Marcelle medallion quilt, modern patchwork quilt, scrappy mini quilt
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Marcelle Medallion QAL, Work in progress

Finished! Mini Marcelle Medallion Top

Happy October First! It really feels like Autumn here, which is my favorite time of the year. The leaves are changing and there is a lovely crackle underfoot when I walk with Cleo. I am so looking forward to starting some new quilts in October. I would like to present to you my finished Mini Marcelle Medallion quilt top. It was a goal to finish this in September, and I actually got so charged up, I stayed up late last night to finish the outer border...something I rarely do. The primary fabrics used on this were a couple of Michael Miller...

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Modern ring quilt, patchwork, low volume pieced quilt with bright color solid fabric rings paper foundation piecing, by sharon mcconnell for color girl quilts
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Finished Quilts, Hula Girl, Paper Piecing, Patchwork

Finished Quilt: Modern Rings

She's finished. I have decided to call this quilt pattern, "Hula Girl". It is a modern paper-foundation pieced version of the classic ring quilt. Look for this pattern in my shop  so  you can make your own!  This quilt was pieced by my talented mother, using "low volume" scraps for the background patchwork and solids for the rings. I quilted it on my own sewing machine in a basic grid echoing the squares, and then bound it with scraps in keeping with the top. You can see my original "hula girl" quilt Here. As you would expect from me, its a...

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bright color scrap quilt, circles quilt by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl
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Fabric, Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Rocky Road Star Template, Work in progress

Quilts in Progress: Color, Color, Color!

  It is the middle of the week, time to see what we are working on! Starting on the non-quilting front for me: I have become a soccer mom. I spend two nights a week at soccer practice and last weekend was devoted to a tournament. This has been a learning experience, good and bad, for both my son and me. Selfishly, I am sad to miss evening time at home (soccer nights=rush dinner, rush bath, staying up too late), but it is really fun to watch him play and see his bright little pink face come off the field looking...

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paper foundation piecing a mariners compass quilt block
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"No Nipples", Paper Piecing

No More Nipples! a tutorial

This post is dedicated to showing my technique for preventing those pesky Nipples and keeping points sharp where lots of seams come together. I am using my December compass block to demonstrate. My monthly compass blocks are all paper foundation pieced and have lots of points that come together in the center. This technique works just as well for non-foundation pieced blocks where you have to intersect many seams and want to keep your points sharp and not have a hard lump where they meet. Piece the components of your block as usual. In the case of this compass block, it...

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