Sew Sweetness pattern, aeroplane handmade duffel bag
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Sewing

New Sewing: My Aeroplane Bag

I sewed something that is not a quilt! I am pretty proud of myself, but have to give some credit to help, or at least moral support, provided by my mom. She is a great sewist and helped me with this pattern. I had long admired the Aeroplane Bag pattern by Sara Lawson (Sew Sweetness), and I bought it several months ago along with fabrics and supplies, but never got the nerve (or time) to  make it up. The two blue and white fabrics are canvas in prints designed by Sweetwater for Moda. The orange ticking is also canvas that...

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modern traditional fan quilt pattern by Color girl quilts, scrap quilt with borders
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Announcements

Color Girl Quilts Patterns, In Print!

Great news! I have begun transitioning my patterns to print. This means you can now choose to buy a printed pattern and have it mailed to you or buy the pdf pattern and download it immediately on your computer. I have five patterns now available in print form listed in my pattern shop: Twirling Fans, Dutch Windmill, Polka Dot Bikini, Star Crossed and Jumping Jacks. The rest will be coming in the near future. If you are a shop owner or teacher and would like to order bulk patterns from me at a wholesale rate, please contact me for an order...

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Aviatrix Medallion quilt, pieced quilt borders, star quilt
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, Work in progress

Aviatrix Quilt: The Second Border

It took a bit of deciding on how to sew the second border on my Aviatrix Medallion quilt, but in the end I went to with black and blue. **See details on my center star, Here, and the first border, Here** I had to alter the pattern again for this border in order to keep my measurements workable. My second border, with the row of blue squares, is actually meant to be the border after the X and Plus blocks, but I reversed them and put the row of squares on first. I really like how the darker blue in...

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Granny Quilts Reproduction quilting made modern
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Giveaway

Hopeful for Spring: Fresh Quilts Book Giveaway

I am feeling really charged up about quilting. I know that sounds silly because quilting is pretty much my life outside of family and home, but I do have moments when the excitement waxes and wanes. It is definitely on an upswing at the moment! I think I am really excited about my sewing at the moment because I feel really fresh! I stopped taking on magazine projects a couple months ago in preparation for starting school, so I am now wrapping up all of my previously-made obligations. This means I am waiting (impatiently) to share some great quilts, but...

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how to choose color and fabric for quilts
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Doe

Yes, I drank the kool-aid. I now have some Doe fabric by Caroline Friedlander in my stash and even already have big plans for a new quilt with it. If you have been away from quilting social media for a few months, here is the update: Doe has been one of the hottest fabric items and highly anticipated collection among modern quilters of late. As you would expect from Caroline, Doe is a beautiful collection of simple geometric prints in useable colors and scale. Here is what I like about it: it doesn't even need to be a collection! Each...

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Jumping Jacks scrap quilt by Sharon McConnell easy quilting pattern
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Jumping Jacks Quilt, Quilting Interest

New Pattern: “Jumping Jacks” Scrap Quilt

Today I have a new quilt pattern for sale in my shop and on Craftsy. This is my "Jumping Jacks" quilt, originally featured in Quilt Now magazine for their scrappy quilts issue last November. Jumping Jacks is a particularly fun design because there are so many ways the blocks can be laid out to create unique patterns. It is a good beginner quilt with basic piecing and cutting, or a quick make for baby shower or other gift. When I first made the quilt, I had a tough time deciding how I wanted to set my blocks. You see, the black and...

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simple six inch quilt sampler block with rectangles
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Free Quilt Blocks, Partial Seams, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Sampler Block #24: how to sew partial seams

Happy weekend! Today I have the fourth and last Super Simple Sampler block for February. All week I have been showing you how to make easy six inch quilt blocks featuring rectangles. For this block, you will use a partial seam to inset the center square. I will show you how! Cutting from each, navy and pink scraps: cut (1) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle; (1) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle from yellow scraps: cut (2) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle; (2) 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle from gray print: cut (1) 2 1/2" square Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam,...

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how to sew a simple six inch quilt sampler block with rectangles
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Free Quilt Blocks, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler: Block #23

Today I have another easy six inch sampler block for you! This month our theme is rectangles, you can see the other blocks, Here, along with instructions to make each one. **the fabrics used for this block and throughout this sampler series are from the Figures collection designed by Zen Chic for Moda (fall 2014) Cutting: from each, yellow and blue: cut (1) 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle from pink: cut (2) 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles from gray print: cut (2) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles   Sewing: right sides facing, 1/4" seam allowance, press after each seam 1. Sew a pink 4...

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how to sew a simple six inch quilt sampler block with rectangles
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Free Quilt Blocks, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks, Work in progress

Simple Sampler 6″ block #22

  Welcome to the second block of our February Super Simple Sampler! This month our theme is 'rectangles' and today's block is super cute. Here's how to make your own: cutting: from eight different prints: cut (1) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle from the light blue print: cut (8) 1 1/2" squares; (4) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles sewing: (right sides facing, 1/4" seam, press after each seam) 1. Sew a light blue 1 1/2" square to one end of each print rectangle 2. Decide on the distribution of your prints and colors. Arrange the rectangles as shown above. 3. Sew the print rectangle units together...

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How to sew simple six inch quilt sampler block with rectangles
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Free Quilt Blocks, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Block #21

Welcome to the February edition of the Super Simple Sampler series. Each month I am making a total of eight  six-inch sampler quilt blocks. They are all meant to be very basic and easy to sew. The first four each month come from Tula Pink's City Sampler book (see those posts Here). But for those who want to quilt along, but may not own the book, I am also publishing instructions to sew four of my own blocks each month. You can see those blocks, including instructions, Here. This month our theme is Rectangles. Here is our first rectangle quilt...

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