Grand Canal Fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics for quilting
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Work in progress

Color, Print, and a New Quilt in Progress

Every once in a while (okay, really often), I kind of fall in love with a group of fabrics. When I saw a fat eighth bundle of Kate Spain's brand new fabric collection called Grand Canal (Moda, 2016), I went head over heels for the colors, the sweet simple prints, the whole thing. Kate Spain has a way with color, and although the prints might be deemed very basic, that is what I like about them. The pretty colors and simple prints are very useable, whether for a quilt on their own or mixed with others in my stash. I have...

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Archer modern triangle quilt patchwork pattern for fat quarters
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Archer Quilt, Finished Quilts, Patchwork

Get Modern! Archer Quilt Pattern Now on Sale

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the United States! If it's getting cold where you are, I have the perfect quilt for you to make while you are inside keeping warm. My Archer quilt pattern is now available to purchase (click Here) and download in my pattern shop. I am excited to share Archer with you...it is one of my more "modern" designs, but still full of my trademark color, print, and motion. You can use your favorite collection of fat quarters, I made mine with Pat Bravo's collection called Etno (2015 spring, from Art Gallery Fabrics), or strips...

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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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Archer Quilt by Sharon McConnell with Etno fabrics by Pat Bravo
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Finished Quilts

Finished Quilt! Featuring New Etno Fabric

Sometimes the best things come from a spontaneous action, by jumping in to try something new, and working quickly. When Pat Bravo invited some sewers to create with her new fabric collection, Etno, from Art Gallery Fabrics, I sketched out a design, started cutting and sewing...and created an instantly favorite quilt (in record time for this slow sewer, too)! I was inspired by the ethnic, tribal feel of the fabric prints to try a new (to me) shape. I felt like this triangle would be just right to show off the beautiful fabrics as well as create a dynamic-looking patchwork...

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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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