Ever find a pattern that you just love and make over and over again? When I find one I like I tend to make it multiple times.
Cindi Edgerton’s Trim the Tall Tree (TTT) and Little Bit Shorter Tall Tree (LBSTT) both fall into this category. I have made two of the smaller ones (now 3!) and two of the larger ones. There are so many ways to customize and embellish this pattern and so many color combos to try that I feel I am just getting started with it.
Tall Trees are paper piecing patters with the sections all printed onto a tissue paper for use on your project. Each pattern, which Cindi sells directly on her website, is $6 for the shorter and $8 for the taller, and contains two sets of paper patterns. Many on line retailers and shops also sell the pattern in addition to local shops. It can be a bit hard to find outside of the US but you might be able to find one on a destash group, eBay or you can contact Cindi directly through her website for international shipping. https://www.averyspecialcollection.com/shop/little_bits/_v306.htm
The LBSTT was the first paper piecing I ever attempted and I was helped greatly in this effort by a Christmas in July class offered my local quilt shop. Sadly, that shop closed a couple years ago. The class had excellent teachers and great tips for a successful project.
My first LBSTT went to my niece in Ohio.
My first TTT is our annual Christmas Tree and after the first year, I added lights to it.
This is my Purple Tree, inspired by a holiday display at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. It is hanging in my hallway as we speak.
My second TTT created for a friend.
The Fun With Free Motion FB group has decided to do a group project making these trees this summer. I am working on a workbook to go along with our quilt along with tips and helps for making this terrific pattern.
A workbook needs a model. I am making the LBSTT for a friend and using this as the workbook model. This friend loves cardinals, as well, so I experimented with fussy cutting cardinals and while I had a few flubs, it is possible! Your fussy cut area needs to be carefully chosen, wrong side facing you under the tissue.
Here is the finished LBSTT!
Cindi has given her blessing to our project and all are welcome to join us. I will release the materials list in 8 weeks and the pattern workbook the first of June.