I've been thinking a lot about wanting to help the crisis in Australia with the fires. We've seen the images of destroyed habitat and injured and dead animals. At least one firefighter that I know of has been killed and many homes destroyed. It's not enough to say I feel sad about the state of our planet and the trajectory we are on.
As with many of the current events in our news, despite feeling strongly about the issues and often terribly sad at what I'm hearing and reading, I feel so helpless to make a difference.
So. I decided that...
A big day, it's new pattern time! I feel like 2019 was one of my favorite years, quilt-wise, and now you can make one my personal favorites, too. <<get your Magic pattern here>>
Magic is a quilt I made as part of the promotional tour for Sharon Holland's fabric collection, Everlasting. I totally fell in love with the true, rich red and navy blue that are featured strongly in the fabrics. To complement the many floral prints, I chose a bright green tonal print for something a bit unexpected and playful. Plus, doesn't this lush color palette just make you...
Coming to you today with the quilt version of a New Year's Eve party (-: Now it's a free pattern tutorial on Color Girl YouTube.
Hope you enjoy this quilt as much as I do! It's versatile enough to be perfect for sewing some of your precious stash fabrics, scraps, or like mine: showcasing pretty Zip Stripes and Ombre Bloom fabrics.
There's nothing more fun that trying out a new shape or technique to grow our quilting repertoire and keep things interesting. 60* triangles are not super common in quilting, but they are a really fun shape to play with! They...
Maybe it makes me a nerd, but I always enjoy the end of the year announcements of Color of the Year (-:
Last year I totally loved Kona's choice of Splash...a pretty, watery blue that pretty much goes with everything and looks so fresh! For 2020, Kona Cotton (Robert Kaufman Fabrics) has chosen a rich emerald green as the color of 2020. This beauty is called Enchanted and I think it lives up to its name quite nicely.
Will you be sewing with Enchanted in 2020? I have links to some *free* patterns below, keep reading!
Here's why I like Enchanted: it's...
You can't finish that gorgeous quilt without the binding! It seems that binding is both very necessary and also the most difficult skill for newer (and even not-so-new) quilters to master. Well, as a back-to-basics project, there is now an in-depth, two part video series on Color Girl YouTube that shows you all the steps to a beautifully finished quilt binding.
In the videos I show you how to cut both bias strips and straight grain strips so you can choose what's right for you or the fabric you are using. You'll see how to sew the strips together, press...
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One of the things I want to improve in 2020 is my quality time sewing and sharing that with the Color Girl quilting community. I've noticed on Facebook and Instagram that what I enjoy most is the interactions. I love it when a comment makes me laugh or you guys show me something you made with one of my patterns.
To attempt to meet this goal, I have created a group on Facebook for Colorful Quilters. The reason a group is better than a page for sharing is that in a group everyone can post, not just...
It's my turn (and I am late, please accept apologies!) to share the monthly clue for Cotton Cuts' Mystery Quilt Puzzle.
My pieces are all pretty fabrics from Alison Glass...gotta love these colors! I admit I don't have any idea where these pieces might fit in to the final quilt design. The folks at Cotton Cuts have done a good job at keeping it mysterious. See more of the monthly clue pieces Here to get an idea what we are working on.
This mystery is one of two that Cotton Cuts sponsors each year. During the program you receive a monthly...
It's here, it's here! I always love sharing a new quilt design with all of you and seeing what you make with it. This month the big reveal is Untamed, the newest quilt pattern for the Classic Curves Ruler. I feel particularly fond of this quilt because I think there is a lot of potential for interesting variations by changing the color placement or fabric style. It's a really fun one to sew and see the pattern come together.
This quilt was born when Sarah of No Hats Quilts contacted me to ask if I wanted to sew something with...
Popping in today to show you some detail on how to use your Classic Curves Ruler to cut and sew full circle blocks. Many of you have enjoyed the YouTube video on Color Girl YouTube where my friend Cassandra shares her expertise on this (sometimes tricky!) technique. Some have had questions about adding the tape on the ruler to mark the cutting lines. Here's a bit of explanation and close up pic to help you understand.
As you know, the Classic Curves Ruler gives you such accurate and easy cutting of curved shapes because of the concave/convex lines. These lines...
So, I write this post feeling a bit sheepish.
I had such a good intentions of finishing up my black and white quilt to submit to Curated Quilts for their black and white challenge and hopefully to be featured in their black and white issue. Well, a few things converged to thwart my success. I LOVE that some of you did it, though! More on that later.
Time constraints aside, I was well on my way to finishing my quilt when I hit a speed bump in the creative process. When I had all the blocks sewn up and I laid...