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July 26, 2017
Anemone Ribbon Flower Block from Quilt Obsession

I’ve found some great websites over the past week or so with fabulous pictures of flowers and it has been to those websites that I refer when trying to name the blocks of my Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt. Particularly for this one …

Anemone Ribbon Flowerwtmk

… the Anemone Ribbon Flower block. And this is yet another variation. The variations with this block, depending on whether I use mirror shape images, different outer edge shapes, adding the bonus shape, fabric placement, etc. truly do seem endless!

Anemone Ribbon Flower backwtmk

The back of the Anemone Ribbon Flower. I’m really curious why the colour reads so differently ...

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July 24, 2017
Is It Half a Violet? from Quilt Obsession

I’ve got half of the next Ribbon Flower together – but I’m not sure yet just what flower it is. Is it a violet or clematis or verbena? Maybe salvia? Perhaps a pansy? I know it’s not wisteria, as I have the fabrics set aside for that – I think.

Half Purple Flowerwtmk

I can’t wait to see this one together as I think the effect with the dark shapes making up half the centre are going to give it a different look than any of the others.

It would have been finished but I spent tons of time on the ...

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July 21, 2017
The Periwinkle Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

The next block for my Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt is complete. I got sidetracked so many times while I was making this one that it’s hard to describe!

Periwinkle Frontwtmk

But before I say a word about the distractions, the Periwinkle Ribbon Flower block.

Periwinkle Backwtmk

And from the back. I’ve graded all the seams except where the pieced flower is added to the background. Once again, I pressed the background in behind the flower as I decided I definitely like what that does to the look of the block.

What was distracting me? I kept looking for fabrics for the ...

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July 19, 2017
Slowly Growing Flower from Quilt Obsession

Half Periwinkle Blockwtmk

This is a very slowly growing flower. I had grand plans Monday afternoon of starting to sew it right away, with the thought I’d finish it yesterday. I got everything printed quickly. Then my plan went out the window.

First of all, we ended up out for hours on Monday, seeing a friend we hadn’t seen for ages. When we get together, we can talk for what seems like forever. So very little sewing got done Monday. And then yesterday, instead of sitting down and sewing, I got intent on finding just the right fabrics for more flowers ...

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July 17, 2017
The Iris Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

When I was growing up, an iris was always the very first flower seen in the garden in the spring. After the months of drabness and seemingly endless days of grey skies that is our winter, that iris always seemed so rich and vibrant and such a wonderful burst of colour. When I started making the purple ribbon flower, it immediately made me think of that first iris of the spring.

Iris Ribbon Flowerwtmk

The iris ribbon flower from the front.

Back of Iris Ribbon Flowerwtmk

And the back. I have graded all but the seams of the background pieces. This time I decided to press the background ...

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July 14, 2017
Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt, Block 2 from Quilt Obsession

My new quilt in progress now has a working name – Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt. And while I’m still undecided about whether the very first Ribbon Flower block I made will go in this or the Peony Quilt, I know for sure where this one is going – in the new quilt in progress! I think I’m determined to try almost every variation I can using different fabric placement, using the bonus shape, et cetera.

Front of Pink Ribbon Flower blockwtmk

Block 2 – which is a study in pink! As of right now, I think each block will be a study in tones of one ...

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July 12, 2017
Ribbon Flower Unfolding from Quilt Obsession

I thought I’d have it finished by now, but not quite. There were a few changes I made which involved printing a few more shapes and it has slowed me down a bit.

Ribbon Flower Variation - pinkwtmk

As of now, I’ve got this pink Ribbon Flower variation a bit over halfway done, although only this portion is joined together so far. I feel relatively sure I’ll have it done for Friday’s post!


I’ve also been pulling more fabrics. This group of purples will get some other fabrics put with it and I know a purple Ribbon Flower variation is ...

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Improv Fabrics: Pure Summer Beauty from Fabrics 'n Flowers

My Friend, Amy, of During Quiet Time, has just released her first fabric collection with Benartex! This is such an

The post Improv Fabrics: Pure Summer Beauty appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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July 10, 2017
And the Next Ribbon Flower will be? from Quilt Obsession

I spent a lot of time on the weekend trying to find just the right fabrics for my next ribbon flower. And I do mean a lot. It started Friday afternoon and is still ongoing. I pull a group of fabrics, bring them out to the living room and then look at them for a few hours or a day or so.  Actually, there are three or four groupings I’m looking at and changing periodically by adding and subtracting fabrics.

Tropical seas fabricswtmk

This grouping will definitely be part of a Ribbon Flower. I know I want to add something else to ...

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July 7, 2017
Dangerous Roads Quilting from Pink Doxies

"Dangerous Roads"

First things first, folks. I've been on 'blogcation', meaning I took a break from blogging. Unplanned, but it happened naturally. The rhythm of summer took over with holidays, friends, home projects, and keeping up with acres and acres of mowing. The heat and rain just keep coming here in the Midwest, with no end in sight. My current projects have been full marathons as opposed to when I could say, "Look at the pot holder I whipped up!" 

