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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

Pixel Beach Mini Quilt

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Inspired by a day at the beach, Pixel Beach is a simple and elegant quilted wall hanging in a checkerboard of neutral tones. What a lovely addition to your summer beach house. Think warm summer sand, collecting pretty stones and sea glass on the shore while the gulls singing overhead. These were my inspirations for my new mini quilt pattern Pixel Beach . Pixel Beach Mini Quilt BUY NOW

Recycle your Batting Scraps

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Over time, like most quilters, I end up with a lot of spare quilt batting pieces in all kinds of sizes. I don't throw any of these bits and pieces out, however. I keep them in a batting scrap box until I'm ready to recycle them. Here are three ways I recycle batting scraps. I hope this tutorial will encourage you to save your batting scraps and find a use for them. USES FOR BATTING SCRAPS stuffed toys pin cushions zipper bag stabilizer post cards quilted coasters One of the best ways to reuse batting scraps is to join them to make larger sheets of batting for your quilting projects. Below are two simple ways to do this. ZIG-ZAG STITCH TOGETHER 1. Trim the rough edges of the batting. 2. Butt the trimmed edges together. Do not overlap them. 3. Join the two pieces with a wide zigzag stitch. FUSE TOGETHER I normally zig-zagged my pieces together but in a rush one day, I used a quicker method that I now prefer. I now recycle my batting bits by joining them together with fu

My Urban Pathway Table Runner Kit at Connecting Threads

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The Connecting Threads Spring 2017  catalogue came in the mail this week and I was excited to see my Urban Pathway table runner quilt kit there. The kit uses Shiny Objects by Flaurie & Finch for RJR. The line has a gorgeous metallic print. Thank you Anita and all the gang at Connecting Threads! Update: July 20, 2021 This kit is no longer available at Connecting Threads but you can still by the pattern HERE

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.

CELTIC TWIST Quilt Block | Step-by-Step Tutorial

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This tutorial is for the 17" x 17" Celtic twist block shown above. It may look complicated, but it's simple to put together. There are no Y-seams and no templates to worry about. The block consists of two 6 inch units (one is a snowball block) and two different sized triangle units; that's it! You can make one block or add more units to make a quilt or table runner. I love this block for showcasing big prints. These are the four units to make the block. MATERIALS NEEDED FOR ONE BLOCK (All measurements include a 1/4 inch seam allowance) Unit 1 - Makes 4 [8] 5" x 2" dark print [8] 5" x 2" light print [4] 3½" x 3½" medium print Unit 2 - Makes 4 [1] 7¼" solid Unit 3 - Makes 4 [2] 7" solid [4] 2" x 2" dark print Unit 4 - Makes 1 [1] 6½" x 6½" large print [4] 2" x 2" light print UNIT 1 - Make 4 1. Arrange your fabric pieces to ensure you have the correct colour placement.

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

Kandinsky Revisited: Inspiration for a new art quilt

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When I was an art student, I became fascinated by the art of   Wassily Kandinsky . I loved his playfulness with shapes and colour. I also saw that his style would translate very well into quilt applique and created this art quilt below. Mystic Bird Art Quilt by Monica Curry  Untitled (Kandinsky Inspired) by Monica Curry I've recently been wanting to try something different, so I thought I'd revisit my Kandinsky phase; I'm glad I did. Recently, I found other quilts inspired by Kandinsky and discovered Kandinsky quilts are quite a thing in the quilting world. Below are a few examples of the Kandinsky quilts I found recently. You can see that Kandinsky's art translates extremely well into art quilts. If you want some inspiration for your own Kandinsky quilt, check out wassily kandinsky.net where you'll find a catalogue of Kandinsky's artwork. The Vision of Kandinsky quilt pattern is one of three patterns by quilter a