Friday, September 9, 2011

Guest #30 is Kd of KdQuilts with "The Steps Program" ♫

First, and foremost, a huge THANK YOU goes out to Madame Samm for even considering having an unknown entity, such as myself, as a guest blogger on Sew WE Quilt. This is one classy Lady, folks!

It is a privilege to be able to chat with you today. I sincerely hope that our time together is enjoyable, that you learn a few things, and that you take the quilting plunge into Paper-Piecing (aka Foundation Piecing).



I am known as Kd and I have a blog at KdQuilts.com. I'd love for you to stop by sometime and see what I'm up to (I'd love it even more if you'd become a Follower and become part of my blogging journey). My posts aren't always about quilting or sewing. In fact I have been having such a good time taking digital pictures where I live that you'll notice a lot of photography on my blog. Scenery and wild animals and quirky stories and history and information that maybe you do or do not really want to know. I'm an artistic math major which has me using both sides of my brain at the same time. This is shaky and uncharted territory where just about anything can happen! So watch out. Not everyone gets my humor, but I try to keep each post upbeat and entertaining. 


I live in Montana very close to the beauty and grandeur of Glacier National Park, and lately I've had the blessing of winning a lot of things on other peoples' blogs. Like say, those four great goodie bags that my new friend Joan wrote an outstanding tutorial for right here on Wednesday, August 3rd and then gave away on her blog at MooseStash Quilting. See? Look at the pic above. They are gorgeous and so useful!

But I digress. I designed a beginning paper-piecing pattern in three sections of a trendy travel destination that you are going to love.


Or as I call it, 100 Steps to the Eiffel Tower.
Actually, the Eiffel Tower has way more than 100 steps (1,710 to be exact), but in the tutorial that I wrote there are 100 steps to paper-piecing the Eiffel Tower. Now, don’t let that scare you. A lot of them are repetitive. I know you will catch on quickly and not have to follow the myriad of steps I included in the instructions. But for anyone who wants to work through my checklist, every step is written out to paper-piece the Eiffel Tower.

My version of the Eiffel Tower has simple lines and is only made up of two fabrics, a gray tonal for the tower and a bright blue swirly night sky print with stars. After your Eiffel Tower is done have fun with it by adding sparkly threads, beads, or possibly thread painting for the tower structure. The possibilities are endless for embellishing and making your block as unique as you are!

I’m going to hit the highlights about this method which was taught to me by the one and only Carol Doak, the Paper-Piecing Queen. Toward the end of this post you can see what the finished Eiffel Tower block looks like and take a sneak peak at what embellishing can do to dress up your completed block.


One of the special tools that makes paper-piecing a breeze is the Add-A-Quarter Ruler. This ruler is sold in three versions, 1) the 6” Add-A-Quarter Ruler, 2) the 12” Add-A-Quarter Ruler, and 3) the 6” Add-An-Eighth Ruler (for really tiny paper-piecing).

The 6” Add-A-Quarter Ruler is really the best choice for the Eiffel Tower project. It is manufactured with a special lip that makes it easy to rotary trim fabric while adding a quarter inch seam allowance. Then lining up the next fabric piece to sew is a snap!

Below is a picture of this great ruler along with other rotary cutting tools you might use. (Remember to treat rotary cutters with respect and close the blade guards when not in use. Their blades are extremely sharp and cuts inflicted by them bleed profusely. Ask me how I know!)

Here are a few KdQuilts pointers that are helpful to keep in mind before and during paper-piecing.
1.   Paper-piecing is a little awkward because you are sewing with the paper pattern side up and the right side of the fabric down.
2.   Keep in mind that you want to be sewing on the printed side of the foundation paper with the wrong side of the fabric against the back side of the paper pattern.
3.   It is recommended that you put a fairly large needle in your sewing machine (size 90/14) and use an open toe presser foot. 


4. Using pins with flat heads will reduce bulk and make sewing and trimming much easier. Be careful not to rotary cut over pins and please use caution when sewing over pins.
5. Sew with a straight stitch when paper-piecing, reducing the stitch length to around 18-20 stitches per inch. On a Bernina (or similar machine) this setting will be from 1.5 to 2.
6. Pre-cut the major angles on large fabric background pieces using the paper pattern as a guide before beginning to sew that section as explained in the pdf instructions.

A technique I call Basic Steps 1-2-3 is used throughout paper-piecing to trim the fabric seam allowances with the Add-A-Quarter Ruler. It’s so easy!

