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Well hello there! Today I want to bring you a post that was inspired by a sweet customer of mine. She’s a newer quilter and had a few questions on how to use ombre fabric (like the fab V & Co Fairy Dust on the cover) in her Christmas quilt. I gladly answered her email and figured since I’ve done the work already, that I’d share with you as well.


First Off, Classes ARE Coming

Before we dive in, I did want to let you know that a virtual mini-class will be available on May 1! You can join today and be ready to go when it releases.

I’ll be using the ombre fabrics and explain all of this in more detail, so if you prefer video, make sure to subscribe for updates from me so that you can be the first to get your hands on the class!


How Much Fabric Do I Need?

Great question!

On the back of my pattern you’ll see a note saying that if you plan to use an ombre fabric for the trees, you’ll need additional yardage:

  • Small tree: 3/4 yards
  • Medium Tree: 1-1/4 yards
  • Large Tree: 1-1/4 yards

I then go on to be a little vague about the border yardage, because it really depends on how you want to do it. Your choice will decide how much fabric you’ll need to buy. SO, here are your choices:

Border Option A: Ebb & Flow (and save some dough)

If you:
✔️ Like the idea of your borders going from light to dark and back again ALL the way around your quilt
✔️ Want to save some money
✔️ Want to make this as simple as possible
…then you’re going to use the fabric requirements as listed and cut as instructed…easy peasy!

Border Option B: Exactly as seen on the cover quilt

If you:
✔️ Want to get the same look as the cover quilt borders
✔️ Don’t mind paying more
✔️ Can follow a cutting diagram
…then you’re going to follow the instructions for your size below:

QUEEN sizes:

Purchase:
✔️ 3-1/2 yards of the Onyx Fairy Dust Border (1st & 3rd borders)
✔️ 3 yards of the Lagoon Fairy Dust Border (2nd border).

QUEEN Cutting Diagram – Borders 1 & 3 (assumes both borders are the same color)
If this is too small, right click the image and click “open image in new tab” – then you’l see it nice and big!

QUEEN Cutting Diagram – Border 2
If this is too small, right click the image and click “open image in new tab” – then you’l see it nice and big!

…and YES, you’re could waste an enormous amount of fabric doing this OR you could use it as an awesome accent in the backing of your quilt.

KING sizes:

Purchase:
✔️ 3-1/2 yards of the Onyx Fairy Dust Border (1st & 3rd borders)
✔️ 4-3/4 yards of the Lagoon Fairy Dust Border (2nd & 4th borders)

KING Cutting Diagram – Borders 1 & 3 (assumes both borders are the same color)
If this is too small, right click the image and click “open image in new tab” – then you’l see it nice and big!

KING Cutting Diagram – Borders 2 & 4 (assumes both borders are the same color)
If this is too small, right click the image and click “open image in new tab” – then you’l see it nice and big!

…and YES, you’re could waste an enormous amount of fabric doing this OR you could use it as an awesome accent in the backing of your quilt.


How Do I Cut The Triangles?

Now that you’re home from the store, you’re probably wondering how to tackle this…
Hey – never fear! We got this. Let’s break this down:

Cutting Trees

Cutting the trees is no more difficult because of your fabric choices. You just want to make sure that you’re cutting it in a way that allows you to get the ombre effect you’re after.

✔️ Cut lengthwise strips (this will be OPPOSITE what you are used to). This way you’ll end up cutting your Shorthand Template pieces so that the gradient runs horizontally across the curved triangle. You’ll get six strips (3 sets of mirrored fabrics) out of each cut.

✔️ Then you’ll cut your Shorthand Templates as usual: alternate the A shape from right-side-up to up-side-down (Check out a video here) Read the next part before cutting!

✔️ Carefully keep each type of cut in it’s own pile and label them! You’d be shocked at how easily these all start to look the same.

For example, working from left to right in the photo below, I have 6 piles:
1: Strip 1, right-side-up
2: Strip 1, up-side-down
3: Strip 2, right-side-up
4: Strip 2, up-side-down
5: Strip 3, right-side up
6: Strip 4, up-side-down

✔️ I suggest cutting out a few extra triangles. This will allow you to really get the ombre effect that you’re looking for.


How Do I Piece This?

