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New Pattern: Fun Flatware Holders!

Flatware Holiday Holders

I started making these flatware holders to use outside on the patio table, where I didn’t want the silverware to be lying right on the table.  I just made a version to use during the holidays and I thought they were so cute that I’ve written up a pattern.  It took quite a long time to write because I’ve drawn lots of diagrams and also included an extensive step by step photo tutorial of how to do the machine binding with mitered corners.  I’m hoping it makes it very easy to follow and you’ll have fun making these.

Cheer Flatware Holder

I’ve designed four winter embroidery motifs and these are included in the pattern. The embroidery is very fun to do and I enjoy that kind of thing while I’m watching TV.  The motifs I designed take about an hour and a half each to stitch, depending on your embroidery skills. If you don’t want to do the embroidery, you can also just fussy cut a motif out of some fun fabric and use that on the front.

There are so many possibilities for creativity here – you can make all kinds of themes like Easter, Thanksgiving or Fourth of July.  You can also just make plain ones and embroider your family’s names on them.

The holiday ones I made use Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Flax and a 100% cotton mattress ticking fabric that I love from JoAnn’s.  The combination of these two fabrics together make me very happy – I think it gives projects an old fashioned sort of look.

These flatware holders have a little pocket on the front where you can stick a little treat or some kind of table accent, like a sprig of rosemary.  Or you can not put anything in them and let them just lie flat.

Merry Flatware Holder

Sewing up the flatware holders is very fast, so this is a pretty quick project, after the embroidery is finished. I give you lots of tips in the pattern that I find helpful.

Flatware Place Setting

I hope you all have fun with it and share your versions on Instagram using the hashtag #BTLflatwareholders.

The pattern can be found HERE in my shop.  Happy sewing!

Elaine

Split Rail Quilt

Split Rail Top Folded

It’s fun to make a quick quilt and this one certainly was.  It uses Split Rail blocks, which are made just by sewing width of fabric strips together and then subcutting them into sections that you sew together to form the blocks. It just flies off your sewing machine.

Split Rail top and bottom

I made this quilt to match the color of an upholstered rocking chair at a cottage – I used four different minty green fabrics and used a batik backing that reminded me of water.  The background fabric is Kona Snow.

Split Rail FoldsThis is a throw size quilt and I used my much favored batting for this – Quilter’s Dream 100% cotton batting in its heaviest version – Supreme.  It has a lot of heft to it, making it a great quilt to curl up with, but is still great for machine quilting.

Split Rail Quilt Stacked

I quilted this using Aurifil #40 weight thread on top at a 4.0 stitch length.  I love this thread for the top thread – it is a little heavier and shows well.  I used a green Aurifil #50 weight thread in the bobbin and it worked just fine.  I know everyone says to match the weight of the top thread with the bottom thread, but my Janome handled it perfectly.

Split Rail TopSplit Rail Quilt Ladder

 

I’m working on a pattern for this quilt and I’m excited about it because it will be a great quilt for beginners or just someone who wants to crank something out quickly!

Hope you’re making something!

Elaine

 

Arrow Block Quilt PDF Pattern Release

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Are you looking for a new project for Fall?  I’ve been working on a pattern for one of my favorite quilts and it’s ready!  The Arrow Block Quilt is a fun quilt which beginners, with a basic knowledge of rotary cutting, can tackle.  I give detailed instructions on block assembly and I include a tutorial for making half square triangles using a fast eight-at-a-time method.  Plus there are a lot of tips about how I like to quilt, baste and bind.   This pattern is for a throw size quilt, 48″ x 60″, which is my favorite size – nice to snuggle up with or use as a decorative accent.   You can find the pattern HERE.

Arrow Quilt back and front

arrow quilt layers stacked

Fall is coming and we are all going to be sewing a lot more!  I look forward to sharing with you the projects I will be working on soon.

