Summer Bloom quilt in progress by Sharon McConnell
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Curved PIecing, Summer Bloom, Work in progress

Summer Bloom Quilt, take 2

Sometimes a quilt pattern just strikes you. Usually I make a quilt once and that's good, I am ready to move onto the next thing, but Summer Bloom is different. I want to keep making the pattern...there are so many possibilities! My first version is beautiful (if I do say so). I made it with fabrics mostly by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery fabrics. The colors are soft and flowery and I love it. But I had to make a more flamboyant version, didn't I?So I set out in September to make a second Summer Bloom quilt with my stash of...

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Summer Bloom quilt pattern by Color Girl, curved piecing modern quilt
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest, Summer Bloom

Summer Bloom Pattern is Here!

The Summer Bloom pattern is now available in my pattern shop and on Craftsy! I am so excited to see what you all make with this pattern...the response has been tremendous and I am so appreciative of the encouragement on this quilt. Summer Bloom is challenging, but clever piecing techniques make it not as difficult as it looks, and there is no appliqué involved. I made my sample quilt with fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, mostly the Lavish collection by Katarina Roccella (spring 2016, still available in stores). I always piece with Aurifil thread and use Hobbs heirloom 80/20 batting...

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Summer Bloom quilt by Sharon McConnell with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Summer Bloom

Finished Quilt Top! Sew Fun Curves

Cue the trumpets: I finished my latest quilt in progress (the top, at least)! I have had so much fun with piecing this quilt. I set out to make something completely new and unique to showcase my beautiful fabrics and colors, and challenge myself with the piecing....I love how it turned out and it is not nearly as tricky to piece as it looks! I am thinking about calling this "Summer Bloom", and plan to write a pattern for it. I hope there will be some interest out there for a pattern. The fabrics are primarily from the Lavish collection...

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Summer Bloom quilt by Sharon McConnell with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Summer Bloom, Work in progress

A New (Epic!) Quilt in Progress

You may know that I am a huge fan of designer Katarina Roccella's fabrics, so I have been pretty excited about her latest collection, Lavish (Art Gallery Fabrics), since Market last fall. I feel like it didn't get a lot of attention, but these fabrics are gorgeous! A couple of weeks ago, I had a new bundle of Lavish and was trying to decide what I wanted to make with the prints. It occurred to me that I haven't done a really challenging, super fun piecing quilt in a while. I did a little brainstorming for design ideas, and, not surprisingly...

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