Flamingo Pouch

My mom recently had a flamingo themed birthday party, so when I saw the flamingo pattern by Quiet Play, I knew I had to make her something using the flamingo pattern! And I’m totally in love with these 3D Flamingos! ha! I also used them on her party invites.

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The pattern is for a 12″ paper pieced block, but I reduced it in half to get a 6″ block for the pouch.

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I added a little back pocket to the pouch.

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I had this coral fabric that I bought because my flamingo loving mom is also totally in love with coral. I’ve had it for ages knowing I’d have a good reason to use it for her. And this worked perfect with the pink flamingo on the front. You can also see the outside pocket was lined with this fabric as well.

I also love the pink zipper!

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What else would you use this pattern for?? I love it and want to use it again!

A Little Elephant Pouch Gift

For the holidays I really enjoyed making handmade gifts for family. I do enjoy a nice quick ‘er’ project than a full quilt every now and then!

This project was a bunch of new! A new pattern, times two, altering a paper pieced pattern, sewing with cork and new quilting pattern.

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The pattern is by Olesya Lebedenko Design and I got it from her etsy shop. She has a lot of cute patterns.  This came in a set of other ‘Jungle Flat Face Animals’. The paper piecing pattern set up is different than I am used to. It’s not set up with the 1/4″ seams shown, so there are more copies required to get the pattern pieces you need. But it still worked. I loved the elephant face, but I didn’t like that the trunk just ended. So I added that on myself. The corners didn’t come together perfectly, but close enough for me. And if you look at at the right angle, you don’t notice it as much! ha!

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Then I had to decide what to do with my little elephant head! This person was already getting pot holders and I’d given them coasters another year… Then I found Sew Sweetness’ Persimmon Dumpling Pouch pattern. And that was that! It’s a free pattern on her blog and even comes with a video tutorial. It’s a really easy make.

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Not too long ago, I was gifted an amazing pouch by a friend in my guild and she had done this awesome quilting on it. (Yes, I still need to share about that!) I was totally inspired by her to do the quilting on this little pouch! The quilting on the back is moreo detailed than in the front. I was planning on doing the back pattern on the front as well, but it seemed like it would be too busy and take away from the elephant.

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The inside uses a contrasting grey fabric. I also love how well this zipper goes. When I saw the zipper I knew I’d be able to use it and this was the perfect project for it!

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And the cork bottom! This wasn’t actually the first time I had used cork. But it is the first time I’ve used it in a pouch and really had to work with it. I’ve ben hoarding my cork fabric for way too long. I finally busted it out and made some wallets and was hooked! Ordered more and have a lot of plans for it now! I love it!

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And that’s my elephant pouch! It’s my Persimmon Dumpling Flat Faced Elephant Pouch!

 

 

An Angel Pillow

I have a whole stack of handmade Christmas presents piled up to share! I had a nice long list of handmade Christmas presents I wanted to make for family this year. It was a bit too long and I didn’t get it all done. But I did get a good bit done. At least one thing for each person on my list. And now I want to share them with you.

First up is this angel pillow! I actually pieced the angel in 2018, but didn’t make it for Christmas. It sat around for more months than I can to share until I got it quilted and made into a pillow in time to gift in 2019!

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The pattern is by Quilt Art Designs. Have you seen her patterns? She has some of the most elaborate paper pieced patterns I’ve ever seen. They are so good! And she must have hundreds of patterns. I bet if you want a paper pieced pattern of something, she has it! You can find this one here.

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For the dress I used an ombre pink fabric that I had in my stash. I believe it was by Cotton and Steel a few years back. I also debated on how to quilt it. I thought about starting with the halo and quilting a circular pattern radiating out from the halo. Now that I type this, I like that idea even more! But I went straight line quilting and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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I used all solids on the front, so I threw in some pattern on the back!

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I know I’ve said it before, but I’m loving invisible zippers! This one is a little more invisible on one side than it is on the other! but it still works!

