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Finished Quilts, Patchwork

Finished Mini Challenge Quilt

I finished my Timeless Treasures and Dear Stella Challenge quilt! This little cutie is a chubby 20" square, made with only fabrics from those two companies. I posted about my process on this quilt Here.One of the rules of the challenge was to use as least two fabrics from each, Timeless Treasures and Dear Stella. From TT, I used the light gray Sketch and pink zigzag (from Matilda). The rest are from Dear Stella, including the binding stripe.When I decided to join the fun, I thought I had way more of these in my stash. I figured this was...

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Patchwork, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Dear Stella/Timeless Treasures Challenge Quilt

If you are on instagram, you may have seen a bit of buzz about two fabric manufacturers, Dear Stella and Timeless Treasures, sponsoring a mini quilt contest. You can read more about it Here.The rules were to make a 20" mini quilt using only fabrics made by these two companies (no solids allowed). The idea is to make something traditional into something modern.Now, I don't need another project, but Minis are soooo much fun, and how about a reason to use some stash fabric? Also, I had Lasik surgery last week, so my eyes have only been up to...

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Fabric

For the Love of Fabric: “Radiant Orchid”

Do you know what color I rarely use in my quilts? Purple. I do think purple is beautiful, though. There are so many shades, but I have still found it a bit hard to work with. It's just not one I have been drawn to.And yet…Last fall I fell in love with the fabric collections "Clover Sunshine" and "Sun Prints" by Alison Glass (Andover Fabrics). They have an abundance of uncommon shades, from lavender to fuchsia.What do you know? these colors have now found their way into my stash!It's a bit surprising that I don't quilt much with purple,...

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Announcements, Finished Quilts, Patchwork, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

My First Publication: Modern Patchwork

"After the Rain" Quilt, by Sharon McConnellPut your feet up and enjoy a great read! This season's issue of Modern Patchwork is here, and I could not be more excited to announce that I am in it! Well, my quilt and pattern are, anyway. This has been such a hard secret to keep the past six months, and I honestly I didn't really believe it was true until I actually saw the magazine.Look! there's my name in print! My "After the Rain Quilt"Last summer I sewed up this quilt using jumbo hexagons in all kinds of gray scraps plus...

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Announcements, Flying Kites, Giveaway, Quilt Patterns

New Pattern Winners

just popping in to announce winners of the new Color Girl pattern, "flying kites",The Running Hare (be sure and visit her…I am loving her current post with the scrappy twister pattern)and DianeYLadies, you have gift in your inbox. I would love to see your quilts that you create with the pattern.Thank you for all the kind comments!I have been loving the sunshine, my flowers, and life all the way around. I hope it's the same for you.Sharon

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Announcements, Finished Quilts, Flying Kites, Giveaway, Patchwork, Quilt Patterns

New Pattern for Spring: “Flying Kites”

I am so happy to share a new Color Girl pattern with you! "Flying Kites" was originally published last summer, but has now undergone my re-branding with more size options and improved graphics. It is available to purchase as an immediate download in my Craftsy Shop.This pattern is great for a confident beginner quilter, with simple to piece blocks set on-point. I made the original quilt, shown above, with a Moda charm pack of the "Lucy's Crab Shack" collection.  This size option requires only one charm pack and finishes at 39"x60" without borders or 54"x76" with the borders: perfect...

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Curved PIecing, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL, Work in progress

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along: Progress and Troubleshooting

Happy Bikini Day! It also happens to be really sunny outside and almost Friday, so it's a good day! Today is the last check in for the Bikini Quilt Along, do you have all of your blocks sewn up? During the next two weeks we should be sewing the blocks together to make the finished top. I am so excited! Just wanted to give you a bit of a peek at mine so far, here are some blocks laid out… I decided on this layout, turning every other block so that the patchwork squares alternate with solid blue fabrics. Some of...

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Fabric, Flowers

A Little Flowers, A Little Fabric (new Kaffe!)

It is a beautiful day! so happy to see signs of Spring….The first flowers are blooming in my garden, tiny little crocus bulbs. They are so cheerful and bright!I am gearing up for a lot of yard work this coming week: since I am the neighborhood landscaping committee, I have mulching, weeding, planting and trimming to do in both my own garden and the neighborhood flower beds. I cannot wait!There is also beautiful new fabric available! Jackie, at Canton Village has a new supply of gorgeous Kaffe Fassett prints….I love that print with the houses and it comes in...

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Finished Quilts, Patchwork, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

April is for Finishes!

April is a new beginning for me. I finally quit my regular day job at the end of March. It was really a negative in my life, and I wanted to spend more time quilting and developing the potential in that (Huge Thanks to those who buy my patterns, visit my blog, and support my sponsor!), as well as focus more on quality time with my kids.I did start a new "real" job, but only very part time. I am spending my newly increased quilty time to get some of my unfinished projects finished.I have (finally) finished my Summer...

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Book Club 2013-14

April Book Club: “Scrap Basket Beauties”

It's April! It's beginning to look like spring, and it's time for a new book club selection. If you are just tuning in, each month I choose a book to feature and chat a bit about. I also sew one     12 1/2" scrappy block inspired by something in the book. This month I picked out "Scrap Basket Beauties" by Kim Brackett. All of you modern quilters might think this looks like a cutesy tootsy full of projects in pastels and 30's reproductions, but if you look inside, there is lots of goodness for any taste…. As the title indicates, the...

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