Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Blog Tour

Welcome everyone to the first day of the blog tour!  I'm so glad that you can join us!  Here is the schedule for the bloggers:

July 4th - Open Gate - Monique, http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com/

July 5th - Stashmaster - Lisa - http://stashmaster.typepad.com/
This & That - Sherri, http://thisandthatpatterns.typepad.com/

July 6th - Sweetwater - Lisa, http://www.sweetwater.typepad.com/

July 7th - Quilter's Window - Denise, http://www.quilterswindow.com/blog/
A Quilting Life - Sherri, http://www.aquiltinglife.com/

July 8th - Cupcakes 'n Daisies - Thelma - http://www.cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com/

The first thing that I would like to do is give you your free project.  I have decided to use my Fit to be Quarter ruler to make this adorable little quilt.  Here is a picture of the quilt:

I trimmed the 1/4 square triangles using the Fit to be Quarter ruler and they came out so perfect.  The unfinished size is 2" so they are nice and tiny.  It's a fun little quilt to make as a framed quilt, table topper or candle mat.  I am also going to work on making it larger.  I have the instructions for trimming the 1/4 square triangles on my website.  Here is the link: http://www.opengatequilts.com/howtovideo.html Here is the instructions for the mini quilt:


We have also decided to provide you with either a favorite summer time drink or dessert.  Knowing me, you know that I would pick a dessert.  I decided to give you a unconventional cheesecake recipe.  It uses Jell-o an Dream Whip.  It is so light and fluffy and very yummy!  It reminds me of summer. 

One of my favorite things to do on 4th of July is to hang out with my gang.  I'm not that into fireworks so the thought of going downtown to view them doesn't have much appeal.  I love to sew all day, have a BBQ in the evening and spend time at home.  What is your favorite thing to do on the 4th of July or your summer holiday?  Leave a comment on your favorite thing to do and I will enter your name into the drawing to win a Fit to be Quarter ruler and a kit for the Quarter Square Triangle Mini Quilt.  Comment from now until Thursday night and I will announce the winner Friday morning. 
 
Thanks everyone for stopping by and don't forget to check out Lisa and Sherri's blog tomorrow!

178 comments:

Grammasheri said...

My favorite thing for July 4th is to stay home, sew or work on beading or read, BBQ something in the evening...and hope the monsoon rains start, to cool us down here in southern AZ! (Been 105-110 here lately!)

Carol said...

It's a bonus to have a holiday off in the middle of summer! I just want to relax and do a little "catch up" around the house. For sure I'll spend a bit of time quilting!

Nancy E said...

In the morning do some quilt, then in the afternoon go to a neighborhood cookout and watch fireworks.

Jane said...

My favorite thing is to just be home and relax. I love home! I am thankful for the blessing of being born in the USA and grateful to those who made our freedom possible.

Donna said...

My favorite thing for July 4th is homemade vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches on top. We use an old fashioned hand turn maker, sit on the porch remarking about the heat and take turns turning. Love it!

andsewon said...

This July 4th we are staying home and having a sweet niece over for cook out. We will just eat sit and talk, maybe stitch some later.No fireworks this year as too dry and hot!

Lori C. said...

My favorite thing to do on the 4th of July is spending time with my family and celebrating my brother who was born on this day.We have a cookout and then make homemade ice cream. In the evening I fit in a few hours to do some quilting.

Mary said...

Besides family time, my favorite thing about July 4th is the fireworks. Not the just-noise ones, but the pretty ones that light up the summer sky.

Angela N. said...

oh awesome! i just love the block!! My favorite part is the parade our town puts on every 4th. This year because its on a weekday, the Renaissance festival comes with all kinds of fun animals and the elephants!!

Dorian said...

My favorite thing is going to watch the fireworks. We used to go into town and watch them when they went off over the river. But this year we'll stay home and sit on the edge of our ridge, and watch the shows from afar.

Thanks for a fun blog hop!!

Me and My Stitches said...

My favorite thing to do on the 4th is to have friends over to visit and have our own fireworks display in the evening (with a little sewing early in the day!).

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I too enjoy a quiet 4th. We enjoy having a BBQ with the family in the evenings, but then I'm ready to head home and settle in.

Sandy said...

