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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Pixie Medallion QAL, Half-Square Triangles

October is flying by and we are ready to sew the half-square triangle borders for our Pixie Medallion star. Feathered star is one of my favorite classic quilt designs, but the traditional block can be tricky to sew, with set-in (Y) seams and partial seams. The Pixie Medallion is so much simpler! Just straight sewing, so here we go. I know that some people like to do half-square triangles different ways. If you cut and sew them according the pattern instructions (like I do), there is no trimming required. Your little units, before they are sewn together, should measure 2...

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Mermaid quilt pattern by Color Girl quilts, with the Classic Curves Ruler, modern curved piecing quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Classic Curves Ruler, Mermaid Quilt, Quilting Interest

Pretty Mermaid Scales: a Pattern Hack

Today, I have instructions for making this pretty variation on my Mermaid quilt pattern. This is the same sewing and layout as the original pattern, but you get a whole new look by changing the placement of colors and prints. Clamshell is one of my favorite classic quilt designs. I like how this pattern gives you the classic shape, but made in a unique and modern quilt. To follow these instructions and make a quilt like mine, you will need the Mermaid pattern and a Classic Curves Ruler for quick and easy cutting of the shapes. Fabric cutting: Cut the following "set"...

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Pixie Medallion Quilt pattern, Quilt along, sewing the medallion star
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Pixie Medallion: Sewing The Center Star

Introducing the Pixie Medallion Quilt Along. Here we sew! For schedule and other particulars on the QAL, click here. To get your pattern, click here I have seen some photos popping up on Instagram that some of you are choosing your fabrics and getting ready. It is so exciting to get us going with fabric and sewing the center medallion star in October. I want to emphasize a few important things before we start cutting: Read the entire first section of instructions and familiarize yourself with the process we are going through to cut and sew the star pieces and half-square...

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Pixie Medallion quilt pattern by Color Girl quilts
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along

It’s Quilt Along Time with Pixie Medallion

We are gearing up the The Great Pixie Quilt Along. I am hosting this fun event with Wendy at The Next Stitch and I do hope we have lots of sewists join and sew along. It will be fun to see all the different looks this fun pattern can have. Since we are close to our start date (October 1!), I am posting here with our schedule and things you should know. First, you CAN make this quilt! all the piecing is straightforward, with basic shapes like half square triangles, strips and squares. You will recognize some of your favorite...

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Pixie Medallion quilt pattern by Color Girl quilts
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along

All the Colors! Let’s Quilt Along Together

It's almost time! Next week we are kicking off the The Great Pixie Quilt Along. I am hosting the QAL along with Wendy at The Next Stitch. The Great Pixie QAL will be a slow paced (read: no stress) community event to make the Pixie Medallion quilt fully supported by Wendy and me. You can find all the details and schedule on Wendy's post, Here. If you are in Australia or thereabouts, I hope you will support The Next Stitch and buy your pattern and fabrics from Wendy. You can get the pdf pattern here on my website, click here,...

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Picnic Quilt pattern by Color Girl, curved piecing quilt with the Classic Curves Ruler. Modern Orange Peel quilt
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Picnic Quilt

One Last Whisper of Summer

It's almost the first day of Autumn, my favorite time of year, and yet I am sorry to see the summer end. I love the warm weather, the flowers blooming and spending time outdoors (not  a fan of winter at all). I have one more summery fresh quilt to share with you. I showed you the finished top for this Picnic quilt back in July, and now I am so happy to have it all finished up! This is made with  my Picnic quilt pattern using the Classic Curves Ruler. It pieced up really quickly and then I worked on...

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Pixie Medallion quilt pattern by Color Girl Sharon McConnell
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Quilting Interest

The Great Pixie Quilt Along

Who wants to sew along with me? The kids are back in school, summer vacations are over, and we are looking at new projects to sew, right? I am going to be working on a few quilts for Quilt Market in October, but I also want to do something just for fun. I am planning to join @thenextstitch, an Australian shop who is starting a quilt along with my Pixie Medallion Quilt soon. I want to make a new version for myself and support you as you make one along with me. My birthday is in October, and the best gift...

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Whimsy Garden quilt pattern cover by Sharon McConnell, Color Girl Quilts. Modern Curved piecing with the Classic curves Ruler
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Whimsy Garden

All New! Whimsy Garden with Classic Curves

Whew! Life has been a bit crazy around here. The summer was much busier than I expected and I feel kind of behind on my quilty work. Well, the kids are back to school, vacations are in the rearview mirror, I am rested and fired up for some fall sewing! How about you? I want to share the newly revised Whimsy Garden quilt pattern with you today. This has been a favorite in my pattern shop, and now it's better than ever. The entire pattern got a makeover, including added instructions for cutting with the Classic Curves Ruler. No more...

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Mermaid quilt pattern with curved piecing using the Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl quilts
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Mermaid Quilt, Quilting Interest

Getting Creative with Pattern and Color

I finished a quilt! If you can believe it, this is made from my Mermaid pattern. When I set out to make this, I wanted to show how a pattern can look totally unique just by changing how you place the colors or value. For this version of the Mermaid quilt pattern, I replaced the navy blue and white solids with prints, making the clamshell shape. The bright colors in the original were replaced with the solids in this version, but instead of making the colorful humps, I made all the humps in a row the same fabric. This gives the...

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Modern Quilts 17-08 issue20 cover (1)
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest

Modern Quilts Unlimited: New Hexi Quilt

There is a brand new issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine out. I am so proud that my Hexagon Star quilt is featured inside! Hexi Stars is lap size quilt, and, although the design looks like hexagons, there are no set-in seams, so it is a no-fuss make. This quilt was especially fun to make because I used all fabrics in my stash: mostly favorites from Alison Glass and Tula Pink. I love the mix of bright colors with black and white for the stars. The magazine includes the templates and instructions needed to piece the quilt. As always, I used...

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