Color stripe curved piecing quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Quilting Interest

The Year That Was 2016, and More

2016 has sure been a busy year here at Color Girl quilts! Looking back I feel really happy with what I have accomplished both personally and as a quilt artist and feel so excited about what 2017 has in store. Although 2016 was good in so many ways, there was also disappointment and stress, hard work and loss. I had experiences this year that changed the way I view the world and life. I have thought a lot about what I want to write here, saying good bye to another year and looking forward to the new. I will say...

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Here comes the fun fabric by Art Gallery fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Here Comes the Fun!

A brand new collection has landed from Art Gallery Fabrics! Here Comes the Fun, designed by Caroline Hulse (@sewcaroline) is pretty much irresistible to a color lover like me. These are my kind of fabrics: basic prints, a few with text, lots of clear colors and geometric designs. The scale of the prints is ideal for quilting, with a good mix and lots of contrast. There are lots of options for these pretties...perfect just as they are, you could easily use a bundle of fat quarters and pair them up with a solid color, white or black (or all three!)...

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blue and white curved piecing quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilting in Blue and White

I am starting a new series of quilts for patterns in 2017 and they will have lots of fun new ways to use my favorite curved piecing! This week I started something new and something I haven't done in a long time: a two color quilt. I had a layer cake of this collection of all blues and gray/white prints (Moda Fabrics, 2016), so I thought, "why not just keep them together and go with a monochromatic scheme?". Blue and white is a perennial favorite and I figured it would challenge me a bit to keep my project to such...

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Lava beach quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern curved piecing orange peel quilt
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Finished Quilts, Lava Beach Quilt, Published Work

LOVE Quilting, A New Quilt

It seems I have waited a long time to share this quilt! I am extra happy that it is my first quilt in the UK magazine, Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 42. The magazine is now available in the UK and digitally, and we will have it in the U.S. in January. I am calling this quilt Lava Beach because I made it last summer right after my family and I had a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. One of our favorite spots on that island is a black lava sand beach where the kids play in the...

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Spin quilt pattern cover, modern quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Spin!

Spin! Quilt Pattern Now Available

So fun to add a new quilting pattern to my shop, right in time for New Year sewing...or Christmas sewing for those extra ambitious folks! Spin was originally published in Quilts and More magazine last spring and I now have it ready for my readers here as an individual pattern. This pattern includes the fully illustrated cutting and piecing instructions for the quilt in three sizes: baby (or wall hanging), throw, and queen quilts. Buy the pattern, Here . As always, I do all of my piecing with 50 wt. Aurifil thread and also recommend Hobbs batting. These wonderful companies provide me supplies,...

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