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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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The Mondrian Curves Mini Quilt Tutorial

Cristina De Miranda quilt pattern tutorial

The Mondrian Curves Mini Quilt Tutorial

The Mondrian Curves Mini Quilt Tutorial I shared a tutorial on sewing inset half-circles during the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild’s virtual sewcial this weekend. I used my blocks for the guild’s QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt as examples, and a fun, modern mini quilt revealed itself as I worked my way from block to block. I couldn’t stop myself from sharing it with you. Who doesn’t love a free sewing tutorial, anyway?  Share your version on Instagram by using #mondriancurvesminiquilt or join the "Ships & Violins Quilt Patterns" Facebook Group and share with the SAV community! If this pattern is a breeze, and you...

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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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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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