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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what shade are you quilt with RJR cotton supreme solids fabrics by Sharon McConnell
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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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Pixie Medallion quilt pattern by Color Girl Sharon McConnell
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Finished Quilts, Pixie Medallion

Pixie Medallion Quilt, A New Favorite!

So happy to introduce you officially to my newest, proudest quilt pattern. This is the Pixie Medallion! I have enjoyed making several medallion quilts in the last few years so I decided it was time to design and make my own based on what I learned and like best about past experiences. Get the pattern Here. The thing I like best about medallion style quilts is the progression and variety of piecing all within the same quilt. It feels a bit like starting and finishing a bunch of small projects as you move through each border. It is extremely gratifying...

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wavelength quilt by Sharon McConnell in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, modern quilt with strips and scraps
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest

American Patchwork and Quilting: Wavelength Quilt

One of my goals since I started publishing quilt patterns in magazines was to have one featured in American Patchwork and Quilting. This month, that dream came true in a big way! Not only is my Wavelength quilt pattern inside, the quilt I made is on the cover! yea! I am especially excited because I really love this quilt...I enjoyed every minute of making it because it is so "me". Why? just look at all the fun fabrics! One of my favorite ways to choose fabrics for a quilt is to create a very limited color palette, but use tons of...

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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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