1) With the paper pattern facing up, fold the paper back along the line (Figure 1). 
Note: Some people place a postcard against the printed line as a folding guide, 
and this works well, or you can prefold all of the lines as explained in the 
downloadable instructions pdf file on my blog.
2) Place the Add-A-Quarter Ruler with the lip against the paper fold (Figure 2).
3) Carefully using your rotary cutter, trim the fabric away. Discard the excess fabric.



Paper-Piecing is a series of simple steps 
that are repeated over and over again.
First place the initial fabric piece with its wrong side against the unprinted side of the paper pattern and centered so that the entire area of the pattern piece is covered.
  1. Trim selvedge edge along the line using the Basic Steps 1-2-3 rules and the Add-A-Quarter Ruler.
  2. Pin next fabric piece right sides together with previous fabric piece with edges lined up along the line.
  3. On paper pattern side, sew along the line with your sewing machine.
  4. Press fabric away from the prior fabric piece with a dry medium hot iron.
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
You will be amazed at how accurate, crisp and perfect blocks made with paper-piecing look. Work through each section piece by piece, then sew the sections together, and voilá, you are done before you know it. It's easy and methodical and addicting!

I know you are going to love this technique as much as I do and find many applications for it in all of your quilt making.

Please take the opportunity to go to my blog at KdQuilts, become a follower, then download and print the detailed pdf patterns and complete instructions so you can learn paper-piecing and make your own Eiffel Tower. The pdf file will guide you through the materials needed, pattern preparation, fabric cutting, and the details for paper-piecing, as well as finishing suggestions.
Feel free to personalize, embellish and mostly HAVE FUN playing with fabric, sparkly thread, beads, sequins, etc. giving your Eiffel Tower your own special touch and personality.

Now I’m going to hand the Sew WE Quilt reins back over to Madame Samm, but I’ve really had a blast sharing with you today. Thank you!

Sew…be happy!










Editors note: Ahhh Paris...and Kathleen,
I am certainly getting inspired to try this one.
as I went to boarding school in France  and that always reminds me of 
our Chic shops...sew I thought ..this giveaway
would be sew complimentary.....

Giveaway today is for our WANTOBEEs 



This lovely new collection 
A La MAISON
from Robert Kaufman
seems the most appropriate fit today...
 Our Wantobe will get this fabric
collection and Presencia sewing threads

Our Blog Sponsor will get this book
from Martingale & Company

  • Ideal for paper-piecing enthusiasts! Feature all 12 seasonal blocks in a queen-size calendar quilt or showcase the blocks one at a time on the interchangeable-block wall hanging.

  • Fun block designs include a snowman, a turkey, hearts and roses, a teapot, a scarecrow, and wreaths
  • Each 12" x 12" block is spacious enough for quilting and embellishments
on Paper Piecing and some Presencia threads
as well...and also MY black and white dot 
china cup.. ( yes for you ) 

and there are always some nice
surprises in every box I send...

 OHHHH you want to win?
yes...please go to Kathleen's
blog and follow her...
She will be thrilled to see you..
Follow here and leave a note for her
in French..no not really lol....but one french word
would be nice lol


Big thanks goes out to Kathleen,
Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle
and Martingale and Company
and YOU for providing some added
appreciation to our amazing guest
bloggers, some amazing feedback
for our GREATEST LATEST BEST
sponsors and for sharing your passion

for quilting with others..
I can't tell you what JOY has
come into my life since I became
a coughhhh quilter lol. 
( I thank the person who introduced
me every chance I get...psst Corrie
Thank YOU again!
My life is happy! )
It is Friday isn't it? 
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ! 



126 comments:

  1. Gosh I can't believe this. I'm the first to comment Yay! Thanks Kathleen for a really super tutorial. I am a Wantobe Quilter and follow your blogs avidly. I am sponsored by Jane of Janes Fabrics and Quilts. Thanks to all the sponsors too as well as Samm as without you all this wouldn't be happening.

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  2. Oh Madame Samm - I just want to win that gorgeous polka dot cup - pretty please :)

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  3. Beautiful! All of it! I'm a wantobe quilter from Amy at Diary of a quilter and would love to win. Thanks for all the work that goes into this. I love all the tutorials each day.

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  4. What a cute tutorial... and it seams like a fun way to try out paper piecing.
    Thanks again Mdm Samm.
    Sara (sponsor Kd of Kd quilts... lol)

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  6. Hi all. I enjoy all these wonderful tutorials. I need to try paper piecing. I am a Wantobe with Jane's Fabric & Quilts. I have been following Kd all summer and a faithful followr of Stash Manicure/Sew we Quilt.

    Thank you to all the wonderful, generous sponsors.

