Make a Tree Skirt out of a Quilt - Video!

Do you remember earlier this year when I blogged about my Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge fabric and how I said you could get an insanely early start on your holiday sewing? Did you start your holiday sewing yet? No? Yeah, me neither.

But now, you may have noticed that Christmas decorations are starting to pop up in stores. So now, it's game on, full on Christmas prep! Too much? Ok, we'll ease down the road with a simple tree skirt project that utilizes a forgotten WIP or reuses an old quilt!

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Below is a video with Rob Appell, of Man Sewing, using my Mandala Quilt pattern to make an easy, striking tree skirt. WARNING: Due to the graphic use of scissors on a quilt, I feel I should warn the faint of heart. Don't worry, no quilts were harmed...much, and they look fabulous.

 

For this tutorial you will need to finish the edge of the tree skirt with a bias binding. I did a quick tip tutorial with Rob about bias binding as well, so be sure to take a look at that video for tricks on easy bias binding.

Get ready to throw another log on the fire, sip peppermint hot chocolate, and listen to some holiday tunes!

Merry Sewing!

Violet

Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial VIDEO!

Have you ever tuned into Man Sewing with Rob Appell? I know what you're thinking, is it a sewing show just for men? It's a show for all, with Rob, a lovely, caffeine fueled man who loves to sew and share that love with others. Every Manly Monday he has a new tutorial. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Rob for a quick and easy paper pieced tutorial perfect for any level of sewer.

Afraid of paper piecing? So was Rob, but together we made a quick and easy project featuring Rob's needle bolt logo. It's very rock and roll, you could add it to a bag or perhaps sew it onto the back of a jeans jacket. It will be great for your street cred.

Tune into the video below!

You can download the free template here and make your very own needle bolt.

Happy Sewing and Rock On,

Violet

Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge

Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge is beginning to ship out to stores, cue the Christmas music! Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge pulls some of my favorite prints from previous collections in tones of reds, greens, and gold. Each line I create tells a story and now it feels like my favorite friends (and hopefully yours) are coming home for the holidays!

From the original Brambleberry Ridge line you will see some returning favorites.

 Knots and Loops in Red

Knots and Loops in Red

 Knots and Loops in Green

Knots and Loops in Green

 Brambleberry in Burgundy

Brambleberry in Burgundy

 Brambleberry in Evergreen

Brambleberry in Evergreen

 Timber in Evergreen

Timber in Evergreen

 Timber in Red

Timber in Red

 Bow Tie Plaid in Garland

Bow Tie Plaid in Garland

 Bow Tie Plaid in Burgundy

Bow Tie Plaid in Burgundy

From Waterfront Park, the birds from Flight soar in a trio of shades. They like to fly in from time to time and you never know when they will make another appearance! Reflection gets fancy with the addition of metallic gold in Shimmer Reflection.

 Flight in Cranberry

Flight in Cranberry

 Flight in Green

Flight in Green

 Flight in Red

Flight in Red

 Shimmer Reflection in Green

Shimmer Reflection in Green

 Shimmer Reflection in Red

Shimmer Reflection in Red

Perhaps a couple of my favorite prints come from Madrona Road, but don't tell the others, I don't like to play favorites with my fabric. Wild Carrot a lovely, simple floral and Memoir a true fairy tale. Memoir is available in two colors, a beautiful red and a dreamy metallic gold.

 Wild Carrot in Red

Wild Carrot in Red

 Memoir in Gold

Memoir in Gold

 Memoir in Red

Memoir in Red

Just in time for the holidays you can snap up Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge and get way, way ahead on your holiday sewing! I can't wait to see what you will create!

Merry Sewing to you!

Modern Patchwork and the Cardinal

Recently I was featured in Modern Patchwork magazine, Winter 2016. The article tells a little of my background as well as the story of the inception and creation of the The Lion from my Abstractions series. You can purchase the magazine or digital copy here.

In addition to the article there is free project for my cardinal table runner featuring Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge. The cardinal table runner project is a great project if you're new to paper piecing. It's simple, sweet, and you can get a jump on your holiday sewing (Don't laugh, some people really do prepare this far out, a dream for the rest of us.)

The Color Palette for this project:

Cardinal - Brambleberry in burgundy, Bow Tie Plaid in burgundy, Shimmer Reflections in Red, Wild Carrot in red, Cotton Couture solids in Black and Paprika

Background - Memoir in gold, Cotton Couture solid in Paprika

Binding - Bow Tie Plaid in burgundy

Directions for the table runner can be found in Modern Patchwork Winter 2016, the downloadable templates are available here.

Merry sewing,

Violet