I love the 4th of July. It is a great national holiday honoring our independence! Plus, I get to decorate in red, white, and blue.

Michele said...

Since I'm still working full time, gardening time is hard to come by. 4th of July usually will find me in the garden in the morning, patio picnic at dinner time. Sometimes we make it out to the fireworks in the evening. Not every year. But every day ends with a needle in my hand. The joys of hand quilting :)

martha said...

my favorite thing is to watch the fireworks, parade, and frieman's pancake breakfast. hoprfully i will get a start on that cute mini quilt,make a good table topper too!! martha in baxter

Anonymous said...

We love sleeping in and then taking our boat to the lake and just taking things slowly all day. :)
Marsha

Darlene said...

I don't enjoy crowds so on the 4th I much prefer to stay home with hubby and a sewing project. Love the mini quilt.

Sequana said...

Fireworks! Fireworks! and more Fireworks!

Bam! Pow! Beautiful in the sky!

Thx for the chance to win.

gill said...

We don't celebrate 4th July here in the UK but we're off on our hols soon and I intend to do a lot of reading and walking!

Brenda said...

My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family and extended family. Usually we have a cookout at my sister's with yummy food, swimming and frisbee.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

We just spent a peaceful day at our home in the mountains. We are able to see and hear distant fireworks and that's close enough. I'm going to sew this afternoon and listen to a good book on tape.

Kristen said...

Sounds like we spend our 4th of July the same way. I'm not into the fireworks crowd, but do love to sew the day away and spend time with family! Love the pattern, and I can't wait to get started on it!

Marian said...

I just keep on partying on the 4th of July, as my birthday is on the 3rd. So much to celebrate! I love the fireworks too.

Donna Stephens said...

Our favorite thing to do on the fourth is to spend time together, grill out and go to the fireworks. Mostly just family time slow and easy.

paulette said...

Happy 4th of July!! What a sweet little quilt...I would LOVE to win the kit and ruler!! Thanks SEW much for the chance!
Paulette

Miss Jean said...

We have always just stayed home and hung out with family. Since it's going to be over 100 degrees here today, I'm staying inside!

mariebeers said...

I like to stay at home, just incase some neighbors fireworks go wonky into our yard. Some time to sew also, as yard work was done yesterday. Thanks for the pattern.

Marie

Dee said...

I'm not one for going out into crowds to watch fireworks. Besides, fireworks drive the dogs NUTS! I love staying home and grilling out with a few close friends. It's also great if I can find some time to sew.

Rosa said...

My favorite thing in summer is spending one week in the beach with my sister and family. We rent a house near the beach and be there for a week,that`s great.

MJinMichigan said...

My favorite way to spend the day is with family at a barbecue. Fireworks aren't my thing either unless we're at a Disney park where the fireworks are really impressive.
I'd love to win your ruler since I don't have that one. I have the Fit To Be Geese ruler and used it to make almost 300 perfect geese.

Amy said...

Thanks for the pattern and the recipe. This has been a relaxing 4th of July in my sewing room.

Gretchen said...

I also like to stay home. Not interested in braving the traffic and crowds to see fireworks. I love to stay home and spend a lazy day sewing and watching movies. Then grilling something for dinner.

Carrie P. said...

Boy, those are some small pieces. Very interesting ruler.
We usually have a cookout for the 4th.
Happy 4th to you.

Sallie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite thing to do is spend time with the family! I love to play games, cookout (I don't cookout, but my DH does), and watch fireworks.

KMSC said...

I'm with you, Monique. I like to stay home and sew then have a quiet barbeque with my immediate family. I love fireworks but not the hassle of getting home late at night. I'll be watching them on TV tonight!

James-Linda said...

FAVORITE 4TH ACTIVITY IS HAVING GOOD FRIENDS IN+EATING PICNIC FOODS+ENJOYING OUR LOCAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY=THANKFUL FOR THIS FREE NATION WE ENJOY!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Linda K said...

Definitely fireworks and S'mores!!!Thanks for the chance to win. Your recipe reminds me of my Mom who always made cherry cheese pie with Dream Whip for the 4th. Miss her....

aksherry said...

Your day sounds perfect. That is exactly what I plan to do today.

Janelle J said...

