Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Think Christmas ...

It's now Day 3 of the Think Christmas blog hop, which was the brainwave of Mme Samm, and is being hosted by Lesley, over at The Cuddle Quilter, who loves all things Christmas, especially Santa.

In honour of our lovely host, I decided to make a block showing Santa as he might look in a Hall of Mirrors.
Remember this? This was my prototype block, which I then "adjusted" in Paint Shop Pro.

Unfortunately, Santa is furious with me, as he thinks I've made him look silly, so he is hiding.  While I am looking for him, I will have my camera with me, in case I spot him.

Is that him, hiding under my coffee cup?

He's gone again.

No, there he is, with his friends the gingerbread men.

Now he's sitting under one of my crystal Christmas Trees, look.

I know what to do.  I'll just show you a picture of another block I've made, instead.
The idea for this block was a child's building block with pictures of Christmas things on each side.  I really made this as a check that I could successfully sew an inset seam, before I started trying to do them on my Lone Star quilt.  The candle and the tree were paper pieced from patterns I found in EQ7 and the Santa was my own design, also paper pieced.

Oh look, what a surprise!  The Hall of Mirrors Santa is jealous now cos I'm showing other photos, so he's come out of hiding, and agreed to keep still for long enough for you all to see him.

Now, to celebrate Santa coming out of hiding, I am having a giveaway.  The prize will be 4 FQs of Christmas fabric.  I can't show you a picture of them, cos I haven't bought them yet.  This is open to anyone, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and make sure I have a way of contacting you if you are a no-reply blogger.  I will use Random.org to pick a winner on 6 August, when the Think Christmas hop ends.

I hope you are all enjoying Thinking about Christmas as much as I am?  The other blogs you can visit today for some fun and inspiration are

111 comments:

  1. Great job thanks for sharing you little block with us!

    Lv2sew 2011 at yahoo dot com

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  2. Sweet Santa! Great idea...thanks for sharing. Judith, Texas

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  3. Fun way to post on your blog. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric.

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  4. These are both great blocks! I love the first one especially with the child's block showing off Christmasy things.

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  5. Your blocks are charming. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love your unusual blocks! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. They are all great - love the way Santa keeps on hiding he is a fun guy isnt he! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love the Santa and the story on finding him....I too love Christmas and hope you and yours have a wonderful one.

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  9. Christmas in August? Certainly chilly enough here to qualify :} Glad you now have Santa under control (rather than under a coffee mug!)

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  10. The block idea with the different images on each side is so clever! Would be cute for a baby quilt with letters, toys, animals, etc.

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  11. So creative and wonderful. Thank you for sharing today.

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  12. What fun!
    I love the three santas

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  13. A great block on a block, Sue.

    Glad your fun Santas came out to play for the giveaway. Thank you.

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  14. Santa really gets around. Thanks for sharing your blocks. And thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. Hi Sue...great blocks I would have loved to add them to our Pinterest site but your site is pinterest block...
    If you like to be included perhaps you can place them somewhere on your own board and let me know if and when I can add them..

    Nice to have you included!

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  16. What cute ideas for your blocks! I love the building block one! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. Gotta love that silly Santa and the block block is great. Nice job.

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  18. Oh Thank you Sue... I see lots of Santas here! Loved seeing the Hall Of Mirrors Santa hiding all over your house but so glad he came out! The block you did as practice for inset seams is beautiful...you are now a full-fledged Santa Designer...wear the crown proudly! Thanks for participating and enjoy the rest of the hop! I adore your banner and Christmas patterns along the side of your post...really neat!

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  19. Tell Santa there is no need to hide. He is too cute for words. Love both of your blocks. Happy quilting.

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  20. Thanks for the block. I love this type of santa, collect them in any form I find them (ornaments etc.)
    aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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  21. Love the triangle Hall of Mirrors Santas. They'd be cool individually, too. They remind me of some of my mom's many Santa figurines (she has at least 50, if not more!)

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  22. Beautiful blocks, I love paper piecing. Thanks for sharing and being part of the hop. Have a great day.

