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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handmade stocking made by Amy Friend with Art Gallery fAbrics
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Quilting Interest

Tour of Makers: So Much Beauty!

I hope you enjoyed following the Art Gallery Fabrics Quilt Block Tour last week. It was fun seeing how all my friends interpreted an individual quilt block to make a variety of beautiful projects! If you are planning on making gifts for this holiday season, you will love the pillows, table runners and baby quilts...all quick, satisfying makes! I want to share a few of the pretties here and say a big thank you to my friends for participating! I know that making my mini quilt (a gift for a special friend's first grandchild) got me inspired to try more...

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Art Gallery Fabrics, traditional quilt block, free tutorial for Jack in the Box quilt block
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Quilting Interest

AGF Quilt Block Tour of Makers

This week I am hosting a little tour of makers to showcase some of the quilt blocks featured in Art Gallery Fabrics' tutorial series on YouTube. I asked some of my favorite makers to choose one of the traditional quilt blocks available on the AGF YouTube channel and make a small project and tell us about the video. AGF has a beautiful channel on YouTube featuring a variety of projects using their fabric collections. All of the tutorials and patterns featured are free of charge, so be sure and check them out next time you need some inspiration for a...

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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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lagom quilt, curved piecing modern quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics by Color Girl Quilts
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Favorites, Finished Quilts, Published Work

New! Lagom in Simply Moderne Magazine

I have been so anxious to share a new quilt with you! The latest issue of Simply Moderne magazine is here and so is the Lagom quilt, my new (and current favorite) design for curved piecing lovers. If you have been reading here for long, you know I love orange peel quilts. I think the shape is a lot of fun to sew and you can create a variety of interesting designs. For a bit over a year, I have also been really into adding black to my quilts. So when I saw the Lagom fabric collection from Art Gallery...

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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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Curved piecing quilt with the Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl Quilts, with art gallery fabrics
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Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Choosing Fabrics

This summer has been crazy! I don't feel like I've had much time for sewing and definitely not as much time for working on patterns as I thought I would. It's all good, though, because time with my family, and traveling are always worth it. The challenge of being a one-woman show at business and having a life, too (-: I have managed to start a new quilt top, though, and I cannot wait to show you! I am working on the pattern for this little quilt that I made last winter. It was one of the first I did...

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Twirling Fans quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts, with Indie Boheme fabrics by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
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Favorites, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest, Twirling Fans

Twirling Fans: Indie Boheme Style

Have you seen the new fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by Pat Bravo?! For each new collection, AGF releases a beautiful look book of inspiring projects featuring the fabrics. These look books are seriously amazing...if you are interested in design and photography, you will enjoy seeing the AGF team's gorgeous styling and creativity in each of these unique inspiration guides. This past spring, I had the opportunity to sew something for the look book with these gorgeous Indie Boheme prints. I made a baby size quilt using my Twirling Fans pattern. The Indie Boheme fabrics are the latest...

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four patch petals quilt by Sharon McConnell in Quilts and More magazine with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest

Petals and Patches, Fresh and New!

Introducing Four Patch Petals. This is my version of springtime in quilt form. (-: You can make one, too! Petals is featured in the summer issue of Quilts and More magazine, just hitting newsstands this week. The timing is so perfect on this because I am on a full on curved piecing kick right now. I have a new collection of curved piecing quilt patterns coming this summer, along with other exciting news. If you haven't tried curves yet, Petals is the perfect starting project! With an easy curve and alternating straight pieced four patch blocks, it goes together quickly. The...

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Fusions Quilt by Sharon McConnell with Art Gallery Fabrics capsules take shape fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Capsules and Curves Make Graphic Quilts

I know I say this a lot, but I totally loved making this quilt! The fabric, the sewing, the quilting, did I mention the fabric? Introducing the Capsules "Take Shape" fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics. A couple months ago, Mathew (@misterdomestic) asked if I would like to participate in his Sewing Party to show new collections from Art Gallery Fabrics. Of course, I was happy to design something with these fabulous fabrics! For two weeks, Mathew has organized makers to inspire you with fabrics from the Capsules and the Fusions collections (see more here). All of the projects will be featured on instagram...

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