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January 6, 2019
Christmas VacationTo-Do List Wrapup from caledonia quilter

Chic Picnic - quilted & bound & labeled.  Many of the fabrics in this have special meaning for me, so the whole time I was hand stitching the binding I just felt... happy.
The fabrics are so busy that the time spent to custom quilt this was wasted, but since it's mine... I figure I'm worth it.

I used up some random fabrics on the back.

In keeping with the "word" theme of the quilt, I included my QUILT GIRL comic strip yardage.  (Spoiler alert:  she saved the day.)
I made two kids drag-around quilts which I'll donate to the ...

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January 2, 2019
Teaching at 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m traveling to the Midwest to teach at the 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference.

Traditional,  contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects.   My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.

You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home.  In addition, every workshop attendee will receive:

  • Individualized attention–including help with fabric placement
  • Full color pattern with options for customizing your quilt
  • Easy to follow piecing instructions during the workshop
  • Practice using improvisational cutting and piecing techniques–it’s ...

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December 28, 2018
The trick to amazing free motion quilting for beginners from Quilt Social

 

It’s my last post of the week and also of the year featuring the PFAFF creative icon. And I have just the right post for it! I’ll show you how you can make your free-motion quilting look amazing!

All week I’ve shown you how to create projects using curved blocks. In yesterday’s post, I made a heart shape square for Valentine’s Day. And I have just the right quilting method to make it look fabulous.

 

How you can make your free motion quilting look amazing using the PFAFF creative icon!
How you can make your free motion quilting look amazing using the PFAFF creative icon!

 

Once again, my PFAFF creative ...

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December 27, 2018
Curved piecing makes the best heart quilt block for Valentine’s Day from Quilt Social

 

Have you finished the cute table runner for the holiday season I showed you in my posts this week? Piecing curves might take a little practice at the beginning, but it isn’t that hard, it’s all on how you place your fabrics under your needle.

If you haven’t had the time to try it out, I have another great project using curved piecing. It’s a variation that will help you make the best heart quilt top and you’ll have plenty of time to practice your curved piecing in time for Valentine’s Day.

 

A variation in the curved block to make a heart pieced block
A variation ...

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PJ 1313 Patty Jacks 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

A basic Patchwork Jigsaw block, twist the corners around, and then move the colours around.

Two simple shapes, but a lot of possibilities to explore.

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December 26, 2018
10 steps to face binding a holiday table runner using PFAFF creative icon from Quilt Social

 

If you’ve finished the holiday table runner that I presented in my last two posts, I have a great tutorial for you today. I’m happy to share my 10 steps to a perfect finish. You’ll see how easy it is to make a face binding using the PFAFF creative icon.

 

A face binding is my favorite "perfect" finish to any art quilt or table runner
A face binding is my favorite “perfect” finish to any art quilt or table runner

 

I just love making face binding on the creative icon as it has the power, stability and precision required to have a superb finish. When designing the creative icon, PFAFF revamped the ...

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December 22, 2018
Two Ringy Dingies from Quilt Obsession

 

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The very golden, Golden Wedding Ring Two Ringy Dingies top is done!! I made my goal of finishing it this week and didn’t want to wait to post this. Edited December 23, 2018 – thanks to the efforts of a very good friend who has amazing skills with photography apps, this picture is much better than the one I had originally used.   The colours in this photo aren’t even close to true – finding a place to photograph anything large is difficult in the winter and the lighting is less than perfect.  Oh, to have a design wall and a ...

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December 18, 2018
QuiltCon 2019 Acceptances from Carol Lyles Shaw

Yesterday was a busy day on Instagram.  And although I signed off for the holidays, I will have to do one more post.  The Modern Quilt Guild sent out the decision emails for QuiltCon 2019.

I am quietly celebrating three acceptances.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1.  I KNOW that I’ve been promising a pattern…and I am seriously delayed on this one.  However, in the meantime, I’m scheduled to teach this workshop in 2019.  Contact me if your guild is interested in booking this workshop in 2019 (a few dates are open) and 2020.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1 was ...

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Ring, Ring!! from Quilt Obsession

There’s been a bit of a ring assembly line going on here for the past little while.

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All the full rings for Two Ringy Dingies are made.

Partial GWR Block IMG_2644wtmk

And lots of different partial rings.

And now it’s time for it to get it put together. In fact, since I took the pictures I’ve started sewing the Two Ringy Dingies top together and now my goal is to have it finished before the end of the week.

