Tutorial – Paper Piecing Made Simple

We have a guest blogger today.  I’ve invited my good friend, Mary Ellen, of the Quilt Mouse Blog.  She has contributed to my blog several times.

Good Evening! and Happy Stitching!!  I’m pleased to be a guest today on Camelia’s Blog.  Although we don’t live near each other, we enjoy the closeness that the Internet provides.

A number of months ago Camelia and I spent a wonderful week together stitching and visiting.

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We turned her living room into a sewing studio.  There was a cutting station, an ironing station and of course, two sewing machines set up!

Every time we get together I learn something new from Camelia, and this time wasn’t any different.

We took this opportunity to shoot a couple of videos.  Today we want to share one with you.

Have you ever tried Paper Piecing?  Perhaps you’ve heard people exclaim how their ‘points are perfect when I paper piece.  We have a video tutorial to show you how easy it is to Paper Piece or Foundation Piece.  I know I was afraid when first confronted with this technique.  It was at one of Camelia’s Quilt Retreats that she helped me learn how to paper piece.  I must say that it does take a little bit of concentration and definitely this is a technique that “Practice Makes Perfect.”  I’d recommend starting with a simple pattern and then make several until you become comfortable with it.


  • Since you are stitching through 2 layers of fabric and paper, remember to change your needle as it will become dull very quickly.
  • Normally, when piecing, it isn’t necessary to backstitch at the beginning & ending of the seam, but since you will be pulling the paper to tear it away, it is helpful to secure your seams so you won’t inadvertently tear the seam while removing the paper.
  • Reduce your stitch width.  This will help the paper tear away more easily.
  • Your first piece of fabric is laid wrong-side toward the back of the paper, while the remaining pieces of fabric are laid right-side toward the last fabric.

Did You Know?

Tomorrow begins the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour.  I’ve had the privilege of testing blocks for the past 4 issues and can truly say I believe this one has some super blocks!


You really need to see Block #939 on page 38.  We know the designer personally! Smile Come back on the 19th to see Camelia’s block!

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse

Featured Quilter: Sandra Behne’s Epic 812 Block (and counting), 35 Quilt Project

I am so excited about today’s blog post! My childhood friend and schoolmate is involved in an “epic Quilts of Valor” project. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Sandra Behne completes the first of thirty-five quilts.  The blocks are still coming in.

Sandra Behne completes the first of thirty-five quilts.

A lot of folks think of Memorial Day as a good time for a cookout or to enjoy having the day off, but in reality there is more to the history of Memorial Day. According to the US Departments of Veteran’s Affairs and the Memorial Day History, three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)—established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. To read more history, click here.

I personally wish to express my appreciation to all of the veterans and our activity military men and women out there. It is because of you that we Americans have our freedom today and for that I am truly grateful.

Sandra Behne lives in Ballinger, Texas. What started out as a simple gesture to make two or three quilts has snowballed into a blessed avalanche. She asked one of the administrators of her “Just Us Quilters”  Facebook Group, if she could host a block contribution to gather nine patch blocks—that she would transform into Disappearing Nine Patch star quilts for QOV. She had no idea how great the response would be.  In just over a month she has collected 812 blocks!  These blocks were stitched by female and male quilters from all over the United States as well as Canada and Australia.  Continue reading

Layout Options

If you have ever looked through the patterns page on my website (www.cameliaelliott.com) or my Facebook page (Camelia’s Unique Creations) you may have ran across my quilted couch.

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After finishing this epic project I wanted to publish a quilt pattern with the same block in a wallhanging size as well as all bed sizes.

When placing the “couch quilt” (created with blues and yellows) next to the wallhanging (created with country French fabrics in primary colors) I was amazed at the difference.

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1Kal Flower Garden TEXT copyOne difference was the layout. In the quilted couch, the starbursts are outside of the center kaleidoscope. In the wallhanging, the starburst is in the center.

Both projects are created with the same simple quilt block.  Isn’t the difference amazing?

A good lesson to be learned—layout your quilt in various ways to see which option you like the best.

Camelia’s Garden block #864 in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. I submitted my block a while back and was so excited to receive the news that it was to be included in this issue.


Above photo courtesy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

Camelia’s Garden is Block #864 on page 57. When I received a photo of the cover of the magazine, I screamed after I saw my block on the cover! Since I wanted to include my quilt in the magazine’s photo shoot, I only had two weeks to finish it. We had a major blizzard at that time here in Southwest Virginia, that dumped 28.5 inches of snow—an awesome time to work on the quilt. In our little neck of the woods, all snowfall records were broken. You can see beautiful snowscape photos on my February 17 and February 19, 2014 blog posts.

