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November 22, 2021
Making a Mallard Duck Mini from Quilting & Learning

About a year and a half ago, I promised my son a third mini for his apartment entrance. My timing is off since he’s moving in a few weeks to another apartment. I really hope that he’ll have somewhere to hang up, or even use these as mug rugs.

Foundation Paper Piecing a Mallard Duck

I’ve used a few of "Made by Marney" foundation paper piecing patterns. I particularly like her Woodland Animals series. 

Mallard Duck mini - so far
I love this little guy. As you can see, I haven’t cropped it yet.

Since my Jag ...

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November 14, 2021
Generations - Clara from easypatchwork

Hi there and thanks for joining us today. I would like to present the newest figure in the Generations Paper Dolls series featuring 6" x 12" historical foundation paper pieced figures spanning centuries of inspirational female heritage. 

Clara is the newest figure in our series. She is one of my favorite figures with her wrapped and belted shawl. Her delicate hands are folded in front waiting as if she is reflecting on life and its tiny little challenges. She wears a full sized bonnet. This figure resemebles a 18th century figure, don't you agree?

Includes Two Versions of FPP ...

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October 29, 2021
Generations of Friendship Quilt Layout from easypatchwork

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by today and checking out the Generations of Friendship Quilt Layout featuring our new historical paper dolls series of figures. A couple of weeks ago, we showed our new quilt layout with six 6" x 12" quilt blocks in a circular layout set into a rectangle. The finished size is about 45" x 45" roughly.


Fabric Selection

As with most quilts, the desigsn are created with a simple, solid color scheme on the computer and later translated into fabric after many hours of fabric research. Our FPP paper dolls look best when using tone-on-tone or ...

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October 15, 2021
Generations - a New Series of Historical Paper Dolls from easypatchwork

After several years of being a quilt and quilt block designer, I have developed a passion to create mix and matchable figures especially females. This love and desire stems from a childhood hobby of drawing barbie dolls with different outfits. Did you also design clothing for your dolls? 

New Paper Dolls Series

After taking a very long break from quilting, designing, and sewing, I sat down one day and just "doodled" - designing on the computer. I wanted to see if I could create a new figure with a historial flair. After several hours of diligent changes, Quilter Grace was created ...

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September 29, 2021
Candy Crew Release from Blossom Heart Quilts

The next instalment of the Tasty Treats patterns is here… proudly introducing Candy Crew!

Candy quilt block patterns

Buy the Candy Crew pattern here

Whether you call them candy, lollies, sweeties or something else, this set of six candy quilt block patterns continues with my theme of cute, yummy food foundation paper pieced designs. This time with a variety of sweet treats found in the lolly aisle! Wrapped candies, lollipops, chocolate and a couple of Halloween options too – candy corn and a pumpkin marshmallow, hehe </p>
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September 28, 2021
Spool Star Holiday wreath from I Patch and Quilt

Do you remember the small wallhanging that I made using my foundation paper pieced Spool Star block? Playing with the Spool Star block is turning out very inspiring. So many ideas!

Let’s look at the first new layout, a Holiday wreath!

The traditional red and green, with some vintage-style blue and pink.

This block works so well with solids or blender-type fabrics, which I have a lot of….

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September 23, 2021
Finally some tea! from I Patch and Quilt

So happy to announce that the ‘Tea with Kate’ kitchen quilt is finished.

This wall hanging will be on display hopefully soon on a wall near my kitchen. I am happy with how it turned out, even though all the stitching seemed to take for ever. </p>
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August 19, 2021
Is It Red or Is It Orange? - Orange You Glad Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

  Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks 
my day - the final day for the Orange You Glad Blog Hop.

To all that participated or commented -
Thank you so much!
I enjoy hosting blog hop events so much.

My head is swimming with all kinds of ideas
and I can't wait to get to playing with orange!
But first, it's my day to show my
Red and Orange Turtles
do a little color play.

When the idea for this hop came along, my first thought was that I needed to use up some of the orange scraps in ...

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July 22, 2021
Photoshop Your Quilt into Different Quilts from Gefilte Quilt

My big idea was to create a building under construction, based on some of my New York City photos, especially of the building on the left.

To capture the sense of looking directly inside rooms, I drafted a foundation paper piecing patterns. It's constructed in strips. Here are the top portions of two of the strips. 

And here's what it looked like, all sewn up. It didn't give as much of a sense of space as I'd hoped.  

It's very small - most  pieces are an inch or less - so there was no obvious way to ...

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July 9, 2021
Foundation Paper Piecing: DO NOT start your next project before reading this. from Cut Stitch and Piece

Cutting Fabric Pieces Accurately for Foundation Paper PiecingI first saw this technique in RaNae Merrill's book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts. I modified it slightly by using freezer paper. This is a simple, fool proof method for cutting your FPP fabric pieces. If you use this technique you're less likely to have frustrating surprises i.e. holes, splits, etc. when you go to flip your fabric piece

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June 15, 2021
Serendipity Charity Quilt Along - Week 7The Fat Quarter Shop... from Living Water Quilter

Serendipity Charity Quilt Along - Week 7

The Fat Quarter Shop Serendipity Quilt Along is in week 7.  Are you quilting along? If you missed a week, don’t worry. There is time still time to catch up or work on the quilt at your own pace.

