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Make the Most of Your Fabric Scraps when Foundation Paper Piecing

Cristina De Miranda foundation paper pieceing tips and tricks tutorial

Make the Most of Your Fabric Scraps when Foundation Paper Piecing

Foundation paper piecing is an important skill to know if you love accuracy in your quilting or love to craft designs beyond the traditional quilt block with precision. But unlike some other quilting techniques, it can produce a significant pile of oddly-shaped offcuts - some too big, some too small, and some just right. This tutorial will not only show you how to decide whether a scrap will be sufficient to complete a section of your FPP pattern piece, but also how to make the best selection.  Pattern pieces featured in this tutorial are from Nesting Phoenix, the 5th star pattern...

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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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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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Setting Up Your Workspace for Foundation Paper Piecing

Cristina De Miranda foundation paper pieceing tips and tricks

Setting Up Your Workspace for Foundation Paper Piecing

When working on a FPP pattern it's worth organizing a workspace that allows you to flow freely between sewing, trimming and pressing. Here are some key points to consider when setting up your own space.

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How to Choose the Right (S)crap for the Job

Cristina De Miranda foundation paper pieceing the drop tips and tricks

How to Choose the Right (S)crap for the Job

"Have you ever sewn a scrap onto a FPP template only to find that you missed covering the entire section when pressing it open? I’ve certainly had my fair share of these moments, so I’ve illustrated a simple technique that will eliminate the guesswork and give you the confidence to tackle the job."

Learn my technique by visiting Canadian Mod Quilt Collective's blog.

Click here to pre-order The Drop digital quilt pattern. 

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