Hello and welcome to my day of the Christmas in July blog hop! If you haven't visited the other blogs yet there is still time to visit each one and leave a comment to be entered in drawings for precuts of my newest Christmas fabric line called Folk Art Holiday. Here is the blog hop lineup so don't waste any time…the drawings are on Friday!
July 23rd Becca Bryan www.bryanhousequilts.com
July 24th Hilary Smith www.youngtexanmama.com
July 25th Sally Keller www.sallysangelworks.typepad.com
July 28th Donna Shervington www.donnaleeq.blogspot.com
July 29th Brooke Sellmann www.sillymamaquilts.com
July 30th And ME! www.patternandhue.com <– you are here today!
July 31st Prize Drawings on all the blogs!
So now for my tutorial! I
usually get to design a quilt pattern to go with each of my fabric lines, but this line didn't get one…I'm guessing I had too much other stuff on my plate, but who can remember? If you're like me, a quick hit weekend project can be even more satisfying. I was thinking a word banner for the front door or fireplace would be something fun to design for the holidays. Even better, this pattern could be used for non-Christmas banners.
How cute would it be to make a name banner for a new baby's room?
Let's get started with a list of the things you will need to make this project:
• a stack of charm squares-4 for each letter (unless its the "L"which only needed 3 or the "W" which will need a third row)
• a 9" x 9" or so square of coordinating fabric for the back side of each letter
• Pellon 987F - fusible fleece
• Pellon 809 Decor Bond or other stiff, fusible interfacing
• small metal eyelets
• eyelet setting tool
• 1/8" hole punch (optional)
• 1/4" or 3/8" ribbon - you'll need approximately 6" per letter
• pinking shears
You'll also need the pattern for each letter you plan to make.
Print them out at 100% being sure to check that they are full size.
To start, choose 4 charm squares that are similar in color for each letter. Sew them together in 2 rows of 2 squares. Press seams either open or to one side.
Next, fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the pieced squares and fuse the Decor bond or other interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric you've chosen for the back side of the letter.
Note: I used only one layer of the Decor Bond interfacing, but I think 2 layers (or a thicker interfacing) would be even better. There would be no way these puppies would EVER droop!
After you've fused everything, make a sandwich out of it all and pin it together.
Now the fun part. Quilt it through all the layers. I'm fond of straight line and geometric quilting so that's what I did.
Once it's all quilted, take the
and cut it out along the stitching indication.
Place the pattern on the front side of your quilted sandwich and pin in place being mindful of where the seams fall.
There are many ways to do this, but I just find stitching all around the pattern is the easiest way.
Once you've stitched all the way around the letter (even the inside shapes) take a marking pen and poke a hole through the paper to mark the fabric where the eyelets will go.
Now you can tear away the pattern and cut the letter out with your HOPEFULLY super sharp pinking shears. Mine weren't and I had to go buy a new pair! Cut the letter out at about 1/4" from the lines you just stitched. Just eyeball it.
This whole adding eyelets to the letters for stringing them is optional. I think you could easily tack the ribbon to the back sides of the letters and they would be just as cute!
I used a hole punch to punch through all the layers at the marks I made to indicate eyelet placement and then used my setting tool to insert the eyelets. I found a small pair of sharp scissors was useful in cleaning up the hole before inserting the eyelets. It makes for a cleaner look.
Once all your letters are made and eyelets set, string them on your ribbon and it's ready to hang up!
See? I promised you a quick project. I hope you'll give it a try and share a photo with me when you are finished.
And don't forget!
Please leave me a comment for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Folk Art Holiday. I would love to hear what your favorite holiday decorating tradition is. My husband brought home the sweetest terra-cotta folk art nativity from a Oaxaca research trip he went on a number of years ago. Unwrapping all of the pieces every year is one of my favorite things about the season!
I just want to thank you all for following along this past week and for visiting my new blogging friends as they wrote about the projects they made with my fabric. Seeing it all sewn up into fun things never gets old!