Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Working towards Christmas

I don't know about everyone else out there, but September is when I start to feel the Christmas crunch.  This year, I planned a bit better and have a lot done, but I still have several gifts "in-the-works", and since we are moving at the end of October, and we don't know when our stuff will arrive at the new house (likely after Christmas), I'm trying to get several projects finished up and shipped out early.

This week, I'm focusing on a project that I've been designing for a long time.  I drew-up this Christmas tree quilt several months ago, and now I'm finally at the putting together stage!  This weekend, I added the borders to my modern style Christmas quilt.  Many of the modern quilts that I've seen lately don't have borders, but I really liked the idea of framing my Christmas trees with a simple and clean border design.


I'm really loving how it's turning out.  The blocks are foundation pieced from a simple tree block that I designed and arranged in a vertical, off-set pattern.  I went the foundation route because I wanted to use all of the Christmas fabric scraps that I had laying around, and foundation piecing is great for scraps :)


This week, I'm going to hopefully finish the quilting on my domestic and work on finishing-up the pattern instructions.


I've written patterns and tutorials before, but this will be the first one that I'm going to offer for sale.  I'm not sure when I'll have the pattern ready for sale because I want to see if I can get a few people to read it and maybe test it first.  

I'd love to hear from anyone else who creates patterns for sale and wants to share some wisdom about their experiences :)  


  1. Very cute! I have a ton of Christmas scraps left over from when I made my family's Christmas stockings, it seems like "Christmas scraps" is just a requirement for a quillter!

  2. Your trees are looking great! If you need a pattern tester, hit me up! I'd be happy to help - I've done it once before and it was good fun! wannabequilter [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. I was just thinking that "this would make a great pattern" then read... you're just finishing up a pattern! Great minds!


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