2013 November | AllPeopleQuilt.com Staff Blog - Part 2

November 2013

11 posts.

We Heart It, It’s Free

Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!



Circle Tree Quilt by Gayle Schliemann for Bernina

Combine a classic holiday shape with a modern design. Bright circles arranged in a Christmas tree shape pop off the white background in a quilt that will deck your hall (and wall)! Plus, the shapes are so simple, that it’s a perfect quilt to practice your machine applique on!

Click here to get the free pattern.




Napkin Rings by Doodle Do Designs for Ellison Lane

One way to take your holiday table from blah to fabulous is with some handmade napkin rings. They add color to your table, are a festive embellishment, and show your guests you went an extra step to host a great party! These napkin rings are durable AND washable. Plus, the  hook-and-eye closure allows them to have a reversible design, so you can use them for multiple occasions!

Click here to get the free pattern.




Easy Hexagon Pillow by Karen O’Connor of Red Rooster Quilts for Moda Bake Shop

Use favorite scraps of Christmas fabric to make a holiday pillow using this seasons’ hottest shape–the hexagon! A red rickrack ruffle around the pillow adds a whimsical touch. This is a great project to practice your ruler and piecing skills without a big investment in fabric.

Click here to get the free pattern.




Sewing Patterns Wreath from Dritz

Take handmade holiday to a new level with a wreath made from old sewing patterns! A simple foam base wrapped in burlap gets transformed with paper pattern flowers. Embellish with some leftover supplies like buttons and decorative-head pins for a great door decoration that shows off your love of sewing!

Click here to get the free pattern.

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Trend Talk: Metallic Fabric

Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!


Quilts should be the shining star of your decor! And we’re seeing a lot of flash in new fabric lines. Metallic fabrics and metallic floss are perfect for adding sparkle to your projects. Whether it’s adding some merry and bright glitz to a holiday or winter quilt or highlighting colors and designs with a little sheen, these fabrics are sure to add some glimmer. See how to add this hot trend to your quilting.



Metallic fabric for your shopping list:

And now that you have the inspiration, browse our collection of free quilt patterns that feature sparkle! See them here.

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Reading List

Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re concentrating on the table. With the holiday season approaching, we’re looking for ways to decorate our tables and throw fabulous parties with a handmade touch.


Set the Table: 11 Designer Patterns for Table Runners for Martingale 


Eleven different designers each contribute one table runner to this book–each with a different story to share about where their inspiration came from. From traditional blocks to improvisational piecing, this book offers a variety of techniques and styles. Table runners are quick to make, and since they’re smaller projects, easy to test out color combinations, block design, and practice your quilting. This book has easy-to-follow patterns and tips from the designers, so you’re sure to have perfect projects done in no time!

Buy the book here.


Handmade Hostess by Kelly Lee-Creel and Rebecca Soder for Stash Books


Authors Kelly and Rebecca set the table for 12 creative party ideas. Divided into chapters by season, the parties feature both sewing and no-sew projects to add a handmade touch to your shindig. DIY centerpieces, name cards, napkins, party favors, and table toppers are all on the list. Plus, each party comes with a signature dessert recipe. From holiday parties to bridal showers to summer bashes, these parties are perfect for all ages and incorporate fun (and cheap) personalized touches.

Buy the book here.


101 Fabulous Small Quilts by Martingale


You get the bang for your buck in this book featuring 101 small quilt patterns. Some of your favorite designers have created patterns for doll quilts, table runners, candle mats, wall quilts and so much more for your home. Featuring styles ranging from two-color quilts to scrappy designs, it’s easy to pull fabric from a pack of precuts or choose from your stash. Patterns contain full-size applique patterns and colorful diagrams for easy-breezy quilting!

Buy the book here.

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Perfect Your Skills: Flying Geese

Each month, learn a fun trick or tip to make your quilting easier and more polished!

We love the look of Flying Geese, but sometimes we don’t like making them. You can sew Flying Geese units using two methods. Find the one that’s easiest for you, then get quilting!



Method 1: Specialty Ruler

1. For one Flying Geese unit, gather the two squares and one rectangle as stated in your pattern.


2. Align one square with one end of the rectangle.


3. Place the ruler on layered fabrics with one 45° line along the top edge of rectangle and the other 45° line along the perpendicular edge of square. The corner of the square will fit neatly into the notch that is created where 45° lines cross (Photo 1). The black dotted line on the ruler, which is the seam line, will run diagonally from corner to corner on background square.


4. Trim off the corner (Photo 1). Sew layered pieces together, 1⁄4″ from cut edge.


5. Press open attached triangle, pressing seam toward triangle (Photo 2).


6. Add a second square at opposite end of rectangle. Fit corner of square into the ruler notch, making sure the dotted line runs from corner to corner. Trim off corner (Photo 3). Sew as before to make a Flying Geese unit (Photo 4).



Watch designer Karen Montgomery demonstrate this method using her Quick Trim ruler from Creative Grid.



Method 2: Mark Pieces

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)


2. Align a marked square with one end of a rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line, then trim excess, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open attached triangle, pressing seam toward triangle.


3. In same manner, add a second marked square to opposite end of rectangle (Diagram 1; again note direction of drawn line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit.


See editor Jennifer Keltner demonstrate this technique.

Make It Tonight: Wine Bag

Personalize a bottle of bubbly or wine by enclosing it in a special gift bag. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and lots of holiday decorations and gift ideas!


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Fabric: Sphere collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics



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2—8×15″ rectangles white burlap

7×8″ rectangle blue-and-white print

7×8″ rectangle fusible webbing

Blue-and-white gingham ribbon


Finished wine bag: 7x12x3″


**Sew this project with 1/2″ seams. (Note: Unprinted burlap is the same on both sides.)
Assemble Wine Bag:


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1. Following manufacturer’s instructions; press a fusible web rectangle to wrong side (back) of blue-and-white print rectangle; let cool. Peel off paper.


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2. Cut fused rectangle in half to make two 3-1/2×8″ print rectangles.


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3. Fuse a print rectangle to one burlap rectangle about 5″ from a short edge.


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4. With right sides together, join fused rectangles along side and bottom edges.


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5. To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle.


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6. Measuring 1-1/2″ from point of triangle, draw a line across triangle. Sew on the drawn line. Repeat with remaining bottom corner to make the bag body.


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7. Turn bag body right side out.


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8. Create fringe at the top edge by pulling threads from each seam until the fringe is about 1/2″ long.
9. Add bottle of bubbly. Tie bag top with ribbon.

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