modern patchwork quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilts in Progress: Making Strides

  Last week I wrote about my first experience at Quilt Market in Minneapolis and some of the projects I felt inspired to get finished up soon. Well, despite being away more than home the last two weeks, I have managed to make a bit of progress on some of those on my list. I started quilting my Eclipse mini quilt. Disclaimer: I am not a great home-machine quilter, and this is the type of quilt I usually send to a pro (because I love it and don't want to ruin it), but I decided this was small enough that I should practice...

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Australian Quilters companion magazine
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Published Work, Whimsy Garden

New! Whimsy Garden Quilt

I love this quilt! (I hope it's okay to say that about my own creation). I made this one last fall and it is so exciting to finally share the finished quilt, published this month in Australian Quilters' Companion. The Whimsy Garden quilt is smallish, great for a baby or child, wallhanging or sofa lap quilt. I feel like the design is so "me", with curved piecing (I love those pod shapes!) and lots of bright colors and prints. The circles are appliquéd, but really easy! See my tutorial on circle appliqué, Here. It is always fun to see my quilts...

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Dutch windmill quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

All The Inspiration at Quilt Market and Beyond

  Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis. This is the twice yearly wholesale show for quilting and sewing industry people. The simple fact that I was allowed in makes me feel pretty giddy, and the experience was more than I could have hoped for. (Above is my friend, Sharon Holland, posing in front of her display for her new fabric collections for Art Gallery Fabrics. It is gorgeous! watch for it this summer)   There were a few people on my short list that I really wanted to meet simply because I am...

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how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Block #36

  Kind of crazy, this is the last in our Super Simple Sampler quilt block series. After this block we have 36 adorable 6 1/2" quilt blocks ready to be made into an easy modern quilt. If you have been following along, I have also been making blocks each month from Tula Pink's City Sampler book (see posts here), so I have 72 blocks! This summer I will be posting a series of tutorials to make these blocks into a quilt, so whether you have made 72 (or more!) or just the 36 in the Super Simple Sampler series, you will...

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how to make super simple modern sampler quilt blocks with triangles, tutorial
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Block #35

We are on quilt block number three for May in the Super Simple Sampler series. Kind of amazing we have made 35 already! This month we don't have a theme, I decided to just make a variety of blocks to use the technique from previous months. Here is how to make this fun half-square triangle block, Cutting from the yellow: cut (2) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips; (2) 2 1/2" squares; (2) 3" squares, cut on diagonal to yield 4 half-square triangles from blue and pink (each): (1) 3" square, cut in half on diagonal to yield 2 half-square triangles (HST)   Sewing Right sides...

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how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Block #34

  Welcome to the second block of our May edition of the Super Simple Sampler. This month we are finishing up our 6" sampler blocks! Almost ready to turn them into a quilt. Here is how to make block #34. Cutting from the dark blue: cut (4) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles; (8) 1 1/2" squares from the aqua print: cut (4) 2 1/2" squares from the yellow: cut (1) 2 1/2" square; (4) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles   Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam, press well after each seam 1. Place one dark blue 1 1/2" square right sides facing a yellow 2 1/2" x...

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

Simple Sampler Block #33

  Welcome to the last week of the Super Simple Sampler series of 6" block tutorials! By the end of this week, we will have 36 blocks to make our sampler quilt. This month I didn't choose a theme, so we will have a variety of blocks, using all the techniques we've done so far: flying geese, triangles, squares and strips. Check out the tutorials for all the blocks, click Here. To start, we have a very simple block using just squares, but it makes a fun pattern and good way to use small scraps. Here is how to make the...

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tula pink 100 modern quilt sampler blocks featuring zen chic fabric for moda fabrics
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book club 2014-2015, Work in progress

May Book Club: the last four sampler blocks

  I cannot believe we are in the last month of the school year and the last month of making our sampler blocks! This month I decided not to choose a theme and just make my favorites of the blocks that I haven't yet made from Tula Pink's City Sampler book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. If you are just joining, I have done a monthly series this year, making four blocks from Tula's book each month (see all the posts, Here) and also providing you readers with instructions to make four blocks that I designed (see all the tutorials, Here). I...

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unidentified quilt by Sharon McConnell, featured in Quilt Now magazine
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Finished Quilts, Spectrum Quilt

An Unidentified Quilt

    You can't go wrong with polka dots on quilts, right? I would like to introduce you to my "Unidentified" quilt, in all its polka dot, bright colorful splendor! Now, I know it seems like I have had tons of finished quilts to show lately, and before you get too impressed, you have to understand that many of them were made over the course of the past year. I made this quilt last June (almost a year!) and I am so happy to finally share it.   "Unidentified" is featured in this month's issue of Quilt Now, hitting subscribers this week in...

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Gardenvale fabrics by jen king well for Moda fabrics
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Giveaway

Big Giveaway Day: Gardenvale Fabrics

Giveaway is now closed! thanks for all the comments, I love reading them and learning more about what quilters and sewers are doing. The Winner is Christy and she was notified by email. Thanks! It's a great day for a fabric giveaway! Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the quilting world. If you are a regular reader, I thank you for the kind comments. If you are visiting for the first time from the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day: I am glad you found me and I hope you will come back again soon. For my giveaway, I have seven...

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