August 5, 2012

Think Christmas Blog-Hop! - It's My Day!

Madame Samm, along with the help of  Lesley at The Cuddle Quilter, have brought another fantastic blog hop to everyone in blog land!!
I have the pleasure of bringing to you a quilt block all decked out and ready for Christmas in July!

Not only myself, but look at todays schedule!! 
You must visit everyone on todays list!
(and don't forget to visit the bloggers from the first 6 days of the hop!)

                                                                  Why Knot Kwilt
                                                                   Madame Samm

So, what do I have to show you??
I kept watching what everyone was posting since the start of the hop and I wanted to do something different. My granny Ida became my inspiration!  She always enjoyed Christmas so much and always gifted us something she had made.

My Christmas block for the blog hop is none other than the Southern Belle... all decked out in her Christmas gown and parasol, ready for the Christmas Eve celebration!


And she has not forgotten her jingle bell necklace and has her bonnet all tied up with a snowflake to boot!

I love hand blanket stitch applique!  I learned under granny Ida's guidance when I was between 8 and 9 and I love to sit and stitch!  It brings back fond memories of the days when I would play under the quilting frame while granny and my mother would quilt.  To have those days back again...

These blocks were given to me by granny Ida when I was 8.  I really need to put them into a quilt top and quilt it!  I will gift it to my granddaughter Allie one day.  There are 30 blocks here, enough to make a full size quilt.
  
As you can see back then there was no need for fusibles.  Granny made all of her applique quilts from polyester fabrics... so no fraying - ever!


And while we are showing Christmas things in July, why not a few Dotee dolls?
I hosted a swap on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum a few years ago and these dolls decided to live in my home once they were all swapped!

My Russian Santa was made by my friend Marina from Russia!  
He came bearing gifts... a beautiful glass pig!

This Mr. Santa came from "Down Under" from my Australian friend Trish!! 
Trish is originally from Kentucky!

And Jane sent this sweet doll all decked out in her Christmas Tree dress!

So is that enough Christmas in July for you?? Surely not!

Get on over to these other blogs and check out what they have to show you!
                                                                  Why Knot Kwilt
                                                                   Madame Samm

Thank you for visiting my blog! :)

I will gift my Southern Belle to one lucky reader next Wednesday!!

Just be sure and leave your email in your comment if it isn't in your google profile or if you are an anonymous commentor!

84 comments:

Just Carol said...

Love the handstitching on your beautiful block! Those blocks from your grandmother are priceless--thanks for sharing. ;O)

Mommarock said...

This block is beautiful!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just love the rendition of the Sunbonnet Gal and your 'elder' blocks are just wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us today.

Sue said...

Lovely block. Thank you for sharing.

lanybleu said...

cute blocks and gorgeous tree.

Zuzan said...

Hand blanket stitch is one of my favourites so relaxing. The evenness of your stitches is good to see. The embellishments of a snowflake and jingle bell, your Southern Belle is ready for Christmas.

Thearica said...

Thanks Carol! I think I am going to start doing a little more blanket stitch in the evenings when I bed up in my recliner for an evening of NCIS and Law and Order! I just wish I could find some old polyester fabrics in lots of colors and patterns.

Thearica said...

Thanks!

Thearica said...

Thank you for coming over for a visit!

Thearica said...

Thanks for visiting Sue!

Thearica said...

The tree used to have more Dotees on it but I sent them to a young girl in the Netherlands to play with. She needing cheering up and they were perfect!

Thearica said...

Thank you for noticing the stitches! My granny would be pleased I think. They aren't perfect but I try to stay as even as possible.

Kimberly Cassie said...

A Christmas Southern Belle...sounds just like me! Thanks for sharing.

Kathrynn said...

Your block is beautiful, your granny would be proud. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Woods said...

sounds good love a good giveaway

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love your Southern Belle. Grandma always made Sunbonnet Sues, but I think the Southern Belle with parasol is adorable .
Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

krislovesfabric said...

Love your post, thanks for sharing! So good to hop with you!

deborah said...

What beautiful work on your Southern Belle! Thanks for sharing!

