both local and North. And take care, rest well, life can be full of problems, and you will pass this by and come out smiling. Hugs from NZ.

  24. Mary D says:

    Sending you thoughts of healing and wellness.

  25. Joyce Carter says:

    So glad you are feeling better Marian. Loved all the bunting ideas you shared Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

  26. Sarah Craig says:

    Such good ideas here, Marian! Thanks for sharing even though you are under the weather. Hope all gets better for you soon! PS I’m now eying those cute Target dollar aisle towels thinking they might make great banners……

  27. Carol C. says:

    So glad you are on the mend! Thanks so much for sharing the cute ideas for buntings!

  28. Lori Smanski says:

    oh goodness, i do hope you get better soon. thank you for the adorable little angel pattern. i love how the teddy bears and the flower buntings are connected. i will have to give this a try.

  29. Susan says:

    I hope you feel better soon. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I have always hung Christmas cards on a ribbon for bunting , but you have inspired me to sew some.
    Susanpshaffer@gmail.com

  30. Deborah says:

    Hi Marian, it,s nice to know you are feeling well. I will keep you in my prayers. Thank you so much for the free items you give us. It is your time to take care of you. Deborah

  31. selina says:

    So sorry about your leg. Glad to hear it’s on the mend. Love the bunting idea. Thanks for the idea and the links, not to mention the adorable block pattern.

  32. Karrin Hurd says:

    Thanks for the cute idea , never thought of buntings. Hope your leg recovers soon!

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