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  7. I am a Wantobe with Jane's Fabric & Quilts. I'm not sure I'm up to paper piecing yet as I'm still trying to figure out why my star pieces are not lining up right. Something wonky there. I have always wanted to go to France and I love some good sparkle so I put it in my to do pile.

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  8. Well Madame Samm, you inspire me to keep going w/ my various projects & pursuits. I'm pretending to be a wantobe today...je t'aime the Eiffel Tower. Awesome piecing & prizes :).

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  9. What a great post! I love paper piecing, and love all things French (waving at Samm!). I'll definitely head over to your blog and get the info. :)

    GREAT gift for the Wannabe Quilters! Good luck to the winner!

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  10. Hello, I'm now following KD and as always I follow Sew We Quilt. My sponsor is Jane's Fabrics. I always thought paper piecing was way to complicated for me. KD makes it so clear and simple. I love the add a quarter ruler. Also, I love black and white fabrics!! Wish me luck.

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  11. So much detail went in to that block! Love the little stars and such to make it your own. LOVE the polka dot china!!! Melissa at Happy Quilting is my sponsor. I bet she would like a prize pack too!

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  12. I really, really want to learn paper piecing! Please throw me in as a wannabe...you know who is my sponsor :)

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  13. I am a Wantobe Quilter signed up with Linda@StrayStitches

    I follow KD Quilts & Stash Manicure.

    Thank you Kathleen,
    Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle
    and Martingale and Company for participating in this Wonderful Quilting Campaign & blessing us with such generosity -And thank you Madame Samm !!!

    The fabrics & threads are just perfect-

    And who wouldn't want such a wonderful book - A block a month will certainly keep any quilter busy ;)
    Good Luck to all the Wantobe's out there ;)

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  14. Allie Coburn is the wantobequilter who would love to win today! She is sponsored by SewCalGal. We follow over at KDQuilts and here!


    Thanks bunches to all of our sponsors and to Kathleen for the tutorial!

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  15. What an awesome tutorial. If I only would be able to make that already :)

    I am a wantobe, sponsored by Diane of Lavender Dreams!

    Love the fabric!

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  16. Great tutorial on paper piercing :)
    Well, I am a Wantobe! I really hope to win this fabulous prize... I am sponsor by Staci from The Confused Quilter! TQ!

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  17. Thanks for the great tutorial on paper piecing!
    I'm a wantobe quilter, signed up with amy @ diary of a quilter.
    I'm following here of course and now also at kdquilts.
    I would love to start building my own beautiful stash of fabrics, so winning today's giveaway woud be great!

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  18. A great post and I thought there would be so many more pieces to this quilt!
    Deb

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  19. Thank you Madame Samm and Kd for a great tutorial on paper piecing. I can't wait to try it this weekend.
    Subscribed via reader to Kd's site and blog.
    The b/w fabrics and mug are wonderful. :)
    Christina in Cleveland / Brenis

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  20. I love this! I really want to try paper piecing one day! I am a wantobe, I follow this blog, I follow KD under lululolliepop, and my blog sponsor is Jane's Fabrics!
    Thanks Madame Samm, Kathleen, Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle and Martingale and Company!

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  21. What a great post... I have a friend visiting Paris at the moment, and this would make a great gift for her later in the year... KD's explanation was so easy to follow that it's something I have the confidence I can do... and Madame Samm, I SO look forward to the morning, when I can check out this blog... I have learned so much through this series... THANK YOU!

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  22. What a great tutorial... I think I'm almost brave enough to try paper piecing now... I think I can, I think I can!

    What a great prize today... all those lovely fabrics, a paper piecing book, threads, AND a cool mug! Too bad I'm not eligible... BUT I am rooting for my Wantobes!

    Thanks to all the sponsors for making this so much fun!

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  23. Thanks for this tutorial today!! I'm a new follower of KDQuilts & a Wantobe Quilter sponsored by Janes Quilts & Fabrics!

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  24. Great tutorial--makes me think that maybe I can do this! I am a follower of Kdquilts and here, and am sponsored by Amy of Diary of a Quilter.

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  25. C'est merveilleux! I am a follower and a Francophile. I have only done a bit of paper piecing and would love to learn more. S'il vous plait.....choose me!

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  26. I am a quilter so I am not entering but I had to say...I love paper piecing and I think it is a technique all beginners should learn. How else can you get such accurate points? GREAT TECHNIQUE!!!!!

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  27. I have joined Kd's blog and love it. I will be going back to check it out more.

