lakeside retreat with Color Girl Quilts at Lakeside Chautauqua
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Announcements

Lake Erie Sewing Retreat: Join Us!

It's that time again! The sewing retreat at Lakeside Chautauqua has been scheduled for September 13-15, 2019. I do hope you will plan to come and join me and friends who will be returning and those joining us for the first time. This year will be our third annual retreat at the charming village of Lakeside Chautauqua on Lake Erie. The retreat is open to all who wish to spend a relaxing weekend of sewing and friendship in a beautiful location. The registration cost includes accommodations...

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how to cut and sew orange peel blocks video tutorial by Color Girl Quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest, Using the CCRuler, YouTube Video Links, YouTube Videos

How To: Cut, Sew, Square Orange Peel Blocks

There is a new video on Color Girl YouTube! The second tutorial in our series on using the Classic Curves Ruler and curved piecing blocks is how to make orange peel blocks. It's no secret these are my absolute favorite shapes to sew. This in-depth video shows how to cut the shapes with the Classic Curves Ruler, how to sew and trim and square your block.  <<click here to watch video>> For the sample we are sewing orange peel blocks with bright solid colors and black and white prints. It's going to be a fabulous modern design. These versatile blocks are...

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trinket quilt pattern sold by Color Girl Quilts
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Quilt-Alongs, Quilting Interest, Trinket Quilt Along, Work in progress

Trinket Quilt Along is Coming!

It has all the makings of a super fun community event! Alis0n Glass is organizing an epic quilt along featuring her Trinket quilt pattern and this is one you won't want to miss. The Trinket pattern is an easy modern sampler featuring forty 4" blocks alternating with solid fabric squares. It's a great opportunity to learn and practice your foundation paper piecing and show off your favorite colors. Read on to find out how to join in... As a sponsor, we have a kit and patterns available here on the website. I am super excited to see how this pretty bundle...

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polka dot bikini quilt by sharon mcconnell, color girl quilts
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Announcements, Pattern Corrections, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Pattern Correction: Polka Dot Bikini

Hi, friends! It has come to my attention that some of the printed Polka Dot Bikini patterns include templates that are not the right size. I don't know which ones are correct and which are not, so I want to replace your pattern if you have purchased the print version of the pattern. Pdf patterns are not affected by the template error, but users of the pdf pattern should take note that the unfinished block size is 10 1/2", not 10" as indicated on previous version of the pattern. My apologies for the issue and if it has impacted your use of...

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Classic Curves Ruler instructions for use, curved piecing quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Pattern Corrections, Quilting Interest, Using the CCRuler

Classic Curves Ruler Instructions *Updated*

It's hard to believe it has been nearly two years since I launched the Classic Curves Ruler! You all have been supportive beyond my wildest dreams and it always brings a big smile to my face when I hear from one of you who succeeds at curved piecing and love the tool as much as I do (-: I recently placed an order with my supplier for a new shipment and felt like it was time to update the instructions insert that comes with the Ruler. I took some feedback from you guys and my observations from teaching a lot...

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Aura Fabrics and the Classic Curves Ruler quilt in progress
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Announcements, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilting Community Events: Join the Fun!

I am sponsoring prizes for a couple quilting world events that start this month and I thought you might like to join in. I don't know about you, but I love being part of the quilting community on Instagram especially, but also Facebook and interacting with you who comment here on the blog. It's extra fun to get involved when fellow quilters issue challenges or hold sew-alongs and blog hops. We are lucky to have social media to connect with like-minded (okay, fellow quilt-obsessed) people all over the world! So, here's a couple things you might want to check out... Isabelle...

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holiday gifts for quilters by Color Girl Quilts
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DIY Decorating and Crafts, Favorites, Quilting Interest

Top Picks: Gifts for Quilty People

Christmas is coming and it's coming fast! If you have people on your Christmas list who like to cut fabric into small pieces and sew it back together again, I've got you covered. I've gathered my favorites to give you the ultimate holiday (or anytime!) gift-giving list for the quilters in your life.  **NOT affiliate links, just my personal suggestions (-; ** Who wouldn't love a goody bag full of little tools, charm packs, and a cute notebook? One of my favorite parts of gift giving is making the package and imagining the person opening it...like finding a little treasure....

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Super Simple Sampler, free quilt block tutorials by Color Girl Quilts
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Quilting Interest

New Tutorial! How to Sew Partial Seams

Making more Super Simple Sampler Blocks! This all-pink quilt is really growing on me, what do you think? Was hoping to have it done to gift for Christmas, but that's not going to happen (-: It will have to be New Year (as in, later in 2019) gift. How about you? have you been working on your blocks? There is a new video up on Color Girl YouTube this week. It's a detailed tutorial on how to sew block #24, which includes a partial seam sewing technique. This trick is not scary! It's a handy technique to learn so you...

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Quilting Interest

Celebrate! A Creative 2018 in Review

Can you believe it's already December, 2018?? This year has flown by, but we have accomplished so much and have many creative projects to celebrate. For the third year in a row, I am doing the My Creative  year-in-review celebration on Instagram. #mycreative2018 is all about looking back at a beautiful year of color, crafting, and creativity. I bet you'll be surprised at just how much y0u have done! Each day December 1-14, I will post the theme of the day. This theme is your challenge to evaluate all the creative work you've done this year and share about it....

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Radiance quilt pattern made in Tula Pink Pinkerville fabric, by Color Girl Quilts
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest, Radiance Quilt

Radiance: Tula Style

Any Tula Pink fans in the house? I have enjoyed many of her fabric collections, but my favorites are the ones that really show off her talent for clear, vibrant colors in off-beat combinations. She is one designer that shows incredible illustration and design skills with highly detailed fabrics featuring whimsical and intricately drawn creatures, flowers and geometric patterns. So, if these are the things that make Tula so well-loved among sewists, then she has hit a home run with her next collection, Pinkerville. I was super excited (and really surprised) when the marketing person from Free Spirit Fabrics asked...

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