Monday, December 11, 2017


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Gotta love quick and easy projects! That's certainly the case with Adorn,
Adorn, in holiday fabrics, from the Make Wall Quilts

a pattern from the December Book of the Month Selection, Make Wall Quilts.

Make Wall Quilts book
Make Wall Quilts

Created by Camille Roskelley, Adorn makes for a really nice wall decoration, or even a table topper.

Adorn pattern

I also liked how this was quilted simply, and kept with that theme on mine.

Adorn holiday wall quilt

With pale green Glide thread, the quilting echoes the diamond and triangle shapes, with a 3/4" space, followed by an inner 1/2" space, leaving the centers open.

Adorn wall quilt closeup

All of the background triangles have the same spacing, as do the upper and lower borders.

Adorn background and border quilting

Overall, a fun project, not only for the holidays but for any time. Though I cut strips from fat quarters, this is a perfect project to use up strip scraps. I'm sure we could all use lots of ideas for that - consider this one!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Pine Needle Quilting

It's December, which means Christmas, and therefore pine trees, like this one in Santa's Helper.

Santa's Helper Christmas Tree

There's a lot of quilts that have pine trees in them, usually as some sort of triangular shape, like my Holiday Forest table runner. 

Holiday Forest table runner

For these trees, the quilting is pretty simple, since the trees are far away. If they were closer, like the portion of the tree in Santa's Helper, then the quilting should make the tree look like a tree.

Santa's Helper Christmas tree closeup

So, how to quilt pine needles such that they're not a mess of spikes, or so dense one can't tell they're pine needles?

Here's my approach.

How to quilt pine needles: 

first, consider scale.

The closer the view is of the tree, the bigger the needles need to be. In Santa's Helper, the tree 'branches' are around 6" tall, which means the needles should be 1" - 2" in length. If the view is further out, with 'branches' 2" tall, then the needles would be around 1/2" long. 

second, think branching.

Pine trees, especially those used for Christmas trees, are full of multi-branching branches. Think about quilting lots of branches, then needles, off of one main branch.

third, mix up the length of the branches and needles.

To give the tree dimension, it's important to vary branch/needle length within the scale. Pine needles and branches go in all different directions, so by varying the length, a 3-D illusion is created on a 2-dimensional plane.

lastly, nest the branches.

Nesting - made by quilting the design above and below a horizontal plane, helps to blend the rows of needle and branch quilting together. If you've ever quilted pantographs, those that have wavy designs result in nested rows, to give the design an all-over look and hiding the individual rows.

For this quilt, I marked a wavy line on the fabric, which helps with the branch/needle spacing and placement within the area. It's not crucial to follow the line, but it does help with nesting. 

Ready to see those pine needles quilted?

And here's the finished tree area featured in the video.

Santa's Helper finished pine needle quilting from video

And now the tree looks like a pine tree, perfect finish!

Happy Holidays

PS Today is the last day to receive 25% off the Santa's Helper puppy pattern over at Payhip - just use coupon code PUPPYLOVE at checkout.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Midweek Makers #101 - Giveaway Winners

Welcome to Midweek Makers! After my 'blonde' moment last week, when I got distracted by the giveaways and forgot the linky code, Midweek Makers is now back to business as usual. Certainly wasn't the best time to have that happen, but it does, and I thank everyone for their patience and sweet comments. You guys are the best!

Last week was the Big 100 Midweek Makers post, which celebrated with 3 giveaways, just for submitting a link to your project. According to Mr. Random Number Generator and the number on the link submission, the winners are:

for the $15 Green Fairy Quilts e-Gift Certificate

entry #13, Karen of Quilts Etc and her hexie project:


for the $20 Fat Quarter Shop e-Gift Certificate

entry #2, Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland and her Children's Library QAL quilt:


for the free pattern from me, QuiltFabrication,


entry #26, Maggie at Making a Lather and her En Provence top.


Emails have been sent notifying you of your winnings - Congratulations everyone! Please be sure to thank the wonderful sponsors.

As for my share, there's center progress on the Adorn wall quilt from the Make Wall Quilts book.

Adorn center progress

Santa's Helper stole a lot attention over the last few days - probably because he's so cute! - and warrants more about the quilting with another video to share on Friday. Until then, link up the projects you're in love with this week!
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  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors and comments!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link to on your post. 
Have fun!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Santa's Helper

Santa has left an early Christmas present! No, not just the inspirational backing fabric, but....

Santa's Helper with backing fabric inspiration

Oh my! Could it be a PUPPY? 

Santa's Helper puppy quilt

Oh! This little guy is adorable! And so ready play!

Santa's Helper out of the box

All wiggly and full of excitement - that tail just won't stop wagging!

Santa's Helper - my wiggly tail
Isn't he cute? Such an adorable little fellow - I think I'll name him Santa's Helper!

I still can't believe Santa placed him under the tree.

Santa's Helper peeking out of the box

With so much joy, he's certainly wiggled his way into my heart! Careful - he's coming in for a lick!
Santa's Helper ready for a lick

Has Santa's Helper wiggled into your heart too? Though I won't give him up, he has litter-mates available for adoption at my Craftsy, Etsy, and Payhip shops. He does require an experienced owner, someone who has had puppies before, and able to deal with applique, paper piecing, and mitering corners. But once that tail starts wagging, he'll be all yours!

Oh! And Santa also left a special note: the Santa's Helper pattern can be purchased at 25% off Dec 4 - 8, 2017, at Payhip. Just use coupon code PUPPYLOVE at checkout.

And over at Pine Needle Quilting, there's a video to see how to quilt a pine tree!

Thank you Santa!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Book of the Month

It's a new month, which means a new book to explore. For the December 2017 Book of the Month, I'm choosing Make Wall Quilts, full of projects from various quilters.

Make Wall Quilts book
Make Wall Quilts

Since December is a notoriously busy month, I'm choosing this new book to complete a quick project, just in time for gift giving.

At the moment, I have my eye on this little quilt, called Adorn by Camille Roskelley.

Adorn wall quilt

And I have fabrics in mind. Two months ago, I picked up this Classic Christmas by Michael Miller fat quarter bundle at my guild meeting, for a steal. 

Classic Christmas by Michael Miller for Fat Quarter Shop

Wouldn't it work perfectly??? I need to get started - Christmas is coming!

Happy Quilting!

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