I'm loving the idea of just staying home and keeping things low key. I'll make a dessert for a little family get together tonight, then watch the neighbor's fireworks!

Pam said...

My favorite thing to do the 4th of July pretty much echoes yours. Normally I am the one who has to have the cookouts, but this year my daughter is, so I am spending time at home today quilting and will spend time with family this afternoon. Perfect day!

Susan said...

Steaks on the grill for dinner and then sitting by the campfire this evening...life is good! Happy 4th of July!

alex said...

For the 4th of July we go hot air ballooning and our town has a balloon festival that goes along with the Freedom Festival that our town has during the 4th. There is a big parade, fireworks concert and show, carnival, fun run and the list goes on. It is a great place to be on the 4th of July.

DebrafromMD said...

I love to gather family and friends and have a cookout. We have neighbors who put on a fireworks display right on our court so we don't have to go anywhere to enjoy the lights in the sky.

BobbiG said...

Just went and watched the Air Force flyover at the parade. Small town July 4ths are great.

Patchwork and Play said...

Summer holidays - a gin and tonic in the back yard with family and friends!

Mary said...

Favorite or not, I stay home in the evening to keep my dog calm. I think a lot of others probably do this same thing. During the day, we garden. She likes to help me pull weeds.

Your little quilt project is really cute - thanks!

Linda (Petey) said...

The parade! and then wondering around to greet the other watchers. Many families have get togethers and you see those who have moved away...and new babies too!
Today was a perfect Iowa day for a parade!

Lisa Marie said...

A big family picnic with lots of food! No better way to spend the Fourth.

Candace said...

Happy 4th of July, Monique! What a cute little pattern - and it will surely make up fast with your ruler! Mr. Squash and I and some friends will walk down the street later to the park - peruse the craft booths, partake in some food goodies, listen to the band play in our 100+ year old bandstand, then walk home and have a nice dinner! I might even fit a little sewing in before the neighborhood fireworks begin! And I think tomorrow I might be making that cheescake!
Cheers!

Dee Winter said...

Personally, I'm sewing today. And we have "inherited" a blond lab, who is not trained at all, totally a spazz job. Your grooming story made me roar! Take care,

Jen said...

My favorite thing to do is drive out to the desert to go camping and light off some fireworks. Good friends, food cooked over an open fire and lots of big beautiful sky! Looks like an interesting ruler, would love to play with it!

Kris said...

We head to the Independence day parade, have lunch, relax and see the fireworks after dark. It's a day filled with family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Chill out. Cook on the grill. Enjoy the day doing little things, quilt, reading blogs, knitting.
Cindy W.
cwcavy@hotmail.com

Bari Jo said...

My favorite thing to do is spending time with family and friends. We usually watch fireworks but I'm not really into doing it myself! I would love to find some time to quilt today, too! Thanks for the free pattern and fun blog tour!

Perry said...

Really cute quilt! Thanks for the recipe, I think I will make it today; for a change I have all ingredients. I am working on hsts even as we speak. Need to have your ruler!

shauna said...

My favorite thing to do is relax and barbeque with the family and then make homemade ice cream for dessert!

Anonymous said...

I am assist my son with his 4H project quilt as he is home on break over the 4th then he goes back to Luther College until the weekend. I am hoping to do some sewing also today but when it is time for him to do his projects--I let him have the machine. He is working on a rainbow one. I am looking at the project Monique has posted and thinking what fabric I should make it out of. We will be heading to fireworks about 10 miles from us and then its back to work. Hope Monique will be making it back to New Hampton soon. We have had family time over the weekend. Happy 4th Everyone.
Diane

Becky said...

Happy 4th to you, Monique! Thanks for hosting this blog hop! The hops are fun! On the 4th, I love to eat the traditional foods - apple pie, hamburgers, hotdogs and enjoy time with friends and family. I'm not into fireworks either, but love to watch them on TV later in the evening. Have a wonderful day!

Syd said...

We live in a rural town and each year there is a huge parade. We do then than go to the horse races and end the day with a large family picnic and fireworks!! Thanks for sharing your cute block pattern!!

mharpole said...

Enjoying cooking out with family, making homemade ice cream, and maybe watching fireworks from a far. Love your small project and would love to own your ruler.

