Tula Pink City Sampler modern six inch quilt blocks
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book club 2014-2015, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

April Book Club: Four City Sampler Blocks

It is time for our April quilters' book club blocks! This month I chose the theme "nine-patch" for my six inch sampler blocks. There is not a specific chapter in the Tula Pink City Sampler book about nine-patches, but I flipped through and found plenty of blocks that use nine-patches in creative ways. For my four quilt sampler blocks for April, I made blocks 85, 4, 31, and 7 from the City Sampler Book. These came from the chapters on crosses, squares and strips, so you can see that the basic nine-patch can be incorporated into a variety of settings and...

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Aviatrix Medallion quilt pattern
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Quilting Interest, Sponsors

Quilts: What’s New and Next

It's a new week and a new month! Yesterday I told you about my "square" blocks for this month's quilters' book club, and the posts on my next four blocks are coming up this week. Today, I want to share some things happening here as well as what you might like from my sponsor, Canton Village Quilt Works. What's New? Visit the Bloggers' Quilt Festival for some beautiful quilt inspiration. Last week I posted about my entry, the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt. I also visited the other category pages on the festival website and saw so many wonderful quilts! Mine is in the...

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Super Simple 6" sampler quilt blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern patchwork
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler block #8

Today is the last day of the Super Simple Sampler series for October. I created the four blocks above to go with the theme of triangles. Today I have the instructions to make our last triangle sampler block, which is the one center left in the photo above. Cutting from each of the light gray and dark blue prints: (2) 3" squares, cut diagonally to yield four half square triangles of each color. from the yellow: (1) 3" square, cut diagonally to yield two half square triangles (HST) from the pink: (4) 2 1/2" squares Sewing 1. Arrange the fabric pieces as shown above.  Match...

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Super Simple 6" sampler quilt blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern patchwork
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler block #7

Here we go: block #7 of the Super Simple Sampler series, continuing our theme of triangles for October. Cutting from the pink: (2)  3 1/2" squares from the blue check: (2) 3 1/2" squares from each of the yellow and the gray: (3) 2" squares Sewing 1. Arrange the yellow and gray squares so that they cover the corners of the larger squares as shown. Turn the yellow and gray squares over and mark a diagonal line on the wrong side (I do this by finger pressing a crease, but you can use a pencil, too). Replace the yellow squares, right sides facing their respective...

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Tula Pink City Sampler six inch quilt sampler blocks made from Moda fabrics
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book club 2014-2015, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks, Work in progress

October Quilters’ Book Club: 4 Blocks

Happy October! it has already been a very happy month here...My first week after leaving my day  job (I am loving the time to sew and dream of what comes next!), my birthday was extra special because I had out of town family visit whom I hadn't seen in years, and I received my November issue of AQ Magazine (American Quilters' Society) that has a quilt I designed and made featured inside (see it Here). If you remember from last month, my book club series this year is focused on just one book: Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt...

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Star Crossed scrappy modern Quilt by Color Girl, American Quilter Magazine Feature
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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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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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Sewtopia, michael miller fabrics, challenge fabrics for quilt
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Surprise! a “quiet” fabric giveaway

A week or so ago I received a very fun package in the mail: a bundle of five "low volume" fabrics for the Michael Miller fabrics challenge at Sewtopia. I am really excited to have the opportunity to go to the Sewtopia retreat in Salt Lake City in November! It is a weekend retreat filled with shop-hopping and all the sewing we can stand (plus a visit to my mom). The event is partially sponsored by Michael Miller fabrics and they provided the low volume bundles for a challenge project. The only direction was that all fabrics in our chosen...

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Dutch Windmill Quilt by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl Quilts, modern patchwork quilt
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilters Around the World: blog hop

I was tagged by Shirley to post as part of the Around the World Blog Hop...not sure where it started, but I guess it is my turn. I thought I would also use this post as a goal setting for the month of September: can't believe it's already September!? So, between questions I'm supposed to answer for the blog hop, I will mix pictures of my quilts in progress, and my goals for them this month. What am I working on?  It seems a million things, isn't that what everyone says? Well, I am getting ready to release a series...

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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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