How to sew flying geese units for quilts, video tutorial by Color Girl Quilts
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All About Flying Geese: Cute Sampler Blocks

I took a bit of time off, so I'm slightly behind on what I had planned for my Super Simple Sampler blocks. I hope if you are sewing along you are still working away on these cute blocks! This week, the focus is on flying geese units. These little block units are key to lots of traditional quilt blocks and the technique is a must for your quilting toolkit. (Besides, they are just so cute and versatile!) There are several blocks in the Simple Sampler Series that require you to make flying geese or use the same techniques. I have...

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Shore Thing, free quilt pattern from All People Quilt, sewn by Color Girl Quilts
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Quilting Interest

Quickie Quilt (*Free Pattern!*) With Loads of Options

Way back in 2002 or 2003, when I was a pretty new quilter, I often read two quilt magazines: Fons and Porter Love of Quilting and American Patchwork and Quilting. I loved how APQ had a quilt tester who sewed up a sample of the featured projects in a different color combination, fabric and layout. These projects were really inspiring and I though the magazine was brilliant for having this feature. I thought that Fons and Porter ought to do the same thing and I was convinced that was the job for me. (-: I set about taking photos of...

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Simply Eclectic Fabrics quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell, free pattern
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Free Quilt Patterns

New, Free Quilt Pattern Now Available

I have a pretty new pattern now available to download, courtesy of Hoffman Fabrics. Click Here to visit their site and get the pdf pattern. I designed this quilt last fall to showcase the Hoffman Fabrics collection called, "Simply Eclectic". It is a pretty range of prints in florals and geometrics...great basics...in Navy, Gray, Terra Cotta, Green, and Aqua. The photo above was taken at International Quilt Market in Houston last November. The quilt was displayed in the Hoffman booth there to help showcase the fabrics. For this version, and what you see on the pattern cover (the digital rendering) I...

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claribel quilt free pattern by Color Girl quilts for hoffman fabrics
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Claribel, a Free Quilt Pattern

Happy Sunday! just dropping in to say that I have a new quilt pattern, Claribel, now available. You can download the pattern FREE, courtesy of Hoffman Fabrics (click Here). I designed the Claribel quilt pattern to showcase Hoffman's new collection, also called Claribel. I love the soft colorful prints in the collection...a great combination of feather and floral prints with modern geometrics and basics. The fabrics are shipping to stores now, so be sure and look for them! I haven't had time to start sewing my Claribel quilt yet, but hope to soon. If you make one, be sure and share! tag...

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Quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell using Art Gallery fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Finished Quilt! Pretty in Pink

Continuing my quest to use spare time between school work and family time to finish some quilts in progress, and this week I had a small success! I made this quilt using my pattern "Talia" (available to download, Here) and fabrics from my stash. I started this one last winter, and am so happy to mark it off the list of "unfinished". Quilting by Darby Myers (Quilted Squid), batting is Hobbs Heirloom, and I used Aurifil thread. I love everything about the fabrics in this quilt...soft pinks and peach, aqua and gray, plus some deep purple. That gorgeous border floral...

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Talia Quilt top featuring art gallery fabrics. pattern by Sharon McConnell
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Free Quilt Patterns, Work in progress

A Finished Quilt Top! Talia

So happy to mark one quilt top off my Work In Progress list: this is my Talia quilt top, made from a pattern I designed  last winter for Hoffman Fabrics (you can download it free Here). There are some fun options with these blocks that will make different looking quilts, see my previous post for ideas, Click Here. I made this version of the pattern with fabrics I had in my stash already...lots of pretty pinks and aqua with some dark purple and gray for contrast. The white/gray dot print for the background is from Frances Newcombe's "Cherie" collection from Art...

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free quilt pattern, talia quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Talia

I am a week into my University design courses and I am filled with feelings of excitement, but also a little overwhelmed! My classes are pretty demanding, more so than the art classes I took last semester...but from what we are talking about so far and the looks of the schedules, I am so excited by all that I am going to learn! My sewing time is definitely going to be limited in the next few weeks, but I decided that I want to focus on working on finishing some quilts in progress. This week I got out the fabrics for...

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color girl quilts free downloadable quilting patchwork pattern
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Free Color Girl Pattern to Download

I have something exciting to share with you: a new pattern, written and designed by me and now available to you for free! I created this quilt for Hoffman Fabrics to showcase their fabric collection called Talia. Talia comes in three color ways and you can see the quilt in all three color collections and download the pattern, Here. I think this design has lots of potential for varying looks by switching up the values and color placement, or making it more scrappy (that's the route I took!) The quilt design was created digitally, but since I also had to write...

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how to make Simple Sampler six inch quilt block with strips
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Block 16

This is it! the last six inch quilt block for the December set of the Super Simple Sampler. Our theme this month is strips, and I have to tell you, I really like all the strip quilt blocks! They are fun and super quick to make and I have liked having slightly larger pieces of fabric to work with compared to previous months. Here is how to make this block. Cutting From each of the pink and the light gray: cut (2) 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips from the navy blue: cut (2) 2 1/2" squares from the yellow: cut (1) 2...

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how to make a modern sampler quilt
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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

Summer Blockbuster: fabric and cutting

Welcome to the first step of our Summer Blockbuster! For this sew along, I am going to publish the pattern and steps to set some of your orphan blocks into a finished quilt. See the intro post Here. For my version, I am busting some star blocks I made a while ago and then put away. Mine will also be a Stashbuster...I gathered all my sashing fabrics from my stash, wahoo! The pattern is for setting your blocks like the inspiration quilt below... You can make your quilt with any sampler, bee or other orphan blocks of any size. You need a quantity...

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