Whimsy Garden quilt pattern kit with fabric sold by Color Girl Quilts
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Sew Whimsy! A Finished Quilt

Summer is winding down, the kids are back to school here, but I am still all over that colorful summery mood when it comes to sewing. Last spring, one of my favorite magazines, Uppercase, released an issue with the theme of CMYK. It's an artsy, creative mag and each issue has a theme related to some type of art, creativity or general curiosity. The CMYK issue just grabbed me for some reason...you see, CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black). These are the primary colors of printmaking. Everything you see in print is made with a combination...

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Tilda fabrics Bird Pond fabrics sold by Color Girl Quilts
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Announcements, Quilting Interest

Fabric lovers, rejoice!

Hey everyone! it's great to be back from summer vacation. Big thanks for your patience while waiting for me to return to ship your orders. I am super excited for this fall...so many fun things are coming to Color Girl and I want to share them all with you. First up, I am doing a couple of pre-orders for collections I think are going to be super popular and I am personally anxiously waiting to sew with. So let's see what's new on our fall sewing agenda! Tilda Fabrics' fall release, Bird Pond, is set to arrive September 1. I have...

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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. You can purchase Sweet Bee fabrics and get the look you see in this quilt. Click Here to shop. As soon as I saw the prints,...

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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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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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Announcements, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

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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