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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Cut Your Fabric for Accurate 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.

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. Get printer friendly option at the end of this post.

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, 14 March 2016

Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern

The cold Canadian winters can be trying, but also beautiful. When conditions are right, ice crystals form on the tree branches (called hoar frost) and it's a sight to see; it's truly magical. And in the sunlight, the snow takes on a gorgeous blue cast. This block is my tribute to the beauty of winter.

Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern

Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern

The sample block above is made with snow dyed cotton, which is ironic considering the name of this block. It's 12" x 12" and, no matter what colours you use, it would make a stunning blanket or wall hanging.

Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern - variation

My favourite thing about this block is that it's Jelly Roll friendly. All the strips required are 2-1/2 inches wide. So, if you have any Jelly Rolls hanging around, this could be the block for you. It's quick to make up and a great project for quilters new to foundation paper piecing.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Easter Egg Table Runner Pattern

Get hopping and cheer up your table this Easter with this sweet Easter Egg table runner. My cheery table runner pattern is ready just in time for Easter. I love the Easter colours. They remind me that spring is finally around the corner. This table runner/topper measures 22" x 16" (55cm x 40cm) and could also be used as a placemat or a cute wall hanging. The kids are sure to love it.

Easter Egg Table Runner Pattern

Finished Measurements: 22" x 16" (55cm x 40cm) 

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Make Your Own Quilt Ruler Grips

You can easily make your own quilt ruler grips in a few easy steps. I recently bought a couple of new quilt rulers, but I didn't think to get any quilt ruler grips. Also, the ones on my other rulers are starting to wear out a bit. So, wanting to pinch a penny, I decided to make my own ruler grips. They're really simple to make and you most likely have everything you need at home to get started.

  • 1/2 inch double sided tape 
  • *220 fine grit sandpaper. 
  • an old pair of scissors (or utility knife)
*Don't use anything higher than 220 grit because it won't grab, and don't use anything lower than 180 grit because it could damage delicate fabrics.

Supplies Needed to make Quilt Ruler Grips