The Three Christmas Trees – Pattern for mug rug and coaster

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The Three Christmas Trees can be made with either the paper-piecing method or the applique method. Patterns in real size are included for both methods, as well as schemas with measurements in real size and pictures. The mug rug measures 15 x 23 cm / 5 7/8″ x 9″. The coaster measures 13 cm / 5 1/8″ square. Click here for more details.

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My First Paper-Piecing Pattern – Little Tree


I am developing a taste for paper piecing. I am making placemats with the houses I have sewn last fall and the Delectable Mountains I have made during the last weeks. I wanted to add a few trees to my design and, instead of looking for an already made pattern, I decided to try my hand at making one. I came up with this really simple design.


The trees look as follow when placed next to a house:


They will be placed below the Delectable Mountains I have showed you last week, which will also be next to a house:


I have made the pattern in the old-fashion way, with paper, pencil and ruler. I was not in a mood for computer design. Of course, as I made more than one tree, I had to duplicate the pattern a few times. Also in the old-fashion way, with two sheets of paper positioned one on top of the other, against a window. It is good, from time to time, to go back to paper and pencil. And actually feel the creation of a line as a result of moving fingers, wrist and arm.


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Other posts about paper piecing:


Delectable Mountains


My First Paper-Pieced Blocks


Delectable Mountains


I have been making Delectable Mountains lately. I have used a paper-piece pattern that Lara, from BuzzinBumble, has so generously provided. She has made a gorgeous quilt with these mountains. To see her quilt and her pattern, just click here.

I would not even have entertained the idea of making Delectable Mountains before. They certainly look complex. But Lara’s paper-pieced pattern has made it possible and I can proudly say that I made seven mountains. They measure 2″ by 4″. Here is a picture of the first three:


You can see that I added a piece of blue fabric on top of the mountains. This is because I will use these Delectable Mountains along with paper-pieced houses I have made last fall. They will be sewn on each side of a house:


I must say that I had some difficulties making them, even with Lara’s pattern. At first, I kept inverting the top and the bottom colors. Many times, I did not put the fabric at the right angle (before sewing). I even forgot to iron the fabric before cutting around the template. A few times. Lara indicated on her templates which way the seams should be ironned. Unfortunately, following that was beyond my capacities. All my focus was on getting the right fabric placed where it should be.

What complicated things was that I used a motif with straight lines for the mountains and I wanted them to be vertically or horizontally placed, but not in a diagonal. Ensued much fumbling with the pieces of fabric. (You should know that I unconsciously decided to place the template behind the blue fabric.) While doing the third mountain, I realized that the sewing line was at a 45 degree angle. That was almost a moment of illumination. 😉 I am not saying that, from then, everything went smoothly, but my speed of execution greatly improved.  Now that my mountains are done, I realise that it would have been much easier to place the template behind my beige-with-lines fabric instead of behind the blue fabric (which could be used at every angle). Next time I will.

I have learned the importance of back stitching at the beginning and the end of the stitched lines. The stitches were taken apart when I removed the paper on the first mountain. I think that making the first block took me over an hour. After completing it, I was in great need of a strong cup of tea.


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Other posts about quilts:


Cardinal Blocks for my Winter Quilt


Snowman Blocks for my Winter Quilt


Tea in the Rose Garden (pattern available in my Craftsy Pattern Store)


My First Paper-Pieced Blocks


In August, Marianne from Adventurous Quilter posted a lengthy and interesting tutorial on paper piecing. I had never tried this technique before and was becoming more and more curious about it. But I was holding back as it involves paper, following lines, manipulating shapeless scraps and matching corners in ways that seemed quite complex. Surely, one needs an extensive experience in quilting to sew such beautiful blocks.

Luckily for me, after I left a comment at the end of her post saying that I enjoyed reading her tutorial and that the technique now seemed less daunting, she graciously sent me a paper-piece pattern for beginner level. And it was a house. How could I resist? So I printed it, took some cotton scraps and sat down at my sewing machine.





I really, really enjoyed it. The first house took some time as I was verifying twice that the pieces of fabric were at the right place and on the right side before sewing. Some seams on the back are very thin. The second house went faster, but I had to add a strip on the left wall. Somehow, I misjudged the size of the scrap. For the third house, everything went smoothly. I was hooked. So I made a fourth.

I am grateful for Marianne‘s generosity. This house pattern was what I needed to try this technique. Those houses will not be the last ones and I have started a small collection of paper piecing patterns that I intent to make.

I think that the main trick is to go slowly. What I like about this method is that after each line we sew and iron, a new part of the motif appears. Very rewarding.

What do you like about paper-piecing?


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Other firsts:


My First (and Imperfect) Quilt


My First Free Motion Quilting


First Ever Knitting Project