Friday, July 31, 2020

Reindeer Wreath

Welcome to Christmas in July! I'm going to celebrate Christmas this year with a Reindeer Wreath full of Santa's crew, and featuring Rudolph front and center!  Check it out at https://www.etsy.com/listing/833335670/reindeer-wreath-christmas-wall-hanging

black and white checked deer heads in a circle with Rudolph in the middle all on a red background by QuiltFabrication


Yes, Rudolph and the gang make up this fun wreath of deer appliques of black and white checks, set in red to match Rudolph's nose! Holly and berry quilting motifs complete the wreath idea.

closeup of holly and berry quilting motifs done by QuiltFabrication


This adorable quilt is newly designed for the Christmas in July Then and Now blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  See https://www.justletmequilt.com/2020/07/christmas-in-july-then-and-now-blog-hop_27.html

christmas in july then and now blog hop


I've teased everyone plenty over the last week or so, especially with the Tips and Tricks for Fusible Applique tutorial, https://www.quiltfabrication.com/2020/07/tips-and-tricks-for-fusible-applique.html. Has anyone noticed the deer are looking to the right in this quilt? Due to a last minute layout change, the deer I used for the tutorial was set aside and new heads made looking right. It was definitely the right decision!



red, black, and grey reindeer wreath wall hanging by QuiltFabrication
 

Though the holly and berries look like a freehand design, they were actually quilted with paper templates. With the templates, I could lay out the design on the quilt beforehand, even adding a few extra leaves or curls here and there to fill empty space. Check out this short video, https://youtu.be/eShxHm087kU showing the quilting with paper templates, which can be done with either a domestic or longarm machine - easy peasy!


rudolph the red nosed reindeer
 

 
Being that the Reindeer Wreath is just so charming  - I had to make a pattern! Not only is the pattern beginner friendly, with a full size reverse deer template, detailed instructions, and quilting ideas, but it is also at a blog hop special price right now through Friday, August 7. Get the pattern now at https://www.etsy.com/listing/833335670/reindeer-wreath-christmas-wall-hanging so there's plenty of time to finish for Christmas enjoyment!  

Since this is a Christmas in July Then and Now theme, and I've covered the now - let's move onto some then. These are just a few of my past favorites:


green pinwheels with red and white stripes for a table runner by QuiltFabrication



black and green striped trees on a red and white background for a table runner by QuiltFabrication


three snow covered black bird feeders with 5 red cardinals in the snow by QuiltFabrication

I certainly do like a lot of red for the Christmas holiday! Of course, I've made several others for Christmas, but there's too many to list here - check out my Etsy Winter page see some more. 

And don't forget to stop by all of the other quilters sharing their Christmas Then and Now projects:

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For a full list of the entire week, visit Carol at Just Let Me Quilt:  https://www.justletmequilt.com/2020/07/christmas-in-july-then-and-now-blog-hop_27.html 
 And thanks again, Carol, for a another fun blog hop!

Happy Quilting and Merry Christmas!




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41 comments:

  1. I like your reindeer quilt and the quilting is lovely. I haven't used papers yet--maybe I need to try them. Thanks for sharing "then" projects too. I enjoyed them all.

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  2. It's funny how some things look better facing one way over the other isn't it! But I agree the deer needed to look to the right:) Very cute.

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  3. As usual I love all your projects. I especially like Winter Feed.

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  4. These guys are just too cute. I love the quilting and that you included it as part of the pattern. Many times I get stuck for quilting ideas!

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  5. I love the deer quilt. I take your word for it that having them all looking right is the best design. I think I would love it regardless because of it's simplicity and charm. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  6. wow your reindeer are fantastic. i love that rudolph is in the middle. adds character to the whole quilt. thanks for sharing all you wonderful projects.
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  7. Your reindeer wreath quilt may have a modern design to it, but I think it's a classic! Your Christmas table runners are also fun and sweet. I'm going to check out your paper pattern quilting technique - the quilting on your reindeer wreath is just beautiful!

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  8. Very cute Reindeer. I love me some gingham! You made quilting around the papers look so effortless. I don't know if I'll ever have that kind of control on my longarm.:(

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  9. You totally rocked that reindeer wall hanging with design and fabrics...I love it! Who wouldn't want that hanging on their wall! Your "then" projects are all my favorites and someday I will sew that bird house one. Thank you for sharing your then and now with us, Susan! xo

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  10. Love your Reindeer Wreath quilt design. The gingham on the deer is perfect, modern and vintage looking at the same time. The other projects are fun too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  11. That is so cute! I love the surprise of Rudolph's nose, and the black and white plaid on red. You have some wonderful patterns!

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  12. You come up with the cutest designs! Red with black/white plaid is a great combination for the winter season. Rudolph is my favorite, of course!

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  13. Ohh, Susan I love all of these designs! So clean, cheery and fun. Love the birds.

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  14. You've done it again! I LOVE this quilt. These colors are just beautiful, and the quilting is stunning. Thank you for the link to the tutorial. This is definitely on my Christmas To-Do list!

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  15. Cute little applique deer. Such a sweet "new" addition to the hop! Love the red and black.

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  16. Your reindeer wreath is adorable!

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  17. Love this quilt, and all your projects. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. I love all your Christmas projects, Susan and especially the Reindeer Wreath!

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  19. Lovely tablerunners and the reindeers are such fun.

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  20. It is nice to finally see the reindeer quilt after all the teases that you have out there. Great table runners.

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  21. Love the runners, but the Reindeer are adorable.

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  22. Love the reindeers ... and the table toppers! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Susan, your work is outstanding. There's nothing you shared that wasn't wonderful. The reindeer in the checked fabric is perfect and the quilting on the red is just the right touch.

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  24. I love the whimsy of the deer quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Your holiday projects are SEW cute, Susan! LOVE those Rockin' Reindeer!!

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  26. Your Reindeer quilt is wonderful. Thanks for the link on the paper quilting. Your pieces from the past are great my favorite is the O'Tannenbaum table runner.

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  27. I love, love your reindeer quilt! The black and white really makes it pop!

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  28. This is really a project to be proud of, Susan! The gingham is perfect for those reindeer, and the simple three-color palette gives the quilt a classy and modern feel. And I agree: the reindeer are best looking to the right. I think the reason is how we "read" quilts -- usually, from the top left to the bottom right. The reindeer are looking in the direction our eyes naturally move when viewing a quilt. Well done!

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  29. Your deer are adorable - I love the gingham fabric you chose (and Rudolph's nose!). It was fun seeing your previous projects too especially the cardinals. Thank you for inviting us for a visit.

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  30. Your deer are fabulous, and the quilting is perfect for showing them off. Thank you for sharing your Christmas projects!

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  31. Cute patterns, reindeer are pretty ;)

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  32. I love reindeer, and your quilt is beautiful.

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  33. The reindeer wreath is such a creative idea - fabulous! Thanks for the discount. Each of the projects you've shown is uniquely your wonderful creativity. What a great inspiration you are.

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  34. The reindeer are so precious! In fact - all projects are! Hugs

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  35. The reindeer wreath quilt is so cute. Love them in buffalo check. Love that Winter Feed quilt.

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  36. Great job on this quilt and so much fun. Love the plaid reindeer and the older projects are great too! Of those, my favorite may be the cardinal.

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  37. Beautiful finish! I love the Rudolph in the center! Your cardinal quilt is lovely - reminds me of my mother....she loved cardinals...

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  38. What a great quilt! Love the off set blocks as well as the red nose in the center.

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