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May 23, 2017
Phone book foundation piecing from Cut Stitch and Piece

Earlier this year, I was able to get my hands on a Layer Cake of With Glowing Hearts by Grace Noel before it was sold out from pretty much everywhere. I'm using this gorgeous line of fabric to create a commemorative quilted throw to mark Canada's 150th birthday this year.

with glowing hearts fabric by grace noel

I decided to make my quilt using the Hunter's Star quilt block because I love the block and it ties in with Canada's fur trade history. Hunting and trapping, especially beaver, was how Canada began.

hunter's start block

There are several ways to make a Hunter's Star block ...

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May 19, 2017
Hexagon Colour Wheel Mug Rugs Patterns from Cut Stitch and Piece

I'm introducing three new mug rug patterns to brighten your home for spring. The bright primary colours against white, black,  and grey is a crisp combination. You could use these as pot holders as well as mug rugs. They would look lovely in a modern kitchen. They would also be a great gift for an artist or art student. This is a good project for quilters just learning to foundation piece. Instructions assume basic knowledge in foundation piecing. The pattern includes instructions for all three mug rugs.

colour wheel hexagon mug rugs

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April 12, 2017
Workshop Wednesday: Paper Piecing Pointers from McCall's Quilting

Whether you call it paper piecing or foundation piecing, the fact is there are times when neither traditional piecing nor applique will give you the look you want and the only thing you can do is break out the foundation paper.

Paper foundation piecing is a technique that allows you to create patterns and achieve shapes that would be difficult–if not impossible–to do via traditional piecing. With this technique, you are stitching your fabric onto the pattern itself, then flipping and pressing each patch before stitching the next one on.

I’ve made a few foundation-pieced projects, mostly ...

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April 6, 2017
Machine Quilting and Paper Piecing from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today, I am pleased to highlight two quilts made by readers of The Inbox Jaunt. Barbara Dahl and Anne Bullock shared photos of their quilts stitched from the patterns offered  by designer,  Peggy Aare. Peggy is an amazing designer … Continue reading

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April 4, 2017
I want to believe X Files Quilt from Quilt in Piece

I want to believe X Files Quilt Geek alert! As you know by now, I am love my Geek, Fandom and Nerdy stuff. So when this gorgeous Quilt and Stitch Along started last year, I just could not resist, it is called the I want to believe X Files Quilt. And I love this quilt so much. I just finished the quilt top and will be hanging out with my other UFO’s will be quilted later. UFO! Whahaha, how ironic. Oh Yes! You want to see what it looks like. Here is my quilt top And some close up ...

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March 29, 2017
Durable foundation piecing with WonderFil’s DecoBob thread from Quilt Social


So glad you’re back to learn more about WonderFil’s DecoBob Prewound Bobbins.

Yesterday, I wrote about how well DecoBob threads blend with fabrics. Today, I’ll share my experiences with the strength of DecoBob thread as I show you a quilt block that’s done by foundation piecing.


A display of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins in packs of 12.
WonderFil’s DecoBob Prewound Bobbins


Since we started the week myth-busting, here’s another myth I’ve heard: lightweight, thin threads like DecoBob are not strong due to their smaller size and weight. Let me assure you that it is strong. Its strength comes from the fact that it’s ...

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February 12, 2017
Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern: Get a taste of spring a little early from Cut Stitch and Piece

Spring can never come soon enough. Until it arrives, this pretty paper pieced Butterfly Garden block is bound to cheer you up. The finished block is 12" x 12" and the paper piece butterfly center block measures 7" x 7" when finished.

Get the PDF pattern download at

paper pieced butterfly quilt block
Test Block for Butterfly Garden
This is a very versatile block. It would make a lovely pillow for a sun room or a girl's bedroom.

Create a pretty wall hanging for your spring decor . . .

. . . or a sweet and cheery table runner.

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February 8, 2017
Introducing the Basket Cat Quilt Block Pattern Collection! from Curlicue Creations

That's right ~ now all twelve Basket Cat block patterns are available in one complete set.  The cost of the set is only $30.00. That's a $6.00 savings over purchasing all twelve blocks individually.
All patterns produce 12" finished size blocks, a classic size that fits within many different quilt layouts.  These block patterns include a full color photo of each block, a materials list, complete instructions for paper piecing, and the paper pieced pattern sheets.

An original pattern by ...

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February 1, 2017
Christmas Cactus Quilted Table Topper Pattern from Cut Stitch and Piece

I first introduced this pattern HERE this past summer and finally finished it. I really wanted to have it done before Christmas but other commitments took up a lot of my time during the holidays. The nice thing about this quilt is that it can be used year round because it's not too Christmasy.

This stunning quilted table topper was inspired by the Christmas Cactus that blooms throughout the Christmas season. The pattern includes instructions for both versions shown below. Finished size for both versions is 26" x 26" (65cm x 65cm) and the finished block size is 6 ...

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January 18, 2017
Red Cardinal Mug Rug from Cut Stitch and Piece

I love birds and came up with this quick little project for the holiday season. It would be a great last minute gift for the bird lover in your life. Combine it with a cute mug and a packet of hot coco mix.

