star cross modern patchwork quilt using utopia fabric for art gallery fabrics by color girl quilts
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Finished Quilts, Patchwork, Star Crossed Quilt

Finished Quilt: It is “Utopian!”

This has got to be one of my fastest finishes yet: Star Crossed pattern variation using Utopia and blenders by Art Gallery Fabrics. The pattern for this quilt is currently available in AQ magazine (November 2014) and will be in my shop to buy individually in January. Big thanks to Frances Newcombe, the designer of this beautiful fabric collection, for allowing me to play with her fabrics....when I saw them on a preview of upcoming collections, I was immediately smitten with the beautiful vibrant colors and knew I wanted to make something to show them off. In addition to Frances'...

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Dutch Windmill quilt by Sharon McConnell, color girl quilts, modern patchwork, pinwheel quilt with scraps
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Dutch Windmill, Finished Quilts

Finished Quilt! New Pattern Now Available

I am so happy to bring you a new pattern in the Color Girl Quilts collection: Dutch Windmill. You can get on this site or on my Craftsy Shop. First the basics: the pattern comes with fabric requirements and sewing instructions to make three sizes. The blocks are very easy and quick to make...perfect for a confident beginner. The baby size can be made in a day. This design can be made using 5" pre-cut charm squares, larger pre-cuts like fat eights and fat quarters. My version was quilted with an interlocking geometric "bubble" design all over, by my favorite local...

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Star Crossed scrappy modern Quilt by Color Girl, American Quilter Magazine Feature
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Star Crossed Quilt

New Quilt Pattern in American Quilter Magazine

I am so thrilled to announce that Color Girl Quilts (that's me!) has a featured pattern in the new November issue of AQ (American Quilter) Magazine. This quilt is called Star Crossed. I made it last spring, and you saw a bit of a peek at this as it was developing in my post on "Radiant Orchid", the pantone color of the year. *edit: this patterns is now available for sale in my pattern shop, click Here The finished quilt is 60" x 76", and could easily be adjusted by making more or fewer blocks. One of the things I...

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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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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

All Bound Up! part 2: a survey

I'm thinking about binding this week.  Sometimes it seems like a chore to get binding done when you are so excited to be finished with a project and move onto the next one. Binding can seem so tedious. However, I actually pay a lot of attention to binding my quilts. I have a drawer in my stash where I keep only fabric that I have designated to bind a certain project (that way I don't accidentally use it for something else). Yes, I usually have the binding fabric chosen while I am still piecing a quilt, nowhere near the finish....

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Free Quilt Patterns, Patchwork, Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster take 2: Sashing Blocks

Happy Sunday! Last week I introduced this year's Summer Blockbuster quilt project: a setting design for finishing up your orphan quilt blocks. Get fabric and cutting instructions Here. Today, we start sewing! **if your blocks are different size from mine (which are 12 1/2" unfinished), read all the instructions before cutting fabric and then adjust measurements for your block size)   This design calls for nine pieced sampler blocks plus four "background" squares. You may choose to use 13 pieced blocks and no plain blocks (or any combination). First determine the layout that you want your blocks in the finished quilt. My favorite...

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Adding a Hanging Sleeve, For Beginners

Honey, Do: Adding Hanging Sleeves to Quilts

I was so thrilled back in December to have my Polka Dot Bikini Quilt and my Twirling Fans Quilt invited to be included in an MQX (machine quilting exposition) show in Portland in August. The show is a special exhibition focusing on examples of combining traditional and modern quilting styles. It will be on display during their regular show and festival August 14-16 in Portland, Oregon. So that brings me to today's topic: I needed to add hanging sleeves to both quilts as well as label them before I send them off in a couple of weeks. This is a great...

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Patchwork, Work in progress

Work in Progress Hiccups

I love this quilt! I feel like it's okay to gush a bit because I didn't actually make it. This is variation on my modern wedding ring quilt that I designed and made for the NY Modern Quilt Guild challenge last fall. I created the design for this version and my Mom sewed it up while she was here last month. She is a master at the low volume concept, and I think this quilt has so much interest. The finished quilt will be a bit of both of us. You see, I am going to quilt and bind it...

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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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