Gardenvale fabrics by jen king well for Moda fabrics
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Giveaway

Big Giveaway Day: Gardenvale Fabrics

Giveaway is now closed! thanks for all the comments, I love reading them and learning more about what quilters and sewers are doing. The Winner is Christy and she was notified by email. Thanks! It's a great day for a fabric giveaway! Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the quilting world. If you are a regular reader, I thank you for the kind comments. If you are visiting for the first time from the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day: I am glad you found me and I hope you will come back again soon. For my giveaway, I have seven...

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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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super simple modern quilt sampler by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl Quilts, modern patchwork
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book club 2014-2015, Patchwork, Recommended Reading

Quilters’ Book Club: A New Year, A New Sampler Quilt

It is a new school year, and therefore a new year of Quilters' Book Club. If you are a new visitor to this blog, you can see all the posts from last year's book club, Here. Last year, I chose my favorite quilting books and spent some time each month revisiting them for sewing inspiration and told you a bit about why I like the book and projects. I chose a project from each book and made one 12" block inspired by that project, then turned them all into a Modern Sampler Quilt (Summer Blockbuster 2014, Here) in July. For this...

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low volume quilt, modern double wedding ring quilt
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Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Modern Rings

I am finally getting back to finishing this quilt! I started quilting it in early June, only to have my Sashiko machine malfunction. Now, I am unpicking what I did with the Sashiko machine and starting over with my regular sewing machine. This quilt was pieced by my mom, based on a design I created which is also a variation on my original Modern Wedding Ring quilt. You can see the full top of this quilt Here. There will be  pattern coming to my shop also. How does one decide on a quilting design? For me, it usually comes down...

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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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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Bikini QAL: a pattern tip

Here today with a good tip for those making the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt with me. I want to share a pointer on cutting the arcs that form the "sashing" around the pod shape. Once you have sewn the first two curves (steps 5-9)  that set the "P" shape inside your gray square, you must square up that unit to 8 1/2" square. This will help you accurately cut the gray pieces for the next step. **in my block example, I replaced one gray piece with a yellow one, but I am still at the same stage** Prior to cutting for...

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