Etno Fabrics by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
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New Fabric = New Quilt in Progress

A couple of weeks ago Pat Bravo posted on Instagram that she was looking for sewers to create with her new fabric collection, Etno (for Art Gallery Fabrics), and be part of a blog tour to show off the possibilities for the prints. Of course, there were a ton of responses, I didn't think I had a chance...but I was thrilled when I got an email from Pat that I was selected! Hooray for new fabric, right?! So, I wanted to write a quick "W.i.P" Wednesday post today and share a bit about what I have planned for these. But first...the...

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

Super Simple Sampler Quilt Block #15

Quilt Block #15 of the six inch super simple sampler quilt series is here, and I will tell you how to make it! Cutting from light prints: cut (1) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle; (2) 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips; (1) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle; (2) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares from yellow: cut (2) 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips; (2) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares from pink: cut (1) 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam, press after each seam 1. Pair each light fabric 1 1/2" square with a yellow 1 1/2"...

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Utopia quilt, art gallery fabrics, modern patchwork cross quilt
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Work in progress

Utopia Quilt: Finished Top, Quilting

        Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my baby scrap quilt in Quilt Now this month! I hope you will get your copy of this really fun issue. You can enter to win a copy, Click Here. ...and today's project: Utopia Quilt! for me, this has been a pretty fast (almost) finish! I started this quilt when I returned from Sewtopia earlier this month, and I already have the top finished and basted. I told you a bit about this as a Quilt In Progress last week, but I am really thrilled with  how the top turned out....

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Jumping jacks scrap quilt by sharon mcconnell, in quilt now magazine, scrap patchwork easy quilt
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Giveaway, Jumping Jacks Quilt, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

My Scrap Quilt in Quilt Now Magazine, plus Giveaway!

Last June I had the fantastic opportunity to meet Katy Jones at Camp Stitchalot retreat in Michigan. At that point, I was interested in doing more pattern publications in magazines and she was getting ready to launch a brand new quilting magazine based in the UK. We talked, she liked my quilts, I liked her, and now I present to you "jumping jacks", my first quilt project published in the current issue of Quilt Now. This magazine is fun because each issue has a basic theme, and this month we have scrap and stash sewing patterns. I made my "jumping...

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Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, low volume, polka dot patchwork ring quilt
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Finished Quilts, Giveaway, Hula Girl

A Finished Quilt and Giveaway!

  I finished my little Hula Girl quilt just in time for Sewtopia last week. I am really happy with how it turned out and really happy that I tried some new things on it. (the Hula Girl pattern is available in my pattern shop) One of my favorite things about this quilt is the quilting. For the first time, I tried spiral quilting. Initially, I planned on just doing four large spirals coming from the center of each ring, but after I started I decided to do multiple smaller spirals all over the quilt. The stitching is all just a presser...

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Super Simple six inch sampler blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern quilting squares
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Simple six inch Sampler block #12

Today I have for you the last of our November blocks for the super simple sampler series. This is our fourth "squares" block, and I think it might be my favorite! Cutting: from each, pink, yellow, blue: cut 1 strip 1 1/2" x 9" from white: cut 3 strips 1 1/2" x 9" Sewing: 1. pair each color strip with a white strip and sew together along the length. Press toward the color strip. 2. cut each strip set into (6) 1 1/2" sections 3. Sew the six two-patches of each color together in pairs, making four-patch units and arrange them as shown below.   4. Sew the...

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Super Simple six inch sampler blocks by Sharon McConnell, modern quilting squares
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Six Inch Sampler Block #10

thanks for tuning in again today for the November Super Simple Sampler. Today I have block number 10, continuing the theme of the month, Squares. Cutting: light pink print (block center): (1) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square;   (4) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares dark pink (corners): (4) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares from each, light blue, gray, dark blue, yellow: (1) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle; (1) 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle Sewing (1/4" seam allowance, right sides facing): 1. Arrange block center as shown below. Sew the 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" yellow rectangle to the bottom of...

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super simple sampler six inch quilt block by Sharon Mcconnell, color girl quilts
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Quilt: Block #9

For November, the Super Simple Sampler blocks theme is "Squares", so today I have the instructions to make this cute six inch block. Find the instructions to make the first eight blocks Here (we did Crosses in September and Triangles in October). Cutting: Yellow: cut strip 9 1/2" x 1 1/2" dark blue print:  cut strip 9 1/2" x 1 1/2" light gray print: (2) 3 1/2" x 2 1/2";    (2) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2";    (4) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" Sewing (1/4" seam allowance, press after each seam): 1. Sew the blue and yellow strips together along length. Cut into (6)...

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Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt

I know. If you have been following my blog, you have seen the Polka Dot Bikini quilt more than you want to. Here is one more post for my entry into the Bloggers' Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. This is one of my favorite quilts, and definitely my best selling pattern to date (you can buy the pattern in my shop or on Craftsy, and a kit of fabrics is available from Canton Village Quilt Works). I think my favorite part of this quilt as a finished product is the bright saturated colors. You won't find a speck of white...

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Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern ring quilt, paper piecing
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Hula Girl, Work in progress

Quilting in Progress: Spinning!

I have said before that I am not good at the "quilting" part of quilting. I am not at all confident at free-motion and usually limit myself to straight lines or using the decorative stitches on my machine if I'm feeling fancy. Often, I forget this when I set out to quilt a quilt. I get really excited and over ambitious and bite off more than I can chew. (I have some half-quilted projects to prove it...) Well, with my new Hula Girl Quilt, I did that again (the getting excited and over-ambitious), but....I am totally thrilled! I mentioned last...

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