Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Day 7: Home for the Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the seventh day of our Home for the Holidays blog hop! 
This week we'll be featuring a variety of small sewing projects to add holiday cheer to your house. These are fast and easy--you can still make them for this year, or bookmark the tutorial until after the holidays! We hope you enjoy these tutorials--and don't miss a chance to win a bundle of the fabrics featured each day!

Today Shannon from Bottle Tree is here sharing a cool modern mini quilt--the Let It Snow Applique Quilt. We hope you enjoy her tutorial and the chance to win a bundle of her new Dryad collection.

Snowflake Wall Hanging-1 

Cool blues and blue/greens plus a touch of gold from Dryad would be so fun in this snowflake design on a solid white background!

Here's Shannon!

'Tis the season -- let's whip up this super sweet and simple project that you'll be excited to pull out every winter!
  Snowflake Wall Hanging-4 

 I free-motion quilted this swirl pattern to add some movement.
  Snowflake Wall Hanging-5 
 Icy blues and gold gave this quilt a modern, classy look. I satin stitched around the snowflake for a nice, clean finish.
  Snowflake Wall Hanging-6 

 This quilt is made using my Scrappy Applique technique, where I collage fabric scraps to create the applique piece; you can find my book, Scrappy Bits Applique and my Scrappy Applique patterns here. Our tutorial today shows you how to whip this up using one piece of fabric for the snowflake with my Simple Raw-Edge Applique technique.


Let it Snow Applique Quilt

Finished Size: 20" x 20"

Snowflake Wall Hanging-3  


  • Fabric pieces to create the applique piece (a piece slightly larger than the template)
  • Fusible Web* (a piece slightly larger than the template)
  • Printed template to trace
  • Marking utensil
  • Thread that coordinates with the applique fabric
  • Thread that blends in with the background fabric
  • ¾ yds of white fabric for the background
  • 1 yd fabric for backing and hanging sleeve
  • batting approximately 27” x 27”
  • ¼ yd of binding fabric (for 2.5” binding strips)

Make the Applique Piece

  1. Download and print the free pattern: Simple Raw-Edge Applique instructions and template
  2. Prepare the applique piece according to the instructions.

Finish the Wall Hanging

Make the Quilt

  1. Cut the background fabric to about 4” wider and taller than your finished size. This is optional, but I like to include the extra fabric in case there is any stretching during the quilting process, this way I can square it up nicely at the end.
  2. Center the prepared appliqué piece on the pressed background fabric, fuse or pin in place.
  3. Satin stitch around the outside edge of the appliqué piece.
  4. Finish quilt as desired.

Add a Hanging Sleeve

  1. Cut a strip of the leftover backing fabric 9” wide x the width of the finished quilt.
  2. Hem each of the shorter ends by folding toward the wrong side ¼” twice, then stitching along the fold.
  3. Fold the sleeve in half, wrong sides together, along the length then sew together with a ¼” seam. You will not need to turn the sleeve right-side out since you will place the seam against the backside of the quilt.
  4. Press the sleeve with the long seam down the center of one side.
  5. Pin the long edge of the sleeve to the back of the quilt, about 1” below the top edge and ½” from each side, with the long seam hidden against the back of the quilt.
  6. Pin the lower edge of the quilt, keeping the back seamed side flat against the quilt and shifting the pressed edge about ½” up toward the top fold. This creates a gap in the sleeve that will allow for the dimension of the hanging rod.
  7. Hand stitch both long edges and the back edge of the sleeve at each end to the quilt back, being careful not to stitch through to the front of the quilt.
  You can find more patterns and inspiration over here. Have fun and Happy Holidays!  

Thanks Shannon!
To find out how you can win a bundle of Dryad, head over to Shannon's blog and leave a comment letting us know that you follow the Inspired by Fabric blog (if you don't already, sign up in the sidebar at right using the email or blog reader option). In your comment, also let us know: what's your favorite thing about snow? Giveaway is open through Monday, December 21st at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is now closed.

See the entire Dryad collection by Shannon Brinkley here.

