Well, I had grand plans for this year's Christmas in July, but life took over with a series of most unfortunate events -- family illness and injuries, toddler molars ruining sleep for everyone, and to top it all off, a car wreck.
Thank goodness everyone's okay (though the car isn't, but that's why we have insurance), but a week later I'm still a bit shaken and distracted by the whole thing, in particular the incessant calls to and from the insurance, the crash shop, and concerned family and friends. Mini-PSA: please check your blind spot, friends. Some guy didn't and cut me off on the highway (I-5!!), causing me to bump into the car to my left. It could have been much, much worse and I'm so grateful it wasn't.
Moving on... Aside from my little tree ornaments (tutorial here), the only thing I've been able to complete for Christmas in July is the first few steps in making a new table runner. I really liked John Adams' Milk and Cookie Mat design (free pattern download here) and decided to triple the basic patchwork shape and turn it into a Christmas runner!
I decided to use red and grey for my colors, paired with some natural linen -- since I have a lot of that in stock! (It's funny, I realized after drawing it that my design looks a lot like Jane's beautiful table runner, though I promise I came up with the idea before seeing hers! Great minds...) Here are the prints I pulled from my stash: some Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, some Heath by Alexander Henry, some dots of various sizes, and more.
The kids went to bed super early for once last night and I was able to cut all my fabric while watching TV with the hubby. Here's one of my trees:
The whole project should hopefully be pretty straightforward from here on out. (Famous last words...) I hope to get some stitching done over the next couple of days, though I really should prioritize some custom work for my shop, ahem. In any case, I will share photos when it is done. Sorry it will be well past July by that point!
What did you end up making for Christmas in July? I hope you got some good inspiration from this series. You can view all the posts by clicking on the image below.
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