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My QuiltCon Reject Quilt

This quilt is called my QuiltCon reject. It was one year ago today when I nailed down my design for my first-ever entry into QuiltCon. I was so excited. I had heard about the Michael Miller Challenge for QuiltCon (here is a link to this year’s challenge), and although I didn’t get the free fabric, …

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Cactus Creations by Michelle

Baby Projects Galore & Cactus Creations! I have been mesmerized as I watched my sister Michelle create an abundance of prickly things for her sister-In-law, Pos, who is pregnant with her first little one. Cacti have been trending for a while now, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Each project that Michelle made was better …

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How to Paper Piece (video)

I really love this technique!! Paper piecing is truly addicting! There are some really cute patterns out on the market like this butterfly charm block. The pattern was created by Nicole and you can download it from her website lillyella.com. The best part about this butterfly pattern is that it is free! Click here for …

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What is Paper Piecing? (interview)

Feathers, six-inch blocks, turtles, flying geese and sewing machines… what do they all have in common? All of them were made into mini quilts using a technique called paper piecing. What is paper piecing? It is the best!! A great way to get precise points without any fuse. Paper piecing is also the secret to …

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Whole Lotta Love Quilt

I am done!! My Whole Lotta Love Quilt is finished. Working with Art Gallery Fabrics was a joy. The quality of their fabric is wonderful. It is softer than most quilting fabrics and lighter, too. It is almost like a lawn. Quilting the Whole Lotta Love Quilt Something that I did that was different with …

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Feeding the Needle Calendar

Here at Brown Bird Designs I am always searching for new and interesting things to do and talk about. I am not sure about you, but I can entertain myself for hours on end. Just give me some fabric, a sewing machine, food and Netflix and I could be a shut-in. At least that is …

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What is English Paper Piecing?

This month I wanted to learn all about English Paper Piecing. As I was researching the subject, I remembered the Sew Pro Convention I attended last year and a lovely lady I met there. She is a partner of Paper Pieces which is an online store that sells English Paper Piecing (EPP) templates along with …

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Calling All Pattern Testers

I am in the process of creating a series of patterns called the Garden Star Series. It will consist of six quilts that will look similar in design. If made at a smaller size, they can all go together into one quilt. I have Quilt #1 and Quilt #2 done but still need to test …