    My daughter, Jenni (no blog), is the wantobe. She is just starting and we are getting her supplies slowly. We are coming through Tonya @ Hillbilly Handiworks.

    Thank you Kd and Madam Samm.

    Wanda
    http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  28. Lovely paper piecing - I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Amy of Diary of a Quilter. I follow both blogs!

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  29. Okay. I am doing all the following.

    I have been told that paper piecing is really hard to do. I have to say that Kd makes it look pretty easy. I would love to try it.

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  30. Love the paper piecing tutorial and absolutely love the fabric for the giveaway! I'm a wantobe and my sponsor is Kathys Cottage...

    Yes, I used the google translater and left a comment over at Kathleen's blog with a few french words :)

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  31. this looks like fun Im a follower of KD quilts and a Wanna be quilter

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  32. Bonjour! That's about the extent of my French :) Love the tut though. I now follow Katleen and am a follower here. My sponsor is Amy @ Diary of a Quilter. Cool paper piecing book! I would love to win some fabric and thread. Thanks for the chance!!

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  33. looks like a great book! i've always wanted to try paper piecing.

    i'm a wantobe and my sponsor is diary of a quilter. i follow kathleen

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  34. I love it!! About a year ago I searched and searched and searched for an Eiffel tower paper pieced, and couldn't find one, so I made one myself, I think yours is a lot nicer!! I'm excited someone else made one :)

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  35. J'étais si heureuse de voir la tour Eiffel je n'ai pas lu que vous voulez que nous ecrivons en français :) donc un autre comment en français :p

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  36. I love Polka dots, really love Polka dots fabric. I am a follower of KD and Ellison Lane is my sponsor. I have paper piercing on my list to do.

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  37. I'm a quilter but just wanted to comment that I love paper piecing and it certainly is addicting. Thanks KD for a great tutorial. I love my add a quarter ruler! Thanks to the sponsors!

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  38. Incredible! I have never tried to paper-piece. Thank you for the inspiration. I am sponsored by Diary of a Quilter.

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  39. I'm a wannabequilter with thatgirlthatquilt.com
    thanks so much for the tutorial and giveaway!

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  40. Bonjour, merci'... A grand tutorial. I'm a follower and DD Lindsey is my sponsor.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  41. Bonjour! I just joined kd's blog...she's so great - I love all of her paper-piecing tips. I'm here with Diary of a Quilter. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful A La Maison fabric and other goodies.

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  42. Thanks Kathleen for the tutorial. It reminded me of when I was in Paris and the Eiffel Tower elevators stopped working. We were at the top and the tour bus was leaving soon, so we had to walk down all those steps.....it's a lot harder than it seems to go down that many steps!
    I'm a wantobe sponsored by quiltingbydawn.

    Thanks to the sponsors and Madame Samm. Love the prizes and so glad to hear the mug is included!

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  43. Black and white fabrics! Oo-la-la! OK, that's it for my French, LOL. Please enter me in this great giveaway. I followed over at Kathleen's (though I had trouble with the links and had to add a www before the web address). Of course, I'm a follower here too. Diane of Lavender Dreamer is my sponsor.

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  44. I plan to make a quilt for my son and the black and white fabric would be perfect! I'm a wantobe,follow you and Kathleen, and am sponsored by Ellison Lane Quilts. Have a good weekend-get some rest!

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  45. Merci de ce joli project! I've always wanted to try paper piecing, maybe now I will. Thanks! -Sarah

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  46. OK, Kathleeen..where do you get a 1/4 ruler...now if I am going to do paper piecing I gotta have one of these right.?..Better call on Kelly at IAHN ...lol. Salut ma belle, je suis heureux..
    x

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  47. Paper piecing is just about the neatest thing ever - awesome tutorial! I am a new follower of KDQuilts, a follower here and sponsored by Lily Pad Quilting... thanks for the chance! My fingers are crossed on this one :)

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  48. I'm a Wantobee being sponsored by Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts and am following KD as well as Madame Samms. Paper piecing has always looked intimidating but KD does a great job showing how to do it. Just another 'to do' to add to my list. Merci (my French for the day).

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  49. No hablo frances. I signed up to follow Kathleen's blog. I follow yours too. I am a wantobe sent by lilypadquilting.

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  50. Ahhh, Paree! At least, I think that is how you say it, anyway! LOL
    And MERCI to Madame Samm and to KD, for a wonderful tutorial. I am a quilter, so I'm not in the draw today, but I wanted to let KD know that I appreciate that clear, well thought out tutorial! Great job!

