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September 21, 2017
Fall 2017 Bloggers Quilt Festival: Scrappy Tulips from Quilty Folk

It's time once again for Amy's wonderful Bloggers Quilt Festival! It has a special place in my heart as it's what propelled me to first start lurking on quilt blogs and get interested in the online quilting community. My first entry is Scrappy Tulips, a quilt many have already seen here before.

Scrappy Tulips
Scrappy Tulips was finished up this August, but was started sometime back in 2014! {Not an abnormal lag time between start and finish time around here.} It is one of those quilts that I adore because the paper pieced tulips came straight out ...

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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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Christmas Caroling Row Along: A Midnight Clear from From Blank Pages . . .

Thank you for stopping by today! I am so excited to share with you my Christmas Caroling Row, as part of the Christmas Caroling Row Along hosted by the amazing Marian of Seams to be Sew!

After I share with you my row, I have some awesome giveaways that you won't want to miss!! So don't forget to keep scrolling!

A Midnight Clear

I designed my row from the Christmas Song, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. A song I've always loved, and which also lended itself greatly to being able to design something that I love ...

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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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September 18, 2017
My Favorite Paper Pieced Halloween Patterns from Made By Marney

I love designing Halloween patterns. Here are some of my favorite designs from 2017.

Batty Bat  is sold as part of the “Boo Collection“. I love the simplicity of this design. It sews together easily, and it would make an adorable potholder or pillow.

Spooky Spider is so darn cute. This pattern is also found in the “Boo Collection“. I used pin stripe white and black fabric for his teeth, but they could also be stitched on top of white fabric with black thread, or drawn with a black permanent pen.

Fraidy Cat is 1 of my favorite cat patterns ...

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September 12, 2017
Paper Pieced Dog Patterns from Made By Marney

Some of my favorite paper pieced dog patterns have been inspired by my sweet customers and friends.

This Pit Bull design was inspired by the photo below, sent to me by a loyal customer.

What a sweet heart of a pit bull! I’ve never owned a pit bull, and, admittedly, it wasn’t on my list of dog patterns to tackle. But when I saw this adorable pup, I was in love.

These pillows were made by Edie Fagg, a super sweet customer, using my Pit Bull pattern. I love to see how others interpret my patterns, choosing their ...

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September 9, 2017
Beginner Paper Piecing Tips from Quilt in Piece

Beginner Paper Piecing Tips Thank you Sam Hunter from Hunter’s design studios, for planning this series of tutorials and tips. There has been some really good reviews on a lot of the tutorials. Today is my day for some tips on paper piecing for beginners. A lot of people who think about paper piecing shudder in revulsion or fear. I promise you, paper piecing is not difficult. There are various skill levels in paper piecing and my tips for today, will be for the very beginner. For those who has never paper pieced before, or is still very new ...

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September 5, 2017
Summer Sampler 2017: Block 17 – Shimmer Star from Freshly Pieced


This is it—the last block of Summer Sampler 2017! Can you believe it?

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Shimmer Star is by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts.  I like how the different-sized sections in this one give it a unique look. A great way to finish out the quilt-along!

For my final block tips of the quilt-along, let’s talk about lining up those points where the sections come together. Not the easiest task, but with 17 weeks of practice behind you, I know you all can do it!


Once again, I recommend leaving the paper on your paper-pieced sections as you piece them ...

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August 31, 2017
Lion Quilt from Tartankiwi

I'm going to start this post with a confession:

When I first started paper piecing, I was scared of printed fabric and top list of designers whose fabric I never thought I'd use was Kaffe Fassett. The bold prints, the high contrasts- it all just seemed too much. I was worried that the prints would interfere with the clear sharp lines of my paper pieced designs.

These days I have conquered my fears. I embrace the challenge of finding the perfect printed fabrics to sew with and I love the extra dimension that Kaffe Fassett's amazing and ...

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Lion Quilt from Tartankiwi

I'm going to start this post with a confession:

When I first started paper piecing, I was scared of printed fabric and top list of designers whose fabric I never thought I'd use was Kaffe Fassett. The bold prints, the high contrasts- it all just seemed too much. I was worried that the prints would interfere with the clear sharp lines of my paper pieced designs.

These days I have conquered my fears. I embrace the challenge of finding the perfect printed fabrics to sew with and I love the extra dimension that Kaffe Fassett's amazing and ...

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Posting old favourites... from Julia's Place

Not much sewing getting done, but as it's the last day of winter....yay!.... I thought I'd repost some old favourites.

Lovely and fresh, ready for spring. This has been hand quilted, looks great on my table...
1930's reproduction  fabrics, perfect for spring..
A favourite cushion...I love cushions..❣️

Spring own design, working out from the centre ....loved designing this, challenging myself with each border.
Oh to have that same inspiration, motivation from back then...
Spring tomorrow, enjoy....

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August 30, 2017
Wendy #1 from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I finally finished the first Wendy paper pieced pattern for the baby quilt.  It's been a stressful week, and I didn't get nearly as much stitching done as I expected to. 

Hubby bailed out on his 106 mile hike, several days early.  It took all day, Sunday, to finally be able to contact him, and make sure they were both ok.  No stitching done till late that night. 

