Quilts in various stages of completion, such as choosing fabric, cutting, and piecing.

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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Pixie Medallion QAL, Half-Square Triangles

October is flying by and we are ready to sew the half-square triangle borders for our Pixie Medallion star. Feathered star is one of my favorite classic quilt designs, but the traditional block can be tricky to sew, with set-in (Y) seams and partial seams. The Pixie Medallion is so much simpler! Just straight sewing, so here we go. I know that some people like to do half-square triangles different ways. If you cut and sew them according the pattern instructions (like I do), there is no trimming required. Your little units, before they are sewn together, should measure 2...

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Pixie Medallion Quilt pattern, Quilt along, sewing the medallion star
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Pixie Medallion: Sewing The Center Star

Introducing the Pixie Medallion Quilt Along. Here we sew! For schedule and other particulars on the QAL, click here. To get your pattern, click here I have seen some photos popping up on Instagram that some of you are choosing your fabrics and getting ready. It is so exciting to get us going with fabric and sewing the center medallion star in October. I want to emphasize a few important things before we start cutting: Read the entire first section of instructions and familiarize yourself with the process we are going through to cut and sew the star pieces and half-square...

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Curved piecing quilt with the Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl Quilts, with art gallery fabrics
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Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Choosing Fabrics

This summer has been crazy! I don't feel like I've had much time for sewing and definitely not as much time for working on patterns as I thought I would. It's all good, though, because time with my family, and traveling are always worth it. The challenge of being a one-woman show at business and having a life, too (-: I have managed to start a new quilt top, though, and I cannot wait to show you! I am working on the pattern for this little quilt that I made last winter. It was one of the first I did...

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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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Classic Curve quilt with drunkards path curved piecing quilt with fabric by Hoffman Fabrics indah batiks
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Solids or Prints? Yes, Please!

My main focus recently has been getting ready for quilt market in May. It is a sewing industry trade show for fabric people, designers, and publishers plus other sewing folks to show off their new products to wholesale buyers. I am going for the first time as an exhibitor! I have a little booth to plan and prepare, which is more than a little daunting. I hope it gives me a chance to show my patterns to lots of quilt shop owners. BUT...in between all the good work, I still need a little sewing time! This week I started my...

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Whimsy Garden, Work in progress

Whimsy Quilt in Progress…

Last week I showed you the blocks I am working on for my little Whimsy Garden quilt. This week I got the sashing all sewn and put the blocks together...I just need to add the borders to finish the machine sewing part on the top! This morning I spent some time choosing fabrics for the circle appliqués and basted a few to get ready for hand stitching. **See my simple method to appliqué perfect circles, Here** I have nine blocks (this is the small size on the pattern) and the circles will go at the crossroads of the sashing strips. I...

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Bee Sewcial quilt block of the week sampler
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Sewcial Bee sampler, Work in progress

Bee Sewcial! Block of the Week

I have jumped on board with a weekly block bee organized by my friend Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. These ladies have planned out basic sampler blocks at one per week until this summer. The patterns are free and available each week, Here. The bee is two weeks old, and these are my first two blocks. My plan is to use bright prints from my stash of Tula Pink and others. Each block will have a black and white print and I am alternating between black and white solid backgrounds. So, we will see how it all comes out...should be...

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Whimsy Garden blocks, quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts
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Whimsy Garden, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Dreamy Whimsy

Happy Weekend! A while back I posted about the new fabric collection, Garden Dreamer, from Art Gallery Fabrics. I was really excited to make something with these pretty prints, and the perfect opportunity came up! Last weekend I taught my Whimsy Garden quilt pattern to a class at my local quilt shop. I decided to make my sample for the class with my Garden Dreamer fabrics. I also added some prints from another new Art Gallery collection, Sage. The colors and prints from these collections look beautiful together! So, I am making the smallest size from the pattern, which will be...

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flowering snowball mini quilt by Sharon Mcconnell with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Bits and Bobs, and all the Colors!

A couple weeks ago I showed you my little Flowering Snowball quilt in progress...I was experimenting with how to make the block without using the usual templates. It worked out, but my blocks were a teeny bit wonky so I had to add sashing to square them up a bit. WELL! This little top is finished and I love it! It's so imperfect, yet so lovable....with all those cheery colors and prints. I am loving this sunny little quilt in this gray month of the year. I am happy with the decision to add the sashing. Not only did it...

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Drunkard's path quilt block with bright colors, modern traditional quilting
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Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Blooming Snowballs! A Quilt Story

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you this new fabric, Here Comes the Fun from Art Gallery Fabrics and mentioned I had big plans for it...well, for once, I actually got right on those plans! I have always loved the classic quilt design called Flowering Snowball. It is such an interesting combination of curved piecing (my fav!) and there are so many different looks you can achieve by mixing up the color placement, using solids/white vs prints, etc. That pretty much describes everything I like in a quilt! My challenge was that I wanted to figure out how to...

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