Wondering why I decided to drop everything and finish this? Because I knew I was about to go down a path with ...

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November 25, 2018
Animal Quilts (and reflections on humiliation) & One of My Own from caledonia quilter

I've seen some of the cutest animals this fall...




It's almost enough to make me want to be a kid again.  But... um, no.  Maybe not. 
Highlights of my childhood involve lots of teasing over my name (surname of Marshall was always being translated into either "martian" or "marshmallow").  Also being called "four-eyes" because of the glasses.  And being the shortest kid in class meant I always had to be at the head of the line.  Being the worst at sports meant I was always the last one chosen for any sports team.  I remember school being let ...

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November 20, 2018
Big Ring & More! from Quilt Obsession

After finishing One Ringy Dingy, I had to get started on Two Ringy Dingies – but this time using the 16″ Golden Wedding Ring collection.

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The first ring is made and I love it. There is something about these colours that is reminding me of something – but I don’t know what that is! I keep trying to figure out just what that something might be. Any thoughts??

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The back of the first ring, after pressing and grading the seams. The 16″ ring seems enormous after making the 12″ size. 

Remember the blue fabrics I was determined to try to see ...

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Radiance: Tula Style from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Any Tula Pink fans in the house? I have enjoyed many of her fabric collections, but my favorites are the

The post Radiance: Tula Style appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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November 5, 2018
Starry Bright Sky QAL - pattern 11 from TweLoQ Designs


It's time now to get to this month block of the Starry Bright Sky QAL! 
This is the LAST block of this QAL!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Starry Bright Sky QAL page
This is a wonderful Skill Builder, because every month I will be featuring a different technique and we will have step by step instructions to walk you through the entire process, from cut to finishing.

Visit the QAL page to find all the information about the event rules, the quilt layout, all the future techniques and more.
I recommend ...

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One Ringy Dingy from Quilt Obsession

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The One Ringy Dingy top is finished. There will be a Two Ringy Dingies top  – I’ve printed some of the setting pieces for it already. I’m just deciding what fabrics I’ll make it in – and I will be making it with the larger 16″ Golden Wedding Ring Inklingo collection. One Ringy Dingy finishes at approximately 27.5 x 30 inches.  The Two Ringy Dingies top will be approximately 36.5 x 40 inches.

There are eight full stars in the centre of the rings of the little top, which I’ll show in groups of two starting ...

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October 30, 2018
Brooksea 11 from Virtual Quilter

Brooksea 11

Some interesting effects where the blocks meet.

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October 28, 2018
Teaching at NC Quilt Symposium from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching two quilt workshops at the 2019 North Carolina Quilt Symposium on May 2-5, 2019.  I’m super excited to be in such wonderful company with some of the best quilters around!

My Quilt Workshops

I’ve created a short video about both workshops with tips for choosing your fabrics.

Parisian Curves Quilt Workshop

modern quilt

One possible layout for this technique using simple curved blocks.

My Batik Modern version using a rich yellow as the negative space. Complex multi-layer curved blocks created using Parisian Curves technique.

In this one-day workshop, you will ...

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October 23, 2018
I Am Teaching at AQS QuiltWeek 2019 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching at AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona FL held February 27–March 2, 2019.  AQS Members registration start Oc. 23, 2018 and registration for the general public starts Nov. 7, 2018     Click HERE for registration information. 

My AQS QuiltWeek Workshops

Traditional,  contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects.   My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.

You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home.  In addition, every workshop attendee will ...

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October 20, 2018
Wedding Fans 44, 45 from Virtual Quilter

Wedding Fans 44

Pretty enough for a bride.

Wedding Fans 45

Love this one!

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October 17, 2018
Finished! An *epically* Radiant Quilt from Fabrics 'n Flowers

You guys know that I am a big Alison Glass fan, right? Her fabrics are so COLORFUL! So you know

The post Finished! An *epically* Radiant Quilt appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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October 12, 2018
A Second Ring from Quilt Obsession

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I love the effect I got from fussy cutting/printing the little kites that surround the centre star but can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it would be to do this were it not for using Inklingo to print the templates on my fabrics. The perfect sewing lines and matching points make it easy to make this block – I wouldn’t want to even begin to try without them!

The second ring went together faster than the first because I was chain piecing by hand when adding the little diamonds to the arcs. It’s really surprising just ...

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