Maryjo said...

It would not be the 4th without seeing the fireworks. I am still a kid at heart. We have been going to the same place for over 30 years...our children continue the tradition. I am so into the red, white and blue. Hope I am a winner...looking forward to the sites this week!

Sheryl F. said...

I love spending time with my family. Great food and good times.Fan4may at aol dot com

Gayle said...

The day is half over and we've already mowed our huge yard, met some friends from Texas (we're in Kansas) for some coffee at an area restaurants, and watered the outdoor floors in preparation for our 100 degree day. I'm slow cooking some sirloin to throw on the grill tonight, and now I'm headed to the Bernina to work on my son's wedding quilt. The nearby Country Club will have a huge fireworks display later this evening, so I think everything I wanted to do today will be accomplished. It's a great day to remember my father and his four years plus during WWII and what he sacrificed for us to be able to 'veg' out today. Happy Freedom, everyone!

Ramona said...

I make sure I have my flag flying and am enjoying the sunshine, good food and friends.

Stitched With Prayer said...

We have never been big fans of fireworks. Over 50 years ago,I started (accidentally of course) a fire in a neighbors field when I was seven by throwing a sparkler. The neighbor was and auto mechanic and he nearly lost his entire shop due to my silly play. He was so kind, as were the firemen and my folks because I was so young and it was supposed to go up in the air and down on our grass but it went across the dirt road instead...well, let's just say I never was any good at pitching a baseball either. At least the story had a happy ending that time, but I never participated in fireworks again. So when our girls were growing up, every 4th of July we would take them to a movie and to A&W after, then watch the Ogden City fireworks from our roof in Washington Terrace (Utah, for those that are not familiar). Now that we are empty nesters, we just relax and enjoy the weekend and patiently wait for all the neighborhood kids to finish with their fireworks so that we can take our dog off her tranquilizers, LOL. This year, I may need some of my own if these hugely noisy fireworks go on much longer. It has been constant from about 11am until after midnight every single day for the last week with not end in sight...*sigh* I think I need some sewing therapy! I love the little quilt pattern and I would also like to try a bigger version. So many possibilities. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs...

Shayla Sharp said...

I like to spend the day at home--maybe some gardening, or canning if I bought fruit, a bit of sewing and some grilling in the evening with family.

Sherill said...

I love new tools! My favourtie thing to do on holiday is stay home and stitch outside on the front porch with family nearby, or, if there is a great sale at my LQS, shop then stitch!

Anonymous said...

The 4th is usually a day of leisure, maybe some fireworks, and doing what I love best--quilting!
Cheryl

Jo said...

My fav July 4th thing to do is ride my motorcycle

luvtoquilt said...

I love being home! We will be barbecuing tonight, but since the temp is 105 degrees, we will be eating indoors!

Marilyn Robertson said...

I like staying home and just enjoying the day. When dinner time comes around we like to walk to the 4th of July Festival at a nearby park and find some yummy food. My Grandmothers were known for their cheesecakes and I think your recipe is very similar. One Grandmother used lemon jello and the other used lime jello. :) I think there might have been a little competition going on there. My fingers are crossed that I win you new ruler Monique! Happy 4th of July!

Linda said...

My favorite thing to do is to have a family picnic. It is a chance to eat alot, laugh alot and to realize how blessed we all are

Marcia W. said...

My favorite annual July Fourth activity is to stay home, relax, and then watch A Capitol Fourth on PBS. I enjoy the music and fireworks, and give a prayer of thanks to God for our freedom.

Linda said...

Loved your blog! My favorite thing to do is hang out with family....which we have done. I do enjoy the fireworks, but sometimes we watch them from the front yard. Have a grand day.

Sherrill said...

I like to have a family get-together and just hang out and have fun with them! Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary said...

I really don't like the fireworks scene that much. The 4th is a great day to quilt in my mind. An extra day for me to try to get something done in the quilt room. Thank you for the chance to win.
Mary

Seams Sew Together said...

Happy 4th July, we have a similar holiday here on Australia Day and we love to go away camping.

nami 11 said...

The thing I enjoy is a great summer day on the 4th of July with my family, a game of ball with the kids and adults, and of course a water fight to cool off.

