Eclipse quilt piecing, pattern by Sharon McConnell, colorgirlquilts, using fabrics by Tula Pink, Zen Chic, Cotton and Steel
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Curved PIecing, Eclipse Quilt, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: a new Eclipse

I am starting a new, smaller version of my Eclipse quilt pattern. This is going to be part of my demonstration pieces for a class I am teaching this weekend. I think this is going to be such a fun quilt...I love these bright colors and modern prints! I am thinking about mixing up the prints in the circles, rather than placing the four alike ones together to form a complete circle. What do you think? I am also trying it out with navy blue in place of the yellow. I have several blocks sewn, ready to add the stars. I...

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Broken V quilt pattern with triangles, in Alison Glass fabrics
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt In Progress: Broken “V”

  This week I am working on my Broken V quilt. The pattern is by Christa Watson, and is featured in her new book, "Machine Quilting with Style". The book is in stores in September, but Christa sent me an e-copy so that I could try out one of the patterns. I have to say, there are not many quilting books I actually Read. I am more of a picture girl! But as I have mentioned, my free motion quilting skills could use some work for sure...so I read the tips and ideas Christa uses in her book, and I was...

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Pops hexagon patchwork quilt by Sharon McConnell, featured in Quilt Now Magazine
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Finished Quilts, Pops Quilt

“Pop”ping in with a New Quilt!

I am so happy to finally share this finished quilt, called "Pops", named by my lovely mother. This was the main project I worked on last summer at Camp Stitchalot, the fabulous Michigan retreat hosted by Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics. I got this wild idea to piece hexagons to show off my favorite fabric stash prints, and to add tiny triangles, so that when the hexagons meet you get the effect of small "popping" hexagons in bright colors. The quilt is crib size, not too big. Quilting by Jane Williams. Yes, this is all machine pieced. It takes time, but I absolutely...

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Dutch Windmill quilt by Sharon McConnell, color girl quilts, modern patchwork, pinwheel quilt with scraps
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Dutch Windmill, Finished Quilts

Finished Quilt! New Pattern Now Available

I am so happy to bring you a new pattern in the Color Girl Quilts collection: Dutch Windmill. You can get on this site or on my Craftsy Shop. First the basics: the pattern comes with fabric requirements and sewing instructions to make three sizes. The blocks are very easy and quick to make...perfect for a confident beginner. The baby size can be made in a day. This design can be made using 5" pre-cut charm squares, larger pre-cuts like fat eights and fat quarters. My version was quilted with an interlocking geometric "bubble" design all over, by my favorite local...

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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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Star Crossed scrappy modern Quilt by Color Girl, American Quilter Magazine Feature
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Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Star Crossed Quilt

New Quilt Pattern in American Quilter Magazine

I am so thrilled to announce that Color Girl Quilts (that's me!) has a featured pattern in the new November issue of AQ (American Quilter) Magazine. This quilt is called Star Crossed. I made it last spring, and you saw a bit of a peek at this as it was developing in my post on "Radiant Orchid", the pantone color of the year. *edit: this patterns is now available for sale in my pattern shop, click Here The finished quilt is 60" x 76", and could easily be adjusted by making more or fewer blocks. One of the things I...

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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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