Next it’s time to piece!

Now that you’ve got the ombré figured out, it’s time to stitch this puppy together!


GIVE ME A CLASS!

I know, I know…so many of you prefer video instruction and I’ve got it for you! The mini class will be available on May 1, so make sure to join today so you’re ready to go!. I’ll be sending out an email when the class is ready. Here is what I CAN tell you about the class:

This will be a mini class, I plan to go through step-by-step, covering all important details and techniques such as:

  • Fabric Selection
  • How to calculate and cut the ombre borders (as shown above)
  • How to calculate and cut the ombre trees (as described above)
  • How to lay out your quilt for the best effect
  • How to sew Shorthand Blocks
  • We WILL be walking through Creating The Star (Steps 9-10), I know that trips people up sometimes!
  • How to piece borders on an angle
  • Ideas for quilting and finishing

A tutorial for the brave and precise

Foundation paper piecing has become one of my very favorite techniques for quilting. I love the precision and the freedom that it allows! Ever since discovering how to paper piece with freezer paper (see that tutorial here) I’ve fallen even more deeply in love.

And now, it’s time for the part that almost broke us…but love overcame!

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I know you aren’t supposed to have favorites, but I might need to make an exception for this fantabulous quilt…Hover is just a whole other level – I’m not sure I or my followers have ever been quite this excited for a quilt release before!

This pattern includes a wild number of sizes…I just couldn’t stop: Pillow, baby, throw, lap, twin, queen, and king (pardon me while I catch my breath!)…and today I want to show you just one more size that I couldn’t resist: the wall hanging.

Now I can’t take full credit on this, one of my incredible pattern testers and friends came up with this layout and size and even wrote out how she did it. So, a big round of applause for my pal, Jeanne.

Here is her gorgeous wall hanging:

Quilted wall hanging by Jeanne Phillips
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Today I have a REALLY fun tutorial for you on how to make a pocket pillow cover in any size. It’s chock full of video, printables, exciting new patterns, and more!

In this tutorial you’ll see my up and coming pattern, Hover. I am SO thrilled to be releasing this pattern alongside of Sue Penn’s newest collection, Butterfly Fields (used in the video tutorial) in October 2023. If you’ve just got to have this pattern, or the kit, make sure to pre-order today – I don’t think they’ll last long!

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How – To

After designing my Potting Table quilt, I decided that it was finally time to tackle Bias Tape Appliqué – I just couldn’t pull off the design without it and it was long overdue! Today, I want to share one piece of the process with you in a new video tutorial on Invisible Machine Stitch Appliqué.

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Ooh La La!

Today I’ve got a short tutorial for you on French Seams. I’ve decided to post this because I recently created a new sample for my Squared pattern and there miiiiggggghhhhhtttt be something rather exciting coming your way next month (shhhhh! don’t tell, but IT’S A RE-RELEASE! New style options and sizes for minis and mommies alike!)

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How old frames + old baby clothes = something truly breathtaking

For some reason I tend to accumulate things.

As one who aspires to remove as many things from my life as possible, this is often a problem!

But there are a few things that have survived my constant de-cluttering efforts,

and a collection of those surviving things are baby clothes. I am the proud owner of one special newborn outfit from my daughter, myself, my husband, my father-in-law, and my mother. My sister even donated my mom’s first pair of tiny leather crib shoes to my heirloom-gathering efforts!

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This originally was posted on the Timeless Treasure’s Blog. They are experiencing technical difficulties on their blog at the moment and granted me permission to re-publish this on my blog – enjoy!


I’ve been putting it off long enough! Yes, it’s time for my trusty nasty old ironing board cover to get a fresh look. When I saw the Hive Rules collection by Timeless Treasures, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it!

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You asked and you shall receive!

A few months back, I posted on Instagram about my favorite notions and tools. One of them being the Martelli Ergonomic Rotary Cutter. I was surprised to find that a lot of people, despite loving these cutters, no longer used them because they couldn’t get the blades changed.

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The Perfect Project for Mastering Raw Edge Appliqué

Timber! has always been my best seller. There’s no wonder- it’s super duper cute. I’m excited to announce that it has also caught the attention of the staff over at Simply Moderne Magazine (eep!).

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