Nothing makes me happier than a project that lets me have some fun digging in my scraps and allows me to put them together in a funky way. If the same project allows me to play with some machine applique and embellishment, all the better. This festive little runner was named by my daughters, who declared upon seeing it that the trees on it looked exactly like those at my uncle's Christmas tree farm. Lest he have a coronary thinking his trees are this misshapen and funky, I assure him they are not. But for a machine applique and embellishment project, these trees are perfect! Foundation "crazy" pieced trees and fun embellishment with iron on crystals make for a quick and festive project.
Please note that this pattern was written for 5.5" x 8.5" booklet form, and therefore the applique templates may not be the right size when you print it from your printer. Included in the pattern is a 1" scale check square, which should help you to reduce or enlarge the templates accordingly.
I probably started sewing as a measure of self defense; if my mom was busy teaching me about 5/8" seams and casings for elastics, there was no way she could whip up yet another set of matching floor ...
I probably started sewing as a measure of self defense; if my mom was busy teaching me about 5/8" seams and casings for elastics, there was no way she could whip up yet another set of matching floor length gowns for my sister and I to wear while posing for photos at the local Sears photo studio.
While my mom sewed all manner of things, quilts were never one of them. I discovered quilting on my own in 1995, and like most new quilters, my first can be considered a horrific monstrosity. Several years and much more talent later, I started to design my own patterns, and in 2005 launched EvaPaige Quilt Designs.
My design style is one of "fun over fuss", and I unapologetically preach the gospel of "Perfection is Overrated" through my trunk show and on my Quilting Hottie Haven blog. Quilting isn't mean to be hard or frustrating, and with every pattern I try to help the user focus on enjoying the creative process rather than becoming annoyed by too many matching points and seams.
I tend to shy away from trends; I design what I love and have a hard time conforming to what's hot in the quilting world. Other than me, of course.
On a more personal note, my husband and I have three young daughters, twins Eva and Paige, my mini-mes and company namesakes, and Greta, who will likely be in therapy because her name only appears on a pattern, not as part of the true EPQD empire. We live in a pretty town northwest of Boston MA that I promise you have never heard of and where you don't even need a clear day to see New Hampshire, where all five of us pretty much live our lives covered in thread scraps.