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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Curved piecing quilt with the Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl Quilts, with art gallery fabrics
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Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Choosing Fabrics

This summer has been crazy! I don't feel like I've had much time for sewing and definitely not as much time for working on patterns as I thought I would. It's all good, though, because time with my family, and traveling are always worth it. The challenge of being a one-woman show at business and having a life, too (-: I have managed to start a new quilt top, though, and I cannot wait to show you! I am working on the pattern for this little quilt that I made last winter. It was one of the first I did...

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Twirling Fans quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts, with Indie Boheme fabrics by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
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Favorites, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest, Twirling Fans

Twirling Fans: Indie Boheme Style

Have you seen the new fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by Pat Bravo?! For each new collection, AGF releases a beautiful look book of inspiring projects featuring the fabrics. These look books are seriously amazing...if you are interested in design and photography, you will enjoy seeing the AGF team's gorgeous styling and creativity in each of these unique inspiration guides. This past spring, I had the opportunity to sew something for the look book with these gorgeous Indie Boheme prints. I made a baby size quilt using my Twirling Fans pattern. The Indie Boheme fabrics are the latest...

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what shade are you quilt with RJR cotton supreme solids fabrics by Sharon McConnell
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Announcements, Finished Quilts, Mermaid Quilt

You’ll Love this Colorful “Mermaid”

It's finally here! Pattern number three to accompany the Classic Curves Ruler is Mermaid. I am really excited about this design...so graphic and colorful, and so much potential. I made the sample on the pattern cover with solids from RJR fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids collection. It is my first ever quilt made only with solids! Hard to believe, but I really enjoyed it. I would love to see it in prints and I think it would be really fun with light scraps in place of the navy blue and white "background". I used Hobbs heirloom blend batting and quilted it with...

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Giveaway, Picnic Quilt

Improv Fabrics: Pure Summer Beauty

My Friend, Amy, of During Quiet Time, has just released her first fabric collection with Benartex! This is such an exciting achievement and couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Amy's collection is called Improv, and is filled with useful basics in soft, summery colors. This week is the tour of inspiration as sewists around the blog and social media world show what they have made with these lovely fabrics. Be sure and follow along with Benartex and visit each stop for a chance to win a bundle of  this pretty fabric for yourself (more on that in a...

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squaring up a quilt block, trimming a curved piecing quilt block by Color Girl Quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest

Trim and Square Your Blocks. How-to, No Fear.

Here it is, the second tutorial to go with the Classic Curves Ruler: Squaring up your blocks. This could also be used for other types of blocks, too. In my teaching experience, trimming and squaring blocks is usually the part that quilters struggle with the most. It is a critical step, though, so that all your blocks are the same, fit together, and seams match when you sew them together. Remember to always make sure when you trim that you are paying attention to seam allowance around your shapes, whether it's curves or star points. See the first tutorial,...

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Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest

How to: Cutting with the Classic Curves Ruler

This is the first of some tutorials I want to post to go with the Classic Curves Ruler. This will give you an idea how it works and provide some up-close, photo instructions to accompany your ruler. These instructions are included with the Ruler when you purchase one, too. First up, we have the basics of cutting the two parts of a drunkards' path block. The ruler includes ten grooves for cutting different size blocks. For this example, I am going to cut pieces using the 5" groove. I am going to cut the convex curve pieces (quarter circle shape) with...

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Drunkard's path quilt block with bright colors, modern traditional quilting
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Quilting Interest

Come Sew With Me in September!

One of my favorite things about quilting is sharing my passion for it with others. That is the only reason I write patterns and share my thoughts here on this blog. I don't always know that anybody is reading, but every once in a while I get an amazing email or comment from someone that they have enjoyed a quilt I have shared or an idea or tutorial. That totally makes my day! I have taught a few classes at my local quilt shop and I enjoy it so much every time. This coming September 8-9, I am leading a...

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Picnic quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts Sharon McConnell. Modern curved piecing quilt
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Picnic Quilt

How About a Picnic This Summer?

Summer has officially arrived in our house. The kids are out of school, we've been on our bikes and they have gotten out the water balloons. Another exciting arrival: the brand new Picnic quilt pattern! This is the second full pattern available to accompany the Classic Curves Ruler. Picnic introduces a new shape for the CCR, and one of my all time favorites: the orange peel. I don't know why I love this block so much, but I think they are really fun to make and experiment with layouts and additions. I have two other patterns using this shape: Whimsy...

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