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Summer Vacation! and you get to benefit, too

It's that time of the year! For our fourth year, my kids and I (and sweet pup, Emma) are spending four weeks in beautiful Colorado. While this poses a challenge for a small business person (read: one woman show) like me, I've decided not to stress about missing the job and give myself permission to take this break. I hope you all understand and will be ready and fully charged to get back to the fun stuff at the end of August. Long story short, I won't be able to ship fabric orders while I'm away. Because customer service is...

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Eclipse quilt by Color Girl Quilts, with the Classic curves Ruler and Art Gallery Fabrics.
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Fabric, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

This Quilt, Loved to Pieces

It's my turn to show off the pretty new fabric by my friend, Mathew -Mister Domestic- on the Loved to Pieces blog party! This is the first collection that Mathew has designed for Art Gallery Fabrics and it's inspired by love for his daughter and his affinity for all things sewing, especially English paper piecing. When you look at the prints, you'll notice flowers constructed of geometric shapes and plenty of good opportunities for fussy cutting. Of course, Mathew is one of the most fun people I've met in the quilting world, so I couldn't resist accepting his invitation to...

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Orange Peel curved piecing quilt using the Classic Curves Ruler and Windsor Garden fabrics from Sweetbeefabrics
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Finished Quilts, Giveaway, Quilting Interest

Flowers of Windsor Garden + fabric giveaway!

This week is my turn on the blog tour to showcase the new collection, Windsor Garden, by Kelly Parker Smith for Sweet Bee Fabric Company. It's always fun to discover (or be introduced to) new-to-me fabric designers and companies. Sweet Bee is a new face in the quilting fabric crowd, and they are already producing some really beautiful collections! Kelly invited me to sew something to show off her first fabric collection called Windsor Garden. As soon as I saw the prints, I couldn't resist saying "yes" to the chance to make a quilt. This collection is so pretty: part...

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Quilting workshop with color Girl Quilts, Sharon McConnell, learning curved piecing
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Oh, Sew Fun! Indiana Guild Workshop

For an introvert like me, teaching and speaking to groups ought to be scary as all get out. Maybe it's because I love quilting so much, but I never get nervous about talking, teaching and sharing about quilting. This past week I spent a day with ladies from the Piecemakers Guild in Kokomo, Indiana. We could not have had a more successful day...several beginners in the group sewed their first curves, one even started her first quilt with me! Above, and the top picture is Maple. Now, Maple isn't new to quilting, but she had never sewn a curve before....

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PomPom quilt by Sharon McConnell, Color Girl Quilts with the Classic curves Ruler and Tula pink fabrics
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Last Finish: Clearing the Slate *almost*

Okay, where did June go? I fully admit I had planned and hoped to get way more accomplished this month, but boy, am I glad we had the Color Girl Challenge to keep me focused on those things at the top of my list: finishing quilts and working on clearing my t0-do list. When we started this month, I mentioned that I feel like I'm not as creative when I have a cluttered work space or long list of unfinished work. Do you agree? did finishing a few things clear your slate for more fun new projects? I had three...

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Pixie Medallion quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts, with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Color Girl Challenge Roundup + *Giveaway*

How did June go by so fast?! How did we do on our challenge to finish up quilts-in-progress this month? Last week I told you about finishing one on my list.  Today I have another to mark off my list!  While it's not a complete finish, one of my goals this month was to complete the top of my Quilt Along Pixie Medallion quilt and get it ready for quilting. I am happy to report that the top is finished and the backing is sewn up! I've arrange to send it to Barbie of  The Quilting Mill for custom quilting...so...

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Moon Flower quilt by Sharon McConnell with Alison Glass Fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

When You Think it Can’t Get More Colorful…

For those of you following and participating in the Color Girl Challenge this month, here is an update! One of my projects I set out to finish this month can now be moved to the "finish" column. Wahoo. I started this quilt last winter when I got some of the Diving Board fabrics by Alison Glass. I am a huge fan of her fabrics and color choices and I wanted to make something super vibrant. This is also a fun pattern for trying out a new shape to sew with the the Classic Curves Ruler. The design actually evolved as...

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Polka Dot Bikini Quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts
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all about you, Quilting Interest

Polka Dot Bikini…Quilts to Inspire

The double wedding ring quilt is arguably the most recognizable traditional quilt design. It's also one that many quilters aspire to sew. The Polka Dot Bikini quilt has that classic patchwork ring look, but with an exciting modern look. The new and improved pattern is now available for those who want to try this design, but are turned off by the tricky bias arcs, multiple templates and complex piecing of the traditional pattern. Here are some previously sewn Bikini quilts to give you some ideas for your own version of this perennial favorite. I love this version made by my...

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Polka Dot Bikini quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts, Sharon McConnell. Modern Curved Piecing, Double wedding ring style quilt
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A Modern Classic…New and Improved!

The Polka Dot Bikini quilt pattern was among the first produced here at Color Girl and has been a best seller for several years. With the new Tula Pink polka dots and stripes fabrics hitting the market earlier this year, I felt inspired to take another look at my signature quilt. I am re-releasing the Polka Dot Bikini pattern in a new, improved format. I've revised some instructions for clarity and added more, better illustrations in full color. These updates make the pattern better and will ensure your success in making this masterpiece quilt. If you've purchased the quilt...

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Lakeside quilting retreat
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Announcements, Quilting Interest

Quilt Retreats are the BEST! Want to Join Me?

Calling all of my quilting friends in the lower Great Lakes, Eastern Mid-West region! Just three more months until the most fun weekend of the year: Lakeside Sewing Retreat. If you haven't already signed up to join us, <<Click Here for Event Details and Registration information>>   Lakeside is a picturesque little village on the shore of Lake Erie. Last year, we had a blast spending the weekend sewing and walking the streets of gardens and sweet gingerbread cottages. This year, we get three full days of sewing, September 7-9...bring whatever project you want to and spend uninterrupted time with fellow quilters....

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