Bloom Quilt, modern flowering snowball quilt by Color Girl Quilts with Aura fabrics
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Bloom Quilt, Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Let it Bloom! New Fabric, New Pattern

There is some pretty new fabric in town...and it demands *just* the right quilt pattern to show off! It's my turn for the Aura Fabrics tour to showcase projects with the latest collection by ever-so-talented Mathew of Mister Domestic. The Flowering Snowball is one of my all time favorite traditional quilt designs and I have long wanted to recreate it with the Classic Curves Ruler. It took some imagination since the original Flowering Snowball requires several fussy templates to accomplish. I also wanted to simplify it to make sewing it achievable for the average quilter **without tears** (-: And so....Aura fabrics,...

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Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl Quilts, with fabric by Alison Glass for Andover fabrics
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Classic Curves Ruler, Classic Curves Ruler, Curved Piecing, YouTube Video Links, YouTube Videos

Classic Curves Ruler Video Tutorial is Live!

I have started working on a series of videos for Color Girl YouTube that feature curved piecing and how-to tutorials to help you get started, use and enjoy your Classic Curves Ruler. The first video is a basic but very in-depth look at how the Ruler works, curved piecing and squaring up your blocks. <<Click Here to Watch Video>> This tutorial takes you through making a 6 1/2" drunkard's path block (quarter circle) from cutting out the pieces, to sewing the curved seam, pressing and squaring up your blocks so  that they sew together perfectly. Learn all my tricks for beautiful...

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PomPom quilt by Sharon McConnell, Color Girl Quilts with the Classic curves Ruler and Tula pink fabrics
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all about you

Sew Impressive! Cute PomPom Quilts

Earlier this month, PomPoms, the newest pattern for the Classic Curves Ruler, was sent out into the world and I am so excited to show you a few examples of cute quilts started with it so far. PomPoms is easy as far as curved piecing goes. Despite its looks, the blocks are quick to sew up and a great shape for showing off pretty colors and fabrics. In my original PomPom quilt, I used Tula Pink dots and stripes in coordinating colors. This way, each block was half stripes and half polka dots in the same color. You could use...

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Whimsy Garden quilt pattern kit with fabric sold by Color Girl Quilts
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Quilting Interest

Sew Whimsy! A Finished Quilt

Summer is winding down, the kids are back to school here, but I am still all over that colorful summery mood when it comes to sewing. Last spring, one of my favorite magazines, Uppercase, released an issue with the theme of CMYK. It's an artsy, creative mag and each issue has a theme related to some type of art, creativity or general curiosity. The CMYK issue just grabbed me for some reason...you see, CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black). These are the primary colors of printmaking. Everything you see in print is made with a combination...

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Eclipse quilt by Color Girl Quilts, with the Classic curves Ruler and Art Gallery Fabrics.
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Fabric, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

This Quilt, Loved to Pieces

It's my turn to show off the pretty new fabric by my friend, Mathew -Mister Domestic- on the Loved to Pieces blog party! This is the first collection that Mathew has designed for Art Gallery Fabrics and it's inspired by love for his daughter and his affinity for all things sewing, especially English paper piecing. When you look at the prints, you'll notice flowers constructed of geometric shapes and plenty of good opportunities for fussy cutting. Of course, Mathew is one of the most fun people I've met in the quilting world, so I couldn't resist accepting his invitation to...

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Indigo Quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts, in fabrics by Moda fabrics, Sweetwater Fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Indigo Quilt, Quilting Interest

Sew Inspiring! Indigo Pattern + Sweetwater Fabrics

Any Sweetwater fabrics fans out there? I have enjoyed the prints by these talented designers for many years. They are pretty much tops at classics like checks, dots, retro florals and themed illustrations. The Indigo quilt is a perfect match for a pack of 10" Sweetwater prints I've had for a long time in my stash...and my wonderful quilt fairy-helper (my Mom) was a great sport to sew up this sample for me. This quilt pattern is perfect for pre-cuts like 10" squares. I admit it's a favorite because it's a really dynamic design and looks great in a variety...

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Tallinn fabrics pieced circle quilt blocks. tutorial by Color Girl Quilts
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Giveaway, Work in progress

Winner and W.I.P of the Week

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway from last week! It was fun reading the comments and finding out that the group includes quilters from all over the world. I think the furthest away was Australia (isn't the internet wonderful to bring us together?). We also have friends in Canada, France, the U.K. and all over the U.S. Thanks for introducing yourselves! I hope you comment again in the future. Giveaway winner is Kelly Paulson. I've sent Kelly an email and waiting to send the prize! Thanks to all who enter. There will be more giveaways coming so keep...

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black jack quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts
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Black Jack quilt, Quilting Interest

How This Quilt Was Born and a Reveal

I may be odd, but it is so thrilling to me when the idea for a new quilt is hatched. I suppose we quilters are lucky to be so easily pleased: give us pretty fabric and we can be happy for a long time. This week, as I share about the new pattern that is coming, I'll tell you a bit about how this particular design came about. Someone asked me recently how I start a new quilt: pencil and paper, computer program, or just start cutting and sewing. While I utilize all of those methods, my ideas usually start...

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Dollhouse quilt tutorial, free pattern with curved piecing by Color Girl Quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Free Quilt Patterns, Using the CCRuler

Doll House Quilt Tutorial, part 2

Welcome to the second installment  of the Doll House quilt tutorial using the Classic Curves Ruler. Thank you to those I have heard from about this quilt. I am so excited that you like the quilt and would love to see what you are making with the pattern. If you missed it, look at last week's post for details on the quilt, supplies,  fabric and cutting instructions. Our quilt is going to be 39" square (easily made bigger by sewing more blocks). Last week we did all of our cutting, now we sew! Fold one print B shape to find the...

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Modern curved piecing quilt pattern tutorial by Color Girl quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Free Quilt Patterns, Quilting Interest, Using the CCRuler

Doll House Quilt Tutorial, part 1

Today is the day! We are making the Doll House quilt. For this part I have the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for you to get started. Next post will be the sewing instructions to finish your quilt top. My Doll House quilt is made with prints from the new Amy Sinibaldi collection, also called Doll House, for Art Gallery Fabrics. I do my piecing with 50 wt Aurifil thread in neutral off-white. You will also need a Classic Curves Ruler to cut your shapes for sewing. Once you have gathered your materials, we are ready to go! Fabric Requirements and...

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