Curiosities fabrics by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: “Curiosities”

When I first saw the sneak peeks of the Curiosities fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics last spring, I knew I would love it. Then, at quilt market in Minneapolis in May, I got to see it in person...Jeni Baker has arguably produced her best fabric collection yet (isn't she one of those that just gets better with each one?) with Curiosities, inspired the little things that make us stop and wonder. I was really lucky to win a giveaway that Art Gallery Fabrics did during Market and got a bundle of the Curiosities prints as my prize! This week I...

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Aviatrix medallion modern patchwork quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt

Finished Aviatrix Medallion Quilt

I know what you are thinking..."it's about time this quilt top is finished!". I am so happy to finally have my Aviatrix Medallion quilt finished, because it kind of feels like I've been plodding along forever. Medallion quilts are a pretty fun interval project...something to sew on off and on between other quilts  and that is how I have done this: one border at a time, maybe once a month or so. The Aviatrix pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman (buy her patterns Here from Canton Village Quilt Works). I made some changes to the  design to fit my taste, as well as some necessary adjustments to...

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summer vacation in Colorado, biking
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Quilting Interest, Travel

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I hope you don't mind indulging me in a bit of a more personal post. Today is the last Sunday of my summer "vacation". My kids went back to school last week, but I start this Tuesday...I was accepted to the design (visual communications) first year course study at Ohio State. While I am super excited by all that I will surely learn, it's kind of scary, too. This has been probably the most wonderful summer of my recent memory, and the experience has taught me a great lesson. More on that in a minute. My family and I had the...

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polka dot bikini quilt by Color Girl using kona cotton solids fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Polka Dot Bikini, Quilting Interest

Kona Solids: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Stash Fabrics Kona cottons quilt blog tour! Beth at Stash organized a group of quilters to pick out their favorite bundle of colors from her stock of Kona solids, then let us dream up a sewing project with them. Beth carries the entire collection of Kona solids, over 300 different colors! It seemed like a no-brainer to make my pretty bundle into a Polka Dot Bikini quilt, and with that in mind, I chose a variety of bright colors, including at least one light and one dark of each. Of course, once I got...

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Gossamer quilt pattern by Color Girl quilts
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Announcements, Quilting Interest

Quilt Patterns Now Available Wholesale to Shops!

It's time to start planning your new quilts and choosing patterns for classes this fall and winter at your local quilt shops! I am pleased to say that it is now easier than ever to buy Color Girl quilting patterns in print....I have eight patterns now available wholesale from three major distributors: Brewer Sewing,   United Notions, and   Checker Distributors My two newest quilting patterns for wholesale distribution are Whimsy Garden (top photo) and Gossamer (above). Whimsy Garden would be a fantastic class pattern: learning curved piecing and simple appliqué to create this unique quilt design. Mastering these two skills opens up a huge range...

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Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 24
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Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Love Patchwork & Quilting

  Happy Mail! This month's issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting is a particularly good one, so I thought I would share my favorite projects and inspiration with you. The cover quilt is by Nicole Calver (@snippets101) and is quite creative in the way it is put together. I noticed when I saw the whole quilt photo that the stars seemed to overlap...they weren't pieced in your typical square and then set together in a grid. I read the pattern and loved how she put this together! Such a creative way to get a quilt without an obvious "block". There is...

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TipsyByColorGirl modern curved quilting pattern with scrappy fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Tipsy Quilt

New Pattern to Sew! Tipsy Quilt

It's almost the end of summer break, kids are going back to school and we can see more sewing time in our near future! I know many quilters feel intimidated by sewing curved patchwork, but if you are ready to try this fun technique, Tipsy is the quilt pattern for you. Easy curves go together in a breeze and a versatile block that can be Tipped and Turned to create you own unique quilt. Tipsy is the newest pattern now available to download and start sewing today from my pattern shop and on Craftsy. The Tipsy pattern includes full instructions and...

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broken V quilt with Free Spirit Fabrics, pattern by Christa Quilts
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Work in progress

Broken V Quilt, A Finished Top!

Last week my quilt in progress was the Broken V quilt, still in pieces and playing around with the layout of the fabrics. Since then I have managed to sew up the quilt top and even get it basted! So excited to quilt this one. I am pretty proud that I finally used some of my precious stash of Alison Glass fabrics for this one, as well as prints left from from my baby Dutch Windmill (also a stash quilt! feels good to use some of what I have). For the back, I sewed together several fat quarters and fat...

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Dutch Windmill quilt pattern by color girl using Free Spirit Fabrics
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Dutch Windmill, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Finally Finished Quilt! Dutch Windmill #2

I finally finished my baby Dutch Windmill quilt...this has been a work in progress (or, more accurately, a finished top needing quilting) for many months. I pieced it last November at the Sewtopia quilt retreat and had planned to quilt it myself, but recently I have really been trying to get some of my "in progress" quilts into the "finished" column, so I decided to send it to Darby to get quilted. The pattern is my Dutch Windmill, available Here. I used a bit of my stash of several favorites, including prints from Tula Pink, Alison Glass, and Denyse Schmidt's "Chicopee"....

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