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January 18, 2018
Sew My Stash Quilt Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Sew My Stash Commitment and Quilt Tutorial

I think that one of the reasons we don’t use our stash is that we over think and over plan how to make a quilt from stash.  This month, I quickly made the 3rd in a series of quilts all made from stash.  Keep reading to see the story of the 3 quilts and a tutorial on how I made the 3rd one.

And, no, my stash isn’t always this neat looking!  And, there’s lots more of it…..

modern fabric

I am really committed to sew my stash this year. 

I did ...

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January 11, 2018
Clamshell cushion from Granny Maud's Girl

Ages ago, I borrowed a copy of Jen Kingwell’s Quilt Lovely from my local library. I was checking the book out to see whether I wanted to buy a copy.

The clamshell cushion was the most tempting project because I had dreams of using it to tame my scraps, so I made the templates and started cutting out bits of fabric from my scrap box. Too soon, the due date of the book came around, and I returned it to the library.

From that point, I did not have the instructions.

Clamshell (clambake) cushion made by Granny Maud's Girl

I repeated only one fabric, as far as ...

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January 6, 2018
Sew with me! and other announcements from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Happy New Year, Everyone. Hope it’s off to a great start. I am super fired up about Color Girl Quilts

The post Sew with me! and other announcements appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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December 21, 2017
A Garden and Stars from Quilt Obsession

What have I been doing? Amongst other things, I’ve been trying out various fabrics for sashing/alternate blocks with the Garden Gone Wild blocks but have yet to find the solution.

These are the 22 flowers in the garden. One of them will be used as a label for the quilt and the other will be the cover of a stitching book, I think, so the top will be made of 20 of these Ribbon Flower blocks.

I used so many different background fabrics for the ribbon flowers that I think I may be limited to something like a ...

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Got Panache? A New Quilt in Progress from Fabrics 'n Flowers

This past fall I was lucky enough to get some fat quarters of the new fabrics by Rebecca Bryan of

The post Got Panache? A New Quilt in Progress appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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December 3, 2017
Alison Glass Mini Quilt #2 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Looking thru my blog draft posts, I realized that I never posted another piece of my Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap story.  So here it is….

I was in an Instagram Alison Glass Swap. My Swap Mama asked me to be an Angel and make a mini for one of the team because their original partner unfortunately had to drop out at the last minute.  I had about a week to make and ship it.   OK…I said to myself, I can do this! 

I wanted to make this the second in the series so that the design would relate ...

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November 16, 2017
How The Flowers Grew – or how I sew Ribbon Flower Blocks from Quilt Obsession

I was at least halfway through making the blocks for the Garden Gone Wild top before I finally realized just how much fun I could have with these blocks as they’re not only all curved piecing, but almost all continuous stitching! I think it was because I began with a ribbon flower block that had pieced “blades” and those that weren’t pieced.  That’s my excuse and I”m sticking with it. Once I identified this sewing sequence, I couldn’t get enough of making them!

Flower Step Onewtmk

The first step – make two sets of six of the centre shapes ...

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November 11, 2017
Brooksea 7 from Virtual Quilter

Brooksea 7

Love it!

Filed under: Brooksea, Quilt Tagged: Curved Piecing, Pieced Quilt, Quilting Motifs, Quilts

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November 10, 2017
The Lilac Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession


Finally, after loads and loads of un-sewing, the lilac is done!

Lilac backwtmk

The back, after pressing but before grading of the seams.

Before last night the number of times I changed my mind about a fabric in this flower was beginning to seem endless. The only fabric in this block which was in the first group of fabrics I had pulled and printed for the flower is the one used for the 12 centre pieces.  Every single one of the other fabrics has been changed – and some more than once or twice. I’d even gone so far as to attach ...

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November 3, 2017
A Second Sorbet Peony from Quilt Obsession


Sorbet Peonywtmk

As well as working on the lilac ribbon flower, I have spent a fair bit of time over the past week looking at the flowers that are finished and this one stood out every time. This is the original sorbet peony and it is, while beautiful, very washed out in comparison to the other flowers and would have seemed like a blank hole in the finished top, I think.

Sorbet Peony 2wtmk

So what did I do? I decided to make a second sorbet peony with some darker shades of pink and this fabulous toile for the background as the other block made ...

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October 27, 2017
Number 20 to Bloom is? from Quilt Obsession

It’s a dahlia. Not a black dahlia, though.

pink dahliawtmk

No, of course it isn’t! What else could it possibly be for my quilt but a pink dahlia, given my love of pink? And it is the 20th flower to bloom in the Garden Gone Wild series of blocks. But stay tuned, because … well, because I don’t think I’m finished.  In fact, I know I’m not finished. More on that in a second.

pink dahlia backwtmk

Here’s the back of the pink dahlia. Now that I have 20 blocks done, I suppose I really should take some time one ...

