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Announcements, Flying Kites, Giveaway, Quilt Patterns

New Pattern Winners

just popping in to announce winners of the new Color Girl pattern, "flying kites",The Running Hare (be sure and visit her…I am loving her current post with the scrappy twister pattern)and DianeYLadies, you have gift in your inbox. I would love to see your quilts that you create with the pattern.Thank you for all the kind comments!I have been loving the sunshine, my flowers, and life all the way around. I hope it's the same for you.Sharon

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Announcements, Finished Quilts, Flying Kites, Giveaway, Patchwork, Quilt Patterns

New Pattern for Spring: “Flying Kites”

I am so happy to share a new Color Girl pattern with you! "Flying Kites" was originally published last summer, but has now undergone my re-branding with more size options and improved graphics. It is available to purchase as an immediate download in my Craftsy Shop.This pattern is great for a confident beginner quilter, with simple to piece blocks set on-point. I made the original quilt, shown above, with a Moda charm pack of the "Lucy's Crab Shack" collection.  This size option requires only one charm pack and finishes at 39"x60" without borders or 54"x76" with the borders: perfect...

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Announcements, Giveaway

Winner!

Just dropping in to announce a winner for the Bikini Quilt Along giveaway last week, and it is Kris, of Sew Sunshine fame. She will be treated to a $25 gift certificate at Pink Castle Fabrics.Be sure and check out her version of the Polka Dot Bikini quilt, see it on flickr by Clicking Here. I love it! As you can see, she is quite an over-achiever and has the top already finished. Those of you making one, I would really like to see your quilts...I am the other winner today! I made this tote (yes, I made something other...

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Quilting Interest

Make a Joyful Noise!

Joy is... ...taking my sewing machine to pre-school to sew sails for homemade sailboats! …going for a ride with the window down after a long, cold winter. Canton Village Quilt Works…Quilt Day Sale! ….a bit of crafty shopping in honor of National quilting day! Craftsy classes are on sale starting today and Everything at Canton Village is on sale starting tomorrow!! …and a day sunny enough to spend it outside with my three favorites (it's still fun to through rocks "in" the river, even when they stay on top of the ice!) ….and receiving an email from Jocelyn telling me that she made a Twirling...

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Finished Quilts, Giveaway, Jewel Box Quilt, Quilt Patterns

Another “Colorful” Quilt (and giveaway)

At the beginning of 2013, I set out to make a series of quilts that are friendly to beginner quilters by requiring only basic piecing and cutting skills as well as having simple fabric requirements. One of those designs is "Jewel Box", back in my pattern shop, Color Girl Quilts, after a makeover that includes size options and improved graphic design. The "Jewel Box" pattern comes with fabric requirements and instructions for a throw/baby size, which can be made with one layer cake plus a few fat quarters of solids. There is also a twin size option and both would...

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Announcements, Giveaway, Sewing

Winner, and an Accomplishment

I enjoyed each comment on my post last week about my sponsor, Canton Village Quilt Works, and I am so happy to announce that Cindy is the winner. It sounds like others appreciate the same things that I do about Jackie's blog and shop: she carries fabrics that few do (Kaffe, Aboriginals, and HUGE selection of kona solids). Someone mentioned that their favorite is the Steam Punk pattern by Jen Kingwell. That pattern has been on my to-do list, too. Maybe I should move it up a notch! And, an accomplishment? Now, this isn't anything big, but I am pretty proud to report that...

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Announcements, Fabric, Giveaway, Sponsors

Sponsor Giveaway: Canton Village Quilt Works

Today I am so happy to have a giveaway from my sponsor, Jackie, of Canton Village Quilt Works! She is both a regular sponsor of my blog and also of the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along, so she is a great friend here at Fabrics & Flowers. Jackie has been a quilt shop owner for four years and specializes in fabrics you won't find in other online fabric shops, like the Australian aboriginal prints and all things Kaffe Fassett (love those Spots!). She has recently remodeled her website and it looks beautiful: so bright and colorful, and easy to navigate. Canton Village is a full service shop, with classes (you-tube), patterns, notions and kits in addition to...

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Finished Quilts, Patchwork, Quilting Interest

Quilt Flashback: 2007

I haven't done a flashback post in a while, so tonight I want to share a quilt I finished in 2007. I love how the creation of a quilt helps me remember certain times in my life, they all have some association for me. This quilt was a collaboration. I found the appliqué blocks in a pattern by Hopscotch Quilts, but I wanted to create my own design around them. Since I didn't appliqué then (still don't), I recruited my mom to sew the appliqué blocks while I did the piecing. This quilt holds a happy memory for me as I worked...

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Announcements, Giveaway, Midnight at the Oasis QAL, Sponsors

MATO projects and winners!

Did you check out all the great projects linked up for the finale of the Midnight at the Oasis QAL? all great! Thank you to all who joined in. I have winners: Maureen: you won a fat quarter bundle of Acacia (blue color way) from Fat Quarter Shop Mary-Clare: you won a fat quarter bundle from Sew Me A Song (Mary Clare, please email me so I can send your contact info to Sew Me A Song) Jo: you won a $25 gift certificate to Polka Dot Tea Ladies, the shops will be contacting you to claim your prizes. If you are in the market to...

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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Lucky Number ’13

I know I am a bit late, but, "Happy New Year" to all. What a great year was 2013! I had lots of fun chronicling my quilting projects here. Just want to remember a few of my favorites of 2013… Above: Midnight at the Oasis (work in progress, check out the Quilt Along page!) "Polka Dot Bikini", a favorite with lots of color and gorgeous quilting by Jenny Pedigo "Modern Wedding Ring", this quilt was a bit of an undertaking but really fun! Love those colors "Treasure Map" Mixing funky Jen Ski prints with cross-weaves and linen blend solids (I will have this...

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