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Sunday, 18 March 2018

March Studio Tour: Accurate foundation piecing

I posted this tutorial several years ago but wanted to revisit it because I think it is so important for getting beautiful results with your foundation piecing.

This tutorial is a cutting technique for foundation paper piecing that will give you accurately cut fabric pieces, saving you time and precious fabric. This method is especially great for when you have multiple blocks to make. With these simple steps, all your pieces will stitch and flip beautifully.

How to cut accurately for foundation paper piecing

I love foundation paper piecing, but one of the most frustrating problems I had when I was a newbie was coming up short. I would be happily piecing my block, go to flip the next section to press it, and crap! It would be too short or too thin or both. Even worse, I'd be pressing a finished block and find a "hole" at a seam where a piece came up short...ugh! I eventually discovered a method that has worked great for me. I first saw this technique in Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts by RaNae Merrill and modified it slightly by using freezer paper.


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You Will Need

  • Foundation piecing template that has been mirrored.
  • 8½" x 11" sheet of freezer paper
  • Scissors 
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting ruler
  • Fabrics for your block
  • Coloured pencils or markers to match your fabrics.

cut accurate fabric for foundation piecing

Monday, 5 March 2018

Celebrate with me! Sign Up to download a FREE Summer Fun Mug Rug Book

Who wouldn't want a great summer fun mug rug pattern book?

I was so excited yesterday when I found out my blog was chosen as one of the Top 60 Best Canadian Quilting Blogs by To celebrate, I'm giving subscribers a FREE copy of my Summer Fun Mug Rugs quilting pattern book. Get ready for summer with these cute mug rugs. They would be great for the deck or as hostess gifts for your next BBQ. New subscribers will get their free book as soon as they sign up, but sign up soon because this offer is available for a limited time only.

Monica Curry Top 60 Canada Quilting Blog
Four Summer Fun Mug Rugs

Purple Cone Flower Mug Rug
Purple Cone Flower
Wonky Beach House Mug Rug
Wonky Beach House
Ice Cream Swirl Mug Rug
Ice Cream Swirl

Watermelon Rug Mug
Summer Melon

Friday, 2 February 2018

February Studio Tour: DIY large quilter's ironing board

I've used a regular ironing board for quilting my whole life. So, when I started seeing these wide ironing boards for quilting, I knew I had to have one. I wish I'd made one of these years ago because it truly makes a difference when ironing my quilt tops. If you have an ironing board, you can make one of these quilting boards yourself in a weekend.

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial

How to Make a Quilter's Ironing Board

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  • Standard metal ironing board
  • 20" x 55" - 3/8" or 1/2" plywood
    (If you don't have a saw, most hardware stores will cut this for you.)
  • [8] screws
  • [8] washers
  • [1] 26" x 60" cotton duck fabric.
  • [1] 24" x 60" insulated batting. I used  Insul-Brite by Warm Company.
  • [2] 24" x 60" 100% cotton quilt batting

  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Staple gun and staples shorter than thickness of your board


1.  Measure and mark 1-1/2 inches from the corners of the board. (Fig.1).
2.  Cut this amount off with a hand saw. (Fig. 2)

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Figure 1

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Figure 2

3.  Staple the fabric and batting layers evenly around the edge of the board in this order. (Fig.s 3)
  • Top - cotton duck 
  • Middle - Insul-Brite batting
  • Bottom - quilt batting

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Figure 3

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6.  Place ironing board upside down onto the board being sure it is lined up correctly. Mark where each screw will go. (Fig. 4)

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Figure 4

7.  Screw the screws with the washers through the holes in the mesh.

8.  Tada!! Your new ironing board is now ready to be enjoyed.

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial - finished

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My Easter Egg table runner featured at Connecting Threads

This is my second pattern to be kitted by Connecting Threads. It's my Easter Egg Table Topper. The Easter fabric Eggstraordinary by Connecting Threads was perfect for this project. Buy the kit at Connecting ThreadsBuy the pattern HERE.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January Studio Tour: Tips for Sorting Your Fabric Scraps

Well, another new year has begun. All the Christmas decorations are put away, the turkey leftovers are eaten, and life has fallen back into a regular routine. This is the time of year that I like to tidy my studio and get it ready for the days ahead. It's also the perfect time to purge some of my scrap fabrics and get them ready for scrap quilts.

When I first started sorting scraps, I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. I now follow a few simple rules I learned along the way.


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1.  Have a scrap fabric basket under your sewing table at all times.

quilt scraps bucket

2.  I consider anything smaller than a Fat Eighth (9" x 21") a scrap.

3.  Cut scraps in various sized squares. I cut an assortment of squares in the
following sizes:  1-1/2 inch, 2 inches, 2-1/2 inch, 3-1/2 inch, and 5 inches.

4.  You'll be amazed at how fast your square supply grows. Keep your squares in a storage container.

quilt scraps in container

5. Keep leftover fabric strips to use for string quilts. I store these in a container from the dollar store.
quilt strip scraps container

Get this FREE mini quilt pattern. Start using up your quilt scraps with this easy pattern.

Download the FREE PDF pattern HERE

Free scrap quilt pattern with post

Below are a few scrap fabric quilt projects.

doll quilt made from 2 inch scraps
Doll quilt made from 2-inch scraps