Aviatrix medallion quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, Work in progress

Aviatrix Medallion: X and + Border

It seems my sewing time has been short lately, but I really wanted to squeeze in this quick "finish": the X and + block border on my Aviatrix Medallion quilt. I posted previously about how much fun these blocks are and they are really cute all by themselves (you may have seen whole quilts made of these blocks, they are pretty popular for good reason). I decided for this round of the medallion to focus on pink and green alternating for the X and do all the plus shapes in navy blue. I feel like this is a pretty...

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Quilt Now Magazine issue 10
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Pops Quilt, Published Work, Recommended Reading

Quilt Now Featuring “Pops!” Quilt

My, how the months go by! It seems I just told you about my Gossamer Quilt in issue 9 of Quilt Now and here we are on issue 10. This issue is running on the theme of bright and cheery quilting and sewing projects. The quilt on the cover was made by Nicholas Ball (@quiltsfromtheattic) and uses small scraps for the abacus beads, fused and appliquéd to pieced strips. This issue has many projects great for using scraps, including quilts and bags. My new pattern, called "Pops!" is one of the featured quilt projects. It is machine pieced hexagons, all...

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Pops quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Pattern Corrections, Pops Quilt, Quilting Interest

Quilt Now, issue 10: “Pops” Quilt Instructions Clarification

I am happy to say the Quilt Now issue 10 has landed in the U.S., and even better: I got my copy! I will be back with more on the issue, but I wanted to write a post as soon as I could when I noticed some typos and a missed illustration on the instructions for my Pops Quilt. In the cutting instruction, for the solid blue, pink and yellow triangles, you must cut with template B and not template A as the instructions list. (There is only one triangle template, so it's pretty obvious this is a typo, but...

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Flora Fabrics by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Flora by Joel Dewberry

"Flora" is designer Joel Dewberry's best collection since Notting Hill a couple of years ago. Flora is his newest release from Free Spirit fabrics, and I was instantly taken with the vivid, pretty colors and the somewhat retro looking prints (loving those tulips!). On closer look, I think it is interesting and a bit unusual because the color ways could really be two distinct collections: the blue/green/salmon prints and the pink, violet, gold prints. I feel like they look good all together, but could easily stand alone (meaning you don't need to buy the whole collection to get a workable...

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Jumping Jacks quilt pattern in skopelos fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilts in Progress: Skopelos Fabrics

I am working on a project that seems like it has been planned for ages! Last fall, when Art Gallery Fabrics was previewing their new fabric collections, I fell in love with Skopelos by Katarina Rocella. I submitted a quilt design idea to one of the magazine editors I work with, then I worked on other quilts for over six months with this quilt always on my to-do list. Waiting for the fabric to arrive.... Finally, happily, that quilt just needs binding and will be shipped off for official photography this week. But, in the process of all this, I...

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how to make super simple modern quilt sampler with nine patch squares
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Quilt Block #32

Time to make our fourth Super Simple Sampler quilt block for April! I think this is my favorite of the nine-patch blocks I have featured this month. If you want to sew along with me, you can find the instructions for all of these six inch quilt sampler blocks, Here. Let's sew! Cutting from each of the dark blue, yellow, pink, and light blue: cut (1) 1 1/2" square, (1) 2" x 3 1/2" rectangle, (1) 2" square from the black (center square): cut (1) 1 1/2" square from the black and white: cut (4) 1 1/2" squares   Sewing (1/4" seam, press after each seam) 1....

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how to make super simple modern quilt sampler with nine patch squares
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Quilt Sampler Block #31

The Super Simple Sampler quilt blocks for April are all in the theme "nine-patch", which means they are cute and also very easy to sew. Just what we all need this busy time of year! Here is how to make #31. Cutting from each, pink, aqua, light blue, and yellow prints: cut (1) 3" square from black and white print: cut (4) 1 1/2" x 3" rectangle from dark blue: cut (1) 1 1/2" square Sewing 1. arrange cut pieces as shown above. Sew the pink 3" square to a 1 1/2" x 3" black and white rectangle. Press toward the black and white. 2. sew a...

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how to make super simple modern quilt sampler with nine patch squares
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Quilt Sampler Block #30

...And our second block of April for the Super Simple Sampler. This month the theme is nine-patch, so each block contains some form of this classic quilting design. Here is how to make block #30. cutting from each of two prints in dark blue: cut (2) 2  1/2" squares; (2) 1  1/2" squares from yellow print: cut (2) 2 1/2" squares from pink print: cut (2) 2 1/2" squares Sewing (1/4" seam, press after each seam) 1. arrange the cut pieces as shown above. Sew the blue 1  1/2" squares together in pairs. Press. 2. sew one dark blue 2  1/2" square of each print to...

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how to make super simple modern quilt sampler with nine patch squares
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Quilt Sampler Block #29

Already April!? It is time for the next four blocks of the Super Simple Quilt Sampler. This month I chose the nine-patch as our theme, so each of the blocks will incorporate the nine patch in some form, and they are all really easy  and basic. If you are just tuning in, I am publishing a monthly series of four 6" sampler blocks. They are all easy and quick: a great little interval or beginner project and way to use your scraps.  You can find the instructions to make the first 28 blocks, Here. This is in tandem with...

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Tula Pink City Sampler modern six inch quilt blocks
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book club 2014-2015, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

April Book Club: Four City Sampler Blocks

It is time for our April quilters' book club blocks! This month I chose the theme "nine-patch" for my six inch sampler blocks. There is not a specific chapter in the Tula Pink City Sampler book about nine-patches, but I flipped through and found plenty of blocks that use nine-patches in creative ways. For my four quilt sampler blocks for April, I made blocks 85, 4, 31, and 7 from the City Sampler Book. These came from the chapters on crosses, squares and strips, so you can see that the basic nine-patch can be incorporated into a variety of settings and...

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