Sunday, July 23, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to my day on this amazing pre-holiday blog hop.  The 12 Days of Christmas in July hop run by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is a fabulous way to get some inspiration for those holiday gifts and crafts. Starting early will ease the stress that comes with that time of year as well.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Make sure to check out the other bloggers for today.  There are some pretty amazing prizes for those that comment on every post for each day.  I will post all of the past day's blogs at the bottom of this post because there were some excellent projects and you should visit all of them.

Monday, July 24

I knew almost right away what I wanted to do for this blog hop once I signed on to participate.  As many of you know, I don't decorate much.  Especially when it comes to holidays.  I just don't have the room to store different themed decorations.  So, that means I prefer simple decorations with an impact that don't take up much room.  I opted for a "wall hanging" in the beginning, but it has evolved a bit into a "door hanging".  It is a piece that is the perfect size to hang on your front door or the outside of your coat closet door in the entry.  It would look great anywhere really.

I stepped a bit outside my comfort zone with the fabric choices on this one and went with gorgeous muted fabrics that I just could not pass up.  I found them at a little shop called Momma Made It in Longview, Washington.  They were so friendly and while the stock was of a certain style (Warm, Homey, Civil War type fabrics), there was a great variety and I will be visiting there again.

Aren't they the prettiest?

I don't know what possessed me to choose a directional, lined print for the background of this, but I learned something new.  Matching up all those prints when there are lots of HST's is a bit of a pain, but the end result is gorgeous. If you didn't have to line up a print, you should be able to finish this project in a day.



I made sure to put hanging corners on the back so I could use a dowel and pretty ribbon for hanging (even though I don't have that yet in the photos).  You could use a sleeve or any preferred hanging method.


If you notice, my quilting on my test "Sweet Gift" is not ideal.  I had wanted to try a poofy  lofty batting and it didn't work out so great.  I would suggest something flatter and more dense unless you happen to like this poofy look.  :)




I have not had time to complete an actual pattern for this "Sweet Gift" yet, but if there is interest then I will try to get it done sooner rather than later.  So, let me know if it is something you would want to make.

Make sure you check out all of the great Holiday ideas from the days that have already passed on this fun-filled blog hop.  Show your love with some comments (there are prizes!!)

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!
And don't forget about Confessions of a Fabric Addict!  Sarah has a QAL as well as a roundup of posts and details about the prizes, but hurry because we are almost at the end of 2017's 12 Day of Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Friday, July 14th


Saturday, July 15th


Sunday, July 16th


Monday, July 17th

152 comments:

  1. a door hanging is a great way to show this off, and what great fabrics you have chosen.

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  2. Great idea. Not much room here also. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Sweet candy cane! Nice door hanging for the holidays!

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  4. Jen, what a great idea! Love the candy cane! And lovely fabrics!

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  5. Great wall/door hanging! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. That is cute as anything! I would LOVE a pattern for it. I hang things on my door all year round and I would be so happy to have this for December! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I think your fabrics are absolutely perfect! dezertsuz at gmail

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  7. Love your wall hanging - I agree matching is time consuming but so worth it!

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  8. Love it, will make a great door hanging. beimborn@charter.net

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  9. Beautiful fabrics. Your lines are the straightest!
    Shahann@yahoo.com

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  10. I love it. I'd love a pattern too.
    Thank you for sharing

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  11. Very cute! Would love a pattern. Thank you for sharing your door hanging.

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  12. Jen. Very nice way to decorate with special issues, thanks for sharing.
    ejaneemerson@yahoo.com

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  13. We don't see enough candy canes around Christmas time!! It's adorable and would love a pattern!
    eahorgan@gmail.com

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  14. This is beautiful and I loved your fabric selection. Thanks for sharing. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  15. Adorable ...and a great choice for those of use with limited space! Thank you

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  16. Your wall hanging is a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Putting those little hanging corners on there makes it versatile and could be used as a table runner, door hanging or wall hanging!

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  17. Your wall hanging is so cute! I find I have too many decorations for Christmas, and with a small place I decorate with ones I hang each year-then others, depending on where my motivation takes me! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  18. Darling wall hanging! A sweet touch to Christmas.

