Forest for the Trees Quilt

This quilt has been on my mind for months, and I’m so excited to share it as a Ruler of the Month quilt! Many times, when you see a quilt like this, it has been either foundation paper pieced or the pieces have been cut with a template. With 100 trees in this quilt, I didn’t want to use a tedious method to make these blocks! So, I re-purposed the Creative Grids Strippy Stars tool to make this quilt using strip piecing methods! Strip Piecing is much faster than foundation piecing or cutting templates, which means this quilt goes together much faster. And, because of the way the Strippy Stars template is designed, you also avoid sewing any unsupported bias edges. Which means that your blocks will stay square!

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If you’re not familiar with the Strippy Stars tool, or want to get reacquainted, you can watch my video on this fabulous tool here:

I sell the Strippy Stars Tool in my shop. You can also find the Stripy Stars Tool at the Fat Quarter Shop and you can find the Strippy Stars Tool on Amazon. I love this tool so much I’ve actually made two other patterns using this ruler. The Patriot Mini and Pocket Advent Calendar are both available on my site.

And while I could have left these 100 trees in a grid format, that feels far too orderly for a forest quilt. So, I made sure that the trees got a random, staggered look to them. Much more fun and modern than a grid of identical tree blocks!

The Forest for the Trees quilt is a great winter quilt, with so many fabulous pine trees. But, I also love it as a cabin quilt! This past year my family visited the mountains two different times, and had a fabulous time staying in different cabins. This quilt is the perfect cabin quilt!

You can choose to make all your trees from the same fabric, but I loved making this tree quilt with an assortment of different Art Gallery Fabrics green prints. From blenders to solids to florals and geometrics, the different designs give an overall scrappy feel without being overpowering.

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Halloween Gnomes Quilt

I wanted to play with the Gnome die on my Accuquilt GO! machine, but I wasn’t ready to start on Christmas quilts yet. So, I thought I’d try stitching up a gnome using Halloween fabric. I made one, and immediately fell in love with how it looked! I knew I wanted to make more, but I wasn’t sure what I’d do with them.

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Even though I wasn’t sure what I was going to make, I cut out hats, bodies, beards, feet, and noses from Halloween fabrics. I used Art Gallery Fabrics Spooky N Sweeter fabric as well as other Art Gallery Fabrics that coordinated. I fused Heat N Bond Lite to the back of all the fabrics before cutting.

For the background, I cut fabric 6″ x 10″. After seam allowance, this leaves a 5 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ block which is an odd size. But, I wasn’t worried about combining these blocks with blocks of a different size. I also didn’t worry about the position of my Halloween Gnomes. Some are closer to the top and some are closer to the bottom. I just kept them at least a 1/2″ from the edge to make sure there was plenty of room for seam allowance.

I did want to combine the gnome blocks with some other blocks. I had made two spider projects for Accuquilt – the Spider Cluster Table Runner and the Dangling Spiders – and I had some leftover spiders cut out. So, I added spider appliques to some of the blocks. You can find the Accuquilt Spider Die here.

I picked out a total of 30 blocks – 5 rows of 6 blocks each – and used 1 1/2″ strips that I had leftover from making the Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner as sashing to put them all together.

I’ll be quilting it using large black stitches on my Baby Lock Sashiko machine, which will complete the Halloween look on the quilt. And, I still have some leftover gnome blocks that I’ll make zippered pouches with, just for fun.

If you’d like to make a quilt like this, or play with any of these designs, then you’ll want to get the Accuquilt dies I used. I used the Accuquilt Gnome Die as well as the Accuquilt Spider Die.

Spider Web Table Topper

If you’re looking for a fun and unique Halloween decor piece, look no further than this Spider Web Table Topper. While the lace-like technique used to put these pieces together is perfect for some spooky fun, it will work perfectly in seasonal decor of all kinds – just change out the thread color for a completely different look!

You can watch this short video below to see how it works. I’ve also included written instructions below to outline the steps.

Start by cutting 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares from Halloween fabrics. I used Spooky and Sweeter by Art Gallery Fabrics, and cut a total of 48 squares. You can cut more squares for a bigger table topper, and you can cut your squares bigger if you like. This project is completely customizable.

Pair up the squares, right-sides-together. Stitch around all 4 sides, leaving a 2″ gap on one side.

Clip the corners. Turn right side out. Use a turning tool to poke out the corners so that they are crisp.

Press flat. Top stitch all the way around the edge of the square, locking your stitches when you meet up with the beginning point.

