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April 21, 2017
More Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

The final eight half clamshell pickles are done – so now it’s time to start sewing them on to the top. But first, here are the final eight.

I was happy to find so many of my floral fabrics had flowers small enough for all the clamshell pickles, including all the partial ones. Some very small.

Some quite a bit larger.

Some light.

Some darker.

Lots of roses, large …

… and small.

Another light one.

And one of my favourites.

Now that all the half Pickled Ladies are done, it’s time for lots of curved piecing and continuous stitching as ...

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April 19, 2017
Half Pickled Ladies on the Side from Quilt Obsession

I had made the little strips of triangles for the side halves of the Clamshell Pickles a long time ago and they’ve been sitting waiting, all this time, for me to finally get the fabrics chosen and half Pickled Ladies printed for each one.

All that was left was some nice curved piecing to add the little strips of the triangles to the half clamshell pickles, which went very quickly, and all the ones needed for one side are now done.

Using the window template made it very quick to find fabrics that worked for the side halves. The ...

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April 17, 2017
Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

Yes, I know it has been a long time since I blogged, but I have been busy sewing all this time. This post will be a bit short on words, but there are lots of pictures.

Part of the piecing has involved finally getting the Pickled Ladies top to the point I needed to choose fabrics for the edges so that I’d have a straight edge before I start attaching the borders.

So I began with window templates for the top and bottom pieces.

And window templates for the two sides.

Six and a half hours later, after auditioning ...

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March 30, 2017
Growing up QAL - reminders and inspirations from TweLoQ Designs

Just few reminders today!! We have been seeing so many beautiful blocks!! I am very happy to see that you are all enjoying this event!!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription Google form on the same QAL page (at the end of the page).

Now ...

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March 11, 2017
New Quilt in Love Patchwork and Quilting! from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I know I say this every time, but I SUPER happy to finally share this little quilt with you! Color Story is featured this month in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. This issue is on newsstands now in the U.K. and will be here in the U.S. in 3-4 weeks. Be sure and watch out […]

The post New Quilt in Love Patchwork and Quilting! appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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February 21, 2017
Patchwork Jigsaw 1111 1131 from Virtual Quilter


I remember my first visit to a quilt exhibition. I was curious, excited … and came away delighted.

The first thing I learned was that my students were doing well, at a standard that would have fitted well in the exhibition. The second thing I learned was that you were allowed to play with block designs.

One of the quilts on display was a sampler quilt using variations of just one block, that block being Drunkard’s Path. Fifteen variations  I think. I didn’t take a camera, so when I got home I tried to draw the blocks in the ...

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February 20, 2017
Slow Sewing for the Soul from Pink Doxies

A Slow Stitch Saturday Morning

This past Saturday was filled with light. I have a north window in my studio, and the light was perfect to sit and hand stitch these last few pieces. The turkey and deer kept stopping at my window as if to say, "Just passing through to see what you're doing this fine morning." It was soothing to the soul. The few seams I had to complete were with Aurifil's Invisible Monofilament Thread, and unless the light is perfect it is darned difficult to see! I really love this thread.

This piece is an ...

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January 15, 2017
Blooming Snowballs! A Quilt Story from Fabrics 'n Flowers

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 […]

The post Blooming Snowballs! A Quilt Story appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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December 9, 2016
Wired from Ants to Sugar

I love old houses.

Old houses have history. Old houses have charm. They have a sturdiness that stems from decades of existing, as though that’s proof enough that they will exist for many more.

And yet, old houses need upkeep and updating in order to continue to be comfortable. Our kitchen had little of either, and we didn’t debate whether it should be at the top of the list for renovation after we moved in last summer.

Knob and Tube wiring in the kitchen

When we pulled the kitchen apart, this old knob and tube wiring caught my attention, and I loved the way the ...

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November 28, 2016
Clam Chowder from Quilt Obsession

I know, I know – I said I’d try to blog more often. Well, at least this time it hasn’t been over three months since I last blogged. In fact, it’s just under two months, so maybe I”m getting a bit better at blogging a tad more regularly.

What have I been doing? I’ve been totally engrossed in piecing clamshells.


The obsession began with this  – a Clamshell Rose block. It measures 14″ and is destined to be the cover for a piecing book. I think I may just have enough of the red to make a ...

