Category Archives: Christmas quilts

Christmas Lane: A New Holiday Quilt Pattern

September 30th 2016

Now that Fall is here (well theoretically speaking, I live in Florida for Pete’s sake!) I am looking forward to getting some Christmas projects done. I am planning some quilting pillows and stockings, a belated birthday bag and crafting some tags. But first, I’m so excited to share my new pattern called Christmas Lane, just in time for the Holidays!
Christmas Lane

One of my fondest childhood memories was the inspiration for this quilt.  My dad would take the family out for drives during the holidays looking for festively lit neighborhoods. My sisters and I would be eagerly looking out the windows (or fighting about which one would be closer to the window) nose pressed against the glass. If it was a rare cool night, our heads would be hanging out the window. We’d be hollering to our dad to go down this street or to hurry to the next block. Of course, the original  “Feliz Navidad” song, by Jose Feliciano, would be blasting in the car while we all sang along, perfectly bi-lingual.

Christmas lane

Christmas Lane finishes at 62″ x 64″ almost square. My version is made with the Hello Darling line by Bonnie and Camille with a Bella Royal Blue background #9900-19.The pattern features houses with 6 different Christmas themed blocks: Ornaments, wreaths, peppermints, two kinds of trees and presents! Each design has two variations so no two houses are the same. This quilt has twelve houses but a quilter can easily add “more blocks” to increase the size of the neighborhood.

Christmas Lane

The houses here in Florida don’t generally have chimneys but definitely lots of decorations and lights during the holidays. Each house in the quilt features a string of lights across the top and framing the Christmas Lane is a bold Holly border at the top and bottom.

Christmas Lane

An adorable picket fence divides the blocks which is easily made by strip piecing and daisy chain sewing. As you can see, the quilting is perfectly done  in snowflakes by @quilterlove66 (thank you!) to complete the holiday feel. (I know, it doesn’t snow in Florida) But it looks great, doesn’t it?You can make your own version of Christmas Lane just in time for the holidays, by going to my shop and downloading your PDF file, paper patterns to follow.

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Kirsten was gracious enough to test my pattern. She lives in Australia so hers really does have a Christmas in July feel since it’s their Summer season during the Holidays. The warm tones in her quilt really reflect a Christmas Down Under, she did a great job, thanks Kirsten! Hop over to her blog, gemini-stitches and see more of her quilt.

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To make your own version of Christmas Lane just in time for the holidays, you can get the pattern via PDF download in my shop right now, paper patterns to follow. Christmas Lane will be making its debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston next month, where I will host my first booth #2338. Stop by and say hello, I’d be so happy to meet you!

A Year in Review

January 12th 2016

If you are not seeing enough posts here, find me on Instagram.

Happy New Year! I don’t know what happened to 2015, it came and left in a flash. I was really having a hard time recalling events and projects but as I looked back via Social Media 🙂  I did see some highlights.

For starters my WORD last year was

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It was a complete struggle for me, maybe more in connotation because it gave me stress and I wasn’t enjoying the idea nor was I accomplishing what it was supposed to do. The purpose of the Word was to get me to follow through, actually reach goals and get things done. I am a process type of person so the pressure was kinda ruining it for me, ya know? So I decided to drop it around Summertime (see that, I didn’t even finish with my word!)

Keystone, CO Dercum mountain view

In January, we took a nice trip to Colorado, which is always fun, although I didn’t find any quilt shops.

I started this heart wreath last Valentine’s and hope to put the last of the strands on it this year. I love Valentine projects, I also have a Valentine pattern I am working on.

In March, I met all these amazing ladies that are also working on their quilting businesses.

Baby Dean Collage

I made this quilt and pillows for Baby Dean who was born in June, see post here.

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and I finally finished this one for his Grandpa, our pastor.

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It was a blast to learn new things while making these totes, bags and pouches, most of which were gifts.

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I finally launched my first 6 patterns this Summer and visited some shops on vacation (more here and here) and they are now being sold via distributors (Checkers, Brewer, Quilters Warehouse) and my online shopping cart and I have more coming out soon!

As a new follower of Instagram this year (find me @elaine.summercrafter), I met so many great quilty people and participated in various swaps. First was the Rainbow Mini swap, more here.

Beachbound swap 2015 Collage

Then the Beach Bound Swap, for which I made my first Dresden block, more here.

Home Sweet home swap 2015 Collage

Next was the Home Sweet  Home Swap, which was perfect for my swap partner who had just gotten married and had moved to a new place. Read more here.

Pat Sloan radio

Oh, and I was on Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan, woot!!

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In the Fall we enjoyed Vermont, although we missed the Fantastic Foliage Splendor it’s famous for.

