So happy to share (another) finished Rise Above quilt! I made my first version of this pattern last winter as I was filming the video demonstrations and preparing for the quilt along we did in the spring. For ten weeks, a group of us worked together on sewing the Rise Above quilt with lots of support from each other and the quilt along materials that came with participation. In order to participate with the QAL in real time, I made a second version of the Rise Above pattern during the event (-:
It's always fun to see how different a...
I hope you are all enjoying September! This is my favorite time of year and also happens to be sewing month, so it's a win-win. All month we are talking about our favorite quilty inspirations. Last week was all about stars and you guys showed beautiful star quilts you made! If you haven't been following and want to see and add your own, visit Color Girl Facebook for the share post.
This week, let's talk triangles. It's hard not to love piecing triangles. Okay, maybe we don't always LOVE triangles, what with bias edges and trimming requirements, but the results...
<<update: Giveaway closed, the winner drawn was Linda Douglas. Congratulations, Linda!>>
I couldn't resist choosing stars as our first week of inspiration for September Sewing. I've never met a quilter who didn't like stars and I've never met a star quilt I didn't like! For this week's giveaway prize, you have a chance to win all the starry inspiration with the Curated Quilts issue that's all about STARS (-:
To enter to win, it's easy, tell me if you've made a star quilt and something about it or if you have a favorite star pattern. Extra entry: head over to this...
It's my favorite time of year!
Why? Because as much as I love summer, autumn is so refreshing. Just-right temperatures and changing fall colors just give you a positive charge. Also: vacation season may be over, but it kind of feels good to be HOME, send the kids to school, and have a bit of free time to refresh. If you're like me, that means the excitement of new sewing projects, maybe planting some fall flowers (or bulbs for next year!). It's that in-between time after summer busy-ness but before holiday busy-ness(-:
So, for those of us feeling a renewed sense...
Continuing my latest mood for simple, classic patterns that are fun to sew and offer quick gratification. We all love that, right?
I have always loved the simple traditional quilt blocks like churn dash, nine patch, and shoo-fly. These simple blocks make quilts that are so "feel good": cute, graphic patterns across the entire quilt. They look great in a variety of fabrics, too, offering endless versatility.
For the latest video on Color Girl You Tube, I pulled out some of the cutest new fabrics in the shop, Aerial, to show you how to make an adorable quilt that's big...
It has been a super fun first six weeks of the Rise Above sewalong (how did we get to six weeks already?!). I wanted to pop in to share some progress. Everyone in the group is doing an amazing job of sewing the 'homework' for each week. I think it's motivating to have the video demonstrations to see exactly how the cutting and piecing go in a visual way you just don't get from a printed pattern.
I've sure loved seeing all the ways participants have turned the Rise Above pattern into their own unique quilt with colors, fabrics and...
Based on the quilters I've met, we all pretty much love fabric, right? Most of us also have a healthy collection of beloved fabrics we've collected over the years, and a few of those pieces (or a small sub-set) rise to the level of all-time favorite. These are the fabrics we seek out and buy as much as we can because we know they won't be available forever. They are the ones we buy a bundle of the whole collection because it's the rare one we LOVE every print and how they go together.
Does your super-love-most-favorite fabric sit...
We all love a star quilt, right? It's such a classic patchwork design and super versatile.
I've always liked the four pointed star patterns (Pine Burr is a favorite), so I was excited to find a ruler that is specifically designed for cutting the shapes! The Kitty Cornered ruler is from Creative Grids. I couldn't resist playing around with it a bit to sew a baby boy quilt and show off some super cute fabrics from Moda Fabrics.
...The best part is, I also made a video to show you how the Kitty Cornered Ruler works and how to make a...
Hello, fellow curve-loving quilters!
It was recently brought to my attention that the printed version of the Indigo pattern has incorrect numbers listed for the *finished sizes* of the quilt. This does NOT affect the accuracy of the cutting instructions, fabric requirements or other instructions within the pattern.
Please refer to the correct finished quilt measurements below.
Baby: 32" x 32"
Throw: 53" x 64"
Queen: 95" x 95"
Thanks for your understanding and accept my apologies for the mistake. I really appreciate it when quilters let me know if they find errors in my patterns. Thank goodness it doesn't happen often! (-:
The PDF pattern...
Sometimes the most basic things are the best: half square triangles are the building blocks for countless classic quilt blocks, they stand on their own beautifully, all lined up like soldiers or organized into pinwheels, and they are super easy to sew!
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The newest video in the Basics of Quiltmaking playlist on Color Girl Youtube is everything half square triangles: how to calculate measurements so you can make whatever size you want, need or have fabric for and how to sew them using four different techniques. The focus for this tutorial is on turning a variety of scraps...