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Brighten Up Your Holiday Décor with Matching Paper Pieced Star Pillows

Cristina De Miranda foundation paper pieceing quilt pattern quilted pillow cover tutorial

Brighten Up Your Holiday Décor with Matching Paper Pieced Star Pillows

Brighten Up Your Holiday Décor with Matching Paper Pieced Star Pillows

Despite having all three Constellations Series patterns written since July, I had yet to make a cohesive set of pillows or wall hangings. Thankfully, I happened upon the perfect opportunity to do so! Using a bright and festive colourway, these patchwork pillows will have everyone wanting to take a closer look!

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Arcturus & His Shield

Cristina De Miranda

Arcturus & His Shield

The third star in my Constellation Series released today! After months of revealing the pattern - piece by piece - as part of a mystery quilt along, I'm so excited to share my newest foundation paper pieced pattern, Arcturus Shield. Each of my patterns in the series are inspired by stars and constellations and I came to choose Arcturus as a result of an accidental design element. But more on that later. First, let me tell you more about the star, Arcturus: It's part of the constellation Boötes (the Herdsman). It's the fourth brightest star in the sky. And the brightest star...

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Choosing the Right Colour Values for The Last Kiss Quilt

Cristina De Miranda

Choosing the Right Colour Values for The Last Kiss Quilt

One of the workshops I attended at QuiltCon Together was Maritza Soto's Color Interplay. While watching Maritza choose colours for her project, I realized the importance of value (the lightness or darkness of a colour) in many of my designs. There are often various and distinct design elements in my quilts; some have been included as secondary or tertiary elements (meaning they weren't put there to be the star of the show!). Instead they may have been included to add depth, movement, or asymmetry. When colour values are used correctly, these crucial supporting actors help to tell a much more effective story....

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Orion's Spur in Andover & Plan to Quilt Organizer Discount

Cristina De Miranda

Orion's Spur in Andover & Plan to Quilt Organizer Discount

We're nearly a month into the new year, and I've been furiously sewing since New Year's Day!  (Read to the end for a sah-weet perk!) NEW YEAR, NEW PROJECTS  Things have quickly shifted into high gear for Ships & Violins with the upcoming release of Orion's Spur, setting up my virtual booth for QuiltCon Together, and building an event that I hope - despite its unusualness - will be surprisingly delightful. ORION'S SPUR  Orion's Spur is the second design in the Constellations Series (header image). It's a paper piecing pattern similar to The Square of Pegasus and is set to release mid-February. My second version of the pattern will feature Andover Solids, Giucy...

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Plush Star Ornament Tutorial

Cristina De Miranda

Plush Star Ornament Tutorial

I'm excited to share a free star ornament tutorial for all of you holiday crafters out there! This is a quick project that will improve your appliqué technique, and add a handmade touch to your Christmas tree. It's scrap friendly and a quick afternoon project that you can use year after year.  Enjoy and happy holidays! Materials:  two colours of felt (6" square of each) two star fabrics of your choice (3" square of each) one 5" square of backing fabric matching thread needle for hand sewing 7" piece of string zipper foot and patchwork foot fusible web  glue stick a handful of polyfil...

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