Aurora Quilt, hexagon star pattern by color girl sharon mcconnell, with fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda fabrics
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Aurora Quilt, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Brand New Sewing! Aurora Stars

One of the things on my bucket list of life is to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. I decided to name my latest quilting pattern Aurora after the incredible beauty of the Northern Lights: all the stars, the glowing light and vast array of color. Aurora is one of my new patterns for spring 2017 and the pdf is now available in my pattern shop (Here)!  As you can see and may have noticed on the website, I have been working on some changes around Color Girl. Patterns are getting a new look, my logo has changed up, and...

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Hexagon quilt blocks with Heartland fabrics by Pat Bravo Art Gallery Fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Hexagon Evolution

So, I was really excited to get my hands on Pat Bravo's recent collection, Heartland, for Art Gallery Fabrics...the prints are beautiful and the colors are so soft and serene. I always love a primary color scheme: shades of yellow, pink (I am not a red person), and blue. I met Pat at Market in May in Salt Lake City and her booth for Heartland was amazing, as usual, so I knew I wanted to make something with her beautiful fabrics. This is one of those quilts that did not end up as I had planned. I had a design...

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quilt in progress with fabrics by Cloud9 fabrics and Cotton and Steel
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Work in progress

(Many) Quilts in Progress

Fall is here...the air is crisp and cool instead of hot and heavy with humidity. It is a time of beginnings...returning from summer vacation, school for the kids and me, and lots of quilting projects! I usually am pretty good about starting and finishing projects rather than having a whole bunch of quilts in progress, but I seem to have buried myself recently! So many exciting new things...the discipline to finish is a bit challenging (-: A few things on my sewing table the last few weeks: Finishing my Summer Bloom quilt (yea!) and its pattern. I am so excited about...

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Hexagons and stars quilt by Sharon McConnell with Moda Fabrics by Kate Spain
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Finished Top: Hexagons and Stars, Oh my!

I finished another quilt top! I am so enjoying the summer vacation and getting so much time to sew. I told you a little about the start of this quilt last week, and now it is all finished and ready for quilting. I do plan to write a pattern for this (just add it to my growing to-do list!). Find my latest quilting patterns, here. When I set out to make a new quilt, sometimes I have a specific design in mind with drawings and everything all figured out. But I think my favorite quilts are the ones that evolve as...

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Trillium quilt by Sharon McConnell, hexagons and triangles, modern patchwork quilt
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Favorites, Trillium Quilt

Finally Finished Quilt: Trillium

In my quest for finishing, I am super excited to show you my latest quilt, Trillium! I pieced the top for this one during the winter but just got it quilted (by Darby of Quilted Squid) and finished the hand-stitched binding on vacation last week. (find my binding tutorial Here, I do it both ways: machine or by hand, depending on the quilt and my mood) The fabrics featured in this quilt are all from Art Gallery Fabrics, primarily the Avante Garde collection by Katarina Roccella. I also used Hobbs batting and Aurifil thread for piecing...my favorites! The piecing for this...

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piecing hexagon quilt with Avante Garde fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress, Avante Garde Hexagons

There is some beautiful new fabric are coming to town! AvantGarde is the brand new collection from Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. If you have been following this blog for long, you probably know I am a huge fan of Katarina's prints. Avante Garde is a masterpiece of artsy abstract prints and big, bold color. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few of the prints and I am going to make a quilt for the AvantGarde tour to promote the fabric in January. I decided I wanted to play up the strong geometric shapes and big...

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Quilt Now issue 14 featuring Festival quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Festival Quilt, Pattern Corrections, Published Work, Quilting Interest

New Quilt Pattern: Festival, in Quilt Now

This month's issue of Quilt Now magazine features my new quilt pattern, Festival. My quilt (shown below) was made with fabrics from the "happy home" collection by Caroline Hulse for Art Gallery Fabrics (on sale now) as well as a couple prints from my Art Gallery Fabrics stash. I used Hobbs Heirloom batting and Aurifil thread for piecing. Long arm quilting by Darby of Quilted Squid. *note: there are some errors I found in the pattern in the magazine, see bottom of this post for explanation and corrections* I had fun making this quilt with all the bright cheery colors, and the Happy Home...

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Pops quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Pattern Corrections, Pops Quilt, Quilting Interest

Quilt Now, issue 10: “Pops” Quilt Instructions Clarification

I am happy to say the Quilt Now issue 10 has landed in the U.S., and even better: I got my copy! I will be back with more on the issue, but I wanted to write a post as soon as I could when I noticed some typos and a missed illustration on the instructions for my Pops Quilt. In the cutting instruction, for the solid blue, pink and yellow triangles, you must cut with template B and not template A as the instructions list. (There is only one triangle template, so it's pretty obvious this is a typo, but...

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Lone star quilt with hexagons, modern patchwork quilt, scrap quilt
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Finished Quilts

Finished Quilt! Hexagon Lone Star

Hooray! I finally have a finish to share. I finished the binding on my hexagon lone star quilt. I went back and forth a bit about how to finish this quilt, but I found this striped fabric in my stash and loved how it pulled all the colors from the quilt together. I was tempted to use a really light fabric for the binding to blend with the white, but I really love how this one frames the quilt so nicely. You can find a tutorial on how I do my binding Here. I am having a girls week away with...

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