Learn more at Fat Quarter Shop. Get the Fat Quarter Shop exclusive fabric requirements PDF.  Every two weeks, they release a new quilt block.


Week 7 -   Jackpot Block Row

This week, we make the Jackpot block. Below, is the mock-up of the Bee Cross Stitch colors I selected. Go, get the pattern. It’s ...

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April 30, 2021
A Funny Thing Happened on my Way to a Vaccination Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

Here's what I just made, instead of a quilt

There are two immutable quilting laws that correspond to Murphy's law: (1) Your bobbin is low; and, (2) Anything that can look like a phallic symbol, will.

The latter law kicked in when I decided I needed to make a quilt that would encourage people to get vaccinated.  I'd been thinking a lot about about friends who struggle with needle phobia, but desperately want a vaccine. I admire their courage, and want to thank and encourage them and others.

Would it be possible to make a quilt with ...

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April 26, 2021
Frosty Friends &#8211; Ice Cream Quilt Block Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts

Happy Monday – it’s new pattern day! The next set of adorable food-themed quilt blocks is now available for purchase.

The Frosty Friends pattern includes six ice cream quilt block patterns – three scoops of ice cream, and three on a stick. Whether you call them ice creams, icy poles, popsicles, or any other name… these frozen treats are sure to be delicious whatever you call them </p>
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April 7, 2021
Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 13 ~#AtoZChallenge2021 from Life in the Scrapatch

 Welcome to Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 12

Here is my uppercase F Block.

For April I am joining in this blogging fun:

#AtoZChallenge Started Here on April 1st

I am making one uppercase block per day.

Plans are to make a twin size quilt "I Spy A-Z Quilt"

using my novelty scrap stash.

For April I am posting a quilting related post each day, except Sundays.

F is Fabric ~ I love fabric!

I have a lovely large stash and I love every scrap of it.

My blog is an ongoing testimony to my fabric love.

F is for Fussy Cutting ...

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March 18, 2021

 Stripy String Quilt

A little while ago Carla from Creatin in the Sticks put a call out to those of us that love stripes - any size any way, striped fabric, striped binding, strips of fabric to make stripes (here's where I come in) literally anything goes! 

There are so many fantastic bloggers taking part over the week(schedule at the bottom) and a whole host of different projects, ideas and inspirations that you can read about and try out - I hope you will join in and show me your stripes!

If you have read by blog for a while ...

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March 17, 2021
3 Tips for Successful Foundation Paper Piecing from Blossom Heart Quilts

Whenever we’re talking about all things foundation paper piecing, I can practically hear you say, “Hey, Alyce*! What’s your top three tips for foundation paper piecing?” Well, that’s what I’m imagining, anyway…

*pronounced like Alyse/Elise, not Alice

Being a tad perfectionistic, I love foundation paper piecing – the accuracy, the lack of fussing around trying to perfectly cut out fabric with oddly shaped templates and all that jazz. There’s a map to follow, and you know where to go! And it’s definitely part of my core mission here at BHQ to convince you to ...

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March 5, 2021
Pin Crazy - Project Quilting Season 12, Challenge 5 from Creatin' in the Sticks

  This is the fifth challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  You're Crazy

My entry:
Pin Crazy

this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must be inspired by the late 1800's "crazy quilt" movement. It must include either applique, piecing, or have 3 layers ...

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February 26, 2021
Mini Masterpieces QAL: Foundation Paper Piecing from Blossom Heart Quilts

Here we are, folks! We have made it to the final lesson in Mini Masterpieces! It has certainly been a long(er than expected) journey… thanks 2020, but we made it. A huge thanks to everyone who has stuck around this long, and also to those who have dipped in and out to make what they love and learn what they need to. I’m so grateful for all your support!


If you’re wanting to get your hands on a copy of Mini Masterpieces for yourself, I have signed copies of Mini Masterpieces available in store ...

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February 20, 2021
Pink Trail - Project Quilting Quilting Season 12, Challenge 4 from Creatin' in the Sticks

  This is the fourth challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  Snail's Trail

My entry:
Pink Trail

this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must be inspired by the snail's trail quilt block. It must include either applique, piecing, or have 3 layers ...

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February 9, 2021
The Grocery Store Supplies You Need For Foundation Paper Piecing from Blossom Heart Quilts

I love foundation paper piecing – it’s so accurate, you can create amazing designs without fiddling with cutting out odd shapes from your fabric with templates, and it’s just like painting with numbers… but with fabric! Next up for the Mini Masterpieces QAL, we’re tackling foundation paper piecing, and because this is one of those techniques that quilters tend to be a bit wary of, I’m starting the prep work now to help build your confidence up ahead of time.

foundation paper piecing tools

And I’m also here to help prep your sewing kit… because here’s four tools and ...

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