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  23. funny way to show us your talented block! love your santa. thank,s for the chance to win. hope to see you on my blog sunday, have a giveaway too

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  24. Cute blocks! And thanks for the giveaway. I love Christmas fabrics anytime of the year!

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  25. Thanks for tracking that sneaky Santa down!

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  26. I am seeing great potenial for hiding my hips with your Paint Shop Pro!! hahahaha

    Love your 3-D Christmas block. It's very striking!

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  27. Nice 3-D block. I'd like to see how you use it.

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  28. such a fun post. great Santa blocks.

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  29. You are so funny... santa is cute.

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  30. Really, really cute. My grandchildren would love that Santa block with the different shapes! blessings, marlene

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  31. Great post! Glad Santa came out of hiding.

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  32. Triangle Santas are so great and would great on mug rugs. Thanks

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  33. You're so funny! Thank you for catching a photo of Santa for us! He's adorable! I really like the building block idea also!

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  34. Cute Santas. I love paper piecing. These look like fun to make.

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  35. Good job! Love the building block. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  36. Thank you for sharing your Santa and block with us. Cute idea!

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  37. That hall of mirrors Santa is just so cute and different--love it!

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  38. Oh dear - I thought santa got caught in a blender! I don't blame him for hiding from you. Too funny. Thank you for sharing with all of us today.

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  39. ha ha, loving your santa in the hall of mirrors!

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  40. Cute idea! I thought the first one was Santa on his whirlwind trip on Christmas Eve.

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  41. I,too,love the childs block wit the three designs. You make very pretty blocks, mug rugs and quilts.

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  42. I love your story, it really keeps a person reading. I am new to your blog, but will be coming back on a regular basis, Thanks.

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  43. Thanks for sharing your cute blocks! The Santas are so cute!

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  44. loved how you finally got the the santa in the hall of mirrows. Cute
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  45. You are really a very talented and very busy designer. I look forward to your blog every day. There is always something fun to do or to see. Thank you for all that you do and giving all of your followers a chance to win those Christmas Fat Quarters and making the Think Christmas blog hop so much fun.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  46. You are too funny Sue! I love the building block, what a wonderful idea. I'm glad Santa came out of hiding so we could see him.....very cute.

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  47. You put a lot of work into your blocks! They are very nice and well done! Thanks for the chance to get started on some of my Christmas items with a giveaway! hulseybg@gmail.com

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  48. Your block and Give-Away are very Festive and put me in the mood to sew even more. My sewing cave is humming with all this inspiration!
    Blessings and Ho Ho Ho
    Gmama Jane

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  49. Thank you for sharing your cute block for Think Christmas. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. Your Santa block is fun but I like the children's building block even better! Thanks for sharing the giveaway and more importantly your talent:)

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  51. Thank you for the Santa scavenger hunt. I really enjoyed it. Your Santa block is super cool.

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  52. What a cute little block. I love the skinny and fat Santas.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  53. This blog hop is so much fun!!! I am getting tons of ideas for gifts & decorations. I love your block. You do amazing work.

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  54. So creative and fantastic blocks.Hope Santa arrives here.I`ll waiting.

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  55. Love the blocks. They are so cute. Great giveaway. Thanks for the opoprtunity

    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  56. Enjoyed your post. Thanks for participating and for the giveaway!

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  57. So cute* Your blocks are adorable and I'm so glad your whimsical Santas came out of hiding! =)
    Thank you for the chance

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  58. HELLO! THANKS FOR SHARING THIS BLOCK!THANK YOU FOR A SWEET GIVEAWAY TOO! HAPPY STITCHING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  59. A fun post and I love your Santas!

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  60. Your Santa reminded me of of my kids trying to play Hide & Seek causing me to have a bit of a giggle. Thanks for the memory.
    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  61. Too cute, I like everything you did. The mirror Santas are very cute and your tumbling block, oh what a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm seeing so many things I want to make!

    Thanks for participating and for your giveaway!

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  62. Hi Sue, love the blocks and the different size Santas so cute. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  63. So much fun! Great block! Thank you!

