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

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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indigo quilt design by Sharon McConnell with curved piecing and Moda Fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Indigo Mini Quilt Top, Done!

  Last week I showed you the beginnings of this cute little quilt and now I have it finished! My first finished top of 2017. I started with a layer cake (10" squares) of the Aubade Song to Dawn collection from Moda Fabrics. This is an entire collection of basic prints in only blue and white and gray. I wanted to try some very small curved orange peel shapes, keeping the center fabric in tact.   I decided for the start of this year to work on a series of small quilts. This is partly due to a larger project I am working...

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Here comes the fun fabric by Art Gallery fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Here Comes the Fun!

A brand new collection has landed from Art Gallery Fabrics! Here Comes the Fun, designed by Caroline Hulse (@sewcaroline) is pretty much irresistible to a color lover like me. These are my kind of fabrics: basic prints, a few with text, lots of clear colors and geometric designs. The scale of the prints is ideal for quilting, with a good mix and lots of contrast. There are lots of options for these pretties...perfect just as they are, you could easily use a bundle of fat quarters and pair them up with a solid color, white or black (or all three!)...

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blue and white curved piecing quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilting in Blue and White

I am starting a new series of quilts for patterns in 2017 and they will have lots of fun new ways to use my favorite curved piecing! This week I started something new and something I haven't done in a long time: a two color quilt. I had a layer cake of this collection of all blues and gray/white prints (Moda Fabrics, 2016), so I thought, "why not just keep them together and go with a monochromatic scheme?". Blue and white is a perennial favorite and I figured it would challenge me a bit to keep my project to such...

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