modern patchwork quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilts in Progress: Making Strides

  Last week I wrote about my first experience at Quilt Market in Minneapolis and some of the projects I felt inspired to get finished up soon. Well, despite being away more than home the last two weeks, I have managed to make a bit of progress on some of those on my list. I started quilting my Eclipse mini quilt. Disclaimer: I am not a great home-machine quilter, and this is the type of quilt I usually send to a pro (because I love it and don't want to ruin it), but I decided this was small enough that I should practice...

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Eclipse quilt by Color Girl, patchwork quilt pattern with curved piecing and stars
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Curved PIecing, Eclipse Quilt

New Quilt Pattern: Eclipse

Hooray! the Eclipse quilt pattern is finally available. Please visit my pattern shop here on this site, or Craftsy to purchase. I am extra excited about sharing this quilt...it is probably my favorite of at least the past year. I usually have a hard time choosing favorites among my quilts, but I just love how this quilt turned out... the combination of stars and curves, the colors and fabrics, and the amazing quilting by Judi Madsen. The pattern includes full size templates for cutting the curved shapes, they are all pieced with no appliqué and no foundation/paper piecing. You can...

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Eclipse quilt pattern, mini quilt table topper wallhanging
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Curved PIecing, Eclipse Quilt, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Mini Quilt Table Topper

I have spent the last month or so mostly working on finishing Quilts in Progress and writing, but I interrupted myself to whip up this mini Eclipse quilt! This project served lots of purposes, but mostly I wanted to test out the templates for the Eclipse pattern to make sure they transferred to the published pattern accurately. The pattern is all ready to go, but I was kind of dumb and didn't take many photos before I sent the quilt to England for photography by Quilt Now. Now I am anxiously (more every day!) waiting for it to return....

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Eclipse quilt by Sharon McConnell, curved piecing orange peel quit design with stars
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Eclipse Quilt, Finished Quilts

Finished Quilt! Eclipse

I am so happy to be able to finally share this quilt! This is one of my favorite quilts that I made this year, and it is called "Eclipse". I sewed it last spring but didn't share the details because it was going to England and is now published in Quilt Now magazine. I think this is a very exciting quilt design because it combines some really fun piecing techniques, including curved piecing, and really pretty fabrics (of course!). It was quilted by the always fabulous Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts. I started out with a fabric bundle of...

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