Drunkard's path quilt block with bright colors, modern traditional quilting
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Quilting Interest

Come Sew With Me in September!

One of my favorite things about quilting is sharing my passion for it with others. That is the only reason I write patterns and share my thoughts here on this blog. I don't always know that anybody is reading, but every once in a while I get an amazing email or comment from someone that they have enjoyed a quilt I have shared or an idea or tutorial. That totally makes my day! I have taught a few classes at my local quilt shop and I enjoy it so much every time. This coming September 8-9, I am leading a...

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Eclipse quilt piecing, pattern by Sharon McConnell, colorgirlquilts, using fabrics by Tula Pink, Zen Chic, Cotton and Steel
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Curved PIecing, Eclipse Quilt, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: a new Eclipse

I am starting a new, smaller version of my Eclipse quilt pattern. This is going to be part of my demonstration pieces for a class I am teaching this weekend. I think this is going to be such a fun quilt...I love these bright colors and modern prints! I am thinking about mixing up the prints in the circles, rather than placing the four alike ones together to form a complete circle. What do you think? I am also trying it out with navy blue in place of the yellow. I have several blocks sewn, ready to add the stars. I...

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Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt

I know. If you have been following my blog, you have seen the Polka Dot Bikini quilt more than you want to. Here is one more post for my entry into the Bloggers' Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. This is one of my favorite quilts, and definitely my best selling pattern to date (you can buy the pattern in my shop or on Craftsy, and a kit of fabrics is available from Canton Village Quilt Works). I think my favorite part of this quilt as a finished product is the bright saturated colors. You won't find a speck of white...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL, Work in progress

Work In Progress: Quilting

Fabrics….. Have you ever made a quilt and then just couldn't decide how to quilt it? I have been thinking about what to do with this one for a couple of weeks, not sure how to go. You see, I really love this quilt, and I didn't want to mess it up. In the end, I just had to go for it (partly because I needed to free up my basting pins for another project, but nonetheless…) This project is my second version of the "Polka Dot Bikini" pattern. Check out the QAL posts over the past couple of months HERE. I...

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Curved PIecing, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL, Work in progress

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along: Progress and Troubleshooting

Happy Bikini Day! It also happens to be really sunny outside and almost Friday, so it's a good day! Today is the last check in for the Bikini Quilt Along, do you have all of your blocks sewn up? During the next two weeks we should be sewing the blocks together to make the finished top. I am so excited! Just wanted to give you a bit of a peek at mine so far, here are some blocks laid out… I decided on this layout, turning every other block so that the patchwork squares alternate with solid blue fabrics. Some of...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Bikini Quilt Along Progress

Happy April! For our Polka Dot Bikini quilt along schedule, you should have four more border blocks and the last of the center blocks sewn up. How did you do? Today I want to share some great inspiration: the finished Bikini top made by my mom, Marian. I showed you this as a work in progress back at the start of the quilt-along. Didn't this turn out stunning? Marian made her blocks by piecing the setting arcs with half black and half white, this creates the neat pinwheel where the blocks come together. I like how this makes the individual blocks disappear and...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along: Giveaway Day!

Ok. I know I am a day late. I am also a few pounds lighter. I was completely wiped out of commission yesterday by a stomach bug. I will spare you the gory details and just say, better late than never! Today's Bikini Quilt Along check in is sponsored by our friend, Brenda, at Pink Castle Fabrics. More on that in a minute…how about the quilts? coming along? if you still need the pattern, you can purchase it Here. I rearranged some of my border blocks so all the patchwork squares are in the center…I think it looks really cool, what do you...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini QAL: six blocks

Here we are at February 6th (already?!) It is the first goal day for the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along. Does anybody have their six blocks done?? I am more than a little excited to show you these! I can't take credit for sewing them, though. My mom asked me if I would like her to make a version with one of my variation ideas, so I got her started on this….and she took off! at this stage your blocks should be 10 1/2" square (with the little corners missing on two sides) I have seen a little bit of rumbling on Instagram...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Bikini QAL: a pattern tip

Here today with a good tip for those making the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt with me. I want to share a pointer on cutting the arcs that form the "sashing" around the pod shape. Once you have sewn the first two curves (steps 5-9)  that set the "P" shape inside your gray square, you must square up that unit to 8 1/2" square. This will help you accurately cut the gray pieces for the next step. **in my block example, I replaced one gray piece with a yellow one, but I am still at the same stage** Prior to cutting for...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini: The Quilt-Along (plus a giveaway)

Announcing the start of the great Polka Dot Bikini Quilt quilt along! click the button above for the QAL page…make sure you grab the button to display on your site.Is everyone ready for a fun party? I have worked out a schedule of making about six blocks every two weeks over the next few months. You are welcome to keep up and finish your quilt with me, or do as much as you want in between other projects. I do hope you join!I want to give a big thanks to sponsors: Pink Chalk Fabrics Canton Village Quilt Works Pink Castle Fabrics they are each...

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