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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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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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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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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Drunkards path quilt blocks, modern curved piecing quilt with batik fabrics
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts

So Many Shapes! So Many Quilts!

What an exciting week this has been! Last week I told you about my new Classic Curves Ruler and newest pattern, Pisces. I am so grateful for the enthusiastic response and I've spent the week sending out orders. I am really excited to see all the curved piecing creations that are going to happen! Today, I want to expand a bit on the variety of shapes possible with the Classic Curves Ruler. I have been playing around with it quite a bit since I had the idea and created the first cardboard version of the tool. It is fun to...

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Mermaid quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern quilt pattern with Cotton Supreme Cottons by RJR fabrics
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Announcements, Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

What Shade Are You? A First…

I did it! I actually made a quilt with solids. This is my first time ever doing it and this quilt is my contribution to the What Shade Are You? series by RJR fabrics. Each friday they feature a quilt made with their Cotton Supreme Solids and have a giveaway (more on that in a minute). This quilt was outside my comfort zone in a couple ways. Besides being my first ever without any prints, I had to choose the fabrics ahead and stick with them! RJR sent me a color card with all their solids and I chose which...

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four patch petals quilt by Sharon McConnell in Quilts and More magazine with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest

Petals and Patches, Fresh and New!

Introducing Four Patch Petals. This is my version of springtime in quilt form. (-: You can make one, too! Petals is featured in the summer issue of Quilts and More magazine, just hitting newsstands this week. The timing is so perfect on this because I am on a full on curved piecing kick right now. I have a new collection of curved piecing quilt patterns coming this summer, along with other exciting news. If you haven't tried curves yet, Petals is the perfect starting project! With an easy curve and alternating straight pieced four patch blocks, it goes together quickly. The...

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Fusions Quilt by Sharon McConnell with Art Gallery Fabrics capsules take shape fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Capsules and Curves Make Graphic Quilts

I know I say this a lot, but I totally loved making this quilt! The fabric, the sewing, the quilting, did I mention the fabric? Introducing the Capsules "Take Shape" fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics. A couple months ago, Mathew (@misterdomestic) asked if I would like to participate in his Sewing Party to show new collections from Art Gallery Fabrics. Of course, I was happy to design something with these fabulous fabrics! For two weeks, Mathew has organized makers to inspire you with fabrics from the Capsules and the Fusions collections (see more here). All of the projects will be featured on instagram...

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