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Finished! Rise Above Quilt

So happy to share (another) finished Rise Above quilt! I made my first version of this pattern last winter as I was filming the video demonstrations and preparing for the quilt along we did in the spring. For ten weeks, a group of us worked together on sewing the Rise Above quilt with lots of support from each other and the quilt along materials that came with participation. In order to participate with the QAL in real time, I made a second version of the Rise Above pattern during the event (-: It's always fun to see how different a...

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Rise Above: Sew Along Progress

It has been a super fun first six weeks of the Rise Above sewalong (how did we get to six weeks already?!). I wanted to pop in to share some progress. Everyone in the group is doing an amazing job of sewing the 'homework' for each week. I think it's motivating to have the video demonstrations to see exactly how the cutting and piecing go in a visual way you just don't get from a printed pattern. I've sure loved seeing all the ways participants have turned the Rise Above pattern into their own unique quilt with colors, fabrics and...

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A Quilt, A Sew Along & A Giveaway

It's been almost two weeks since I announced the Rise Above Sew Along and it's time to prepare! Some of you are using one of the kits from here in the shop, I've seen one person post about their fabrics chosen from their stash...it's going to be so much fun to see all the ways you make this quilt YOURS! If you haven't seen the buzz, learn all about the sew along **I like to call it a "Sew Together" (-: ** <<here>> on the announcement page. Today, I am thrilled to share my finished Rise Above quilt as well as two giveaways,...

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Rise above quilt along with Color Girl Quilts, virtual quilting workshop on video
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Rise Above: Quilt Along!

It's finally time to tell you my news! I have been working behind the scenes for two months to prepare the biggest quilt along event we've ever hosted. This is one you don't want to miss because it's as close to 'in person' as we can get: I'll be sewing right along with you and teaching you the steps via video throughout. Rise Above is a modern medallion style quilt by Charisma Horton. I saw it and knew it would make an amazing project for a quilt along. It features basic shapes and classic blocks in a creative layout that...

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Stitch Pink sampler quilt blocks free pattern with Color Girl Quilts
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Sampler Blocks Layout: Hourglass Design

Ready for another layout design for your sampler blocks? I hope you are feeling inspired to  get your blocks sewn up and put together into a quilt. For mine, I'm using the blocks from the Stitch Pink Sampler series (find all the free block patterns, here). You can use this layout for all 30 of the blocks, just a few for a baby quilt, or anything in between! You'll find all the posts for the Stitch Pink Sampler in one place, <<right here>>. Get started and find links to the free block patterns, <<here>>. Okay, ready? Here we go! This layout features...

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Stitch Pink sampler free quilt pattern with Color girl Quilts
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Log Cabin Sampler Quilt Block Layout

Next up for our Stitch Pink Sampler sew along: putting the blocks together into a quilt! Have you thought about how you'll set your sampler together? There are so many fun options. In our last post, I showed you how to do one layout option (found here) with sashing strips and cute hourglass shape accents. Today, I want to share an option that uses an alternating block design with one of the Stitch Pink Sampler blocks as the accent. If you are just joining us, learn all about the sew along <<here>> and find links to download all the free block...

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Sensational! Stitch Pink Sampler Layout Design

Did you sew along with us for the Stitch Pink Sampler with Moda Fabrics? Let's get those blocks sewn into quilts, no orphans left behind. Of course, the quickest way to make them into a finished quilt is to simply sew them all together side by side. If you made all 30 blocks, you'll have six rows of five blocks for a quilt that's 60" x 72". If you want to add a bit of something to make your quilt more interesting and pull the blocks together, read on. For those just joining in, read all about the quilt along and...

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Stitch pink sampler blocks free sampler quilt pattern made by Color Girl Quilts
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Stitch Pink Block Round-Up

Happy block 30, we've-sewn-all-our-blocks-day! I confess, at the beginning I wasn't planning on sewing all 30 blocks. I planned to sew a few here and there and mostly cheer you all on to make yours. But I am so glad I made them all, it was really fun to have a set project with an end goal like this. I haven't ever done a 100 day project or anything like that, but I can see how the psychology of committing to a daily project really keeps your fire burning. If you have experienced a loss of mojo or interest in you...

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Stitch Sampler Block #15: Easier

When I did a giveaway a couple weeks ago I asked you all to tell me what is your favorite shape to piece. The overwhelming choice was half square triangles! I am actually kind of surprised by this (-: So I figured you'd all like block 15 for our Stitch Sampler this month: it's made up of 49 HST's and quite striking. It takes a bit of time to sew, but it's soooo worth it in the end. BUT. I did the sewing for this block different from the pattern, I wanted to share my method and measurements with you in...

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how to sew a Dresden plate quilt block video by Color Girl Quilts
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New Video! Making a Dresden Plate Quilt Block

It's here! The traditional and forever favorite Dresden plate is frequently on quilters' must-make list. I'm super proud of the latest video to hit Color Girl YouTube that's all about how to sew these classic quilt blocks. In this tutorial, I'll teach you how to cut your Dresden wedge shapes using the EZ Dresden ruler. It is SUCH a handy tool! Use it to cut Dresden and tumbler shapes from 1" to 8" (every 1/2" in between). It's one of my top three most-used specialty rulers. <<get the EZ Dresden ruler here>> In this video, you'll also learn to sew the...

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