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I’m pretty sure this one was well received by it’s new owner! I think it’s quite beautiful!

 

A Christmas Hedgehog Pillow

I’m all about the holiday animals! A halloween cat, Rudolph the reindeer, and a now Christmas hedgehog! (and there might be more to come…. )

This is another project I made last year, but haven’t shared yet.

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Do you like paper piecing? If you do, you should probably know Tartankiwi! I love her patterns! I have a few, but this is the only one I’ve made yet. I’ve been eyeballing her patterns for years. Then when I saw her hedgehog pattern in the issue 64 of Love Patchwork Quilting Magazine, I knew I had to make it. So I did!

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It’s a lot of pieces, obviously, but it’s a really quick sew. I needed something for the holiday swap for our SMQG Holiday pattern, so I decided to make this. But I loved it and my family loved it so much that it didn’t quite make it to the swap.

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And look how good it goes with this other pillow that I made years ago! It kinda had to stay here, right? (Back me up here… 🙂 )

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I love this Cotton and Steel Fabric, too. For this one I just made an envelope back. It was before my new obsession with invisible zippers.

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My plan was to post the presents I’m making, but then I realized, those receiving the gifts would see them and that kinda blew my plan… Luckily I had some holiday sewing projects saved from last year! Ha!

 

Be sure to check out Tartankiwi’s blog and you can get the hedgehog pattern on her etsy site or her payhip site.

 

Happy Holiday sewing!

 

 

 

Quilted Thanksgiving Placemats

Typically, I would post these before Thanksgiving to inspire readers to make some too… But I was up until 2am the night before Thanksgiving finishing these and rotating the tubs of cold water to thaw out my turkey that I forgot to thaw BEFORE the big turkey day….

My goal was to finish 5 because it’s how many people were having dinner at our house! I will finish the set. But not until next year! I pulled a stash of fabric for these placemats in fall colors. So the placemats (yes, if you go to flickr, I named all my photos Thanksgiving Napkins… Do not get confused. These are actually placemats… ha!) are not all the same, but they are all the same fabrics, so they coordinate!

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I took a picture of the table before we set the table and before the food came out. And check out my Gee’s Bend hot pads up there in the corner! Love those too!

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A little confession… I have an addiction… To quilting and cross stitch magazines! I don’t design my own cross stitch patterns, but I do design my own quilts. So it’s weird that I love quilting magazines, right? Because I’m probably never going to make the quilts in them. They always have fun small projects in them, and they are super inspiring! So for this I went through my magazines and found some quilt blocks that I wanted to turn into placemats. This one is my favorite of the five!

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For this placement I used a block from the Retro Playlist BOM from Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. (Issue 31, block by Lynne Goldsworthy) I love this paper pieced block, even though it had Y seams! I’ve never seen a paper pieced pattern with Y seams. But they came together perfectly!

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I just love it!!! My placemats are 12×18 inches. So this block was a little too large, so I cut off the bottom and I think it works!

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My second favorite is this HST pattern! This is another one from Love Patchwork and Quilting. (Issue 78) This design is called Smoke and Shimmer and designed by Karen Lewis. This placemat is actually 13×18. I thought I had scaled the blocks small enough to hit the 12×18 size, but I didn’t! And then I could bring myself to cut that extra inch off.

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For this one I used my friend Debbie’s tutorial to make Big Batch HST’s. I went with the 9″ blocks and just trimmed more off the edges to end up with a 2 1/2″ HST, which ended up 2″ finished. My doing it this way, I only had to do one set for three sides. With that I had a couple of leftovers for each color. These came in handy when I decided to continue the brown side further out. 

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Check out my NOT straight line quilting! I’m trying to branch out a little from my overall straight lines! There was no marking. I just eyeballed it and kept on quilting with my walking foot. A lot of turning back and forth, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

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Another chance to see that quilting! ha!

