Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Heart Belongs to Basic Grey

The Tree Is Trimmed in Evergreen, from Basic Grey

One of my favorite fabric designers is Basic Grey. The company’s Little Black Dress collection caught my eye a few years back, resulting in my first Miranda Bag. Although I managed to resist a few collections since then, I’ve quilted with PB&J (and then foolishly gifted the project!) and 25th and Pine. So when the Moda Bake Shop asked me to remake my Tree Is Trimmed mini-quilt in Basic Grey’s current Christmas line—Evergreen—I couldn’t type yes fast enough.

I chose to press all seams open in this version of the mini and follow
the cross-stitch lines to quilt. I much prefer it to my original mini,
which I stitched in the ditch.

Now that I’ve finished my project, I could move on to make more Christmas trees with cross-stitch blocks, but I’ve already made a forest full of these minis. I think I’m going to take the remaining jelly-roll strips and make a quilt (something akin to this). I used dark green in my mini, but the other colors are really lovely—deep reds and soft greens and blues. They have a fabulous Scandinavian feel to them, and if omit the really Christmassy prints (one design has “holly jolly” printed on it; another is adorned with candy cane stripes), the result will be a quilt the recipient can use all winter long.


My local quilt shop has a good selection of Basic Grey’s Fresh Cut. I haven’t bought any yardage—yet. Any suggestions on a pattern I could use to justify the purchase? I really like this pattern from Sherri McConnell. Yeah, yeah, yeah ... I need more fabric and another quilt project like I need a hole in the head!
  • To view the Tree Is Trimmed in 25th and Pine, see my original tutorial here.
  • To view the revised tutorial, using Evergreen, go to the Moda Bake Shop.

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9 comments:

  1. Very cute! I'd like to add a star on the top. Any ideas on how to do that?

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    1. You could make a star based on the cross-stitch blocks you make for the tree. This is how I'd do it: (1) make a cross-stitch block using a gold (or whatever) fabric and the background fabric and cut it down to a 2.5" square; (2) cut that block vertically down the middle; (3) sew a 1.25" x 3.75" piece of the gold fabric in between the two halves of the cut block; (4) trim the block down to a 2.5" square again. Read through the tutorial directions, and I think you'll see what I'm suggesting. And let me know how it turns out!

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  2. Great looking quilt on the Moda Bake Shop, congrats!

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  3. BasicGrey is my favourite design house too and I got to work with them this year- dream come true :D

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  4. Ohhhh, I've admired this quilt for awhile now - original version since last fall. Is the only difference between the original and the revised the line of fabric?? Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. I changed how I pressed the seams (to avoid bulk), and those changes are indicated in the original posting of the tutorial. I also quilted the new piece through the Xs without marking anything up (I stitched in the ditch on the original). Any other version of this mini I make will also be quilted this way. I really like it!

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  5. What a fun quilt! And I really like the bluer greens. I gradually got used to (and finally liked) the yellow greens that have been so popular, but blue-greens are still my favorites. If you need a pattern suggestion. I like Gently Down the Stream by Christina Cameli. The white zig zag on the colors is so much fun to work with.

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  6. Ditto to the Basic Grey, you have to purchase Fresh Cut too! I love the new version too! Congrats on Moda Bake Shop

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  7. This looks fantastic! Congratulations on Moda Bake Shop, such an awesome accomplishment! I love it! As for a pattern to suggest, I'm not usually one for patterns. . . But I do like the Fireworks pattern (Thimble Blossoms), and could totally see this fabric working for it!

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