Broken V quilt by Sharon McConnell. pattern by Christa Watson, fabrics by Alison Glass and Tula Pink
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Giveaway, Quilting Interest

Machine Quilting With Style: Broken V Quilt

It is my turn to write about the new book, Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson and the quilt I made using one of the patterns, Broken V. The book was just released by Martingale and is for sale, Here (signed copy from Christa). I met Christa last November at Sewtopia in Salt Lake City. We sat at the same table and really hit it off. I was excited when she asked if I wanted to preview her first book and take part in the blog tour showing off some of the projects featured. Regular readers of my blog have...

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Joel dewberry fabrics for Free Spirit fabrics, Giveaway
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Giveaway

Giveaway! fabric and quilt pattern

Things are crazy busy in my world right now, so let's do something just for fun: a giveaway! I have six fat eights (9" x 21") of prints by Joel Dewberry plus a copy of my Dutch Windmill pattern.  These are prints from the collection that I used a great deal in my Eclipse quilt. I love the retro-style florals and geometrics in my favorite complimentary combo: blue and orange. Dutch Windmill is a quick-make quilt, with instructions for three sizes. It is a great design for showing off your favorite prints. In addition to the quilt on the pattern cover, I...

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skopelos fabric by katarina roccella for art gallery fabrics with Jumping jacks pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Skopelos Fabric and Pattern Giveaway!

Last month I had the opportunity to sew with this beautiful new fabric collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, Skopelos. For the blog tour to roll out the collection and give some inspiration for using the fabrics, I made a variation on my Jumping Jacks pattern. Read full post, Here. In the original pattern, I used lots of scraps in bright primary colors with black and white as the secondary design. For my quilt with the Skopelos fabric, you can see it looks completely different just by turning the blocks in a different orientation. This is a versatile pattern,...

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Gardenvale fabrics by jen king well for Moda fabrics
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Big Giveaway Day: Gardenvale Fabrics

Giveaway is now closed! thanks for all the comments, I love reading them and learning more about what quilters and sewers are doing. The Winner is Christy and she was notified by email. Thanks! It's a great day for a fabric giveaway! Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the quilting world. If you are a regular reader, I thank you for the kind comments. If you are visiting for the first time from the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day: I am glad you found me and I hope you will come back again soon. For my giveaway, I have seven...

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Granny Quilts Reproduction quilting made modern
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Hopeful for Spring: Fresh Quilts Book Giveaway

I am feeling really charged up about quilting. I know that sounds silly because quilting is pretty much my life outside of family and home, but I do have moments when the excitement waxes and wanes. It is definitely on an upswing at the moment! I think I am really excited about my sewing at the moment because I feel really fresh! I stopped taking on magazine projects a couple months ago in preparation for starting school, so I am now wrapping up all of my previously-made obligations. This means I am waiting (impatiently) to share some great quilts, but...

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strips and curves quilt pattern book
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Giveaway! Curved Piecing Quilt Beauties

Thanks for all the comments last week about trying new things....the winner of the Simple Home book is Dawn! I sent you an email to get your mailing address. Speaking of trying new things: last month on one of my giveaway posts I asked readers what, if anything, they wanted to learn or try in 2015. By far the most popular response was to practice free motion quilting, which is also something I need to do. But many of you also chose new skills within sewing and piecing, including sewing curves in quilts. (if you're interested, I have tutorial...

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Home Sewing Book and patterns by Sweetwater
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Sew Your Home…A Giveaway!

What's New? The biggest thing for me right now is starting college classes...I am studying art with the hope of improving my skills as a designer. The idea of going back to college at my age is really daunting, especially now that I have two kids and I'm in charge of a household. The past week I have spent frantically (in a good way) working to finish up outside project commitments and "clear my plate" in preparation for dedicating my time to my classes. It has felt wonderful to drop huge loads of stuff at Goodwill and finish a...

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quilter's way, cotton couture solid fabric bundle
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Dutch Windmill, Giveaway, Sponsors

Giveaway! Quilt Fabric and Pattern

Happy Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I am teaming up with Jane, owner of Quilter's Way quilt shop, to bring you a very beautiful bundle of fabrics and a quilting pattern to go with it. Quilter's Way  carries quilting fabrics, both paper and pdf download patterns, fabric bundles, and kits. Check out the Christmas fabric kit that goes with my "Jewel Box" Quilt pattern, Here. If you are a new (or old) visitor to Color Girl Quilts, welcome! I have been quilting for about 14 years and writing my own patterns for about a year and a half. I like mixing...

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flying kites quilt, modern patchwork charm square baby quilt
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Giveaway, Work in progress

Charming Quilt in Progress, Charming Giveaway

Lately, I have been thinking about pre-cut fabric charm squares. What to make with them and how fun it is to get a small sampling of an entire fabric collection. I have some ideas for new quilts swirling in my mind, but it has been awhile since I really concentrated on getting some finishes, so first I am going to get this baby quilt quilted. This is the small version from my charm square quilt, Flying Kites. The pattern is available in my pattern shop and on Craftsy to download. This pattern is a great way to stretch just...

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Jumping jacks scrap quilt by sharon mcconnell, in quilt now magazine, scrap patchwork easy quilt
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Giveaway, Jumping Jacks Quilt, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

My Scrap Quilt in Quilt Now Magazine, plus Giveaway!

Last June I had the fantastic opportunity to meet Katy Jones at Camp Stitchalot retreat in Michigan. At that point, I was interested in doing more pattern publications in magazines and she was getting ready to launch a brand new quilting magazine based in the UK. We talked, she liked my quilts, I liked her, and now I present to you "jumping jacks", my first quilt project published in the current issue of Quilt Now. This magazine is fun because each issue has a basic theme, and this month we have scrap and stash sewing patterns. I made my "jumping...

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