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Marcelle Medallion QAL, Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Mini Marcelle

In my quest to spend July on my Works in Progress, I have made a little progress on my Mini Marcelle Medallion quilt. I have added the brick-like rectangle border and the solid fabric border, which is white with tiny green dots. I am really happy with how this is coming along: the colors are so cheerful and sweet, and there is just something fun about a tiny quilt. At this stage, it's not too tiny anymore, about 27" square. I made a full size version of this popular pattern, you can see it Here. I have said before how much...

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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

All Bound Up! part 2: a survey

I'm thinking about binding this week.  Sometimes it seems like a chore to get binding done when you are so excited to be finished with a project and move onto the next one. Binding can seem so tedious. However, I actually pay a lot of attention to binding my quilts. I have a drawer in my stash where I keep only fabric that I have designated to bind a certain project (that way I don't accidentally use it for something else). Yes, I usually have the binding fabric chosen while I am still piecing a quilt, nowhere near the finish....

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Binding, For Beginners

All Bound up! part 1: new method

I have mentioned that July is a "time out" month of quilting for me. Every once in a while I have to stop and really focus on finishing projects or I start to get really overwhelmed. This month, it seems I am doing a lot of binding, which is wonderful because it means I am "finishing" my quilts in progress! Last week I was putting this yellow binding on one of my quilts and I had an "aha!" moment, so I thought I would share my discovery for those who aren't already doing this. Oh, the dreaded ends. There are probably...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster Quilt: Take 3

It is week three of the 2014 Summer Blockbuster! Today I will show you how to sew your blocks together into a finished top. Click Here to see the first post, including fabric and cutting instructions Click Here to see the second post, sewing the sashing strips to the blocks *Sew with right sides of fabric facing, using 1/4" seam Making the four sides of the quilt (above): In the last step, you sewed strips of black and striped sashing on two sides of four of the sampler blocks. Since the blocks are on point in the finished quilt, you will add two setting...

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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Finally Finished! Bikini Quilt #2

I did it! I finally finished my second Polka Dot Bikini Quilt. I started this quilt back in January to work along with the Bikini Quilt-along I hosted here on the blog. It has been one I worked on off-and-on since then, often getting set aside for other projects. This month I have been making a big effort to finish up some works-in-progress and this quilt was top of my list. It's funny, as I was making this it seemed like such a big project: lots of piecing (curves take extra time) and lots of quilting (for me, anyway). Then...

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Quilting Interest

Getting Acquainted Blog Hop

Today I am joining in the "let's get acquainted" blog hop organized by Beth at Plum and June. I have been blogging my quilting for almost two years, but I just recently moved into this new site, so the hop came at a good time. If you are new to Color Girl, welcome! and Old Friends, it's always good to have you visit. I am the Color Girl. My two favorite hobbies are quilting and flower gardening. The more colorful, the better. A bit of quilty tid-bits about me, I wonder how many we all have in common? 1, The color...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Patchwork, Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster take 2: Sashing Blocks

Happy Sunday! Last week I introduced this year's Summer Blockbuster quilt project: a setting design for finishing up your orphan quilt blocks. Get fabric and cutting instructions Here. Today, we start sewing! **if your blocks are different size from mine (which are 12 1/2" unfinished), read all the instructions before cutting fabric and then adjust measurements for your block size)   This design calls for nine pieced sampler blocks plus four "background" squares. You may choose to use 13 pieced blocks and no plain blocks (or any combination). First determine the layout that you want your blocks in the finished quilt. My favorite...

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Adding a Hanging Sleeve, For Beginners

Honey, Do: Adding Hanging Sleeves to Quilts

I was so thrilled back in December to have my Polka Dot Bikini Quilt and my Twirling Fans Quilt invited to be included in an MQX (machine quilting exposition) show in Portland in August. The show is a special exhibition focusing on examples of combining traditional and modern quilting styles. It will be on display during their regular show and festival August 14-16 in Portland, Oregon. So that brings me to today's topic: I needed to add hanging sleeves to both quilts as well as label them before I send them off in a couple of weeks. This is a great...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster 2014

It's July! that means it's time for a summer blockbuster. This year I made my quilt with all the blocks I did for my monthly Quilter's Book Club during this past school year. The quilt finishes 62" square as shown. This month, I will be posting a series of instructions to make a top like mine. If you have orphan blocks or old block-of-the-month blocks you never put together, this is a great opportunity to turn them into a finished quilt! I will add options whenever possible and offer alternatives to mine. First, the blocks: I have nine pieced sampler blocks...

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Announcements, Giveaway

Winners! and a Thank you

I am here to announce the winners of my "warm welcome" giveaway. First I would like to say a big "thank you" to those who left comments on my first post. I am so happy to hear that you like the new site and find it easy to read and navigate. I am really happy to be settling into my new space. I absolutely cannot take credit for the work that went into moving my blog and setting up most of the site. Lindsie Bergevin is a graphic designer in Boise, Idaho. I met Lindsie at Sewing Summit last fall and...

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