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Midnight at the Oasis QAL

The Grand Finale! Midnight at the Oasis

Have we really been working on this quilt for four months?! I have seen lots of really pretty examples and want to thank those that sewed along with Jess and me. Today is the day to share your quilt! I am still quilting mine, but have some fun pictures. Remember when I posted that this is the quilt where I overcome my fear of FMQ? Well, it has worked: just plunged in, and I am thoroughly enjoying it! did a bit of swirls over the flowers…far from perfect, but I like it. a little leaf and and twirl over the churn dashes....

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Bikini QAL: a pattern tip

Here today with a good tip for those making the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt with me. I want to share a pointer on cutting the arcs that form the "sashing" around the pod shape. Once you have sewn the first two curves (steps 5-9)  that set the "P" shape inside your gray square, you must square up that unit to 8 1/2" square. This will help you accurately cut the gray pieces for the next step. **in my block example, I replaced one gray piece with a yellow one, but I am still at the same stage** Prior to cutting for...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Bikini Quilt Along: getting started

How many people start a quilt like this? I usually do, only with graph paper. Welcome to the first official post of the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along. If you are just joining in, check out the QAL page for the nitty gritty details. If you want to purchase the pattern, visit my Craftsy shop, Color Girl Quilts, to download the pattern immediately and join the fun! First order of business? the winner of the Pink Chalk fabrics $25 gift card is comment #40: Barb, congratulations! Second? a fun surprise! Jeni at In Color Order has two copies of the Polka Dot Bikini...

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Midnight at the Oasis QAL

One More Week: Midnight at the Oasis Quilt

I love it when my mom comes to visit me. We get to spend lots of time sewing together, enjoying each others' company, and she often brings quilts to show. Today I am sharing her Midnight at the Oasis top. She brought it with her to turn in to my local long-arm quilter. We have one more week in the Quilt-Along! I did a bit more quilting on mine tonight, but I am waiting until next week to show. I am really excited about it! Remember last time I posted about being afraid of FMQ? not anymore. I am just...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini: The Quilt-Along (plus a giveaway)

Announcing the start of the great Polka Dot Bikini Quilt quilt along! click the button above for the QAL page…make sure you grab the button to display on your site.Is everyone ready for a fun party? I have worked out a schedule of making about six blocks every two weeks over the next few months. You are welcome to keep up and finish your quilt with me, or do as much as you want in between other projects. I do hope you join!I want to give a big thanks to sponsors: Pink Chalk Fabrics Canton Village Quilt Works Pink Castle Fabrics they are each...

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Midnight at the Oasis QAL, Work in progress

2014 Goal #1: overcome fear of FMQ

My first goal in quilting for 2014: overcome my fear of free-motion quilting. I have only been quilting my own quilts for about a year. Before that, I always paid someone to long-arm quilt them because I was afraid of ruining my hard work. Last year, I started doing some basic quilting, straight lines and using the decorative stitches on my machine (essentially just quilting with my regular sewing foot) as well as my Sashiko machine. I took a huge risk and decided to start my goal on my Midnight at the Oasis Quilt. I practiced a bit on a small...

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A Work in Progress and Updated Tutorial

Many readers have seen bits of my Twirling Fans quilt in progress, but the weather was finally decent (and dry!) enough to get some pictures outside. Still not great lighting….blast the winter sun!I machine sewed the binding yesterday and started the hand stitching today, and guess what? I finished writing the pattern, too! I hope it will be available before the end of the month, once I get through the proofing and testing stage.I updated my binding tutorial to include the hand-sewn method I am using for this quilt. I hope you check it out, I am pretty proud...

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Free to a Good Home

Tabatha at Quilty Box is organizing an orphan block drive to make quilts for donating to Quilts for Kids.I figured this was a great time to root through my drawer of orphan blocks as well as UFO's I never intend to finish (we all have them, right?)I found it kind of fun to look at what was languishing in that forgotten drawer. I was a bit surprised to find very few orphan blocks, but several whole projects (i.e. lots of blocks) just waiting to be sewn up. I am sending these wonky strip blocks and leftover yardage from making...

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Beach Comber

Beach Comber Quilt

I have a "new" pattern in my Craftsy pattern shop: Beach Comber. This is not a completely new pattern as I released it before I rebranded to Color Girl and made improvements on all my patterns, so I should say this one is "Back!" I made this quilt last spring, starting with a layer cake of "Lucy's Crab Shack" by Sweetwater for Moda, and the bright solids. Pretty soon I found myself picking out the low volume (light) prints from my layer cake and adding more from my stash. The baby size quilt (shown) can be made with a layer cake and...

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Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

January Book Club: Hand Quilted with Love

I don't know about you, but I have so many quilting books, and I will likely keep buying my favorites. The problem is, I hardly ever actually make something from my books. So this year, I started a quilters' book club back when my kids started school in September. Each month of the school year, I am choosing a book to highlight and make one block. This gives me a chance to take a new look at my favorite books and to actually make a project inspired by them. At the end of the school year, I will have nine...

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