Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sew Seasonal Blog Hop: Wall Hanging/Notepad Holder

Blossom Heart QuiltsWelcome to my stop on the Sew Seasonal Blog Hop! The very talented Kristy from Quiet Play & Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts  have created 25 adorable holiday block patterns, which are available free for the duration of the hop. You can download the ornament patterns here and the paper pieced patterns here. Each stop on the blog hop is featuring a project using one of the pattern designs. The list of hoppers is at the bottom of this post.  Don't forget to also check out my blog hop partner Samelia's Mum's Sew Seasonal project today!

The pattern I worked with was paper-pieced bell, designed by Kristy. It was really fun and quick to put together, since there are not many pieces.  I decided to make it into a wall hanging/notepad holder.

8.5" x 14.5"
Some notes on the construction:
  • The bell pattern is enlarged to an 8.5" block (unfinished).
  • I added 8.5"x 3.5" rectangle of fabric to both the top and the bottom (if I had thought ahead, I would have gone ahead and added the extra fabric while I was constructing the block).
  • I cut the top rectangle at a 45 degree angle on the left and right sides, from the seam of the additional top piece to the top of the project. I was echoing the shape of the bell and it makes it look like a gift tag.
  • The pocket is made from a 8.5"x 6" rectangle folded in half to make an 8.5"x 3" rectangle. I topstitched the top of the folded pocket.
  • I embroidered some small snowflakes around the bell. 
  • I used bias binding. I love the look it has with striped fabric! I used this tutorial from Trends and Traditions to help me bind those odd corners on the top.
  • The grommet was added for hanging purposes. I found this grommet in the section with the home decor fabric at Hobby Lobby. It was really easy to install. You place the template from the package in the area where you want to install the grommet.  Then,  you draw the circle on the fabric and then cut it out. After the circle is cut, you put grommet piece #1 on the front of the cut circle and grommet piece # 2 on the back of the cut circle. Snap together, done!
  • I sewed the hanging ribbon together and tied a bow around the seam.

ETA: I'll be hanging this on my front door with a Command hook. Right now we leave notes about "what not to forget" on the front hallway table. Unfortunately, they always get buried under a ton of junk! This will be way more visible!

Fabrics Used:
Front: Love Birds Green Small Dots (background), Alegria Diamonds (bell), Rendezvous - Tonal Stripe - Red (bell ribbon) Juicy Blossoms Dot Yellow (bell accents), Red Cheery Dots by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs (pocket)
Binding: Riley Blake Colorful Christmas Blue Stripe
Back: Vintage Modern Candy Apple Red Dot

Now it's your turn! Use one ore more of the blocks to create a finished project and join in the fun! The Project Link-Up  is on November 30th.

There are lots of fabulous prizes!

Fat Quarter Shop - Awesome Launch Day giveaways at Blossom Heart Quilts and Quiet Play - check back November 1st! 2 x $10 vouchers
Intrepid Thread - Joy by Kate Spain - full fat quarter bundle + panel
Fabric Worm - 2 x $25 vouchers
Sew Lux Fabric and Gifts - 1 x $25 voucher
Stash Modern Fabric- $30 gift voucher
Blossom Heart Quilts - Japanese Christmas fabric - fat eighth bundle
Quiet Play - Charm pack

Are you needing some Christmas fabric supplies for the hop? Well, Chrissy from Sew Lux Fabrics has set up a special discount code on Christmas fabrics in her shop! So if you need supplies, be sure to check it out. The code is "sewseasonal10" and is for 10% off all Christmas fabric (Joy, Blitzen, and Sentiments) through November 18th. A charm pack or layer cake will work perfectly for Ornamental! You can find more details at Quiet Play Blossom Heart Quilts

Blog Hop Schedule
1st November: Kristy from Quiet Play & Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
2nd November: Marieka from Bespoke Bites & Jane from Where Jane Creates
3rd November: Susan from Patchwork N Play & Kelsey from Kelsey Sews
4th November: Janice from Better Off Thread & Erin from Missy Mac Creations
5th November: Lucy from Charm About You & Rebecca from Making Rebecca Lynn
6th November: Charlotte from Lawson and Lotti & Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
7th November: Jess from the Elven Garden & Cindy from Live a Colorful Life
8th November: Elaine from Dashasel Sews & Kelly from Jeliquilts
9th November: Beth from Plum and June & Fiona from Finding Fifth
10th November: Juliet from Tartan Kiwi & Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches
11th November: Taryn from Pixels to Patchwork & Anorina from Samelia's Mum
12th November: Megan from Jaffa Quilts & Jane from QuiltJane 
13th November: Gemma from Pretty Bobbins
Also Linking up With: November Finishes

15 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Finding Fifth said... #

Oh well done. I like the shape of your project, along with the binding.

Jeneta said... #

Great idea - my notepads need a more organised spot!

Heidi Staples said... #

This is so incredibly clever, Taryn. I love it!

Megan said... #

That is really cute Taryn - and I love that it is practical too!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said... #

I love this! I particularly love the gift tag shape - what a clever idea!

Celtic Thistle said... #

It's brilliant Taryn, I love the fabrics you have used too.

Katy Cameron said... #

Cute idea with the grommet for the hanging loop

SIMPLESEW said... #

This is the cutest damn thing I have seen in along long time.. the blog hop need this. I am in it and having a hard time with those small blocks and this will inspire me and pump me up .. talent is your name..

Brenda said... #

Such a cute ideal!
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Kelly said... #

Love this - brilliant idea!

Jenelle said... #

I love this! I think these would be fun for a hanging advent calendar. :)

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said... #

It's adorable!! I love how it looks like a gift tag :) Thanks for joining in!

SIMPLESEW said... #

I said it before and I say it again, So damn Cute... great job...

Wendy said... #

It's fab! Such a great idea

Beth said... #

That is such a great idea and I love the embroidered snowflakes!

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