Aviatrix medallion, bird in the window quilt block, paper piecing diamonds patchwork
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilting: What’s New and Next

First of all, we have a winner of the brand new issue of Quilt Now (containing my pattern!): Renee says she cuts her scraps into little hexis....what a great idea for take-along piecing. Big thanks to Pink Castle Fabrics for sponsoring the giveaway! If you are in the mood to shop (and who isn't this time of year?), Pink Castle has 30% all in-stock quilt supplies...including all the best modern fabrics! use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY30 Also, cyber Monday is December 1: Canton Village Quilt Works will have all batiks and Kaffe Fassett fabrics 25% off. I am particularly partial to...

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Utopia quilt, art gallery fabrics, modern patchwork cross quilt
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Work in progress

Utopia Quilt: Finished Top, Quilting

        Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my baby scrap quilt in Quilt Now this month! I hope you will get your copy of this really fun issue. You can enter to win a copy, Click Here. ...and today's project: Utopia Quilt! for me, this has been a pretty fast (almost) finish! I started this quilt when I returned from Sewtopia earlier this month, and I already have the top finished and basted. I told you a bit about this as a Quilt In Progress last week, but I am really thrilled with  how the top turned out....

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Jumping jacks scrap quilt by sharon mcconnell, in quilt now magazine, scrap patchwork easy quilt
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Giveaway, Jumping Jacks Quilt, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

My Scrap Quilt in Quilt Now Magazine, plus Giveaway!

Last June I had the fantastic opportunity to meet Katy Jones at Camp Stitchalot retreat in Michigan. At that point, I was interested in doing more pattern publications in magazines and she was getting ready to launch a brand new quilting magazine based in the UK. We talked, she liked my quilts, I liked her, and now I present to you "jumping jacks", my first quilt project published in the current issue of Quilt Now. This magazine is fun because each issue has a basic theme, and this month we have scrap and stash sewing patterns. I made my "jumping...

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Dutch Windmill quilt by Sharon McConnell, color girl quilts, modern patchwork, pinwheel quilt with scraps
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Dutch Windmill, Finished Quilts

Finished Quilt! New Pattern Now Available

I am so happy to bring you a new pattern in the Color Girl Quilts collection: Dutch Windmill. You can get on this site or on my Craftsy Shop. First the basics: the pattern comes with fabric requirements and sewing instructions to make three sizes. The blocks are very easy and quick to make...perfect for a confident beginner. The baby size can be made in a day. This design can be made using 5" pre-cut charm squares, larger pre-cuts like fat eights and fat quarters. My version was quilted with an interlocking geometric "bubble" design all over, by my favorite local...

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cross patchwork blocks by Sharon McConnell, with Utopia Fabric by Art Gallery fabrics
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Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Utopia!

Bright, Cheery Colors. Fanciful Prints. The title of this post pretty much sums it up, right? I received a bundle of the new Art Gallery Fabrics collection, Utopia by Frances Newcombe, last week. I decided to make another version of my Star Crossed pattern, using all the bright colors together (and adding more!) just to change up the look from the original Star Crossed Quilt. I do have to say: I am really happy to have the opportunity to sew with these prints. I knew I wanted some as soon as I saw them pop up on websites: those bright colors are...

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Cotton + Steel fabric giveaway, quilting fabric
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Giveaway

Welcome Winter Fabric Giveaway

I was shocked to wake up this morning to see this scene out my window! Right away, I thought: "forget going to the gym, shoveling counts as exercise, then I can sew!" So, I took my kids to school, came home and shoveled my driveway (feeling quite pleased with myself the entire time), and then snuggled in for a day indoors. At least until school lets out. I am not a lover of winter. And I am certainly not thrilled to see snow in November...we usually have until around Christmas before winter gets mean. So, to warm things up, I decided...

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Sewtopia quilting and sewing retreat, fall 2014
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Travel

Sewtopia! A Heavenly Retreat

First: a winner for this week's giveaway, a summer 2014 copy of Modern Patchwork, comment #18 was Barbara Woods! hooray! Thanks for reading my blog, all. There will be lots more giveaways now through the holidays, so visit often. Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to go the first ever Sewtopia sewing and quilting retreat in Salt Lake City. I cannot even imagine the effort it must take to organize an event like this, but it was absolutely perfect! I am lucky that my mom happens to live in SLC, so I flew out a day before Sewtopia started...

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Choosing fabric by Sharon McConnell, quilting and patchwork
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Fabric

For the Love of Fabric: “Winged”

For the love of Fabric: that is a huge reason I quilt. There are so many beautiful designs to choose from and one of my favorite parts of the process is deciding what to put to together in my quilts. This involves color, print and texture. The new collection (released over the summer) from Art Gallery Fabrics, Winged, was designed by Bonnie Christine. The first thing that drew me to it was the "prettiness" of the prints with butterflies and flowers, and also the unique way she designed the bird prints. The colors are right up my alley, too,...

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Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, low volume, polka dot patchwork ring quilt
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Finished Quilts, Giveaway, Hula Girl

A Finished Quilt and Giveaway!

  I finished my little Hula Girl quilt just in time for Sewtopia last week. I am really happy with how it turned out and really happy that I tried some new things on it. (the Hula Girl pattern is available in my pattern shop) One of my favorite things about this quilt is the quilting. For the first time, I tried spiral quilting. Initially, I planned on just doing four large spirals coming from the center of each ring, but after I started I decided to do multiple smaller spirals all over the quilt. The stitching is all just a presser...

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Super Simple six inch sampler blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern quilting squares
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple six inch Sampler block #12

Today I have for you the last of our November blocks for the super simple sampler series. This is our fourth "squares" block, and I think it might be my favorite! Cutting: from each, pink, yellow, blue: cut 1 strip 1 1/2" x 9" from white: cut 3 strips 1 1/2" x 9" Sewing: 1. pair each color strip with a white strip and sew together along the length. Press toward the color strip. 2. cut each strip set into (6) 1 1/2" sections 3. Sew the six two-patches of each color together in pairs, making four-patch units and arrange them as shown below.   4. Sew the...

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