Sandy, Quilt guild president said...

In our town it is all about the PARADE at 11 am. Eating at food vendors like the cattlemen griling steak sandwichs, sweet corn from the Kiwanas and homemade pie and ice cream from the Lutheran ladies.
Not having to cook the meal- that's a holiday for me too.

Lee said...

We have a family picnic and hike or canoe - we do not do the fireworks either but love to do a evening fire and have dessert and play games too. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

marcella said...

Every year we go to my sisters house and bbq, hang out in their pool and celebrate my sons birthday. Today was a perfect day and we had a great time - though now we're all a bit sunburnt.

Anonymous said...

BBQ! That is my favorite thing everyday, next to quilting. We BBQ almost everyday during the summer and quite a bit during the winter, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda V said...

BBQ! That is my favorite thing everyday, next to quilting. We BBQ almost everyday during the summer and quite a bit during the winter, too! Thanks for the giveaway! (sorry for the dupe post)

Chris said...

My favorite thing to do is get together with ALL of my kids, their spouses and my grandkids and have a cookout and swim. Then we all head out to Williamsburg for the fireworks..(yea we like them). We take a picnic dinner, some cute picnic quilts to sit on :) and eat, play, laugh and visit until it gets dark and then we watch the fireworks all together. So much fun!!!
Thanks for the blog tour and the chance to win the rulers!!

Susan said...

My husband and I opted to stay home this year for a day of relaxation rather than going to all of the 4th of July parties. A couple of movies....some quilting time.....it doesn't get any better than that!

Mary said...

Love the BBQ and the fireworks. Would like to sometime be in Washington DC or Boston to see the Fireworks. They always look so awesome on TV.

kshackabq said...

Thanks, Monica, for the fun little pattern. My favorite things to do on the 4th of July are to 1) sew most of the day; 2) watch fireworks (from afar) after dark.

Jayne said...

My favorite thing to do is watch fireworks!

BonnieN said...

My favorite thing is to sew, then eat BBQ on the 4th! This ruler looks very interesting, great blog hop! Project is adorable,I hope to be making it. Bonnie Nyquist bonniesline at aol dot com

TylersMomm said...

I love the foreworks, friends and family on the 4th..
diaryofanovicequilter.blogspot.com

Sharrieboberry said...

I love spending the 4th with Family and friends. The kids have a ball setting off fireworks. We all go swimming and cookout--good times!

Nancy said...

Love to spend time with kids and grandkids on the 4th, but they were home last weekend and hubby was baling hay today. So I did some gardening, sewed on my quilt, and relaxed a bit! Not a bad way to spend the holiday before heading back to work tomorrow! Thanks for the Blog Tour and giveaway!~Nancy

Carol C. said...

My favorite thing to do on the 4th of July is to go to a baseball game, then watch the fireworks! However, this year I have to work a 12 hour shift -- perhaps next year! I love the little quilt - thanks so much for sharing! And the recipe looks delicious! Thanks for the blog tour, and the giveaway opportunity!

hueisei said...

I am following the blog :D
Well, I do not celebrate 4th of July in our country. I checked back this year calendar as well as past years.. It's all fall in my working day. So, I am working on 4th of July for 3 years continuously...
Cheers ^^

Mom C said...

We generally go up the mountain and have a cookout. That's after the parade and gathering time at the park. It was a fun day today.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Just enjoyed chilling out.

Sue Bone said...

I love visiting quilt and craft shops wherever we are on holiday.

The One and Only said...

I am so NOT a summer person because where I live in California, it will get to be over 100 degrees this summer YUCK!! so during the summer I like to go to my parent's house in the woods, where it's a little cooler and enjoy my time up there. My son is finally old enough to play in the little plastic tub/pool my parent's bought him and the last time we were there, we had to literally drag him out cuz he was having sooo much fun but was shivering from the cold!! btw, that ruler looks totally cool!

Gransie said...

My favorite thing is to work on my quilting project in the afternoon while it's hot. Then, my husband and I fire up the grill! It's a great way to spend a holiday:)

Beth said...

We like our Independence Days nice and quiet, so we stay home, work in the yard, eat some watermelon, take a nice nap, basically just enjoy being together. We had a wonderful day today and I hope you did, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Beth said...