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  51. Hi! I'm a wanttobe and follow you, and Kathleen, and left a comment for her over there (with a french word!) My sponsor is Jennifer at Ellison Lane.

    I've never tried paper piecing, but heard of it before- this tutorial makes it seem not that scary.

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  52. Really want to try paper piecing after reading this tutorial. Love the A La Maison collection and the presencia thread. I'm a wantobe quilter sponsored by Lily Pad Quilting. I'm a follower here and now of KDQuilts. Merci

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  53. Very fun post. I am a wantobe quilter - not quite ready for paper piecing but I am a now a follower to KdQuilts blog. My sponsor is A Stitch in Time

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  54. Happy Friday, Madame Samm -

    I am now following KD - - LOVE this tutorial!! I've been wanting to learn how to paper piece!!! I can't wait to try!!

    I'm here with Freda from The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe - - but you already know that!!

    Still trying to figure out what I want to make for the Ghastlies!! AS soon as I figure it out, I'll send you a message!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  55. Great tut, love la tour eiffel! I am a follower of KD and here at stash manicure.

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  56. Good morning! I see I am going to have to get serious and find some tools to get started with paper-piecing! :) Thank you for the nice tutorial! I am a wantobe quilter and Wendy@ Why Know Kwilt is my sponsor. Thank you Madame Samm and all of your great sponsors as well...this has been quite an adventure!

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  57. I am now following Kathleen. I am also a follower of you Madame Samm. This is a great tutorial. I have never even heard of paper piecing till I read this. It sounds interesting and would love to give it a try. Kathy from Its Only Natural is my sponsor. Please pick me so that I can try paper piecing. Thanks-Jennifer

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  58. You went to a boarding school in France???!! Who does that? You and Madeline!

    What will i learn about you tomorrow?

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  59. Ohhhh, I LOVE this tute! Just last night I was reading a "how to" on paper piecing. This is so timely, and so nice! I've already run over to KD's blog, signed up, and downloaded the pattern. Thank you sew much!!!
    Good luck to all of the wantobe quilters. This is a wonderful giveaway!!!! (I may have to go to Amazon and look for this book...see ya tomorrow!)

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  60. Wow! You make it look so easy! I am a Wantobe under Another Mary Ann. And it's been so long since High school french but...

    Voila la tour Eiffel! Je l'aime, parce que quand Je l'vois, je pense a Paris. Here is the Eiffel tower! I like it, because when I see it, I think of Paris

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  61. Great Post! I love everything French. I am now following KD and my sponsor is diaryofaquilter. I hope I win!

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  62. Paper piecing has always intimidated me a lot, but this makes it actually look do-able! Thanks for the tutorial, Kathleen. I am here from Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  63. Great tutorial -- can't wait to try it! My favorite word from high school french: Boulangerie! :)

    I'm a wantobe and my blog sponsor is Amy from Diary of a Quilter.

    Merci!

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  64. Merci, Kathleen ! J'adore la Tour Eiffel ! Paris is my favorite big city - it's magnifique ! I've become a follower and would really love to win.

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  65. Hi. Paper piercing seems like a very nice way to get beautiful details in sewing/quilting. Thank you for the tutu. My blog sponsor is gmama Jane at geandmams stories. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  66. am a follower here and with KD. My sponsor is Sew Much Beauty.

    Love this giveaway and the tute.

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  67. This is a great tutorial as my daughter loves the Eiffel Tower. I've become a follower and I'm sponsored by Mary!

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  68. I am a wantobe Quilter sponsor my is Janet @ Caribou Crossing Chronicles and now a follower of KD quilts. Kathleen's tutorial made it all look so easy will give it a try. have a great day everyone.

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  69. Great tut Kathleen! Love the Eiffel Tower..the end result is fantastic! I am a wantobe, I follow Madame here, and now follow you as well! of course I want to win..xoxox Christel

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  70. This Wantobe remains sew hopeful that one of these days will be my lucky day and I'll win a wonderful prize! I follow kd, left her some love on her blog, and follow here of course! Snoodles sent me from Lilypad quilting. Crossing my fingers for this fabulous prize!

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  71. I am a quilter but.... wanted to comment also. I love to paper piece. Great job Kathleen. LOVE all your added touches. Off to follow. Good luck Wantobes!

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  72. Mmmm that fabric is yummy! I am a Wantobe from team Lilypad Quilting. Of course I am a follower here and now I follow Kathleen....thank you so much for the campaign and all you are doing. I've learned so much!

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  73. What cute fabric! I am a wantobe quilter from Diary of a Quilter. I am now following KD's quilts blog and I of course follow this one.
    This was such a great tutorial. I can't wait to try it.

