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.
Pink Christmas trees were a staple in the oh-so-mod 60s. I'm bringing them back in "Mod-ified Trees." Lucy surely would have picked these if they had been on the lot, and Charlie Brown surely would have said no, but what does he know?
Mod-ified Trees hung out in my head for quite a while before I finally picked up my tools and just went for it already. Once I gathered my supplies and started sewing, I was able to make the entire cover quilt from start to finish in less than four hours. Of course, your results may vary, but this is a project that it truly would be hard to spend more than a day on; it is perfect for a quick diversion when you are sick of big projects, or as an almost instant gift when you find out the wedding shower is THIS week not next week, or you are throwing a Christmas dinner party and realize the afternoon before that you need some new duds for the table.
The cover quilt was made using Leaves Galore "Petite" template, and if you own that, fantastic; if you are like me you are always looking for new patterns to use the templates with, so here you go.. If you don't own it, and have no desire to do so, also fantastic. You can still whip this up using the easy alternative cutting directions, so no special equipment beyond a good attitude is needed.
Machine quilting is done prior to the applique on this project, which helps the applique give a second quilting dimension once it is in place. The piece is self-bordered with border applique units cut from the leftovers of the tree fabrics.