Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop: Day 1

It's Handmade Holiday Blog Hop time! Over the next days, we'll be sharing both gift and decor ideas here on the blog. Make them now; bookmark them for later. Either way, we hope you'll enjoy the inspiration and ideas to help you get in the holiday spirit and/or cross a few names off your gift list.


Today, Ann Lauer from Grizzly Gulch Gallery is sharing the Fancy Framing Table Topper she designed using her Butterfly Forest fabrics. This topper is a great gift idea that will be a striking centerpiece all year long. 


Here's Ann:
My secret to a great quilt project? It's all in the fabric. Fussy cutting a print like the butterfly forest stripe creates a dramatic center to this table topper without a lot of piecing work. Pairing different values of tonals adds depth with simple triangles. It looks more complex, but the Fancy Framing Table Topper uses just five fabrics from my Butterfly Forest collection. 




Topper measures 34" square.

Materials
7/8 yard of butterfly forest stripe on white  
1/3 yard of dark multi stained glass wings 
1/4 yard of light purple stained glass wings  
1/4 yard of medium purple wings tonal   
7/8 yard of black wings tonal   
1 1/8 yards of backing fabric
40" square of batting

Cutting
Butterfly Forest Stripe on White:
Cut 4 identical 10 ½" squares centering the tropical leaves portion of the stripe.  

Here's how to center the stripe in these squares: 
Lay out the stripe fabric and press out the center crease. Draw a line down the center of the leaf portion of the stripe (3 ¼" from the narrow black line). Tip: I prefer the Frixion colored pens because the lines can be removed by a touch on an iron.  




(If you are using a ruler larger than 10 ½", use colored ¼" tape to mark off the 10 ½" line on a square ruler.) Place your ruler across the stripe without cutting so that you can determine your first square, making certain that you can get 4 cuts across the width of the fabric.  Center the diagonal line of the ruler on your drawn line and cut one 10 ½" square.  


Here's what your square should look like:


Slide the ruler across the stripe to cut 3 more identical 10 ½” squares.  


Dark Multi Stained Glass Wings:
Cut 4 strips 2 ½" wide for the first border.

Light Purple Stained Glass Wings:
Cut 2 strips 3 7/8" wide. Subcut into 16 squares. Cut across each square diagonally to yield 32 half square triangles. 

Medium Purple Wings Tonal:
Cut 1 strip 4 ¼" wide. Subcut into 8 squares. Cross cut diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles from each square. 

Black Wings Tonal:
Cut 1 strip 4 ¼" wide. Subcut into 8 squares. Cross cut diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles from each square.  
Cut 1 strip 3 ½" wide. Subcut into 3 squares.
Cut 8 strips 2 ½" wide for the last border and binding.

Squares cut diagonally as indicated:



Making the Table Topper

1.  Sew the 4 stripe blocks together matching print as shown.  




2.  Trim two of the dark multi wing strips to the sides of the center blocks and trim to size. Sew the remaining 2 strips to the top and bottom and trim. 


3.  Sew the purple and black tonal wing triangles together as shown. Sew this unit to the light purple wing triangle.  





4.  Noting the position, sew 8 of the triangle units together to make one border unit. Repeat to make 4 border units. Sew a 3 ½" black tonal square to the ends of two of the units. 


5. Sew the 2 units without the squares to the sides of the topper and the 2 units with the squares to the top and bottom. 

6. Sew a 2 ½" wide black tonal strip to each side of the topper and trim. Use 2 more strips for the top and bottom borders and trim.   


7. Use the remaining 2 ½" wide black wing strips to bind the table topper. Enjoy! 


Thanks Ann! Ann is offering a kit for her table topper. Contact her here to order.

For a chance to win a bundle of Butterfly Forest fabrics, leave a comment here letting us know if you're planning to give any homemade gifts this year, as well as how you follow our blog (email or blog reader; both options are in the right hand sidebar!). This giveaway is open through Thursday, December 10 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Don't miss any days of our Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!
Day 2Nesting Pocket Dolls by Debby Kratovil of Debby Kratovil Quilts using Little Katerina 
Day 3: Sew Easy Travel Case featuring Sew Easy
Day 4: Firewood Tote by Mary on Lake Pulaski featuring Shades of Winter
Day 5: Evergreen Pennant by Jessica of Quilty Habit featuring Snow Days
Day 6: Patchwork Apron by Kristen of KD Quilts featuring Frosty Forest
Day 7: Christmas Adorned quilt by Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation featuring Santa's Here











                  

                                     
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74 comments:

  1. Following your blog on bloglovin. I have already sewn a few Christmas gifts. I made a journal cover for my sister and potholders for my mother, plus pillows for my brother. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  2. I follow your blog on Bloglovin'. I have made a few Christmas presents including a quilt for my son and his wife, a stocking of the newest grandchild and Frozen pillow cases for three young girls. Thank you for your generosity.
    slowery@shaw.ca

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  4. HELLO, yes I have already made 2 Christmas Table Toppers with the 60 degree ruler>so fun! Follow via Blog Lovin' ! Thank You for the info.+Giveaway!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  5. I'm giving two quilts this year and I'm making some Christmas wall hangings for myself. I've also got quite a few small sewing projects either done or am in the process of making. I follow the blog through email so I don't miss anything.