We like our Independence Days nice and quiet, so we stay home, work in the yard, eat some watermelon, take a nice nap, basically just enjoy being together. We had a wonderful day today and I hope you did, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

pcflamingo said...

I love to spend at least part of the 4th of July weekend at the family summer cabin on Puget Sound (Washington state). But I try to be home for 4th of July night to keep my kitty company. He gets freaked out by the fireworks. It's 11:30 p.m. and sounds like a war zone outside. I hear sirens and I'm hoping no one's house is on fire.

CJ said...

Dh and I are empty nesters this summer and prefer to avoid the crowds. We went for a photography shoot/walk in a nature preserve, bbq'd dinner and ate on our deck. WONDERFUL day.

Christine M said...

Here in Australia we don't celebrate the 4th July but I've been enjoying reading everyone's blogs about how they celebrated the day.

Home Designs by Amanda said...

Hang around the house or go to a church picnic and have a cookout!

rebecca said...

I love family time over the 4 th. Summer goes fast now, darn it!!!

Sherry said...

I love a family cookout. This year we had a picnic/cookout. I took water pistols for all the little ones & they had a blast. Some played washers, others softball. Lots of good food and laughs.

Shirley said...

For the 4th I enjoy our neighborhood cookout. Everybody is so busy these days that it's nice to just relax and see everyone again. Plus, there's no traveling!

Quilt n Queen said...

I like to stay at home in the cool basement sewing as the 4th of July is usually too hot to be outside for any length of time......can't take the heat. Thanks for organizing the blog hop and the chance to win....(o:

marth225 said...

I like to take every advantage of a day off work to spend it quietly at home.

BeachQuilter said...

I enjoy a quiet day sewing and anticipating the fireworks in the evening that I can watch from my deck!
No crowds for me :)

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I LOVE this mini quilt and I will definitely be diving into the stash to make this one.

Barb said...

I love watching fireworks from a distance, they are so pretty. But I don't like the loud bangs and pops--too nervous I guess. My favorite way to see them is over the water. The reflections are awesome.

Beverly said...

I love staying home and watching the fireworks on TV. AND I love cheesecake - thanks for the recipe.

Darlene B said...

We love to get together with friends for a barbeque and just take time to catch up with everyone. Life is so busy, that sometimes it's hard to get together regularly. The weather was absolutely perfect this year, too!

Deanna said...

Love spending the holiday with my dear husband, doing whatever we feel like doing. Very quiet and low-key. Yesterday, we kept my grandson overnight so his mama and papa could have some alone time. = )

Sally said...

My favorite thing to do is have a cookout with my family. That's what I did yesterday followed by some quilting in the evening. Perfect day!

Marilyn W. said...

I enjoy your designs and all the great suggestions you have in your blog. I would love the opportunity to try your ruler. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Fun to decorate with all red,white,and blue.Thanks for the chance.
wanda

LesleyAnn said...

My favorite thing to do on the 4th is relax and get caught up on the things that otherwise don't get done....

Sheryn said...

My favorite thing to do is just hang out. We have a ball game to go to tonight. It is great ball weather here. Thanks for the VERY cute pattern and recipe! Sheryn

Sheryn said...

I love to just have out. We have a baseball game tonight and the weather is great for a game! Thanks for the great pattern and recipe.

quilt cookie said...

Thank-you for the pattern, it is so cute! Love the fireworks and seeing the flags displayed on the streets.

jabeybaby said...

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays because we always make it a family day. We usually do the local parade, then find a festival with music and hangout on a blanket till the fireworks.

shelly said...

I most enjoy watching the little kids watching the fireworks on the 4th.
Your free pattern looks like it would be so easy to put together using your fit to be quarter ruler.

Amy said...

My favorite 4th of July fun is watching fireworks (after cutting out a red, white and blue quilt...).

Carol said...

love the little project! awesome.

terry said...

Fun to read all the comments about what other quilters like to do on the 4th - like a patchwork quilt.

As for me, when my kids were small we would gather on the block and all the neigbors would pull their fireworks and light them in the middles of the street with a bucket of water handy. Since then fireworks have been banned, so my grandkids won't know the fun of watching stars burst before their little eyes or sparklers sprinkling fire dust over their little hands. sigh

In any event we all hung out, ate, and swam in the pool - a fun day.

