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July 30, 2021
Prepping for a Craft Fair from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Hello, and thank you for stopping by.  Today we are in the thick of summer here in Tucson, and it is getting hot.  One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning, other than quilting, is to go to a farmers market.  I secretly would love to have my own booth.  I toy around with this idea all the time.  Actually, I have a small stock pile of things I could sell and things for displaying items.  That is why I think this is the perfect topic for today: How to Prepare for Craft Fairs and Farmers Markets ...

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June 11, 2021
Garden Star Four Quilt Pattern from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

I love color!!  I have had a few different favorites throughout my life.  Hunter green.  Purple.  Teal.  Pink.  With each color I fall in love with I simply add it to my pallet, still loving all the colors that came before it.  When I was in college (and many years after it) I went through a purple phase.  Purple was the color in my wedding.  I had deep purple calla lilies and light purple bridesmaid dresses.  I made all the centerpieces for all of the tables.  They started out clear glass vases from Joann’s.  I cut and glued skinny ...

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June 6, 2021
Kit petit point letras from La Vida en Patchwork

Kit petit point letras

Un regalo más que personalizado es algo hecho a mano, con cariño y dedicación. Que te borden a mano tu letra, para poner en la pared de tu habitación, es algo entrañable, desde el centro del apego, es algo más que amor.

Los hombres a veces, como digo yo, son peores que los niños, necesitan atención exclusiva, cariño y mucha mucha dedicación, se dejan querer y si no reciben su dosis, la piden, como sea.

Nosotras, muy dadas a cuidar, a mimar y a querer a los demás. Parece que la naturaleza nos predispuso a ello ...

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May 20, 2021
Make your own Weighted Blanket from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

About 10 years ago, my best friend’s mom asked me to bind a quilt she had been working on for her grandson.  She was having trouble with the corners.  I said, yes, of course and was happy to help out.  When she dropped it off it was the strangest thing I had seen.  It was two pieces of adorable fabric layered together, a grid of quilted seams tacked it together, and each square in the grid had something inside of it… This wasn’t batting. It was… heavy, weird, yet interesting: a weighted blanket.

Weighed blanket

I worked my way around ...

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May 11, 2021
Blog update from Gillian Travis

It’s ages since I wrote a blog post, mainly because I have been posting regularly on instagram and facebook and it’s so much quicker than blog posts

My zoom classes continue with the same students that joined at the beginning of April in 2020.

They are a fabulous group of women, kind and supportive and we have so much fun each week and have now extended to include a Quilt Along every Thursday.

It takes a lot of leadership and work to keep the classes running but I’m not complaining, I love it, I love to keep ...

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May 7, 2021
Paper Boat Quilt Set & Link to Free Pattern from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Have you seen the Paper Boat quilt on my Instagram feed??  Well, I am so happy to have them off of my list of things to do.  That’s right!!  These Paper Boat Quilts are finished.  They have been a work in progress for a while now. 

Paper Boat Quilt a paper pieced block
Paper Boat Quilt Set

I am part of the Do Good Stitches, a charity sewing bee, and my group is the Harmony Circle.  The way this group works is, one quilter sets the block for that month and everyone in the group mails two finished blocks to that quilter. The quilter creates a finished quilt and donates ...

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April 29, 2021
Chess Board Quilt Tutorial from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

A couple months back I watched The Queen’s Gambit on netflix. It’s an excellent mini series that opens up the world of chess and sheds light on how it functioned in the ’60s. It is created from the pages of a novel by Walter Tevis written in 1983 also titled The Queen’s Gambit.

Chess is something that I have never played. I love the checkerboard and all of the pieces that go with the board, like the knights, king, and queen. But no one has ever explained the game to me. The mini series has inspired me ...

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April 14, 2021
7 Amazing Fabric Lines to Buy in Spring 2021 from Felicia's World

I don’t know about you but I tend to buy fabric seasonally. Not necessarily for the season (we are in spring right now), but I tend to buy large quantities of fabric a few times a year rather than a steady dribble. Often, I don’t buy fabric for months, sometimes it can be a year. Then, however, I can go on a bit of binge and stock up on basics. I am low on as well as buy collections that really speak to me. Often, I will not buy an entire line of fabric, but rather buy yardage ...

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March 31, 2021
April Pincushion PDF Quilt Pattern from Felicia's World

This month in our Year of Pincushion Series, we are departing from the square pincushion format and making a super cute drum-shaped April Pincushion! This pincushion pattern is now available in the shop. 

 

quilted pincushion

 

This was seriously so much fun to make! The little Dresden plate on top of the pincushion is pieced in English Paper Piecing style which is super easy. If you like traditional hand piecing, you can also easily piece it with the “traditional” ¼-inch seam allowances. I have made small-scale Dresden plates both ways in the past but since I like to totally space out when I ...

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March 30, 2021
5 Spring Quilt Pattern Ideas from Felicia's World

Spring is either here or at least on its way in the northern hemisphere. Here in Phoenix, it’s hard to complain about the miserable winter weather since winters here are like some people’s summers. However, even here spring brings with it lightness and new life. The birds in my backyard are singing earlier and my lemon bushes and apricot trees have already finished their bloom. The other day, I was surprised to discover that what I thought was just some random garlic coming up from last season’s crop turned out to be wild iris! Now I have ...

