Classic Curve quilt with drunkards path curved piecing quilt with fabric by Hoffman Fabrics indah batiks
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Solids or Prints? Yes, Please!

My main focus recently has been getting ready for quilt market in May. It is a sewing industry trade show for fabric people, designers, and publishers plus other sewing folks to show off their new products to wholesale buyers. I am going for the first time as an exhibitor! I have a little booth to plan and prepare, which is more than a little daunting. I hope it gives me a chance to show my patterns to lots of quilt shop owners. BUT...in between all the good work, I still need a little sewing time! This week I started my...

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Whimsy Garden, Work in progress

Whimsy Quilt in Progress…

Last week I showed you the blocks I am working on for my little Whimsy Garden quilt. This week I got the sashing all sewn and put the blocks together...I just need to add the borders to finish the machine sewing part on the top! This morning I spent some time choosing fabrics for the circle appliqués and basted a few to get ready for hand stitching. **See my simple method to appliqué perfect circles, Here** I have nine blocks (this is the small size on the pattern) and the circles will go at the crossroads of the sashing strips. I...

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Bee Sewcial quilt block of the week sampler
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Sewcial Bee sampler, Work in progress

Bee Sewcial! Block of the Week

I have jumped on board with a weekly block bee organized by my friend Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. These ladies have planned out basic sampler blocks at one per week until this summer. The patterns are free and available each week, Here. The bee is two weeks old, and these are my first two blocks. My plan is to use bright prints from my stash of Tula Pink and others. Each block will have a black and white print and I am alternating between black and white solid backgrounds. So, we will see how it all comes out...should be...

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Whimsy Garden blocks, quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts
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Whimsy Garden, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Dreamy Whimsy

Happy Weekend! A while back I posted about the new fabric collection, Garden Dreamer, from Art Gallery Fabrics. I was really excited to make something with these pretty prints, and the perfect opportunity came up! Last weekend I taught my Whimsy Garden quilt pattern to a class at my local quilt shop. I decided to make my sample for the class with my Garden Dreamer fabrics. I also added some prints from another new Art Gallery collection, Sage. The colors and prints from these collections look beautiful together! So, I am making the smallest size from the pattern, which will be...

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Daisy quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts
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Daisy Quilt, Quilting Interest

Daisy Quilts So Cute!

Alert! this is an eye candy post! I have a couple examples of quilts made with my Daisy pattern to share with you. I made this runner with the new fabrics, Sage, by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics. It is such a new palette for me, slightly muted shades of jewel tones. The prints include painterly florals, an ikat, lemons, and others. For the runner, I made three Daisy blocks set next to each other. I love how this turned out! I haven't made a runner in ages, but any pattern can be made into a runner by placing blocks...

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Dutch Windmill quilt with Blithe Fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics
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Dutch Windmill, Finished Quilts

Blithe, the Beautiful and Serene

If you have been reading this space for long, you know I am super fan girl for designer Katarina Roccella's fabrics. Here latest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Blithe, is just so perfect right now...wintry soft colors and pretty prints in frosty blues, dark plum, cream and gray, plus a touch of pink and gold. I feel very lucky to be included in a blog tour showcasing these beautiful fabrics. You can find links to other makers and lots of inspiring projects on Katarina's website, Here. For my Blithe quilt, I chose to make a baby size from my Dutch Windmill pattern. I...

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Links Quilt pattern for 2 1/2" strips by Color Girl Quilts with Moda Fabrics
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Links Quilt, Published Work

Links Quilt Now in Quilters Companion

All new! Links is my latest quilt pattern featured in Quilters Companion magazine. This fun and easy quilt is ideal for showcasing your favorite colors. Quilters Companion is not widely available outside of Australia, but you can get this issue digitally at Magzter. One of the reasons I am proud to be a contributor to Quilters Companion is the high quality of projects in each issue. My Links quilt is a great beginner level quilt and quick to make, but there are also a great variety of projects at more advanced skill levels. This makes it a worthy look for...

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flowering snowball mini quilt by Sharon Mcconnell with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Bits and Bobs, and all the Colors!

A couple weeks ago I showed you my little Flowering Snowball quilt in progress...I was experimenting with how to make the block without using the usual templates. It worked out, but my blocks were a teeny bit wonky so I had to add sashing to square them up a bit. WELL! This little top is finished and I love it! It's so imperfect, yet so lovable....with all those cheery colors and prints. I am loving this sunny little quilt in this gray month of the year. I am happy with the decision to add the sashing. Not only did it...

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Garden Dreamer fabric by Art Gallery fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Garden Dreamer

Have you seen the new Garden Dreamer fabrics by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery Fabrics)? I am loving the jewel tone colors and basic prints in this one. Just plain beautiful. The collection is pretty well rounded with a set of darker prints in fuchsia, teal and indigo, plus a bit of mustard. Then there is a group of light prints that offer a nice contrast to the deeper colors...soft powder pink, cream and seafoam green. Mixed in with all is an unexpected touch of orange. The color mix makes for a versatile grouping that doesn't scream matchy-matchy. As I searched through...

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Nine Plus quilt by Sharon McConnell, scrappy modern nine-patch quilt
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Nine Plus Quilt, Published Work, Quilting Interest

Vivid Grid Quilt in Quilts and More

So happy to share a new quilt! This is Vivid Grid, appearing in the brand new issue of Quilts and More magazine. Sometimes it seems like forever between the time I make a quilt for a magazine and when I finally get to show you. It can be so hard to wait! As you can see from the photos, I made this quilt last summer...and I am so excited about it. It is a fabulous quilt for scraps, so the timing of the release is perfect for all of those determined to sew scraps and stash this New Year. My version...

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