star cross modern patchwork quilt using utopia fabric for art gallery fabrics by color girl quilts
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Quilting Interest

Oh, What Fun! Quilt Love 2014

  It is almost a new year, and many are looking back at the year that was. Instagram is going crazy right now with "flipagrams" that make me dizzy to watch, mosaics of photos showing finished quilts, and hashtags for all the favorites. It is so much fun to see all the creativity that the quilting world has produced in 2014, and I feel so blessed to have had a wonderful year dedicating much of my time to my love of quilting. One of the things I set out to do at the beginning of 2014 was to get more creative with...

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modern quilt, clam shell quilt with appliqué
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Favorites, Quilting Interest

Around the World of Quilting: Rachaeldaisy

Many of you have probably seen the Around the World blog hop posts popping up on quilting blogs over the past year or so. I did a post as part of the tour last summer, and I was tagged again a couple of weeks ago by Amy Smart. Since most quilters (at least all the ones I asked) have already done the Around the World post, I decided to take it in a different direction and skip the part about myself and tagging future bloggers to post. I wanted to tell you about some of my favorite quilters instead. Today,...

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Desert Sunrise Quilt, modern log cabin quilt with batik fabrics by Color Girl Quilts
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Quilt Flashback: 2006 log cabin remix

A fun part of visiting relatives is seeing quilts I made for them, and it is especially great to see them using the quilts! We visited my mother-in-law in Arizona for Christmas, and I found that she had this quilt on the bed in her guest room. I was really excited to see it again because I wanted to get some pictures since I made it before I was really into photographing and logging my projects. Kind of hard to believe I made this eight years ago! So, I made this quilt in 2006 and gave it to my in-laws...

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Quilting Interest

A Reason to Celebrate Every Day!

As the days go by, it is so easy to get caught up in all the things I "have" or "want" to get finished, places to be and dinner to cook. Since my kids were born, I have found myself frequently stopping and seeing a moment from the outside in and thinking, "I want to remember this moment forever". This is my way of letting time stand still for a moment and just being...being present in my own life, seeing my kids in the fleeting moment where they are because they change so fast, or just basking in a...

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Eclipse quilt by Sharon McConnell, curved piecing orange peel quit design with stars
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Eclipse Quilt, Finished Quilts

Finished Quilt! Eclipse

I am so happy to be able to finally share this quilt! This is one of my favorite quilts that I made this year, and it is called "Eclipse". I sewed it last spring but didn't share the details because it was going to England and is now published in Quilt Now magazine. I think this is a very exciting quilt design because it combines some really fun piecing techniques, including curved piecing, and really pretty fabrics (of course!). It was quilted by the always fabulous Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts. I started out with a fabric bundle of...

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how to mix fabric prints for quilt, handstamped by Alioson Glass with Mochi dots by moda
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Fabric

For the Love of Fabric: Handcrafted by Alison Glass

I have said before that I love everything Alison Glass designs, fabric-wise. So I was naturally really excited about her latest and most-talked-about quilting fabric collection called Handcrafted for Andover Fabrics. *the text print above is also by Alison Glass, part of her 2013 collection "Sun Prints"* Handcrafted is a collection of hand-stamped, batik style fabrics in saturated jewel tone colors. When you see these fabrics in person, you are struck by the richness of the color, but also by the simplicity of the prints. My first thought was to pair them with fabrics of texture. Andover also makes a collection...

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Bird in the window quilt star, aviatrix medallion center star quilt
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, Paper Piecing, Work in progress

Aviatrix Quilt: the Center Star

I did it! I finally finished my center star for the Aviatrix medallion quilt. I have to say I really love it, is it okay to say that about your own quilt? I really love making medallion quilts (so far I've done the Marcelle Medallion and Midnight at the Oasis). This pattern is called Aviatrix Medallion and was created by Elizabeth Hartman. (you can buy the pattern here and see how the original looks). Now, I do  have some explaining to do because if you are familiar with the pattern, you know mine looks different. While I love the original quilt, I...

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how to make Simple Sampler six inch quilt block with strips
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Block 16

This is it! the last six inch quilt block for the December set of the Super Simple Sampler. Our theme this month is strips, and I have to tell you, I really like all the strip quilt blocks! They are fun and super quick to make and I have liked having slightly larger pieces of fabric to work with compared to previous months. Here is how to make this block. Cutting From each of the pink and the light gray: cut (2) 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips from the navy blue: cut (2) 2 1/2" squares from the yellow: cut (1) 2...

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how to make Simple Sampler six inch quilt block with strips
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Free Quilt Blocks, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Quilt Block #15

Quilt Block #15 of the six inch super simple sampler quilt series is here, and I will tell you how to make it! Cutting from light prints: cut (1) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle; (2) 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips; (1) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle; (2) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares from yellow: cut (2) 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips; (2) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares from pink: cut (1) 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam, press after each seam 1. Pair each light fabric 1 1/2" square with a yellow 1 1/2"...

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how to make Simple Sampler six inch quilt block with strips
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Free Quilt Blocks, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Quilt Sampler: Block 14

Time for the Super Simple Sampler, six inch quilt block #14. Today I am continuing our theme for this month with another Strip block. Cutting From dark blue: cut (2) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips From aqua/pink floral: Cut (2) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles from pink: Cut (2) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam, press after each seam 1. Arrange the fabric pieces as shown above. Sew the pink rectangles to the aqua floral rectangles along one long side. Press toward the pink. 2. Sew the units made in step 1 together at the center (short side). Make...

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