Christmas Mini Quilts

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It’s that time of year, so I dug out all the Christmas themes quilted items I’ve made through the years and hung up a few along one wall here in the shop.

I always get asked about patterns, and since I’ve made these over a long time even before I had a shop, I figured I should just make a list all in one place. Many of these are free downloads, or sell as a digital PDF. Please support the pattern authors! It’s worth the few bucks for them to figure out the math and steps for you.

This is the Christmas Baubles mini quilt, free pattern from the Moda Bake Shop, by Jen Daly. This is actually the second time I made this, having sold the first one. The fabric line is an older one from Sweetwater.

Super popular this year, the Mini Charming Christmas Tree pattern was free from Fat Quarter shop.

This is another one by Jen Daly, called Merry and Bright. You can buy the pattern on Etsy right here. Jen runs a quilt along every Christmas on her blog. It’s worth it to check in and download the free patterns as she releases them, since after the holidays she takes them down and sells the finished pattern in her shop.

From the book Mini Quilts by Cluck Cluck Sew, any quilt is Christmas if you use your Christmas fabrics.

This one was one I made up myself from scraps of another quilt. I had a few half square triangles and just played around and looked up some pics until I saw if you arrange four HSTs just so, they look like envelopes. Place them on point, throw in a background, border, and DONE! It’s about placemat size.

The large square wall quilt on the back wall is the Little Joys quilt, put on as quilt along by the Fat Quarter Shop a long time ago. The PDF is available for purchase here.

This runner was actually fun to do! I used the Mini Quick Curve ruler and a free pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful called the Mini Mod Ornament. The pattern gives the cut pieces of fabric for requirements, but I made three blocks from 3 fat quarters. I cut all the pieces from each print and mixed them up in each block.

This runner was made by Snowy using a mini charm pack and a matching Kona solid. The triangles are folded and only the edge is sewn in. It was a pattern in Moda’s Candy Squares Quilt Pattern Project Booklet, currently out of print. Not sure what I did with my copy.

This is a great example of just taking a nice quilt block, adding a finishing border, then making it a wall hanging. Not sure what the block is called.

This was a quilt as you go runner, done wonky on purpose. I was just using up scraps in my Christmas bins and pulled all the metallic prints.

And lastly, the second most popular Christmas mini quilt I get asked about is this one! This is a PDF downloadable pattern from Cut Loose Press, called Crazy Christmas Trees. Buying the digital copy is your best bet here. The ruler is not required as ANY 45 degree ruler will work! Especially if you follow the directions. Not like me.

Some of the minis above are also table runners, placemats, or table toppers. I like to hang them up just for a change of pace! I’m sure this list will grow as I dig more out of storage and bring them to the shop. Remember, any pattern can be a Christmas one if you use holiday fabrics!

Seabreeze from Laundry Basket Quilts

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New in the shop is this fantastic collections of low volume prints in creamy beige and tans, with highlights of soft blues. Perfect for background, we highly recommend any of the prints from this line for projects such as the Spring Mystery Quilt 2023 from the designer.

I love this collections so much I had to do a quilt mock up as above.

With both geometrics, tiny prints, and lush tone on tone florals, you are sure to find the perfect fabrics from this line for your next project. Shop the collection now.

New in Collections – Lilac Garden by Deborah Edwards from Northcott Studio

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Lush bouquets of lilacs in full bloom are adorning the shop with the signs of spring. Right outside our door is three different varieties of lilac bushes and inside you have a stunning collection that never fades.

The perfect shades of lilac set off by the springiest green, you can choose from large focus florals and match with the leafy blenders in three matching colors. Smaller springs march across the geometric prints for a perfect accent. The large stripe would make a perfect wide border.

Just need a nibble instead of yardage? We have precuts available too! Shop now.

New in Markdowns

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Time to clear out some space in here with the new fabrics showing up!

First up, we have the remaining bolts from Northcott’s Sail Away line. This gorgeous digitally printed lines in soft blues, sandy beiges, and stunning cobalt was a huge hit in shop everywhere. Maybe you have a bit left and are wondering how to use them up in a new project, or maybe you are finishing up a project and need just a bit more.

Here’s a shot of what we have left. At $10 a meter, I’m sure it will be gone soon!

I dug a little deeper and found we have some left of Feathered Nest. It’s almost pussy willow time again, and hiding in the panel shelves was more panels from this line! I marked the remaining panels down to $10. There’s even a couple of patterns.

This is also priced to clear out at $10/ meter. With soft blues and greys, browns and tans, I’m sure you have the perfect project to fit.

Closed until January 9th

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Our shop will be closed for in-store shopping from December 31st through to January 9th. We will resume regular hours then.

In the shop, we will be doing inventory and also adding updates and a few spiffy things to the website. Now is a good time to go through your own stash at home to tidy and organize. Make a shopping list as you go, and we’ll both be ready for reopening. see you then!

Skills I wish I had

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Today’s topic is skills I wish I had and I gotta say “patience” is right up there. Now I’m sure many of you think I have oodles already but the fact is I rush through many projects and don’t slow down!

I would also say hand stitching is another skill I wish I had, because my hands are bad and my eyes are worse, so any handwork I avoid.

So when I look gorgeous applique quilts, wool or otherwise, or redwork or anything embroidery, I appreciate the skills that are needed. I know a lot of people would also say talent but to me, talent comes from lots and lots of practise until you are highly skilled – no matter what you are doing.

