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.
I know I say this a lot, but I totally loved making this quilt! The fabric, the sewing, the quilting, did I mention the fabric? Introducing the Capsules "Take Shape" fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics.
A couple months ago, Mathew (@misterdomestic) asked if I would like to participate in his Sewing Party to show new collections from Art Gallery Fabrics. Of course, I was happy to design something with these fabulous fabrics! For two weeks, Mathew has organized makers to inspire you with fabrics from the Capsules and the Fusions collections (see more here).
All of the projects will be featured on instagram...
This month Sharon Holland is having a little inspiration tour for her new fabric collection, Bountiful, with Art Gallery Fabrics. She sent me some of the prints to play with and join her group of makers.
I decide to make a mini quilt from my Pixie Medallion pattern. I made just the center star and first border. It makes a beautiful little wall hanging or baby size quilt.
If you follow Sharon, you know her fabrics are a consistent mix of soft color and artistic prints. Many of the prints feature motifs Sharon draws. For Bountiful, there is a landscape print...
Goodness! Doesn't it just seem like there is always so much beautiful fabric available and we just can't create quickly enough to use it all? I have been feeling that way lately (maybe that's why I have suddenly started making small quilts). The new fabric collection, Wonderful Things, designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics, is truly a wonderful thing.
The collection comes in two color ways...the prints on the left in the photo above are the soft pastel palette of Wonderful Things: light pink, mint green and periwinkle blue are whisper soft. These colors get me even more eager...
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...
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...
If you have been reading this space for long, you know I am super fan girl for designer Katarina Roccella's fabrics. Here latest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Blithe, is just so perfect right now...wintry soft colors and pretty prints in frosty blues, dark plum, cream and gray, plus a touch of pink and gold.
I feel very lucky to be included in a blog tour showcasing these beautiful fabrics. You can find links to other makers and lots of inspiring projects on Katarina's website, Here.
For my Blithe quilt, I chose to make a baby size from my Dutch Windmill pattern. I...
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...
Have you seen the new Garden Dreamer fabrics by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery Fabrics)? I am loving the jewel tone colors and basic prints in this one. Just plain beautiful.
The collection is pretty well rounded with a set of darker prints in fuchsia, teal and indigo, plus a bit of mustard. Then there is a group of light prints that offer a nice contrast to the deeper colors...soft powder pink, cream and seafoam green. Mixed in with all is an unexpected touch of orange. The color mix makes for a versatile grouping that doesn't scream matchy-matchy.
As I searched through...
2016 has sure been a busy year here at Color Girl quilts! Looking back I feel really happy with what I have accomplished both personally and as a quilt artist and feel so excited about what 2017 has in store.
Although 2016 was good in so many ways, there was also disappointment and stress, hard work and loss. I had experiences this year that changed the way I view the world and life. I have thought a lot about what I want to write here, saying good bye to another year and looking forward to the new. I will say...