Happy Quilting,
Elaine

 

Ombré Herringbone Quilt PDF Pattern Now Available


Herringbone Quilt Pattern Cover Page

I’m pleased to announce that I have a pattern up in the shop now for the Ombré Herringbone Quilt!  I hope you enjoy this pattern and the quick and easy way to make Half Square Triangles that it includes.

This pattern includes two sizes –  a baby/crib size and a throw size.

You can find the PDF pattern here.

Happy quilting!

Elaine

Classic Checkerboard PDF Quilt Pattern

Checkerboard Quilt Pattern PDF Cover Page

 

Good news!  My Classic Checkerboard Quilt is now available in a PDF pattern.  Hop on over to the shop to check it out!  Learn how to make a classic checkerboard quilt with an easy strip sewing method.

Thank you for all your requests for patterns to my quilts.  Your support is appreciated!

Elaine

Ombré Confetti Herringbone Child’s Quilt

Ombre Confetti Herringbone Quilt Front

(Note:  This quilt is now available in a PDF pattern!  It includes instructions for two sizes:  baby/crib 36″ x 48″ and throw 48″ x 60″.   The pattern is available in my shop. )

I am a big fan of Moda’s V&Co Ombré gradient fabric.  So when they came out with Ombré Confetti Metallic this year, I was very excited to use it.  It’s Ombré with confetti sprinkled on it! The design possibilities are endless with these fabrics and so much fun.  I know I’m going to be sewing with them for a while.  The colors are amazing – there are twenty different ones in all! For this quilt, I kept it to just 5 colors, with the grey being the predominant color.

Herringbone Quilt Folded

I had so many ideas for different quilts using this fun fabric.  I wanted a block where I could pair the solid Ombré with the Confetti Ombré,  so I designed a little herringbone child’s quilt.

Herringbone Quilt back and front

I made 192 Half Square Triangles for this quilt.  The quilt finished size is 36″ x 48″.  I made all the HSTs by using my eight-at-a-time method, which is just so fast.  The HSTs were 3.5″ trimmed and 3″ after being sewn in.

Herringbone Quilt Folded II

I used five colors and Kona White for the background.  The graphite grey color was sort of my anchor color and I used twice as many HSTs in that color than the other four.

Herringbone Quilt front

For the backing fabric, I knew I wanted something that was not as busy as the front of the quilt and I was hoping to find something in a grey that I liked.  I found this fabric, by Moda, called “Shooting Stars” from the “Stellar Baby” line that I really liked and had some sweet words:

Herringbone Quilt Backing Detail

 

Herringbone Quilt folds

I used two layers of Warm and Natural cotton batting for this quilt.  Do you feel sometimes that one layer of Warm and Natural is just too light? Sometimes I want a warmer quilt and so I tried it on this one.  The basting process went great and it quilted up like a champ, with no puckers or problems.  And it has double the warmth.

Herringone Quilt Stacked

I debated how to quilt this herringbone pattern.  I decided to go ahead and follow the zigzag pattern of the quilt, although this was going to require a lot of shifting of the quilt in the machine.  However, I broke out my knee lifter and that helped a ton – I didn’t have to take my hands off the quilt to lift up the presser foot to shift the quilt.  I don’t need this gadget often, but when I do, I’m so glad I have it.

Herringbone Quilt Front Scrunched

For the binding, there was no question I was going to carry the grey dominant color to the binding – and that confetti fabric is perfect for a fun binding.  I cut 2.5″ strips to make the binding.  Here is a tutorial on how I did that.

 

Herringbone quilt detail

I can’t wait to sew with some more Ombré Confetti!  It’s so fun.

I’m listing the quilt in the Shop.

Thanks for stopping in!
Elaine

 

 

Shifting Strips Beach Quilt

Shifting Strips Beach Quilt - Beech Tree Lane Handmade

I had a vision for this quilt – something light, airy and fresh looking that had fabrics that reminded me of the ocean, sky and beach. I am so pleased with how it turned out and it has exactly the look I was going for.  Of  course, I had to make a rope bowl to go with it – my new fun thing to make.

