Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Think Christmas!

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm delighted to participate in the Think Christmas Blog Hop. Be sure to check the end of the post for giveaways.

I created two blocks, both inspired by a photo found on the Internet:

He's a cutie!

I cartoonized the photo, played with it at Picasa, then printed on fabric.

I added a couple of borders, then trimmed to 12.5" square. I'll probably make a little wallhanging and display at Christmas. By the way, I named the little dog Corky the Corgi. I think he's just darling.


The second block also is inspired by the photo.
This sketch is based on an Amy Bradley Dazzling Dog - TC.
I chose him because of the glasses. He comes with a beanie, but I altered the hat to look like the one in the photo.

Using a Frixion pen, I traced the outlines of the sketch onto the background.

Pattern cut apart. Hash marks indicate edges that will go under other fabrics.

Face pattern piece traced, leaving extra room at the top where the hash marks are. All fabrics are backed with Wonder Under fusible web for fusible applique.

Used tailor's chalk to "trace" the pattern onto black fabric.

Pieces fused to background

Quilt sandwich
Used invisible thread for quilting and to seal the edges after trimming. Attached button eyes and snowflakes.

TC's Christmas
6.5" square

Hope you enjoyed the blocks. By the way, there is a separate post that goes into much more detail about the blocks here.

Now for the giveaways! You could win one of two Christmas fat quarters:

Snowbabies

Ornaments

For a chance to win one of the fat quarters, simply leave a comment by the last day of the Blog Hop (end of Sunday, Aug. 5). Be sure to mention whether you prefer Snowbabies or Ornaments. For an extra chance to win one of the fabrics, leave another comment mentioning that you are a new or existing follower. Two winners will be drawn on Monday, August 6.

Be sure to stop by and see the other Blog Hop participants today:
Traveling Quilter (You're here!)

The Complete Schedule

Hope to see you again soon!

Debbie

113 comments:

  1. Cute Christmas Block gotta love dogs...
    Thanks for sharing your work, I'm a new blogger myself and still learning how it works.

    Im a new follower.
    Lv2sew2011@yahoodotcom

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  2. Thanks for sharing your blocks with us. I follow you by email now. Thanks for the opportunity to win the FQ. I love the ornaments!

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  3. How absolutely adorable! Love the technique of the photo/fabric play for such a fun block. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  4. What a great idea to make the photo into a cartoon! and thank you for the great tutorial. They are both darling blocks!

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  5. Oh my goodness...your blocks are just so great! You are so creative and artistic...love the fact that you love to challenge yourself! These blocks are just too cute. Thanks so much for sharing and showing us how you made them. Wonderful giveaway fabric. So glad you participated. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

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  6. Very cute ! You are so talented.
    I love the ornaments :) thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. Amazing how you made these blocks! Thanks for the links to see the details. So creative!!

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  8. I love your doggy blocks, 2 cute!!!!! Love both fat quarters, so would be happy with either one.

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  9. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing today. I prefer ornaments. Thank you fir the chance.

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  10. Cute doggie blocks. I like Snowbabies the best. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. I'm a new follower - by email. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. Absolutely awesome blocks! Love them! Found your great tutorials on the blocks, wonderful!

    Happy quilting!

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  13. I'm a new happy follower, thank you for the opportunity to win your giveaway!

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  14. your dog is so cute! good idea the picture on a block. thank's for sharing! My vote go to the ornement fabric! thank's for the chance to win and hope seeing you on my turn sunday! have a nice day

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  15. hmmm.. well I like both! But the ornament fabric has a really cool "retro" look to it , which I LOVE! :-) ADORABLE blocks-- adorable dog! :-) Thanks for the chance to win! And, Merry Christmas!

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  16. I am a follower-- thanks again! :-)

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  17. Another great idea to my to do list.These ornaments are adorable .My favorite is the second one.

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  18. I`m a new follower by email.Thanks!