Quilters Have a Special Bond!

Our only picture from a long & lovely weekend: 

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A Blue Ribbon … from Quilt Obsession

Blue Ribbon Flowerwtmk

A blue ribbon flower, that is. I learned a few things sewing this one that weren’t really things I even thought about with the first pink one as that one was all batiks.

I thought the darker blue was perfect as it was not one of the thicker quilting cottons. Clearly not as fine as a batik, but it was – or so I thought – more than good enough. I was wrong. The lighter blue behaved perfectly, but not the darker one! It frayed when I was circling the intersection where all 12 of the flower petals meet. So lesson ...

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July 5, 2017
I’ve Got the Blues from Quilt Obsession

Blue Harpsichord Blockwtmk

When the Ribbon Flower collection was released last week, I was in the middle of a harpsichord  block – which, of course, got dropped midway through so I could go play with the Ribbon Flower. Now it’s finished and has joined the other finished ones in the Harpsichord Quilt project box.

Blue Fabricswtmk

When I knew a Ribbon Flower collection was going to be released, I started pulling fabrics that I thought might work together rather nicely. This was the combination that I couldn’t resist for my next ribbon flower.

Pieces for Blue Ribbon Flowerwtmk

A few minutes and I had all the pieces printed and ...

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July 4, 2017
Double Wedding Quilts 11 from Virtual Quilter

Double Wedding Quilts 11

Love the muted fabrics.

Filed under: Double Wedding Quilt, Double Wedding Quilts, Quilt Tagged: Applique Blocks, Curved Piecing, Double Wedding Ring, Quilt Design, Quilting Design

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July 3, 2017
Pink Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

Ribbon Flower - Pinkwtmk

My first ribbon flower block is finished – and I’m thrilled with it! It may become Peony Quilt block number 2. Or it may become the first of a variety of ribbon flowers in a second quilt. I know I want to make all sorts of ribbon flowers in different colours, so this may be the first block of a second quilt that has been started. All the time I was working on this block, I kept thinking about hydrangea. So perhaps I’m going to go through my fabrics to find just the right fabrics for that.

It was ...

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July 1, 2017
Fun with Curves Challenge! from Heart Desire Creations


An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Curvalicious Quilts (Medium)

Whew – posting this with only hours to spare! Haven’t missed an Island Batik Ambassador Challenge deadline yet, and don’t want to find out what happens if I do!

June’s challenge is curved piecing. My sofa has been crying out for a quilted pillow, so here was my chance. I chose brown and gold. One half is a checkerboard and the other side is curved piecing.

Laying one piece on top of another, gentle curves were cut, pulled apart, the two to be pieced marked, pinned, then pieced. If the curves are not ...

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June 30, 2017
A Ribbon Flower for the Peony Quilt from Quilt Obsession

Yesterday, the much-anticipated Inklingo Ribbon Flower collection was released and – all I can say is wow! There are so many variations possible that I think I could make a number of quilts using it and know I’m going to make a variety of blocks using different fabrics,  because I can’t possibly resist doing so. But first I had to pick out some pink batiks for a Ribbon Flower block for the Peony Quilt.

Freezer Paper & Fabric readywtmk
First I got all my freezer paper cut to size and labelled and the batiks needed for each shape.

Fabric Printedwtmk

Then a few minutes later, I ...

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After Pompeii OP 23 from Virtual Quilter

After Pompeii OP 23

Love it, but think about the only way I would even be slightly tempted to make it would be a print job … print it directly onto fabric somehow!

Filed under: After Pompeii, After Pompeii OP, Quilt Tagged: Applique Blocks, Curved Piecing, Double Wedding Ring, Wedding Ring

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June 29, 2017
How to: Cutting with the Classic Curves Ruler from Fabrics 'n Flowers

This is the first of some tutorials I want to post to go with the Classic Curves Ruler. This will

The post How to: Cutting with the Classic Curves Ruler appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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After Pompeii 47 from Virtual Quilter

After Pompeii 47

I still love this series.

Filed under: After Pompeii, Quilt Tagged: Applique Blocks, Curved Piecing, Double Wedding Ring, Quilt Design

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June 23, 2017
Marigold Mini {Finished} from Little Bunny Quilts

I think I finally understand why mini quilts are so addicting, guys. Also, I really love how easy they are to quilt. :)

My June IBA project is now complete -- and ready to hang up!

As I planned, I quilted with peach thread in the flowers, green thread in the leaves, and off-white thread in the background. I quilted feathers in the leaves, meanders in the flowers, and loops in the background.

The backing is also from the new Bonsai collection from Island Batik. I used two of the "rainbow" floral prints and since I had two half yard cuts, I ...

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