polka dot bikini quilt by Color Girl using kona cotton solids fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Favorites, Quilting Interest

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival! The Little Bikini Quilt

Twice a year, Amy's Creative Side sponsors a fun, virtual quilt "show" for bloggers. I haven't entered the show in a while, so I thought this year I would add my latest Polka Dot Bikini quilt. This is a smaller version than the original pattern, and I made it just this last summer as part of the Kona Solids tour with Stash Fabrics. Even though it is my third version of the Bikini quilt, I have to say I had a blast making it and really love how it turned out! This quilt is also pretty special to me because...

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polka dot bikini quilt by Color Girl using kona cotton solids fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Polka Dot Bikini, Quilting Interest

Kona Solids: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Stash Fabrics Kona cottons quilt blog tour! Beth at Stash organized a group of quilters to pick out their favorite bundle of colors from her stock of Kona solids, then let us dream up a sewing project with them. Beth carries the entire collection of Kona solids, over 300 different colors! It seemed like a no-brainer to make my pretty bundle into a Polka Dot Bikini quilt, and with that in mind, I chose a variety of bright colors, including at least one light and one dark of each. Of course, once I got...

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Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell, Pattern by Color Girl quilts
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Quilting Interest

Kona Solids Quilts with Stash Fabrics

Have you been following the Kona cottons blog tour sponsored by Stash Fabrics? A fabulous group of quilters have chosen their own bundle of colors and made inspiring quilt projects. There will be posts all around blog-land for the next six weeks or so. Here is the schedule: Stash Fabrics Kona Blog Hop Schedule July 17 – Darcy @ Modern Cozy July 23 – Jacey @ Jacey Craft July 30 - Kelly @ Kelby Sews August 3 – Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia August 6th – Jodi @ Tales of Cloth August 10th – Megan @ City Stitches August 12th – Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts August 17th – Elizabeth...

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Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Polka Dot Bikini, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Polka Dot Bikini, the “mini”

I mentioned last week that I am using my Kona solids bundle from Stash Fabrics to make a small version of my Polka Dot Bikini Quilt. This project has pretty much taken all my sewing time this week, and I am really loving how it is coming along. I initially planned to make it with only the solid fabrics, but just couldn't do it! I had to add some bright prints...and of course the polka dots made sense. I am trying to create a good mix and balance between the dot fabrics and the solids, but keep the overall...

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Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt

I know. If you have been following my blog, you have seen the Polka Dot Bikini quilt more than you want to. Here is one more post for my entry into the Bloggers' Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. This is one of my favorite quilts, and definitely my best selling pattern to date (you can buy the pattern in my shop or on Craftsy, and a kit of fabrics is available from Canton Village Quilt Works). I think my favorite part of this quilt as a finished product is the bright saturated colors. You won't find a speck of white...

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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Finally Finished! Bikini Quilt #2

I did it! I finally finished my second Polka Dot Bikini Quilt. I started this quilt back in January to work along with the Bikini Quilt-along I hosted here on the blog. It has been one I worked on off-and-on since then, often getting set aside for other projects. This month I have been making a big effort to finish up some works-in-progress and this quilt was top of my list. It's funny, as I was making this it seemed like such a big project: lots of piecing (curves take extra time) and lots of quilting (for me, anyway). Then...

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Patchwork, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL, Sponsors, Work in progress

Bikini: One Pattern, Three Quilts

Welcome to the last check in day of the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt-Along! Of course, I am so happy to finally show you my finished top. I show you some little peeks along the way, but wanted the final design to be  surprise. What do you think? My wonderful sponsor, Canton Village Quilt Works is offering a $25 gift certificate to one reader today. Keep reading for details…. Is anyone else finished with their top? I would love to see what you are creating. Be sure and use #bikiniquilt on instagram or add to the Color Girl Quilts flickr group. I have it...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Bikini Quilt Along: Show and Tell Day!

Happy Thursday! hard to believe it has been two weeks since the last Quilt Along Post, but here we are. Did you start on your border blocks? If you are just joining, see the QAL page Here. It's not too late to start your own Polka Dot Bikini Quilt. Our goal for today was to  have the four corner blocks done and four of the border blocks. Here are some of my border blocks: You can see more of my "process" photos on my Instagram feed, too. I wanted to link to the Instagram #bikiniquilt group, too, but I cannot figure out how...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini: QAL, Border Blocks

Good Evening, it is February 20th, and that means it's time to check our progress on the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along. Our goal for today is to have 16 of the center blocks done, how did you do? I have seen some great pictures on Instagram and Flickr…so exciting to see the projects and different ideas for colors. Tonight's post topic is the border blocks. Our goal for the next link up, March 6th, is to have four border blocks plus the four corner blocks completed. I got my markers out again to experiment with some ideas for those checker borders....

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini: The Quilt-Along (plus a giveaway)

Announcing the start of the great Polka Dot Bikini Quilt quilt along! click the button above for the QAL page…make sure you grab the button to display on your site.Is everyone ready for a fun party? I have worked out a schedule of making about six blocks every two weeks over the next few months. You are welcome to keep up and finish your quilt with me, or do as much as you want in between other projects. I do hope you join!I want to give a big thanks to sponsors: Pink Chalk Fabrics Canton Village Quilt Works Pink Castle Fabrics they are each...

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