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  64. Lovely work Sue!! Thanks for sharing

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  65. hola me ha encantado muy lindo tu trabajo, he estado recorriendo tu lindo blog y tus lindos trabajos, mi correo mariacelina94@gmail.com

    abrazos

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  66. What a cute post! Love the paper piecing in your building block. Your Hall of Mirrors Santa is lots of fun. Glad he came out of hiding!

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. You made some great blocks Sue- I especially like the child's block- it is very cute.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop. There are some wonderful blocks and ideas- It is also great to visit old friends blogs and some new to me ones too.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  68. Haha! I'm glad Santa finally posed for his picture. Very cute blocks!

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  69. Love your sense of humor. Thank goodness we didn't lose Santa! Where would we all be then?

    Your post was very entertaining. Great Job! Love the three-section block especially as I'm a lover of paper-piecing.
    www.quilterinmotion.com

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  70. Love your "block" block! Thanks for sharing! Great giveaway.

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. lovely blocks thank you for sharing, hugs

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  72. Great Santa blocks. I am very impressed by the tumbling Christmas block. Thanks for sharing.

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  73. I love your child's building block because it's unique and you got so much in there! Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win some holiday fat quarters.

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  74. Love your presentation. Santa was well worth waiting for. Great blocks. Thanks for hopping.

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  75. Thank you for the give Away!

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  76. Oh that silly Santa, I never knew he was so shy! Glad he came out to play. Love your work.

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  77. Hiya! Wonderful Santa blocks---I love them, and I'm sure Lesley does too. Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  78. The Santa block is precious but the tumbling block is fantastic.

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  79. I love your blocks!!! Gorgeous!!

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  80. What a beautiful and unique block! Have fun finding Santa!

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  81. Love Santa in a Hall of Mirrors. So clever.

    I can be reached at iwritedocs at gmail dot com

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  82. Love the blocks and the story!!!! Thanks for the fun and the chance to win!!!!!

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  83. Thank you for sharing your block. It is adorable.

    Happy quilting.

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  84. Your blocks are definitely very cute. I love the one based on a child's building block. I enjoyed reading your blog.

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  85. Super cute blocks! I love how you were able to coax out that shy Santa so we could admire him.

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of this fun hop!

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  86. Fun blog and cute blocks! Very clever. Would love to enter your giveaway as well.

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  87. What a fun post...
    So, I take it you were successful sewing the inset seam?
    The building block is really cute.
    (Wouldn't want to wreck a Lone Star.)
    Thanks for sharing and hopping along.

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  88. My stash is lacking in Christmas fabric!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

    G'Day, from Australia!

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  89. Love your block!! The Santas are to cute!!

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  90. Love your Santas...and yes, I guess it IS time to start thinking about Christmas. You have a cute blog. Thanks for doing this giveaway.
    pj

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  91. Wow, great idea for a block! Sure glad Santa came out of hiding - you need to get him back up north to supervise those elves!!!

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  92. Hi, what an interesting block. I love a unique take on something ordinary. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

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  93. I like the quirky way your brain works. Tell the Santas I saw them and liked them.

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  94. I love that block block. Very inventive design. Thank you for sharing.

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  95. lol Where in the world is Santa?!!

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  96. What great blocks! :)
    Thanks for a chance to win!
    bcgeates at netbistro dot com

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  97. Great Christmas blocks! I love Christmas and would love some great Christmas fabric!

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  98. Fun Santas! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

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  99. Your Santas made me smile. I like them a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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  100. The Santas are adorable! thank you!

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  101. THANKS FOR YOUR POST+NEAT IDEAS!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  102. Santa can really be tricky. I really like the building block you made. Santa really look great as a triangle shape.

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  103. Sue, you are too funny. Awesome paper piecing...great idea making a child's building block. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop...happy stitching!!

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  104. I just posted about your block on that other blog.. I think that is pretty cool!

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  105. Sounds like you had a lot of fun participating in this hop. We had a lot of fun looking. Thanks for sharing!

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