Friday, November 22, 2019

Winter Forest

I have just fallen in love with trees! Here's my second tree project,

Winter Forest table topper by QuiltFabrication

the absolutely enchanting Winter Forest table topper!

Based on the same trees as those used in the Christmas Tree wall hanging,

Christmas Trees wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

these Winter Forest trees are loaded with snow!

Winter Forest tree table topper by QuiltFabrication

Six curvy white trees circle around a single snowflake, creating a striking pattern, don't you think? I'm not sure which tree pattern I love more - the Christmas Trees or the Winter Forest. Fortunately, one can be displayed during December for Christmas, and the other in January for some winter cheer.

And just like the Christmas Trees wall hanging pattern, Winter Forest is also suitable for the confident beginner quilter. The pattern walks through cutting the wedges, placing the fusible trees and snowflake, and even how to do the binding on the those 120 degree angles - nothing is left out!

Since I'm in love with the Winter Forest table topper, I'm going share that love for the next few days. The pattern is available in my Etsy shop for half price until the evening of November 25. That date also kicks off a 9-day Etsy sale event, with 40% off on all QuiltFabrication quilts listed, which includes free shipping. If there's a quilt that speaks to you, grab it during the sale!

Last, but not least, the quilting on Winter Forest. I was originally thinking of stippling, as the background is not the feature of this piece. But it just wasn't quite right. Instead, I opted for a snowdrift look of rolling lines from the border up to the snowflake. 

Winter Forest table topper quilting by QuiltFabrication

And I even added in a few snowflakes here and there.

Winter Forest table topper quilting detail by QuiltFabrication

A couple of simple snowdrift lines finish off the border.

Winter Forest table topper border quilting by QuiltFabrication

Now I'm set for decorating in January: Winter Forest for the table, and Winter Feed for the wall.

Winter Feed wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

Can't wait!!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Midweek Makers #202

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! Time to announce the winners of last week's Christmas Trees wall hanging pattern giveaway:

Christmas Trees wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

per the random choice of Rafflecopter, say a big congrats to 
Nancy L and Carol A! 
Both have been sent their patterns via email, and I hope to see pictures of their Christmas Trees in the future!

With my cold continuing to linger, especially in my eyes (yes, your eyes can be infected with a cold virus), progress on my next tree creation is slow. Below, I'm using clear monofilament and a small zigzag to finish off the applique.

Christmas Trees by QuiltFabrication

Hoping for the big reveal on Friday!

While we're still on the subject of trees, awhile ago I received an email from Ellen, who made several items using the pumpkin applique blocks.

pumpkin applique block by QuiltFabrication

She asked if I had anything like this for Christmas, and after thinking about it and tinkering with a rough sketch, the applique Christmas Trees were born - thank you, Ellen, for the suggestion! And here is Ellen's version of the Christmas Trees applique:

Ellen's Christmas Trees runner

I love that she used a dotted fabric - it makes the trees look like they have lights! Well done, Ellen!

Now on to this week's Midweek Makers. Continuing in the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop theme, there were a couple more quick gift ideas at last week's party that were not on the hop. 
Take a look at these:

these simple eyeglass cases from EspiritPatch,


always needed hair scrunchies from Simply Crafting,

and my favorite idea, cup sleeves from Quilting and Learning!

Goodness! One could really go wild with fabric choices on all of these projects!

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Monday, November 18, 2019

FREE Christmas Tree Patterns

Since I'm having fun working with trees right now, how about some FREE Christmas tree patterns from around the web?

There's a lot of patterns out there, and all appear pretty easy.
Enjoy the following list of 10 FREE Christmas tree patterns!

A quilt full of Evergreen trees from Cluck Cluck Sew,

           Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

the Patchwork Forest quilt from Diary of a Quilter,

                                             Patchwork Christmas Tree Quilt Block Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter

the Little Trees quilt from Sew Can She,


a Christmas Bauble quilt from the Moda Bake Shop,


a striking Holiday Wall Hanging by Studio E Fabrics


something a bit different with Figgy Pudding from Moda,

or a visit to Windham Fabrics Christmas Tree Farm,


a fun little tree block from Sewing Under the Rainbow,


a quilted tree skirt, featuring trees, from Sew Mama Sew,

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and last but not least, a Christmas tree block from The Spuce Crafts to create your own quilt.

