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

Brand New! Indigo Pattern Now Available

Now that you've fallen for curved piecing with your Classic Curves Ruler, I have a brand new quilt you are going to love! Indigo is the newest design for the CCRuler and I couldn't be happier to show you these beautiful quilts. If you have a pack of 10" squares ("layer cake") you have been saving for the perfect quilt, you have found it! Indigo is ideal for 10" squares to show off those favorite prints, but the classic design would look amazing in any type of fabric. I would love to see one in batiks or 30's reproductions (-: I...

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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 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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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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