Abbigail said...

I think I like the southern Belle more than the Sunbonnet Sue. I think your's is very Christmas party ready! I would like to make this into a wall hanging if I were to win it!

tink's mom said...

Your southern Belle is wonderful, Love the detail. Thanks for hopping.

Lyn said...

Love your southern belle! thanks for being a part!

pinsandneedles said...

Lovely Southern Belle block! Thanks for sharing!

Ariane said...

I love your block!! It is beautiful!! Thanks for all you shared!!

Karen O said...

Oh, how wonderful to have those blocks from your Granny! And your Christmas Belle is just lovely. I would love to have her to make a pillow with!

Connie said...

What a beautiful block, she looks all dressed up for the holidays! How wonderful to have those block from your grandmother and now to be able to make a quilt to give your granddaughter!

lynaeve said...

I love this pattern. Thanks for the chance.

mrchandler said...

Love the girls! Never thought to do those in Christmas colors. Thanks for the deals!

Susan said...

Love the Southern Belle block. My grandmother was a true southern belle and she also quilted using polyester, too funny.

Farm Quilter said...

Love your Southern Belle!!! So much patience to make her look so beautiful! I really like your Santas from all over!

becky said...

I love the southern belle ladies your blocks.Thank-you.Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

Needled Mom said...

Your Southern Belle block is so perfect! The blocks will make into a very special gift for Allie. She will treasure that forever.

Your dolls are amazing. That is a fabulous collection.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Very sweet Belle Q! Love your Santa's too!

QuiltSue said...

Your blocks are wonderful, thanks for showing them to us.

Carrie P. said...

Your Christmas belle is so sweet. Thanks for sharing the vintage blocks too.

Ruth Ann said...

What a treasure to have the blocks from your grandmother. I have a 2 quilts made from tops my grandmother made me. I also have a top that she made my brother. It was never quilted and he gave it to me a couple of years before his death. I will quilt it someday.

Linda said...

HELLO! LOVE YOUR SOUTHERN LADIES!
THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

quiltmom said...

What a beautiful block- Your grandmother taught you well- what a great history and treasure to have as her legacy. Thanks for sharing your block and participating in the blog hop.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

AlessandraLace said...

I love your block, it is really amazing. I am new follower. hugs Alessandra

Nellie Duclos said...

Your Southern Belle block is very cute. What a nice family history of quilting you have. If I don't win your precious block, would you consider sharing the pattern for us non-southerners? I have family members who live in the south and what a treat it would be to make something for them using this classy lady. Thanks so much for sharing and for the opportunity to have one of your Southern Belles relocate to the West!

Linda said...

Very cute block! Love the stitching.

Janet said...

Your southern belle is so sweet! Those blocks will make a lovely quilt for your granddaughter. Thanks for a chance to win.

maggie said...

Omgosh , I love that Southern Belle ! I can imagine several all done up in Christmas finery! Thanks for sharing.
Cheers
maggie
maggiemine42@gmail.com

InGa said...

Lovely christmas lady. :-) It's nice to think back to our grandmothers, mine learned me to knit, some 50 years ago.
Have a nice week, and thanks for looking into my blog.

whistlebet57 said...

I too am a Sunbonnet Fan thanks for the Chance to win. Thanks
Elizabeth
Silverdale, WA

Wendy said...

Truly a refined lady you've made up in all her Christmas finery :) Marvelous job and thnak you so muh for the share :) :)

sandra said...

What a sweet block and very different from anything I have seen. Thanks for sharing

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I like the nice change and love your lady. How neat to have something your Grandma made. That's a treasure. Thanks for sharing with us.

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

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Marla Nelson said...

I just bought a new sewing machine this summer so now I want ot try applique now. These are reallky cute. marlaruthnelson@gmail.com

Nancy in IN said...

Oh my granddaughter would love her appliqued to a pillow.
Thanks for the chance

Lesley said...

Oh my goodness, your Southern Belle is adorable in those Christmas colors. Your stitching is just perfection,..you were taught well! I love your block and the fabrics too! I have fabric that is in her dress! You are very generous with this giveaway! Thanks for participating!

