crazy curves quilt by Sharon McConnell Color Girl Quilts
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Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest

Crazy Quilting Curves

If you are on my email list, you received a happy surprise last Saturday: the instructions to make a Crazy Curves mini quilt. I hope you enjoyed the pointers about curved piecing and you will try it out! You can still sign up for my mailing list and get this and other future patterns, tutorials, coupons and news. You have noticed I have been on a curved piecing craze lately. It's true that curves are my favorite...there are so many possibilities and so many cool designs you can create by adding circles to your quilts. I chose this little Crazy...

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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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Fusions Quilt by Sharon McConnell with Art Gallery Fabrics capsules take shape fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Capsules and Curves Make Graphic Quilts

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...

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Tipsy curved piecing quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Tipsy Quilt

New Quilt Pattern: “Tipsy” in Fat Quarterly

I am so happy to finally share a new quilt with you! Last winter, the staff at Fat Quarterly asked for submissions to their issue on curved piecing, and of course since I love designing quilts using curved piecing, I raised my hand. I decided to use a shape that is different for me, but a classic in quilting: the Drunkard's Path. The classic drunkard's path template is a basic quarter-circle curve with corresponding concave "background" corner, making a square block with 1/4th circle. It is a very versatile block, with many ways to rearrange for a variety of...

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choosing fabric for quilt, vintage and reproduction prints
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Keep it Classic: Drunkard’s Path Quilt

In December, Lynne Goldsworthy (Lily's Quilts) posted on Instagram that she was looking for quilt submissions to Fat Quarterly that used curved piecing. Of course, that was right for me. The bonus was that she would send interested folks a small collection of fat quarters from Jen Kingwell's upcoming collection, "Gardenvale" for Moda. That sealed the deal for me and luckily I was one that she chose to sew for her. The fat quarters I received are the prints at the top of the photo above:  cheery, vintage reproduction style prints. Now, you have never known me to make a...

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