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Moving on to placemat #3! This one is based off the blocks I designed for one of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee quilts. I use the term designed loosely, as it’s basically a log cabin block, but with uneven sides. You can get the tutorial here.

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Number 4. Another A Quilter’s Table tutorial from my friend Debbie! For this one I used her Cross Cut Blocks tutorial. Technically, I didn’t actually go to her blog to use the tutorial, because I’ve participated in a couple of these quilts and kinda have it down! I did one for one of our Nurture Circle quilts and it seems like I’ve made more…

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This process includes making cross blocks, sewing them together and then cutting them in pieces and sewing the pieces back together! Sounds kinda silly, but it’s so fun!

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And last, but not least! Some maple leaves. Typically, maple leaves aren’t really my thing. (sorry, my Canadian friends!) But colorful leaves just scream fall and Thanksgiving to me, so I had to make some. For thsi one I didn’t follow a pattern. I googled maple leaf quilt block and a bunch of different versions of this block came up. I liked this one the best, so I just eyeballed it from the pictures online.

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For each one, I just made the HST a little bit smaller and a little bit smaller! For not being a big fan of maple leaf blocks, I’m pretty excited about how these turned out.

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For the back I did some stash busting! Actually this whole project was a stash buster. But the back used more stash that had been sitting on my shelves for years (literally).

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Remember how I mentioned (way back… this is a super long post!) that I stayed up to 2 am the night before Thanksgiving. Well, that didn’t leave much time for putting on the binding. I could have machine bound them, but I do like a hand stitched binding. So for thanksgiving, I glued the binding to the back. Now I’m going back in and hand stitching. I’ll finish that part sometime between now and next Thanksgiving! ha!

Do you ever make your own placemats? My last years new years resolution was to do one Christmas and one Halloween placemat a month. Did that happen… Um, no. Am I going to try again this year? You bet! I’ll let you know how it goes!

And now I’m moving on to CHRISTMAS! Yea!

A Halloween Pillow

Well, I had started a Halloween quilt back in January, I think… Despite the 10 months, I didn’t get it done….

No quilt, but I did get a pillow done! And I love it! I keep looking at it admiringly as I walk by the couch!

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I also like seeing it with the other pillows I’ve made over the years. I love seeing the different styles and fabrics I’m into over the years!

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For the pillow, I’m using a lot of the fabrics that I’m using my quilt. Or a different color way… Most of the fabrics are from the Cotton and Steel collections. I LOVE their holiday lines! LOVE them! Was this the best fabric to use for tiny piecing? I don’t know, really!

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Last month I took a paper piecing class with Giuseppe Ribaudo, aka Guicy Guice. I’m not sure why I did, since I’m pretty well versed in paper piecing. Honestly, when I signed up, I thought it was a small piecing class, not paper piecing. It never dawned on me that his small piecing was paper piecing! Ha! Anyway, I’m glad I did! He shared his Mini patterns with us and I picked Courthouse Step block. I almost didn’t go because I had so much birthday party stuff going on and the whole paper piecing thing. But I’m glad I did! he was super nice and a lot of fun. And I loved seeing what everyone else made from the patterns! And I love my block!

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Guicy Guice centers a lot of his minis in a neutral background so I thought this neon bat fabric would be great. And I did some matchstick quilting. I love doing matchstick quilting on small projects. One day I’ll do it on a larger project. maybe… ha!

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I loved this fabric so much that I bought it in two color ways!

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And if you know my pillows, I always do envelope backs because I’m kinda lazy that way… But this time I decided to put a zipper in it. I used to always put zippers in pillows. Especially when I was selling pillows. If I can do it when I’m selling them to other people,, why can’t I do it for myself? I did use Sew Katie Did’s tutorial to remind myself how to do it. Its’ not hard at all, but I used to be better at hiding the zipper than I did on this one. Luckily the fabric matches it!

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Have a Happy Halloween from my photo assistants!