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  19. Hahahha ... I enjoyed your post sweetly and I am very inspired. I love the real doggy he is adorablely cutie! and one lucky doggy : )Merry Merry Christmas to you and your little cute doggy : )

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  20. My goodness DEBBIe, if we were giving an award for humorous block, yours would surely have won...I love both...of your dog blocks..
    absolutely adorable...

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  21. Ornaments would be my choice. I learned a few new techniques here on this post. That is what I love about a blog, so I will be joining as a new member.

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  22. These really brought a smile to my face.

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  23. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing this new to me technique!

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  24. I am a new follower! I prefer the ornament fabric.

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  25. I LOVE what you did with the dog photo. I am inspired to try it, myself.

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  26. I am a new follower and have enjoyed both of your blocks.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  27. Too cute! I loved seeing both of the creative blocks. Nice work.

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  28. You are definitely a very talented quilter. Both your blocks involved a lot of work and you have done a great job on both. I would like to choose Ornaments as my choice. Thank you so much for giving all of your followers a chance to win either Snowbabies Ornaments, both great choices, and making the Think Christmas blog hop so much fun.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  29. Cute doggie! I love what you did with the image! I would choose ornaments.

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  30. I am a new follower of your blog!

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  31. I'm a dog lover, so I'm really loving your cute blocks. Thanks for sharing. I love both fabrics so hard to choose, but probaby the ornaments

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  32. I'm a happy new follower, and this is a great way to find new blogs.

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  33. It has to be snowbabies as blue is my favourite colour. Thanks for the opportunity
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  34. I love these cute blocks! I definitely prefer the ornaments fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Super cute doggie blocks!! I love doggies!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  36. Hi I am a new follower and a new quilter and I love snowbabies!!!!

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  37. What wonderful and fun blocks! Love what you did with the Corgi! I love the snowbabies fabric too! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. I am a follower, thanks for the great post and giveaway!

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  39. Your puppy made me laugh. Cute blocks as well.

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  40. Love the Ornaments fabric. YOur puppy blocks are very cute.

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  41. Oh my, your puppy put a smile on my face today! Sweet blocks and cute. Thank you for sharing and I am a new follower. Judith, Texas

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  42. Your post is waaaaay tooo funny, those pups are tops. You've done a fantastic job, thank you for sharing! =)
    Luvin' the Ornaments*

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  43. Oh, my goodness! I love your blocks! They are so creative--great job. :O)

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  44. What fun blocks you have made, they made me laugh. I love the babies fabric. Thanks for the giveaway! tubakk@online.no

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  45. You made the process of turning a drawing into an applique so easy and understandable. Thanks for hopping. Really loved both of your blocks.

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  46. Hi I like both snow babies and ornaments. Christmas is christmas and I like it all. You have such a whimsical block , it is so cute. Thanks. aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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  47. I just love your quilt blocks, they are adorable, what a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing, I truly enjoyed reading.

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  48. I am new to your blog, but now a follower. Thanks again.

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  49. Your little dog blocks are adorable!

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  50. I'm a new follower!
    (I just came back from a trip to visit family in the valley. I've visited the quilt shop in Hanford. Great little shop.)

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  51. What fun!
    I like the ornaments!

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  52. Cute blocks! I know several people who would be delighted with your creations. Thanks for sharing them!

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  53. These are the cutest blocks! Ornaments is a lovely fq. Thanks for sharing all the creative work you did in today's Think Christmas Hop.

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  54. thank you for sharing. I love snowbabies. hugs

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  55. What a great portrait of your dog dressed in Christmas finery.. I love the detail of the ornaments fabric. Thanks for the chance to win such a pretty fat quarter.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  56. I am a new follwer through the blog hop.Love the block above very cute.Thank-you Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  57. I'm thinking snow babies but lucky me ornaments come in second.Thank-you very much. Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  58. Boy, I have to choose. I always have a hard time because I like them both but I would pick the ornaments if I have to choose.

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  59. I am a new follower. Love hops, I get to find all kinds of new blogs to follow.

