Friday, August 17, 2012

Winterkist Wall Art

There and Back

It's been so incredibly difficult to not share pics of this sooner! I'm so glad that my stop on the Winterkist Blog Hop is finally here!

Anyone who knows me knows that Halloween reigns supreme in the holiday fabric wars. But man, oh man does it have some competition now. 

I have had my eye on this fabric ever since Monica put that first little gnoma peek on her blog. I've stalked her lovingly checked her site every week since for more glimpses of this line. 

Quite simply, I've been in love. I had email alerts set up at my favorite shop just waiting for the moment when I could get my hands on this fabric. 

And then Katie sent me an invite to this event. 

There might have been some jumping on the bed. 

Okay, there totally was some jumping on the bed.

But what to make?! There were plans. Serious plans. I had lost all my holiday decorations a couple years back and never had the heart to replace them. 
Now I've been envisioning tree pants and stockings. Table runners and door wreaths. All in Winterkist.

My first project tho? It needed to be big. 
It needed to be year round. 

Full Shot


No worries. Those wrinkles got steamed out ;)

I think at 20" x 32" I got the "big" part accomplished. 

This idea started with a snowflake:

Big Snowflake

And then it needed a friend:

Lil' Snowflake

And then it just kept growing. I couldn't stop playing with this fabric. I spent two days working on the little pieces and arranging them. It actually got so big that I had to staple two canvases together to have one big enough! 

Creative fixes

I used three different types of applique to make this piece: reverse, raw-edge and needle turn.

If you had told me a couple of years ago that I'd be making a whole piece with applique I would have laughed at you. But I'm really coming to love the technique. Especially reverse.

Besides the fact that it's totally made of Winterkist, the best part of this piece is that the Mr. helped!

I'd been staring at it on the floor when he came home. Those clouds? All him. He asked for some of my scraps and the scissors and cut them all out and placed them.

He also inspired some Happy Little Trees:

Happy Lil' Trees


And my gnoma now has a year round home in the hallway:

At Home on the Wall

He gets passed by multiple times a day. I make sure to tell him Hello each morning. 

And while it certainly has a winter-y theme, Monica has designed such a bright and happy fabric that there's no question about leaving this piece up. 


Don't forget that the awesome people at Fat Quarter Shop are sponsoring this Blog Hop! Comments on the Winterkist project posts get you entry to win a Fat Quarter Bundle of your choice!

My vote would be for Winterkist. Obviously. 

This stop here is the last one for a chance at the prize this week!

Don't forget to visit these blogs for the last week of the Hop:

Aug 20  Kim at My Go-Go Life
Aug 21 Di at Random Thoughts...do or "di"
Aug 22 Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts
Aug 23 Jenelle at Echinops & Aster
Aug 24  Katie at There & Back

All the Winterkist projects so far have been amazing. I've loved seeing all the different ways we each used the fabric.

I'm rather glad there's still another week of posts. I don't think I could ever get enough of these gnomas.

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72 comments:

  1. What a great idea. I love the snowflakes - very cute!

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  2. I really like how the colors in the applique' pop under the gray. Great idea. Thanks!

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  3. I love the brightness of Winterkist!

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  4. Oh, my goodness; it is SO ADORABLE! And brilliant - I love the reverse applique! But I have to ask... "tree pants?" What are "tree pants??" :)

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  5. This is just sew cute! I love doing these but haven't tried reverse applique - yet. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love the Winterkist colours! and the grey is the perfect partner!

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  7. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! HOW ADORABLE!!! Absolutely LOVE IT!!! You are so creative - would love to be able to do something like this. But as a beginner - baby steps!! Hopefully I will work my way up to this skill level.

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  8. Very creative work! I love the colors of the fabric, cute.

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  9. Wow! What great work plus the fact that you had the Mr. help you out. Sounds like so much fun.

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  10. It is so great Allegory! I loved how you mixed together the different types of appliqué and the choice of gray for the background! Oh oh, and the embroidery and the patchwork mountain!

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  11. What a brilliant idea - I love that gnome!

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  12. what an original idea. Very cute

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  13. Supercool. Love winterkist, and love seeing something so different too :-)

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  14. I love it! I'm also stalking the stores and have an email notification (fat quarter shop is so far the only place I've found who plans to stock it). I have big plans. Also, year round plans. Can't wait.
    Looking forward to seeing your follow up projects once you get more fabric

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  15. What a neat project for this collection. Love it !!!!

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  16. I love your piecing behind the reverse applique. It turned out so nice.

