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Finished Quilts, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL, Quilt-Alongs, Sponsors

A Finished “Bikini” and Polka Dot Giveaway

I am so thrilled that my mom came to town to visit and we are going to Camp Stitchalot next week in Michigan! She also has her finished Polka Dot Bikini Quilt to show. I have mentioned this quilt before during our Quilt Along. She made a variation on the pattern by splitting the backgrounds into black and white. It creates such a neat, three dimensional design. The fabrics are all from her stash, she collects black and white prints and loves to pair them with bright colors. The binding is a funky print by Lakehouse fabrics with cupcakes printed on...

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Work in progress

W.I.P.: Hexagon Lone Star Quilt

So I am suddenly springing a nearly finished (just needs binding) quilt on you! I didn't post any process pictures of this one because I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it (submission, pattern, whatever).I picked it up from the long arm quilter yesterday. This is one of those quilts that I loved as I was making it…then didn't like it too much once it was finished. I do like it better now it's quilted.So why did it languish unfinished for so long? (I posted about starting it Here)Why am I kind of iffy about it?First...

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Finished Quilts, Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Finished!

I have FINALLY finished this quilt! This one really seemed to take forever, mostly because I was slow getting the binding on. Last fall I hosted a Quilt Along with Jess (Elven Garden) in which we made the top for this. You can see all the posts for this as a Work In Progress, HERE. This is my first quilt that I have done free motion quilting on myself. In the photo below you can see the swirly pattern on the floral border, and the leaf and swirls on the churn dashes. It is far from perfect, but I am...

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

Work In Progress: Quilting

Fabrics….. Have you ever made a quilt and then just couldn't decide how to quilt it? I have been thinking about what to do with this one for a couple of weeks, not sure how to go. You see, I really love this quilt, and I didn't want to mess it up. In the end, I just had to go for it (partly because I needed to free up my basting pins for another project, but nonetheless…) This project is my second version of the "Polka Dot Bikini" pattern. Check out the QAL posts over the past couple of months HERE. I...

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Advanced Paper Piecing, Paper Piecing, Rocky Road Star Template

Quilting How To: Paper Piecing with less waste

Welcome to my stop on the tutorial blog hop organized by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter! She has a new book out called, "Fabulously Fast Quilts", and had the great idea of collecting tutorials from quilters on their own little tricks to make quilting easier or faster. My trick has to do with paper piecing. Now, most are probably thinking, "how can you possibly make paper piecing anything close to 'fast'?" If you dislike wasting a lot of fabric with paper piecing, unpicking seams, or just find it confusing to place the fabric correctly, Read on. If you are new...

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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Primary Colors

I have the opportunity to participate in a blog hop that starts on Monday. Each stop will include a tutorial on making quilt-making quicker and/or easier. The whole thing is organized by Amy of Diary of a Quilter, so be sure and stop back on Monday.So, for my tutorial project, I need fabric! Today I started pulling fabric for my project and decided to do it with primary colors.When it comes to choosing a color scheme for your quilt, you can't go wrong with the primary colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue. They look great together as well as with neutrals...

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Giveaway, Quilting Interest

SMS Giveaway Week!

It is that fun time of year when people all over the world of quilty blogs meet at Sew Mama Sew for giveaways!I think this is a fun event because I get to find people I've never "met" before, and see their inspiring quilts and sewing projects. It also happens to bring new friends to my blog, so that's fun, too.I have two giveaways today. The first relates to a recent project here at Fabrics & Flowers, and that is "Quilters' Book Club". I just posted the last month (for this year) and am getting ready to start a...

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Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

May Book Club: “Quilt Romance”

Is it really the last month of the school year? Well, it's also the last month of Book Club before I put all my sampler of blocks together into a quilt. I thought for the grand finale this year, I would choose Kaffe Fassett's "Quilt Romance" book. After all, what kind of quilters' book club wouldn't include his work? For my block of the month, I was inspired by the quilt, "Autumn Daze". The quilt in the book is made up of alternating blocks of rectangles and half-square triangles. So simple, yet a stunning combination of color and pattern. I wanted...

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Announcements

Big News!

Hello!I have a couple of announcements.First, the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Canton Village Quilt Works is Karen. Congratulations and big thanks for following along this blog and the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt-Along.…..and,I am starting the process of launching the Official Color Girl Quilts Website! I will be moving into the new space in the next couple of months and I sure hope you keep visiting me.Here's what's happening:You will be able to find my blog, quilting patterns, tutorials and all the crafty stuff I am doing on one site: Colorgirlquilts.com  (visit my current Craftsy shop Here)Everything...

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For Beginners, Sewing, Tutorials, Zipper Tote Bag

Simple Zippered Tote Tutorial

This post is dedicated to sewing a simple tote bag with a zippered closure. I love making these to use up scraps of batting. I keep one in my carry-on bag filled with chargers, headphones, and such when I travel. They make a quick little gift, too (perfect size for a diaper, wipes and clean onesie!) finished size of bag: 12" x 10" x 5" wide at the bottom. Supplies and cutting: one 12" zipper Main outer fabric (blue print): cut two rectangles 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" Accent outer fabric and handles (green print): cut two rectangles 12 1/2" x 5 1/2" cut two...

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