Hula Girl quilt patternBeginner paper foundation pieced quilt pattern with low volume fabrics and scraps
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Hula Girl, Quilting Interest

The “new” Hula Girl Quilt Pattern

At the beginning of June, I made a goal to get some projects finished, and one of those was revisiting my Hula Girl pattern to update and convert the pdf pattern to print for shops. Today, the new pattern is available to download in my shop and also on Craftsy. The print pattern is coming later this month. I love a quilt design that is fun to make and turns out looking more difficult than it actually is. Hula Girl is one of those that (I think) is a cool design with a complex-looking construction, but it's actually pretty simple...

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Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, low volume, polka dot patchwork ring quilt
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Finished Quilts, Giveaway, Hula Girl

A Finished Quilt and Giveaway!

  I finished my little Hula Girl quilt just in time for Sewtopia last week. I am really happy with how it turned out and really happy that I tried some new things on it. (the Hula Girl pattern is available in my pattern shop) One of my favorite things about this quilt is the quilting. For the first time, I tried spiral quilting. Initially, I planned on just doing four large spirals coming from the center of each ring, but after I started I decided to do multiple smaller spirals all over the quilt. The stitching is all just a presser...

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Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern ring quilt, paper piecing
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Hula Girl, Work in progress

Quilting in Progress: Spinning!

I have said before that I am not good at the "quilting" part of quilting. I am not at all confident at free-motion and usually limit myself to straight lines or using the decorative stitches on my machine if I'm feeling fancy. Often, I forget this when I set out to quilt a quilt. I get really excited and over ambitious and bite off more than I can chew. (I have some half-quilted projects to prove it...) Well, with my new Hula Girl Quilt, I did that again (the getting excited and over-ambitious), but....I am totally thrilled! I mentioned last...

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Hula Girl Quilt by Color Girl Quilts, modern ring quilt
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Announcements, Finished Quilts, Hula Girl

Hula Girl Quilt Pattern Now on Sale

Happy Sunday! A fun announcement here at Color Girl: a new pattern is now available. This is my modern ring quilt called "Hula Girl". You can find it in my shop or on Craftsy. The pattern includes very detailed instructions and clear diagrams to get you started on paper piecing if you have never tried it. I also have a couple of tutorials in photos, Here. The quilt shown on the pattern finishes at 44" x 53", so it is perfect for a baby or child, a snuggle or a wallhanging. My current version has only five rings, so it...

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Modern ring quilt, patchwork, low volume pieced quilt with bright color solid fabric rings paper foundation piecing, by sharon mcconnell for color girl quilts
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Finished Quilts, Hula Girl, Paper Piecing, Patchwork

Finished Quilt: Modern Rings

She's finished. I have decided to call this quilt pattern, "Hula Girl". It is a modern paper-foundation pieced version of the classic ring quilt. Look for this pattern in my shop  so  you can make your own!  This quilt was pieced by my talented mother, using "low volume" scraps for the background patchwork and solids for the rings. I quilted it on my own sewing machine in a basic grid echoing the squares, and then bound it with scraps in keeping with the top. You can see my original "hula girl" quilt Here. As you would expect from me, its a...

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