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  74. Hello again! Kd, that's a really great explanation of paper piecing! I wish I'd heard that last year, when I tried it for myself! The instructions I got were, just put the fabric to the paper and sew! Sew, I did. Despite my confusion, it came out ok, but I like yours much better! :) Luckily for me, I'm a persistent fool so I've purchased fabric to do a Moonglow quilt. (hahah, it's been on the shelf for several months now)

    When I first read you were showing Eiffel Tower, I wondered how you were going to achieve the curves....but I see it's all in the embellishments. I never would have thought of that! I love the little night swirls you put in too!! SEW clever! :)

    Thank you both for such a fun learning experience!! SewCalGal sent me, so thanks to her for showing me the light. Off to follow right now!

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  75. This tutorial inspires me to plan to try paper piecing. My SIL, Chellie, helped me with my small start to quilting, and she is going to be in Paris the end of the month. She and my brother are meeting my sweet niece Dani there. Dani is teaching math and physics in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso - one of the poorest countries in the world and a former French colony. Wouldn't this be a great present for Dani?

    I am a Wantobe and my sponsor is Mary on Lake Pulaski. Merci Beaucoup to all of the sponsors and those donating these wonderful prizes. And Madame Samm, Je ne sais pas comment vous remercier.

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  76. I just have to try this project and I know the perfect person to give it to. I have wanted to learn to paper piece and this is my motivation. I am a wantobe quilter and have so much enjoyed learning new things through this fun event. I signed up with The Raspberry Rabbits.

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  77. Bonjour! I'm registered with Jane and am a WANTOBE quilter all the way! Heading over to KDQuilts right now to follow her. Great tutorial!

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  78. Happy Friday to you also. Paper pieced quilting seems a bit less daunting after Kd's tut. I am following Katherine.

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  79. I follow Kd Quilts and I follow here I'm a wantobe sponsored by Lily Pad Quilting!!

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  80. thanks for the paper piecing tutorial-i always read about it and finally have a better understanding. i'm a new follower of kathleen and of course of madame s and a wantobe quilter. whew! melissa from happy quilting sent me. thanks, hope i win!

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  81. I am a Wantobe quilter with a sponsor named GMama Jane from Grandmama's Stories. I have done one paper-pieced project, and I loved it! I am seriously wanting to learn to do more. I would love to win the prize today. I am a follower of KdQuilts and of Sew WE Quilt. Love ya, Madame Samm!

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  82. I REALLLLLLYYYY want to learn how to paper piece!!!!! Again, great tutorial and great contest!!!! I Wantobe a Quilter and my sponsor is Happy Quilting Mellissa!!

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  83. I REALLLLLLYYYY want to learn how to paper piece!!!!! Again, great tutorial and great contest!!!! I Wantobe a Quilter and my sponsor is Happy Quilting Mellissa!!

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  84. I'm a Wantobe quilter here thanks to Amy at Diary of a Quilter. Now I'm following KD, too ;-) I've never done any paper piecing, so I'd looooove to learn!

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  85. thanks for continuing the tutorials. I will have to try the paper piecing and read the directions as I go - can't seem to grip my mind around the instructions without actually doing it! it's something i would have never tried without step-by-step!

    winning would be awesome, too...

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  86. Thank you for the great tutorial, I'm feeling a little more confident about paper piecing now.

    I'm a wantobe sponsored by Marcia @ crafty sewing and quilting

    hugs
    Tracey xxx

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  87. Someday I will try paper piecing..The step by step tutorial is great...again another great give away..Sponsor Jane's Fabrics.
    I'm a wannatobe quilter

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  88. I am a wantobe quilter from that girl that quilts. I follow here and Kd's blog.

    Merci pour le
    Tutoriel et la chance de gagner! :)

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  89. Merci, Kathleen and MMe Samm for another wonderful giveaway! I love black and white ! They are my favorite colors! I've loved black since I was a little kid. It reminded me of black licorice, which I love, and outlining things with black crayon always seemed to my my crayon drawings pop! I remember my cousin telling me that I wasn't allowed to have black for a favorite color! I ignored her, of course. Pick me!

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  90. I am a wantobe and just signed up to follow Kd's blog! My sponsor is A Stitch in Time.

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  91. Bonjour, Je suis une Wantobe quilter! J'aimerais bien gagner aujourd hui! I am following Kathleens blog, and this blog and my sponsor is Happy Quilting.
    Merci Beaucoups!!