Install the 5mm Bridging Plate onto your Baby Lock machine. It is as easy as removing the Bobbin Plate and replacing it with the Bridging Plate.

Thread your machine like you normally would. Select a decorative stitch (I chose 3-11) and set the width to 7mm so that it is wider than the 5mm Bridging Plate.

Switch to your N foot. Place one square on either side of the Bridging Plate, and carefully feed under the needle. Keep an eye on the spacing under the needle to make sure that it is catching both sides with each stitch.

Continue, making 8 rows of 3.

Stitch the rows together in the same manner to make the completed table topper. When you get to the gap, lift up your presser foot, advance the project forward under the presser foot, and then continue.

That’s it! The table topper looks upscale but it is easy enough for a beginner to make. The secret (as always) is having the right tools!

I stitched up this whole project on my Baby Lock Aria. If you’d like to learn more about the Baby Lock Aria or find a local dealer that carries the Baby Lock Aria, check out the Baby Lock website. You can also ask your dealer about getting bridging plates for your machine.

Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner

When summer turns to fall, all the candles and pumpkins come out. If you’re ready to put out all the fall decor, add this Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner to your fall decor this year! Fun to make using all of your harvest-toned scraps, this Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner can be stitched up in a day. It is simple enough to quilt on your domestic machine, bind, and get on your table the same day you start!How to use the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

This Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner is part of my Ruler of the Month series. Each month I pick a ruler, show you how to use it, and offer a free pattern so you can try out your new ruler skills! This month I’ve done something different. The ruler I chose is a ruler I have featured as the Ruler of the Month before – it is the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.

The Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool makes faux-curved blocks. You still do all straight cutting and piecing. But, because of the way that the pieces are stitched together, it makes a curved-looking design. A great way to make curved shapes without sewing any curved blocks. And, this is a fabulous way to use your favorite scraps to make a new project!

We’re using the 4″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. If you don’t already own it, you can buy the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool in my shop – and I offer free shipping in the US on all orders!

If you’ve never seen the Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Ruler in action, you can watch this video to see how easy it is to make these “curvy” blocks that go together as easily as a Log Cabin block!

Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner Pattern

This pattern is beginner-friendly. All the steps for making the pattern are broken down in this full-color pattern with lots of diagrams. If you prefer to read the text of a pattern, look at the images, or a combination of the two, you will enjoy the Scrappy Table Runner Pattern.

You can buy the scrappy pumpkin table runner pattern in my shop:

Mini Quilt Advent 2021

We’ve launched the Mini Quilt Advent for 2021 and I’m so excited! As a quilter, this is the Advent Calendar I always wanted. Everything in this Advent Calendar is unique, and designed to inspire you to create!

We’ve only made a limited number of these Mini Quilt Advents, so head over to Katrinkles to pre-order your Mini Quilt Advent now. Once you’re done there, head over to my shop to pre-order your fabric bundle, either the Mini Quilt Advent Two Fabric Bundle or the Mini Quilt Advent Fat Eighth Fussy Cutting bundle.

This Advent Calendar comes in a beautiful felt box with an engraved wooden button on the front. The button has a quilt block on it (of course). In the felt box, there are 12 numbered envelopes – one for each of the 12 days of this Advent. Each day you open a numbered envelope, and inside you’ll find a custom acrylic template and an exclusive mini pattern. The pattern shows you how to use this template to make a 3″ finished quilt block that you can use as an ornament, coaster, garland, or combine with the other blocks to make a mini quilt or table runner. All 12 mini quilts can be completed with just 2 half-yard cuts of fabric. OR you can fussy-cut a variety of fabrics to make your mini quilt blocks.

As part of this Advent Calendar, I’ll be sharing a video each day starting December 1st showing you how to stitch up the mini quilt for the day. The templates build on one another so that each day you may just use the template for that day, or you may combine it with templates from previous days to make your mini quilt block. And these templates are designed to mix-and-match, so the designs on the patterns are just a jumping off point!

These bite-sized mini quilts are simple enough to make that you’ll be to find time to sew them, even in the busy holiday season! The Advent Calendars and fabric bundles will ship in early November, and the daily videos will begin December 1st.

The Mini Quilt Advent will sell out. If it sells out before you order yours, make sure you add yourself to the waitlist.

Don’t wait! Head over to Katrinkles to pre-order your Mini Quilt Advent now. She also has custom Advent Calendars for Knitters and Crocheters. If you’ve been extra good this year, you might deserve more than one Advent calendar. Or, you might have a yarn-loving friend in need of an Advent Calendar.