Love the pattern.

Terry in So. Calif.

Patty A said...

We like to camp on the 4th!
Love this idea of a Blog Tour! I'm going to share it with my quilting friends.

Beth said...

My favorite thing on the 4th of July is the fireworks. We used to go to the displays in the city. Now we just have our own little neighborhood ones in the street. I also like to watch the ones on TV.

Nancyz said...

Very cute little quilt pattern. I am very interested in your new ruler! Thanks for the giveaway.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I love making food for 4th of July BBQs. I leave the grilling to Hubby but I love to make all the side dishes and desserts.

Deb said...

We have a BBQ with children and spouses and skip the fireworks. Very enjoyable time. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gmama Jane said...

Family is always my favorite peeps to hang out with although with being such a big family it's hard to get us all together. Hillis, Party of 12 including inlaws and Grandkids make for fun anytime.
This is my first time on your blog but think I'll like to come back. Come by for a visit on my blog:
http://grandmamasstories.blogspot.com
Blessings
Gmama Jane
I love your color combinations!! I may have to steal your idea!!

JulieF1962 said...

My favorite thing to do on the 4th is spend time with my family. :)

Patty said...

Love to spend the fourth with family and friends breaking bread and rounding it up with roasting marshmallows over a fire. :^)

Briarside Lane said...

We usually have a cookout for the 4th and watch the fireworks... on TV from DC.

Thanks so much for the cute Quarter Square Mini Quilt. I was not familiar with your Fit to be Quarter ruler. Tools are always helpful! ...Karen

Sandy said...

Our favorite to do on the 4th of July is to get together with family and watch the local parade. We then go back and grill out and follow it up with homemade ice cream! The family just loves it. This has been so much fun. I will definitely do this again.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

I love watching the fireworks going in rythym to the William Tell overture. My favorite thing every year.
~Kimerlee
SpunkyDiva at live.com

nevathediva said...

We like to go to the parade in a small town nearby. They have a small arts and craft fair that is always fun to walk through. Fireworks in the evening.

Laura K said...

We always have a family BBQ and then go watch the community fireworks show. It isn't your typical show. The fireworks are times with really great music and they are shot off of a barge on a lake. They are lower than most and just really make you feel like a part of the show. Thank you for the great giveaway!

CV said...

My favorite 4th activity is to spend time with family and attend a great parade. The bands, honor guards, jet plane fly overs, make me so grateful. My small home town always puts on a great celebrations with lots of activities for kids and adults.

quilter said...

One of my favorite things to do on the 4th of July is to spend time with family, relaxing and enjoying each other. Thanks for the recipe and pattern.

Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

Catskill Quilter said...

Your little quilt is darling! I like to watch fireworks on the 4th of July!

Alli said...

It's to spend time with family. My husband's family likes to watch fireworks, so that's what we do! :)

The Rx quilter said...

Just hanging out with family and quilting any time I can sneak away is fab! Lisa in Texas

Jan H said...

My favorite thing to do for July 4th is to have a picnic with family and friends, and then watch the fireworks. Also, just to relax for a bit after getting the food ready is a bonus.

Edna said...

Sewing, reading and making red, white and blue layered jello (waited till the last minute this year and had a hard time finding the berry blue jello at the stores) for the family are a few of my favorite things. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

SueB said...

What a great little project. I love mini quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Very cute project! I love it. Thanks for the pattern and the yummy cheese cake recipe. I can't wait to try the recipe. It sounds so good. I always love cooking out for the holiday. Thanks, Karen

M and M plus 3 said...

What a cute pattern. Thanks for sharing!

Deb said...

4th of July usually isn't a big holiday around our house. We cookout and sometimes or maybe not go watch fireworks. They were rained out this year, plus my husband was called into work. So it wasn't a typical 4th!

Patty said...

We went to events over the weekend and spent a quiet day on the Fourth. Our guests had to leave rather early to get back for work on Tuesday so that was a lonesome end to a great weekend.

svelder said...

My favorite thing to do on the 4th is piece some blocks or longarm some of my ufo's or just read!

Christie said...

