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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Modern Quilts 17-08 issue20 cover (1)
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest

Modern Quilts Unlimited: New Hexi Quilt

There is a brand new issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine out. I am so proud that my Hexagon Star quilt is featured inside! Hexi Stars is lap size quilt, and, although the design looks like hexagons, there are no set-in seams, so it is a no-fuss make. This quilt was especially fun to make because I used all fabrics in my stash: mostly favorites from Alison Glass and Tula Pink. I love the mix of bright colors with black and white for the stars. The magazine includes the templates and instructions needed to piece the quilt. As always, I used...

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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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Pisces quilt by Color Girl quilts with Classic Curves Ruler
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Announcements, Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Pisces Quilt, Quilting Interest

It’s Here! Get Your Classic Curves Ruler Today

I am getting recovered from Quilt Market...it was so exciting to show my quilt patterns and new Classic Curves Ruler to the world! The response was fantastic, it seems other quilters are as excited about this as I am! Now that I am caught up on my wholesale orders, I want to offer the Classic Curves Ruler to my friends here on the blog and social media. Click Here to visit the page to purchase your own CCR. The CCR package includes full instructions to get started using it for cutting and piecing your curves. You also get the instructions to...

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Classic Curves Ruler by color girl quilts Sharon McConnell, quilting ruler for curved piecing
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Announcements, Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest

Announcing My Biggest Project Ever!

It's finally here! The much anticipated big project I have been working on for several months: The Classic Curves Ruler. You know I love curved piecing in quilting and I have a drawer overflowing with templates to prove it. Last year I had an idea to make a tool that would simplify the cutting  for curved piecing. I wanted a tool that would allow me to throw out all those templates and not make any more! The Classic Curves Ruler is my first product release that is not a quilt pattern, and I couldn't be happier to share it with...

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Mermaid quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern quilt pattern with Cotton Supreme Cottons by RJR fabrics
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Announcements, Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

What Shade Are You? A First…

I did it! I actually made a quilt with solids. This is my first time ever doing it and this quilt is my contribution to the What Shade Are You? series by RJR fabrics. Each friday they feature a quilt made with their Cotton Supreme Solids and have a giveaway (more on that in a minute). This quilt was outside my comfort zone in a couple ways. Besides being my first ever without any prints, I had to choose the fabrics ahead and stick with them! RJR sent me a color card with all their solids and I chose which...

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crazy curves quilt by Sharon McConnell Color Girl Quilts
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Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest

Crazy Quilting Curves

If you are on my email list, you received a happy surprise last Saturday: the instructions to make a Crazy Curves mini quilt. I hope you enjoyed the pointers about curved piecing and you will try it out! You can still sign up for my mailing list and get this and other future patterns, tutorials, coupons and news. You have noticed I have been on a curved piecing craze lately. It's true that curves are my favorite...there are so many possibilities and so many cool designs you can create by adding circles to your quilts. I chose this little Crazy...

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wonderful things fabrics by art gallery fabrics. choosing fabric for quilt
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Fabric

For the Love of Fabric: Wonderful Things

Goodness! Doesn't it just seem like there is always so much beautiful fabric available and we just can't create quickly enough to use it all? I have been feeling that way lately (maybe that's why I have suddenly started making small quilts). The new fabric collection, Wonderful Things, designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics, is truly a wonderful thing. The collection comes in two color ways...the prints on the left in the photo above are the soft pastel palette of Wonderful Things: light pink, mint green and periwinkle blue are whisper soft. These colors get me even more eager...

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Drunkard's path quilt block with bright colors, modern traditional quilting
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Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Blooming Snowballs! A Quilt Story

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you this new fabric, Here Comes the Fun from Art Gallery Fabrics and mentioned I had big plans for it...well, for once, I actually got right on those plans! I have always loved the classic quilt design called Flowering Snowball. It is such an interesting combination of curved piecing (my fav!) and there are so many different looks you can achieve by mixing up the color placement, using solids/white vs prints, etc. That pretty much describes everything I like in a quilt! My challenge was that I wanted to figure out how to...

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Summer Bloom quilt in progress with Alison Glass fabric and cross weave solids
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Sewing, Photos, and Deep Thoughts

The past couple of weeks there has been a photo hop on Instagram, sponsored by @houseofpinheiro called #sewphotohop . Each day is a new theme, and although it is geared toward garment sewists, I have been crashing the party a bit by participating. It is fun to think about each day's prompt and how I apply it in my sewing life, so I thought I would share some of my photos and thoughts on a few here as well. Texture. I started another version (above) of my Summer Bloom quilt using Alison Glass and Hoffman fabrics batiks as well cross weaves...

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