                          Christmas Tree Quilt Block Pattern

Enjoy all of the inspiration as there's still time to work a small project - Happy Quilting!

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Taking It Easy but Still Working Away

Yup, my cold is still hanging around, though at least I can now taste food. I do wish my eyes would improve - they weep and sting. Ugh. But that hasn't held me back from getting some things done.

First up was quilting another one of Helen's Halloween quilts, though this one is a panel and has fleece for a backing.

Helen's Halloween panel quilt

I tried to keep the quilting more open with light custom work in the panel, and the same spider webs I used in Fright Night in the borders. Though a bit past the season, this quilt is now ready to snuggle under!

When that was done, I started playing with the white cut out pieces from the Christmas Trees wall hanging. Ah, but I had cut them out of the tree outline with no fusible on the back. No worries - an easy fix! I just traced the pieces onto the fusible, making them a wee bit bigger. The help of my Teflon pressing sheet (affiliate link)

took care of any fusible residue. The pieces just needed a clean up trimming around the fabric as a final touch. Did I think to take a picture of this? Nope - sorry.

And then I made some more pieces, the proper way, because the project I'm dreaming up needs more than the three I had. The pieces are now placed and ready for the final fuse, as shown below.

snow capped trees project by QuiltFabrication

Now I'm off to do some serious edge stitching - hope I can see what I'm doing. More to show next week!

Have a great weekend quilting!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Midweek Makers #201

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! In my Houston wrap up last week, I forgot to mention if I brought home any new fabrics or other goodies. Well, absolutely nothing found it's way into my suitcase, not that I wasn't tempted. At the end of my last day on the vendor floor, I was so saturated from quilt stuff that I just decided to keep my dollars in my pocket. 

But I did come home with a grand souvenir - a bad head cold now into my eyes, something I haven't had in years. Doc says, ah, all viral, not much to do but rest. Thanks, Doc. Hard to get much done when I can't see well, which is the reason why I have nothing new to share today.

So, let's look at last week. 
From Den Syende Himmel, these adorable owl key chains.


This beautiful quilt at Grace and Peace,


eye-catching colors at Not Afraid of Color,


and scrappy stars at Karen's Quilting.


Last, but not least, was an email I received from Jacquita, who sent me a picture of a customer favorite, the Patriotic Wave runner she just finished - great job Jacquita!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas Trees Wall Hanging

Just in time for the holidays, and as a gift to a special friend, my newest creation, a Christmas Tree wall hanging.

Christmas Trees wall hanging by QuiltFabrication
Snow capped trees made of Christmas prints - what a wonderful way to set the mood for the holiday season! 

Christmas Trees by QuiltFabrication

Created just in time for Christmas and the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' In the Sticks, my friend is getting an early present. I'm so pleased with how this turned out, I'll have to stitch up one for myself.

Made with both easy fusible applique and piecing, a beginning quilter would have no problem putting this together. The hard part is choosing from all the fabulous Christmas prints available!

prints used for a Christmas tree block

Wondering how I got all those tree pieces to be identical? Check out the Creating Identical Fussy Cut Fusible Pieces tutorial for an easy way to do that.

creating identical fussy cut fusible pieces

And can you tell I had fun quilting this? 

snowflake and snowball quilting on the Christmas Tree wall hanging

Full of falling snowflakes and snowballs on a string, it's a modified ruler design from my current Book of the Month feature, Ruler Work Quilting (affiliate link) - see page 111 of the book for circle quilting ideas. This is just one fill idea for the tree background, as there's so many to choose from!

Desiring trees and snowflakes yet? For the rest of the week, the Christmas Tree wall hanging pattern is available at Etsy at an introductory special price. Or maybe you'd like to take a chance to win one of two copies I'm giving away - after all, this is a 'gift it' hop! Just enter via Rafflecopter below, leave a comment and become a follower of QuiltFabrication.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners will be announced next Wednesday, Nov 20, on Midweek Makers #202, and sent a PDF pattern by email.

Before I forget, make sure to visit the other quilt blogs on today's blog hop list for other Stitch It and Gift It ideas. 

Good luck and enjoy the hop!

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