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  19. This turned out beautiful! I absolutely love those fabrics.

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  20. It might have been a lot of work, but the directional background print really makes this project perfect!

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  21. Love this! One of my favorite projects on the blog hop. Please make the pattern!

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  22. Very cute candy cane! I'm impressed you lined up all those lines in the background. I don't think I could have done it!

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  23. I really love your wall hanging. I would love to have the pattern for it, as I too don't have a lot of space. Thanks so much!!

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  24. I would like the pattern too. It would go on my back deck door. To be protected from the weather. A nice change from wreaths. A great job and love the colors you pick for it.

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  25. Thanks for sharing this really cute wallhanging.

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  26. Wallhangings are my go-to for decorating for holidays also. I think that is becoming more common for those who have downsized or are living in smaller spaces.

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  27. The the sweet treat is simple yet delightful. I actually think that the directional print in the background adds interest. Thanks. Janice.snell @gmail.com

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  28. Great wallhanging, adds just a pop of Holiday cheer.

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  29. Using a directional print is a challenge but can add a bit of zing to a project. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Wow! You really nailed the directional challenge. Fun, fun, fun. Loved the photos and friendly, chatty dialogue you have going on your blog.

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  31. Cute wallhanging! Doesn't look puffy to me at all. Your fabrics are dreamy! Amazing job matching up that stripe.

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  32. so, so cute. I love the idea of a wall hanging

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  33. Very cute! I make lots of small,seasonal door hangings! They are the perfect decoration!

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  34. What a fun design for a wallhanging! Perfect fabric choices, too.

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  35. Your door decoration turned out great--good for small spaces!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  36. WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR A DOOR HANGER.
    hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  37. Very cute wall hanging. I don't think it looks poofy at all.

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  38. Your candy cane turned out beautiful!

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  39. Wonderful name, Sweet Treat, and it is a treat of a door hanger. It looks great Jen.

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  40. Yes, yes a pattern!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  41. It looks great. I hadn't thought of decorating the door with a banner until a couple of you showed them. Love the candy cane. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Cite cute! And thanks for the corner pocket tip, will use that for sure.

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  43. I hope you do the tutorial/pattern. This is a really good idea. I've wanted to have something different for my front door for years. If hung outside, would you use Scotchguard, or something like that?
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  44. This is so sweet! I'm amazed you used a stripe for the background; it looks great. I would love the pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Fun piece! Now you need to design another seasonal on to use for the back and you have 2 for the space of one.

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  46. You have a lot of patience to line up that stripe for the background! I usually stay away from stripes for that reason. Very beautiful print though, and you are so lucky to have a shop nearby that sells civil war fabrics. I need to order mine online. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  47. This is a lovely design. I always have a Christmas door hanging as it doesn't take up too much space

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  48. i would love to have a tutorial and pattern for this. thanks for sharing.

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  49. Cute quilt. I have several different Christmas quilts that I hang all over. Easiest way to decorate, and easy to store them, too. They may be the only decorations I put up this year.

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  50. Your candy cane is adorable! Thanks for the inspiration! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  51. This is so cute!! I love the fabrics!! You are lucky to have that quilt shop near by!! Thanks so much for sharing! Ironlftr10@yahoo.com

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  52. Wonderful candy cane! ;) definitely want to make one.
    karb328@aol.com

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  53. Door hanging candy cane is awesome. Great idea. Thank you.

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  54. Stipple stitch saves the day!
    tvonzalez at gmail dot com

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  55. Love the door hanging, but especially love the light print on top of the stack! Have not seen anything like that around here. ndfromsdATgmailDOTcom

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  56. I do like those muted fabrics and the way you used them. Matching all the stripes would have been a challenge but you did an excellent job. Thank you.

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  57. What a wonderful idea. Love it!!!!

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  58. This is a lovely wall hanging, and the traditional fabrics really fit the bill!

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  59. Cute idea! Your effort keeping that directional fabric in order was worth it. Great job! Happy Christmas in July!