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  17. Very sweet and original!!! Love it!!! Thanks for sharing ;-)

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  18. Hee hee, love him, and his background, especially the clouds!

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  19. I love the reverse applique snowflakes! I've always wanted to try it, and now I am motivated!

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  20. That's one big cute gnoma ready to welcome you home everyday:)
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  21. It's so cute. Love the snowflakes!

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  22. This is such a unique and creative art piece. Thanks for sharing your process. mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com alternate email addy

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  23. So cute, love the snow. I'm inspired to try a wall piece of my own!

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  24. Awesome! It looks so good!! Love all the things you did, it's great! And I hope you do share with us your tree pants. I think it sounds like an excellent option for those trees usually forced to wear skirts :)

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  25. I love the huge Gnoma just sitting there.

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  26. I love reverse applique. Maybe one day I'll work up the courage to actually try it. I am a big 'ol fan of fabric wrapped canvas AND Gnoma, so rock on with your bad self, lady.

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  27. That's so cute! The Gnoma looks so happy sitting there. =D

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  28. Love, love, love your project.

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  29. how cute is this wall mural! i like that you used the different applique methods; i hadn't thought to do that, and will certainly do so now! winterkist was the ideal fabric for your project!

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  30. This is fantastical! I never would've thought to make wall art. Great job! Please tell Gnoma I said hello. ;)

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  31. OMG Way too cute! Love the Gnome!

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  32. What a fun, fun wall hanging!! I love the reverse applique! And I had a fun read going through some of your older posts: you have a great way of writing :-)

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  33. I love the gnoma habitat! It's only fitting that he lives in a Winterkist wonderland. :)

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  34. I hated applique at first but grew to love it, also. I love what you did with the snowflakes, and I'm definitely going to have to try fabric on canvas. :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Great project! I cannot wait for this line. I feel like I'm stalking all mt favorite shops!

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  36. So much fun! Thanks for the chance to win. I've got to get working. On my winter projects!!!

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  37. Love the Gnome! This project is soooo cool! Think I can do....& looks sooo fun! Happy Picture! You did Awesome job! Thanks for sharing!

    And thanks for chance to win! :)

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  38. I love all these projects. Thanks for participating in the hop.

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  39. What a great project - super job of thinking outside the box!!

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  40. Those snowflakes are my favorite! What a fun piece of wall art. :)

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  41. Love your great framed art...I agree you can definitely keep it up year round!

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  42. Great work! I love that you used a canvas!

    Deborah
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  43. I'm totally inspired to make a Christmas in Florida theme... the colors ore perfect... I think my happy little trees will be palms... ;-)

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  44. Great piece. I love that it is year round; the snowflakes and that the Mr. contributed. The fabrics sure are fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Oh wow, how lovely is this piece, I'd be proud to hang that on my wall... gotta get me some Winterkist!!

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  46. This is amazing, love the snowflake (like so many others...)

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  47. What a great project! Love the snowflake! So impressed that your hubby helped!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Love love the snowflakes. That gnome is so glorious!

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  49. Love! I can see why you like appliqué if you get results like that! Just awesome.

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  50. This is so cute. I love that the Mr helped with the clouds.
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  51. that's a great display of skill. I can see visitors to your house being overwhelmed by your craftiness.

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  52. Love this!!! Such a great idea and it would look great in a child's room or in the hallway or in my sewing room. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. What a clever use of the fabric! Love it!

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  54. He's wonderful, thanks for such a good idea.

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  55. so pretty fabric, love those snowflakes!

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  56. Oh this is so cute! What a great idea! Love it!

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  57. Love, Love, LOVE!! I can't wait to get my hands on some Winterkist. How on earth did I manage to miss this blog hop till now?? Off to get inspired by more Winterkist goodies........

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  58. How cute is that! I love this fabric!

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  59. HI! NEAT WORK-LOVE THE FABRICS TOO!
    THANKS TO YOU+FQS FOR SHARING!

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  60. What an awesome piece! I love those gnomes, and I love that you'll have a little "Christmas cheer" all year round - great job!

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  61. love the progress of the idea- it sounds like the way i work!

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  62. This is such a gorgeous project & the gnoma makes it perfect! I love these fabrics!

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  63. He is adorable and I love the snowflake!

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  65. i'm terribly embarrassed to say that i am only just now seeing this post. what the hell is wrong with me?? clearly, it is awesome!!! i'm going to send you my gnoma destash fabric. clearly it needs to be with you. xo

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