Bird in the window quilt star, aviatrix medallion center star quilt
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, Paper Piecing, Work in progress

Aviatrix Quilt: the Center Star

I did it! I finally finished my center star for the Aviatrix medallion quilt. I have to say I really love it, is it okay to say that about your own quilt? I really love making medallion quilts (so far I've done the Marcelle Medallion and Midnight at the Oasis). This pattern is called Aviatrix Medallion and was created by Elizabeth Hartman. (you can buy the pattern here and see how the original looks). Now, I do  have some explaining to do because if you are familiar with the pattern, you know mine looks different. While I love the original quilt, I...

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Hula Girl modern ring quilt, paper piecing patchwork, modern low volume quilt
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Giveaway, Paper Piecing, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

A Winner! A Quilt in Progress…

Popping in with a quick Quilt in Progress show and tell! I have the first row of rings done for my Michael Miller fabrics and Sewtopia Challenge quilt. I am loving the scrappy look so far! If you are just tuning in, this is a second version of my Hula Girl quilt pattern, coming soon to my pattern shop. The winner of my "low volume fabric" fall giveaway is Charlotte. Her comment was chosen by the random number generator (my 8-year-old son). Charlotte, I hope you enjoy the fabric. It was awesome to read the comments and find out where everyone...

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Modern ring quilt, patchwork, low volume pieced quilt with bright color solid fabric rings paper foundation piecing, by sharon mcconnell for color girl quilts
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Finished Quilts, Hula Girl, Paper Piecing, Patchwork

Finished Quilt: Modern Rings

She's finished. I have decided to call this quilt pattern, "Hula Girl". It is a modern paper-foundation pieced version of the classic ring quilt. Look for this pattern in my shop  so  you can make your own!  This quilt was pieced by my talented mother, using "low volume" scraps for the background patchwork and solids for the rings. I quilted it on my own sewing machine in a basic grid echoing the squares, and then bound it with scraps in keeping with the top. You can see my original "hula girl" quilt Here. As you would expect from me, its a...

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bright color scrap quilt, circles quilt by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl
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Fabric, Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Rocky Road Star Template, Work in progress

Quilts in Progress: Color, Color, Color!

  It is the middle of the week, time to see what we are working on! Starting on the non-quilting front for me: I have become a soccer mom. I spend two nights a week at soccer practice and last weekend was devoted to a tournament. This has been a learning experience, good and bad, for both my son and me. Selfishly, I am sad to miss evening time at home (soccer nights=rush dinner, rush bath, staying up too late), but it is really fun to watch him play and see his bright little pink face come off the field looking...

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low volume quilt, modern double wedding ring quilt
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Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Modern Rings

I am finally getting back to finishing this quilt! I started quilting it in early June, only to have my Sashiko machine malfunction. Now, I am unpicking what I did with the Sashiko machine and starting over with my regular sewing machine. This quilt was pieced by my mom, based on a design I created which is also a variation on my original Modern Wedding Ring quilt. You can see the full top of this quilt Here. There will be  pattern coming to my shop also. How does one decide on a quilting design? For me, it usually comes down...

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Marcelle Medallion QAL, Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Mini Marcelle

In my quest to spend July on my Works in Progress, I have made a little progress on my Mini Marcelle Medallion quilt. I have added the brick-like rectangle border and the solid fabric border, which is white with tiny green dots. I am really happy with how this is coming along: the colors are so cheerful and sweet, and there is just something fun about a tiny quilt. At this stage, it's not too tiny anymore, about 27" square. I made a full size version of this popular pattern, you can see it Here. I have said before how much...

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Advanced Paper Piecing, Paper Piecing, Rocky Road Star Template

Quilting How To: Paper Piecing with less waste

Welcome to my stop on the tutorial blog hop organized by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter! She has a new book out called, "Fabulously Fast Quilts", and had the great idea of collecting tutorials from quilters on their own little tricks to make quilting easier or faster. My trick has to do with paper piecing. Now, most are probably thinking, "how can you possibly make paper piecing anything close to 'fast'?" If you dislike wasting a lot of fabric with paper piecing, unpicking seams, or just find it confusing to place the fabric correctly, Read on. If you are new...

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paper foundation piecing a mariners compass quilt block
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"No Nipples", Paper Piecing

No More Nipples! a tutorial

This post is dedicated to showing my technique for preventing those pesky Nipples and keeping points sharp where lots of seams come together. I am using my December compass block to demonstrate. My monthly compass blocks are all paper foundation pieced and have lots of points that come together in the center. This technique works just as well for non-foundation pieced blocks where you have to intersect many seams and want to keep your points sharp and not have a hard lump where they meet. Piece the components of your block as usual. In the case of this compass block, it...

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paper piecing new york beauty quilt
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Finished Quilts, Paper Piecing

a finish, ahoy!

Well, Almost a finish. My three-year-old wants to be a pirate when he grows up. He runs around saying things like, "come on, you slugs!" to his friends, and "arrrgh, you scurvy dog" to me. He has a plastic sword that goes everywhere with him (including bed). So we are all starting to get into the pirate talk thing, thus, you are getting an Ahoy! as I share my newly quilted NY beauty. these blocks take a REALLY long time to make but they are so worth it! I really like these teeny flying geese, they are each about an inch. it...

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