Quilts in various stages of completion, such as choosing fabric, cutting, and piecing.

Dollhouse fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics, baby quilt by Color Girl quilts using Classic curves Ruler
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Curved PIecing, Work in progress

Straight Line Quilting: How-To the Color Girl Way

Have you seen the new Dollhouse fabric by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics? it is just about the most feminine, pretty collection of prints and colors you could imagine. I used some fat quarters of Dollhouse to make up a really sweet and really simple baby quilt using the Classic Curves Ruler. Large blocks are an ideal way to get started with curved piecing. The gradual curves are easy to sew and give you a lot of practice (read: success, not frustration). By the time you make a quilt like this, you will be a master of curves (-:...

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Pixie Medallion quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts, Quilt Along
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Work in progress

Pixie Medallion Quilt Along: Shoo-Fly Border

Happy February! We are nearing the end of the Pixie Medallion quilt along, just one more month to go. But first, I'm sharing my progress for our January goal. We worked on the shoo-fly blocks for border two, and I couldn't be happier with how it's looking! (it's getting too big to photograph well (-:  ) I decided to go with the white background so these blocks would have a nice contrast to the yellow in the snowball border. I like how clean the white looks with the bright prints, and also how it ties into the white strips around...

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Lemon Tree fabric by Tilda, Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl Quilts
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Announcements, Work in progress

Pretty Fabric, Big News, and a W.I.P.

I have been up to exciting things here at Color Girl Quilts. (-: I have been loving my sewing project this month. I am working with the upcoming collection, Lemon Tree, by Tilda. When I received the fabric last month, I agonized a bit over what to make with the beautiful prints. How have I not been aware of Tilda until now? I ended up deciding on the Aurora pattern because I thought it was a good fit for these pretty prints. A classic yet modern quilt with pieces large enough to show off the fabric patterns. I even have enough...

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half square triangles for Pixie Medallion quilt, trimming triangles, with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Pixie Medallion: Cute Border Blocks!

The middle of January already! Who is working on their Pixie Medallion quilt? This month in our quilt along, we have the second border, the shoo-fly blocks.  If are just getting started, you'll find some helpful hints for speeding up the piecing on these cuties, Here. To join in, visit the Quilt Along home page, Here, for details and schedule. The Pixie Medallion pattern can be purchased, Here. So, I have to say that these little blocks make me pretty happy. They are so simple, yet their little size and basic shapes make them really satisfying to sew. I had fun...

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modern orange peel quilt with Panache fabrics by Rebecca Bryan, with classic curves ruler by Color Girl quilts
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Curved PIecing, Work in progress

Got Panache? A New Quilt in Progress

This past fall I was lucky enough to get some fat quarters of the new fabrics by Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts. Panache is Becca's first collection with Robert Kaufmann and my first thought when she showed them to me was "these are so 'me'!". I always enjoy some good basic prints and vibrant colors. The Panache collection checks all the boxes. (and how about those stripes? oh yes.) Of course, I wanted to make something using my Classic Curves Ruler, so I did a bit of brainstorming to decide which design would make these fabrics shine. I admit...

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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, adding the first border, snowball blocks with Sharon McConnell
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Work in progress

Pixie Quilt Along, First Border Done!

Here we are two months in on the Pixie Medallion Quilt Along. If you are just joining or interested in the Quilt Along, you'll find the first post with information and schedule, Here. The pattern is available Here. I have just finished my first border, the snowball blocks. These cute little blocks come together pretty fast with strip piecing. My favorite part of this border was picking out all the pretty pink and blue prints in my stash. I love the look of using a limited color palette, but a large variety of fabrics within those colors. As you can see,...

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Pixie medallion quilt, quilt along progress: adding the first border. With Art gallery Fabrics
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Work in progress

Pixie Progress: Snowballs!

Here we are in December of out Pixie Medallion Quilt Along! If you are just joining in, all the posts for the QAL are Here. You can go directly to the first post with all the details and schedule, Here. I am having a lot of fun working on my little snowball blocks that make up first border around the center star. I decided to make all of my blocks in blue and pink, but use a variety of prints in those colors. These little blocks are really easy to make, (check out how you can pieces them fast by starting...

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choosing fabric for quilt, Art Gallery Fabrics in Pink and blue
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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt Along Month 2: Snowball Border

Here we are going on our first border for the Pixie Medallion quilt! Thanks to all who are participating and welcome to anybody ready to join. You can find out about the Quilt Along and links to all the posts so far, Here. Pixie Medallion Quilt pattern is available, Here. At this point you have your center star sewn and maybe have your stop borders on too. If you are following the pattern, you will have two narrow borders around the center star. There is some room for adjustment if your center star block doesn't come out exactly the right...

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Pixie Medallion quilt, center feather star by Color Girl Quilts, Sharon McConnell
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Giveaway, Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt Along Giveaway! The Pixie Star

Are you working on your Pixie Star for the Great Pixie Quilt Along?  We are almost finished with our first step! To catch up on past posts and read quilt along details, Click Here. I decided to do some different things for my new Pixie Medallion...I wanted a different look from the original quilt and to use some of my favorite fabrics from my stash. My initial inspiration was the fabric collection Avante Garde by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. I've been saving my little stash of it for the perfect project. I am also adding coordinating colors and...

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Pixie Medallion Quilt Along, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Pixie Medallion QAL, Half-Square Triangles

October is flying by and we are ready to sew the half-square triangle borders for our Pixie Medallion star. Feathered star is one of my favorite classic quilt designs, but the traditional block can be tricky to sew, with set-in (Y) seams and partial seams. The Pixie Medallion is so much simpler! Just straight sewing, so here we go. I know that some people like to do half-square triangles different ways. If you cut and sew them according the pattern instructions (like I do), there is no trimming required. Your little units, before they are sewn together, should measure 2...

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