Sunday, July 24, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - My Turn

This is my project for the Blog Hop sponsored by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Thank you Sarah for offering this opportunity for me to get my act together.

My wall hanging was inspired by the small picture of a child's artwork seen
on the right side of the above picture.  I found the image on Pinterest but
it was only a picture, not linked to a website and now I can't find the
Pinterest post.  I believe my kids did something similar in preschool
with pre-cut strips of construction paper.

I will offer this tutorial, it's more of a demonstration not an actual pattern.
I used scraps of homespun fabric, a white on white muslin for the background
and paper backed fusible web.

Gather scraps.

Cut fusible web into 1 inch strips.

Iron to fabric strips and

Trim to 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide strips.  I wasn't careful about them being even.
This is an organic type project, not precise.

Begin arranging strips.

Add a free formed star and trunk.
Press (according to the directions for the fusible web you used)
 to secure your design.

Quilt, bind and display....DONE...if only it were that easy!

You see, I got a little impatient with my iron, it leaked water on my project and 
the backing fabric bled through the batting and onto the front of the project.
You can see some of the damage in the picture below.

I used white chalk to cover the damage and will keep this one on my studio wall
to remind me to patiently wait for the iron to heat property.....think it will work?

Since my original intent was to make this as a gift for a friend who loves homespun.
I made another wall hanging for her and then one from Christmas fabrics for me.

The gift.

The one I will display at Christmas.

This project is very versatile.  Could work as placemats, coasters,
make several blocks and join them for a quilt.....with/without borders.....
it's all up to you.  If you make one, please post a picture in comments
I'd love to see your interruption. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today and please visit the other Blog Hop participants, 
their projects are awesome!
Click this link to find more Christmas projects on my bog.


July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle


Vroomans' Quilts said...

This is so cute! I think we all have had those mishaps - you are not alone. I love the homespun version and I happen to have some bits that need playing with.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

It's lovely Carolyn. I haven't seen a tree done that way before and it works so well. It's great to see something so different, and even a beginner could make it and end up with a project to be proud of. Thank you for sharing, I thinks it is my favourite project in the hop so far.

Nancy J said...

I like them both so much, and will definitely make one...or 2 or more. Great as a wall hanging, or a place mat, or on a bag. I have batik scrappy strips that will be perfect for this, and thank you so much for sharing your inspiration.

cityquilter grace said...

gee so very simple but so mod looking too...thanks!

Paige said...

CJ, this is adorable! What a great way to use scraps or leftover jelly roll strips. And I love your straight line quilting!

Sandra said...

I am in love with your project! I have found the gift I want to make for my sister and sisters-in-love for Christmas this year!!!!! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial.

rosemaryschild said...

Love your little Christmas tree-and so simple too- but what a great gift idea! Thank you, Susan

rosemaryschild said...

Love your little Christmas tree! Great gift idea, so simple, yet so pretty! Thank you, Susan

Michele said...

Oh that's so cute and would be perfect for a Girl Scout troop sewing project.

Kathy said...

This is really cute! I love the Christmas fabric one the best. Thanks for sharing!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I absolutely LOVE your woven tree!! Thanks for sharing instructions so that I can make one of my own.

Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD said...

this is fabulous, thanks so much for sharing your technique :D #12daysofchristmasinjuly

Kathy H said...

This is very cute and different from many I have seen. I love at you can use up some scraps too.

sunny said...

I LOVE this! And I just inherited a friend's entire stash of homespuns. I will definitely be making some of these for gifts. Thank you so much.

Vicki H said...

This is so cute! I need to dig into my scraps and get a kit together to make later.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

The iron leaking....that is too bad. That is why I don't put water in my iron anymore and have a spray bottle with water handy to spritz if I need it. This method's been working great for me.

anna brown said...

Wow cool idea tytyty for sharing your christmas tree.......

Needled Mom said...

That is such a great idea. Ah yes....I think we have all experienced those problems when we are in a hurry.

tink's mom said...

I''m thinking this lovely tree will look wonderful on a pillow or two or three for Christmas here and at a few friends homes. Great idea, thank you.

Lara B. said...

What a fun and fast quilting project Carolyn! I love the simplicity and the homespun look. Thank you for sharing!

Sewgirl said...

What a neat project. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Sarah Craig said...

That is just adorable, CJ! I'm thinking of using it on placemats we will be making for our shut-ins at church - simple enough for even non-quilters to help with! Thanks so much for the great "demonstration" and for all the time and effort you put into making the hop a success!!

Vicki in MN said...

Carolyn I am new to your blog, but I gotta tell you just how cute I think your project is!!! So glad I stopped by;-) Curious as to the measurements of your finished wall quilt. And approx. length of strips? I could see one on each end of a table runner too.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

That is a great quick project, thank you for sharing your idea!

Nancy said...

This is so cute and I think oh, so simple. What a way to use scraps.

Motherdragon's Musings said...

What a pretty wall hanging. Will definitely try and make one ir two for Christmas gifts and one for myself.
Thank you for sharing.

Motherdragon's Musings said...

PS. I like it even more as you just iron on the shapes and no stitching, am I correct?

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

I love this tree! This is definitely going on my to-do list!

Leanne Parsons said...

I love this!! It's so fun :)

allthingzsewn said...

Great job on your wall hanging and easy to follow tutorial.
there have been some beautiful workmanship and ideas on this hop.

Susan said...

This is AWESOME! Love, love, love!

LInda Pearl said...

My son and his wife are chronically hard to make things for. This is perfect for them - I can't wait to try this!

Anonymous said...

Amazing where the child's artwork inspiration led you! Thanks for sharing this one.

Bonnie said...

What a great, easy way to use up some of those Christmas fabric scraps. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

June D said...

Very cute - great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Heide said...

What a great the fun little tree!

Candace said...

Thank you for this tutorial, I love yours and enjoyed making mine. Mine is made from my favorite fabric, Michael Miller's Fairy Frost, and I only had short scraps. Mine is also different in that it is an all year version.

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