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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Summer Bloom quilt pattern by Color Girl, curved piecing modern quilt
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest, Summer Bloom

Summer Bloom Pattern is Here!

The Summer Bloom pattern is now available in my pattern shop and on Craftsy! I am so excited to see what you all make with this pattern...the response has been tremendous and I am so appreciative of the encouragement on this quilt. Summer Bloom is challenging, but clever piecing techniques make it not as difficult as it looks, and there is no appliqué involved. I made my sample quilt with fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, mostly the Lavish collection by Katarina Roccella (spring 2016, still available in stores). I always piece with Aurifil thread and use Hobbs heirloom 80/20 batting...

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Aviatrix medallion, bird in the window quilt block, paper piecing diamonds patchwork
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilting: What’s New and Next

First of all, we have a winner of the brand new issue of Quilt Now (containing my pattern!): Renee says she cuts her scraps into little hexis....what a great idea for take-along piecing. Big thanks to Pink Castle Fabrics for sponsoring the giveaway! If you are in the mood to shop (and who isn't this time of year?), Pink Castle has 30% all in-stock quilt supplies...including all the best modern fabrics! use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY30 Also, cyber Monday is December 1: Canton Village Quilt Works will have all batiks and Kaffe Fassett fabrics 25% off. I am particularly partial to...

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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 Block #11

Today is the day: our third six inch sampler quilt block for November. You can find all the other blocks on the Super Simple Sampler page. Cutting: from each, dark blue, pink, light blue, yellow: (1) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square; (1) 2 1/1" x 1 1/2" rectangle; 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle from white: (2) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles; (2) 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles Sewing (1/4" seam allowance, right sides facing): 1. Sew the 1 1/2" pink square to the dark blue square. Sew the 1 1/2" light blue square to the yellow square. Press toward the...

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Aviatrix Medallion quilt pattern
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Quilting Interest, Sponsors

Quilts: What’s New and Next

It's a new week and a new month! Yesterday I told you about my "square" blocks for this month's quilters' book club, and the posts on my next four blocks are coming up this week. Today, I want to share some things happening here as well as what you might like from my sponsor, Canton Village Quilt Works. What's New? Visit the Bloggers' Quilt Festival for some beautiful quilt inspiration. Last week I posted about my entry, the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt. I also visited the other category pages on the festival website and saw so many wonderful quilts! Mine is in the...

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Quilt Now Magazine issue 3, sewing ideas from Color Girl Quilts
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Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Recommended Sewing: Quilt Now

In issue 3, Quilt Now heads to Morocco with the rich colors and graphic patterns. It is kind of fun how this magazine has a theme each issue and the projects, fabrics and photo styling reflect that theme. I wanted to show this issue in particular today because it has some really quality projects inside. Even though this is only issue 3 of a brand new publication, it already shows a lot of promise in my mind: the projects are actually on the challenging side! Editor Katy Jones (of I'm a Ginger Monkey) isn't afraid to offer more than the...

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Sewtopia, michael miller fabrics, challenge fabrics for quilt
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Giveaway

Surprise! a “quiet” fabric giveaway

A week or so ago I received a very fun package in the mail: a bundle of five "low volume" fabrics for the Michael Miller fabrics challenge at Sewtopia. I am really excited to have the opportunity to go to the Sewtopia retreat in Salt Lake City in November! It is a weekend retreat filled with shop-hopping and all the sewing we can stand (plus a visit to my mom). The event is partially sponsored by Michael Miller fabrics and they provided the low volume bundles for a challenge project. The only direction was that all fabrics in our chosen...

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Dutch Windmill Quilt by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl Quilts, modern patchwork quilt
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilters Around the World: blog hop

I was tagged by Shirley to post as part of the Around the World Blog Hop...not sure where it started, but I guess it is my turn. I thought I would also use this post as a goal setting for the month of September: can't believe it's already September!? So, between questions I'm supposed to answer for the blog hop, I will mix pictures of my quilts in progress, and my goals for them this month. What am I working on?  It seems a million things, isn't that what everyone says? Well, I am getting ready to release a series...

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