New Dawn Wall Hanging – Free Pattern

New Dawn Wall Hanging

New Dawn Wall Hanging

My New Dawn wall hanging is designed to welcome in the New Year.  I thought I’d go for a small project as I’m sure you are as busy with Christmas preparations as I am. My intention is to give you ideas for your own simple wall hangings.  If you want to make the same wall hanging then I am offering it as a kit – with the applique fabrics already backed with Mistyfuse.  Click here for details.

Today is the shortest day of the year so now we can look forward to longer days and all the promise of a new year.  The wall hanging measures 24″ square and I have broadly used scraps to make it.




Cut the fabrics

Cut the fabrics

Cutting requirements for the New Dawn wall hanging

One 15″ blue square

10.5/8″ squares:  one purple, two green grass (only if your fabric has a direction as mine does)

One 4.1/2″ white square backed with fusible interfacing

Scraps of pink and purple fabric – I actually cut 10″ by 4″ rectangles, backed them with fusible interfacing and then cut them into wavy strips for the clouds

For the border you will need either two or three 2.1/2″ strips of a light fabric cut across the width of fabric.

Add the sun and clouds

Add the sun and clouds

Prepare the applique

I have used Mistyfuse to back the white, pink and purple fabrics, but any fusible interfacing will do.  This means that you can place the applique shapes and then move them around.  When you’re happy with the placements you can press them in place.

Cut a circle from the white square for the sun.  Use the pink and purple fabrics to make wavy strips to represent the morning sunrise clouds.  I have placed the blue square on point so that it looks like a diamond.  Place the sun slightly to one side and extending slightly over the edge of the blue square.  Press.

Place the triangles

Place the triangles

Add the triangles

I have used purple triangles for the night sky and green triangles for the ground.  Make these by cutting 10.5/8″ squares along one diagonal.  For the purple triangles I needed one square only but for the green triangles I needed two squares so that the grass would point in the right direction.

Sew two triangles in place

Sew two triangles in place

Sew opposite purple and green triangles in place.  Press them open and then sew the remaining two triangles in place.

Add the border

Add the border

Add the border

I used 2.1/2″ strips of a lighter fabric for the border.  You’ll need two lengths of 20.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the sides.  Do measure your wall hanging first before you cut the border strips.

Now you can layer the wall hanging with wadding and backing fabric ready for quilting.  I used 26″ squares of backing fabric and wadding.

Quilt the middle first

Quilt the middle first

Quilt the New Dawn wall hanging

I had decided that I wanted some gold in the clouds.  Instead of adding yellow fabric I decided to quilt with yellow thread.  I have quilted with wavy lines going across the blue diamond.  I used these lines to sew down the cloud shapes as well as to represent cloud shapes themselves.

 

Quilting the sun's rays

Quilting the sun’s rays

Next, still using yellow thread, I quilted around the edge of the sun using the stemstitch embroidery stitch on my sewing machine.  Having secured the sun, I then used fabric marker to draw lines radiating from the edge of the sun to the edges of the blue diamond.  I quilted along these lines using yellow thread and still using the stemstitch embroidery.

Quilt the triangles

Quilt the triangles

Finally for the triangles outside the blue diamond I used my favourite quilting filler.  This is just a loop going from the base to the top of the triangle and then a further loop on either side of that central loop.  I think that it gives quite an effective corner to a wall hanging.

That completes the New Dawn wall hanging.  You can just see in the last photo that I have sewn the binding to the wall hanging but have not yet had time to flip the binding and sew it to the back of the wall hanging.

Here’s the video:

https://youtu.be/9KhWvg4ouGs

It just remains for me to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.  Thanks for all your support during this last year – it’s been wonderful hearing from you and being able to share my designs with you.

Abbey Cwm Hir Hall

Abbey Cwm Hir Hall

Just one last travel article of the year – and it’s very fitting.  I visited a hall in Wales with 52 rooms, each one decorated with a tree and a different Christmas theme.  To see my photos click here or click on the photo.