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March 26, 2019
Indigo Dusk ~~ finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Only a month ago I wrote about starting a new art piece in this post. Today the piece is complete! 


It uses some of the same blues as   "Big Sky,"   which I finished in the middle of January.    Both were inspired by sunsets in the Midwest while we were on vacation two summers ago. 

Richard and I love watching the sun rise and set. We just happen to catch more sunsets. My favorite part of the sunset is dusk, when the sun drops below the horizon but still emits light enough to see the colors in the sky and clouds ...

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All About Strings Blog Hop - Spring Strings from Quilted Delights

Hey everyone and welcome to my day of the All About Strings Blog Hop hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks.



The Hop is running till Thursday, so make sure to follow along for some fabric String inspiration.
The full schedule is listed at the bottom of the page.




 It is officially Spring here. Flowers are blooming all around town and in honor of all the beautiful blooms and colors sprouting up...

I decided to go with a Springtime theme with my Strings.





 I am calling this one Spring Strings. It measures approximately 72 x 54 inches.



 These tulips ...

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March 21, 2019
More on "One Big Finish" from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last week I wrote about this whopper of a quilt! A king with a little extra drop on the sides because I almost could. Almost--meaning I really couldn't but I tried anyway and then improvised.



I decided that we needed a new quilt for our bed since the bed is new, the floor and paint are new, and well, almost everything thing else is new. Why not the quilt, right? But the bed is a king and I've made only one of those before. 


After thinking about it quite a long time, I decided that I should go ...

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March 15, 2019
Let it Bloom! New Fabric, New Pattern from Fabrics 'n Flowers

There is some pretty new fabric in town…and it demands *just* the right quilt pattern to show off! It’s my

The post Let it Bloom! New Fabric, New Pattern appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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March 10, 2019
Project Quilting 10.5 Abecedarius from Quilted Delights

This was a hard challenge for me this week.  Abecedarius: where the first word of every line of a poem follows the alphabet.  Or in other words, do something with the alphabet. I like words on quilts, but wasn't sure what to do with so many word options.

I got to thinking about names on quilts. My husband loves names on quilts.  This is our usual conversation when ever I make a quilt for someone:

Hubby:  Are you going to put their name on it?
Me: Yeah, it will be in the label.
Hubby: Are you sure you don ...

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The Biggest Finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories










A quilt story in pictures...
The first fabric pull is close.

A second fabric pull fills the bill.

Now a fabric pull for the backing, all from mom's stash.

Wide strips cut, sewn and loaded on the long-arm.

Really, this is right on the edge!

So much binding! Well over 400 inches,
which makes 
11½ yards! 

Sewing on the binding, then
flip it and sew some more.

And a finish!
More about this quilt later in the week, but here are the quilt stats in the meantime. And I'd love to know what you think, so please leave ...

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March 8, 2019
Inverted Pink Star quilt pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve got a new pattern out in Make Modern magazine today! Inverted Pink Star is a quilt whose design I discuss in my new book. (I was a little limited in the color palette I could use in the book illustrations, so this quilt is more like I had originally intended!)

It’s a lap size quilt, 48″ x 48″. The fabrics in this quilt are the lovely Paintbrush Palette solids, and the batting is the new Hobbs Tuscany Supreme Cotton batting. If you like half square triangles, this is definitely a quilt for you!

Quilters always want to ...

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March 1, 2019
I finished some square quilts from Zarkadia Quilts

And never posted about them!

Back in 2018, I finished three baby quilts that I never managed to post or talk about them and they are really worth of talking about. So here I go.

#zarkadiasquarequilt4

I’ll start by saying that this quilt is already sold, it was one of my favorites from the start, mainly because of the cute fabrics that were used.

pink square quilt

Quilt Process

The quilt was machine pieced and machine quilted.

Quilting: I tried Free Motion Quilting scallops, and I really enjoy them. The get quickly quilted.

Quilt dimensions: 42” x 49” (107 x 125 cm ...

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February 19, 2019
Sunset in Utah ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I have been enjoying working on some small hand-quilted pieces lately. They take as much time as they take. There's no pressure to get anything a certain way because I just quilt it the way I put it together: improvisationally and intuitively what might be a straight line of stitching today, could be a curve tomorrow. Everything depends on the mood and moment of having the needle in hand.



While we were traipsing around the Midwest, we visited Salt Lake City, Utah, then moseyed down Hwy. 191, mostly homeward, with day breaks at Arches National Park and Canyonlands National ...

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February 18, 2019
Cool Pool quilt & QuiltCon schedule from Flying Parrot Quilts

This was not my year for QuiltCon acceptances, but I do have one quilt hanging in the upcoming show. Cool Pool is one of the patterns featured in QuiltCon Magazine this year, and you can see it in Nashville at the show!

You can also find me at the show; here’s my schedule. I’d love to meet you, so if you see me roaming the show floor, please stop and say hi (and trade pins)!

Thursday 2:30-3:15 pm: “Traditional Block, Modern Quilt: Designing with Negative Space” lecture

Thursday 4-5 pm: Book signing in the Intown Quilters ...

