Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Christmas Caroling Row A Long - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you are having a great time doing the Christmas Caroling Row Along Blog Hop! 
Thank you Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew for hosting the hop and for all the work that you have done!  Thank you also to Northcott Fabrics for the lovely fabric that you have donated to us to use in our rows.

I chose the Christmas Carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" for my row.  I really loved the chorus - "O Tidings of Comfort and Joy".  In doing research for the Christmas Carol, I found this fifth verse from 1775 which I really liked.
Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place
Like we true loving brethren,
Each other to embrace,
For the merry time of Christmas
Is coming on a-pace.

I pictured Victorian carolers gathering in town singing and spreading love to all who heard them.



I usually use Electric Quilt to do my designing.  This is the first time that I created appliques using this program.  It was both challenging and fun for me.  I hope that you like it.  I did this row using fusible applique, but you could also do it with hand applique or whatever is your favorite method.  I wanted to add some architectural detail to the houses, so I used some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine.  I added a feather stitch to my holly leaves and hand embroidered a wreath on one of the front doors.  You can have a lot of fun just deciding exactly how you would like to finish this row.  Keep it simple or go wild!






I decided that I would like to finish this row as a wall hanging and put a border on it that kind of looked like a frame, but still keeping a little Victorian feel to it.  This is what I came up with.

Click here for my pattern on Craftsy

This is a real easy border to do.  It just uses squares and rectangles.  I have included this finished border instructions in my pattern. 




This is the fabric that I got from Northcott.  The red, green and white were from the Toscana line. 9020-26, 9020-781 &
9020-10.  The wood grain looking fabric was from Hurry Up Santa 21712-11.
My background was also a Northcott, but it was from last year.  They have one with the same print, but a different blue from the Magic of Christmas 21701-44 which would work well.


There are also giveaways during our Christmas Caroling Row Along!

Inspired LED Sewing Machine Light (2 Lights 2 Winners)


Shipping Is Anywhere / Shipping Cost must be paid by winner. ---- (Need Converter for 220 Volts)
Value $30.00 each / Total $60.00
Description Link: http://www.seamstobesew.com/?p=13539
Links To Actual Products Found On Description Page At Marian's Blog
Starts September 12, 2017 / Ends September 19, 2017
Sponsor URL: http://www.inspiredled.com/
http://www.inspiredled.com/sewing-machine-led-lighting-kit

You will find additional giveaways that were generously donated by Northcott Fabrics and Calibre Art on Marian's Blog.

Here are the bloggers that are sharing the day with me:

You can find the rules and guidelines for the giveaways here on Marian's blog

Happy Sewing and Happy Hopping

Jean

174 comments:

  1. Christmas towns are one of my favorite decorations! Thanks for depicting this!! Very adorable!

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    1. Thank you Kelley. I have always liked town scenes too.

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  2. Another row I have to make. That is the song my sister and I used to wake my parents up every Christmas morning for YEARS! Thank you for such a pretty row. That light looks like a wonderful prize, and I thank the company for that donation, too. I'd love to win one. Well, who wouldn't?

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    1. Thank you Susan. What a wonderful tradition for your family! Such a special memory.

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  3. This is one great row. Wow, today is a great day for rows. I just love everyone's rows!

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    1. Thank you Theresa. I am so glad that you like it.

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  4. Love your row. Definitely Christmas.

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    1. Thank you GranChris. I appreciate it.

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  5. Your row is so pretty! Thank you!

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  6. For a first time in EQ as an applique designer, I'd say your well on your way to lots of creative fun. This is an absolutely amazing first project to take on and you did it beautifully. Congratulations I'm so happy you joined us for the Row Along this year and hope you'll consider it in the future.

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    1. Thank you so much Marian.i really enjoyed it and learned new things along the way. Thank you also for everything you have done for all of us to make this such a special hop.

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  7. This block makes me happy, I want to be singing with this group:)

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  8. I love this block, makes me want to sing

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  9. Love your row! God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen has always been one of my favorite carols.

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  10. Your row is wonderful-so quant(sp)! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Liz. That is the feeling I was going for :-)

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  11. Jean an amazing block. I love that it can be made into a runner too

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  12. This is an awesome row! Love all the details and hard work you put in on it!

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words.

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  13. I'm trying to do more applique. Yours is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Monica. I hope that you enjoy making it.

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  14. Your row is amazing!! The details are so unique. I envy you your talent!!

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  15. I love how beautiful your row looks!

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  16. Your block is lovely, and I love the way that you did the border.

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    1. Thank you Carol. I wanted the border to frame the scene, but still look more of the style of Victorian. I played around with the idea of separating the border and the center with a piping or small flange about 1/8" wide finished. Who knows, maybe on another project. :-)

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  17. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this row!! It's the perfect design for Christmas! Thanks for all your hard work, and for the chance to win a great product! Right now I'm using a light that clips to the side of my table....these lights would be a LOT easier to use! Blessings!!

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    1. Thank you so much. I agree that the lights are great! I like to have lots of light when I am sewing.

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  18. Very nice, I really like your work, I never have the patience for the smaller details! Thanks for sharing
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  19. Thanks for sharing your row. I love the applique.

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  20. I love your row! Thank you so much.

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  21. That is really cute. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  22. I love your row! Thank you so much!

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  23. Wow! I love the detail on your block. Thank you for sharing it with us and for helping to make Row Along Blog Hop fun & successful!

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words.

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  24. I like your interpretation. Very nice row. Thank you.