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

A very pretty Southern Belle block. And your stitching is lovely.

Sharon Dawn said...

Love your southern belles!! A beautiful idea for the holidays! Cute Santas too! Thanks for hopping along with us all!

StitchinByTheLake said...

How cute are these Southern Belles! And what a beautiful quilt that's going to be! blessings, marlene

Nancy Biggs said...

I LOVE your Southern Belle! However, we don't really dress like that in Tennessee! We also like the cousin, Sunbonnet Sue, around here. I surely would love that pattern to try my hand at the hand applique.I love the blanket stitch also. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

KatieQ said...

Your Southern Belle block is beautiful. Thank you for sharing the photos of Granny Ida's blocks. I'm sure your grand daughter will love the quilt you make from them.

Sally said...

darling block--thanks for opportunity!

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your Southern Belle blocks with us! Grandmothers can be a huge inspiration and yours certainly was. I love her quilt.

Judith said...

Beautiful treasures those southern bells. This is a gift your granddaughter will treasure. Thank you for sharing and I love the santa dolls. So sweet!. Judith, Texas

Sherill said...

What memories! Thank you for sharing! Your Christmas is beautiful!

Linda said...

I love your Southern Bell and would love to win her. Your story is wonderful, thank you for sharing that too. I hope you get the quilt together for your granddaughter. I bought some cut out southern bell blocks a few years ago. They are still unfinished. I'm going to pull them out and see what I can do with them now that I see yours. Thanks for the inspiration. Your dolls are great too! I'm also a new follower, I'll be back to visit you soon.

hueisei said...

Very lovely blocks. Thanks for the giveaway.

mahoo said...

I love your Southern Belle (especially her jingle bell necklace!). What a gift that will be for your granddaughter, quilt blocks made by her great grandmother, and pieced & quilted by her own grandmother. No doubt she'll pass it on as well. Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda said...

Just so you know, I couldn't get your follower button to work so I'm following by email.

Nancy Biggs said...

Love your Southern Belle. I'd love that pattern to use for two granddaughters. Thanks for your work on this!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Great work...love the southern belle

Sara said...

Beautiful blovkd...and having lived in the south for many years I can appreciate your Southern Belle block...

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MoeWest said...

Your southern belle looks very pretty! I like your choice of fabrics and the stitching is so well done. Thanks for sharing it.

Kathy H said...

Enjoyed seeing your block . Very cute. What a great treasure to have your grandmother's blocks.

Judy B said...

Beautiful block and I love the dolls! Thank you for the great giveaway. I am a new follower.

Gill said...

I love your Southern Belle blocks! these could be embellished in so many different ways!

Judy1522 said...

Cute Southern Belle blocks!

Sheila said...

Your Southern Belle is lovely and your hand work is beautiful, your grandmother was a fine teacher and I think when you make her quilt it will be lovely.Thanks for the chance.

Margaret said...

Very cute. Thanks for sharing.

Lv2sew2011 said...

Great Christmas Blocks. Thanks for sharing your work!
Lv2sew2011(@)yahoo(dot)com

Lori said...

Ohh this little lady is just adorable. You did a fantastic job.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work!! thanks for sharing!

BizyStitches said...

I missed your post on the 5th so I came back today to read it, I'm glad I found it. Lovely things you have shared with us. Thanks.

Maria Kievit said...

Love your Southern Belle! And to be able to put your grandmother's blocks together, will be a real treat both for you and your granddaughter. Beautiful work!

Bobbie said...

your ladies are priceless!

DianneB said...

What a great way to honor your Grandma - such a cute block.

Carolyn in Kentucky said...

I love your Christmas Southern Belle. I enjoy doing some hand work on my blocks also.

Quilt n Queen said...

Beautiful Southern Belle blocks...love the hand work, does look vintage. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop...Happy stitching!!

Madame Samm said...

hello Thearica, your belle is sew lovely...I remember having a pillow case cover with this...my Nanny did similar appliques..it brings back such lovely memories..I think I may have to make me a pillow again...your work is amazing..

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