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Tanabata Holiday Mantelpiece


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There's just something about a mantelpiece that adds such a cozy touch when it comes to holiday decorating. No matter what your decorating tastes are -- country traditional, high Victorian, kid at heart or anything in between -- these instructions will help you sew an eye-catching heirloom that you'll use for years to come. Created as an add-on for those who have already purchased the Loom&Essence Tanabata Quilt Block primer, these instructions are designed for nine different standard mantel widths ranging from 48 to 96 inches with a standard shelf depth of 8 inches. Detailed measurement charts and diagrams walk you through the process of determining the proper amount of fabric to purchase, and the correct size to cut for your mantel. No mantel? No worries! The mantelpiece also looks great draped across the back of a sofa. Now that I have completed my holiday mantelpiece, I'm going to whip up a new variation for a few more seasonal events (pink and white for Valentine's Day ... red, white and blue for July 4 ...). 14-page pattern is optimized to display on a computer or tablet screen, and printed on letter-size paper set to landscape (sideways) layout. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic piecing; simple binding; folding and creating Tanabata fabric origami blocks SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Yardage needed depends on size of your mantel. The following is for a 72-inch mantel: 1.75 yards cotton for the mantel base and the Tanabata block background. 1 yard (assorted) cotton for the star centers. 7/8 yard contrasting cotton for the binding 1.25 yards low-loft batting and backing

Supplies Needed

  • Tanabata Origami Quilt Block primer (sold separately)
  • Quilting cotton for block background, mantelpiece base, and center stars. Muslin or sheet remnant for backing. Low-loft
  • Optional: Beads, buttons or sequins for star centers.

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Every now and then, the designer muse hits and I create a pattern which captures a technique I have developed or modified. Usually, some form of folding or fabric manipulation is involved, creating interesting dimensional effects. I'm a stickler for detail and clarity and strive to make my instructions easy and precise so you'll have fun and great results. All my patterns display nicely on a tablet or other digital device. I hope you take time to check them out and give them a spin. I'm always eager to receive feedback at Cheers!