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  6. I follow via email. I have made a Christmas table topper and have another on the go.

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  7. I'm working on a quilt for my daughter-in-law. I follow via email. This topper is beautiful!

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  8. I follow the blog via email. Making a quilt for great-niece for Christmas.

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  9. I like the idea of hand made gifts and I have some in mind already, but I'll have to get off the internet and over to the sewing machine if that's going to happen!

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  10. Oh, and I follow the blog through Bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Oh my! What a beautiful table topper! Love that fabric!

    I am giving some mini quilts with small stands for a few gifts.

    I receive your emails.

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  12. So beautiful topper.I follow via email.I made a Christmas table runner,and trying to finish quilting a quilt to my little sister and sure more on the go.

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  13. I follow through email. I hope to make a few tee shirt quilts for my kids this Christmas. I love the border on this quilt.

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  14. What a gorgeous topper! The fabric is beautiful. I have a few gifts that are handmade. I have some runners that are almost done so hopefully will be my next finish. I'm a follower via email.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I already have a couple handmade gifts finished. Hopefully I will get to others! I follow via email notification. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  16. I follow by e-mail.
    I am giving mostly home made gifts. I've been sewing gifts since Sept. I've even made my adult daughter gifts to give to her friends, thus saving her time and money. I love the butterfly fabric. I have a collection of butterfly fabric and would love to add this collection.

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  17. I follow by email and look forward to each posting. I've got two quilts on my gifting for this Christmas; one is done and the other is halfway quilted. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  18. Yes, I will be giving lots of homemade gifts. Mostly lap quilts, but also some bags and smaller items. I follow by email and GFC.

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  19. I loe Ann's topper!
    I'm making table runners for my sisters this year!
    I follow by GFC and email

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  20. Beautiful! I'm making a pillowcase for my niece :) ... Follow via Bloglovin

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  22. Hi Messed up on the previous post! :) I love the table topper - very nice! I usually make lots of handmade gifts for Christmas - usually bags and purses and small quilts! I follow by email mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  23. Very pretty, and great use of the stripe. I make pajamas for my son and nieces and nephews. I have a few other things planned, too, including a lap quilt for my son.

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  24. I love the borders 3-D effect. I follow via e-mail and Facebook. Thank you for the chance.

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  25. I am making quilted tote bags for the six females on my Christmas list. I follow via email.

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  26. I follow by email. No handmade gifts this year unless I get two draw-string bags done for the granddaughters.
    I love the butterfly forest fabric and the dimensionality of the triangle border.

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  27. I follow your blog by email and totally enjoy it. I am making handmade gifts for Christmas.

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  28. I follow with email and GFC. I am making zippy pouches for the grandkids.

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  29. I think the most homemade thing I will do this year is make cookies...just not enough time to do more. I follow via Bloglovin.

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  30. I follow via email. I am making several gifts this year

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  31. Thanks for the tutorial & chance to win. I'm making mug rugs this year and cookies to give away. I'm a follower via Bloglovin'.

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  32. Plenty of handmade gifts for my sewist and quilty friends/family indeed.
    I follow ya'll via email.

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  33. I read your blog faithfully on email and blogspot, follow the Facebook site and get the preview packs. I make the majority of our Christmas presents and need more smaller projects, so I can really use this!

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  34. I read your blog faithfully on email and blogspot, follow the Facebook site and get the preview packs. I make the majority of our Christmas presents and need more smaller projects, so I can really use this!

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  35. I follow your blog with Bloglovin and email alerts. I love it so much I don't want to miss it!
    Yes, I am making 90% of my gifts this year. I have more time on my hands, and I think a handmade gift is so much better, because I am thinking about that person with each stitch I put into it!

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  36. I am giving a few handmade gifts this year. I am finishing up a tree skirt for my son and my daughter will receive a table runner for her dresser. I love making gifts and this table topper is gorgeous! duchick at gmail dot com

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  37. I follow Sew In Love's blog on Bloglovin'! duchick at gmail dot com

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  38. I follow you with email. Yes, plan on lots of handmade Christmas gifts...just need to start on them!

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  39. I have made a few Christmas gifts - pillows and "art" quilts (or fancy wallhangings!)

