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Kate Spain Christmas

Hello and happy Monday!

I’m sure everyone is crazy busy with Christmas quickly approaching!

We are not traveling this year nor are we hosting a Christmas gathering this year, so we’ve decided not to decorate outside and unfortunately have become the odd ball house in the neighborhood.

I gave away all of my Christmas decorations before moving not realizing how expensive it would be to replace. I’m waiting for the end of season clearance pricing so I can start over and be prepared for Christmas 2018.

I am a big fan of Kate Spain, especially her Christmas fabric lines – Joy, Solstice and Jingle. I love her modern prints in bright red and greens with a splash of aqua. Last year I made a table runner, quilt and pillows using Joy and Solstice.

 

I still had a layer cake of Jingle in my stash and decided to make a few more items in the same color way. This was the year I had planned to make Christa Watson’s Modern Christmas Trees wall hanging. Unfortunately the quilt along tutorial was no longer available.

Using 15 ten inch layer cake squares below I sketched out my own triangle in a square modern tree design.

jingle xmas tree layout

Jingle Xmas Tree Layout

 

Jingle Xmas Tree

Jingle Christmas Tree

 

The only positive thing I can say is it’s finished— the individual “tree blocks” were simple enough to create and measured accurately. My math was off on the calculations for the background fabric side pieces for completing each row.  The design shape still resembles a tree but not what I had hoped it would be. I will definitely chalk this one up to experience.

To get the larger triangle in square blocks I used my Creative Grids Triangle Squared and Perfect Rectangle rulers.  You don’t have to have both rulers to make the modern tree block but there is less fabric waste using the set as a companion. These Creative Grids rulers are similar to the tri recs ruler which I used to create the wall hanging below last year. The creative grids perfect rectangle ruler offers an additional notch for perfect placement making the triangle in a square block super easy to create.

Christmas Tree Tri Recs

Christmas Tree Tri Recs Ruler

After cutting the triangle shape from my ten inch squares I had the following scrap pieces.

jingle xmas tree scraps

Jingle Xmas tree scraps

 

I can’t wait to show you how I used  those scraps!

Until next time…

Welcome

Thanks for stopping by my online journal.  From the time I was eight years old I’ve been a garment seamstress. My mom, grandmother, and aunts had a hand in teaching me.  I attended a Catholic High School, Fridays were the only day we didn’t have to wear our uniform — believe me there weren’t many Fridays that I didn’t wear a new outfit that I had made!

I was shopping at a JoAnn Fabric Store looking for supplies to alter a prom dress for the daughter of a good friend and stumbled upon a machine embroidery demo. OMG I was hooked and as they say the rest is history.

I opened Embroidered Treasures an Etsy shop selling handmade and personalized baby bibs, burps, and bodysuits. As my business grew I needed to buy an additional embroidery machine, we purchased a Babylock Ellisimo from a local quilt shop.  The shop offered a free beginning quilters class with the purchase of the machine. I have always admired quilts but never thought I’d ever want to make one myself.  I had visions of my grandmother and aunts getting together to hand quilt and thought how could that possibly be fun?!!

The quilting classes completely changed my opinion.  I love the idea that you can cut up fabric — stitch it back together to create art–AMAZING.

I started my first quilt in 2010– I combined machine embroidery with patchwork — never finished it– still have it and happy to share it with you.  Lots of mistakes but we all had to start somewhere 🙂

first quilt

first quilt

baby quilt 2010

baby quilt 2010

 

 

 

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