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March 29, 2017
Coins of the Atocha from MMM Quilts

One of my goals for this year was to submit a quilt design to a magazine.  Well I did.  In fact, it was the first design I created for the #30quiltdesignschallenge2017 that I, along with Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts, hosted on Instagram from Jan. 2 - March 15.  I submitted it to Modern By the Yard, Benartex's e-zine.  It was accepted!  Not only was it a 2017 goal; it also became a Q1 FAL goal.

I am so very happy that my first published pattern is in a 100% environmentally friendly e-zine! Not one tree was killed, YESSS ...

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Coins of the Atocha from MMM Quilts

One of my goals for this year was to submit a quilt design to a magazine.  Well I did.  In fact, it was the first design I created for the #30quiltdesignschallenge2017 that I, along with Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts, hosted on Instagram from Jan. 2 - March 15.  I submitted it to Modern By the Yard, Benartex's e-zine.  It was accepted!  Not only was it a 2017 goal; it also became a Q1 FAL goal.

I am so very happy that my first published pattern is in a 100% environmentally friendly e-zine! Not one tree was killed, YESSS ...

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Spring Craft Class at Church from Quilts and Art by Cheryl

 We all made all kinds of paper flowers and attached them to our wall board that Mr. Bob made of us , I saw a a similar photo in a craft page and decided that we will make something to for our classroom for a change instead of them taking all craft work Home ,I did this in 2 age groups  so that everyone had our attention and help .First group was 5 and up , second was 2 and up to 4, worked out really good.I have a picture of the finish board on my phone , not sure how to ...

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A Finish! the Bright Daisy from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Sometimes it seems like I have a million projects going and nothing is getting done. That’s why it feels especially great when I get to a point where stars align and things come together. This week is one of those times: some finished quilts and new patterns getting done, ready for Quilt Market and to […]

The post A Finish! the Bright Daisy appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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On the 1st Day of Christmas... from The Cozy Quilter

...My true love gave to me...

...a Partridge in a Pear tree!  

This is the latest block in Lorna's Sew Fresh Quilts Christmas Quilt Along.  Christine was over to sew last night so I worked on this block.  It took quilts a while to cut out all the pieces and I did not finish sewing the block until tonight,  

Here is my collection of six blocks so far.  

Even though I am sewing a Christmas quilt inside, my crocuses are blooming outside!

The daffodils are in bud.   Spring is here!  

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Would you like chips with that? from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Regular readers will know that I have been loving making up a menagerie of beadwork embroideries for our gorgeous grandson. So, I am sure that you will not be surprised to know that I couldn't resist the temptation of another kit when I came across Ann's Orchard Beadwork stand at the Knitting and Stitching show!

Now that we live on the seafront where seagulls are an ever constant, it would have been rude to pass up the chance to stitch up Chips the Seagull now wouldn't it? The seagulls on our seafront are so keen to avail ...

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Color Planning a Scrap Quilt from Butterfly Threads

If you have read my book Scrap Quilt Secrets, and maybe if you haven't, you know that scrap quilts don't have to be a random jumble of pattern and color. They can be very well coordinated and presented in a way that uses some scraps, but not all of the scraps you might have in your bin.

I had drawn up a block that I wanted to make but wasn't sure about the colors I wanted to use. One of the best ways to find color inspiration in your sewing room is to use a piece of ...

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Photoshop–Finding the Stamp Tool, Thermofax screens from Art and Quilting in Camden

WAHOOOO!   I’ve discovered something almost as cool as the holy grail!  At least if you want to make thermofax screens…..and yes, you may liberally share the link to this blogpost so that others may learn and play with paint.

If you want to find out how to do this the easy way, keep reading!

So I was on a quest for my next project:  creating thermofax screens using my new (to me) thermofax machine.  I remembered a tool I loved in Photoshop Elements (PSE), but it wasn’t in Photoshop (PS–full thing).  How could that be?  So ...

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Sharing the B and C love with a Freebie from Lilabelle Lane

Sharing the B and C Love.

So it is no secret that I love my Bonnie and Camille Fabrics.

Pictured is one of the little happy spots within my sewing space.
A Jelly Roll from every Bonnie and Camille line to date and if you look closely you will see that 
I have both the Mother and Daughter Jelly Rolls from their debut line, Cotton Blossoms.

My sewing journey actually began as Bonnie and Camille were releasing their original "Ruby" line and the love has only deepened since then. Hello Scrumptious and Little Ruby. Ok, you know I love all ...