Shifting Strips Beach Quilt with Rope Bowl by Beech Tree Lane Handmade

I had so much fun picking out these fabrics.  I got a lot of help from Hawthorne Threads, which has their own fabric designs that are printed digitally.  This enables them to offer them in a very wide variety of colors.  I selected water and sky colors:  Skipping Stones in Sky, Doodle in Powder Blue, Watercolor in Robin’s Egg, Stardust in Sky, Multi Dot in Fair Isle Glacier,  and for the binding Rogue Stripe in Cornflower.

The other fabrics in this quilt were Seaside Blue Waves Anchors, Reef Sky Dots by Robert Kaufman, Laura Gunn Painter’s Canvas, and Timeless Treasures Sand Dollar Beach, which I love and was so lucky to find – I love the delicate little sand dollars.

Shifting Strips Beach Quilt by Beech Tree Lane Handmade

The backing fabric was a real find, too – Indigo Coastal Words in Blue from Studio e Fabrics.  It’s a perfect beach/ocean fabric and gave some interesting punch to the backing.

Beach Quilt Backing Fabric

 

Beach quilt Back front back

I thought about the design of this quilt for a while – I wanted to use larger pieces of fabric.  I really didn’t want to do a lot of cutting up fabric and making blocks – I really wanted these fabrics to be the star.  So I decided to just sew strips of various widths together into sets and then subcut those sets into strips.  I laid out the strips into a design I liked then sewed them into rows – since all the strips’ widths were different, there were no seams to match up!

Shifting Strips Beach Quilt by Beech Tree Lane Handmade

Here you can see the completed strips that were sewn together:

I really loved the design of this quilt and since there are no blocks to assemble, it goes really fast!  I am working on a pattern now and hope to have it available soon.

I used my new favorite thicker batting, Quilter’s Dream Supreme.  It makes such a nice hefty quilt.

I love this binding because I love bias binding.  And now you don’t have to cut diagonal strips to get bias binding – Hawthorne Threads has a wide selection of colors of stripes on the diagonal, called Rogue Stripe.  This one is Cornflower.  Makes it so simple when you can cut crossgrain strips and get bias binding!

When you use a Stripology ruler, cutting same size strips is even faster.  Like really fast:

You don’t have to lift up the ruler to measure each strip. You make your cuts, lift up the ruler and they are all done.

I quilted this using Aurifil cotton thread, a natural white on the top and a light blue color in the bobbin.  I used a 4.0 stitch length and a walking foot.  The vertical quilting cut across the strips and the horizontal quilting was all in the ditch.

 

Thanks for coming by,
Elaine

 

Little Lamb Checkerboard Quilt

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I’ve made several checkerboard baby quilts in the past and have so many people ask me for patterns, that I finally made another quilt and spent some time making up a pattern.  In the past, I have made these checkerboard quilts using a traditional 16-patch block but I’ve thought about it and feel that sewing width of fabric strips together and then subcutting them is faster.  So this pattern utilizes a super easy and quick strip piecing method.

This little quilt is my “less is more” philosophy that using just a handful of prints can have more impact than many prints.  In this instance, I’m using just four fabrics – my main fabric, which is a little lamb print, a dot, a solid and a subtle checked print.  This is similar to the Little Owl Quilt that I did and which got such a great response and so many requests for a pattern. *

* The pattern to make this quilt is now available in my Shop.

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The little lamb fabric is called Clover from Cotton + Steel. It’s so sweet!  I selected my favorite dot fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics called Firefly in Whisper from the Hello Bear collection.  I added a Moda Solid and a little bit of a check fabric from Camelot called Mixology Woven in Rainwater.

For the backing, I found a fabric I thought went so well with the top – it’s called Scattered Hashtags from  Moda Mixology.