Once you’ve secured your Advent Calendar order, head over to my shop to pre-order your fabric bundle as well. I can’t wait to get your Advent Calendar to you!

Locked Stocking for Christmas

If you are looking for a fun teen gift, white elephant gift, or just a way to make Christmas morning even more interesting, this Locked Up Stocking is perfect! It has a flap that folds over the top and is then latched in the front and secured with a lock. You can hide the key at the end of a scavenger hunt, in a special box under the tree, on the tree itself, or use the clues included in the pattern (or make your own) for a combination lock!

This pattern is simple to follow, and fairly easy to put together. But, I filmed a video that shows you how it all works. You will still need the pattern for the stocking template, the cuff measurements, and all the clues. But this will help you with the step-by-step sewing.

The stocking has plenty of room for gift cards, stocking stuffers, or even a lump of coal. These stockings are sure to be a hit on Christmas morning!

How to Sew a Pin Cushion

These pin cushions make perfect gifts for friends and family who like to sew. They are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and can be personalized for each recipient with specific fabrics and buttons!

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Watch this video to see step-by-step how to make your pin cushion. Make sure that you download the pattern by signing up for my newsletter above. This will provide you with the supply list and basic cutting instructions.

Two very specific supplies that you’ll need when making the pin cushions are buttons and crushed walnut shells. You likely have a button collection (or a friend or family member with a button stash you can raid). But you may want specific buttons for these pin cushions. I purchased these sewing themed buttons from the Annie’s Catalog.

Another important supply in pin cushion making is the filling. Crushed Walnut Shells are excellent pincushion filler. You can find Crushed Walnut shells at the pet store (they are often used in reptile habitats), quilt shops also may carry crushed walnut shells for pin cushion filling. If you’re planning to make a stack of pin cushions as gifts, I found this 15lb bag of crushed walnut shells that will fill 40-45 of these pincushions.

Pocket Advent Calendars

I’m so excited to share with you my new Pocket Advent Calendar Pattern! There are so many things I love about Christmas, and Advent Calendars are absolutely one of them! A little gift every day as we lead up to the big day? Count me in!! I’ve designed two different versions of this Pocket Advent, and included instructions for both in the same pattern. The Wall Hanging Pocket Advent is 22 1/2″ x 28″, with 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ gusseted pockets. The Mini Pocket Advent is 12″ x 12″ and has 3″ x 3″ gusseted pockets. The gussets make the pockets so much roomier to fit in fabulous gifts!

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To make the Pocket Advent Calendar, you’ll need the Creative Grids Strippy Star Tool. This is one of my absolute favorite rulers. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and makes stars in so many sizes – and so easily! The Pocket Advent is at least the fourth time I’ve used the Strippy Star Tool. Get your Strippy Star Tool at the Fat Quarter Shop.

Learn how easy it is to use the Strippy Star Tool in this video:

You can add numbers to your Pocket Advent however you like. You can put tags on the gifts with numbers on them, you can embroider numbers on the pockets, you can cut vinyl numbers with your cutting machine to add them… I chose to use these Tim Holtz Number Charms to add the numbers to my Advent. They already have holes in the top, and were super quick and easy to stitch on.

The 12″ x 12″ Mini Pocket Advent fits perfectly on this 12″ wire frame. This allows you to stand the Mini Pocket Advent on a side table or on the mantel.

My versions of the Pocket Advent Calendar were made using Maureen Cracknell’s “Cozy and Joyful” fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics.

You can purchase the Pocket Advent Calendar here:

The Mini Pocket Advent, it turns out, is perfect for tucking in leftover Halloween Chocolates!

Christmas Gift Block

This Christmas (or holiday) gift block is perfect for any gift-giving occasion. You can change up the colors to make a fun birthday gift pattern or other fun seasonal gift! Make one block for a mini quilt, or several to make a full quilt!

This quilt block is part of Quilt Block Mania – a monthly series where I connect with other quilt pattern designers, and we all share quilt blocks around a theme. This month’s theme is Winter Celebrations … so there are lots of fabulous quilt block patterns! Some designers only offer their pattern free for the first month, so be sure to head over and get your free patterns while they are still free! I have links to all the patterns down below.

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Check out all these other great blocks. Some are only free for a limited time – so get your block patterns now!

