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Simply Eclectic Fabrics quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell, free pattern
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New, Free Quilt Pattern Now Available

I have a pretty new pattern now available to download, courtesy of Hoffman Fabrics. Click Here to visit their site and get the pdf pattern. I designed this quilt last fall to showcase the Hoffman Fabrics collection called, "Simply Eclectic". It is a pretty range of prints in florals and geometrics...great basics...in Navy, Gray, Terra Cotta, Green, and Aqua. The photo above was taken at International Quilt Market in Houston last November. The quilt was displayed in the Hoffman booth there to help showcase the fabrics. For this version, and what you see on the pattern cover (the digital rendering) I...

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claribel quilt free pattern by Color Girl quilts for hoffman fabrics
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Claribel, a Free Quilt Pattern

Happy Sunday! just dropping in to say that I have a new quilt pattern, Claribel, now available. You can download the pattern FREE, courtesy of Hoffman Fabrics (click Here). I designed the Claribel quilt pattern to showcase Hoffman's new collection, also called Claribel. I love the soft colorful prints in the collection...a great combination of feather and floral prints with modern geometrics and basics. The fabrics are shipping to stores now, so be sure and look for them! I haven't had time to start sewing my Claribel quilt yet, but hope to soon. If you make one, be sure and share! tag...

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Talia Quilt top featuring art gallery fabrics. pattern by Sharon McConnell
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A Finished Quilt Top! Talia

So happy to mark one quilt top off my Work In Progress list: this is my Talia quilt top, made from a pattern I designed  last winter for Hoffman Fabrics (you can download it free Here). There are some fun options with these blocks that will make different looking quilts, see my previous post for ideas, Click Here. I made this version of the pattern with fabrics I had in my stash already...lots of pretty pinks and aqua with some dark purple and gray for contrast. The white/gray dot print for the background is from Frances Newcombe's "Cherie" collection from Art...

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how to make a modern Simple sampler quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Free Quilt Patterns, Quilting Interest, Summer Blockbuster 2015

Summer Blockbuster: Finishing the Quilt Top

Thank you for following along this month as we quilt along on the Summer Blockbuster, making our sampler quilt blocks into a finished quilt top! Last week we finished sewing the blocks with the sashing strips and blue setting triangles. This week it is time to arrange those blocks, sew the rows and finish the top. 1. Arrange your blocks as you want them to appear in the final quilt. If you are sewing with me: for the 72 block quilt you will make nine rows of eight blocks. For the 36 block quilt, you will have six rows of six...

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Blockbuster Sampler Quilt: Cutting and Sewing

It was so great to hear from a few of you who are going to sew the Summer Blockbuster quilt with me! Thank you so much, it is way more fun, and I can't wait to see what you make. Be sure and Like the Color Girl Quilts Facebook page so you can post your progress. If you are just tuning in, get the details on this Mini-Quilt-Along, Here. Today I have cutting instructions, and the first sewing step. Let's get to it, Cutting for the 72 block quilt (cutting instructions for the 36 block quilt are at the end of this post,...

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how to make a modern Simple sampler quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Summer Blockbuster Quilt-Along: A Simple Sampler

It is finally time to make the Summer Blockbuster of 2015! This is the third annual summer quilt-along here at Color Girl, a quilt along for finishing those orphan blocks you might have laying around, or an opportunity to make something new and fresh. This year, I am using all the blocks I made throughout this year in Quilters' Book Club and the Super Simple Sampler series. There are few out there who have made the simple sampler blocks with me, so I hope you will quilt along with me this month and get those blocks finished into a quilt....

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Simple Sampler Block #36

  Kind of crazy, this is the last in our Super Simple Sampler quilt block series. After this block we have 36 adorable 6 1/2" quilt blocks ready to be made into an easy modern quilt. If you have been following along, I have also been making blocks each month from Tula Pink's City Sampler book (see posts here), so I have 72 blocks! This summer I will be posting a series of tutorials to make these blocks into a quilt, so whether you have made 72 (or more!) or just the 36 in the Super Simple Sampler series, you will...

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how to make super simple modern sampler quilt blocks with triangles, tutorial
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Simple Sampler Block #35

We are on quilt block number three for May in the Super Simple Sampler series. Kind of amazing we have made 35 already! This month we don't have a theme, I decided to just make a variety of blocks to use the technique from previous months. Here is how to make this fun half-square triangle block, Cutting from the yellow: cut (2) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips; (2) 2 1/2" squares; (2) 3" squares, cut on diagonal to yield 4 half-square triangles from blue and pink (each): (1) 3" square, cut in half on diagonal to yield 2 half-square triangles (HST)   Sewing Right sides...

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Simple Sampler Block #34

  Welcome to the second block of our May edition of the Super Simple Sampler. This month we are finishing up our 6" sampler blocks! Almost ready to turn them into a quilt. Here is how to make block #34. Cutting from the dark blue: cut (4) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles; (8) 1 1/2" squares from the aqua print: cut (4) 2 1/2" squares from the yellow: cut (1) 2 1/2" square; (4) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles   Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam, press well after each seam 1. Place one dark blue 1 1/2" square right sides facing a yellow 2 1/2" x...

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how to make super simple modern sampler quilt blocks with squares, tutorial
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Simple Sampler Block #33

  Welcome to the last week of the Super Simple Sampler series of 6" block tutorials! By the end of this week, we will have 36 blocks to make our sampler quilt. This month I didn't choose a theme, so we will have a variety of blocks, using all the techniques we've done so far: flying geese, triangles, squares and strips. Check out the tutorials for all the blocks, click Here. To start, we have a very simple block using just squares, but it makes a fun pattern and good way to use small scraps. Here is how to make the...

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