Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Christmas in July Blog Hop

A quick and easy wall hanging bringing peace to the holidays. I like applique and this project includes applique. Thanks to Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict for hosting the Christmas in July Blog Hop, I'm pleased to once again be participating. With the temperatures we've been experiencing a little Christmas in July is more than welcome to get us thinking of cooler temperatures. Of course a boost to our Christmas sewing is also always welcome.
 You won't want to miss any of the great ideas so make sure to visit all the blogs participating, the list is at the end of this post.

On to the project, a wall hanging. I started with 4 FQ's and some scraps for the lettering. I used my favourite applique technique Crafted Applique from BuzzinBumble. But you can use whatever your preferred method is.


hanging out with the zucchini

To start pick a FQ or a 16'' by 19'' piece for your background. Using your favourite applique method ie: Steam-a-Seam 2 or Heat'n'Bond or turned edge and hand stitched applique cut out the applique pieces. For the dove a 7 1/2'' by 14'' piece and the lettering a 7'' by 9''. I overlapped the lettering so it looks like script. Layer the dove with back wing, body and top wing oh don't forget to tuck the beak behind the body.

arrangement of the lettering and dove

I left 2'' on each side and 1 1/2'' on the top and bottom from the edges. Stitch the applique to background, I like using the blanket stitch and used Superior MonoPoly thread to stitch the dove and lettering. Trim this piece to 18'' by 15''.

1 1/4'' red border and a 3 1/2'' print border
Add a 1 1/4'' narrow border, red in my photo and a 3 1/2'' print border. 

Aurifil thread colours #5001, #1103 and #2021
For the quilting I went simple, as sometimes less is better. I quilted feathers in the wings, a few lines for the tail feathers, swirls in the outer border and straight lines radiating out from the center in the background.

feathers in the wings and straight lines from the center in the background add a bead or satin stitching for the eye
A quick and easy project to add to my Christmas decorations.

a look at the back

And what is Christmas without a gift, my gift to you is the pattern for the dove and the peace lettering is free at my Craftsy store.

one last look

Make sure to stop by and visit the rest of the bloggers participating in the Christmas in July Blog Hop.

Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th



42 comments :

Susan Shaffer said...

Awesome design. I made a stained glass peace dove years ago;now i might just try making a quilted one.
Thanks. Susanpshaffer@gmail.com

Sarah Craig said...

Cindy, this is just beautiful! (I love Lara's appliqué technique too - great use for it!) Thanks so much for all your hard work!!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

What a pretty project, your quilting design is perfect.

Jan Snell said...

Thanks for sharing! It is a sweet design. I think I will make a few.

Suze said...

What a beautiful quilt creation! It is peaceful. Thank you for the gift of the pattern. I don't think I could do the applique the justice that you have and I know that I cannot do the quilting. I'd love to tacklel the applique though and have someone else quilt it. This is definitely inspiration. Thank you for participating in the hop and capturing the essence of Christmas.

tink's mom said...

Beautiful piece. Very generous gift. Thanks you.

marebear said...

Hi Cindy, You have a lovely post. Thanks so much for sharing! I see you live in Canada. I was fortunate enough to visit Canada for the first time last year on a circle tour around lake Superior. Beautiful country in Canada! Loved all of your gorgeous waterfalls.

Meloney said...

What a fun pattern. I did try Craftsy and there was an error.

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful piece. Thanks so much for the pattern!

Stitchin At Home said...

I just tried it and it worked. I have found if you click on the X and then click on download it works.

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful!

Lori Smanski said...

this is so pretty. i love your simple quilting. lets the dove shine. thanks for sharing
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Where did you find the dove template? I really like the detail you added to it with your quilting.

Bonnie said...

Lovely piece and your quilting is wonderful. I have tried repeatedly to get to your pattern on crafts (I have a MAC.) This is the web site it directs me to when I click. https://www.craftsy.com/account/my-patterns. Is that really the name of your pattern? I was able to go in via your sidebar link and get it. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Robyn R said...

So pretty! Thank you! Radosevichr@hotmail.com

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Very pretty wall hanging to add to your Christmas decor!

piecefulwendy said...

A lovely, quick wall hanging that will make a nice gift at Christmas. I knew you'd have a great project to show! Hope all is well with you!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Yes, sometimes, less is best! Love your design and project!
kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

Kathy H said...

What a great decoration. I love the quilting, especially the dove. Thanks for the pattern too.

Joanna said...

Love it. A beautiful and sincere message. Thank you for the design.

Tish Stemple said...

Cindy, this is a beautiful design. So simple and elegant.

Monica said...

Thank you for proving the link to the pattern. I'm downloading it right away.

Nancy J said...

This is a lovely hanging, and the font for Peace is just right. Thanks for the free pattern, I have saved it for later in the year.

Sewgirl said...

Thanks for generously sharing your great pattern!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

What a great wall hanging. Thanks for sharing the templates.

Miaismine said...

So pretty! love that dove!

Unknown said...

I haven't attempted any Applique yet but I'm sure going to take you up on your free Dove and lettering and do some practicing with them. Thank you!
Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

This is a great gift idea for someone that I've already made 2 quilts for!

Sandi1100 said...

It sure is a beautiful wall hanging. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Hi Cindy! Thanks so much for the free pattern. I love this! Great tutorial!

BarefootThunder said...

Thank you and Merry Christmas 🎄🎄🎄😉

Danice G said...

Thank you for the dove and lettering pattern. The quilt is truly gorgeous.

Nicole Sender said...

What a lovely design!
nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

Susan said...

This is such an elegant piece. I really like the feathers in the wings. Thank you so much for the pattern, and for sharing this design.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Such a lovely project! Thanks so much for sharing! I will add it to my "want to sew" list! xx

Sandra Walker said...

Well clearly I'm muddled, lol because I know I read your post...guess I commented in my mind! I love this; wish my mum were still with me, as I'd make it for her for Christmas. She loved doves. Maybe I'll make it in remembrance... Thanks for the pattern and love how you quilting it!

Debbie said...

I love your wall hanging, and we need to have some peace in this world. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Sharon Aurora said...

Beautiful design. Thank you for the lovely gift.

Carol C. said...

This is beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern with us!!

anna brown said...

Tytyty very very nice work ty for sharing I love it... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Susan said...

Beautiful dove wall hanging - everyone should have one!

Christina said...

Beautiful wall hanging! It is perfect if you do not have very much room for decorations. Thank you for sharing and participating in the blog hop!