Broken V quilt pattern with triangles, in Alison Glass fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt In Progress: Broken “V”

  This week I am working on my Broken V quilt. The pattern is by Christa Watson, and is featured in her new book, "Machine Quilting with Style". The book is in stores in September, but Christa sent me an e-copy so that I could try out one of the patterns. I have to say, there are not many quilting books I actually Read. I am more of a picture girl! But as I have mentioned, my free motion quilting skills could use some work for sure...so I read the tips and ideas Christa uses in her book, and I was...

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Zen Garden quilt beginner pattern by Color Girl quilts, charm square quilt
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Announcements, Quilting Interest

Virtual Quilting?! It’s so Fun on Pattern Jam

Have you ever wished you could see what your fabrics look like in your quilt pattern before you cut them all up and start sewing? Pattern Jam is a new website that offers you the opportunity to audition fabrics in different quilt patterns before you buy the pattern or fabric. You can also upload fabrics from your own stash and plan your quilt in the chosen pattern before you sew. Click Here to visit the site and sign up to try it out. It is even more fun than it sounds. I can see how this could be really addictive...like having...

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Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell, Pattern by Color Girl quilts
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Quilting Interest

Kona Solids Quilts with Stash Fabrics

Have you been following the Kona cottons blog tour sponsored by Stash Fabrics? A fabulous group of quilters have chosen their own bundle of colors and made inspiring quilt projects. There will be posts all around blog-land for the next six weeks or so. Here is the schedule: Stash Fabrics Kona Blog Hop Schedule July 17 – Darcy @ Modern Cozy July 23 – Jacey @ Jacey Craft July 30 - Kelly @ Kelby Sews August 3 – Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia August 6th – Jodi @ Tales of Cloth August 10th – Megan @ City Stitches August 12th – Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts August 17th – Elizabeth...

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Star Crossed quilt, pattern by Color Girl quilts with Sketchbook fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Star Crossed Quilt, Work in progress

Quilt In Progress with Sketchbook Fabrics

I feel pretty lucky to be friends with Sharon Holland and have the opportunity to sew with her brand new fabrics, "Sketchbook", for Art Gallery Fabrics. Sharon asked me to sew a quilt to show the pretty prints as they are getting to stores very soon, and of course I said, "yes!". Sketchbook is a collection of prints inspired by naturalistic drawings and doodles you might make in a garden or out for a summer walk. My two favorites are those at the bottom of the photo above, the sketchy circles: each big polka dot is a different color and...

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how to make a modern Simple sampler quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Free Quilt Patterns, Quilting Interest, Summer Blockbuster 2015

Summer Blockbuster: Finishing the Quilt Top

Thank you for following along this month as we quilt along on the Summer Blockbuster, making our sampler quilt blocks into a finished quilt top! Last week we finished sewing the blocks with the sashing strips and blue setting triangles. This week it is time to arrange those blocks, sew the rows and finish the top. 1. Arrange your blocks as you want them to appear in the final quilt. If you are sewing with me: for the 72 block quilt you will make nine rows of eight blocks. For the 36 block quilt, you will have six rows of six...

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Tipsy curved piecing quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Tipsy Quilt

New Quilt Pattern: “Tipsy” in Fat Quarterly

I am so happy to finally share a new quilt with you! Last winter, the staff at Fat Quarterly asked for submissions to their issue on curved piecing, and of course since I love designing quilts using curved piecing, I raised my hand. I decided to use a shape that is different for me, but a classic in quilting: the Drunkard's Path. The classic drunkard's path template is a basic quarter-circle curve with corresponding concave "background" corner, making a square block with 1/4th circle. It is a very versatile block, with many ways to rearrange for a variety of...

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Whimsy Garden modern curved piecing quilt pattern
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Curved PIecing, Whimsy Garden

Sew a Whimsy Garden Quilt! Pattern Available

So happy to have the Whimsy Garden quilt pattern now available in my pattern shop! I sewed this quilt last fall for a feature in Quilters' Companion, where it was published in May. Now you all have the chance to make this unique quilt. Whimsy Garden is a great pattern to start with if you are new to sewing curves. The blocks are gently curved and come together quite easily. The pattern provides full instructions for the curved piecing and completing the appliqué circles even if you have never done appliqué before, or tend to avoid it (that's me! not usually...

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how to sew simple modern sampler quilt
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Summer Blockbuster 2015

Blockbuster Quilt: Finishing the Sampler Blocks

Welcome to week three of the Summer Blockbuster quilt, 2015 edition. Last week I published the cutting instructions and first sewing step to get started setting our sampler quilt blocks together. This week we are starting where we left off, with blocks that have the gray and white sashing strips on, ready to add the blue half-square triangles. 1. Place one sampler block on the design surface face up. Place one navy blue 2 5/8" square (right sides facing) so that it covers one corner where the gray and white sashing meet: 2. Mark the diagonal of the blue square from...

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

Aviatrix Quilt: Starting the Last Border

    It is so fun to be working on the very last pieced border of my Aviatrix Medallion quilt! If you have been following along (see other posts, Here), this quilt has been a bit of an adventure as I improvise my way through each border and enjoy these sunny bright colors. Since I did my last border differently from the pattern (I did the rectangular checker pattern instead of log cabin blocks), and the size of my quilt is different from the original quilt pattern, I had to work out a plan for my butterfly blocks. I wanted to do...

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how to make simple modern sampler quilt,
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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Blockbuster 2015

Blockbuster Sampler Quilt: Cutting and Sewing

It was so great to hear from a few of you who are going to sew the Summer Blockbuster quilt with me! Thank you so much, it is way more fun, and I can't wait to see what you make. Be sure and Like the Color Girl Quilts Facebook page so you can post your progress. If you are just tuning in, get the details on this Mini-Quilt-Along, Here. Today I have cutting instructions, and the first sewing step. Let's get to it, Cutting for the 72 block quilt (cutting instructions for the 36 block quilt are at the end of this post,...

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