Rustic Christmas – FREE Pattern

Good morning, everyone!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio on this sunny August day.  Sandy and I are excited to show you the final version of our Rustic Christmas FREE Pattern.  Santa on Bush branded

The great thing about this FREE PATTERN is you have several options for finishing your paper pieced blocks.  Want some cute mini pillows to bring some charm to your home?  Give this FREE PATTERN a try!

Mini Pillows branded

Maybe you would like a cute banner for your fireplace!  Give this FREE PATTERN a try!

Stocking Branded

How about a cute wall hanging, table topper or table runner?  Give this FREE PATTERN a try!  Our pattern includes the dimensions for several different runner lengths.

Tree and Santa Branded

Click on the link below to download our FREE PATTERN

Rustic Christmas Final 08 19 20

We’ll also be posting this pattern to FAVE Quilts .  Be sure to check this website for  free  patterns.  It provides great eye candy and inspiration for all kinds of quilting projects!



Paper Piecing Sew Along – Day 4

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in today with the 4th block of our Christmas 2020 Series.

Branded Gnome Green Bckgrnd

Sandy’s design for this little Santa Gnome is so cute!  I decided to make two versions, one with a dark background and one with a light background.

Branded Gnome White Background

Click on the link below for the pattern:

RC 2020 Sew Along Day 4 Santa Gnome

Branded Gnome Green Bckgrnd


Mid Summer Quilt Finish

We interrupt our Christmas in July/August paper piecing project to present a palette-cleansing scrappy, double Irish chain, low-volume quilt finish.

Cindy and I were estate sale shopping last year (or the year before — is your concept of time messed up too????) and I stumbled on an old quilt in need of some love. The quilt was in pretty rough shape, but it just called to me. I bought it for the tag price of $5 because I loved the uniform bold blue squares and the clever quilting. I mention the quilting because what looks like many small white pieces, is, in fact, large muslin pieces quilted to mimic the size of the blue squares. Clever, right?

Tattered, but still beautiful

I knew I wanted to replicate the pattern, but I couldn’t muster up enough dark blues to make it work. So I decided to go with a scrappy, low volume approach. I went through my pre-cut stash of 2″ squares and pulled enough to build the quilt.

When I had a few finished blocks, I started to doubt my scrappy color approach — it just didn’t feel vibrant enough in proximity to the original. But y’all encouraged me to keep going, so I did.

Quilt top complete — I’m starting to like it more….

When the top was finished, I was still on the fence but I went to The Backyard Quilter, a new-to-me quilt shop nearby, to look for a unifying backing fabric. They had some wonderful wide bolts to choose from and I fell in love with a beautiful teal fabric with a distinctly modern pattern. (Truth be told, sister Sue helped me pick it out — she has an amazing eye for color. She saved me from buying some subdued green swatch of blah.)

With backing in hand, I let the fabulous Ms. G do her quilting thing. I used the same teal fabric for the binding, and — oh my — that teal color made the whole project just pop!

In an odd twist of fateful pre-buying,
I had this teal thread on hand to use for the binding. I wonder why
I ever bought that color???

This may be one of my all-time favorite finishes. Maybe instead of giving it away, I will keep it for myself….?

Love, love, love it

Paper Piecing Sew Along – Day 3

Need a cute Christmas stocking block?  You can stop your search, Sandy has cornered the Christmas stocking cuteness block.

Branded Stocking facing right

We know some people like their Christmas stockings to face  right and others like them to face left.  That’s why Sandy created a pattern for each!


face right brand

These two patterns are super easy and a great way to practice  your paper piecing skills.  Click on the links below and get ready for maximum cuteness!

stocking_pp_toe face right

stocking_pp_toe face left