Newsletter – November 2020

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Early Winter Inspiration

Originally published 11/11/2020, via email

Is your holiday sewing underway? We have ideas and inspiration to share!

Susie sent us this fabulous version of Scooch Over 2 using her collection of quilt shop license plates. She adapted the pattern in a fun, interesting and easy way and shared some details with us and you!

She bordered each license plate to bring it to the size needed and then created the project using the pattern instructions. She told us that she could only do 6 blocks because that was the amount of license plates she had collected.

She squared each license plate and then used a 3" cut strip to make borders for each one. Then she trimmed the bordered license plate to the center fabric size in the pattern. These are the full size blocks; the pattern does have mini blocks also.

Susie’s quilt is 6 blocks 36" x 36". This size is not in the pattern.

Scooch Over 2 MIQ827

We did an adaptation of the Jagged Edges pattern for this fun little table topper for the Christmas season. If you have the Jagged Edges pattern, the adaptation is all you need to make these Jagged Pines. Ideas button #14. These table toppers are not in the pattern.

19" x 33" I used gold metallic thread for the straight line minimalist quilting…it shimmers under the lights and looks festive.

This version has a tiny inner border so it is just a little bigger. 20" x 34"

I machine stitched the binding with a button hole stitch. It can be fun to use specialty stitches for your binding.

Jagged Edges MIQ232

Heide completely customized her version of the Jagged Pines and it is spectacular with the additions of the tiny paper pieced star, tree trunk and buttons for ornaments. A specific table size and limited fabric amounts dictated the size of her project and the use of two tree fabrics. If you enjoy customizing the details but using a pattern for the basic parts of the project, you will appreciate her look.

Susie picked fabrics that can last through the winter! The diagonal stripe for the border is a wonderful touch. 19" x 33".

Jagged Edges MIQ232

Adaptation at Ideas #14.

For a quick holiday table runner for yourself or a gift, consider Eating In and feature that special holiday fabric you have been saving. The pattern has a tutorial for the curved cutting. 14" x 30".

Eating In MIQ137

Another fun table runner is Splitz 13½" x 34". The pattern also includes 2 more sizes, 13½" x 43½" and 13½" x 52".

Splitz MIQ 246

Check out our other projects with a holiday flair at the Gallery button, click on Holiday.

Olde City Quilts in Burlington, NJ has these great versions of BQ4 and BQ on display in their shop. They are all so fun to admire. If this is your local quilt shop, you are lucky! or FaceBook or 609/747-0075.

This BQ4 is done with those great aboriginal prints and quilted by Cindy. They still have kits on their website. 20 blocks 60" x 72".

BQ4 MIQ457

They do T-shirt quilts with BQ as the setting; this one was made by Shirley. 30 blocks 90" x 108".


Isn’t this Halloween version of BQ spectacular? Kits are gone unfortunately. Judy told us the centers came from a panel. 36" x 36".


The last photo from Olde City Quilts reminds us that the holidays and true winter are just ahead.

A Christmas version of BQ from Olde City Quilts. 4 blocks – 36” x 36”. There is still time to make this one! Check their website or Facebook for more information.


Susie did a charming Thanksgiving version of BQ DoubleTime. You have seen many of her creations as she committed to making a door sized quilt for her Mom’s apartment for each month. 18" x 27".

BQ DoubleTime MIQ247

Another quilt shop with a great idea is Wise Monkey Quilting in Denison, Iowa. They teamed up with a group of shops in an on-line shop hop, Ticket to Quilt and used BQ2 as the setting for the free blocks. Call for quilt kit availability. Get in touch at Facebook or 712/393-7979. 12–18" blocks, 54" x 72".

BQ 2 MIQ965

If you would like to share your version of a Maple Island Quilts pattern, email the picture to us at the email below. We love looking at your creativity!

We know these past months have included hard times for so many. If you are a quilter, you can bring brightness by gifting a project. You are always a generous group of people. Support for all of our quilt shops is critical whether it is on line or in your community. We thank you for supporting Maple Island Quilts wherever you find us!

Stay safe and enjoy your stitching time,

Maple Island Quilts