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Sewing and quilting tips and tutorials for beginner and experienced quilters and sewists. Learn how to sew, piece, quilt, foundation paper piece, baste, and…
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Get a sneak peak of what it was like on set to film for The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims. See lots of photos of what it was like to have a quilt show and tell and be interviewed about my quilt making process, plus two demonstrations of advanced Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) tips and tricks as well as a walking foot quilting mini tutorial and how to plan for your quilt top design.
Watch me as show a clip of quilting my Shoreline Shells Foundation Paper Pieced Modern Quilt with my Walking Foot. Quilted with Aurifil 40wt cotton thread and my Janome 6700P sewing machine. PDF quilt pattern available at: https://shop.wholecirclestudio.com/
Learn a new twist on foundation paper piecing (FPP) with my latest post. Learn the ins and outs of this technique using freezer paper, making sewing and quilting easier than ever. This comprehensive video tutorial, ensures you grasp each stitch with confidence. Don't miss out on the joy of creating modern, graphic quilts effortlessly. Click to read more and start your quilting journey now!

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Check out this behind the scenes of how I organized my fabrics and assigned colors to make my Modern Moths quilt top.
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Imagine sewing your own quilted sneakers with your favorite custom fabrics! Go behind the scenes and see the process for how I made my own quilt sneakers in this fun workshop at Cotton Candy Fabrics. I love my colorful sneakers, made with my own custom Big Island Sunset fabric, designed by me! Be inspired to make your own quilt sneakers, perhaps to coordinate with your quilt coat, quilt block sweatshirt, or other apparal sewn by you!
I made quilted sneakers with my own custom designed fabric. Go behind the scenes in this DIY project
Imagine sewing your own quilted sneakers with your favorite custom fabrics! Go behind the scenes and see the process for how I made my own quilt sneakers in this fun workshop at Cotton Candy Fabrics. I love my colorful sneakers, made with my own custom Big Island Sunset fabric, designed by me! Be inspired to make your own quilt sneakers, perhaps to coordinate with your quilt coat, quilt block sweatshirt, or other apparal sewn by you!
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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Go behind the scenes of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims
Get a sneak peak of what it was like on set to film for The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims. See lots of photos of what it was like to have a quilt show and tell and be interviewed about my quilt making process, plus two demonstrations of advanced Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) tips and tricks as well as a walking foot quilting mini tutorial and how to plan for your quilt top design.
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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Best Sewing Machine Shops: Take a mini-tour of Sew Right Sewing Machines in Queens, New York
The small but mighty Sew Right Sewing Machines in Bayside (Queens), NY is a wonderful oasis in the city for sewing enthusiasts. They offer a fantastic selection of sewing machines and embroidery machines from all the top brands, including Bernina, Baby Lock, Brother, Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff, as well as my personal favorites, Janome and Juki. Sew Right Sewing Machines goes far beyond just selling machines. Their main focus is helping quilters and sewists find the perfect machine for their needs, and they don’t stop there! They provide ongoing support, service, and training to ensure makers get the most out of their machines.
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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How to sew a simple zipper pouch bag free video tutorial
Join us for this free video tutorial and learn how to sew a DIY Easy Zipper Pouch / Makeup Bag / Cosmetic Pouch Sewing Video Tutorial. Learn how to make this easy DIY project. Use your favorite fabric or pick up our zipper pouch kit that looks like a quilt. Beginner friendly instructions and diagrams. Sew along with us as we learn how to sew a zipper on our sewing machine.
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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Greenhouse Garden Quilt: Block of the Month Bonus Video
Sew along with us! Make your own Greenhouse Garden Quilt in this fun Block of the Month (BOM). This quilt is easy to make with the detailed PDF quilt block pattern PDF instructions and bonus video tutorials. Learn all of our tips and tricks to Foundation Paper Piece (FPP). This is the perfect modern quilt to make for plant lovers and nature enthustiasts!
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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Fabric / Quilt Shop Tour — Cotton Candy Fabrics in Brookfield, CT
Tucked in Brookfield, Connecticut (just north of Danbury, minutes away from I-84, and close to the NY State Border), Cotton Candy Fabrics & Quilts has been my go-to local quilt shop for years. Erin, the owner, and her staff just celebrated their fifth anniversary (and their first birthday in their new spacious location). During a recent visit, I took some photos of their beautiful shop, let’s go on a tour! Take a look at modern fabric, sewing machines, notions, and so much more!
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
Walking Foot Quilting with the Shoreline Shells Modern Quilt
Watch me as show a clip of quilting my Shoreline Shells Foundation Paper Pieced Modern Quilt with my Walking Foot. Quilted with Aurifil 40wt cotton thread and my Janome 6700P sewing machine. PDF quilt pattern available at: https://shop.wholecirclestudio.com/
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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Fabric Store Online Tour / Shout Out! Sewing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California
In the sprawling, sun-soaked city of Los Angeles, there’s a sanctuary tailor-made for sewing and quilting fans. Sewing Arts Center is like a visual candy store to creatives of all types, but especially us sewists and quilters. Last month I had the opportunity to visit their new location at 2306 Corinth Ave., Los Angeles. In between presenting, teaching, and of course shopping, I took lots of photos. Let’s take a tour!
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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No more ripping out paper! Learn Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) with Freezer Paper
Learn a new twist on foundation paper piecing (FPP) with my latest post. Learn the ins and outs of this technique using freezer paper, making sewing and quilting easier than ever. This comprehensive video tutorial, ensures you grasp each stitch with confidence. Don't miss out on the joy of creating modern, graphic quilts effortlessly. Click to read more and start your quilting journey now!
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
Sneak Peek: choosing and organizing my fabrics for sewing my Modern Moths quilt top
Check out this behind the scenes of how I organized my fabrics and assigned colors to make my Modern Moths quilt top.
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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7 Ways to Organize Your Sewing and Quilting Fabric Stash
Here are some great tips and strategies for organizing and storing your fabric in your sewing or quilting space. Fold and organize your stash! #fabricstorage #foldingfabric #howtostorefabric #sewingfabric
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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5 Essential Tips for Fun Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)
I love FPP because it allows you to create intricate and precise quilt top designs that would otherwise be challenging or impossible to achieve. By sewing fabric onto a paper foundation and using the lines as a guide, you can achieve accurate shapes and sharp points, making it one of my most favorite quilt piecing techniques. To help you with your FPP journey, today I’m going to give my top 5 tips for a smooth and enjoyable sewing experience.
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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7 Ways to Organize, Store, and Fold your Fabric!
Learn my tips for how I organize and store my fabric stash in my sewing room and quilting studio. Lots of tips for organization of fabric and storage solutions in a small space. Need help in your craft room? Get all of my ideas for taming your fabric stash!
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
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Get access to free quilt patterns + tutorials
Looking to improve your quilting skills? Sign up for my newsletter, Three Things Thursday, and receive instant access to a library of free beginner friendly video tutorials + easy patterns, including my popular Everything Will be Okay foundation paper pieced (FPP) mini quilt pattern. #quiltingtutorials #freepatterns #exclusivecontent #quilting #quiltingtips
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
Where does inspiration for quilts come from?
Where does inspiration for design and quilts come from? Let’s take a peek behind the scenes and discover how nature, the ocean, flowers, hobbies and people can help us decide what to make, sew, and quilt!
whole circle studio  | modern art quilts + patterns | designer
whole circle studio | modern art quilts + patterns | designer