Eclipse quilt piecing, pattern by Sharon McConnell, colorgirlquilts, using fabrics by Tula Pink, Zen Chic, Cotton and Steel
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Curved PIecing, Eclipse Quilt, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: a new Eclipse

I am starting a new, smaller version of my Eclipse quilt pattern. This is going to be part of my demonstration pieces for a class I am teaching this weekend. I think this is going to be such a fun quilt...I love these bright colors and modern prints! I am thinking about mixing up the prints in the circles, rather than placing the four alike ones together to form a complete circle. What do you think? I am also trying it out with navy blue in place of the yellow. I have several blocks sewn, ready to add the stars. I...

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black and white and colorful quilt by Jackie Kunkel, pattern in book, "splash of color"
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Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Splash of Color!

There is a new quilt pattern book for quilters now available, and it is different than everything we have seen recently. Splash of Color was written by Jackie Kunkel (owner of shop Canton Village Quilt Works) and offers a feast of fun patterns for quilters of all styles. (keep reading, you have a chance to win an E-copy of the book!) The concept of Splash of Color is combining black and white fabrics as "neutrals" with brightly colored prints. You won't find a quilt in this book made from a single designer collection, no trendy stuff...just classic-style quilts perfect for using...

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Quilt Now issue 14 featuring Festival quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Festival Quilt, Pattern Corrections, Published Work, Quilting Interest

New Quilt Pattern: Festival, in Quilt Now

This month's issue of Quilt Now magazine features my new quilt pattern, Festival. My quilt (shown below) was made with fabrics from the "happy home" collection by Caroline Hulse for Art Gallery Fabrics (on sale now) as well as a couple prints from my Art Gallery Fabrics stash. I used Hobbs Heirloom batting and Aurifil thread for piecing. Long arm quilting by Darby of Quilted Squid. *note: there are some errors I found in the pattern in the magazine, see bottom of this post for explanation and corrections* I had fun making this quilt with all the bright cheery colors, and the Happy Home...

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Talia Quilt top featuring art gallery fabrics. pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Free Quilt Patterns, Work in progress

A Finished Quilt Top! Talia

So happy to mark one quilt top off my Work In Progress list: this is my Talia quilt top, made from a pattern I designed  last winter for Hoffman Fabrics (you can download it free Here). There are some fun options with these blocks that will make different looking quilts, see my previous post for ideas, Click Here. I made this version of the pattern with fabrics I had in my stash already...lots of pretty pinks and aqua with some dark purple and gray for contrast. The white/gray dot print for the background is from Frances Newcombe's "Cherie" collection from Art...

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Broken V quilt by Sharon McConnell. pattern by Christa Watson, fabrics by Alison Glass and Tula Pink
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Giveaway, Quilting Interest

Machine Quilting With Style: Broken V Quilt

It is my turn to write about the new book, Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson and the quilt I made using one of the patterns, Broken V. The book was just released by Martingale and is for sale, Here (signed copy from Christa). I met Christa last November at Sewtopia in Salt Lake City. We sat at the same table and really hit it off. I was excited when she asked if I wanted to preview her first book and take part in the blog tour showing off some of the projects featured. Regular readers of my blog have...

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Joel dewberry fabrics for Free Spirit fabrics, Giveaway
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Giveaway

Giveaway! fabric and quilt pattern

Things are crazy busy in my world right now, so let's do something just for fun: a giveaway! I have six fat eights (9" x 21") of prints by Joel Dewberry plus a copy of my Dutch Windmill pattern.  These are prints from the collection that I used a great deal in my Eclipse quilt. I love the retro-style florals and geometrics in my favorite complimentary combo: blue and orange. Dutch Windmill is a quick-make quilt, with instructions for three sizes. It is a great design for showing off your favorite prints. In addition to the quilt on the pattern cover, I...

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

Quilt in Progress: Broken V FMQ

Last week I shared that I am working on finishing some Quilts in Progress, and while I am working on getting my Talia quilt top finished, I am alternating some time for free motion quilting on my Broken V quilt. I am so excited to get this in the Finished column! and I am really proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone a bit. The pattern for this quilt comes from Christa Watson's brand new book, Machine Quilting with Style. The book was just released from Martingale, so I am happy to be among the first to...

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Gossamer quilt, pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Finished Quilts, Gossamer Quilt, Quilting Interest

Quilt Inspiration and Making Yours Unique

This post is a bit of a throwback (only about a year), but I realized I never shared this finished quilt! I wanted to show the quilt today as an example of one quilt inspiring another and how you can make small changes to patterns to fit your needs or make it unique for you. As background, I created this quilt design specifically to show off "quiet" or light color fabrics. I had a collection in my stash of these beautiful pastel prints, and then Art Gallery Fabrics released a collection called Minimalista, which I fell head over heels for....

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free quilt pattern, talia quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Talia

I am a week into my University design courses and I am filled with feelings of excitement, but also a little overwhelmed! My classes are pretty demanding, more so than the art classes I took last semester...but from what we are talking about so far and the looks of the schedules, I am so excited by all that I am going to learn! My sewing time is definitely going to be limited in the next few weeks, but I decided that I want to focus on working on finishing some quilts in progress. This week I got out the fabrics for...

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