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Making the Sewing Happens Here wallhanging

by Tania Denyer

Every sewing space needs to be recognized, whether you’re a quilter, garment maker, or textile artist. Each of us work where we can find the space, sometimes at our dining room table or in our basement next to the laundry or if we’re lucky a spare room or even a studio. No matter where you sew, this is a creative space and should be honored as such. You need a sign to remind yourself and others that Sewing Happens Here!

Every sewing space needs a sign to mark it! Sewing Happens Here!

This project will give you a 24” square quilted wallhanging. It’s composed of an oversized shoofly block made from two shades of your favorite color, in my case turquoise, and has a cute tomato pin cushion applique and the words “sewing happens here” to complete the project.

You can follow the colorway in my sample or choose the colors that make your heart sing. I would love to see how you interpret this design and make it your own. I’m on Instagram @iamgingerq so please share and use the hashtags #sewinghappenshere and #thesewgoeson.

The colors I chose to create my wallhanging



  • 20″ of 2 background fabrics (turquoise)
  • 20″ of lettering fabric (white)
  • Fat quarters for tomato applique, red, green, yellow, black, white and pink
  • 39″ of fabric for backing
  • 20″ of fabric for binding and hanging sleeve
  • 30″ square of cotton batting

UNIQUE Double Sided Cutting Mat – 23″ x 35″

In addition, make sure you have a good cutting mat such as the UNIQUE Cutting Mat.

It’s essential that you have the best quality tools to create your fabric art. My UNIQUE cutting mat has been well used but is still going strong. One tip I learned was that you can clean the cotton fibers from the cuts with a simple white eraser, it works great!

SEW EASY Quilting Ruler – 12″ x 8 1⁄2″

Remember to have fun picking your fabrics, sometimes this is my favorite part. Below you’ll find a printable pdf of a coloring book page of this project. It can help you audition your color selection before cutting into any of your precious fabrics.

Join me tomorrow, I’m cutting and assembling the background shoofly block.

KAI 1000 Series Dressmakers’ Shears – 8 1⁄2″ and KAI 1000 Series Needlecraft Scissors – 4 1⁄2″

KAI 1000 Series Needlecraft Scissors – 4 1⁄2″

Sewing Happens Here! template. Click to download PDF

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go to part 2: Creating an oversized shoofly quilt block!


1 comment

Claudia W May 19, 2020 - 1:31 pm

This is sew cute!!! I can’t wait to get started on this! Thank you so much!


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