polka dot bikini quilt by Color Girl using kona cotton solids fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Favorites, Quilting Interest

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival! The Little Bikini Quilt

Twice a year, Amy's Creative Side sponsors a fun, virtual quilt "show" for bloggers. I haven't entered the show in a while, so I thought this year I would add my latest Polka Dot Bikini quilt. This is a smaller version than the original pattern, and I made it just this last summer as part of the Kona Solids tour with Stash Fabrics. Even though it is my third version of the Bikini quilt, I have to say I had a blast making it and really love how it turned out! This quilt is also pretty special to me because...

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Sparkle quilt pattern, modern patchwork quilt with stars for charm squares
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Quilting Interest, Sparkle Quilt

New Quilt to Make Now! Sparkle Pattern is Here

I am super excited to finally have the Sparkle quilt pattern available in my shop! Download and start sewing today (-: Sparkle was originally published in Quilters' Companion (in Australia) magazine last June for their special issue on pre-cuts. You can see my original Sparkle quilt, Here. For the pattern, I wanted a different sample, and my mom was so sweet to sew this quilt for me. Huge thanks to her and to Hoffman Fabrics for providing fabric from their new collection of modern batiks, You and Me. These fabrics are seriously gorgeous, if you haven't seen them yet, check...

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Quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell using Art Gallery fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Finished Quilt! Pretty in Pink

Continuing my quest to use spare time between school work and family time to finish some quilts in progress, and this week I had a small success! I made this quilt using my pattern "Talia" (available to download, Here) and fabrics from my stash. I started this one last winter, and am so happy to mark it off the list of "unfinished". Quilting by Darby Myers (Quilted Squid), batting is Hobbs Heirloom, and I used Aurifil thread. I love everything about the fabrics in this quilt...soft pinks and peach, aqua and gray, plus some deep purple. That gorgeous border floral...

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quilt now magazine issue 15 featuring Archer Quilt by Sharon McConnell, fabrics by Art Gallery fabrics
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Published Work

Archer Quilt Pattern Featured in Quilt Now

This month's issue of Quilt Now Magazine features some beautiful quilts and other projects, including my Archer quilt and pattern. I made the Archer quilt last spring as part of the blog tour showing the new Etno fabric collection by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. Be sure and look at this post for all the details and pretty pictures. Archer is a baby size quilt just right for a beginner quilter or if you are just experimenting with modern quilt designs. I love the unique shape that Archer incorporates...we don't see too many quilting patterns using the equilateral triangle,...

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

I love Teaching! the Eclipse Class

Had a fabulous time Saturday teaching my Eclipse quilt pattern to a group at Quilt Beginnings in Dublin, Ohio. For my demonstration sample, above, I decided to mix up the original pattern a bit and make my blocks with the pod shapes all different fabrics, rather than using the same print to make a complete circle. I love how this looks! Pam had never sewn curves and is a relatively new quilter, but she took right to it...sewing her blocks without any problems! She is making her Eclipse with Joel Dewberry prints from the same collection that are found in...

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