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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.

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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.

Handmade Christmas: Vintage Holiday

April 12th 2014

I am so excited that I finally finished this quilt, a little early, a little late, whatever! I made a pledge okay?

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It’s my Vintage Holiday quilt, pattern by Thimble Blossoms. Fabric Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille.

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This is also my feature project for the Handmade Christmas challenge hosted by SewCalGal.

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If you’ll recall, I had started piecing this last December in a frenzy and all I have to do is set a date to have everything else I can’t control, wreck my timetable.

vintage holiday tops and block pieces

Nevertheless, I was able to put it together before 2014 but not before last Christmas. Being that I always over-think how I lay out quilt blocks, my daughter (11) was helping me out with that, rearranging repeating patterns and colors. Because I was working with a jelly roll and charms pack, I had to “re-design” some of the blocks like those below.

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I added a little Rick Rack detail on this one.

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And made a box design here.

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The backing is flowers, perfect for Spring if I wanted to flip it over!

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I did all the quilting after the New Year (except for one block) and bound it just this week.  I feel so accomplised because not only is this the largest quilt I have made to date, but it was completely hassle free!

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Yep! This one is a keeper!

Friday Night Block Party: Snowball

December 6th 2013

 I’m soooo excited for this week’s

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because I am featuring my December Fun Quilt Vintage Holiday by Camille Roskelley from Thimble Blossoms.

The whole quilt is based on the Snowball block #81 in the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Sampler.

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Each one is jazzed up in a different way.

I have to tell you that this quilt has been the MOST ANTICIPATED quilt ever for me.  I was secretly saving it to really pay it some well deserved attention.  It was one of the very first patterns I bought and really, truly Vintage Modern is one of my absolute favorite fabric lines.

vintage holiday jelly roll

So today I really just dedicated the whole day to cutting, and piecing and even made a few of my own blocks because I am strictly working with a jelly roll and charms pack.  The reason being that since it was one of my earliest fabric collection purchases, I didn’t splurge.  It was only after the fact, that I later bought some yardage for the sashing and backing.  And I have some other fabric as back-up in case I want to mix and match.

vintage holiday fabric options

 I can’t tell you what a fantastic and productive and overall just excellent day it has been sewingly, that is. Really everything has gone off without a hitch! Even the bobbin hasn’t run out!  (Of course, you might have seen all my excitement on Facebook)

First, I cut all the neutral fabric, the white is “SNOW” by KONA. I bought a whole jelly roll of it so I just pulled several strips out as the pattern indicated and had a couple to spare (smart cutting).  The hardest part for me was picking out the fabrics for each block, I always over think it, but gradually it all worked out. I made sure to use my absolute favorites (there are several!)  So I made the tops (on the left) and have the blocks ready to sew!

vintage holiday tops and block pieces

Even though I had planned on doing 2 blocks a day. It just won’t wouldn’t work because first you have to cut it all!  Then I pieced as much as I could until I got this pressing pile.

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Then I pressed and continued piecing the blocks and this is where I stopped.

vintage holiday blocks

Tomorrow I will turn them into “SNOWBALLS” by adding a white square to each corner kind of like Flying Geese fashion.  The white will make everything pop.  I promise to be back with those real soon. I’ll also let you know which block designs I had to change or adapt to accommodate my charms and jelly roll fabric sizes.  The best part was that I still had so much of this yummy fabric left to make another one!

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I think my new tradition will be to make one every year!