Tuesday, 18 July 2017

'Joy' it's Christmas in July

I now have a pillow for my Christmas decorating, I know shocking right. It took this blog hop to accomplish something I've been meaning to do for the past few years...ugh yes I said years. But it is done and best of  all you can add some 'Joy' to your holidays too as the pattern is free. Thanks to Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict for hosting the '12 Days of Christmas in July' blog hop and giving me the push to finally make a Christmas pillow or maybe it's a wall hanging.

'Joy' wall hanging

pillow cover nice and crinkly after a wash 

The hop runs from July 14th to the 25th. Make sure to visit all the blogs participating the schedule is at the end of this post. Make sure to leave a comment as Sarah is counting them for an extra special giveaway, you can read more about it on her blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

The pattern is for the pillow front or a wall hanging if you prefer. Either way have fun and add a little 'Joy' to your Christmas decorating. As you can see in the above photo I used three different greys for the background.

pillow front

Makes an 18'' x 18'' finished pillow front or wall hanging.

Fabric Requirements

Chevrons:
1/4 yard of each a light, light medium and medium grey.

Snowman:
A variety of larger scrap pieces work well.
The snowman can be made from a 10'' square, the letters from (2) 8'' squares.

Cutting for the chevrons/ flying geese:
Traditional Method:
A(light) cut (3) - 5 1/8'' x 5 1/8'' cut diagonally once
B( lt medium) cut (3) - 5 1/8'' x 5 1/8'' cut diagonally once
C(medium) cut (3) - 5 1/8'' x 5 1/8'' cut diagonally once

A(light)  cut (6) - 3 7/8'' x 3 7/8'' cut diagonally once
B( lt. medium)  cut (6) - 3 7/8'' x 3 7/8'' cut diagonally once
C(medium)  cut (6) - 3 7/8'' x 3 7/8'' cut diagonally once

The Snowman Applique pieces are cut using the templates supplied. If you are doing turned edge applique remember to add a 1/4'' to the template pieces before cutting them out. The pieces are reversed and can be downloaded in the PDF on Craftsy

Background:

Use a 1/4'' seam allowance.

Traditional Method
Step 1:



Sew one small triangle (B) to one diagonal edge of the large triangle (A); press toward the small triangle. See diagram 1.

diagram 1
 Sew the second small triangle (B) to the other diagonal edge of the large triangle (A) to make a flying-goose unit; press toward the small triangle. See diagram 1.
This makes one 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' goose. Make (6) BA units.

Step 2:
Repeat using small triangle (C) and large triangle (B). Make (6) CB units.
Repeat using small triangle (A) and large triangle (C). Make (6) AC units.

Step 3:
Join 3 BA units, see diagram 2. Make 2.

diagram 2

 Repeat using 3 CB units. Make 2.
Repeat using 3 AC units. Make 2.

Step 4:
Join as per diagram 3.

diagram 3

This completes the background.

Applique Snowman:

Use your favourite method for applique. Instructions follow for fused machine stitched applique.

Fusible Applique Method:

Step 1:
I like Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 because it leaves less weight in the finished product and it's a double sided fusible. Trace your pattern on the side of the paper where the fusible adheres to the paper more strongly (usually one side of the paper releases more easily than the other - trace on the side that does not release easily).
On the larger pieces, less fusible is needed making the finished center more pliable.
To do this, take your original tracing, and cut from the inside, approx 1/4" inside the traced line. Rough cut beyond the traced line on the outside of the fusible. See diagram 4 as an example of the letter 'J'.

diagram 4

Step 2:
Adhere to fabric as per package directions.
Cut on the traced lines.

Step 3:
Align the pieces using the placement guide. A light box or window help for proper placement.
Press to fuse as per your package instructions.

Step 4:
Machine stitch using your preferred stitch and settings. I like the buttonhole stitch myself.

I quilted a 1/4'' on each side of the chevrons and around all the elements in the snowman. 



Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th


Saturday, July 15th


Sunday, July 16th


Monday, July 17th


Tuesday, July 18th


Wednesday, July 19th


Thursday, July 20th


Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd













174 comments :

Sewgirl said...

