24 Jun 2017

Christmas Wreath

This is the twelfth quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are this page.







Christmas Wreath is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.




Sew Fresh Quilts – Christmas Wreath

Finished size of block is 12” x 12”

Fabric Requirements
Single Block
Green
1/4 yard
White
1/8 yard
Dark Bow
1/8 yard
Light Bow
1/8 yard









Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.

STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.









Single Block
White
B
2 @ 1.5” x 2”
H
1 @ 2” x 3.5”
J
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
K
1 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
N
4 @ 3.5” squares
Green
*
2 @ 1” squares
A
2 @ 1.5” squares
B
1 @ 1.5” x 2”
D
1 @ 1.5” x 6.5”
F
4 @ 2” squares
E
2 @ 2.5” squares
L
1 @ 3.5” x 6.5”
M
2 @ 3.5” x 12.5”
Dark Bow
*
2 @ 1” squares
A
3 @ 1.5” square
B
2 @ 1.5” x 2”
C
2 @ 1.5” x 3”
F
2 @ 2” squares
H
2 @ 2” x 3.5”
Light Bow
G
2 @ 2” x 3”




























Step 1: Use the STOP method to add the Green (A) square on the Dark Bow (C) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Green (*) and Dark Bow (F) squares on the Light Bow (G) rectangle. Sew the units together and use the STOP method to add the Green (F) square. Make two units – one facing left and one facing right. Also sew the Green (B) rectangle to the Dark Bow (A) square. Sew this between the left and right facing units..




Step 2: Use the STOP method to add the Dark Bow (H) rectangles on the ends of the White (H) rectangle, then to add the Green (F) squares to the ends.







Step 3: Use the STOP method to add the Dark Bow (*) squares on the corners of the White (B) rectangles. Use the STOP method to add the Dark Bow (A) squares on the other end. Make two units – one facing left and one facing right. Sew the Dark Bow (B) rectangles on top. Sew the White (J) rectangle between these units.






Step 4: Use the STOP method to add the Green (E) squares on the ends of the White (K) rectangle. 





Step 5: Use the STOP method to add the White (N) squares on the ends of the Green (M) rectangle. Make two units – one facing left and one facing right. 






Step 6: Along with the Green (D) and (L) rectangles, arrange and sew the units together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.








Here is my Christmas Wreath block.




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Twice a month, instructions for all of the individual blocks will be shared. A continuous never ending linky party will be available to share your Flickr and Instagram photos or your blog posts on the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along page. You can find it by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab found just below the blog header. As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.







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23 Jun 2017

Fox among the Birches

Thank you so much for the lovely compliments on this new design - Fox among the Birches.




While I was busy basting and getting this little quilt quilted, Fox among the Birches was being introduced on Wednesday at the Let's Bee Social. PDF download patterns were a big seller that day and I am so happy that all the quilt kits sold!




I used a new Omni-V (9036) variegated thread from Superior Threads, both on top and in the bobbin. And I love how well it has blended in with the background and yet remained rather subtle across the orange foxes.




The background is Kona Mushroom. The birch trees are made from White Mandorla from Camelot Fabrics and a dark brown/black and medium brown Toscana from Northcott Fabrics. The foxes are also pieced using selections from the Toscana line.




Part of the reason, I'm sure, that the quilt kits were such a big hit, is because of the coordinating backings that were featured. This backing is Good Natured by Riley Blake Designs.







Normally, I first attach the binding to the back and press toward the front before topstitching to finish. But this time I sewed it onto the front and then pressed to the back. Then I stitched in the ditch along the edge of the binding, catching the folded edge on the back with the bobbin thread. It's a bit trickier. But I like the thinner binding edge to be at the front sometimes. And then you aren't cutting off the points of your piecing either.




A little milestone was also achieved this week.... My Etsy shop has made over 5000 sales! Thank you so much for all your support! I am so grateful for all your kind comments, your likes on social media, and all the nice emails you send. You are what keeps me creating!




The "Fox among the Birches" baby quilt finished at 38" x 45"
and was the 36th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.









Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts







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21 Jun 2017

Let's Bee Social #182

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!
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This week 8 little foxes were born in my sewing room....




These little foxes finish at 8" square. And were soon found frolicking among the Birches.





This is a new pdf quilt pattern that you can find in my shop here - Fox among the Birches.




And there are four options for Quilt Kits also available here.



This Quilt Kit includes - Good Natured from Riley Blake - that I am using for my backing .










This Quilt Kit has Birch Bark from the Alpine collection for the Background and also includes the Good Natured from Riley Blake Designs for backing.









This Quilt Kit includes this wintery backing - Woodland Winter Animals from Northcott Fabrics.










And this Quilt Kit includes this cute backing - Animal Toss from Forest Friends for MODA.




Hoping to be sharing the finished Fox among the Birches quilt this Friday!







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