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Swap

OK, this one has been sitting around for a while now. I totally forgot to post it!

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Last fall we had a quilted gift swap with Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Each of our swaps are a bit different. FOr this one we were randomly assigned someone to make a gift for. We used some website that we were able to tell each other what we liked, our favorite colors, if there was something we wanted and of course, what we don’t like. My partner’s favorite colors were celadon, coral and purple and she wanted a mini that was about 12″.

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12 inches? I can’t make someone something that small! I totally felt like I was skipping out on my partner. So for a while I decided to ignore that request. Then thought better and decided there must be a reason, right? Ends up there was! She wanted something for a little table she has! Glad I stuck with her request.

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And then it took me a while to come up with what to make someone that only wants a 12 inch block… What block to make? Do I make it up? I love Wombat Quilt’s list of free paper piecing patterns, so that is where I headed. This was another source of internal debate! Which one to use! I finally ended up using the Celebration by Quilting on the Square Block.

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Another debate I seem to always have with myself is how to quilt quilts. Especially mini’s. And this one I didn’t want to distract from the design, so I decided to quilt in the ditch around the star. I think it really makes the back cool too!

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And these were all fabrics I had on hand! I love sewing from my stash! And I’m so happy that the little mini was very well received by it’s new owner! It has a happy home!

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And what did I get? A super big pillow to match our living area by my pal Allison from Allison Sews. It’s lovely! And matches our living room perfectly! We have a green leather couch with yellow walls, which leads into an orange dining room. Trust me, it looks much better than I am explaining it! Anyway, the pillow picks up on all those colors!

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And check out these fabrics! I love them!!! I don’t sew much with prints, so I don’t know what they are, but I love them! And I love have something with prints!

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And here it is in it’s new home. It fits right in! And is getting loved by all! Thank you, Allison!

 

 

 

Ghost Pillow Quilt Block

I have a new pattern out there! And until Halloween, it’s free!

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Does the pillow look familiar? It should! I just posted about it with the awesome pillow cube giveaway the other day! But today it’s about the pillow cover and the ghost block!

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Last year, I made the Bat pillows with the Bat Pattern that you can purchase here. This year I felt that we needed another one! But not another bat…. And despite the fact that tonight my husband couldn’t get comfortable on the couch because of all the pillows…Oops…. Oh, well, I did it anyway! I made a ghost to go with the bats!

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Earlier this year, I saw this glow in the dark star fabric and I knew I needed it. Need is key here, right? Then came the idea of the ghost. And of course, it needs to in glow in the dark fabric too! A solid glow in the dark would have been best, but I couldn’t find it.

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The pattern is a pretty quick sew! The head is a bunch of little pieces and can be a little bit slower, but once you get that done, you’re home free! Easy!

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The block is 6.6×8.5. I then added a bit more stars and the banding. The pattern does not include paper piecing instructions, but you can find the directions here. This could be an easy intro for the newbie to paper piecing!

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The pattern can be found in my etsy shop! So be sure to swing by and check out the shop and get your ghost pattern!

 

 

 

 

The Inside Out Pineapple- Out and About!

Not long ago I was contacted by the Gulf States Quilting Guild contacted me for permission to use my Inside Out Pineapple block to demo paper piecing at one of their meetings! Honored, I, of course, agreed!

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Look how happy she looks with that awesome block!!

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I was so excited to see the pictures from their meeting, that I asked to share them here. I am so happy to see smiling faces with their blocks! But…. I was told that they weren’t all smiling the whole way through! Some had experience with paper piecing, others did not. And paper piecing does take some getting used to! But at least they were happy in the end!

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You know me, I do mostly solids… So it was really cool to see the block all put together with prints. It looks great both ways!

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I had no idea how much response I would get from this block! It’s been crazy! If only I had charged a dollar for the pattern, I’d be rich! Just kidding! kinda…. I love it, but just am floored by how much everyone else does too! You can download the pattern here. I have a quilt coming up using this pattern that I can’t wait to finish and share!

