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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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Butterfly Waltz Quilt Pattern Release & a Creative Cameo

Cristina De Miranda butterflywaltzquilt foundation paper pieceing make modern magazine quilt pattern

Butterfly Waltz Quilt Pattern Release & a Creative Cameo

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by! What better day to publish your first blog post, then on a pattern release day. Ships & Violins' second quilt pattern, Butterfly Waltz, is available today in Make Modern Magazine, an Australian-based mag dedicated to all-things quilting. Their 31st issue is digitally available here. Many of you may not know that I pursued a career in writing for many years before dedicating myself to quilting. From poetry to reporting, I dreamed of becoming a writing rockstar. Despite my adoration for perfectly coupled words, and capturing the setting for an unlikely tale, I didn't have the drive to continue...

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