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  25. This is absolutely adorable. What a perfect holiday row.

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  26. Commented, but in the wrong spot! Sorry about that. Like the machine appliqué detail.

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  27. I really love the framing you did on that. I don't recall seeing it done that way before, but it really works

    Thunderfan@protonmail.com

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  28. I love your row! Very impressive that you did it on EQ...I am still learning that program, and can use it mostly for pieced blocks. Thanks for taking the time to do it and then share it freely on Craftsy!

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    1. Thank you so much Sewgirl. I have mainly designed pieced quilts also, but I have been wanting to try applique. This was a good opportunity to do it. I am so glad that you like it.

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  29. Your wall hanging is so pretty. I really like the carolers. Have a great day!!

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  30. Really love this, especially the extra detail on your first border. Thanks for sharing. raydeer@memlane.com

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  31. I love your ideas. This is a great row. Thank you for sharing with us

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  32. Such a sweet row! The carolers are just lovely, and love the border you added, too. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much, I appreciate it. Happy Sewing!

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  33. THANKS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION+A NEAT LED GIVEAWAY!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  34. This is a beautiful row. Love it! Thanks.

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  35. Such a pretty block- love the houses & the church on the hill-oh, & all that snow! Thank you, Susan

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  36. Love this row! Old town scenes are a favorite of mine. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Wendy. I like the old town scenes too.

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  37. Your row is lovely. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    Swoot@att.net

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  38. Lovely Row pattern! You are very talented. I'm also loving your sewing space. I wish I had a window with a lot of light for my space.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. Yes, I love all the natural light from my windows. My old eyes really need it. ☺

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  39. So nice - I love it and will try to doo this (I have got a pfaff sewing machine similar to yours, but so new that I do not really know it jet - are you happy with your???
    Knus from Denmark - Inge Lise
    email: pe@mvbmail.dk

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    1. Thank you Inge Lise. I love my Pfaff! I have had this one 4 years now and I have 2 other Pfaff. I love the idt for even feeding of the fabric. Happy Sewing!

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  40. Jean,
    I love the houses that are included. It really feels like a village. I also love the "framing" that completes the scene. It really gets me in the Christmas sewing mood. Great Pattern.

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    1. Thank you so much Kat. I really appreciate your kind words. I hope you enjoy it.

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  41. Merry Christmas! You have created a very beautiful row. thank you.

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  42. Very nice row. Thank you for sharing.

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  43. I love your row. I plan to make as a gift

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  44. Beautiful Row. I love your depiction of the song. Thanks for sharing

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  45. You did a fabulous job! I love the details.

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  46. Wow you ladys are so talented. .tyty for sharing your idea. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  47. Your Victorian carolers are so perfect! Caroling during the holidays seems to be a lost tradition around here. I wish it were more common because I love to sing! Thank you for the creative row!

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  48. Super pretty Christmas scene and I love the border you created for it. It's so fun rowing and supporting fellow designers. Great job for your first EQ project too.

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    1. Thank you so much Carla. I really appreciate your comment. Happy Sewing!

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  49. Beautiful row! Beth @ Words & Stitches

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  50. I'm a big fan of houses on quilts, and your row really fits the bill! Thanks

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  51. Thank you for your row and your tutorial - it is my favourite and I cannot wait to make it.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  52. Thanks so much Pauline. I am so happy you like it. Happy Sewing!

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  53. A lovely row. Thank you for sharing.

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  54. What a fun row, and I love the way you framed it to finish. Thanks for sharing!

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  55. I love your row. Just speaks Christmas time to me. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. I really like your Caroling row. Having just got EQ7 (just a newbie here) I am also very intrigued that you designed it there. Thanks

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    1. Thank you Denise. There is so much that you can do with EQ. I still have a lot to learn. Have fun with it!

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  57. What a pretty row. I love the traditional feeling of it; I don't think I would ever get tired of decorating with this classic scene. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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    1. Thank you so much Beth. Enjoy and Happy Sewing!

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  58. Your Victorian carolers row is great!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  59. This has been a great hop and your row is pretty!

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    1. Thank you Lee. I'm glad that you are enjoying the hop. There are so many beautiful rows. Enjoy!

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  60. I love your row pattern and it makes a very nice wallhanging too. Thanks for doing this for so many!!

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  61. Thanks for sharing your beautiful row pattern. Love the carolers. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  62. Thank you for the beautiful Row!

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    1. You're welcome Moira. I'm so glad you like it. Happy Sewing!

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  63. I believe you have caught the magic with this row. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring Christmas creation

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    1. Thank you Lynn for your lovely comment. I appreciate it.

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  64. Great job with Electric Quilt. I have it but am not very proficient with the software as of yet. Thanks so much for your block and inspiration. Beautiful row!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I have had Eleectric Quilt since EQ4 and still haven't tried everything. It is a lot of fun to explore. Enjoy!

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  65. How beautiful! I love the details and the subject.

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  66. Love your row - has a New England touch to it! Great border too!

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  67. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Thank you for creating and sharing your wonderful row. lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  68. Your row is gorgeous! Thank you so much.

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  69. I really love your row Jean.It looks like something on a Christmas card. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  70. Thank you Joyce for your kind words. I appreciate it. Happy hopping and Happy Sewing!

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  71. Love your row pattern! I'm getting in the holiday spirit!

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  72. Great design. Looking forward to making it!

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  73. I love your row design! Thank you for the pattern and giveaway.

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  74. Cute row!! Love the fact I don't have to applique any faces!! Karen T.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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