Check out each day of our Home for the Holidays Hop!
Day 1: The Ho Ho Ho Pillow
Day 2: The Present Pillow
Day 3: Snowflake Pillow
Day 4: O Christmas Tree Pillow
Day 5: Peace on Earth Table Runner
Day 6: Snowflake Table Topper
Day 8: Cinnamon Scented Coasters


  1. Following Inspired by Fabric blog. I like the spakle that snow has.

  2. Love it!! So creative!! Thanks for sharing Tutorial!


    1. Already follow Inspired by Fabric..Blog, Email & Pinterest too. :)

      Love to see snow falling...fresh & bright! But like being inside by Woodburner with Hot Chocolate..or tea! :)

  3. Yes, I went over to Shannon's site, I do follow Inspired by Fabric site. Thanks so much for this blog hop! Would love to win.

  4. I follow the Inspired by Fabric site! Love Shannon's blog too! thanks!

  5. Stunning.Thanks for the tips.I follow Inspired by Fabric by email!

  6. Following on bloglovin. I love snow outside so I can be "holed up" inside. Thank you,

  7. I follow by email and love when a blanket of snow makes everything quiet and sparkly. Great inspiration on Shannon's blog!

  8. I follow by Bloglovin. We don't get very much snow, but when we do, everyone gets really excited. I love how pretty it makes everything look. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. I follow via Bloglovin. I love snow because I love skiing.

  10. I live in Iowa where we get copious amounts of snow each year. The first few snowfalls are fun and romantic, but come March, my favorite thing about it is that it melts! I am a follower of Inspired By Fabric's blog on Bloglovin'. I also wrote a comment on Shannon's blog.

  11. Very pretty mini quilt. I'm in Florida - no snow, but we still like to decorate with snowmen for the holidays. We have a huge one in the front yard (blown-up type).

  12. I love mini quilts. I follow Inspired by Fabric with GFC and Bloglovin. Now that I am old, the best thing about snow is when it has melted and gone.

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  14. Thank you! Left Shannon a comment! Merry Christmas!

  15. I left Shannon a comment on her blog. Thanks for sharing this lovely project! I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin, and I love sledding with my granddaughter in the snow!

  16. Cute design. I follow by email, and love snow because it's pretty and sparkly. I don't mind driving in it, and enjoy watching my dog play in it!

  17. Love the snow flake. I follow you via e-mail. I love snow because it makes everything look all cleaned up. Thank you for the inspiration, and different projects.

  18. Ifollow the blog by e-mail. Love the quiet of new snow.

  19. I went to Shannon's blog. Are we supposed to comment there or here? I follow you already. And I LOVE snow. It has been warm here in NY and I am hoping for snow soon so I can make a snow angel!!!!

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

  20. Sorry folks I lived in Chicago for 30 years, I hate cold weather and you can have the snow. I am a follower of Inspired already and Thank-you for the tutorial, it is inspiring.

  21. I follow inspired by fabric via blog lovin. Love this , the colours are lovely. I love snow days best x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  22. I follow Inspsired by Fabric on bloglovin. I love the beauty of freshly fallen snow!!

  23. I love snow,everything about snow! Let it snow! I follow by bloglovin!

  24. my favorite! so subtle. i follow by email.

  25. my favorite! so subtle. i follow by email.

  26. Thanks for featuring Shannon and this darling mini quilt. It is great to learn her process. I follow Inspired by Fabric via email (wordygirl at earthlink dot net). My favorite thing about snow is how much our dogs love to romp in it. I visited Shannon's blog and left a comment, thanking her for her tutorial, which was so clear and thorough.


  28. I am a loyal follower via e-mail! This fabric is beautiful. My favorite thing about snow is snowmen of course. :)

  29. Love this modern snowflake! I follow on bloglovin. My favorite thing about snow is watching it fall.

  30. I follow Inspired by Fabric via bloglovin. What I like best about snow is that we don't have any yet!! But it's coming!

  31. I follow via email. What I like how snow makes things look so clean. Also fun to make snow angels. Merry Christmas !

  32. Such an interesting technique, I follow via bloglovin

  33. I follow on bloglovin. My favorite thing about snow is when it doesn't interrupt things that I need to get done, LOL. Due with baby #3 in February, so there better not be snow blocking my route to the hospital!!

  34. Bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender. My favorite thing about snow is the beauty of winter and snowflakes.

  35. My favorite thing about snow is the breathless cool beauty when it's newly fallen.