skopelos fabric by katarina roccella for art gallery fabrics with Jumping jacks pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Giveaway, Quilting Interest

Skopelos Fabric and Pattern Giveaway!

Last month I had the opportunity to sew with this beautiful new fabric collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, Skopelos. For the blog tour to roll out the collection and give some inspiration for using the fabrics, I made a variation on my Jumping Jacks pattern. Read full post, Here. In the original pattern, I used lots of scraps in bright primary colors with black and white as the secondary design. For my quilt with the Skopelos fabric, you can see it looks completely different just by turning the blocks in a different orientation. This is a versatile pattern,...

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how to sew a simple six inch quilt sampler block with rectangles
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Free Quilt Blocks, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler: Block #23

Today I have another easy six inch sampler block for you! This month our theme is rectangles, you can see the other blocks, Here, along with instructions to make each one. **the fabrics used for this block and throughout this sampler series are from the Figures collection designed by Zen Chic for Moda (fall 2014) Cutting: from each, yellow and blue: cut (1) 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle from pink: cut (2) 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles from gray print: cut (2) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles   Sewing: right sides facing, 1/4" seam allowance, press after each seam 1. Sew a pink 4...

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Jumping jacks scrap quilt by sharon mcconnell, in quilt now magazine, scrap patchwork easy quilt
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Giveaway, Jumping Jacks Quilt, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

My Scrap Quilt in Quilt Now Magazine, plus Giveaway!

Last June I had the fantastic opportunity to meet Katy Jones at Camp Stitchalot retreat in Michigan. At that point, I was interested in doing more pattern publications in magazines and she was getting ready to launch a brand new quilting magazine based in the UK. We talked, she liked my quilts, I liked her, and now I present to you "jumping jacks", my first quilt project published in the current issue of Quilt Now. This magazine is fun because each issue has a basic theme, and this month we have scrap and stash sewing patterns. I made my "jumping...

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Aviatrix Medallion quilt pattern
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, Fabric

From a Quilting Sister, With Love

I got a very interesting package in the mail the other day. It was from FabricWorm, but I hadn't ordered anything....Of course, I opened it and was thrilled to find a copy of Elizabeth Hartman's Aviatrix Medallion pattern! I have wanted to make this quilt since last spring when Elizabeth started a quilt-along with it, but just never made the time. So, who was the sweet one who sent me the pattern? My wonderful sister in quilting (and genetics), Emily! Most know her as Em, and she is an original color girl/courageous quilter! Because this quilt has been on my "to-do" list,...

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