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New Pattern :: Striped Easter Egg a foundation paper piecing pattern

Striped Easter Egg FPP pattern

 

Perhaps a little on the late side, but here’s my latest Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern,
‘Striped Easter Egg’

In our house we don’t go all out on the decoration front when it comes to Easter. I have a few precious hand painted eggs I bought in Prague a few years ago and the girls have some Easter bits and pieces they like to play with. I did however fancy a little Easter decoration for my studio. I am so pleased that the days are getting longer, so I thought it would be nice to add to the cheer with some brighter, fresher colours around the studio!

It’s a relatively simple pattern but there are a few small pieces at the top and bottom of the egg. Take your time and you’ll be fine!

There are three stripes on the egg so you can pick and choose from your stash, use just two colours or go for three, the choice is yours!

The ‘Striped Easter Egg’ Foundation Paper Piecing pattern makes an 8″ block. I turned my 8″ block into a mini quilt that I’ve hung on the door to my studio (I promise I have bound it, but just haven’t had a chance to take a picture yet!)

The pdf pattern is presented over 6 pages, 2 of which are the pattern pieces. It features a full colour image of the design, a colouring diagram, a diagram on how to assemble your block as well as tips on how to print your pattern correctly first time around.

All of the pattern pieces have been drafted digitally and I’ve included a 1/4″ seam allowance around each of the sections to make things as easy as possible for you.

Here’s a flavour of what the pages are like…

Striped Easter Egg Sample Pages

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Where to Buy

If you would like to buy a copy of the ‘Striped Easter Egg’ FPP pdf pattern you can get a copy from my Etsy store or my Craftsy store for around £3.50-£4.

I hope you love my Striped Easter Egg pattern and enjoy making one of your own!

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New Pattern :: Facets of the Heart a foundation paper piecing pattern

Facets of the Heart FPP pattern

I’m so pleased to announce the launch of my newest Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern,
‘Facets of the Heart’

I was looking around for a heart fpp pattern but couldn’t find one that was nicely rounded and took my fancy, so I got to work on designing a pattern of my own! I’ve come up with a design that is indeed nicely rounded and allows you to play with colour.

Facets of the Heart Mini Quilt

I’ve made my heart in a rainbow of colours, but I think it would also look great in several shades of the same colour, or in just two colours. What do you think?

Facets of the Heart FPP Colour Suggestions

The ‘Facets of the Heart’ Foundation Paper Piecing pattern makes a 10″ block. The sample I made up was transformed into a mini quilt that is currently hanging up in my studio, trying to cheer up gloomy days.

There aren’t any really tiny pieces so I would recommend this pattern to those who are at an intermediate or confident beginner level when it comes to paper piecing. The trickiest part is planning your colours and getting them in the right order!

Facets of the Heart Mini Quilt

The pdf pattern is presented over 7 pages, 3 of which are the pattern pieces. It features a full colour image of the design, a colouring diagram, a diagram on how to assemble your block as well as tips on how to print your pattern correctly first time around.

All of the pattern pieces have been drafted digitally and have been reversed so that you can more accurately plan and sew up your colours in the right order. I’ve also included a 1/4″ seam allowance around each of the sections to make things as easy as possible for you.

Here’s a flavour of what the pages are like…

Facets of the Heart Sample Pages

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If you would like to buy a copy of the ‘Facets of the Heart’ FPP pdf pattern you can get a copy from my shop, my Etsy store or Craftsy for around £3.50-£4.

I hope you love my Facets of the Heart pattern and enjoy making one of your own!

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New Pattern :: Kingfisher Foundation Paper Pieced Pattern

Kingfisher FPP pdf pattern

The Kingfisher bird is so beautiful and their colours can be just so stunning. Just imagine how lovely this fellow will look as a wall hanging or incorporated into a quilt. It would also look great on a cushion/pillow cover.

Kingfisher FPP Pattern

This Kingfisher Foundation Paper Piecing pattern makes a 10″ block. The sample I made up I turned into a mini quilt that is currently hanging on my sewing room door.

kingfisher fpp mini quilt

There are a few small pieces so I would recommend this pattern to people with intermediate or advance paper piecing skills.

Kingfisher fpp mini quilt at a angle

The pdf pattern is presented over 8 pages, 4 of which are the pattern pieces. It features a full colour image of the design, a colouring diagram, a diagram on how to assemble your block as well as tips on how to print your pattern correctly first time around.