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  60. I had to laugh out loud when I saw the photo of your little pooch!! I am sure he was thrilled to dress up. Hope it's not 105 where you live! hahahahaha What a fun block you put together. Snowbabies would be fun to play with. Thanks for a great post. I am now a new follower!

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  61. Love your Christmas Corgi. I have 2 corgis and one looks like that one. Great job on your applique block. The Snowbabies FQ is so cheerful!

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  62. love your applique block they are beautiful

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  63. Your blocks are very imaginative and sooo cute! Thanks for sharing the process. I would like to be in the drawing for the Ornaments fabric.

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  64. I love your blocks!! Especially the second one!! Gorgeous!!

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  65. I love the puppy block! I/m a new follower, and I like the Snowbaby fabric. I used to collect Dept. 45 snowbabies. Thanks for posting.

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  66. I loved your doggie block. so cute. I like the ornament fat quarter. thanks for being part of the hop!

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  67. Oh I love your dog and the block you made. How adorable.

    I love both those fabrics but have our 5 month old Granddaughter living here now and would love the Snowbaby fabric if I'm lucky. Thank you.

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  68. I love your dog blocks! Thanks for sharing. I like the ornament fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. Love animals and those are quite adorable quilt blocks...

    Hmmm...if I win it would have to be the ornaments...

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

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  71. Cute blocks. Thanks for the giveaway - I'd choose ornaments.

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  72. I'd choose ornaments! Thanks!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  73. I adore your dog and the very creative block done with his image!! Such cute blocks. I may have to look at doing this technique!! Great Job!! I would have chosen your block to win today, FYI!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  74. I am a new follower and will be back soon!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  75. Cute as can be! You are very creative to see a photo and create 2 adorable squares.
    I love the snowbabies, but would be happy towing either fabric.
    Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

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  76. How cute! And that's not your dog? You should get a dog!

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  77. Oh my goodness - how creative you are! I am so impressed. Love the caricature of the Santa dog.

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  78. I'm a new follower with my email addy - maybe some of your talent will rub off on me!

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  79. I like both of the fat quarters but I think ornaments wins out with me.

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  80. I like ornaments. Thanks for the chance

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  81. Great blocks! You are very creative. I like the ornaments fat quarter.

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  82. WoW! I'm impressed. Both of your blocks are awesome. How cute to dress up the dogs. Thanks for your tutorial and sharing your projects with us.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win. Both fabrics are wonderful. First choice is the Ornaments but I'd also be very happy with the Snowbabies.
    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. Super job! Love your blocks. I'm a new follower.

    Thanks again for your giveaway and a chance to win some beautiful fabric. My first choice is the Ornaments but I'd also be happy with the Snowbabies.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. HI! THANKS FOR YOUR POST-LOVE YOUR BLOCKS!
    NEW FOLLOWER+THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  85. Thanks for showing us how you did your fun blocks.

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  86. What fun! I love your little dog.

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  87. Your little dog is so sweet! Love the block!

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  88. Love your creative blocks! So fun. I love the snowbabies fabric.

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  89. OMG!! Debbie, you are super creative...your dog blocks are adorable. The snowbabies are sEw adorable. Thanks for sharing and for the chance...happy stitching!!

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  90. Great detialed instructions! Love the snowbabies.
    ebbtide 45 at yahoo dot com

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  91. Your tutorial is great, but aren't these photo editing software expensive? I would love to do this with my cats(3)! I'm a visual learner, so I think I would need more specific directions with pictures. Thank you from the SF Bay Area for your work and a chance to win some cute fabric

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    1. Nellie, I don't have or can afford Photoshop. I went to BeFunky.com, a free site, to cartoonize the dog. Then I used Picasa, which I downloaded for free from the Internet. Hope this helps.

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  92. Probably am a little late with my comments, but finally found time to read the blogs. Love your interpretation of pictures! Very cool!

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  93. Hope Im not too late. I prefer snowbabies. I love your creativity with your dog.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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