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October 25, 2017
A Daffodil! from Quilt Obsession


While I thought I was making a gaillardia or, as it’s more commonly known, a blanket flower, it seems I wasn’t. When I finished and was pressing this last night I realized it reminded me more of a daffodil than anything. That may be because I’ve never seen gaillardia here and the fact a good friend mentioned she was planting daffodil bulbs the other day but, whatever the reason, my garden now has a cheerful daffodil.

Daffodil backwtmk

The back of the daffodil.

In one of the flowerbeds on the roof garden, there is a small area where we ...

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October 21, 2017
Brand New! Indigo Pattern Now Available from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Now that you’ve fallen for curved piecing with your Classic Curves Ruler, I have a brand new quilt you are

The post Brand New! Indigo Pattern Now Available appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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October 17, 2017
Block 18 for the Garden Gone Wild Quilt from Quilt Obsession

I’m getting very close to the end of making flowers for my Garden Gone Wild quilt! Only two more to go after this one. What is block 18? It’s a zinnia.

Zinderella Zinniawtmk

But it’s not just any zinnia. This one is called the Zinderella Zinnia. Who could resist a flower with that name? When I saw pictures of it, I knew it had to be part of my quilt!

Zinderella Zinnia backwtmk

The back. Once again, it’s pressed but the seams are not yet graded. It seems I’m definitely leaving the grading of the seams for the very end ...

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October 12, 2017
Ranunculus from Quilt Obsession

Before I started down the path of making my garden of ribbon flowers, I had never heard of a ranunculus. Thank you to those who suggested it!


I’m glad to have this one added to my garden as I did need some yellow flowers and I love its cheerfulness.

ranunculus backwtmk

The back, after pressing but before grading the seams. I seem to be leaving grading the seams to the end on most of the blocks. Maybe it’s because I’m getting anxious to get to that 20th block!

I’ve begun the next block, the Zinderella Zinnia. Then I ...

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October 6, 2017
Flowers and More Flowers from Quilt Obsession

I didn’t mean to disappear for a week, but the latest ribbon flower became a real challenge when it came to finding just the right fabrics for it. I thought I had the perfect pinks chosen for it as they looked just fine when I pulled them and put them to the daylight test. But when the same fabrics were printed, cut and sewn together, they just did not cooperate and give me the effect I was after. Everything was fine until I got to the last shape on the outer edge of the flower. I ended up printing ...

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September 29, 2017
Very Little To Show from Quilt Obsession

There were some fabulous comments on Wednesday’s post – thank you to everyone as I have had lots to think about and flowers to look up on the Internet! I am behind in answering comments, but will get caught up over the weekend.  One of the recurring themes in the comments was regarding white flowers and yes, I’d love to include some white flowers but I am concerned that they would just end up looking like a hole in the quilt. A yellow flower or two I think I can definitely manage, although I don’t tend to have ...

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September 27, 2017
Tour of the Garden from Quilt Obsession

I had to make some decisions about what other flowers to include in the Garden Gone Wild quilt. To do that, I needed to have a good look at what has bloomed already.

So I went on a tour of my garden. Want to come along?

The first group I saw had the impatiens (which is now sewn to its background fabric), sorbet peony, tea rose and Asiatic lily.

Next I found the cornflower, morning glory, periwinkle and wisteria.

Then the shaggy orange coneflower, marigold and chrysanthemum.

The final group I saw has the petunia, iris, anemone and sweet pea ...

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September 25, 2017
Petunia Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession


Sewing the petunia flower was very fast. In fact, it was the quickest I’ve put together a ribbon flower yet, so the sewing sequence I identified with the last one does make a difference for me. I’ll do a post on the sewing sequence when I get started on the next ribbon flower.

Petunia backwtmk

The back of the petunia. It’s pressed, but the seams are yet to be graded.

Next? Next I have to decide what other flowers are going to be included in the Gardens Gone Wild quilt. Once that’s done I’ll have to get ...

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September 22, 2017
A New Flower for the Garden – Perhaps a Clematis? from Quilt Obsession

Flower Segmentswtmk

The latest ribbon flower was started on Tuesday and this time I’ve tried to keep track of how long it took to sew one. I got these segments pieced in about six hours. In the process, I think I’ve discovered what may be, for me, the quickest method of sewing the ribbon flowers. It’s going to be great to have this sewing sequence sorted out when I start on the next of the flower quilts.


It took about another three or four hours of sewing time for the flower to bloom.

Back of Flowerwtmk

The back. Pressed but I’ve ...

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