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September 20, 2017
Circuit Board quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m excited to show you a quilt I finished this spring, just published in the third edition of Quilting & Patchwork for Beginners from Future Publishing!

Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

As the name tells you, this quilt is inspired by the circuit boards inside all of the electronics we love!

Detail of Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

This quilt was made with a bright green solid for the traces and vias (those are the actual names for the lines and circles on circuit boards!), and a scrappy black background. As I was piecing this quilt, I realized that the prints in the fabric actually reflect many of the things I do ...

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New Pattern Pinstripe Crossing from Quilt in Piece

New Pattern Pinstripe Crossing Pinstripe Crossing In July, I started something new. I started a new tester group to help me test out my new patterns, plus was in the process of creating a secret Facebook group just for my testers. One of my testers Richard Eaves, tested Pinstripe Crossing for me (crib size), and I love the end result very much. This pattern was meant to be released round about 9 July 2017. But things went very pear shaped straight after that. I am only now feeling some normality returning to my life, so after I finish of some ...

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August 16, 2017
FESTIVAL 2017 from That's Sew Kerry

A Brilliant Day Out.....

Did you go to Festival? This year was my 6th year! It's better than Christmas I swear it, I've started saving for next year already. We had the usual cohort of myself, Kerry Q and Aunty Gail but also the added bonus of Carrie...a festival virgin if you can believe it! We set off (not so) bright and early at our usual time of 6:30am arriving just before 9 for breakfast and a planning session of where to go and when.

Our first stop is always Alice Caroline for the £1 a ...

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Loving My Scrappy Tulips Finish from Quilty Folk

Scrappy Tulips is finally a finish! Yay! I opted to hand quilt this one a little more intensely than I usually do of late. It seemed like it just soaked up the texture like a sponge, so it was a good call.
Scrappy Tulips a new finish!
This one was started back in 2014 sometime, but I can't find the original post. The paper pieced tulip pattern was found in an older quilt book I picked up at a guild yardsale for $1--Quick & Easy Strip Quilting by Helen Whitson Rose. Such a great find!
Loving the hand quilting texture ...

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August 3, 2017
UK TRAVELLING QUILT BEE Part 1 from That's Sew Kerry

An Epic Adventure!

If you are an avid Instagram fan/stalker like me you may have seen several amazing pictures and posts about Travelling Quilt Bees under #travellingquiltbee #travellingquilts and about 100 variations! These are just a few of my favorites....

The idea is not to dissimilar to a traditional bee but instead of having one month where you are the queen and everyone makes 1 block each for you and you receive them that month, you make a starter block send it off and don't see your quilt for a whole year!! Scary right??!  

You pick a theme ...

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June 30, 2017
BLUE DIAMOND Mini Quilt from Cut Stitch and Piece

Who doesn't love a little bling? This cute blue diamond mini quilt designed in facet art style would brighten up any area of your home or office. Blue Diamond Mini Quilt BUY NOW @ MY PATTERN STORE While designing my diamond I soon realised that the facet colours had to make sense. The biggest challenge in doing faceted art is positioning the colours so that they look just right.

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June 18, 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.

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June 2, 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. 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

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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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