Christmas swap 2015 Collage

Soon after Summer, the Christmas swaps started popping up on Instagram (find me @elaine.summercrafter) and I couldn’t resist joining two: Christmas Craft Swap 2015 and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2015 Mini Quilt Swap. The pillows are what I sent with personal embroidery and glass seed bead embellishments. The mini quilts are what I received, I was so happy with this exchange! These are so treasured, I will be glad to pull them out to decorate every season. Thank you @foreverquilting and @mommyhead7.

 

And just when I thought I was done, @vojen invents the B&C (Bonnie and Camille) Christmas Ornament Swap. That was a complete bust for me. I got on an ornament making marathon and I could not stop! I made Scrappy Christmas tree sachets filled with Balsam Fir, tutorial here, and I sent some, not only to my Swap partners, but other quilty friends I met on IG. Fun!

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Everyone got Peanutized this year. Have you tried it? Go here.

hearties 2015 Collage

On a total whim, I made these craft “Heartie” ornaments after another fan posted her version on the Facebook Fan page of our favorite show When Calls the Heart on Hallmark Channel. We both kinda got carried away making renditions of all the characters. Find a tutorial here.

Christmas truck Collage 1

My last and most favorite project was this Vintage Holiday Embroidery Pillow I made for a friend. I used the pattern from Sherri Falls at This n That patterns and for the Patchwork, I used Holly’s Tree Farm Fabric by Sweetwater for MODA. I love how it turned out, now I have to make one for me!

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I also did plenty of listing this year with 30 days of lists  and loved it! (Another opportunity coming in March)

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And just like that it was time to say “Merry Christmas” which was here today and gone tomorrow.

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I wasn’t going to do a WORD of the year in 2016. I did a MORE and LESS list. The first thing I noted was More Nature and I am so glad I did just that on January 1st, I went to Miami Beach (which is a rarity). What’s the first on my LESS list? Social Media!

Progress

I did stumble onto this word PROGRESS which perfectly complements my MORE/LESS concept that allows success without stress or pressure, just moving forward and developing over time which relates to all aspects of life and work (including blogging). So I think we can both see it was a busy year (although I didn’t blog as much as I should have) I have set great goals for this year and have started working towards them already! What are your goals and plans, or your WORD for this new year?

Scrappy Christmas Trees

October 10th 2015

Some scraps are just to pretty to toss, some might argue, “what can you do with such a small scrap?” Well today, I am going to show you how to make a scrappy Christmas tree.

Scrappy Christmas tree sachet

You can make it into a sachet, a pillow to hang on a door knob or an ornament. So gather your scraps, here we go!

As I sew, I like to tuck my tiniest scraps, greater than an inch, into labeled baggies so I know what line it is. The larger scraps are cut into certain sizes, but that’s for another day.

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Here I have my designer scraps and some left over neutral strips.
Arrange your scraps smallest to largest like a wedding cake. 🙂

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Center the smaller piece with the larger piece, eyeball it.

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Sew the pieces together using 1/4 inch seam.

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Cut your “cakes” into triangles, no special rulers needed! Center your cake on the cutting mat so there is a line down the center of the block.

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Cut from the center line diagonally to the corner of the last piece.

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Align your trees along a neutral strip, leaving at least 1 inch above and below ends of the triangle.

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Press, repeat on the other side. Scrappy Christmas tree 9a (2)

To trim your blocks, cut down the widest point where top and bottom strips align. A minimum of 1/4 inch is ideal but not necessary.

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See below how this “fat” tree has no extra 1/4 inch. (It will be okay!)

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Once sides are trimmed, trim the bottom of the tree.

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Aren’t they festive?

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Make trunk units. Trunk unit is a 1 1/2 inch square. Add neutral scrap to either side guess-timating the size of your block.

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I did it slightly bigger and trimmed.

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After trimming, add stabilizer, either Shape Flex, interfacing or whatever else may be at hand. Sometimes it’s just a neutral piece of fabric (I like an extra layer between when I am using the Balsam Fir)

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Follow instructions suggested by package instructions for whatever stabilizer you are using. Trim as desired. When trimming I leave about 1/2 inch from the top of the tree so when it’s stuffed, the shape is not lost.

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Cut a pretty backing piece and a neutral piece (or more stabilizer) about 1/4 inch larger than the front. In case you are worried about the tree on the right being imperfect, don’t. 🙂

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If you want to add any embellishments, do it before stitching the layers together. I added beads in the same color as the fabric for a little subtle bling-y effect.

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To assemble your tree, pin a ribbon in the center of the tree for hanging later.

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With right sides together, pin everything in place, aligning the bottom.

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Leaving a 2 inch opening, start sewing (back stitch to secure) with 1/4 inch seam (from front fabric not backing) all the way to the other side, DON”T STOP AT CORNER AND TURN YOUR SQUARE. I used the method for making corners suggested by Sew Mama Sew in this video. Sew all the way to the the end of fabric.