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Cute Baby Quilt to Hug and Kiss from Priscilla's Workshop

This is the second of my dentist office quilts. I would have finished it two days ago but I had four classes of essays about King Lear to score over the weekend. Tomorrow I am scheduled to speak to two classes of sophomore, both under the same teacher, about writing effective responses to the prompts. I have been obsessing over this ever since the teacher, in his first year here and still very young, asked me to come in. His request was couched in such a way that my senses began to vibrate. "Maybe they will listen to you more ...

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Selling Angel Art for American Cancer Society from All Things Quilty

Sorry for not posting recently...but I am excited to report that I have submitted four of my angel paintings to the Fine Art America website!  All proceeds from my Angel Art will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  This fine organization not only helps fund much-needed research, but also provides services such as transportation to treatment for cancer victims and their families.

Ice Blue Angel
Pastel Angel
Glowing Angel
Rainbow Angel

Many of you are aware that my husband is now a one-year survivor of metastatic prostate cancer.  Today he spent the afternoon helping me take some high-resolution ...

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sneak peak from Texas Quilting

20170328_084243.jpgI like to road test the quilt top before quilting, just to make sure that it is the size I think it’s going to end up.  Thank goodness this one fits on the queen bed in our daughter’s bedroom.  I loaded the quilt bottom and batting before I ran out of time for the day.  I’d like to at least get this one basted this week before I switch gears to piecing the next quilt.


20170328_144236.jpgAlso, here’s a sneak peek at a mini project that I will hopefully knock out tomorrow.  This is just a piece ...

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Printing Quilt Labels and Fabric Panels with the Software You Have from Life In Pieces

Quilting is probably my favorite pass time, but photography is a close second.  My Guy and Drama Teen share the photography bug, we have a lot of fun after outings comparing photographs.  I occasionally even take some nice shots and it's always seemed a waste to just print them up and stick them in albums.  Early on, it just seemed to be a natural step to start using some of those photos on labels.  

I first used photos in a quilt when I needed a design fix for a quilt for DT.  I didn't have enough in one ...

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Irish Log Cabin 6 from Virtual Quilter

Irish Log Cabin 63

One of the great things about blogging on WordPress is that you can schedule ahead.

One of the worst things about that is that I miss significant dates, because they are a week or more away from the time I schedule my daily blog.

This time it meant that I missed sharing Irish Log Cabin designs during the week of St Patrick’s day … so that means I should share some anytime, and no time like the present!

Irish Log Cabin 64

This project file started one St Pat’s day when it fell on a Wednesday, which is the day of my Mid ...

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Rainy Day from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Winter is still trying to hang on here, it was a cold rainy day. Went to my weekly bee and made more stars.

There is enough motion that if I take a step back, I don't see the asymmetry that is driving me nuts when I give each one close scrutiny.

For future reference, here was my starting fabric. I've got some emerald green and deep magenta set aside for the setting, but I still need to pick my fourth fabric. I want to see the final design of this mystery quilt first.

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Find Your Fade Shawl from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

Ten weeks...that's how long it took me to make this shawl. Now granted, I also finished two pair of socks in that same time period, but I think it's safe to say, "This shawl took forever!"

I took the shawl with us on our recent weekend away hoping that I would be able to get some good photos of it. I also snapped a lot of photos of the local flowers.

The shawl is very large. This photo shows my favorite sequence in the yarns I used. 

The lavendar smelled heavenly and was so pretty in bloom ...

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A Bit of Cabin Stitching Time! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

This past weekend there were a few moments when I could step away from the unpacking of “stuff’  the hanging on the walls of “stuff” and all of the settling in and simply go through the motion of stitching pieces together with machine and thread.

When I sit down to sew, even in the midst of upheaval and chaos – albeit planned upheaval and chaos – my soul finds its happy place.

What’s not to love about stitching away with Annie Get Your Gun playing on an old laptop saved for its Cd player capability?

This is another one of those ...

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Continuing the Presents Quilt from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

First I'd like to thank all of you who sent me emails and texts wishing me a quick recovery from my cataract surgery last week. (And a big special thanks to Rhonda for the recovery care package including peanut M&Ms!) Eye #1 was a total success with a vision correction lens that allows me to see better than I have in over 20 years! I'm wearing a contact lens in my left eye until that surgery on April 20. So, hooray! All is great on the vision front.

While I was taking it easy st home over ...

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March 28, 2017
Reading with U.S. Cellular from Jo's Country Junction


Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.

Did you know that March is National Reading Month…Yahoo!!  A whole month is set aside to one of my favorite hobbies.

Many of people enjoy reading, and smartphones put books, magazines and preschool reading lessons right into their pockets.  In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 90 percent of smartphone users said they never or rarely leave their device at home, which means they can always have a book on them.  Access to ...

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