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  60. Love the candy cane pattern. A little Christmas hanging to make merry the door.

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  61. Great idea for a festive wall hanging!!

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  62. this is wonderful. brings festivity into the room. thanks for sharing.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  63. Very cute project! I know the problems with directional prints for backgrounds, but this fabric is really cute. =)

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  64. That is a nice wall/door hanger. I like that it can be used on any inside door to spread decoration through the house. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  65. Your wall hanging turned out cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  66. I would absolutely love a pattern for this wall/door hanging. This is a unique project and I love it!

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  67. I like the wall hanging of the candy cane! Good for a runner too!

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  68. Great idea, Jen! For some reason, I haven't seen many candy cane designs around quilt land this year.

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  69. I'm always interested in new patterns. It's helpful that you pointed out things you would change another time. Live and learn!

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  70. What a beautiful wall hanging for Christmas. Thank you being part of the blog hop. delissac@hotmail.com

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  71. CUTE WALL HANGING AND I'M WITH YOU I HAVE NO SPACE TO STORE DECORATIONS AND NO DESIRE TO HAVE A BUNCH OF EXTRA STUFF OUT TO CLUTTER MY HOUSE DURING THE HOLIDAY'S BUT THIS IS DO-ABLE. READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

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  72. Great job getting all the little lines matched up!

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  73. Very nice pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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  74. So cute! I would love to have a pattern for thiS. Thanks for sharing great ideas. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  75. Yes, please write up the candy cake wall hanging pattern. I'd love to make one.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  76. I'd love to see your pattern, and you were very clever to make a door hanging !

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  77. Very cute! Yes, would love to have pattern. Thank you!

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  78. The door hanging is a great idea.

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  79. It turned our really adorable.

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  80. Great candy cane quilt. You did a great job with that directional fabric. Good idea to put it on the door too.

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  81. I love candy cane things. These are so cute.

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  82. I love your fabric colors!! So Cute!!

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  83. I love the giant candy cane idea as a wall quilt!

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  84. Sweet--I have not seen something like this before
    nl@ridder.ca

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  85. Your candy cane is so cute! I think wall hangings or runners made like that would make lovely gifts.

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  86. What a great idea for a decoration that doesn't take up any space. Love that idea. Thanks.

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  87. Nice idea for a wall hanging.

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  88. Super cute wall/door hanging!! Thanks for sharing in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.

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  89. Yes, please, to a tutorial!!! 😀


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  90. This is just adorable, Jen! What a great way to decorate in a small space. Thanks for all you've done to help make the hop a success (and I'd love to see a tutorial for this too!)

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  91. I've not seen a candy cane wall hanging like this before - a smaller version would look nice on a cushion cover :)

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  92. The giant candy cane is great idea for a wall hanging. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. What an effective wall hanging. Thank you for sharing your idea.

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  94. This I'd diffrent and too cute ..ty for the idea live it.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  95. This is a clever idea for a holiday wallhanging, and it looks fun to make! Thanks for sharing!

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  96. I never would have thought of the candy cane and the muted fabrics were perfect. Thank you for sharing.

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  97. Hi Jen! The candy cane hanging is just lovely. Beautiful work.

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  98. Super cute wall hanging. Thanks for a great idea. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  99. I do like the poofy look and what a super job you did lining up that directional fabric! Those fabrics look lovely together. Great work getting ahead on the holiday sewing!

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  100. I like it when the quilt is a bit poofy. It adds depth when quilted.

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  101. I love this idea and would love to see a pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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  102. It is a big pain to keep track of all those directional fabrics, but I know that if you're like me you're so glad now that you did. And your project looks great, so it was well worth the effort!

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  103. This is such a fun wallhanging! I would definitely love to see a pattern, you did such a great job lining up all those stripes!

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  104. The candy cane theme is a nice change from the usual décor. being space-challenged myself, I like the idea of an easily stored wall hanging. susanprincess at att dot net

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  105. This is a fun idea, thank you for sharing. x

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  106. What a cute idea, Jen!
    (Actually, I think the thicker batting and your quilting gives it great texture!)
    *Thank you!* for sharing!
    Pat T.