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Remove from machine and trim off the excess. Fold the sewn seam at stitching and start your next stitch there, back stitching a little to secure.

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When all sides are done and you back stitched at the opening, turn and press. Push out corners with something with a point. I used a wooden skewer.

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You can fill with Balsam Fir, available here (or other scenty substance) or poly-fil.

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When using the Balsam Fir, I finish off the last bit of filling with some poly-fil for a clean finish.

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Hand stitch the bottom closed.

scrappy christmas tree

If you rather not stuff, use batting instead of stabilizer between front and  back. Quilt the top decoratively if you are turning it out or quilt as a sandwich if you will or finish it off with binding like a quilt.

Extra, Extra Read All About It!!

May 28th 2015

I am so happy to finally announce that my shopping cart is up and running. Three of my patterns are available for PDF download and not a moment too soon, since a couple of them are perfect for summer!

First up is Watercolor Sea Horses

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I used the fabric Giggles from Me and My Sister Designs but it works just as well with anything from your stash like Cindy did below.

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And this one from Susie’s Sunroom I love her “sea weed” style quilting!

Susie's Sea horse

Another Summer sensation is Just Keep on Swimming. Each block is 10″ x 10″ and it went together assembly line style in a flash! Naturally I thought Daysail from Bonnie and Camille would be perfect for a baby boy! Quilt size 36″ x 46″.

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There is the Mister on location helping with pictures (love him so much for doing that for me) but those were a NO! For starters taking quilt pictures is difficult, and taking them on a windy beach even harder! Plus the beach on vacation is much nicer than this one.

Mr with fish on the beach

But not to worry, this pattern also comes with 3 size options! Below is a throw size 56″ x 66″ made with Here Fishy Fishy by Heather Mudler Peterson for Henry Glass & Co.

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Lastly but surely a great finish for any Christmas in July blog hop is Peppermints.

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I absolutely love how Susie’s (Susie’s Sunroom) turned out. She’ll tell you herself how my mouth waters when I look at hers. It’s all full of cocoa, caramel and cherry liquor, there is even some red velvety goodness wrapped in Kahlua in there, can you taste it?

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My new Insta friend Debbie  also tested the pattern and made this one. Gorgeous too right?

Debbie's quilt

Just click on  “MY SHOP” on the beach, in the upper right margin and it will take you there. Use the code “FINALLY” and get 10% off! Happy Summer!

Christmas Crafts and Projects 2014

December 22nd 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! I have to confess that ever since I got on Facebook and Instagram I have been a bad blogger, no excuses, it’s true! I have also been trying to get my pattern business going (see Quilt Market posts, here, here and here) but the hullabaloo around the Holidays plus Christmas Crafting have totally derailed my efforts!

I did however, want to share a little of what’s been going on over here. Before any Christmas Crafting started I had to make a festive Pin cushion. I used Cherry Christmas from Aneela Hoey.

christmas pincushion

Made some homemade tags with Diana, we had so much fun!

homemade tags

Packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

OCC

Started making use of all my saved scraps by working on this Rag Wreath on Sunday afternoons while visiting family.

Rag wreath

I also ventured out and tried these Quilted Trees. Both are part of the Across the Pond sew along with the Patchsmith.

quilted trees

Saw the Fair Isle quilt pattern by Freshly Pieced and I couldn’t resist. I got the fabric from Pink Door Fabrics she even helped me figure out the best colors!  I discovered this little shop on Instagram.

fair Isle pattern

While I was in Jury Duty, I did a little Charlie Brown embroidery recognize this tree?

charlie brown tree

And was thinking up another quilt project…

charlie brown

I tried out a little fast craft using an inexpensive frame and buttons.

button wreath

Varied the design for the kids church craft. 10 minutes flat. No LIE!!

kids church craft

I made this great vintage table runner using A.E. Nathan fabric collection called Ole Saint Nick for Miriam. Enjoy!

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I really love doing #30lists , it’s my end of day treat. I know it’s crazy but it makes me focus and slow down.

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Put up our Christmas tree.

christmas tree

Made these little pillow covers for the cutest little guy, Liam.

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 Made some yummy sachets

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 using Balsam Fir from Maine. You can get some here.

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Hardly did anything with my 6th pattern. Bad girl.

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I finally got to take out my Vintage Holiday quilt (Pattern by Camille Roskelley for Thimbleblossoms) which I finished just after Christmas last year. Check out more about that quilt in progress here and here.

vintage modern quilt

I had to take some time to appreciate December in Florida; neat clouds in the sky and the Christmas Palm.

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So it’s been a busy month! Lastly, I played with a little thread to wish you

Aurifil tree by me

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, peace and joy and a Happy New Year!!