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Eric @ericlubrick brought the visuals for this book together in a way that helped take what I’d been envisioning in my head from concept to reality. It felt as though we were on the same page working together from day 1—which was massively helpful, considering we only had so much time to turn things around 🤣. The slideshow above are the fruits of that labor (and thank you @annamarisa for the mad styling and @ctpublishing for the flat shots!) I also have to say Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design would be nothing but a few feathers and some intricately pieced tops without the masterful work of six longarm quilters:
@myquiltdiet (#plantladyquilt 🌱)
@karleeporterdesign (#snoozequilt 💤)
@angelafmq (#pricklypathquilt)
@kathleenquilts (#folksyfriendsquilt 🦀🐙)
@rachaeldorr (#firefliesquilt ✨)
@practicaldazzle (#doublediamondweddingring 💍) I asked each of them to share a few words about their process over on my blog ( All those are now live, so be sure to check them out if you’re interested in hearing more about their forté (or lingering on any of these close-ups for more than a split second ☺️). #adventuresbooktour

To say that @ericlubrick is a superhero with a camera would be putting it lightly. He is so incredibly talented. And humble.
Last spring, Eric leapt at the opportunity to help pull this book together in the most magical way. On a moment’s notice, he was unloading gear and scoping locations in our home (...that houses three young children 👶🏼👯‍♀️👀💆🏻‍♀️😝) for crazy good shots like this—my go-to machine (@janomeamerica 1600PQC) on my grandmother’s sewing desk, sitting in our little ocelot-wallpapered study. 👆🏼 In between takes, he was talking me off the ledge and bringing me back down to reality (...or bonding with my husband over their shared love of fishing and the outdoors). If you’ve seen the collages in the book, I think you already know what I mean when I say Eric brought something really special to the book. For those of you who haven’t, tomorrow I’ll be sharing a little slideshow (with book images and some extra takes!) so you can experience Eric’s fresh, light and bright artistry firsthand.
Stay tuned!

#adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign #adventuresbooktour #nohatsathome

Elisabeth @elisabew and I go allllllllll the way to a time when writing a book seemed far too removed from reality to manifest itself into—well, this. I remember one of our first interactions, nearly five years ago to the day, about a guild class I was teaching in Southern California—any guesses as to what the workshop title was? Spoiler alert: THIS QUILT. I suppose the fact that it took five years to finally release the complete #doublediamondweddingring pattern might overshadow the significance of our connection over this very design... 😂😇 But let me tell you that it feels SO UNBELIEVABLY RIGHT to have Elisabeth as the final maker on the #adventuresbooktour—she has literally and figuratively brought things full circle with this insanely beautiful, fussy-cut #heatherross haven. 🌈✨💫 In addition to being an incredibly kind and humble human being, Elisabeth is fussy-cutting ROYALTY. (See above.) She also doesn’t particularly love paper piecing... awwwkward?! 👀🤣😘 I kid :) As fate would have it, (and as Elisabeth quickly pieced together), the book pattern—a *paper-pieced* arc—is compatible with @darlene_zimmerman_’s Simpli-EZ Double Wedding Ring acrylic templates! (...Something tells me this 👆🏼 might not have grown nearly as much were it not for those EZ templates! 🤷🏻‍♀️😝🥰). Which brings me to the slideshow. Elisabeth has been sending me progress shots for almost a month, which means I have had to resist posting any of this FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH. Now that I can finally share, I thought it would be fitting and fun to compile all those scintillating sneak peeks so you get to experience how the layout has evolved, just as I did, except a little faster 😘. To see where @elisabew landed (3x3... wait no 3x4... nah 4x4...), and for some beauty shots of all that fussy-cut Heather Ross, head over to her feed!! #adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign #adventuresinPP #shinebrightbirthstone

Today we’re mixing things up. Rather than showcase a design inspired by #designprompt7, we’re bringing you THE PERSON WHO INSPIRED THE PROMPT—the single biggest champion of single foundation paper piecing, @jamiemswansonquilts!
Jamie has graciously refrained from telling everyone that I’ve muffed things up or only gotten single FPP half right in the book (😘). So for more deets (or the other half?), go hear from the #singlepaperpiecing queen herself on where it all started and what the method is all about! Check out her highlight and her #adventuresbooktour post, where she’s giving away a signed copy of #adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign and a pattern of her own design!

