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Announcements

Big News!

Hello!I have a couple of announcements.First, the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Canton Village Quilt Works is Karen. Congratulations and big thanks for following along this blog and the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt-Along.…..and,I am starting the process of launching the Official Color Girl Quilts Website! I will be moving into the new space in the next couple of months and I sure hope you keep visiting me.Here's what's happening:You will be able to find my blog, quilting patterns, tutorials and all the crafty stuff I am doing on one site: Colorgirlquilts.com  (visit my current Craftsy shop Here)Everything...

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Patchwork, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Dear Stella/Timeless Treasures Challenge Quilt

If you are on instagram, you may have seen a bit of buzz about two fabric manufacturers, Dear Stella and Timeless Treasures, sponsoring a mini quilt contest. You can read more about it Here.The rules were to make a 20" mini quilt using only fabrics made by these two companies (no solids allowed). The idea is to make something traditional into something modern.Now, I don't need another project, but Minis are soooo much fun, and how about a reason to use some stash fabric? Also, I had Lasik surgery last week, so my eyes have only been up to...

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Announcements, Finished Quilts, Patchwork, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

My First Publication: Modern Patchwork

"After the Rain" Quilt, by Sharon McConnellPut your feet up and enjoy a great read! This season's issue of Modern Patchwork is here, and I could not be more excited to announce that I am in it! Well, my quilt and pattern are, anyway. This has been such a hard secret to keep the past six months, and I honestly I didn't really believe it was true until I actually saw the magazine.Look! there's my name in print! My "After the Rain Quilt"Last summer I sewed up this quilt using jumbo hexagons in all kinds of gray scraps plus...

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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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