Friday, July 26, 2013

Christmas in July Blog Hop: Day 3

Today Mary from Mary on Lake Pulaski is here on the blog, sharing her tutorial for a Snowfolk Portrait Gallery Mantel Quilt. This is a great technique for hanging quilted pieces on your mantel without using nails or tacks! After you check out Mary's tutorial, head over to her blog to see how to enter to win a bundle of Snowfolk fabrics for yourself! 

Hello, Mary from Mary on Lake Pulaski blog here to bring you a tutorial for your very own Mantel Quilt made with the new Snowfolk line of fabric from Benartex.

Here is what you will need to make one just like mine:

1 panel from the Snow Folk line
2 yards of Snowfolk Allover in Blue
2 yards of Snowball Texture in Blue  
approximately 30 inch by 60 inch piece of quilt batting
sewing machine thread in colors to match fabric
perle cotton #8 in colors to match fabric 
freezer paper or other large sheets of paper
white marking pencil
1.  Cut out the Snowman rectangles from the panel along the sides and bottom on the very outside edge of the frames. Cut a piece of  Snowball Texture and batting the same size leaving an extra inch + on the top side of each piece.
2. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and the batting on the bottom and pin.  Sew 1/4" seam along the sides and bottom. Trim the corners, turn right side out, press and then baste raw edges together 1/4" from the top of the frame.  Complete the other two in the same manner.
3.  Hand quilt with the matching perle cotton around as much detail as desired on all three "portraits" and set aside.

4.  Lay paper over mantle with straight edge along the back and crease paper along all of the outer edges.

5.  Cut out on the crease.

6.   Iron or pin to one layer of batting, one layer of Snowfolk Allover and one layer of  Snowball Texture.  Cut out adding 1/2" to all edges.   Mark center and add the portrait you want in the middle centered on this mark with all raw edges matching as shown and pin.   Add the other two portraits 1/2" from the end.

7.  Sew around all sides with 1/2" seam catching the portrait pieces as pinned.  Leave a 6" opening on the long straight side (this will be against the back of the mantle). 

8.  Trim corners and turn right side out through the opening.

9.  Press raw edges of opening under 1/2" toward inside.  Top stitch 1/4" from edge around entire mantle quilt.
10.  Place on your mantle, add whatever other decorations go with your Snow Folk Portrait Gallery and enjoy!
Let me know if you have any questions. 
Thanks Mary! What a great idea! Head over to Mary's blog to see how you can enter to win a bundle of Snowfolk fabrics. Read more about Cheryl Hayne's Snowfolk collection here.

If you missed the other tutorials from the Christmas in July blog hop, click on the links below:
Day 1: Ho-Ho-Ho, Let It Snow advent calendar, click here.
Day 2: Christmas Spectacular table runner tutorial, click here.  

And...don't forget to head over to our Facebook page and enter a recipe in our Christmas cookie exchange--we'll be compiling all the entries into a pdf recipe book to share!


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