Love this idea. I find too that unless I set deadlines, I don't get things done. I made a holiday pillow cover last year because I was doing a demo for a LQS and needed a project. I have 6 pillows on my couch, so I'm going to add this project for another cover. Thanks for sharing!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

The hop has given me a much needed boost to get an early start on Christmas too. Great snowman cushion, I love snowmen. Thank you

Nancy J said...

Frosty is so cute, and to use him in the centre of JOY, beautiful, the chevrons add so much to each part of the sewing. I am on day 9, and have it almost all done, Whew, a deadline makes me work harder too.

eileen said...

What a cute pillow! I'm going to look up some fabrics to make this one for sure!
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Bizarre Quilter said...

ABSOLUTELY loving geese right now... what a great idea to applique over the top! Thank you for the inspiration. xo

Patti said...

Your snowman is so cute! Everybody loves Frosty!

Delissa Crellin said...

Thank you for being part of the blog hop. I look forward to being a subscriber to your blog.

Lesley Gilbert said...

I've never made a flying 'goose' and keep meaning to have a go as it doesn't appear to be difficult to sew - thanks for the tutorial - love visiting all these new blogs daily :)

annemarie said...

Adorable pillow - the grays are just perfect - who doesn't love snowmen!

Paige said...

Love the snowman and how his scarf is blowing in the breeze! Great tutorial!

Allison said...

I love snowmen and your pillow is just adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Sherry said...

What a cute pattern! Glad that you were able to get a UFO done.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Adorable snowman! Thank you for the excellent tutorial. I find My writing / teaching technique must improve after finding all of these excellent tutorials in the hop!

Momma Llama said...

Your creative and cute pattern will be a great addition to all holiday decorations. I am thinking that it would also be a great panel for a bag. Thanks for sharing. D. Weeks (aka Momma Llama)

kt said...

Cute pillow--thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

What a darling pillow! I love snowman for Christmas because I can leave them out for the month of January. Thank you for sharing!

Darlene said...

Great pillow, I like snowmen at Christmas because they can hang out in January also.

Michele T said...

Oooh! That is so adorable!!! Thanks for sharing a great tutorial too!!!

Linda Williamson said...

I love snowmen. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial

Anonymous said...

Your snowman pillow is adorable. Thanks for the tutorial. mfhagopian@aol.com

Karb328@aol.com said...

Cuteness unlimited. Thanks.

pajtr said...

Thank you for a cute pattern!
I really like the flying geese/chevron background!
(When I downloaded the pattern, I found all the other wonderful patterns you offer!!... *Thank you!*. I've wanted to make a star in a star medallion, and your directions are great!)
I'm following you now!
Thank you, again!
Pat T.

Liz Horgan said...

I love it!! I would make a wall hanging--good for the winter season, no just Christmas!
Thanks!

Nona said...

Cindy, I adore this snowman. I already downloaded it. Thanks for sharing your talents with us blog hoppers.

Jan Snell said...

Joyful! Thanks. Janice.snell@gmail.com

ThreadCatcher said...

You can't go wrong with a snowman! Thanks for sharing such a cute pattern.

Rosalie Kimbrell said...

The pillow is adorable. I love snowmen.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

That pillow is so cute! I love how the snowman becomes the letter O!!!

Nancy Lewis said...

I love snowmen and your pillow is really cute!!

jann said...

Great pillows...it's now on my list! Thanx

Ashley said...

Very fun, creative, and cute project! Thanks for sharing!

Stitchin At Home said...

Thanks Nancy! Did you know you are a no-reply blogger?

tink's mom said...

Congratulations on the finish. Great job. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us for this terrific pillow.

Christine Sullivan said...

Glad this project got you started on something you wanted to do. Thank you for sharing each step so it's easy to follow. momoftana at yahoo dot com

jrquilts said...

thanks for sharing , so many things to try for xmas gift giving . hjrogers@sympatico.ca

Judy Sanders said...

Love the idea. Thanks for posting.

Meloney said...

