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December 14, 2021
Curtain Rod Connectors Part 2 – Create Your Own Custom Corner Curtain Rod from Nikki, In Stitches

Today we have part 2 in my series of posts about how you can use curtain rod connectors to enhance your basic curtain rod. We’re going to create our own custom corner curtain rods, this time using just one connector and one support!

I am back today to talk more about curtain rod connectors. Who would have thought I’d have so much to say about these tiny little things?

Need a quick refresher? Here’s a pic of a curtain rod connector. It’s tiny (like only about two inches long) and has a hinge in the center ...

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December 8, 2021
Propósitos para un Buen año nuevo 2022 from La Vida en Patchwork

¿Te apuntas?

Hace mucho que no salía la patchwork que llevo dentro, esa a la que le gustan la telas, las lana o los hilos. La que adora hacer cosas con vosotras, coser, tejer, pintar, colorear o pegar trozos juntas. Quería salir, se asomaba por una ventana, pero no veía el momento, ya sabéis que mi corazón anda dividido entre el arte del Patch y la psicología. Y por fin, se van haciendo un sitio para andar juntas, de momento se han dado la mano, dispuestas a recorrer un nuevo camino en el que entren las dos.

Y como hecho ...

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November 29, 2021
Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along – Week 8 from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

We are so close to being done!! The only step left is binding our quilt. Whatever point you are at in the process of quilt making, give yourself a great big hug. You are rocking it!! I’m so happy you’re here and can’t wait to see what you’re working on. 

You can send me photos of your finished quilt and I will add them to this blog post ( 

Until recently, binding has been my kryptonite. It’s only been during the past 2 or 3 years that I’ve found myself comfortable with ...

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November 28, 2021
Plato de porcelana para queso from La Vida en Patchwork

Os presento mi nueva bandeja o plato de porcelana para queso pintada a mano. Una vajilla personalizada de lo más original, y que no vas a encontrar en ninguna otra mesa. 

Disfruto un montón pintando en porcelana, y me apasiona el resultado, creo que ha quedado de lo más apetecible, en esos colores cálidos y con un borde rústico que me recuerda a los picnic de campo, donde llevamos el quedo en una bonita cesta de paja. La verdad es que esa imagen me inspiró para poner ese borde, que creo que queda de lo más acertado.


Cada vez ...

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November 19, 2021
5 Tips For a Successful Machine Applique from Felicia's World

Have you ever tried machine applique? Machine applique is a fun and easy technique to add to your quilt making. Many quilters stay away from applique altogether, thinking it looks difficult or time-consuming. However, this is not necessarily the case at all. On the contrary, applique can be a really fun, easy, and simple way to add pizzazz to your quilts.

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What is Machine Applique?

Machine applique is simply the process of sewing down fabric shapes on top of a solid piece of fabric, like a quilt block, with a sewing machine. Machine applique is a great technique to add ...

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November 17, 2021
Mis nuevos pintauñas Hermes from La Vida en Patchwork

Mis nuevos pintauñas Hermes

A veces, hay que vaciar, tirar todo lo viejo, lo que ya no vale y dejar hueco a lo nuevo. Porque si no te desprendes de las cosas que ya no valen, pero que ocupan sitio, no hay lugar para que entren nuevas. Y si entran, corren el riesgo de quedar perdidas entre las viejas.

Pues a eso me he dedicado este último tiempo, en el que se van encadenando una serie de acontecimientos que nos han afectado a todos, y que todos conocemos. Sumado a otros que he tenido en mi vida personal. Me deshecho ...

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November 12, 2021
Terracotta Fior Quilt Along: Week 6 from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Guess what?? It’s already week six of our Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along! I know… I can’t believe it either. How is everyone doing?? Did you get all your triangles put together?? Pulling out the paper can get a little overwhelming, but you can do this. 

For tips on pulling out paper, head over to last week’s blog post. Last week, we also sewed our half hexagons together. This is one of my favorite steps because of the freedom you have to play with the layout and decide on color placement. After laying everything out, you can reward ...

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November 5, 2021
Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along: Week 5 from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

We’ve all been sewing up a storm in our sewing rooms. At this point in the Quilt Along, we’re creating all the triangles for the Terracotta Fiori Quilt. Hopefully, you’re all enjoying yourselves! 

Changing Up the Timeline

I know life tends to get in the way — so this week we’re slowing down a bit. I thought I would give you a little more time to get the last of your triangles put together, pull all that paper out, create half hexagon sets, and put a few rows together. 

Yes, we’re adding steps this week! But ...

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October 27, 2021
Curtain Rod Connectors Part 1 – Give The Appearance Of One Continuous Rod from Nikki, In Stitches

Part 1 of 2 in my series of posts about how you can use curtain rod connectors to enhance your basic curtain rod. Today, we use them to create the look of one continuous rod using a few connectors and supports!

Curtains and curtain rods are a great way to easily make big changes in a room. My husband is always teasing me about how much thought I put into their placement, length, etc., but it does make a difference! They can make your ceiling feel higher, change the focal point of a room, and make a space feel much ...

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October 22, 2021
Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along: Week 3 from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Can you believe it’s already Week 3 of our Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along? Last week we cut our fabrics and this week we’ll work on making all of the triangles for the quilt. Next week is a free week, so if you just received your fabric there’s still time to jump in and catch up.

