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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Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest

How to: Cutting with the Classic Curves Ruler

This is the first of some tutorials I want to post to go with the Classic Curves Ruler. This will give you an idea how it works and provide some up-close, photo instructions to accompany your ruler. These instructions are included with the Ruler when you purchase one, too. First up, we have the basics of cutting the two parts of a drunkards' path block. The ruler includes ten grooves for cutting different size blocks. For this example, I am going to cut pieces using the 5" groove. I am going to cut the convex curve pieces (quarter circle shape) 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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Pisces quilt by Color Girl quilts with Classic Curves Ruler
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Announcements, Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Pisces Quilt, Quilting Interest

It’s Here! Get Your Classic Curves Ruler Today

I am getting recovered from Quilt Market...it was so exciting to show my quilt patterns and new Classic Curves Ruler to the world! The response was fantastic, it seems other quilters are as excited about this as I am! Now that I am caught up on my wholesale orders, I want to offer the Classic Curves Ruler to my friends here on the blog and social media. Click Here to visit the page to purchase your own CCR. The CCR package includes full instructions to get started using it for cutting and piecing your curves. You also get the instructions to...

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Mermaid quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern quilt pattern with Cotton Supreme Cottons by RJR fabrics
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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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crazy curves quilt by Sharon McConnell Color Girl Quilts
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Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest

Crazy Quilting Curves

If you are on my email list, you received a happy surprise last Saturday: the instructions to make a Crazy Curves mini quilt. I hope you enjoyed the pointers about curved piecing and you will try it out! You can still sign up for my mailing list and get this and other future patterns, tutorials, coupons and news. You have noticed I have been on a curved piecing craze lately. It's true that curves are my favorite...there are so many possibilities and so many cool designs you can create by adding circles to your quilts. I chose this little Crazy...

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Drunkards path quilt blocks, modern curved piecing quilt with batik fabrics
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Announcements, Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Caution! Curves Ahead, and Something New

It's a new week! And what do you think of the new look here at Color Girl? If you visited last weekend, you found the site under construction. I have the best person who does my web stuff, Sarah Bailey (SpunMonkey), and I am so excited with what she has done with the remodel! We worked together to make the new site as user friendly and beautiful as possible. I would love to hear what you think! The next couple of weeks I am in the homestretch preparing for Quilt Market and my first time as an exhibitor. Quilt Market...

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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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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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