Aviatrix medallion modern patchwork quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt

Finished Aviatrix Medallion Quilt

I know what you are thinking..."it's about time this quilt top is finished!". I am so happy to finally have my Aviatrix Medallion quilt finished, because it kind of feels like I've been plodding along forever. Medallion quilts are a pretty fun interval project...something to sew on off and on between other quilts  and that is how I have done this: one border at a time, maybe once a month or so. The Aviatrix pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman (buy her patterns Here from Canton Village Quilt Works). I made some changes to the  design to fit my taste, as well as some necessary adjustments to...

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Whimsy Garden modern curved piecing quilt pattern
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Curved PIecing, Whimsy Garden

Sew a Whimsy Garden Quilt! Pattern Available

So happy to have the Whimsy Garden quilt pattern now available in my pattern shop! I sewed this quilt last fall for a feature in Quilters' Companion, where it was published in May. Now you all have the chance to make this unique quilt. Whimsy Garden is a great pattern to start with if you are new to sewing curves. The blocks are gently curved and come together quite easily. The pattern provides full instructions for the curved piecing and completing the appliqué circles even if you have never done appliqué before, or tend to avoid it (that's me! not usually...

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Aviatrix medallion quilt by Sharon McConnell, butterfly border blocks
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, Work in progress

Aviatrix Quilt: Starting the Last Border

    It is so fun to be working on the very last pieced border of my Aviatrix Medallion quilt! If you have been following along (see other posts, Here), this quilt has been a bit of an adventure as I improvise my way through each border and enjoy these sunny bright colors. Since I did my last border differently from the pattern (I did the rectangular checker pattern instead of log cabin blocks), and the size of my quilt is different from the original quilt pattern, I had to work out a plan for my butterfly blocks. I wanted to do...

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Gossamer quilt patchwork by Sharon McConnell, fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Gossamer Quilt

Finished Quilt! Gossamer Beauty

I have a finished quilt to share! Miracle, huh? I am really proud of this quilt, the beauty of the colors and prints and the fun patchwork design. I made the Gossamer quilt in January for Quilt Now magazine and it appears in the newest issue going to subscribers now in the UK and hopefully coming to us the U.S. pretty soon. I designed the quilt last winter and made another version of it, but I never showed it in hopes I could have the design published. When I saw Sharon Holland's fabric collection, Gossamer, preview last fall on the...

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Super Simple Sampler six inch modern quilt block with flying geese
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Free Quilt Blocks, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Block #17: Flying Geese

This month our Super Simple Sampler quilt blocks' theme is "flying geese". These are a bit more challenging than last month when we did strips, but very quick and fun to make nonetheless. This block is part of my monthly series of basic modern six inch sampler blocks. I will show you how to make four blocks with flying geese this week to add to what we have made in earlier months. They will also accompany the blocks I have made from Tula Pink's City Sampler Book (read those posts, Here). Here is how to make our first flying geese block: Cutting from...

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Super Simple 6" sampler quilt blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern patchwork
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler block #8

Today is the last day of the Super Simple Sampler series for October. I created the four blocks above to go with the theme of triangles. Today I have the instructions to make our last triangle sampler block, which is the one center left in the photo above. Cutting from each of the light gray and dark blue prints: (2) 3" squares, cut diagonally to yield four half square triangles of each color. from the yellow: (1) 3" square, cut diagonally to yield two half square triangles (HST) from the pink: (4) 2 1/2" squares Sewing 1. Arrange the fabric pieces as shown above.  Match...

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Dutch Windmill Quilt by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl Quilts, modern patchwork, charm quilt
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Dutch Windmill, Finished Quilts

Finished! Dutch Windmill Quilt

I am so happy to share a finished quilt! I designed this patchwork pattern almost a year ago and my mom helped me start piecing it, but as is often the case, other projects kept getting put ahead of this one. I finally finished up the top last spring and it sat while I had lofty ambitions of quilting it myself...then when I started working regularly again in June, I gave myself permission to have it long-arm quilted.  This is one of those projects that I think looks so fantastic with the quilting added. My friend Jane did an all-over...

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Christmas Jewel Box Quilt pattern by color girl quilts
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Finished Quilts, Jewel Box Quilt, Quilting Interest

Jewel Box Quilt Christmas Kit Available

Merry Christmas! I mean, school just started, aren't we all thinking about Christmas? This is when I start thinking about my shopping for Christmas, perhaps it's time to think about sewing for Christmas, too. I wanted to share this "Jewel Box" quilt made by Jane of Quilter's Way, an online fabric and quilting store as well as a physical store in Massachusetts. Jane sells my pdf Color Girl patterns on her website (Here), and has recently made up this sample of the Jewel Box quilt for her shop. I really love it (I think maybe even more than my original!)...

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