Sunday, April 24, 2016

ode to the earth! {free pattern hack!}

I've had this idea up my sleeve ever since stumbling upon the Kona Wondrous Woods color story.  Naturally, Earth Day (this past Friday) seemed like as good a time as any to roll out these (very) tall trees!

I mean, come on. Those greens!  All the heart eyes.  (I bought my FQ bundle here from Hawthorne Threads).

You see, the blocks in my Ode to the Trees pattern include small (7") and tall (10") versions...

But thanks to ledger-sized paper and the poster print option, there's a quick way to hack the pattern templates to yield not-so-small (10.5") and very tall (15") trees.

Here's how!

STEP ONE:  Pull up the print menu from the digital version (or your scan of the printed pattern).  Note that I've switched "All" to the respective pattern page (23) under Pages to Print, and selected "Actual size" under the Size Options section.

STEP TWO:  Next, click the "Poster" print tab (sometimes this is called "Tile" print, so just find the option on your printer that allows you to change the scale).

STEP THREE:  Click the "Page Setup" button.  Your Paper Size likely defaults to US Letter or A4, as depicted below.

STEP FOUR:  Switch from your letter-sized default to Tabloid or Ledger (11" x 17"):

STEP FIVE:  Under the "Poster" tab, change Tile Scale from 100% to 150%.

ALL DONE!  Notice that your formerly small 7" trees have grown into not-so-small 10.5" trees that print one-per-page on ledger/tabloid paper!  And guess what... you can do this to pretty much any pattern you want!  Neat, huh? :o)

TALL TO VERY TALL:  To apply the same transformation to the tall tree templates, walk through the steps above but just change the Pages to Print to the tall tree page of your digital file (those are on page 24 of the digital pattern):

...Voilà!  Very tall trees.  With very little effort!

And for those of you who aren't able to print on 11" x 17" paper, fear not!  You too can have yuuuuuuge trees!  Simply skip over STEPS THREE + FOUR above, and poster print at 150% on whatever paper your printer prefers.  I wanted to share the ledger option because it just so happens to wind up with the two tree templates splitting perfectly apart, each on its own separate page.  (Full disclaimer:  anything smaller than ledger will require taping, but a little tape never hurt anyone, right?)

I can't wait to sew this entire Wondrous Woods bundle into a wonderfully wild grove.  I'll post a more complete tutorial once I do (spoiler alert :: it involves 1.5" strips to streamline the cutting process for the branches!)  

And in the meantime, I hope you'll take advantage of my Earth Day flash sale!  That's right!  For the next 24ish hours, save 22% off ALL patterns (land, sea and air!) when you enter code ODETOTHEEARTH at checkout in the new shopCode expires 4/25/16 at midnight EST!


  1. Wow - I really love your quilt. I've seen so many tree quilts, but this is a lovely original take.

  2. Love it! Thank you!

  3. Love the bigger trees in those bold greens! Would there be any chance of you bringing just those out in a reduced-price pattern? I'm never going to make the Ode to the Trees quilt, but wouldn't mind making a few large trees for cushions or a wall-hanging, but I can't really justify buying the quilt pattern just for the tree!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment! I'd just planned this as a free pattern hack (otherwise I wouldn't want people who had already purchased the pattern to feel as though they had to buy something else) so at this point I'm not sure that's likely, but keep an eye on IG for flash sale announcements for the shop -- maybe some day that will help justify it! :) :)

  4. Sarah- I'd love to purchase your round cut jewel facet. My guild dis celebrating their 40th anniversary next year and I have a project in mind using your pattern that would be fantastic.
    I can't find it on either your etsy or craftsy accounts. Is it available and if so could you provide me a link so I can purchase it? Thanks for your time and creativity!

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