Terracotta Fiori Quilt

Foundation Paper Piecing vs. English Paper Piecing

The Terracotta Fiori Quilt is a Paper Pieced Pattern, also referred to as Foundation Paper Piecing. This is very different than English Paper Piecing. They all sound so similar, which can get confusing. 

Paper Piecing ...

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Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along Sew Day from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Elisabeth DeMoo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. If you want to work your your Quilt Along project or just sew with others join me this Saturday.

What: Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along Sew Day
When: Oct 23, 2021 09:30 AM Arizona
Where: The comfort of your home
How: We will be working on our quilt along quilt and sewing together. I will show you my process and you can share your tips with everyone.

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October 16, 2021
Cutting Pieces – Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Last week we decided on the layout we’re going to make and picked out our fabrics. This week, we’re cutting them up so that we can sew them back together. This is my favorite part of quilting. Well — if my favorite rotary cutter is working and has a fresh, new blade.

The prize this as we are week is a rotating cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter. 

Cutting Pieces for the Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along

Pre-Iron Your Fabrics

First, you need to iron your fabrics to get all the folds and krinkles out. For this quilt I only used a spray bottle of water. 

This is ...

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October 14, 2021
How to Declutter Your Fabric Stash from Felicia's World

Collecting fabric is almost inevitably a side effect of being a quilter. As we make our beautiful quilts or dream about future quilts, we almost always acquire more fabric than we use up. If you have been quilting for a long time, you most likely own a solid pile of fabric. 

Buying and collecting different fabric lines enable us to work on different styles and themes of quilts. However, as time passes by, the fabric will eventually pile up and take up too much space in your sewing room. The result is visual clutter, less space to work, and a ...

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October 8, 2021
Picking Out Fabric – Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

The Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along Starts Now!! This quilt along starts today and will be going on until Nov 26th. If you missed the beginning of the quilt along, don’t worry — you can join in at any time. Get your copy of the pattern in my Etsy shop by clicking here. Today we are Picking out fabric.

Are you ready for the quilt along?? Are you new to paper piecing?? Tell me in the comments below if you have ever paper pieced… and how you feel about it! 

Quilt Along Supply Recommendations

First thing first, in case you want ...

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October 7, 2021
Tips for Installing Your Own Picture Frame Molding from Nikki, In Stitches

Installing your own picture frame molding is not nearly as difficult as it looks. It’s one of those projects that with a bit of practice, you can quickly work your way through it, and it packs a big punch in a room…a win / win for any DIYer!

Stage 1 of my picture frame molding wall is complete, and I COULD NOT be any happier with how it turned out.

I started off moving kind of slow… just really taking my time to think through every cut, not wasting too much wood (not going to lie…there were a ...

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October 1, 2021
Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along – Save the date from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

EEKkkk!! The Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along is right around the corner! 

I’m so happy to have you in the Quilt Along. I love meeting quilters who are new to my sew alongs — it warms my heart to see all the past sew along participants come back for more.

If you are undecided about joining us, you can read more about the two quilts I have already finished, Sea Glass and Terracotta, by clicking on the links. Here is a little more about what to expect.

The Terracotta Fiori Quilt is made up of four digital files: 

  • Gradient Pattern and ...

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September 24, 2021
Beginner’s Guide to English Paper Piecing from Felicia's World

English Paper Piecing has endured for several hundred years and has in recent years had a huge resurgence. A wealth of new shapes, many of them looking deceptively complicated, have surfaced. Instagram is lush with gorgeous photographs of all manner and sizes of EPP projects.

Read on and learn how you can get started with English Paper Piecing.

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Why English Paper Piece? 

Here are some good reasons to add English Paper Piecing (EPP) to your quilting repertoire.

1. EPP does not require a sewing machine

EPP is a very traditional way of doing patchwork by hand. It can be a ...

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September 17, 2021
7 Beautiful Fall Quilt Pattern Ideas to Try Out in 2021 from Felicia's World

How is autumn where you live? What smells, sights and activities bring in this new season? With the approaching cool weather comes the season for curling up under a warm quilt.

For me, it is also the season for starting new projects. I find myself messing around with the yellows, ambers, and reds in my fabric stash and itching for a new project – something cozy and traditional.

If you need a little inspiration for a fall quilt project, we have collected some of our favorite projects from our favorite quilt designers. Check out our list of 7 fall quilt ideas ...

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Terracotta Fiori Quilt Pattern Party & Giveaway from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Over the pandemic, my love of indoor plants has become an obsession… I’ve been researching the plants I already have, and watching house plant tours on YouTube to learn about ones I’ve never seen or heard of. Terracotta pots have, found their way into my heart and living room. They are the inspiration behind my Terracotta Fiori Quilt Pattern. Grab yourself a drink and some snacks so we can toast to a pattern release day! I’m getting myself a glass of Ginger Lemonade — a little sweet, a little tart, and a whole lotta spicy. Plus a few ...

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September 10, 2021
7 Best English Paper Piecing Tools from Felicia's World

English Paper Piecing (EPP) has had a huge renaissance over the last 10 to 15 years. Try searching on Instagram for #englishpaperpieceing and you will see a wealth of different styles and paper shapes being used to create a myriad of different patchwork layouts. 

English Paper Piecing today is not at all limited to making hexagon quilts. (In fact, many hexagon quilts are no longer assembled with EPP.) Books of various quality and skill levels have been published around the topic and lots of kits and alternative techniques for EPP have been proposed. Some of these techniques include fusing leave-in ...

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