I had so much fun designing this quilt! Debbie Lane attends my quilting retreats and came up with a darling name for the quilt Ladybug@FlowerGarden.bzz

100 blocks portrait - Page 001It started with a simple tulip block.

100 blocks - Page 001To give the block a striking border, I added a checkerboard.

If you check out the patterns on my website, www.cameliaelliott.com, you will discover how much I love kaleidoscopes. The tulip blocks in this quilt are arranged in a kaleidoscope manner.

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100 blocks square - Page 001While working on the ladybug blocks at a week-long family reunion, I discovered how much little girls love ladybugs!

20140323_112452My cousin’s six-year-old granddaughter was particularly attracted to this quilt and became “my little helper”. I designed this block with my Electric Quilt software and the pattern print out was not a true red. When my little helper saw it, with her little forefinger on her cheek, she gave her honest opinion about the color of the ladybug, “That’s not the color I would anticipate using for the ladybug.”

When I showed her the ladybug fabric, her face lit up and she exclaimed, “Oh yes. That fabric is the perfect choice!”

Such big words for such a little girl! She comes from a long line of quilters including her great-grandmother and her grandmother’s five sisters and her grandmother’s sister-in-law who are quilters. I bet my little helper will be a fantastic quilter someday.

To celebrate my blog tour with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, I am giving away two patterns to one recipient. For everyone who “likes” Camelia’s Unique Creations on Facebook on May 1 (between 12:01AM and 11:59PM), your name will be put in a drawing to win two of my patterns (your choice of patterns). To see the patterns, check out my website www.cameliaelliott.com

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks has provided a copy of their magazine for me to giveaway. It has instructions to 100 quilt blocks! What a great deal. For everyone who makes a comment on my blog on May 1 (between 12:01AM and 11:59PM), your name will be put in a drawing to win Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.

For more exciting giveaways, visit Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures Blog at quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures

Ladybug@Flowergarden.bzz will be published and available in about three months. Please email your contact info to cameliaelliott@gmail.com and let me know if you’d like a copy when it’s on the shelf.

Thank you for reading my blog today. Please come back! I write about a variety of interesting quilting subjects, including: Barn Quilts, TutorialsQuilting Tools, Quilting Retreats (attended by quilters from a six state area who all say “It’s well worth the drive!”) and other interesting subjects.

Please check out my Facebook page, Camelia’s Unique Creations, and website www.cameliaelliott.com

To see my work in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks check out pages 18, 57 and 98.

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Demystifying Y-Seams

This morning I’ve invited Mary Ellen of the Quilt Mouse Blog to guest blog again.  Last fall we spent some stitching time together and made a number of videos.  I’ll let her tell you about that.

Good Morning!  I’m happy to be the guest blogger on Camelia’s Blog today.

Camelia and I met in 2008 at a Quilt Camp.  I was a beginning quilter having only been quilting for a year.  One of the best parts of attending a Quilt Camp or Retreat is meeting new people, making new friends and learning from each other.

We have a ‘long-distance’ quilt-y friendship since she lives in SW Virginia and I live in Maryland. The only times we get together are at Quilt Retreats or when we make our own Quilt Week! 

This is what we did last fall.  Having a number of projects we both needed to get done, we wanted some dedicated sewing time.  So, after several rescheduling issues, we finally were able to find a week we could get together. We spent a week using her living room as our sewing studio.


We worked on some pattern testing, some tutorials, a number of pillowcases, quilt tops and more!

One project we worked on together was creating a few videos to share.  Today I would like to share with you one of the Tutorial Videos we made – Demystifying Y-Seams.

Have you made any Y-Seams, sometimes called Set-in Seams?  They can be confusing and frustrating.  I am a visual learner and it really helps to watch someone demonstrate a new process.

We hope that this video helps you understand Y-Seams.  I know, for me, if this isn’t something I’ve done in a while it helps to refresh the steps needed.

Some Breaking News:

For the past several issues, I have been a Block Tester for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Spring & Winter issues. This week they are having their Blog Tour to introduce some of the Blocks & Designers in the newest issue.


Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 9 will be on news stands and in quilt shops Tuesday, May 6th.  I want to invite you back here tomorrow.  It is an exciting day!

Each day this week the Blog Tour highlights some of the 100 blocks and the designers were invited to share on their blogs, too.  Tomorrow, one of the designers that will be highlighted is Camelia!  Her block is #864 on Page 57, and a quilt she made using her block is featured on Page 18!

So, come back tomorrow and see the great unveiling of her new block!

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse