Pixie medallion quilt star with Bountiful fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics
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Fabric, Finished Quilts

Bountiful Beauty Quilt

This month Sharon Holland is having a little inspiration tour for her new fabric collection, Bountiful, with Art Gallery Fabrics. She sent me some of the prints to play with and join her group of makers. I decide to make a mini quilt from my Pixie Medallion pattern. I made just the center star and first border. It makes a beautiful little wall hanging or baby size quilt. If you follow Sharon, you know her fabrics are a consistent mix of soft color and artistic prints. Many of the prints feature motifs Sharon draws. For Bountiful, there is a landscape print...

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Aurora Quilt, hexagon star pattern by color girl sharon mcconnell, with fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda fabrics
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Aurora Quilt, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Brand New Sewing! Aurora Stars

One of the things on my bucket list of life is to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. I decided to name my latest quilting pattern Aurora after the incredible beauty of the Northern Lights: all the stars, the glowing light and vast array of color. Aurora is one of my new patterns for spring 2017 and the pdf is now available in my pattern shop (Here)!  As you can see and may have noticed on the website, I have been working on some changes around Color Girl. Patterns are getting a new look, my logo has changed up, and...

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Daisy quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell, modern dresden scrappy bright quilt
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Daisy Quilt, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

A Finish! the Bright Daisy

Sometimes it seems like I have a million projects going and nothing is getting done. That's why it feels especially great when I get to a point where stars align and things come together. This week is one of those times: some finished quilts and new patterns getting done, ready for Quilt Market and to share with you! One of my goals this spring is to have the print pattern of Daisy available so that shops can carry it (it is also available as a pdf file, Here). I made a new, brighter version of the pattern for the cover. This...

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Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine
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Quilting Interest

Recommended Reading: Love Patchwork

A couple of weeks ago I told you about a new quilt design I have featured in the new issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. At that time, I didn't have a copy of the issue yet. I received my copy and it is especially nice, so I thought I would share some projects here for inspiration. Warning: these images might make you want to get sewing! As you can see from the cover, this issue is all about color! The main one there on the cover is a scrappy design that would be fun to make in coordinated...

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Daisy Quilt, dresden plate quilt by Color Girl quilts with Alison Glass fabrics
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Daisy Quilt, Quilting Interest

Quilt in Progress: The Bright Daisy

One of the things I am working on to prepare for Quilt Market is a new version of my Daisy quilt pattern. I want to make one with lots of bright colors from my stash of polka dots and Alison Glass. I started cutting last week, hoping to have the top done before we went on a planned trip for spring break. These fabrics totally make me happy. While I was cutting and sewing, the thought kept going through my mind, "these colors are so bright, and so clashy, but so AWESOME!". I hope you all feel that way about...

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Color Story quilt with curved piecing by sharon mcconnell, in Love Patchwork and quilting magazine
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Published Work

New Quilt in Love Patchwork and Quilting!

I know I say this every time, but I SUPER happy to finally share this little quilt with you! Color Story is featured this month in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. This issue is on newsstands now in the U.K. and will be here in the U.S. in 3-4 weeks. Be sure and watch out for it...always a pretty publication. Color Story is a wall hanging size or baby quilt. I truly enjoyed making this one...from the design to the fabric and sewing. Fabrics are from one of my "collections" (bins of fabrics waiting for just the right project), including...

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wonderful things fabrics by art gallery fabrics. choosing fabric for quilt
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Fabric

For the Love of Fabric: Wonderful Things

Goodness! Doesn't it just seem like there is always so much beautiful fabric available and we just can't create quickly enough to use it all? I have been feeling that way lately (maybe that's why I have suddenly started making small quilts). The new fabric collection, Wonderful Things, designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics, is truly a wonderful thing. The collection comes in two color ways...the prints on the left in the photo above are the soft pastel palette of Wonderful Things: light pink, mint green and periwinkle blue are whisper soft. These colors get me even more eager...

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Eclipse quilt, curved piecing pattern by Color Girl quilts
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Announcements

Come Sew with Me! September Retreat Info

So excited to be leading my first quilting retreat this fall! Lakeside Chautauqua resort is hosting a quilting workshop September 8-9, 2017. Lakeside is located near Lake Eerie in north central Ohio. The event is billed as an opportunity to learn curved piecing, appliqué and reverse piecing...We will be working from my Eclipse and Whimsy Garden patterns to learn and practice these skills for two whole days! Of course, you are also welcome to bring your own projects and quilting questions you would like help with. Check the description and registration information, Here. I hope that if you are near this area...

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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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