Pixie Medallion quilt pattern by Color Girl Sharon McConnell
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Finished Quilts, Pixie Medallion

Pixie Medallion Quilt, A New Favorite!

So happy to introduce you officially to my newest, proudest quilt pattern. This is the Pixie Medallion! I have enjoyed making several medallion quilts in the last few years so I decided it was time to design and make my own based on what I learned and like best about past experiences. Get the pattern Here. The thing I like best about medallion style quilts is the progression and variety of piecing all within the same quilt. It feels a bit like starting and finishing a bunch of small projects as you move through each border. It is extremely gratifying...

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wavelength quilt by Sharon McConnell in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, modern quilt with strips and scraps
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest

American Patchwork and Quilting: Wavelength Quilt

One of my goals since I started publishing quilt patterns in magazines was to have one featured in American Patchwork and Quilting. This month, that dream came true in a big way! Not only is my Wavelength quilt pattern inside, the quilt I made is on the cover! yea! I am especially excited because I really love this quilt...I enjoyed every minute of making it because it is so "me". Why? just look at all the fun fabrics! One of my favorite ways to choose fabrics for a quilt is to create a very limited color palette, but use tons of...

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Daisy quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts
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Daisy Quilt, Quilting Interest

Daisy Quilts So Cute!

Alert! this is an eye candy post! I have a couple examples of quilts made with my Daisy pattern to share with you. I made this runner with the new fabrics, Sage, by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics. It is such a new palette for me, slightly muted shades of jewel tones. The prints include painterly florals, an ikat, lemons, and others. For the runner, I made three Daisy blocks set next to each other. I love how this turned out! I haven't made a runner in ages, but any pattern can be made into a runner by placing blocks...

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Links Quilt pattern for 2 1/2" strips by Color Girl Quilts with Moda Fabrics
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Links Quilt, Published Work

Links Quilt Now in Quilters Companion

All new! Links is my latest quilt pattern featured in Quilters Companion magazine. This fun and easy quilt is ideal for showcasing your favorite colors. Quilters Companion is not widely available outside of Australia, but you can get this issue digitally at Magzter. One of the reasons I am proud to be a contributor to Quilters Companion is the high quality of projects in each issue. My Links quilt is a great beginner level quilt and quick to make, but there are also a great variety of projects at more advanced skill levels. This makes it a worthy look for...

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Nine Plus quilt by Sharon McConnell, scrappy modern nine-patch quilt
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Nine Plus Quilt, Published Work, Quilting Interest

Vivid Grid Quilt in Quilts and More

So happy to share a new quilt! This is Vivid Grid, appearing in the brand new issue of Quilts and More magazine. Sometimes it seems like forever between the time I make a quilt for a magazine and when I finally get to show you. It can be so hard to wait! As you can see from the photos, I made this quilt last summer...and I am so excited about it. It is a fabulous quilt for scraps, so the timing of the release is perfect for all of those determined to sew scraps and stash this New Year. My version...

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Daisy Quilt pattern by Color Girl, dresden plate quilt
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Announcements, Daisy Quilt, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Brand New Pattern, Daisy, is Here!

Happy New Year! and Happy New Sewing! I have a fresh scrappy quilt pattern just right for something brand new in 2017. The bonus is, you can feel good about making Daisy because it is perfect for scraps and small cuts of fabric (10" squares, etc). If you have resolved to sew your stash this year, this is your quilt (-: (find it in my shop, Here) Daisy was originally published in Quilters' Companion magazine last fall and I have seen some wonderful versions already pop up from that. I think this would be a fun pattern to experiment with different...

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Sunday Best quilt pattern with dresden plate quilt block and Moda Fabrics by Zen Chic
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Sunday Best Quilt

Quilters’ Companion: Scrappy Dresden Quilt

So happy to finally share my latest quilt design! I made this quilt almost a year ago and this month it is featured in Quilters' Companion magazine. Quilters' Companion is in Australia, so it's a bit tricky to find elsewhere. If you are interested in the pattern for this quilt, you can get a digital  magazine on Magzter. Pattern also available to download: click here Sunday Best (*edited: the pattern is now available to download here on this site, called Daisy, get it Here) is my colorful version of the classic dresden plate. I started with fabric from the Zen Chic collection,...

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Flying Kites quilt kit with charm squares fabric by Moda
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest, Reflections Quilt

Quick and Sweet: Charm Quilts

In the old days, a charm quilt was one in which there was no fabric used in more than one block. Think of the old Postage Stamp pattern quilts, all those tiny squares, often hand-sewn together from bits and pieces of clothing, feedsacks and fabric scraps. I love the idea of a charm quilt, especially the concept of using the maximum variety of fabrics in a single quilt. Today, with modern quilting fabrics, many companies offer "charm packs" consisting of small cuts of an entire collection of fabrics. The packs can be 10" squares, 5" squares, or 2 1/2" squares,...

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Eclipse quilt piecing, pattern by Sharon McConnell, colorgirlquilts, using fabrics by Tula Pink, Zen Chic, Cotton and Steel
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Curved PIecing, Eclipse Quilt, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: a new Eclipse

I am starting a new, smaller version of my Eclipse quilt pattern. This is going to be part of my demonstration pieces for a class I am teaching this weekend. I think this is going to be such a fun quilt...I love these bright colors and modern prints! I am thinking about mixing up the prints in the circles, rather than placing the four alike ones together to form a complete circle. What do you think? I am also trying it out with navy blue in place of the yellow. I have several blocks sewn, ready to add the stars. I...

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Broken V quilt pattern with triangles, in Alison Glass fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt In Progress: Broken “V”

  This week I am working on my Broken V quilt. The pattern is by Christa Watson, and is featured in her new book, "Machine Quilting with Style". The book is in stores in September, but Christa sent me an e-copy so that I could try out one of the patterns. I have to say, there are not many quilting books I actually Read. I am more of a picture girl! But as I have mentioned, my free motion quilting skills could use some work for sure...so I read the tips and ideas Christa uses in her book, and I was...

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