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How to Spin Your Butterfly Waltz Quilt Seams to Reduce Bulk

Cristina De Miranda

How to Spin Your Butterfly Waltz Quilt Seams to Reduce Bulk

Designer Lynn Carson Harris shared her tips on reducing bulky seams when sewing four patches together. The technique helps to disperse the seam allowances so that the bulk is shared, rather than congested in a single area of the seam intersection. 

I've shared how to apply this technique to key ares of the Butterfly Waltz below.

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Digitally Colour Your Version of The Drop Quilt using Adobe Illustrator and the Recolor App

Cristina De Miranda the drop tips and tricks tutorial

Digitally Colour Your Version of The Drop Quilt using Adobe Illustrator and the Recolor App

Deciding on your next colour palette can be tricky, and if you're anything like me, you'll want to plan it out meticulously. Without being able to digitally colour-in my designs I'd probably print and fill-in a dozen colouring pages before landing on a direction. 

I'd like to save you some time, and give you confidence in your colour palette by sharing two simple tutorials on how to digitally colour your version of The Drop using Adobe Illustrator and Recolor App (free). 

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The Drop Quilt: A Style Emerges

Cristina De Miranda

The Drop Quilt: A Style Emerges

It wasn't until I let go of the constraints that so often inform quilt pattern designs that I began to unlock a style. I had to go beyond block-based. I had to intentionally muck things up, and see what would emerge.

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The Drop Quilt Along: Are You In?

Cristina De Miranda

The Drop Quilt Along: Are You In?

Are you joining in on The Drop Quilt Along? Here are a few more offerings to look forward to: 20% off the pattern (with sign-up) Weekly prizes (including patterns, fabrics, and subscriptions) Designer check-ins on the Ships & Violins Quilt Patterns Facebook Group Tutorials on the basics of FPP Weekly tips and tricks including photos and illustrations A segment called "Meet Your Quilt Alonger" to highlight our awesome community! And finally, a chance to hear more about our sponsors, including: PreQuilt, Lindley General Store, Simone Quilts, FIGO Fabrics, Birdie & Dot Fabrics, The Quilt Store, Scrappy Gal Quilting Co., Silly Moon Quilting Co., The Geeky Bobbin...

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An Illustrated Guide to Foundation Paper Piecing

Cristina De Miranda foundation paper pieceing tutorial

An Illustrated Guide to Foundation Paper Piecing

The following illustrated guide to foundation paper piecing (FPP) features template 1A from The Drop quilt.

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