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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 …

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10 Gift Ideas for Quilters

It is always hard to find the right gift for a friend or family member. I put together a few items that I think quilters would love. A gift guide. If you are a quilter yourself, you can always pair the gift with a handmade bag, mini quilt or mug rug. A coffee mug with …

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Quilt-A-Long Recap

Hooray! My first Quilt-A-Long is complete. Finished. Done! The final winner of the grand prize was @kaylynowens! It took us two months, six steps with six awesome prizes (and a whole lot of prep time that lead up to this series) and so far we have three completed quilt tops. by kaylynowens, cristinalovescrafts and quiltsintexas I totally loved seeing …

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The Rug Quilt Quilt-A-Long Winner

  The winner is @kaylynowens I just want to thank everyone that participated. I had so much fun looking at all of your progress photos on Instagram. I had intended to have a few extra images of some other quilt top and quilt back options… I have about 30 blocks just waiting to become… something. However the …