Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt

I know. If you have been following my blog, you have seen the Polka Dot Bikini quilt more than you want to. Here is one more post for my entry into the Bloggers' Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. This is one of my favorite quilts, and definitely my best selling pattern to date (you can buy the pattern in my shop or on Craftsy, and a kit of fabrics is available from Canton Village Quilt Works). I think my favorite part of this quilt as a finished product is the bright saturated colors. You won't find a speck of white...

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Quilt Now Magazine issue 3, sewing ideas from Color Girl Quilts
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Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Recommended Sewing: Quilt Now

In issue 3, Quilt Now heads to Morocco with the rich colors and graphic patterns. It is kind of fun how this magazine has a theme each issue and the projects, fabrics and photo styling reflect that theme. I wanted to show this issue in particular today because it has some really quality projects inside. Even though this is only issue 3 of a brand new publication, it already shows a lot of promise in my mind: the projects are actually on the challenging side! Editor Katy Jones (of I'm a Ginger Monkey) isn't afraid to offer more than the...

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Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern ring quilt, paper piecing
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Hula Girl, Work in progress

Quilting in Progress: Spinning!

I have said before that I am not good at the "quilting" part of quilting. I am not at all confident at free-motion and usually limit myself to straight lines or using the decorative stitches on my machine if I'm feeling fancy. Often, I forget this when I set out to quilt a quilt. I get really excited and over ambitious and bite off more than I can chew. (I have some half-quilted projects to prove it...) Well, with my new Hula Girl Quilt, I did that again (the getting excited and over-ambitious), but....I am totally thrilled! I mentioned last...

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Hula Girl Quilt by Color Girl Quilts, modern ring quilt
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Announcements, Finished Quilts, Hula Girl

Hula Girl Quilt Pattern Now on Sale

Happy Sunday! A fun announcement here at Color Girl: a new pattern is now available. This is my modern ring quilt called "Hula Girl". You can find it in my shop or on Craftsy. The pattern includes very detailed instructions and clear diagrams to get you started on paper piecing if you have never tried it. I also have a couple of tutorials in photos, Here. The quilt shown on the pattern finishes at 44" x 53", so it is perfect for a baby or child, a snuggle or a wallhanging. My current version has only five rings, so it...

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Chicopee fabric by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit, quilting
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: A Secret Crush

This Love Fabric post features a bit of a throw-back: Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt. This collection is some years old, but still available from some shops. I have always really liked it but resisted the temptation to buy it because the colors were so distinctive, the fabrics would really only coordinate within the collection. Well, I found a bundle of the blue/green color way on sale recently and I finally caved to temptation! But that is because I have some ideas for mixing it... Another favorite: Sun Prints by Alison Glass. This was a series of prints released last year...

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Hula Girl quilt with Michael miller fabrics by Sharon McConnell
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Basting

So, I finished my little Hula Girl quilt top for the Michael Miller Fabrics challenge for Sewtopia. (Read about how I got started on this Here). Usually fall is my favorite time to take pictures of quilts because the colors outside are so pretty, but our weather has been nothing but wet for two whole weeks! So I am giving you a bit of a peek at this as I was basting it. I really want to quilt it with spiraling circles from the center of each ring. I love how that looks but never tried it. I think this...

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Super Simple 6" sampler quilt blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern patchwork
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler block #8

Today is the last day of the Super Simple Sampler series for October. I created the four blocks above to go with the theme of triangles. Today I have the instructions to make our last triangle sampler block, which is the one center left in the photo above. Cutting from each of the light gray and dark blue prints: (2) 3" squares, cut diagonally to yield four half square triangles of each color. from the yellow: (1) 3" square, cut diagonally to yield two half square triangles (HST) from the pink: (4) 2 1/2" squares Sewing 1. Arrange the fabric pieces as shown above.  Match...

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Super Simple 6" sampler quilt blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern patchwork
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler block #7

Here we go: block #7 of the Super Simple Sampler series, continuing our theme of triangles for October. Cutting from the pink: (2)  3 1/2" squares from the blue check: (2) 3 1/2" squares from each of the yellow and the gray: (3) 2" squares Sewing 1. Arrange the yellow and gray squares so that they cover the corners of the larger squares as shown. Turn the yellow and gray squares over and mark a diagonal line on the wrong side (I do this by finger pressing a crease, but you can use a pencil, too). Replace the yellow squares, right sides facing their respective...

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Super Simple 6" sampler quilt blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern patchwork
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Quilting Interest, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

6″ Sampler Quilt Block #6

Another day in October and it is another triangle block for the Super Simple Sampler! If you missed the other blocks in this series, you can find all of them Here. These are six inch quilt blocks I have designed and I am publishing the instructions to make four each month, then a sampler quilt next summer with all of them. Block #6: Cutting from each of the light and dark blue: (1) 3 1/2" square, cut diagonally to yield two half-square triangles of each (HST). I used the leftover triangles from the last block and cut two more so they would...

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simple six inch quilt block, patchwork, modern quilting
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Patchwork, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

6″ Sampler Quilt Block #5: Triangles

Happy Day! it is month two of the Super Simple Sampler: we are making six inch blocks and today I am continuing the triangle theme for October. Cutting: from each, dark and light yellow: (1)  2 1/2" square from each, dark and light black: (1) 2 1/2" square from each, dark and light blue: (1) 4" square, cut in half diagonally *for this block you just need one triangle of each. the other will be used in another block* from pink: (2) 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles, and (2) 5" x 2" rectangles Sewing: 1. Match the light yellow/dark yellow squares right sides facing. Do the...

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