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November 25, 2016
Mini Trees from Alamosa Quilter

'Tis the season for holiday sewing! I made up this fun runner earlier this week.

The pattern is a free pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful. Click here to go to their free patterns page. You do need their Mini Quick Curve Ruler but the pattern itself is free. It was fun to make too! I really like their version in solids but opted to use print fabric for my version. Finished size is 20" by 45".

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November 20, 2016
Bee, myself and I: November from Granny Maud's Girl

I rarely write blog posts about my Bee, Myself and I goals, but sewing has been happening quietly in the background.

At the start of the year, I set myself the goal of making three flowering snowball blocks a month. I have treated it like a sewing bee, but a bee in which I am the only participant. I thought that if I chipped away at it, I would slowly see the quilt grow, no matter what other new and sparkly projects I allowed myself to be distracted by. The plan has worked, and my quilt top is complete.

If ...

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November 12, 2016
Summer Bloom Quilt, take 2 from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Sometimes a quilt pattern just strikes you. Usually I make a quilt once and that’s good, I am ready to move onto the next thing, but Summer Bloom is different. I want to keep making the pattern…there are so many possibilities! My first version is beautiful (if I do say so). I made it with fabrics […]

The post Summer Bloom Quilt, take 2 appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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November 8, 2016
Curved piecing in art quilts – traditional vs improvisational from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial we looked at 10 ways to use Northcott’s Stonehenge fabrics in your quilts and today my box of Stonehenge Elements fabrics arrived!! Just look at these fabrics – so yummy and rich looking!! I have some ideas about what I want to do with these fabrics but first I want to experiment a little. I love the look of curved piecing and have done a few projects with the traditional technique but lately I’ve been drawn to the modern quilts and the way they use improvisational techniques to achieve curved seams. Let’s put the two ...

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October 26, 2016
Mini Pumpkins :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I finished my Mini Pumpkins quilt! This was so fun and quick to make. Although it did take me several hours to quilt it, about 5 hours.

The pebble quilting is time consuming but worth it! The pumpkins and stems are quilted in the ditch. If you want to see what it looked like before quilting, click here.

The finished size is 36" by 36". 

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October 12, 2016
Pumpkins are In Season from Alamosa Quilter

The latest issue of Simply Moderne magazine contains the Mini Pumpkins pattern made using the mini quick curve ruler. I've been wanting to make this pattern for some time and decided that "someday" had arrived.

This went together pretty fast for me. It is only 36" square so that helped. Looking forward to getting this one quilted!

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October 10, 2016
In Progress: Summer Bloom Quilt 2 from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I have been working on a second version of the Summer Bloom quilt. This time I am going super high contrast and bright colors. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to use my stash of Alison Glass Handcrafted batiks (Andover Fabrics). I have had them in a bin along with a collection of cross weave […]

The post In Progress: Summer Bloom Quilt 2 appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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October 2, 2016
Kristin Shield's Improv Quilt from Selvage Blog

These quilts just keep getting better and better! This is "Bright Lights, Big City" by Kristin Shields. It measures 29" x 30." Photo by Sherri Lynn Wood of daintytime on Flickr. This quilt was inspired by a quilt in Wood's book: The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Wow!

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September 29, 2016
Shabby or chic? from Granny Maud's Girl

Winter storms have lingered into spring, and I pottered about in my sewing room while it rained.

I made some more flowering snowball blocks, so I now have 64 blocks, enough for a 96-inch square quilt. I need to sew them together, but they are pressed and ready to go. I had been nervous about pressing, wondering whether I needed to clip some curved seam allowances so I could press them the right way to nest seams, but I was given some pressing tips by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. Yes, there truly is nothing that steam and brute force ...

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September 13, 2016
2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop from Carol Lyles Shaw

Welcome to the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop!

This is my tutorial for the block I designed for the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop.  Download Tutorial: Carole Lyles Shaw Block Tutorial 9-10-2016

Scroll to the BOTTOM of this post for links to ALL of the other Bloggers who participated in this Blog Hop.

curved piecing Cloud9 New Block Hop


2016 Cloud9 Cirrus Solids New Block Blog Hop Color Palette

Cloud9 is generously sponsoring the New Block Blog Hop and provided all of the designers with fat quarters of five of their Organic Cirrus Solids.

The blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, curated the “Berry Harvest ...

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