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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Radiance Quilt by Color Girl Quilts for the Classic Curves Ruler
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Radiance Quilt Pattern has Landed!

It's here! I am so excited to bring the Radiance pattern to you and see what you all create with it. This design was really fun for me to work on, sew and create the instructions for. I think it's the most impressive-looking quilt yet for the Classic Curves Ruler. The idea for this one came from my love of pieced and interesting borders on quilts. The goal was to create a modern design based on traditional shapes, and add a lot of star power with the scrappy borders combined with the curves. What do you think? I don't usually choose...

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Radiance Quilt by Color girl Quilts Sharon McConnell
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Finished! An *epically* Radiant Quilt

You guys know that I am a big Alison Glass fan, right? Her fabrics are so COLORFUL! So you know I am super excited to share a finished quilt (and the next new pattern for the Classic Curves Ruler!) as well as her newest collection of fabrics; they are sooooo yummy. Voila! the Radiance quilt. I am putting the finishing touches on the pattern now, so be on the lookout for an announcement in the next couple weeks. Be sure you're on my email list for first dibs and *maybe* a special price. This quilt was inspired by my Polka Dot...

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Eclipse quilt by Color Girl Quilts, with the Classic curves Ruler and Art Gallery Fabrics.
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This Quilt, Loved to Pieces

It's my turn to show off the pretty new fabric by my friend, Mathew -Mister Domestic- on the Loved to Pieces blog party! This is the first collection that Mathew has designed for Art Gallery Fabrics and it's inspired by love for his daughter and his affinity for all things sewing, especially English paper piecing. When you look at the prints, you'll notice flowers constructed of geometric shapes and plenty of good opportunities for fussy cutting. Of course, Mathew is one of the most fun people I've met in the quilting world, so I couldn't resist accepting his invitation to...

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Orange Peel curved piecing quilt using the Classic Curves Ruler and Windsor Garden fabrics from Sweetbeefabrics
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Finished Quilts, Giveaway, Quilting Interest

Flowers of Windsor Garden + fabric giveaway!

This week is my turn on the blog tour to showcase the new collection, Windsor Garden, by Kelly Parker Smith for Sweet Bee Fabric Company. It's always fun to discover (or be introduced to) new-to-me fabric designers and companies. Sweet Bee is a new face in the quilting fabric crowd, and they are already producing some really beautiful collections! Kelly invited me to sew something to show off her first fabric collection called Windsor Garden. You can purchase Sweet Bee fabrics and get the look you see in this quilt. Click Here to shop. As soon as I saw the prints,...

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Moon Flower quilt by Sharon McConnell with Alison Glass Fabrics
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When You Think it Can’t Get More Colorful…

For those of you following and participating in the Color Girl Challenge this month, here is an update! One of my projects I set out to finish this month can now be moved to the "finish" column. Wahoo. I started this quilt last winter when I got some of the Diving Board fabrics by Alison Glass. I am a huge fan of her fabrics and color choices and I wanted to make something super vibrant. This is also a fun pattern for trying out a new shape to sew with the the Classic Curves Ruler. The design actually evolved as...

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Curved piecing Sirena quilt by Sharon McConnell using Sirena fabrics by Art Gallery FAbrics
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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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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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Talin fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics, quilt with curved piecing by Sharon McConnell Color Girl quilts
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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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BlackJack quilt pattern by Color Girl. Modern, easy curved piecing quilt for the Classic Curves Ruler
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Announcements, Black Jack quilt, Finished Quilts

It’s Here! New Pattern, Black Jack

It's all I've been thinking about all week! The newest design for the Classic Curves Ruler is here. Black Jack holds a special place for me because the graphic look and big pieces make it perfect for showing off beautiful colors and prints. I always like a quilt that is easy to make using a basic block, but where the blocks aren't obvious in the final quilt. You get so much movement and interest! Who else loves black and white with bright colors? I have been on this as a bit of a theme for a while now and can't...

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