quilting and sewing patterns provided on this blog free of charge. Enjoy!

how to make a modern Simple sampler quilt by Sharon McConnell
Read More
Free Quilt Patterns, Quilting Interest, Summer Blockbuster 2015

Summer Blockbuster Quilt-Along: A Simple Sampler

It is finally time to make the Summer Blockbuster of 2015! This is the third annual summer quilt-along here at Color Girl, a quilt along for finishing those orphan blocks you might have laying around, or an opportunity to make something new and fresh. This year, I am using all the blocks I made throughout this year in Quilters' Book Club and the Super Simple Sampler series. There are few out there who have made the simple sampler blocks with me, so I hope you will quilt along with me this month and get those blocks finished into a quilt....

Read more

how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block
Read More
Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Block #36

  Kind of crazy, this is the last in our Super Simple Sampler quilt block series. After this block we have 36 adorable 6 1/2" quilt blocks ready to be made into an easy modern quilt. If you have been following along, I have also been making blocks each month from Tula Pink's City Sampler book (see posts here), so I have 72 blocks! This summer I will be posting a series of tutorials to make these blocks into a quilt, so whether you have made 72 (or more!) or just the 36 in the Super Simple Sampler series, you will...

Read more

how to make super simple modern sampler quilt blocks with triangles, tutorial
Read More
Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Block #35

We are on quilt block number three for May in the Super Simple Sampler series. Kind of amazing we have made 35 already! This month we don't have a theme, I decided to just make a variety of blocks to use the technique from previous months. Here is how to make this fun half-square triangle block, Cutting from the yellow: cut (2) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips; (2) 2 1/2" squares; (2) 3" squares, cut on diagonal to yield 4 half-square triangles from blue and pink (each): (1) 3" square, cut in half on diagonal to yield 2 half-square triangles (HST)   Sewing Right sides...

Read more

how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block
Read More
Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Block #34

  Welcome to the second block of our May edition of the Super Simple Sampler. This month we are finishing up our 6" sampler blocks! Almost ready to turn them into a quilt. Here is how to make block #34. Cutting from the dark blue: cut (4) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles; (8) 1 1/2" squares from the aqua print: cut (4) 2 1/2" squares from the yellow: cut (1) 2 1/2" square; (4) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles   Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam, press well after each seam 1. Place one dark blue 1 1/2" square right sides facing a yellow 2 1/2" x...

Read more

how to make super simple modern sampler quilt blocks with squares, tutorial
Read More
Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Block #33

  Welcome to the last week of the Super Simple Sampler series of 6" block tutorials! By the end of this week, we will have 36 blocks to make our sampler quilt. This month I didn't choose a theme, so we will have a variety of blocks, using all the techniques we've done so far: flying geese, triangles, squares and strips. Check out the tutorials for all the blocks, click Here. To start, we have a very simple block using just squares, but it makes a fun pattern and good way to use small scraps. Here is how to make the...

Read more

how to make super simple modern quilt sampler with nine patch squares
Read More
Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Sampler Quilt Block #32

Time to make our fourth Super Simple Sampler quilt block for April! I think this is my favorite of the nine-patch blocks I have featured this month. If you want to sew along with me, you can find the instructions for all of these six inch quilt sampler blocks, Here. Let's sew! Cutting from each of the dark blue, yellow, pink, and light blue: cut (1) 1 1/2" square, (1) 2" x 3 1/2" rectangle, (1) 2" square from the black (center square): cut (1) 1 1/2" square from the black and white: cut (4) 1 1/2" squares   Sewing (1/4" seam, press after each seam) 1....

Read more

how to make super simple modern quilt sampler with nine patch squares
Read More
Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Quilt Sampler Block #31

The Super Simple Sampler quilt blocks for April are all in the theme "nine-patch", which means they are cute and also very easy to sew. Just what we all need this busy time of year! Here is how to make #31. Cutting from each, pink, aqua, light blue, and yellow prints: cut (1) 3" square from black and white print: cut (4) 1 1/2" x 3" rectangle from dark blue: cut (1) 1 1/2" square Sewing 1. arrange cut pieces as shown above. Sew the pink 3" square to a 1 1/2" x 3" black and white rectangle. Press toward the black and white. 2. sew a...

Read more

how to make super simple modern quilt sampler with nine patch squares
Read More
Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Quilt Sampler Block #30

...And our second block of April for the Super Simple Sampler. This month the theme is nine-patch, so each block contains some form of this classic quilting design. Here is how to make block #30. cutting from each of two prints in dark blue: cut (2) 2  1/2" squares; (2) 1  1/2" squares from yellow print: cut (2) 2 1/2" squares from pink print: cut (2) 2 1/2" squares Sewing (1/4" seam, press after each seam) 1. arrange the cut pieces as shown above. Sew the blue 1  1/2" squares together in pairs. Press. 2. sew one dark blue 2  1/2" square of each print to...

Read more

how to make super simple modern quilt sampler with nine patch squares
Read More
Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple Quilt Sampler Block #29

Already April!? It is time for the next four blocks of the Super Simple Quilt Sampler. This month I chose the nine-patch as our theme, so each of the blocks will incorporate the nine patch in some form, and they are all really easy  and basic. If you are just tuning in, I am publishing a monthly series of four 6" sampler blocks. They are all easy and quick: a great little interval or beginner project and way to use your scraps.  You can find the instructions to make the first 28 blocks, Here. This is in tandem with...

Read more

color girl quilts free downloadable quilting patchwork pattern
Read More
Free Quilt Patterns, Sponsors, Work in progress

Free Color Girl Pattern to Download

I have something exciting to share with you: a new pattern, written and designed by me and now available to you for free! I created this quilt for Hoffman Fabrics to showcase their fabric collection called Talia. Talia comes in three color ways and you can see the quilt in all three color collections and download the pattern, Here. I think this design has lots of potential for varying looks by switching up the values and color placement, or making it more scrappy (that's the route I took!) The quilt design was created digitally, but since I also had to write...

Read more