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Every Video Is A Journey

Like many quilts, every video is a journey. I usually think I know where I am going, but I often end up somewhere unexpected. My new Foundation Paper Piecing video was quite the ride. 

I often start with an idea and my brain gathers up everything I know. Then I add research, experiment a bit, and then I untangle it all to spin out a script. When I get stuck, sometimes it’s because I have started in the wrong place. But more often it’s because the subject is too big and I need to take a smaller chunk. This time it was both.

I started with an existing pattern that I have made several times. The block is 60” by 60”...YIKES. I sized it down to a more manageable size. But then I realized that this was still too much for a beginner, so I designed a totally new EVERGREEN block (4” x 6” - perfect for a postcard. This pattern is available for free on my website at:

I had so much fun making it, I designed a mini-quilt and a table runner with it. Then, I realized it would be perfect for a beginner class! And I have now decided to run my first online Zoom class next month. I'm still getting all my ducks in line, and it will be free to all members of Karen’s Quilt Crew (join here):

But it didn’t stop there. I could only show the basics in this first video. By the time I sent the assets to my editor, I had 7 more video ideas that use paper piecing. So stay tuned.

In my video I mentioned several tools that make paper piecing easier. They are not required but they make the process flow smoother.*

Upcoming events

The next Live Q&A will be Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm EST. You'll be able to ask me anything! Be sure to turn on notifications so you don't miss it.

My next Stitch’n Chat with Karen’s Quilt Crew is on Sunday, April 14th at 11:00am EST. If you are a member, you will find the zoom link on the Just Get It Done Quilts community page.

We are 90 days out from our Fire and Ice cruise to Ireland, Iceland and Scotland. We have three spots left to fill! (And we have one person looking for a roommate.)

Not only do we get all the adventures in these destinations, but we also have 5 days to sew at sea. We will be making a Karen Brown original, The Kapella Cluster Quilt. If you want to join in the fun, you can checkout the brochure here. 

Karen's Quilt Circle

This week on Karen’s Quilt Circle I had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Meloni from Sewing Parts Online. They have a wonderful story on how they have filled a need for sewing machine parts for both new models and old. Take a guess what is the number one replacement part they are asked for everyday.

Listen to any of my Karen's Quilt Circle podcasts on the YouTube Music app here. 

Next week I will be off to Montreal to join members of the Montreal Modern guild for a shop hop. I have never been fabric shopping in Montreal and its hard to believe it, but I do need a some fabric. So stay tuned.

Take care

*Only where indicated in brackets are the links that are affiliated where I will receive a small commission on your purchase that helps support my Youtube channel.

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Jul 03

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I love doing FPP ! 😃Once you get the first piece on it's fine. I've never done it your way, but I'll certainly be having a go. It seems much less stressful!😉👍 Thanks for all your tips and tricks Karen. They're invaluable.


Hi Karen,

Your interview with Brian Meloni is outstanding! Keep up the good work!


After watching your FPP video I felt less sceptical about that topic. I always thought that it was too finicky for me, but after watching your video and all the tips, well! But I wasn’t sure when you cut off the seam allowance on the paper….is she crazy?!? It was an eye opener for sure! I will try making your tree block and let you know how I get on. Thank you for everything you do!

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