For the batting, I used a low loft Warm and Natural 100% cotton.  I quilted it with Aurifil thread, using a 4.0 stitch length and a walking foot.  I just used the seams on each square as my guide.

For the binding, I used Squared Elements in Turquoise.  I machine stitched the binding using my usual method.

 

I have this pattern out to testers right now  and when I have it available very soon, I will announce it here on the blog and it will be available for purchase.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will see it there also.  I will be very happy to finally be able to provide you with a pattern for this simple, fun quilt.

This quilt itself is now listed in the Shop.

** A pattern to make this kind of quilt is now available in my Shop.

Thanks for coming by!
Elaine

 

Compass 16-Patch Quilt

Compass Quilt Full Front

I found this really interesting line from Windham Fabrics called “Measure”.  They have fabrics that show compasses and rulers and writing and I just loved it.  I had been looking for a color palette of browns, creams and maybe a touch of black.  This fabric line was perfect for the 16-patch quilt I had in mind.

I’m also going to show you how I made the 16-patch blocks and give you my measurements for cutting.

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I added some Kona solids and another text print called “Bee Creative” by Deb Strain for Moda.  For the background, I used Kona Ivory.  The finished quilt size is 48″ x 60″, which I consider an ideal size for a throw quilt to curl up with on the sofa.

Compass Quilt over chair

Compass Quilt stacked

This quilt was composed of twenty 16-patch blocks.  The squares in the finished quilt are 3″.  The 16-patch blocks in the finished quilt are 12″.  I prewash all my fabrics – if there are any surprises, I want them now and not when I wash the finished quilt.

Compass Quilt folds

If you are interested in some of the particulars, here’s what I did:
I cut (40) 3.5″ WOF strips total, 20 in the various prints and 20 in the background fabric.  You need 2 yards of the background fabric and 2 yards of various prints.

I cut the WOF strips into 15″ strips.  I sewed 2 prints and 2 background strips together, like this:

compass strips sewn together

Press seams to dark sides.  This strip set gets subcut into (4) 3.5″ sections:

compass subcuts

Repeat with your other prints, varying which fabrics you have in the top and third positions, so you have a great variety.

compass finshed subcuts

Then lay these out into 16-patch blocks, starting with a dark fabric in the top left position.

compass subcuts ready for sewing

Sew together into blocks.  The seams should all nest.

finished compass block

Repeat until you have 20 16-patch blocks and then just lay all the blocks in a pleasing array  – four blocks across, five blocks down, and sew together.

Compass Quilt folded

I used a fabric for the backing called “Henry Glass Principle Circle Play in Cream“.   It is a 108″ wide quiltback which is terrific – no piecing of the back!  There seems to be more 108″ wideback fabrics available now than there used to be.

henry glass fabric

Compass Quilt front and back

I used my new favorite quilt batting, Quilter’s Dream in the Supreme loft.  I love this batting – it’s more expensive, but it makes a heftier, cozier and softer quilt than Warm and Natural.

Compass Quilt in basket

I quilted this using a 4.5″ stitch length and used Aurifil 40# cotton thread.

For the binding, I did go with a classic stripe.  Hawthorne Threads actually digitally prints lots of really interesting fabrics themselves and they do a whole line of stripes called “Dress Stripes” that are perfect for bindings – if you can’t find the color you want for stripes, check them out – they have almost any color you need.  I used “Ochre” for this binding.

Compass Quilt binding

Compass Quilt binding detail

I cut 2.5″ strips for the binding.  I have a tutorial on how to machine bind a quilt, if you need to know how to do that.  I do use a walking foot when I attach the binding.

Compass Quilt fabric varation

Compass Quilt on chair

And here is the quilt after I washed it.  I definitely wanted that crinkle look for this one:

Compass Quilt Washed.jpg

Can’t wait to send this off to its new owner!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you’re making something!
Elaine