Here’s a little sneaky peek at what the pages look like…

Kingfisher FPP Sample pattern pages

All of the pattern pieces have been reversed for you so that you make a Kingfisher that faces to the right. I have also made sure that all of the section pattern pieces are clearly marked and I have included a 1/4″ seam allowance around the outside edges to make life as easy as possible!

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If if you would like to buy a copy of the Kingfisher FPP pdf pattern you can get a copy from my shop, my Etsy store or Craftsy for around £4.

I hope you love my kingfisher pattern and enjoy making him

Feature :: Portholes and Pinwheels Circular Quilt for Quilt Now

I am super, super excited. I have my first ever feature in Quilt Now Magazine!

This Portholes and Pinwheels mini circular quilt/table mat features some reverse applique and some foundation paper piecing, along with lots of circular quilting!

The idea for the pieced portholes has been floating around in my head for such a very long time, and it was so great to see them come to life, especially in (if I don’t say so myself) such an exciting way.

Originally I set out to make a single sized quilt but as I mulled things over in my head the design evolved and I ended up with a circular design.

Quilt Now Portholes and Pinwheels

The team at Quilt Now styled and took the fabulous picture above. They did a really great job, don’t you think?

Pinwheels and Portholes Circle Quilt Detail

This is certainly not a beginner project as there’s some small segments on the small pinwheels. If you are relatively new to paper piecing, don’t be totally put off, once you have the basics of FPP you should be fine. Try starting out on the largest pinwheel and work your way to the smallest pinwheel!

Pinwheels and Portholes Circle Quilt Square

If you are reading this post after issue 25 of Quilt Now has come off sale, you can get a back copy from More Mags. The download for the pattern pieces can be found on the Quilt Now website.

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Foundation Paper Piecing Marathon

I say marathon, but it was a marathon of my own making.

I decided well before Christmas that I wanted to make the girls something special for each of them. Whilst browsing the internet (as you do) I found a pattern for a foundation paper pieced My Little Pony block on a site called Fandom in Stitches. As Charlotte loves Rainbow Dash I thought it would make a great cushion for Charlotte’s room.

Rainbow Dash Collage

Progress was good and the piecing came together quite quickly. I then decided that Emily also needed a cushion. Well, you can’t make for one and not the other. She is really into Paw Patrol so I decided to make her a Skye cushion.

Again progress was good and the piecing went well (well, a few bumps along the way and a little bit missed out around the eye).

Paw Patrol Skye FPP progress

Then it all stopped. Christmas came along. Enough said? Might sound like a poor excuse, but every year Christmas seems to start far too early, yet December always zooms by so quickly and it catches me out every time!

The first part of the year has been full of family dramas and deadlines, but last week saw an opening in the diary, a lull if you like, so I finally got around to finishing the cushions! Go me!

I am so pleased with how Rainbow Dash turned out. I spent (probably far too much) time in a local quilting store considering which background fabric to use, but I think I made the right decision in the end.

I’m also really pleased with the colour of the piping on this one, it really helps to lift the design from the background fabric, don’t you think?

The girls love their cushions. Rainbow Dash has pride of place amongst the Rainbow Dash ‘curated collection’ in Charlotte’s bedroom and Emily is snuggling into Skye on her bed at night.

Happy Mummy 🙂

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My Little Pony Foundation Paper Pieced Cushion

I’ve made the slightly crazy decision to make Charlotte (my eldest daughter) a Rainbow Dash My Little Pony Cushion for Christmas. A foundation paper pieced cushion. I must be totally mad. I’ve got so much on my plate at the moment and there are not enough secret sewing hours in the day, AND the pieces around the eyes look so so tiny!

My Little Pony

I’ve cut out the pattern sections and cracked open the felt tipped pens* to figure out which colour goes where. Does anyone else do this or is it just me? If I don’t colour in at least some of the sections I’ve got next to no chance of getting it right

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Here are the fabrics I’m using, plus a bit of black and white for those pesky looking eyes. The larger peice at the bottom will be the background fabric and the back of the cushion.

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I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll add piping to the cushion, and what colour it will be. Think I’ll wait till I’ve finished the piecing. Either way I can see some late nights in my future!

By the way, the pattern is available as a free download from Fandom in Stitches. There are lots of other free patterns too.

Wish me luck!

*textas, marker pens, sharpies….same same!

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