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Don't start your next FPP project before reading this.

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Wonky Beach House  Quilt Block FREE DOWNLOAD I first saw this technique in RaNae Merrill's book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts . I modified it slightly by using freezer paper. This is a simple, fool proof method for cutting your FPP fabric pieces. If you use this technique you're less likely to have frustrating surprises i.e. holes, splits, etc. when you go to flip your fabric piece over. It takes a little extra time but it's well worth it. Also, some people think it wastes fabric. It may seem like it, but following this technique always gives you just the right size piece you need. SUPPLIES Foundation piecing template.• 8½" x 11" sheets of freezer paper Scissors Rotary cutter Quilting ruler Fabrics for your block Coloured pencils or markers to match your fabrics. INSTRUCTIONS

Garden Breeze Table Runner

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Here is my newest table runner pattern, Garden Breeze , just in time for summer. I designed this project using the half-hexagon whirligig block in floral prints. The whirligig block is a traditional favourite and so simple to foundation piece. Anyone new to foundation piecing will love making this table runner. BUY NOW My hubby loves to garden. We don't have a big yard, but he turned it into a little piece of heaven. This is the pond that we put in a few years ago. Photo by Monica Curry Here is Teddy taking a dip in the pond to cool off. This little guy is a real character! Photo by Monica Curry

Easter Blessings Banner

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Easter is coming up quick and I was so glad to get this beautiful pattern Easter Blessings launched before the celebrations. This is a very simple project if you have basic skills in foundation paper piecing. The optional tabs are a nice touch to create a banner for your home or church. BUY NOW

Vintage Sewing Machine Mini Quilt NEW PATTERN

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This is my most recent foundation pieced pattern, Vintage Sewing Machine mini quilt pattern. I have this piece in my studio and love the bright colours. It measures 15" x 15" (37.5cm x 37.5cm) and would make a perfect little project for your sewing room. BUY NOW

Feather Your Nest Table Runner

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I had a great summer! I finished up some UFOs and I have some beautiful new patterns to launch in the next few months. I'm sure you'll love them as much as I do. My new pattern launch for this month is my Feather Your Nest table runner pattern. I had been seeing the feather block all over the internet and had to make my own pattern for it. My method for making the feathers is simple. My instructions are thorough and easy to follow, so don't be afraid to jump right in and give it a try. This pattern is great for using up your scraps. The finished table runner is 38" x 14". The pattern also includes instructions for making a single 12" x 12" block shown below. BUY NOW

How to cut your fabric for accurate foundation piecing

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I love foundation paper piecing (FPP), but one of the most frustrating problems I had when I was a newbie was coming up short. I would be happily piecing my block, go to flip the next section to press it, and crap! It would be too short or too thin or both. Even worse, I'd be pressing a finished block and find a "hole" at a seam where a piece came up short...ugh! I eventually discovered a method that has worked great for me. I first saw this technique in Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts by RaNae Merrill. I modified it slightly by using freezer paper. It's a simple and foolproof method for cutting your FPP fabric pieces. This method is especially great for when you have multiples of the same block. HOW TO CUT FABRIC PIECES ACCURATELY FOR FOUNDATION PIECING YOU WILL NEED Foundation piecing template that has been mirrored. 8½" x 11" sheet of freezer paper Scissors Rotary cutter Quilting ruler Fabrics for your block Coloured pencils or markers to match

My favourite foundation piecing papers

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Anyone who has done foundation paper piecing (FPP) knows how frustrating and tedious it is when struggling with bad piecing paper. I've tried most every FPP on the market. I've also tried various tissue papers, tracing papers, parchment paper, copy papers, phone book paper ... well, you get the picture. After all my research, my favourite FPPs are Fun-dation and Sulky Tear Away Stabilizer. Because I do a lot of FPP for my designs, I was excited to see Fun-dation  brand piecing paper go on sale recently at Amazon.ca  for $5 CDN. I ordered five packages. A package has 25 sheets. I'm glad I ordered when I did because the price went back up to $7.69 CDN (which is still not too bad). Fun-dation  brand FPP is the best I've used. It tears away beautifully, it's translucent enough for fabric placement, and it prints well; I love this stuff. One package of Fun-dation  works out to about 0.31 cents a sheet.  Fun-dation Foundation Piecing Paper Another very go