Christmas Wreath by Slice of Pi Quilts
Baby Sue’s First Christmas
Celebrate by Inquiring Quilter
Gifts at Always Expect Moore
Snowflakes by Blockofthemodotcom
Gifts of Friendship
Fireworks at duck creek mountain quilting
Wreath & Chain at Stash Bandit
Christmas Star by Michelle Renee Hiatt
Adirondack Mountain Quilt Block
A Present from Penny
Candlelighting at Pretty Piney Quilts
Poinsettia from QuiltFabrication
Harbor Holidays at Blue Bear Quilts
Christmas Cracker at Perkins Dry Goods
Sparkling Spruce at Patti’s Patchwork
Jingle All the Way at Orange Blossom Quilt
Snowflakes & Candy Cane Trees at Quilt Moments
Tower of Gifts by Oh Kaye Quilting
Winter Memories by Carolyn Burgess
Holiday Block by Seams to Be Sew
Ticker Tape Tree at Devoted Quilter
Evergreen by True Blue Quilts
Merry and Bright at Around the Bobbin
Ski Vacation

Double Zipper Pouch

If you’re looking for a fun twist on the basic zipper pouch, this is it! This double zipper pouch really doesn’t take much more time to make than a regular zippered pouch, and it gives you the perfect place to stash extra stuff! The smaller pocket makes a great coin pouch, or place to stash some cash or lipstick. And the larger pouch is big enough to hold a cell phone or notebook. You’ll find so many reasons to make (and gift) this great zippered pouch!

This project is part of the Little Gifts series that Underground Crafter put together. Every other week, she or one of the other participants is sharing a fun project you can stitch up with a few fat quarters of fabric. Each of these projects is small enough to fit in a stocking. So, if you follow along, you’ll have over two dozen stocking stuffers ready by Christmas time!

To make this double zipper pouch, you’ll need:

2-3 Fat quarters of fabric
2 zippers (8″ or longer)
1/4 yard of medium or lightweight interfacing
ribbon (optional)

Cut the fat quarters as follows:
Outer fabric: 2 – 8″ x 6.5″
Lining fabric: 2 – 8″ x 6.5″
Outer pocket: 2 – 8″ x 4.5″
Interfacing: 2 – 8″ x 6.5″, 1 – 8″ x 4.5″

Fuse the interfacing to the back of the two outer fabric pieces, and the back of one of the outer pocket pieces.

Grab your two outer pocket pieces, and the outer pocket zipper. Place the two fabric pieces right sides together. Put the zipper between the two, with the zipper flush with the long edge, and the zipper top facing the fabric that has the interfacing fused to it.

Pin in place.

With the zipper foot on your sewing machine, stitch right up against the raised part of the zipper. Your stitches should be at least 1/16″ away from the raised part of the zipper.

Press both fabrics away from the zipper, so the right side of the fabric is now facing out. Top stitch along the top of the fabric to secure in place, and give your zipper a nice finished look.

These are the basic steps for adding a zipper. We’re going to do these steps two more times, but first we’re going to stitch the zippered pocket we just made to the front of the zippered pouch.

Lay a piece of the outer fabric on your cutting mat, right-side-up. Place the pocket on top. Then move it so that the ends of the zipper line up with one of the lines on the cutting mat (see where I’m indicating with my finger).

Then flip up the pocket so that the bottom of the zipper now lines up with these lines. Pin, and stitch in place.

You’ve now added the front pocket. Pin it down on the edges to keep it secure for now.

Place the second zipper on top, right side down, and then a piece of lining fabric on top, right side down.

Pin. Then stitch using the zipper foot. Just as before, press the fabric away from the zipper, and then top stitch.

Repeat for the other side of the zipper. This time you’ll have the lining fabric right side up, then the zipper (which has one side of the pouch stitched to it already), and then the other outer piece of fabric.

Pin. Stitch using the zipper foot. Press fabric away from zipper. Top stitch.

Your double zipper pouch is nearly complete! Before you move on to stitching it all together, open the second zipper halfway. This is super important and what makes it possible to turn the pouch right side out later. Make sure not to skip this step!

With the zipper in the middle, move the fabrics so that the the two outer fabrics are right-sides-together, and the two lining fabrics are right-sides-together. Pin all the way around.

Starting on the bottom edge of the lining, stitch all the way around. End a couple inches before where you started, leaving a 2-3″ hole along the bottom for turning.

Clip off the extra zipper ends and clip the corners.

Turn right side out through the hole.

Find the hole in the lining.

Stitch closed.

Tuck the lining inside the zippered pouch. Your double-zippered pouch is complete!

If you like, add some ribbon to the zippered pulls.

Check out all the other fun projects in this Little Gifts series!