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  92. I would love to try paper piecing! Thanks for the great tutorial! I am a new follower of Kd's blog, and of course am a follower here! My wantobe quilter sponsor is Jane's Fabrics! Thanks for a chance to win another great giveaway! :)

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  93. Bonjour! (I have limited French, ya know.) Kathleen certainly makes paper-piecing look easy enough to try it. I am a follwer of SWQ and Kathleen.
    rssavingalot@gmail.com

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  94. Hi -- Bonjour KD. Thats the only french word I know. Guess it means Good Morning. (Hope I am right.) You make paper piecing look so simple and easy. Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing. For some reason, I have never got a hang of paper piecing at all. I am following KD now.

    I am a want to be and am registered with May at Fabraholic. I have been following

    What a give away. My favorite colors. Black and white and with a some cream thrown in. Will you just give me that cup, please please pretty please? I just love that cup. SEW beautiful.

    Thanks for all your time and efforts.

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  95. Happy Friday,

    I have to say that I am having a very good time reading and seeing so many new things with this WanttobeQuilter contest....so many new interesting things to ponder and great ideas to try. Thank you for this opportunity. I'm here because of my friend Freda...The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe.
    ~~Deborah~~

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  96. Okay as a wantobe quilter not sure I'm ready to take the plunge with paper pieceing yet but have my first quilt picked out and it is a flying geese pattern even have some of my material.

    I'm a follower of KD's blog and sponsored by Jane's Fabric and Quilt. Also becoming a Ghastlies addict, by the way thanks for introducing me to this great fabric.

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  97. Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial! I have been wanting to learn more about paper piecing! I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Marcia's Crafty Sewing and am going to enjoy following your blog! I have to say it again, I LOVE THIS CAMPAIGN! I have learned sooo much and "met" so many great and talented people blogging! Great day!

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  98. Hello KD ~ I wanted to thank you for such an amazing tutorial. It's wonderful.
    Merci infiniment du cours d'instruction merveilleux.
    (yea, don't get too impressed with that ~ Babel Fish is my friend lol)

    I really love the tutorial you've created though as it is probably one of the most thorough paper piecing tutorials I've read. I will have to try yours for sure.

    I also love the gorgeous black and white fabrics and that adorable polka dot cup. I'm also excited to know if I win that I'll be trying some of the Presencia threads I've seen being talked about on some of the blogs lately.

    Thank you so much for the great tutorial and chance to win such awesome prizes.

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  99. cute tutorial, cute prizes, and cute everything. jsut happy to be learning these days. I'm a wantobe quilter sponsored by Nan @pots and Pins. I follow here and KD's blog. again, much grande thanks to everyone for everything. :)

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  100. Yay! Paper piecing. . . I have been wondering about you! I love reading these tutorials. They have been ever so helpful :) My sponsor is Jennie for Clover and Violet and I am a follower of KD quilts.

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  101. Merci bocoup for the wonderful tutorial Kathleen. I am a wanttobe quilter sponsored by That Girl...That Quilt.

    Thanks for the great contest!

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  102. I am very excited to try this as soon as my current committments are over! Thanks Kd :)

    I am a wanttobe and my sponsor is A Stitch in Time

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  103. Hi want to be quilter sponsered by lilly pad quilting here. Loved the tute and an now a follower of KD's blog. I follow you too.

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  104. Thanks for the tutorial but a wannabe like me thinks it looks easier to just book a flight to Paris and take a photo of the dang tower! I'll present that to my husband and see if I make any ground.

    The fabrics are so pretty. And of course I'd love to win them for my own petite maison.

    You guessed it. I'm a wannabe Parisienne AND quilter and I'm with team Lily Pad quilting. I follow KD and wrote her a little comment en francaise. Wallah! ... as we say in Western Canada.

    Adieu, mons amis!

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  105. I love the paper piecing tutorial! I can't wait to try paper piecing, it's on my to do list. I am a want to be and my sponsor is Amy Smart. I am also following these blogs (and oh, so many more,lol!) The only french I can remember from high school is la mange et sur la branche. I thing it means "the monkey is on the branch," but don't quote me on that :)

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  106. Bonjour Kathleen!! I left a comment on your Blog earlier this morning, and I am following you too!! Thank~You for teaching this piecing technique!
    Oui Madame Samm je suis partisan ici aussi ! Remercier~ vous, Kathleen, Robert Kaufman, Aiguille et Martingale Coloniale et Entreprise pour les Beaux Produits, Aimez le
    Tissu, Ooh la la ! ! Avoir un Week~end! Merveilleux !