Purchase it at MY ETSY or MY CRAFTSY

quilted mug rugs, bird mug rugs, cardinal birds, quilting


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December 20, 2016
Visions of Sugar Plums (Week 4) from Girl x Fabric

I mentioned last post that the finishing instructions (final week) were published at We All Sew on November 28.  Last night I finally got around to finishing this awesome table runner!

Sugar Plum Table Runner finished in time for Christmas dinner.

Like the sample in the quilt along, I was going to quilt straight lines to keep the modern look but….I can’t sew a straight line.  Instead I got to try a pantograph for the first time!  Here’s the story:  I have this other quilt (that I love but can’t show right now because it’s ...

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November 24, 2016
Visions of Sugar Plums (Week 3) from Girl x Fabric

Week 3 of the Sugar Plum Table Runner is available and it’s the last two three blocks of the project (2 snowflake paper piecing blocks and 1 traditional piecing star block).

I was really enjoying my new journey in paper piecing…until this snowflake block. Not as easy as I thought it was going to be.  The actual paper piecing part was fine but then sewing those four blocks together to make the final block AND get the points matching was another story.  One block I had to unsew twice before getting the points to somewhat match.  The second ...

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November 21, 2016
How to make a string quilt block using foundation piecing from Quilt Social


Welcome back. I’m going to spend another exciting week chatting about the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q.

I’ll be exploring some techniques and features that are based on recent observations at various classes and sewing retreats. In addition, there’ll be loads of sewing tips as I progress through the week.

The focus today is on string quilting. I’m excited so let’s get started.


Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q
Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q


String Piecing

String piecing has been around for a long, long time. It’s a great way to use up scraps and odd pieces that are deemed too small ...

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October 18, 2016
Hexie Tiles [WIP] from Veni Vidi Vicky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a love story of a quilt pattern and a collection of fabrics that were meant to be.

If I buy a fabric collection as a whole it must be special. I’m more of a picky type with my fabric purchases: I’d rather buy my fav prints in yardage than spending money on a bundle where I only really love half of the designs. But when Alexia Abegg’s current line Printshop (for Cotton + Steel) came out this summer, I knew I needed to have all of those colourfully stamped fabrics, every single one. And when the ...

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October 6, 2016
The Road Home To Maine with Cheryl… from Quilt in Piece

This is my first Row Along and it has been so much fun designing what I saw in my head.  I grew up in southern Maine with the ocean on one side of us and a mountain (my husband calls it a hill, lol) on the other side.  I love walking through the woods as … Continue reading The Road Home To Maine with Cheryl…

The post The Road Home To Maine with Cheryl… appeared first on Quilt in Piece.

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September 28, 2016
Caturday pillow from Veni Vidi Vicky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been on a paper piecing kick this summer!

Phases like this usually  set in after I’ve finished a couple of traditionally pieced quilts. In true fashion I made some baby quilts in spring and since felt drawn to smaller projects that include more precise designs. I’d never have the patience to make a bigger quilt with the paper piecing technique, but there are so many great blocks out there that translate well into a pillow cover or other small projects.


I’m in love with the Kitten Around  block by Michael Ann Made. I had this ...

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September 5, 2016
Seamstresses-FREE Paper Piecing Pattern from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I have a real treat for you today!  Our friend, Peggy has turned one of the Seamstresses in Fine Art images by Henri Lebasque into a paper piecing pattern.  She is offering it FREE to readers of … Continue reading

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August 26, 2016
Making Progress: Quilt Design and Life from Quilting Along the Grain

Over the last few months things have changed dramatically in the Quilting Along the Grain household!

Over the Easter break we were told we needed to leave our much loved home in Tetbury. Our landlord had decided to sell the house. Unfortunately the  rental rates in Tetbury had risen beyond my income so we had to make the heart breaking decision to leave Tetbury and start again somewhere...

After looking at our options we decided as a family that Stroud would be the best place for us - midi and mini attend groups here and maxi needs to the train line ...

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August 20, 2016
New foundation pieced patterns I'm sure you'll love from Cut Stitch and Piece

Coming soon to my pattern shops. I have two new patterns I've been working on that I think you'll love. They'll be up for sale by the end of August so check my Craftsy or Etsy shops in a few weeks.

Butterfly Garden

The first is a pretty table runner with foundation pieced butterflies and traditional nine patch sashing. It's so sweet. You can make it longer to fit the length of your table or piece it as a grid for a wall hanging.

The pattern instructions are for a two-block table runner like the first ...

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August 11, 2016
Twelve Trees, Six Houses, and One Kitten from Curlicue Creations

My six tree blocks are complete.  That's a total of twelve trees, a mini forest.

Next, the house blocks.  I started with simple shapes, a rectangle for the window, and a few squares.

Super easy piecing - just sew the squares to windows.

Here squares have been sewn to both sides of the windows, with an additional strip of matching fabric under the window.

The strip over the top of the window is a little thicker than the bottom strip.
The strips on the left are going to be the doors.

Homes under construction!  An assortment of doors, windows, and ...

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