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  107. Oh my goodness - this will look so great on my door for the holidays! I absolutely LOVE the fabrics you chose. Oooh, I cannot wait to make this. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  108. I love this cute idea. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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  109. What a sweet candy cane project (no pun intended). Thanks for sharing your project!

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  110. Great project. I have a glass panel on my front door that needs covering, and this would be the best thing. Thanks for sharing. D. Weeks (aka Momma Llama)

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  111. Very cute!!! Thank you! Good work!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  112. I love this. It is perfect Christmas décor.

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  113. Cute, fun and Festive! Thanks. lutzcats ( at ) yahoo ( dot) com

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  114. Love your candy cane!!! Yes, a tutorial would be wonderful. I am always looking for something different and fairly fast to put together at the last minute! Thank you!

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  115. What a cute idea for the holidays. A tutorial would be wonderful.

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  116. That is an adorable wallhanging Jen! And I for one sure like the muted Civil War look of those fabrics, make me think cocoa, or apple cider, fires, chocolate, holiday music...Tutorials never go unappreciated ;-)

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  117. Great fabrics for a cute candy cane! I have the perfect place to hang one, if you decide to make a tutorial!

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  118. This is absolutely adorable! I would love a tutorial/pattern, as I think I need to make a few of these for gifts this year! :-) I love your fabric choices, especially the background fabric.

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  119. Your wall hanging is awesome! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  120. NEAT WALL DECOR! THANKS FOR SHARING!!!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  121. I love how you quilted it! Thanks for the idea.

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  122. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJuly 25, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Oh, please do make a pattern. I have just the door to hang it on. There is a door with a window looking into the garage at the end of one of our hallways. It just happens to be very near our bedroom, so I see it every day. I have been wanting to make seasonal quilts to cover that window, and this would be perfect.

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  123. So pretty and festive. thank you for the tutorial :)

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  124. It's a lovely door hanging and you should definitely do atutorial. We often don't even realize a fabric is directional until you start putting it together. A
    But sometimes it doesn't really matter if things go every which way. Thanks for being part of the blog hop.
    Pat

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  125. I love the candy cane and you should create a pattern/tutorial.

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  126. Clever idea designing a wall hanging to hang on a door. Thanks

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  127. This would be so fast to make, and it would look so cute on my door! Great idea. Thank you!

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  128. Oh Jen, this really is adorable! I'm a sucker for candy canes, so I am also interested in a pattern. I'm glad to see so much interest for you, how exciting! I like how you quilted the bow to look 3D, it's a nice effect. I am a puffy batting person, I get frustrated when I space off that one layer of 80/20 batting will not give me the definition that I want. Thank you for the inspiration, I think I am going to dig around for some red and white HST I have in my room, I just got an idea for a mini candy cane...

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  129. Great Christmas wall-hanging!

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  130. What a great door hanging - I'd love to see a tutorial for it! Thanks for sharing!

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  131. What a fun and striking project--thanks for sharing!

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  132. Love it! I have a random door that we keep open in our foyer and this would be such a cute decoration for it!

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  133. Oh, Jen, I just love your project!!! I need to make one. It's a great way to enjoy the Christmas candy without the cavities or calories!! And YES I am interested in a tutorial. kthurn@bektel.com

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  134. A cute idea, perfect for lack of space to store decorations. I understand that dilemma. Thank you for sharing!

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  135. I love it. Please do a pattern/totorial.

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  136. Thanks for taking the time to make your wall hanging for Christmas in July. But we all do not have hour talents or skills in drawing. SO, YES a PATTERN would be GREAT! I know I'm a bit late commentig but I also know how we as (most women) just go on and never complain but some of us do. I am sorry if I am going on and on. It is very late here. So if I can help you obtain this pattern for 'the greater good' like I will do any requests within reason. Thanks for a fantastic idea. We eagerly await the pattern.
    Contact:RobinR@kleinnest.com

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  137. This is such a cute design! Matching those lines in the background must have been a pain, but the end result is worth it!

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