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  40. I'm gifting totes, coin purses, and plastic bag holders. Quick to make things that I need quite a few of! I follow byemail.

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  41. Am definitely gifting Homemade! :) Jamma's, 2 Table Toppers, Bibs & Quilt, few stuffed animals & crocheting dishrags & decorating dishtowels to go with them.

    I already Follow, thru Eamil & Bloglovin both. Thanks for chance to win! :)

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  42. Yes I am . A quilt,two baby minki blankets and 2 purses. I love the table topper. It's ingenious.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  43. I follow by email!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  44. I have 2 lap quilts ready for Christmas gifts this year. I follow by email. I am also a Mr B's Preview Pack Club member.

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  45. I am making 2 throw size quilts and one twin size quilt for Christmas presents. I follw you on Bloglovin.

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  46. I am making all sorts of gifts, big and small. Just hoping I can get enough time to finish them all!!! I follow though GFC (as determined debby) and Blog Lovin'.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  47. I made my granddaughter a wall hanging of fairies in her favorite color - purple. I am also making potholders - to continue a tradition :) I get your blog directly to my email inbox!!

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  48. I follow your blog via email.
    I have made a couple of quilts for gifts this year: a sweet nail polish wall hanging (design by Fat Quarter Shop/Lori Holt) to a teenage girl, and a modern table runner for a niece of mine.

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  49. I have 3 quilts mailed and 3 that the binding needs sewing down and one needs wrapping.

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  50. I am planning to make myself a dress to wear on Xmas day. Selfish sewing!! I follow via blog lovin.
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  51. I follow via E-Mail. And plan to make some gifts for the Holidays. Pillow cases and stockings. Such a pretty table cover.

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  52. I follow via email. All presents will be handmade. I retired 2 years ago and am working through my "retirement stash" of fabric and yarn. gosh this table topper is stunning!!

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  53. Your table topper is just gorgeous! Nice work! (I love Benartex fabrics, Fossil Fern is my favorite.) Thanks for the tutorial!

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  54. Lovely table topper. I have several gifts in process and I just finished a stack of fabric trays. I follow on Bloglovin'.

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  55. i am making fabric baskets, boxy zip pouches. and zip cosmetic bags for family and friends. thanks for the giveaway. i follow on blog lovin'.

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  56. Beautiful fabric and table topper! I'm not working on any homemade gifts this year. I follow you with Bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. This is a beautiful table topper! If I had more time, I would make a couple of these for Christmas gifts. Usually, I do make gifts, but this year there hasn't been time to make any. I follow on Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  58. follow your blog on blogovin and follow email
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  59. I have plans for so many things and hope to finish at least some of them by Christmas. Realistically, I know they won't all be finished, but at least some will and I'll be happy with those I can get done.
    I follow via email as well as on Bloglovin'

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  60. I'm planning to make purses and wallets for my nieces and nephews. I follow you via Facebook and Bloglovin. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  61. If I have enough time I'd like to make some small gifts for some of my loved ones. Also, I am following you on Blogloving. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  62. Right now I am making 50 coasters for my DH's Bridge group. Have ginger-bread pockets made for my friends and neighbours just need to fill them. Then I plan on working on a Christmas wall quilt, if there is time. Love sewing special gifts for my family. sewanne@comcast.net

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  63. The topper is absolutely gorgeous! I am making table runners as Christmas gifts this year. May need to borrow your techniques. I follow you with Google Friend Connect.

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  64. your topper is so pretty. I weaved a small mat for my brother in law to put his hot chili bowl on. I crochet around some family Christmas cards from last year and sent them for their trees.
    sewfabrics@outlook.com

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  65. I follow your blog by email. I've made quilted snowman ornaments to give to my family and friends for Christmas. Linda.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  66. I follow your blog by email. I've made quilted snowman ornaments to give to my family and friends for Christmas. Linda.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  67. I follow your blog on Bloglovin. If I get on the ball, I'd like to make family a friends each a set of micro mitts (little mitts for taking hot stuff out of the microwave).

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  68. I am planning on giving my mom a project bag, my dad a beaded airplane ornament, my husband gets a Hawaiian shirt, and hopefully my sister will finally get the pencil roll-up bag she's been asking for. As I work at a packing and shipping store, it may be a lot to ask of myself, but I'm going to try! I follow via Bloglovin.
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

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  69. Bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender. I am plannning to make Christmas stockings as gifts this year.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  70. Yess i have made 2 quilts and a bunch of pot holders to give.............happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  71. Nearly all my presents are at least partially homemade, even if I make the presentation boxes for the silver coins. I make quilts, placemats, nighties, and pancake mixes and jam.

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  72. Nearly all my presents are at least partially homemade, even if I make the presentation boxes for the silver coins. I make quilts, placemats, nighties, and pancake mixes and jam.

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