Sled Finish Tutorial

That Judy – she’s so demanding! ROFLOL – Okay you know I’m kidding but I told her I’d post photos of how the Foxwood Crossing Sleds get finished. This entailed having to clean off all my “home office piles” from the table so I had room to work and take photos (but now all those piles are going back to the office to be filed or shredded since I’m done with them so it was a task I had been procrastinating on). And once again that little corner of the living room looks “pre-working remotely” normal without piles of papers and two laptops, etc on the dining table, It will revert to office looking again later this week but I’m enjoying that it’s looking “crafty normal” mess at the moment not work mess. Okay – on to the sled finishing!!!

Here is Sled Central. First, the sleds come in three sizes and I have them lined up – so I think you can figure out which is which. In the shops and the patterns they are referred to as Large (I’m so in love with that large sled – just beautiful), Medium and Mini. The sled storage box has one more Medium in it and the rest are all Minis. I think I had originally ordered 2 Mediums and 4 minis and then I found a place that sold the minis as a “baker’s dozen.” so ordered those since that’s the size I want to use for gifts where I’m gifting several to each of my bosses. They are available at many shops – just search the name (Foxwood Crossing Sleds) and you’ll find options – but they are also out of stock in many places too and due to supply chain issues some sizes (especially the elusive Large ones) aren’t expected to be back in stock till spring/early summer. (I think I might have 3 more large ones coming but am waiting confirmation that they were really in stock.)

Anyway, you have to make sure you are getting the correct size charts for your sleds because the charts are sized (with curved edges, etc) to specifically fit each sled size. They are stitched on 14 Count Perforated Paper and then you follow the directions to trim them to shape. Really easy to do. The photo above contains patterns that have multiple charts for various sized sleds. Morning Star Santa on the left, has separate charts for the large and medium sleds, also a separate chart for the framed design shown, and there’s a bonus chart for basically the same design as on the medium sized sled except it is rectangular and not shaped for a sled. The RFD Sledding contains a large sled chart and the framed piece; River Road Church is for large sled, medium sled and framed piece. In all three patterns the “framed” pieces are designed for 28 ct linen or 14 ct Aida (since perforated paper is 14 ct). The patterns below are made specifically for the Mini Sleds only. So you need to make sure to check the descriptions on the patterns to see what size sled charts they contain. Lots of different ones are available.

So here are my stitched and trimmed pieces. Two minis and one medium sled charts. On the left is the roll of acid-free double-sided tape. You can get many different brands in various places. Mine happens to be Angel Crafts Acid Free – 55 yard roll, 1/2″ wide – got it from Amazon. 55 yards is a lot (if you plan to only do a couple ornaments) but I’ll use it for other framing things. If you have local needlework or scrapbooking/craft stores you may be able to find it there in smaller quantity but it’s a handy tool for many crafts. And since I’m not venturing into any stores, mail order is my friend. On the right in the photo above, I just stuck a piece of tape on a scrap of perforated paper and pulled back the paper covering to show that it’s a clear tape – you can easily rip it off the roll like masking tape.

As you can see I put three pieces on the back (and have already trimmed the excess tape away along the top/bottom edges) of the Medium sized sled piece on the left; two pieces along edges of Mini size on the right that I still need to trim away excess. Don’t use your good scissors to trim the tape – it’s really sticky and you don’t want to gum up your favorite scissors. Press the tape firmly into your stitching and then peel off the paper (which would have been much easier if I had not just trimmed my fingernails). Then carefully center it on your sleds and firmly press in place. And TA DAAAAA!!!!! cute little ornaments – I even sacrificed setting foot in the cold outside (in my robe and slippers early this morning) to put them in the fresh snow that fell overnight for a final photo shoot.

So whenever I feel the urge to work on a smaller project, I can pull out one of these now that I have all the supplies organized into the “Sled Making box.” If I happen to have the color flosses called for I’m using them but otherwise I’m substituting a similar color I have. It would also be a great small project to kit up and stick in my bag to take along and stitch on during my lunch hour in the office since I don’t need a magnifier to see the 14 count to stitch on.

And I have to thank that “demanding Judy” for getting me interested in pulling out the cross stitching again. These were so fun to make and finish and I think will be such fun things to gift.

Stashbusting and Quarter Square Triangles

Well let’s go with the topic that contains the least changes — my stashbusting report for this week.  Nothing has changed from last week.  This week the spare time was filled with quilt designs and knitting but no actual sewing time.

If you are following the Strictly for the Birds free patterns, in the directions for Livin’ The Tweet Life, there are quarter square triangles.  And if you’ve looked at the directions you will see I do not cut/stitch triangles or use two set of HSTs to make my quarter square triangles.  A four patch – simple quick sewing is the start of the way I do my half square triangles.  For those who may need some images, rather than just the text in the pattern, to help you understand how they are done, here is a quicky little tutorial.  They are sooo easy to make this way.

Now I didn’t feel like going and sewing 4 patches only to cut them up  for these photos so I just took a square of fabric the same size that your four sewn together 2-1/4″ squares will result in.  I drew on my “seam lines” where they would appear in a stitched four patch block. You will have four different colored squares sewn together into a 4-patch block.


I show the alignment both with a 2.5″ ruler which just happens to be the size quarter square blocks we need for this project and if you don’t have that size, any larger square ruler will work.  The larger one here I’m using is a 6.5″ ruler.

So turn your ruler on the diagonal so the drawn diagonal line is aligned vertically on the block’s vertical seamline.  Move the ruler  up or down so that the 1-1/4″ mark (the center point of a 2.5″ block) is dead center where your seam lines meet.   With the 2.5″ square ruler you will see that the left and right pointy edges of the ruler are aligned on the horizontal seam line so you can easily see everything is correctly centered.  Trim all four corners away to result in your 2.5″ quarter square block.

Using a larger ruler, you can only trim the top two corners off on the first cut. The second photo shows all corners removed from the smaller ruler version and the top two corners removed from the larger.

 If using the larger ruler, now give your block a  turn counterclockwise, line up your ruler along the edges just cut and square of the other two sides to 2.5″ as shown in the 3rd photo.

See I told you it was easy!