A Quilting Tutorial- Paper Piecing

The ‘Gator Quilt is a paper piecing pattern. Do you have to have experience? Nope! I’m sure it will make it easier if you do have experience, but it’s a pretty easy technique to pick up! And I’ll show ya how!

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Are you wondering what paper piecing even is?? I wondered the same thing once before! I remember seeing a really old quilt top one time and this lady talking to me about it and was marveling at the fact that it still had the paper piecing on it. It was a newspaper from near the 1930’s. But I was like, why in the world would anyone sew paper to thier quilt! I will say I just nodded and smiled during my conversation with this woman. I did not admit I had no idea of the signifigance other than it dating the quilt top!

And even when I first started paper piecing, I would cut out every single piece  and then cut a million little pieces of fabric. I didn’t get it, but I knew there had to be an easier way! And there is! The real way to paper piece! Wanna learn?

Paper piecing is basically a way to piece almost perfect quilt blocks! Without having to measure everything out!

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So here we go! First you need a pattern (I recommend my ‘Gator Quilt, of course! HA!), fabric, a rotary cutter works best for me and a cutting surface. For the purpose of this quilt tutorial I am going to use a quick little pattern I love! This is the Mini Trajectory pattern from Simply Cotton and it’s only 3 pieces.

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I’m using scraps for this one. So I trim my scrap close to the right size. Some people cut it more precise, but to me the beauty of paper piecing is that I don’t have to be precise on cutting my pieces and still end up with a beautiful block!

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Fold your pattern along the line you are going to sew. The pieces are mubered, so you go numerically. Sew piece 1 to piece 2 and so on. Here I’m folding the line between 1 and 2. Then use your ruler to line up a 1/4 over the paper. and trim your fabric, creating your seam allowance.

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Place you fabric for pieces 1 and 2 right sides together. Again, leave the 1/4 inch seam allowance past the fold.

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Go to your machine and sew along the line between pieces 1 and 2. You’ll notice that the beginning of my stitch line has normal stitch lengths, but the end of the line has a tiny stitch length. Go TINY! I use about a 1 or 1.5 stitch length on my machine. It’s much easier to tear the paper off without pulling on your stitching once you are done with the block.

Here’s another thing I do. If my stitch line runs to the edge of the block, I take it all the way. This this pattern it’s easy. There are some other pattern that you’ll need to think through and see if this is right. Typically you only want to sew on the stitch line shown in the pattern. But I’ve found that if I take the lines that extend all the to the edge of the block, it helps with pieces multiple blocks together. Your seam allowances won’t be floppy! 🙂 Does that make sense? Let me know if it doesn’t!

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I’m one of those that irons every piece. Some don’t… I do. I feel like it sews together better if you do. Therefore, this step is to iron over the fabric.

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And start again. Fold the pattern over at the line between piece 2 and 3.

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Trim the pieces with your 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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And fabric piece 3. Right sides together. Line up along the seam allowance edge. Again, I’m using pretty big piece here for a tiny little block to help illustrate the process. You can use smaller piece. But you want to make sure that it’s big enough to be covered fully by the pattern once the piece are sewn together and ironed out flat!

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Sew along the line between piece 2 and 3.

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Iron it all open!

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Trim all the excess off along the outside of the block. The outside lines typically are including the 1/4 seam allowance.

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Remove the paper.

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And you’ve got a cute little quilt block!  Really, if you can sew a straight line over a line on the paper, you can do paper piecing. You just take the steps and repeat and repeat until it’s all done, depending on how many pieces there are to a block!

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This is the pattern I used for one of my do. Good Stitches quilt blocks. See how close to perfect each little block is? I couldn’t have done that without the paper piecing, I don’t think!

OK, you ready to wrestle the ‘Gator? Sure you are!

Buy the pattern here!

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