I have really enjoyed seeing all the projects from the Christmas in July blog hop and am in the mood to sew some more! I hope you like my Christmas Windows wallhanging tutorial. Update: Check out my recent posts for more projects and another tutorial!
Here are the links to all of the projects that were featured during the Christmas in July blog hop:
- July 12: Amy – Amy Made That!
- July 13: Amanda – The Patchsmith
- July 14; Elaine – Summercrafter
- July 15: Sarah – Sarah Rose Quilts
- July 16: Patricia – Quilting Lines
- July 17: Sheri – Sunshine in the Attic (you are here)
- July 18: Julie – The Crafty Quilter
- July 19: Wrap Up and prizes
Let's Get Started on the Tutorial!Supplies:
1. A Christmas panel or fabric with a christmas or winter scene.
2. Sill fabric (light color) 1/8 - 1/4 yard (depends on the size of your panel); Cut: 2 inch strips
3. Jamb fabric (dark color) 1/8 - 1/4 yard (depends on the size of your panel); Cut: 2 inch strips
4. Pane border fabric in a contrasting color, 1/8 yard; Cut: 1 inch strips
5. Border fabric 1/4 - 1/3 yard; Cut: 2 inch strips
7. Backing fabric: You need about 1/2 yard bigger than your panel.
8. Binding: 1/3 - 1/2 yards
NOTE: I'm using the terminology sill, jamb, and pane, even though that may not be technically correct.
Step 2: Cut your fabric lengthwise according to your calculations. (My panel is a 15 inch square. I divided that by 3 which gave me 3 five inch columns)
Step 3: Cut your strips width wise according to your calculations. Note: Here I've cut across to get my 9, five inch squares
Step 4: For the "window sill and jamb" take the dark and a light fabric you've chosen and cut 2 inch strips the width of the fabric.
Step 5: Sew the dark blue strip to the five inch square on the left side.
The side jamb will be the darker fabric so place your squares onto the dark strip (right sides together) on the left hand side and sew them all in a row using 1/4 inch seams. (Note all seams for this project are 1/4 inch)
Step 6: Press open (seam to the light side because it works out better when you sew the "sill" on)
Step 8: Cut a 2 inch square of your darker fabric for each block (I've cut 9 dark blue 2 inch squares)
Step 9: Fold or draw a line diagonally on the 2 inch square. Lay this on the left side of the light color "sill" piece as shown above.
Note: Before you sew, be sure to check to make sure your seam is going to go the right way so when you sew it together, it should look like this (I folded the blue square back to see if it will be sewn correctly)
Step 10: Sew along the fold or diagonal line you've drawn. Trim off leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press towards the dark fabric.
Step 11: Sew this strip to the block which now starts to have the 3 dimensional appearance. Note: my blocks are now 6 1/2 inch square.
Here's a photo of how the blocks look so far. With all the "sill" strips sewn on, the blocks are starting to look like window panes. This is when I noticed in the lower right hand corner, the snowman's face is gone!
Note: To fix this I can "fussy" cut out a new square that includes the snowman in the block a little lower so his head won't end up in the seam. (Fussy cut just means that you cut the block so the image you want is placed in your block the way you want it.)