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March 26, 2021
The Golden Hen Pincushion Pattern and Giveaway from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Golden Hen pincushion

I just finished updating one of the first three patterns I wrote. The Golden Hen pattern that I originally created as a baby rattle is now available as a pincushion. Oh my goodness, it feels so good to get something off of my list of things to do!! I love these hens and they are so much fun to make. I am literally smiling the whole time I make them because they are so stinking cute. Here at Casa de DEMOO, I am working on a flock of them. I will be listing them as finished goods in my Etsy ...

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Lost In Design…And Loving It from Nikki, In Stitches

I’ve completely lost myself in my current design.

I don’t mean like lost my sense of style, or lost my motivation, or even lost track of what direction I wanted to take this piece.

I mean like I literally lost myself.

I’ve been in my studio for hours on end, draping, drafting, and editing on repeat.

I am a complete mess, in every sense of the word.

My studio is covered in discarded pattern pieces, scraps of fabric, and candy wrappers (yes, I’ve also stopped really eating anything throughout the day except Hershey’s miniatures.)

I ...

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March 17, 2021
Sweet February Pincushion PDF Quilt Pattern from Felicia's World

We are so excited to introduce the February pincushion! Last month was all about handwork. We used English Paper Piecing and hand applique to make an exquisite little winter-themed pincushion for your sewing studio or corner. This month is all about machine sewing and with our super-accurate paper piecing templates, which makes the tiny piecing come together easily. 

 

pincushion quilt pattern

The cute handmade pins are from Nadelwerk on Etsy.

 

Fabric for the Pincushion

We made our February pincushion pattern in lovely yellows and pinks contrasted in a gray chambray look fabric. It looks scrappy but also fairly contemporary.  We used primarily Liberty ...

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Springy March Pincushion PDF Quilt Pattern from Felicia's World

The March Pincushion in our Year of Pincushion Series is here and ready to be personalized and added to your sewing studio (or sewing corner or table as the case may be). 

This month we were a little motivated to move away from winter and towards spring! We designed an adorable but quick applique cushion top with crocus and daisy flowers in vases. The side panels are Foundation Paper Pieced in a pretty chevron pattern. 

 

pincushion quilt pattern

The March Pincushion with cute handmade pins from Nadelwerk on Etsy.

 

Fabric for the Pincushion

For the March Pincushion Quilt, Felicia dug into her long-treasured ...

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February 23, 2021
Sew This Style – Anthropologie Inspired Ruffle Lace Blouse from Nikki, In Stitches

I sew almost every day, and yet I don’t have a single self-sewn piece in my wardrobe right now.

How can this be?

Full Disclosure…I Will NEVER Have A Completely Self-Sewn Wardrobe and Here Is Why

I am always amazed by people that sew their entire wardrobe, but it’s just not for me. (Crazy coming from a professional sewist, right???) Hear me out…

First, I have my favorite brands of jeans that fit me perfectly…I’m not giving those up. End of discussion. Nothing I make could ever hug me in all the right places like ...

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February 19, 2021
More teaching from Gillian Travis

It’s a strange time for us all, what would I do if I didn’t have my teaching to do and a love of textiles

The weather isn’t really good or warm enough to walk the hills all day. It’s been freezing and we have had lots of snow

Ive put lots of pictures on instagram / facebook

It has been a challenging time – no water for 5 days (frozen pipes and then no heating) – all is sorted now – thankfully

I have been doing a lot of zoom teaching, I was really surprised at how much time my ...

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February 16, 2021
How To Make A Frame With Mitered Corners from Nikki, In Stitches

It took me awhile to perfect my technique for making a frame with mitered corners.

It wasn’t the frame itself that I struggled with, but really what was the best way to attach it to my sign.

I like painting signs like these on 1/4″ plywood. The thicker stuff is heavier, and I don’t like the weight it gives my finished pieces (plus it’s not usually as smooth of a surface to paint on!)…but you can’t really nail a frame to 1/4″ ply.

I came up with the following system, and I love ...

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February 12, 2021
Beginning Log Cabin Quilt with Tilda Fabrics from Felicia's World

The beginning stages of making a quilt are just so delicious. Pondering fabric choices, cutting, and seeing the first blocks take shape…I love that process.

In today’s vlog, I take you behind the scenes so you can see how my creative quilting process starts. (Hint: It often starts with a cup of tea and some pretty fabric to contemplate. )

 

 

For this new quilt, I am using only Tilda fabrics. I wish I would give you exact yardage requirements and I will when the quilt top is done and I know how much I am using of the different ...

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February 8, 2021
Busy Bee Quilt in Oh Happy Day from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

I am so excited to share with you my finished Busy Bee Quilt. It has been so rewarding to find time to get this one off of my list of makes. I designed the pattern for Craftsy (BluPrint), but because my schedule was crazy when they needed it made, I wasn’t able to create the quilt. There are always new projects that come up, so this quilt kept falling to the bottom of my list.

Now I know why! It was destined to be made with these fresh and fun fabrics called Oh Happy Day by Sandy Gervais for ...

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February 5, 2021
Vajilla pintada a mano hoja from La Vida en Patchwork

Vajilla pintada a mano hoja de porcelana de limoges

Enamorada me tiene mi nueva vajilla pintada a mano de hojas que estoy deseando empezar a usar y que acabo de terminar de pintar.

Con ello inauguro mi nueva colección de hojas Amazonas, pues me recuerdan algo exótico y tropical, que ahora podrás disfrutar en tu mesa.

 

Estos platos me dan paz, calma y tranquilidad que es lo que andaba buscando. Algo realmente elegante, diferente y original, que sin duda será la sorpresa de mis invitados.

Realizada en la mejor porcelana del mundo de limoges, cocida por ser un capricho de ...

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