Monstera Wednesday is a thing, no? 🌿 Well today we make an exception! Because Merran @123bluejumper is taking the #jungleviewquilt to all sorts of new levels (*and sizes!*) on the #adventuresbooktour, and this just can’t wait till Monday. 🥰

Merran is a fellow #folksyfish-erwoman (that’s how we first crossed paths four years back), and has an eye for the ✨happiest✨ of color combinations. Don’t these just make you want to smile? SO much cheer packed into this frame. And into her feed!
So go say hello over @123bluejumper. (Hint: There just may be another 🖊📖 #adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign in it!) *Merran enlarged the book pattern to create the super-sized purple majesty on the right. I for one am ALL for blowing these blocks up for quicker bed-quilt making... what about you?!*

Any other present/former (future?) #dogoodstitches stitchers out there?? That’s how @allisonsews and I first connected eons ago. And let me tell you, Allison leaves an impression. She’s bold, brilliant, and has sass for DAYZZZ. I almost had a heart attack when she messaged me about this absurdly awesome village repeat design 👆🏼, asking me if this was what I meant by “filling in all the gaps.” (That’s part of the instructions for #designprompt6, so I pretty much panicked thinking I’d totally muffed up and written terribly unclear directions... until Allison told me she was just messing with me 🤣). Ha. Ha... 😝

Watch for the inspiration behind and evolution of this design (and the friendly polar bears in the window!) Then GO MESS WITH @allisonsews and say something confusing on her post! Or something kind. She’ll appreciate either, I assure you... 🥰

#adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign #adventuresinurbanvillagedesign

As I’ve been fielding questions along the #adventuresbooktour about what is/is not in the book, it occurred to me that perhaps it would be wise to share a little more substance on this platform! Conveniently, Sarah @sarahashfordstudio filmed her Sunday Book Review today 🎥, so you can see a flip-through over on her feed if you haven’t yet had a chance to thumb through a copy in your LQS 😘

As for what’s inside? Foundation paper piecing (sewing on paper) to the max!

The book is my attempt to touch on each stage of my FPP process—from piecing technique to pattern design—in three sequential parts.
Parts I and II cover the basics—everything you need to start sewing on paper (Part I) and designing your own patterns (Part II). Once you’ve got your footing, Part III is where the adventure begins! Part III is workbook-style, divided into 7 design prompt/project pairings to get your creative juices flowing. The brief design directives are brought to life with gorgeous collage images (photographed by @ericlubrick and styled by @annamarisa) intended to spark design inspiration of your own. The projects (my “takes” on each prompt) are more of what you might expect from a traditional craft book—project instructions complete with patterns to make the book sample.
So... does that help? What other questions do you have?! #adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign #creativewithasideofcrazy #nohatsquilts

I met Sarah @cera.bee last year when I was teaching at her guild in Orlando. She is incredibly kind, and ridiculously talented (I just can’t take my eyes off her improv work—for me, Quilt 656, where the strand of red encircling ❌s is simply mesmerizing). And I distinctly remember when I first saw Sarah post these three fireflies a few months back—it was one of the first times I’d seen anything from the book out in the wild. ✨ It was especially exciting because not only had someone actually sewn something from the book (!), but they’d made it their own. But then, I’d expect nothing less from an improv 👑. And on top of it all, she even quilted the glowing butts à la @rachaeldorr... no small feat!

So go check out Sarah’s work. You’re in for a total treat.

Cath @wombatquilts has THE BIGGEST heart, so it’s fitting that she designed this gem for her stop on the #adventuresbooktour. ♥️ Cath over the years has made hundreds of quilts for children in hospitals in Australia, England and Portland (read: she gives the vast majority of her makes away to those whom she hopes will get some comfort out of them). Cath is also a crazy-talented paper piecer. She sews with the brightest, cheeriest color combinations (see previous point re all the quilts she donates to those in serious need of color and cheer). AND she maintains a sizable library of free FPP patterns collected from a variety of sources ( Basically, Cath is giving on all fronts! I so enjoy the 🌈 she adds to life in general—and I think you will, too. So go tell her how wonderful she is! Or tell her what your graffiti tag name would be (🤷🏻‍♀️ you’ll have to ask her about that 🤣.) Either way, you’ll be happy you did! 🥰

#adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign #designprompt5

And of course, shout out to all the folks who put the friends in the #folksyfriendsquilt! 🙌🏼💥🥰 #adventuresbooktour #creativewithasideofcrazy

The living version of @littleislandquilting’s fishbones! (Also, me when I stumbled upon @kathleenquilts for the first time. 😳) #adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign #adventuresbooktour #folksyfriendsquilt

@raquelsews is a total sweetheart. She’s also a bit of an ocean aficionado. She stitched up some pretty wonderful #folksyfish 🐟🐠 for her father last year, so I’m beyond thrilled that she hopped aboard the #adventuresbooktour to sew this macho minnow in a delectable assortment of indigos.
Unbeknownst to Raquel, I’ve been dreaming of an indigo #folksyfriendsquilt since piecing the red/orange version two years ago. So this right here is pretty much dreams come true. Except I haven’t done any of the work and have nothing to show for it. 🌊 ...YET!
But Raquel does! So go say “hi” 👋🏼 on her post for a chance to win your own Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design. #adventuresinpaperpiecinganddesign

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