I tested this project, but I'm not finished with the stitching of the applique yet. I thought it was perfect for my Mom - Joy. It will hang on her door at the nursing home come Christmas.

chrisknits said...

What a sweet snowman.

Debbie Darlington said...

Oh...what a cute snowman (can they really be called cute?)! Thank you so much for the pattern.
Debbie
ollieami@aol.com

Carol C. said...

This is adorable! I love the snowman, and the chevron background is perfect! Love the "Joy". Thanks for sharing a wonderful pattern!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great pattern. I have a friend, who's family motto is 'Joy'. This will be perfect! Thanks!

Gene Black said...

I love your design and it is so sweet of you to have it as a free pattern on Craftsy.

Renea said...

Thanks for sharing your very cute pillow.

VA said...

Such an adorable project, and I especially like that gray background.

Dawn F said...

Beautiful pillow! It is so festive! Perfect for the Christmas season.

Jeanna said...

Snowmen are my favorites and this is an adorable project. I would make it into a pillow...can't have too many pillows.

Jean said...

A special touch for the holidays

Bonnie said...

I have been meaning to make a pillow for the holiday also. Now I have the pattern, so I will get one done this year. Thanks for the cute pillow.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

What a fun pillow - I love that idea

Michele said...

The pillow is adorable. Nicely done.

Chiska said...

I love your pillow! It's darling. Thank you for the pattern.

Shelley E said...

I just love snowmen and your pattern is too clever, using the little guy as the "O" in JOY. Thank you for sharing.

Carol W said...

I like the snowman on the zigzag background.

Loris said...

This is so cute! Thank you for the pattern and the tute and the inspiration!

cjmont said...

very cute and a great idea for gifts.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

This looks like a fun way to spread a little joy around the house. And one can leave them lying around longer than just Christmas time. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

Needled Mom said...

That's very cute.

Rosa said...

Great pattern!

Abbigail said...

Really such a cute design! I don't do pillows but this will make an awesome wall hanging!

rosemaryschild said...

So sweet-wouldn't he be pretty in Christmas blues! Thank you for sharing, Susan

Rebecca said...

Oh I love the way his tummy makes the "O"

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Thank you for the cute pattern. I hope it doesn't take me years to make...but it may not get done this year.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

This pillow is adorable! Thank you for the pattern.

Tami Von Zalez said...

Who can resist a snowman? Pillows are so much fun to whip up.
tvonzalez at gmail dot com

swooze said...

Cute idea. Lots of possibilities there!

Susan said...

He is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

Quiltsmiles said...

Great idea and finishes to a lovely pillow,, or a bag or a table topper , etc.....
Thanks for sharing.
ejaneemerson@yahoo.com

allthingzsewn said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. These will be on my bed this Christmas.

Heather said...

Beautiful pillow! I'm tagging this to come back to soon!

BeachQuilter said...

Great pattern, I'd like to do a wall hanging!

Pamela Arbour said...

That is really cute. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Cute as can be!

barbara woods said...

love your pillow

JANET said...

That is such a cute pillow!! Definitely on my 'to do' list.

Lori said...

your pillow is so wonderful. thank you for sharing the pattern and tutorial. guess what will be on our couch this Christmas?
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Lisa Marie said...

The snowman is lovely! Now let's see, a pillow or a wallhanging? Both so cute. Would make a great gift too.

Vicki in MN said...

Being a snowman lover I fell in love with him! Thanks for the pattern and tute on it, pinning for later on.

Peggy said...

What a cute Snowman.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Patricia Anderson said...

I love how the word "JOY" envelopes the snowman!

sewlost said...

Darling pillow, thanks for sharing with us.
Swoot@att.net

Barb said...

Very cute pattern--and will last past Christmas!
barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

Kim said...

This pillow is so cute!

Jayne said...

What a great pattern. I think I would use it as a wall hanging

Laura said...

Love the expression on that snowman's face. Very cute project. Now on my todo list!

wendy said...

Love this! Snowmen are a favorite of mine. Thanks!

Linda said...

Love the Snowman! Thanks for sharing!
msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Danice said...

Very cute pillow and wall hanging. Thank you for the tutorial. On my blog left sidebar is an Email image link to my contact form.

Patricia said...

Love snowmen, thanks for the tutorial!
patsystitch@gvtc.com

Gloria said...

Nice snowman! I particularly like the cushion - spmehow a snowman needs to be plump not flat.

Patty said...

Always like making pillow covers. One pillow many covers but I especially love snowmen.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the chevron with the Joy snowman pillow - thank you for the tutorial and pattern.

Linda Smith said...

Love those chevrons. Subtle, but effective. Nice work.

DebbieM said...

Great tutorial. Anything with snowmen is right up my alley. Thank you and I love the chevrons.

Sandi1100 said...

I love your snowman pillow. I'm working on making a wall hanging every month for my mom's room in the nursing home. I think that will be my January block. Thanks for sharing.

Tonya Reichard said...

What an adorable snowman....Thank you for the pattern. I could make something for the grands with this!

Kathy H said...

What a wonderful snowman and joy is one of my favorite Christmas word. Thanks so much.

piecefulwendy said...

What a darling pillow! I love snowmen, so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

Material Girl said...

Very cute pillow! I know just what you mean when you kind of plan something but don't get it done. Like my 4 th of July project and some of those ideas for Christmas...... have the patterns, fabric but it just doesn't get done....

Jollygirl said...

I want to make this pillow. Thanks.

Sandra Walker said...

Your beautiful appliquƩ never fails to wow me Cindy. Your chevrons make me think of mountains behind the snowman. Beautiful double dose of inspiration you have today!

Patty said...

Love the joy overlay on this pillow. Great tutorial as well - thank you!

Susan - No-reply by choice. said...

That's great, as a pillow or as a little wallhanging. Thank you so much for the pattern and the directions. dezertsuz at gmail

Mary C said...

This is so cute! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

Mary Howland said...

This is adorable!

Ursula Yeo said...

I haven't make pillow for several years. Thanks for the inspiration. I think it is high time to make some,

LOIS W said...

Love snowmen. Will do this for my daughter!

Vicki H said...

Cute pillow. I would like this as a mini for my sewing room wall.

Seacoast Quilter said...

Very cute snowman - thanks for sharing.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Super cute, thank you for sharing!

Renegade Quilter said...

Adorable I love this.

Cecilia said...

Very cute! Thank you.

drquilter said...

I can totally relate - it usually takes my guild's quilt show to get me to completely finish my quilts! Love the little snowman - thanks for sharing!

Donette said...

Cute pillow!!!

Joanne said...

This is adorable! I'm so glad you were given the push and you accepted it. Thanks for sharing this!

anna brown said...

Nice had to save this one love snow men tyty for the fun idea. . happyness04431@yahoo.com

Diantha said...

That's a cute idea - using the snowman's belly for the O in JOY!

Amy said...

An absolutely adorable pillow. So cute.

Janice Holton said...

What a great design! So glad you decided to join the blog hop.

Anonymous said...

I love using the word "JOY" when decorating for Christmas, so this pillow is a definite to do (and I think I will make a couple of extras for gifts). I just love it. thank you so much for sharing.

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

that is so cute!

Kathy E. said...

Snowmen are a favorite of mine and living in Iowa, we have many of them in the neighborhood! I would enjoy this as a wall-hanging in my home to bring joy all season long!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for making a project just for me!! I'm really enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. Off to the next stop!

Melody Lutz said...

How can anyone not like a snowman who's full of JOY! So creative!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your pillow is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Love the snowman wall hanging! So cute!
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HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'n said...

That is so cute! Love the shadowing on the letters.

Hilachas said...

Awe. What a darling, joyful snowman. Thanks for the instructions.

Lindah said...

Way cool design. Thanks for sharing it.

patricia ludwiczak said...

Love the snowman, and it's beautifully done. Thanks!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations on getting the pillow done, it looks great!

shobs said...

Your snowman looks so cute!

Beth said...

Thanks for this tutorial. Your pillow is darling. And it's funny how it sometimes takes an outside event (blog hop, the arrival of company, etc.) to get us to do something you'd think we would have done a long time ago.

kathy slaughter cummings said...

A very neat pattern!!! Thank you.
kcummings71@gmail.com

GranChris said...

I love snowmen, just made 6 sets of 4 to sell at our quilt show. Thanks for the pattern. Jmikebalou(at) aol (dot)c0m

KaHolly said...

Brilliant!

Jan @Cocoa Quilts said...

This pillow is perfect. Love the colors and the snowman.

Kathy said...

I would love to make this for my granddaughter. Her middle name is Joy. I'm not very well versed in applique. How did you get the J and the Y to have that shadow look?

Kelly O. said...

I love the zig zag background--fun!

Gloria Cotten said...

Wonderful little snowman, but the zigzag background is brilliant! thanks! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

works4me said...

Your snowman is a real joy. Nicely done and better late than never. :) Thank you for the tutorial.

Bonnie said...

Thank you for the wonderful snowman pattern -- especially for the wonderful directions available as a PDF. He is a great snowman and I especially like his grey background zigzags.

Kay said...

This is really fun , I love having special Christmas cushions. x

maggie fellow said...

such an adorable snowman- great tute

mangozz said...

What a cute pillow! Thanks for the tutorial. I find that I always accomplish more when I have a deadline, even though I don't like deadlines.

Tirzah Collins said...

I LOVE YOUR PILLOW IT IS VERY FESTIVE. READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

Donna W said...

What an adorable pillow. A great addition to everyone's Christmas and winter decorations.

MissPat said...

Snowmen are my favorite. This is a really cute idea. Thanks for participating.
Pat

Tina Jeo said...

I love this and I'm going to make one. Thanks so much for sharing. tljeo at yahoo dot com

Brandy Pettit said...

Love the chevrons in the background! I also really like the shadowed effect on your lettering, it adds so much to the design.

Carolyn Jones said...

Love the gray fabric choices, what a great background for a snowman. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love this pillow! Snowmen are one of my favorite Christmas things. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Jeri Niksich said...

Your snowman is the cutest!
Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

tamara gassen said...

Love snowman what an awesome patternšŸŽ„

Susan said...

I enjoy making pillows as gifts for Christmas and this will be one I add to my list. The snowman is so cute! Thanks!

Pam @ Quilting Fun said...

Super cute, love snowmen!

Preeti said...

Adorable!!! The tutorial is clear and easy to follow. Thank you, Cindy!!!

Leslie Kohn said...

Thank you for such a cute idea! I love snowmen! This is definitely on my "Must Make" list!

Barb Neiwert said...

What a great pillow idea - and great that you got that idea out of your head and into the real world. You'll enjoy it for Christmases to come!

Sarah Craig said...

This pillow is just adorable - so JOYful!!! Thanks for helping make the hop a success!!!

MaryBeth Little said...

What a cute design!! Thanks for sharing.

Maxine Shaw said...

Great work. The pillow is to cute for words! Thanks for the tutorial!

Maxine Shaw said...

Great work. The pillow is to cute for words! Thanks for the tutorial!

Leanne Parsons said...

I love it! The snowman is so adorable :)

Ilana Joffe said...

I'm late to the party but just wanted to let you know that I LOVE this pillow pattern. It is absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

very nice Cindy. I love the zig zag background, and the snowman joy made me smile

Kathy S. said...

I like the flying geese background!
Shahann@yahoo.com

Janet said...

Ah... so sweet!

Home Sewn By Us said...

What a c.u.t.e. pillow! I have to make this for my niece - she collects all things snowman. ~smile~ Roseanne

Jocelyn said...

Your snowman is too cute! Love it!

Moira said...

Very cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

Sarah J said...

I love decorating with snowmen because I can leave them out a bit longer than Christmas decorations, and they're cute :)

Christina Peer said...

A cute idea for a pillow! Thank you for sharing.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

So cute--I love anything with a snowman on it!!

Lorna McMahon said...

Wow! Your snowman cushion is super cute. You sure came up with a great idea! So generous of you to share this beautiful tutorial!