Hula Girl modern ring quilt, paper piecing patchwork, modern low volume quilt
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Giveaway, Paper Piecing, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

A Winner! A Quilt in Progress…

Popping in with a quick Quilt in Progress show and tell! I have the first row of rings done for my Michael Miller fabrics and Sewtopia Challenge quilt. I am loving the scrappy look so far! If you are just tuning in, this is a second version of my Hula Girl quilt pattern, coming soon to my pattern shop. The winner of my "low volume fabric" fall giveaway is Charlotte. Her comment was chosen by the random number generator (my 8-year-old son). Charlotte, I hope you enjoy the fabric. It was awesome to read the comments and find out where everyone...

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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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Sewtopia, michael miller fabrics, challenge fabrics for quilt
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Giveaway

Surprise! a “quiet” fabric giveaway

A week or so ago I received a very fun package in the mail: a bundle of five "low volume" fabrics for the Michael Miller fabrics challenge at Sewtopia. I am really excited to have the opportunity to go to the Sewtopia retreat in Salt Lake City in November! It is a weekend retreat filled with shop-hopping and all the sewing we can stand (plus a visit to my mom). The event is partially sponsored by Michael Miller fabrics and they provided the low volume bundles for a challenge project. The only direction was that all fabrics in our chosen...

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Indelible fabric for quilting, by Katarina Roccella for Art Galler Fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Indelible

I first saw a peek of the "Indelible" collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics (Spring 2014) last winter in the run-up to spring market. It was pretty much love at first sight and fabric that I happily waited to buy. I am not disappointed! I would really like to start a project with it soon, so I decided to do some experimenting with mixing it with other fabrics in my stash. One of the things that I look for in an ideal fabric collection: distinct color and value ranges. Although I don't make quilts of only one designer...

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Dutch Windmill Quilt by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl Quilts, modern patchwork, charm quilt
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Dutch Windmill, Finished Quilts

Finished! Dutch Windmill Quilt

I am so happy to share a finished quilt! I designed this patchwork pattern almost a year ago and my mom helped me start piecing it, but as is often the case, other projects kept getting put ahead of this one. I finally finished up the top last spring and it sat while I had lofty ambitions of quilting it myself...then when I started working regularly again in June, I gave myself permission to have it long-arm quilted.  This is one of those projects that I think looks so fantastic with the quilting added. My friend Jane did an all-over...

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Super simple modern Sampler quilt, cross block tutorial, color girl quilts by sharon mcconnell
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Quilt: block #4

Today is the day to make the last 6" sampler quilt block for this month. I am pretty happy with how all eight of mine have turned out! Check out the first four, made from Tula Pink's book, "100 Modern Quilt Blocks", Here. The instructions to make the other blocks I designed can be found Here. This month is cross blocks, so we have this cutie to make today. Cutting From the Dark Blue: cut (4) 3" x 3" squares From the Yellow: cut (4) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares From the Light Multi print: cut (2) 2" x 1 1/2" rectangles,...

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https://colorgirlquilts.com/2014/09/quilters-book-club-new-year-new-sampler-quilt.html
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler: Block #3

Welcome to the series, Super Simple Sampler: 6" Modern Quilt blocks. Today you will find the instructions to make our third cross block. This is our first month, so just getting started. Find the other blocks, Here. These patterns are part of my 2014-15 Book Club Project. Find out more about the series Here. Cutting: from the light blue floral: cut (4) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles from the dark blue: cut (4) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles from the yellow: cut (4) 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" squares Sewing: 1. Arrange the floral rectangle as shown above. The upper left and lower...

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Super simple modern Sampler quilt, cross block tutorial, color girl quilts by sharon mcconnell
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Block #2

Welcome to block #2 of the Super Simple Sampler 6" series. As part of my book club this year, I am sharing instructions to make blocks that will eventually become a sampler quilt. This month is cross blocks. You can see how to make block #1 Here, and read about this year's Book Club series Here. Cutting yellow print: cut 2 squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2";  2 squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"; 2 rectangles 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"; two rectangles 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" blue print: cut 1 rectangle  2 1/2" x 1 1/2"; 1 square 1 1/2"...

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Super simple modern Sampler quilt, cross block tutorial, color girl quilts by sharon mcconnell
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler: Block 1

On Sunday, I told you about a new quilters' book club series I am starting. Each month I will make four blocks from Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book. I will also design four of my own blocks, making eight in all each month and a total of 72 by the end. Today I have the instructions to make the first block! This month we have cross blocks, but for this one I turned it on its side to make an "x". The block is 6 1/2". Cutting (for simplicity, I will list fabrics in the same colors as the ones...

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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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