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February 10, 2019
Island Batik Magnificent Mini and Project Quilting 10.3 from Quilted Delights

Week three of Project Quilting lined up perfectly with the timing of my Magnificent Mini project for Island Batik Ambassadors.  


The theme for week three of Project Quilting was "Bigger than a bread box".  We could create anything quilt related as long as it was bigger than a bread box.  

The February Island Batik Ambassador challenge this month is "Magnificent Minis". 
Ambassadors were asked to make a quilt smaller than 24 x 24 inches.



I had several ideas to choose from and even printed and cut out two different paper piecing patterns, but my heart kept thinking of Valentines day ...

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February 8, 2019
My Swoon Quilt from Zarkadia Quilts

The last UFO

It’s starting to be really embarassing to say when a UFO (unfinished-quilt) started. I know many of you have more than 10 unfinished quilts or projects, but this is just not how I work. And it gets very frustrating for me to keep unfinished stuff. But it happens all the time, I just keep them in low number. In 2018 it actually was one. Yes, one. And it was my Swoon quilt, which I have been dragging it from town to town since 2013. 

But since 2018 was practically a hand-quilting year for me, (I also ...

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February 4, 2019
A New Venture: GSQA ~~ and a finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The Gulf States Quilting Association (GSQA) is accepting applications for circuit teachers, making this a good time to expand my quilt teaching. I miss the classroom and hope that this will fill some of that need. I truly hope that this pans out and I am able to give more lectures and workshops in our region.  Although I understand they are difficult to get into, I think I'd like to eventually teach at a show like AQS or QuiltCon. 

Years ago (back in the late 1990's) I gave presentations at conferences around the state and country and ...

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February 1, 2019
A Month of Fnishes... from Pamela Quilts

Whew, there's been a lot of sewing going on in my sewing room this month, and a whole lot of finishes! I'll note which projects include fabric from Island Batik as I go through them all.  First finish this year was the first Project Quilting challenge:  Hope Springs Eternal:

This quilt featured Island Batik fabrics, was cut with a GO! cutter from Accuquilt, and featured Aurifil Thread and Hobbs batting.

The next finish was my quilt for the Black and White blog hop:
Deonn at Quiltscapes was inspired by the same tile pattern as I was, but she ...

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January 26, 2019
Reese's Quilt ~~ finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Reese is one of my seven sisters. She was a sewist and made many of her now-adult daughter's little-girl dresses. She hasn't sewn in years. Many years. 

A couple of weeks ago we went to her home for a baby shower. She had decided that some of the many items from her sewing room needed a new home. That meant, "Here, Mary, I don't want this clutter. Thank you."

As we were talking about the huge bag of sewing "stuff," she mentioned that she had made a quilt top years ago. It turns out that top was ...

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January 21, 2019
First Finish of 2019 from Stitchin at Home

 It feels good to have a finish this soon in the new year. I wanted something new for my table, you can read more about that here. I like the soft colours I used in this piece. That new star block ain't too bad either. It is paper pieced using one of my favourite methods freezer paper.

first finish of 2019

As you can tell the picture was taken on a cloudy overcast day. I apologize but ladies it's way to cold to go play outside today, it's -15 Celsius feeling like -25 with the windchill in ...

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January 18, 2019
Star Patch Quilt [Finished] from A Little Bit Biased

Hey Friends!  It's been a minute!  
Hopefully, you're all recovered from the holidays!  
I'm just about there but some days I still feel completely exhausted!

I've been meaning to share my finished Star Patch quilt with you 
and finally sat down to upload some pictures and write this post.


There's not much to say except that I really, really loved making this quilt again for the Star Patch Quilt Along.  If you want to see the original bright and scrappy version click HERE.  Or if you want to see the progression of this red and ...

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January 13, 2019
Project Quilting 10.1 - Hope Springs Eternal from Quilted Delights

It is that time of year again!  Project Quilting time! Where anyone who wants to join in the fun is challenged to make a quilt in a week based on that week's theme.  Check out all the details at  Kim Lapecek's website.


The first theme for season ten is "Hope Springs Eternal".  I will admit my first thought was Star Wars related.  I kept thinking of the line, "Rebellions are built on hope," from the movie Rogue One, but no ideas came on how to make that into a quilt.


My next thought was about how living water ...

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January 6, 2019
Mrs. Bertha Q2 ~~ finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Mrs. Bertha is a guild friend who has asked me to quilt a top that she "inherited" from a friend. The short story is that the woman who made the quilt tops is someone I knew as a little girl. 
basic nine patch with a larger center square

Mrs. Mary Lee was mom and dad's neighbor from the time that we moved to Plaucheville until her death. They are all gone now, but some quilts and tops made by these neighbors are still around. 

a different quilting motif in each block

Mrs. Mary Lee's daughter and Mrs. Bertha ...

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December 31, 2018
Best of 2018 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

For the last four years, Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs has hosted the "Best of" blog party.  I always enjoy to look back at all of my posts for the year and pick out some favorites.




The quilt finish with the most views this year was my scrappy Kaffe Fassett bowtie finish.  The blocks were made as an Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.  I had varying quantities of each color group so I decided to get creative with the layout.

This quilt is a queen size and very similar to the Plum and Gray Bowtie quilt I made earlier in ...

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