    Les étreintes,
    Nancy(Mrs. Nancy Ghastlie)

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  107. Merci Merci! I adore anything French and thank you for the lovely tutorial and Ohlala the giveway is so wonderful - I follow both blogs,I am a wantobee and my sponser(Marlene Stitching by the Lake!) Love the black and white!

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  108. I'm a wantobe quilter and my sponsor is katusya04@gmail.com !
    Thank you Kathleen,
    Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle
    and Martingale and Company for participating in this Wonderful Quilting Campaign & blessing us with such generosity -And thank you Madame Samm !!!

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  109. Paper piecing isn't something I've tried before....you make this very tempting!!! I know about it and perhaps I did one small something years ago...but nothing memorable.

    Thank you for the great tutorial and showing us your fun prize....hurray for you!!!

    I'll be over to your blog...I like people with a quirky sense of humor.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  110. Now is that a cool tutorial or what. I have the perfect person to make this Eiffel Tower for too! And what a surprise to see the clear bags in KD's post. I am sooooo happy to see that they found a good use!

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  111. I am a Wantobe Quilter signed up with Deborah in Atlanta.

    I follow KD Quilts & Stash Manicure.

    Can't wait until I own all of the necessary supplies (mat, rotary cutter, ruler, pins, fabric, threads) in order to start my first quilt with everything that is mine (and not borrowing from my friend, Deborah).

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  112. There's always something new to learn here everyday. I'm following Kathleen and also have been following here.

    My sponsor is Lavender Dreams.

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  113. I'm a follower and Amy of Diary of a Quilter is my sponsor. I am really enjoying the guest blogs each day. I am learning so much and am even starting to attempt new things! Thanks!

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  114. I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Jane of Jane's fabrics. I am a new follower of Kathleen's blog and left a comment there. French words included. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  115. Kd, great tutorial! Following your blog now as well. Wantobee 12yo is not interested in paper piecing (give her time) so good luck to everyone else :D.
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  116. i am a wantobe quilter. a new follower of KD and i left a comment where i tried not to butcher french too bad....lol I am a follower on here too. Sue@quilt times is my sponsor

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  117. I love the tutorial - very creative, and not too scary for a Wantobe like me! I am a new follower of Kathleen's blog and I am already a follower of yours, Madame Samm. Thank you for the wonderful opportunities to win! I'm sponsored by Jane's Fabrics and Quilts. Thanks again!

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  118. I think I can do paper piecing I cant wait to try. I am a wantobe, I am a follower of Kathy's now and am sponsored by Stitching by the Lake (lovely lady also) Merci agnespat

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  119. I've been contemplating getting some black and white fabric...this looks great...just to bad I'm not classified as a Wantobe!

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  120. Hi Kd and thank you or should I say merci for the wonderful tutorial on the paper piecing. It's on my list of quilting techniques to try out and you make it look, well, simple. To somebody that has never done it before, its really intimidating and without help sitting next to you it can be downright frustrating. Merci for the motivation and inspiration! I'd also like to give a merci for today's giveaway to our fearless leader! Good luck to everyone!

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  121. hi..i'm wantobe sponsored by amy@diary of a quilter.i follow both kathleen n stash :)

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  122. What a great paper piecing tutorial (love the Eiffel tower)!!! I'm a wantobe quilter sponsored by Kelly @ IHAN. I'm following Kathleen via email since blogger is being uncooperative for me :(

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  123. Merci Mdm Samm for inviting Kathleen to share her paper piecing skills. I think that this will be a future goal for me as a "want-to-be", perhaps the same year that I get to actually climb the steps of la tour eiffel! The closest I have gotten to paper piecing so far is to buy freezer paper (and some for my quilting friends too)!

    My sponsor is Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter and I am really a follower of KD's blog and yours, I've now checked this a few times, and I followed the instructions from Kathleen's blog just to make sure that I really am.

    Merci & bonne chance!

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  124. I am a Carol Doak fan. I have her DVD (watched it 3 times) and am on her list, but have yet to stitch one out one block. Shame on me. Love the tutorial. My daughter would love this one.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  125. Merci Kathleen! Votre assemblage fait d'instruction de papier semblent très faisable. Merci. Je suis un nouveau disciple de votre blog, et vous pouvez être sûr que je serai de retour fréquemment.
    I'm also a follower here, and am sponsored by the très beau Jacque, aka Snoodles @ Lilypadquilting.
    Merci pour la chance de pratiquer ma Madame Samm de Français encore !

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  126. Ooh-la-la! Lol. I am a wanttobee quilter, referred here by Melissa Corey. What a wonderful giveaway, I love the fabrics!!!!

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