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On Newsstands: Love, From the U.K.

If you are in the United States, this issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting is still in stores…and it just might be a favorite of mine! I want to tell you about it. If you are not familiar with this title, you simply must check it out. I don't subscribe to quilt magazines, usually just buying the issues that I really like. This one is different. I do subscribe, and I get excited every month it comes. I am in love with this quilt by Camille Roskelly, also shown on the cover, and the pattern includes a mini version, too. It...

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On the Newsstand: Fresh Quilts

I don't subscribe to quilting magazines, but I do love to go to Barnes and Noble and flip through the current issues to see what's new. Recently I ran across a brand new title, Fresh Quilts, and it is a lovely magazine. I actually decided to buy this one and post about it for two reasons: Inspiration and Challenge.This is the first issue, and it is full of a variety of projects, from quilts, to clothing, to "snugglies" (that's what my boys call stuffed animals and the like).This quilt is inspiring to me. I love the idea of each...

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A Work in Progress and Updated Tutorial

Many readers have seen bits of my Twirling Fans quilt in progress, but the weather was finally decent (and dry!) enough to get some pictures outside. Still not great lighting….blast the winter sun!I machine sewed the binding yesterday and started the hand stitching today, and guess what? I finished writing the pattern, too! I hope it will be available before the end of the month, once I get through the proofing and testing stage.I updated my binding tutorial to include the hand-sewn method I am using for this quilt. I hope you check it out, I am pretty proud...

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Free to a Good Home

Tabatha at Quilty Box is organizing an orphan block drive to make quilts for donating to Quilts for Kids.I figured this was a great time to root through my drawer of orphan blocks as well as UFO's I never intend to finish (we all have them, right?)I found it kind of fun to look at what was languishing in that forgotten drawer. I was a bit surprised to find very few orphan blocks, but several whole projects (i.e. lots of blocks) just waiting to be sewn up. I am sending these wonky strip blocks and leftover yardage from making...

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After Christmas: Time to shop?

How many are after-Christmas shoppers? I totally am. I start my Christmas shopping for next year at the after-Christmas sales. How about fabric for quilting? oh, there are some great sales at online shops right now!I am really happy to have my first blog sponsor,and I wanted to tell you about their year-end clearance sale. Designer fabric is under $10 a yard! I found some for $5 a yard. So, I did a bit of virtual shopping, and came up with this potential bundle of beauty for a new project,That text fabric in the upper left corner is from...

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All is Bright

Christmas Mini "polka dot bikini" quiltChristmas Eve. The children are nestled…Santa is on his way…I have dreams of a blessed year dancing in my mind.What a bright and exciting year it has been! So grateful for friends I met at Sewing Summit and through this blog and instagram….It is so inspiring to see the beautiful quilts created every day all over the world!So grateful to be blessed with my family and home, and look forward to much happiness in 2014.I wish the same to all…Happy Holidays from the Color Girl family: Patrick, the Professor, Cleo, Sharon (I'm holding little...

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Quilt Flashback: 2003

Once a month, I like to take a look back at where I have been as a quilter. This is an example of one of my very traditional style quilts.Ohio celebrated its bicentennial in 2003 and there was a big quilt show at the state fair that year. It was a competition, they wanted quilters to make something that represented Ohio themes.I think at that point I didn't actually know what an Ohio Star block was, but I loved the look of this classic block (don't know the official name), so I figured I would use color placement to...

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Basting and Quilting Weekend

It is Sunday and that usually means that my friend Rissa comes over to sew with me. I wrote previously about her working on her first quilt…and she has finished the top! Today I showed her how to baste it to get ready for quilting.And she was totally game to get after the quilting! As she was going along she kept giggling and saying how excited she was and how surprisingly well it was going. Does everybody remember how exciting it was when you realized how much fun quilting is?She asked me today what I think makes it so...

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Double Wedding Ring: finished top

What can I say? this is a bit wild.When the NY Modern Quilt Guild put it out last summer that they were holding a show and tell of double wedding ring quilts, I was really excited to make a modern variation. The design evolved a couple of different times during the sewing, but here is the top. Ready to baste and quilt...racing to get it done by the December 1st deadline!this photo shows the blocks laid out on my sewing room floor before I sewed them together, but I like the close-up of all the fabrics. I started with fat...

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Lots of fun things happening!

How about this amazing quilting?! Jenny is working on my Twirling Fans quilt this week and doing an fantastic job.If you are interested in the pattern for this, the instructions are available right here on my blog. I did it as an informal quilt-along last spring. You can find links to all the posts Here (also a button on the left sidebar).Voting is still open at the Bloggers' quilt festival, so head over and check out the awesome show. My quilt, Rainbow Geese (not the most innovative name) is #17 in the ROYGBIV category.It is not too late to...

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