Lakeside quilting retreat
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Quilt Retreats are the BEST! Want to Join Me?

Calling all of my quilting friends in the lower Great Lakes, Eastern Mid-West region! Just three more months until the most fun weekend of the year: Lakeside Sewing Retreat. If you haven't already signed up to join us, <<Click Here for Event Details and Registration information>>   Lakeside is a picturesque little village on the shore of Lake Erie. Last year, we had a blast spending the weekend sewing and walking the streets of gardens and sweet gingerbread cottages. This year, we get three full days of sewing, September 7-9...bring whatever project you want to and spend uninterrupted time with fellow quilters....

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Curved piecing Sirena quilt by Sharon McConnell using Sirena fabrics by Art Gallery FAbrics
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

The Song of Sirena, A Finished Quilt!

This month is all about finishing our projects, right? Well, I am super happy to finally share a quilt I finished (even though it was last month) to be displayed at Quilt Market in Portland in May. Do you remember the little quilt I made with Tallinn fabrics to celebrate Jessica Swift's first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics? Well, Jessica has a new collection coming called Sirena, and it couldn't be more fun and fresh. First of all, I love the name of the collection, Sirena. A Siren in Greek mythology was a creature of the sea who used...

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Indigo Quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts, in fabrics by Moda fabrics, Sweetwater Fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Indigo Quilt, Quilting Interest

Sew Inspiring! Indigo Pattern + Sweetwater Fabrics

Any Sweetwater fabrics fans out there? I have enjoyed the prints by these talented designers for many years. They are pretty much tops at classics like checks, dots, retro florals and themed illustrations. The Indigo quilt is a perfect match for a pack of 10" Sweetwater prints I've had for a long time in my stash...and my wonderful quilt fairy-helper (my Mom) was a great sport to sew up this sample for me. This quilt pattern is perfect for pre-cuts like 10" squares. I admit it's a favorite because it's a really dynamic design and looks great in a variety...

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Indigo quilt pattern and kit by Color Girl quilts
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Quilting Interest

Get the Blues…The Indigo Quilt Kind

It's finally here! Some of you asked, and here it is: a kit to make the oh-so-popular blue and white Indigo quilt. I have put together a selection of prints in shades of navy with touches of teal, gray and crisp white. This fresh color scheme is always a winner and will look amazing with any color scheme you may have in your home.  <<Buy Kit Here>> The kit includes enough (with extra) to make the 61" x 75" quilt top, including eight different prints for the block centers, a gorgeous turquoise cross weave for the setting squares, plus a...

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Eclipse quilt kit sold by Color Girl Quilts, uses the Classic Curves Ruler
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Eclipse Quilt, Quilting Interest

A New (AMAZING!) Eclipse Quilt

It is so exciting to show you this amazing quilt! My friend Carol made this version of the Eclipse quilt with the green kit option that's available in my shop. I am so impressed with her skills, and super thrilled with how the selection of prints  and colors look together. The Eclipse quilt is confident level quilt pattern that uses the Classic Curves Ruler. When I made the sample for the pattern, I chose a bright yellow print for the main background fabric...I love how unexpected it is for a main color and how the bright prints really shine.  ...

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happy mothers day from Color Girl Quilts
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Spring Fabric Sale!

I want to send a big thanks to all of you quilting friends! What an exciting year 2018 has been so far. Spring is finally here, the flowers are blooming, and this weekend we celebrate our mothers, sisters, friends, all the special women in our lives. This weekend, through Monday, May 14, at midnight, take 20% your fabric purchase when you use code 'love' at checkout. I hope you take advantage of Mothers' Day to treat yourself to a little (or a lot!) of creative time. Visit the shop and see what's new, Here. I've added new Tilda Sun Kiss bundles...

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Talin fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics, quilt with curved piecing by Sharon McConnell Color Girl quilts
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

New! Tallinn Fabrics Little Quilt

I met Jessica Swift at Quilt Market in Houston last October. She was showing her first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, and I knew right away it was one for me. The bright, true colors and cute illustrations are too much fun. When Jessica asked awhile back if I was interested in participating in the blog tour to promote the release of the fabrics, I didn't hesitate to say "yes!". She is a such a sweet person, and I am so excited for her success and bringing her artwork to us quilters in fabric. You can find all the...

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Lakeside Chatauqua, lake erie, Ohio.
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Announcements, Quilting Interest

Lakeside Retreat: Come Sew with Me!

Popping in to tell you about a quilting and sewing retreat I am going to in September. I hope that if you live anywhere close to northern Ohio you'll consider joining us. I attended this retreat last September as the teacher, but this year we are having open sewing time all weekend! Of course, if you come and want help with a Color Girl pattern or the Classic Curves Ruler, I wouldn't turn you down (-;  .  The venue couldn't be more beautiful: a charming great lakes village of summer cottages on the shore of Lake Erie. We had a...

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Black Jack quilt pattern made with Mediterreneo fabrics by AGF, pattern by Color Girl Quilts
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Black Jack quilt, Quilting Interest

In All it’s Glory and Options

Last week I told you about the newest pattern now available for the Classic Curves Ruler, Black Jack. I've been having a bit of fun this week dreaming up how this pattern might look in a variety of fabrics and colors. The original pattern sample is super graphic, high contrast, so here are some examples of how you can put your own creativity into this design. Go crazy with favorite prints in your stash or spring for that pretty new bundle you've had your eye on. Okay, how cool is this version in low contrast, large scale prints? I think...

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petticoat quilt by Briar Hill designs using the Classic curves ruler
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Quilting Interest

Classic Curves Ruler & Pattern Giveaway

I met Julia of Briar Hill designs last October at Houston Quilt Market. She introduced herself to tell me how much she loved using the Classic Curves Ruler and to show me the quilt she made with it. Julia and her partner, Caverly, are launching their first fabric collection with RJR Fabrics, June's Cottage, and one of the samples at Market was the beautiful Petticoat quilt. Petticoat is a unique curved piecing design featuring overlapping scallop shapes that resemble the ruffles of a petticoat. I am so curious to find out how she created this! Julia is releasing the pattern...

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