I did my favorite thing on the 4th - I stayed home and pieced a doll quilt topper! So relaxing. We were over at a neighbors home on the 3rd for a 2 hour fireworks display - lots of family and friends sharing their fireworks. We live 1 1/2 miles from town and could hear and see the fireworks on the 4th. Good enough for me. Thanks for hosting this fun blog tour! HUGS... and stitches

Diane said...

I can tell I need that ruler.

On the 4th our family usually gets together for a big barbecue and pool party - about 50 people usually. Loads of fun!

Pat said...

Spent the 4th weekend helping my daughter move. Too tired to even watch the fireworks. But I did make several red, white and blue tablerunners.

Patty Price said...

What a gorgeous day! I am glad to be an American and we fly the US flag from our deck. I love the 4th of July, today we will be home, barbecue, I will study since I'm in nursing school, sew a little, watch my guy train horses while I sit in the shade, and call my family in other states. Later we will drive to a spot, park in a field drive and watch nearby fireworks and enjoy the beautiful evening. I was looking for a dessert recipe to fix today, I found one, your recipe sound delicious and refreshing, thank you!

mascanlon said...

My favorite way to spend the 4th? the hometown parade and a family BBQ and fireworks!

Gidget said...

My favorite thing to do is catch up with fam and friends, make some icey drinks and watch the kids in the pool. ahhhh lets do that again!

Anne said...

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family at home away from crowds. My husband grills, and I cook side dishes. Usually my mother-in-law comes over, too. She usually brings a scrumptious treat, and we all enjoy eating, relaxing, and visiting.

katieo53551 said...

Your Fit to be Quarter ruler is the BOMB!! I use it for everything now! LOVE IT!! Thanks for this pattern - your directions are so easy to read, accurate, and wonderful. Thanks!!

Connie said...

I enjoy spending the 4th with friends and family. Great directions and giveaway!

robin said...

We enjoy a trip to the lake in the summer, complete with a weiner roast.

crickets said...

As a family we plant in the backyard, play in the kiddue pool and visit a local park my husband played at as a child. My kids love that is all about family... and it connects them to what's truly important. Of course we watch the fireworks after a family dinner.

Mary said...

The 4th of July is just perfect if I can take a long walk with my daughter who is here for the holiday, sit on the porch with the rest of the family, also visiting, and have them all around me and my husband for a bbq dinner. It's the best way to celebrate that we are simply free to enjoy life. Thanks to our Founding Fathers and all who have made the USA a free country.

Anonymous said...

Quilt is always #1 thing to do anytime! Once the family is busy with their own interests I can hop into my sewing room and go for it. grace at amnet dot net dot au

deserae said...

My favorite thing is a BBQ with my family! :)

Grace said...

my favorite thing is family and friends and fireworks and decorating your house with some cool quilts ... :)

Liz said...

Eat! I love reading your blog and would love to win your ruler. thanks!

Martha said...

I love this blog tour. I just sat in my house and read blogs for the 4th.

Needled Mom said...

Our favorite thing to do is to celebrate the 4th with our large family. We had over 100 here for the day.

Anne said...

My father is from the Midwest. He always gathered us and any children in the neighborhood to compete in sssack races, whellbarrow races, and other old fashioned fun races.I have kept the tradition going. And, of course, a cookout!

judy said...

Just taking it easy and visiting with family and friends later in th day.

Mary said...

I love to be home on the 4th of July - just to take in all the "hometown" stuff. Parade, rodeo, fireworks, etc.

quiltmom said...

My mother has made a cheesecake recipe with gelatin and whip cream for a long time now. It is so delicious and so light- this one looks similar so I am sure it would be wonderful.
I live in Western Canada and we celebrate Canada Day on July 1. For me it is the beginning of my summer break as I am a teacher.
Thanks for a chance to win such a lovely ruler and for sharing your yummy recipe.
Regards,
Anna

Beverly said...

We like to hang out with family and always watch the big fireworks show our city puts on. We can see it clearly from our home. Thank you for this fun follow along for the 4th of July!

Cat said...

I love to spend holidays with family and working on my favorite hobbies, liking cutting out my next quilt, knitting or crocheting a baby afghan and planning what I am going to sew next - new clothes or a quilt.