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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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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