Trees for Sale!

The pattern of the day around here today is Trees for Sale (43242) by Pieces from My Heart. It’s a freezer paper piecing pattern that is so simple to use with a pre-cut layer cake fabric set. If you’re really adventurous you could use scraps, just making sure that your pieces are at least 10″ x 10″ each.

It’s difficult to show you exactly how easy this pattern is without giving away all of it’s secrets, but, here’s just a little hint.

pieces

The pattern really simplifies the cutting and piecing process, making the whole project quick and relatively simple. And since all of the seams within the block are floating, there’s no matching seams! Each block is pieced and then cut to size. Easy peasy!

We have three projects in the store right now. One still being pieced, made with Nature’s Christmas Fabric Pack  (A23215):

version 1

One finished quilt top, made with Christmas Countdown Fabrics:

version 2 quilt top

And one completed quilt, made using the Holiday in the Pines Fabric Pack (A21176).

version 3 quilted

I also love the backing on that last one

backing

We have so many layer cakes to choose from, you can easily make your quilt reflect your own or a loved one’s tastes.

I hope you’ll try it and send us a picture when you’ve finished! If you’d like to work with a group and you’re local you can join our class at the store starting December 3rd, running for two weeks, 6:30-9pm. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Jennifer

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One Mystery Solved, on to the Next!

We have photos of our finished Quilters’ Celebration quilts for you to see!  Most of Mystery lady1inchthem are finished anyway; mine’s below.  There are many more people making the quilt, and we hope to add their photos as they send them to me.  You can see how wonderful they are, and we’re all so proud.  Several people added their own touches on on them, as you can see from the photos by clicking here.My quilt

How about joining us for this year’s mystery?QD name fontYou don’t have to live near us.  Many of our Internet friends are made them last year and are making this one, too.  We send the packet each month.  There are 3 sizes to choose from: 100” x 100” queen size, a 56” x 98” bed runner, or a 68” x 68” lap or wall quilt.  We start November 16th.  All the details are on our Mystery Club page.

You can see Lacy just loves my color choices!DSC01360You can probably see them better this way.my colorsThere are four other color selections, or you can choose your own.  You can sign up to join us at the bottom of our Mystery Quilt page.  I hope to see your finished quilt next year!


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I’m Stuffed!

Well, at least my star is!  Though to be completely honest, I am frequently stuffed, too.

I’m working on getting my Mystery Quilt done for our Reveal Party on Saturday, September 14th at 10am. Please come and see our quilts if you live nearby. You’ll get an idea of how the Club works and some hints about our next one starting in October. (Sign up if you can, but if it’s last minute and you’re free, just come!)

Anyway, I wanted the star in the center to stand out, so I decided to do it with Trapunto. I’m Dsc01200using Dream Puff batting because I want the whole quilt to have a little dimension.
I’m using another layer of Dream Puff for my star.

I cut a square a little larger than I needed, and pinned it behind the star, being sure that there was extra batting beyond each point. I added a few more pins to the front, out of the way from where I’d sew.Image2

Vanish Lite  is a thread that dissolves in water, so I used it in my bobbin and on top to sew around the outside of the square to hold it in place.Image4

Since I only wanted the extra puff in the star, I needed to cut away the extra. I used an applique scissors (16100) and had the wide blade against the quilt.    sure didn’t want to accidentally cut it!

Dsc01217This is what it looks like on the back after trimming.

It’s a little hard to see on the right side of the quilt, but the green star (and the block inside it) are raised..Dsc01219

Now I put it on my Handi Quilter Fusion, with another layer for the whole quilt, and of course, the backing.  I’ll decide what I want to do inside the area when I get there.  (It’s essential to sew with non-vanishing thread around the star from the front to hold the batting in place so I’ll be sure to do that.)

I’ll show it to you when it’s done.

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How to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish – Class One

This post is the first in our new Classes at Erica’s Series. Enjoy! You’ll find the entire current class listing in our quarterly newsletter.

Quilters who are self taught such as I can still benefit from professional instruction. Even though I’ve made several quilt tops and one actual complete quilt on my own, I decided to take a class to see what I was missing.

Now don’t laugh.

Sewing Machine

Yep. That’s my sewing machine. Isn’t she cute? I think she needs a name. Got any ideas for me?

You may not think you could actually make an entire quilt on a machine like that but a person could and I have. I don’t have as many choices as with more impressive machines, but hey, it gets the job done.

I’m thinking that once I improve my skills by taking a couple of classes I’ll be able to justify a machine upgrade.

Whether you’re a complete newbie or have a little bit of experience, Nancy Koski is a really fantastic teacher. She made class so easy and she’s just really sweet and helpful. But if you hear her say, “Now hold on there, Toots,” then you know to stop what you’re doing because she’s got some instruction for you to pay attention to.

This first week was all about learning to cut strips and put them together to create a nine patch block.

9 patch quilt block

I think I did pretty well, what do you think? For my first ever 9 patch I’m pretty pleased. And would you look at those corners? No overlap. Of course, that’s made possible by following Nancy’s “smoosh method.” But you’ll have to take her class to learn that one.

For next class we get to finish up the nine patches and some more cutting at home. Then next Sunday we’re going to be putting together the actual quilt top. That’s pretty impressive to me that you can come in to a class which assumes no quilting experience and have a quilt top put together in just two class periods.

pinned fabric strips

Fun, huh? And I only poked myself a couple of times. No blood, thank goodness.

Be sure to check back next week when you’ll get to see my completed quilt top. The class runs three more weeks and I’ll post an update after each week!

fabric pieces

Have you taken any classes at Erica’s? We’ve certainly offered a few over the years. We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.

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