Another skill is fabric design. I have an eye for color and I can doodle fairly well, I just know there’s some gaps in there that would mean a lot of hurdles between an idea in my head and a finished line of fabric.

Finally, along with patience comes FOCUS. I have ADHD and it is absolutely an issue with focusing, both trying to focus on the job at hand and hyper focusing on… anything else, usually. Most days I have it managed but I let it run free with my sewing projects and you can usually tell.Ooops!

Day 7 – Dream Project

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For the 31 Day Blogging challenge the topic is dream project and I have to say there is a LOT of quilting, sewing and crafting techniques I have tried over the years, but I did have some dream projects come to mind!

First up is to do a Quiltworx quilt. Yes really. Probably just one. They had a huge clearance sale one Black Friday and I bought 3 deeply discounted patterns and yes the shipping was more than the patterns, but these are on my list. I confess it is mostly to say yes I did one, and also to do some insane custom quilting on it for quilt shows. One of the guilds I’m in has even done a couple of classes, but for smaller items, and I never manage to be free.

The patterns still sit there not for lack of time, because if I really got the bug I would MAKE time, but because… I’ll admit it… I’m scared! I have to choose the fabrics and what if I pick something ugly?? I have waffled so much on this one. Eventually it will happen.

Another dream project is Wanderer’s Wife (formally Gypsy Wife). I finally bought the pattern a few months ago and decided on fabrics quite quickly, I just need to start. I’ll use up my Tula Pink stash across all the lines I have. If you would like to buy a copy of the pattern, I can order it in for you.

Third – because I can’t just pick one – is Dear Jane. I have EQ and I bought the Dear Jane extension one year and in the past year finally started. Since I lean modern I am making a version in solid bright rainbow colors, inspired by one of the photos going around. It’s HARD! I pierced the first block and wow was it ever off. That was my fault, not the pattern’s fault and by a lot I mean the block was a full half inch larger than it should have been. I paper pieced a second version and that was more accurate. I think Im up to three blocks now and it’s just a matter of putting this one on my schedule. It’s a lot of prep work for every single block – and yes they are all different – but if I do one block a month it’s still progress.

Have you done any of the above projects?

My oldest UFO

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Day 6 of the 31 day blogging challenge and I am really grateful I did not have to think up topics. Also this topic is hard.

What’s my oldest UFO? Well up until two0sih years ago I had a good answer for that!

Way back in 1995 or so when I started to really get into quilting, I started a quilt for kid #2. I had all these scraps from sewing clothing AND had just discovered this place in Quebec that made bedding and sold off their scraps in 100 pound garbage bags, which was SUPER COOL.

Somewhere in this pile of cast offs but still decent to work with was a huge amount of pinks and blues and four lonely Holly Hobbie panels. I incorporated those and a ton of strips into what I could probably call my first moder-ish improv quilt.

And? I had recently been gifted a serger for mother’s day! So what better way to put it to use than serge this all together! Some of the fabric was super flimpy, even if it was poly cotton sheeting.

Then in a stunning display of further brilliance, somewhere along the line I decided I should HAND QUILT it.

I don’t know if you know anything about hand quilting, but one thing which is maybe not known but also should never come up because WHO would think of this is – you really cannot hand quilt through any seams that have been SERGED. It’s too thick with too much thread on that seam.

Anyway. That quilt followed me around the province for a while and every so often the husband and I would take a stab at it. (Get it?? Ha!.. er.. oh well.)

Finally, not only does that kid grow up and move out and have a life of her own, most of the rest did too. Then she bought a house and we had a pandemic and I ran out of things to do. So I told myself finished was better that perfect, and this kid was also turning THIRTY so maybe if I finally finished this quilt it would make a great present?

I put it on the longarm and finished it off. It was a hot mess but it was DONE.

Or, done being quilted. You see, I was using up scraps and had done three sides in Prairie Points, which meant I had to very carefully turn down the back edge and hand stitch or carefully machine stitch it in place. Fearing another decade passing before any hand stitching taking place, I machine stitched it the best I could, Sometimes twice in some places.

She got it that Christmas.

My first sewing project

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As some of you may already know, my grandmother was the one who taught me to sew and do all kinds of crafts. While I have a great story about learning to quilt, I can’t remember any specific project with her for sewing in general. It just seemed to be a thing I always knew how to do.

And as a short schoolgirl in the 80’s, I definitely knew how to alter and adjust all my clothes. Just like wearing a shirt she made for me was no big deal.

When I thought about today’s topic, I remembered back to my Home Ec classes and the big sewing project we did, It had to have been 1984 and sure enough, I was able to find the pattern I chose to make.

How typically eighties is this?? 😀 I remember my teacher being certain this was beyond my abilities and I should choose something easier. Easy be darned, I wanted something I could actually WEAR! So I made the shirt in a lighter grey cotton. I do remember my grandmother helping me a bit, but not near as much as my home ec teacher would have surmised. Besides, we had to do a fair bit in class and I managed quite well.

I also remembered I wore this shirt exactly once, as I didn’t like the buttonholes. This turned out to be a lifelong hatred of making buttonholes, but in this case the pattern had them going horizontally. Ew.

The next year or so, I got my grandmother to make me the skirt in a natural muslin, I might have worn that twice. It was altogether a far too preppy outfit for me so I styled it with my bleached jean jacket with a tight fit and rolled up sleeves. A long strand of looped pastel blue pearls completed the look. It was radical, man.