Sunday, July 22, 2018

Christmas in July Blog Hop!

I have been a procrastinator on this blog hop.  I admit it.  I started my project last week and finished it the day before it was due.  HOWEVER, I'm so excited about it!  Thanks Carol for hosting this wonderful hop!

My cousin Lisa brought me some fabric scraps and it had flamingos dressed up for Christmas.  I went for it.  I hand drafted the flamingo, found some fun fabrics in my stash and went for it!



I used a triple stitch to quilt down my appliques.  I love how thick it is.


Then I pulled some new GlaMore Thread from Wonderfil (it's 12 weight rayon with one twist of metallic.  It's sparkly!) out and put it to work.  I usually use a topstitch needle for threads like these, but it didn't want to play nicely in my machine.  So I tried a jeans needle and it worked great.



I used the white for his hat.  I gave them curls so you could really see the thread.


I also used the green for the strand of Christmas lights around his body.  I did stitch over it three times to get a really thick line.  Below you can seed the thread on the left is done three times and the one on the right is only done once.


That GlaMore Thread gives just a little bit of sparkle.


I then finished quilting him with spirals in the background. 


I added hot fix crystals to the eye and the Christmas lights as final details. I had to read the instructions on how to glue them down as I hadn't done it in a few years.  It worked like a charm and was so much faster than beading.  After all, Christmas Flamingos need bling!


Be sure to come back Friday for the release of my new self-published book of free motion fillers called Paiselys, Circles, and Swirls!


And check out all the other amazing quilters on this hop!

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy



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46 comments:

  1. I love it. What a fab idea,thanks for sharing 😍

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  2. Oh my goodness, so cute! How could you help but smile when you see it?

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  3. So cute. Well done that you did get in finished.

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  4. Hi Suzy! What a fun project, and your flamingo is just so darn cute. That GlaMore thread was just the perfect touch for the lights and his hat. Really great job! Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  5. Your flamingo is sweet and you are definitely an artist. Where's the tracing paper? That's the only kind of flamingo I could draw. I must find some GlaMore Thread; it's gorgeous.

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  6. Who wouldn't love a Christmas flamingo, especially with all that bling...so cute! Thanks for sharing all the ways you used your thread to enhance the flamingo. It really makes it pop! I'm so glad you joined the hop and showed off your beautiful flamingo.

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  7. Love your Flamingo! Great talent!

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  8. So cute Suzy! Love the flamingo's bling. Thank you for sharing today.

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  9. I love your flamingos, he's so cute!

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  10. Cute flamingo and congrats on the book!

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  11. You need to name your flamingo! He's so darn cute. I love the triple stitching - really adds interest to the wallhanging.

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  12. your flamingo is wonderful. Barb is right, this beautiful flamingo needs a great christmas name. thanks for sharing. congrats on your book.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  13. Your flamingo is the cutest! Your stitching on him is beautiful, and the swirled quilting on the background is stunning. Hard to believe you created and stitched him so fast. You're amazing!

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  14. Love this! Christmas Flamingos are always sweet.

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  15. That's just adorable. I love how that thread looks. Oh...now I have to go shopping! LOL!!! Congrats on your new book. Looking forward to seeing it.

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  16. That is one adorable flamingo! The book cover looks wonderful, too.

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  17. Love the flamingo! The quilting is gorgeous.

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  18. fun flamingo! I once sent a christmas flamingo pen to my mom's neighbor in Denmark, she loved anything tacky and her husband was bewildered- like what did I ever do to him?? it was so tacky and ugly (from walmart) but it's just SO funny!! why not have a flamingo with a santa hat??

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  19. Absolutely love your Christmas flamingo.

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  20. He is so cute! Perfect for Christmas in July

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  21. Now that's a great design, beautiful in every way. Now I want one!!!

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  22. Hey Suzy. I am up Friday. Sewgoldenachance. Love your Flamingo. Want your book. I will be back Friday. Kay Holm

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  23. Absolutely LOV your flamingo.

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  24. Super cute! I love the sparkly bling that you've added. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Now that is one festive flamingo. Love your stitches and the "lights" swirled around him. Your mind is a very creative one. Congrats on your book!

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  26. Your Christmas Flamingo is FABULOUS!

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  27. Hahaha got to love a nts flamingo. ..tytyty for sharing, , happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  28. I love this! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. An amazing flamingo! I just noticed a house the other day with a flamingo in the front yard. This is adorable and just ready for Christmas. Thanks for sharing your process, too.

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  30. WOW !!!!!! She is absolutely gorgeous. Your detail is wonderful and it gives her so much personality. Thanks for introducing her to us.

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  31. I absolutely adore your Christmas 'flingo' as my daughters always called them when they were little

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  32. Such a cute Flamingo!!! Love the extra parts you added to it, to give it just the right touch for Christmas.

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  33. What a fun project and you tried out some challenging skills too. Well done. I see you have a book in the works. I'll have to check it out!

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  34. I can't show this to my daughter . . . she will ask if I can make one for her and I'm pretty sure I cannot! Yours looks super!

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  35. Very impressive!! I love flamingoes and this one is really fun. If your last minute projects turn out this good, I'd like to see the stuff that you work in advance.

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  36. I love your flamingo! Absolutely adorable!

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