Blue Diamond Quilt Block

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Who doesn't love a little bling? This cute blue diamond mini quilt designed in facet art style would brighten up any area of your home or office. Blue Diamond Quilt Block BUY NOW While designing my diamond I soon realized that the facet colours had to make sense. The biggest challenge in doing faceted art is positioning the colours so that they look just right. Below is the inspiration for my little diamond quilt. This stunning quilt titled Bling was designed, pieced, and quilted by Katherine Jones. Bling won Best in Show at the 2017 QuiltCon Quilt Show , and you can sure see why. The details in this quilt are stunning!  Bling  by Katherine Jones

Hexagon Colour Wheel Mug Rug Patterns NEW PATTERN

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I'm introducing three new mug rug patterns to brighten your home for spring. The bright primary colours against white, black,  and grey is a crisp combination. You could use these as potholders as well as mug rugs. They would look lovely in a modern kitchen. They would also be a great gift for an artist or art student. This is a good project for quilters just learning to foundation piece. Instructions assume basic knowledge in foundation piecing. The pattern includes instructions for all three mug rugs. Hexagon Colour Wheel Mug Rugs/Pot Holders BUY NOW                

Phone book paper for foundation piecing

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Earlier this year, I was able to get the Layer Cake™ of  With Glowing Hearts by Grace Noel before it was sold out from pretty much everywhere. I'm using this gorgeous line of fabric to create a commemorative quilted throw to mark Canada's 150th birthday this year. I decided to make my quilt using the Hunter's Star quilt block because I love the block and it ties in with Canada's fur trade history. Hunting and trapping, especially beaver, was how Canada began. There are several ways to make a Hunter's Star block. I chose to use foundation piecing because it's the technique I'm most comfortable with. However, this left me with a dilemma. I needed 48 blocks to make the quilt, but I didn't want to use 48 expensive sheets of foundation paper for the project. I know phone book paper is used for strip piecing, so I thought I'd try using it for foundation piecing. I was very pleased with the results. The phone book paper printed beautifully with my

Grand Piano Hot Pad

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This cute Grand Piano quilted hot pad is sure to play a sweet note in your kitchen. The pattern uses one 10" square from your favourite Layer Cake and some black and white scraps. The keyboard is simple foundation paper piecing. The black bias binding completes it beautifully. Grand Piano Hot Pad BUY NOW This hot pad pattern measures 12" x 9" (30cm x 22.5cm), which is the size of a small standard baking pan or dish. I choose bright colours to set off the contrast of the black and white keyboard. Any print would look gorgeous for this project, and the black binding ties everything together, but I think a print with even a little black in it really creates a nice balance of colour.

TULIP BASKET Mini Quilt

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I'm excited to be introducing my newest mini quilt pattern Tulip Basket just in time for spring. The basket is two paper pieced log cabins, and the simple tulips are done in hand-stitched appliqué. It measures 19" x 18" (47.5cm x 45cm). This mini quilt uses a soft taupe colour palette inspired by the beautiful quilts by Japanese quilt artist Yoko Saito . BUY NOW I think the rich tones of the tulips are stunning against the quiet neutrals. If you have basic appliqué and paper piecing skills, you can make this cheery spring project in no time at all. Hand stitched appliqué or fusible appliqué are both suitable for this project.

Polly makes my pencil quilt

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One of the most rewarding things as a quilt designer is seeing how other quilters interpret my patterns. I was so pleased to recently see one of my most popular patterns, Pencil Me In ,  created by Polly at  Aunt Polly's Porch . I think she did a beautiful job with this pattern. Her colour choices are stunning, and I love the hanging tabs she put on the top. Image from Aunt Polly's Porch Blog BUY NOW

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern

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Spring can never come soon enough. Until it arrives, this pretty paper pieced Butterfly Garden block is bound to cheer you up. The finished block is 12" x 12" and the paper piece butterfly center block measures 7" x 7" when finished. Butterfly Garden Quilt Block BUY NOW This is a very versatile block. It would make a lovely pillow for a sunroom or a girl's bedroom. Create a pretty wall hanging for your spring décor. . . . . . or a sweet and cheery table runner.