Christmas decoration patterns for English paper piecing

Hello hello!

By Christmas time this year I expect that my lovely little daughter will be in her first few weeks of walking.  That’s all very exciting, but it means that our beautiful collection of glass Christmas decorations won’t be making an appearance this year!

Now is the time for me to get an alternate plan in place.  Since I have been bitten by the English paper piecing (EPP) bug, and it’s wonderful portability, I’ve designed a few simple decorations that Mum and I will whip up over the next few weeks.

That way, our tree will still have decorations, but they will be soft and safe for little hands and mouths.

Pics will come in time, but given how hard I found it to find free downloadable patterns that I could just print and cut out, I thought I would share now the patterns for what I came up with.

First, here’s the rough plan of what I’m making.


Here’s the templates for the diamonds that go together to make the star or the snowflake.


Here’s the Christmas tree pattern.  I’ll use different fabric for the trunk, and some embellishments for a star on top, I think.


Here’s the love heart.


Here’s the pointy pentagons.


The templates are nothing fancy, but they are convenient.

If you decide to make some too, please share!  I’ll do the same once I make some progress.

Happy Friday everyone!


Fabulous Fabric Friday: Salt Water

Hello!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.

This week’s Fabulous Fabric Friday is all about Tula Pink’s new range, Salt Water.

It’s so new that you can’t get it in Australia.  But when it comes, which won’t be long, you’ll be able to get it at The Quilters’ and Embrioderers’ Store in Brisbane, which has a good range of Tula Pink.


I am really drawn to all things nautical at the moment, and so I was delighted to spot this one.


It comes in three colourways, red, green and blue.  The blue is my favourite.


It is a nice masculine choice without being too heavy (which I often find is the case when you are looking for the right fabrics to make something for a man).


It’s hard to go past these cute little anchors…


And this one a lovely detail to it, that could even work nicely in a non-nautical project.


If you can’t wait until they are released in Australia, and are willing to pay for the postage, you can order them from Cotton Patch in the UK now.

Here’s the reward for getting to the end of this post – something I am very excited about.  Bonnie and Camille have released a sneak preview of their next Moda collection.  It’s called Daysail, and it looks like it’s a little nautical too!


My mind is already swimming with projects for using this lot!

Happy Friday, everyone.


Soft play rattle ball

Last weekend I had to travel a little.  There were two flights, some time waiting around, a conference… when others see boredom, I see an opportunity to stitch!

(As an aside, the airline let me take my seam ripper on board.  That was a good way to get around the no-scissors-allowed conundrum.)

The journey was the perfect chance to give a small English Paper Piecing project a try.  I’ve never done it before, but the Soft Play ball from issue 9 of Love Patchwork & Quilting really appealed, and looked achievable.  It’s currently on sale in my local newsagency, although the interwebs suggests that it is not all that current.  Anyway…

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It is really just 12 pentagons of identical size joined together.  As simple as that!

I stuffed it with toy fill and put a bell inside, and have been tempted to play with it ever since.  Accordingly, I had no option but to put it in the post today.  It will be received by a little girl who I hope will love it.

It was so much fun to make.  I can’t wait to start the next one!

The fabric is a bunch of April Showers (Bonnie and Camille for Moda) scraps that I had lying about at home.

There really was something wonderful about being able to sew on the go.  Perhaps I will become an EPP addict.


Finished baby quilt

Hi there.  It’s been a while.

Here’s the baby quilt I prepared for a friend.  She had a gorgeous little girl (which is lucky, because I took a guess and started making it in pink before she arrived).  I mailed it today and realised that I never took a final pic of it, or shared it on this site.

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I’m really happy with the finished result.  The fabrics are ABC Menagerie by Abi Hall for Moda on the top, and a cheaper homespun pink on the back.  The backing is still patterned, it has an all-over spotty finish.  It’s Lincraft’s home brand.

The binding is a similar yellow fabric.  I used a cotton filling (though I was tempted to try the bamboo).

The quilting is an all-over stipple in white thread.  I like to use The Bottom Line.

I hope this inspires you to whip up a wonderful gift for a friend or family member’s child.  What could be more wonderful than a perfectly imperfect project?

Have a great week,