Also, we have quite a lot of family in the Houston area, and, I've been trying to check on them, what with hurricane Harvey flooding the area.  Everyone is ...

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August 27, 2017
Meine Insta-Sommerparty – 6KöpfeundDu from Lalala Patchwork, Quilting, and More

Wir 6 Köpfe waren alle so megagespannt, was ihr uns unter dem Hashtag 6KöpfeundDu so alles von euch Preis gebt. Unser Quiltalong hat weite Kreise gezogen und für uns ist es spannend und interessant mehr von euch zu erfahren. Wir haben uns dazu im Vorfeld so einige Gedanken gemacht und sieben Themen zusammen gestellt.

Instagramwoche Button 6KöpfeundDu

Das war doch eine so richtig tolle Instagram-Sommer-Party 6KöpfeundDu! Es war ein Freude, so viele Gesichter zu sehen! Ich persönlich fand ja den ersten Tag am allerallerspannensten. So viele lachende Gesichter! Für mich war es sehr beruhigend, dass auch bei vielen von euch kreatives Chaos auf ...

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August 26, 2017
Ballet with Kaffe progress - and how to sew a 10 pointed star from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've been working on my Ballet with Kaffe quilt for a few months now.

I've started four large rosettes, but I'm only putting seven of the 10 pointed stars on each rosette until I decide on the final layout for my quilt.  I hate unpicking English Paper Piecing, so I like to leave my options open as I make the rosettes.

I also don't cut the pieces too far in advance.  I like to check my plans every step of the way, and frequently change my fabric selections before I get to the cutting stage.

I ...

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August 24, 2017
A Taste of Honey Placemat Pattern: honoring our precious pollinators from Cut Stitch and Piece

Who doesn't love the sweet taste of honey? These stylish and modern hexagon placemats showcase the Bee Creative and Bee Inspired fabric collections by Deb Strain. But no matter what colours you use, these placemats are sure to make a statement. A Taste of Honey Quilted Placemats BUY NOW @ MY PATTERN STORE I love the quilting on the back. It reminds me of sacred geometry.

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Tiger Lily #1 from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

My first grandchild is due next February.  The nursery is being decorated in Peter Pan.  The last Peter Pan fabric came out in 2009, and despite looking REALLY HARD in many places, it just isn't available.  Ok, I'm creative, so, lets look elsewhere.  Back in 2014, I'd made 2 Tinkerbell blocks (missing at the moment).   I figured if Tinkerbell was out there, then other Peter Pan characters would also be out there.  Well, not many.  After searching, I found a Peter Pan, Hook, Smee and Tic Toc the Crocodile, but, nothing else.  Where were the girls from ...

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August 21, 2017
Summer Sampler 2017: Block 15 – Skipping Star from Freshly Pieced

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We’re in the homestretch on Summer Sampler 2017!! This week we’re doing a paper-pieced block called Skipping Star, designed by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts.

Like Block 10, Spring Star, this block has a kaleidoscope-style construction, where it’s pieced in wedges. This can be challenging to get the hang of, but if you haven’t done many blocks like this, it’s a good chance to build on the skills you developed making Spring Star! I would recommend revisiting the Spring Star post for my tips on aligning the wedges accurately. All the same things I ...

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August 16, 2017
Goodies! from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Some goodies arrived in the mail this week, and some at the thrift store.

Kathy at Sparkles, Sprinkles and Everyday Crap had a giveaway for one of her hand made Birthday cards.  Guess who won?!?!  I got to choose a card, with a Birthday number on it.  I chose one for my mother, who will be 79 in November.  My mother loves elephants, so, Kathy incorporated an elephant into the card.  Isn't it cute!
79th Birthday card
Kathy also included a little something extra.  I love my new, personalized mug rug!  Thanks Kathy!
mug rug
I also won some ...

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Nursery Rhyme Paper Pieced Quilt Pattern from Made By Marney

You probably know how I design in tangents…well lately I’ve been on a nursery rhyme obsession. I was inspired by a very old Richard Scary “Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme” book.

This paper pieced pattern has nine different nursery rhymes…can you figure out what they are by the images? Here are a few:

This one is pretty easy…The Cow Jumped Over the Moon from the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle”.

This one is perhaps not as well known, “The Owl and the Pussycat”.

These blocks were so much fun to put together. They remind me of reading ...

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August 10, 2017
Letnia pocztówka konkursowa / Summer postcard contest from Szycie Uli

Moja letnia pocztówka na konkurs w B-craft. Latawiec od zawsze kojarzy mi się z wakacjami nam morzem, zresztą od kiedy mieszkamy nad morzem to co jakiś czas taką wizję realizujemy, niekoniecznie latem :) Na lamówkę koniecznie chciałam wykorzystać brzegi fabryczne.
I made a postcard for contest on B-craft. When I think about summer the first thing I recall is kite. Since we live near sea we have many opportunities to fly a kite on the beach. 

Tył zrobiłam papierowy ze znaczkiem wyciętym ze znaczkowej tkaniny i moją nową pieczątką. Wzór latawca zrobiłam sobie sama jako częściowe paper piecing.
I made binding ...

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