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August 22, 2019
Last Hurrah: How Did I Do That? from Wedding Dress Blue

TUTORIAL (Sort of):  Last Hurrah Quilt

48″ x 70″

Many of you have kindly asked how I do a quilt like Last Hurrah that I shared with you last week.  If you look closely, it is not strip pieced.  Yep, all single blocks.  But, don’t let that scare you off.  It isn’t that bad.


Here we go!

  1. Color Scheme–I wanted something sort of like a rainbow, but not a rainbow.  You can pick anything, really.  If you are relatively new to scrap quilting, you might find the backing fabric FIRST and then pick colors to go with ...

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June 9, 2019
Oh Scrap! : More RSC Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Even though I was out of town for most of last week, I was able to get the last of the required blocks finished for one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.

I needed just five more blocks to finish my quarter log design.  I had started this quilt back in 2018 and needed blocks in the color purple.  I also thought it needed one more red block.

Here are all twenty five blocks up on the wall in no particular order.  I am pretty sure I will be setting them on point but I have no plans yet on ...

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March 13, 2019
Oh Happy Day! from My Quilt Infatuation

Today is the day!  I worked hard yesterday to finish up the center piece for my color wheel wall just so that I could share the finish with you at today's party.  I love it SO much.

I know it's hard to tell in the photo, but these minis take up the entire wall (each one measures 24 inches square).  If you look back at the photo of the original wall, you will see that the thermostat is not centered.  It was only about five inches to the left of center, but that was enough to throw a ...

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January 20, 2019
Oh Scrap! : More RSC Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was so happy to read that Red was the RSC color for January.  I also couldn't wait to get back to making blocks for my Garden Sampler quilt.

Last year, I had already made a juicy red strawberry.  It was the first block I made for this quilt - just to try the concept out.

This last week, I added in a squat tomato.  I used 2.5" squares on this one.

I also made three little apples out of 1.5" squares.  I had seen this "eaten" apple somewhere and tucked away in my brain.  I thought it ...

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October 31, 2018
Announcing The Sunset Isle QAL from Blossom Heart Quilts

Sew away into the sunset with the Sunset Isle quilt pattern – a row-of-the-month program designed by me in collaboration with Ava & Neve. Inspired by Fair Isle designs with a dash of south American geometric, Sunset Isle is a beginner-friendly skill builder pattern, with plenty of opportunity for playing with colour with your fabrics!

I simply adore geometric quilt designs, so when Martina from Ava & Neve approached me about working together on a project for 2019 and suggested that a row quilt would be something fun and different, I immediately knew what kind of quilt design needed to be sketched out ...

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October 11, 2018
Raindrops on Roses and Gumdrops on Cushions from Blossom Heart Quilts

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen… nope, can’t think of anything to rhyme with cushions! That little variation of the song has been going through my head this week as I was stitching up a sweet little cushion.

Rainbow Liberty cushion using the Gumdrops pattern in Love Patchwork Quilting by

The fabulous quilting magazine, Love Patchwork & Quilting, are hosting a Gingerbread House quilt along to sew up the Gingerbread House quilt pattern by Gracey Larson in their latest issue (#66). It’s a super fun Christmas row quilt!

Love Patchwork Quilting Gingerbread House row quilt pattern

I chose to make one of the Gumdrop blocks, but then decided to add a few more sections to make it into a ...

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October 10, 2018
Aurora Sampler Quilt – Month 2 from Blossom Heart Quilts

Hands up who else is feeling the rapid increase of time lately?! And no, I’m not talking about the new season of Doctor Who starting (although, how awesome was that first episode?! I’m excited about where this season is heading!). Which is why I’m secretly a little chuffed that I’ve already sewn up this month’s blocks for the Aurora BOM. In fact, I got them done in the first week of October during school holidays!

Rainbow quilt blocks using Tula Pink and Aurora BOM by

First up is the green guy, and some careful fabric orientation to make the bear print all face the same ...

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October 9, 2018
Full Spectrum Medallion from My Quilt Infatuation

Yesterday, I spent a lovely day with the Friendship Quilters Guild in Athens, AL, which also has some members in the North Alabama chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild.  We had such a fun time!  I have just a couple of open dates before my 2019 schedule is completely full.  Contact me ASAP to set something up for your guild!

Before I headed out of town though, I made sure to finish my latest medallion quilt  just so I could add it to my trunk show.  My, oh my!  Quilting this was quite an undertaking.

When I say that it ...

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October 3, 2018
Irresistible and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  You know what I can't resist?  Sewing a rainbow.  And even more than that?  Sewing a scrappy rainbow.  That little peek that I showed last week has turned into this scrappy rainbow medallion quilt, and just looking at the goodness that has come from my scrap jars makes me happy!

If you're a regular around here, you probably already know that this quilt was made using the structured improvisation techniques from my book Stash Statement.  It is such a fun, versatile method, perfect for using up your precious scraps, and my ...

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August 25, 2018
Sew Whimsy! A Finished Quilt from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Summer is winding down, the kids are back to school here, but I am still all over that colorful summery

The post Sew Whimsy! A Finished Quilt appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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July 23, 2018
Adventures in Graffiti Quilting from My Quilt Infatuation

Graffiti quilting, flow quilting, wild quilting, free motion improv quilting.  These are all names I've heard for the kind of quilting where several different motifs are blended into one quilt, and where the quilter moves from one design to the next without a set plan.

I have always admired this kind of quilting, but when it was time to actually put stitches on a quilt, I always chickened out.  That is, until last week.  I decided to try my hand at graffiti quilting on this preemie quilt for our local children's hospital, made from some of the larger ...

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July 20, 2018
The Kittens: Quilted, Bound and Delivered from Patchwork Sampler Blog

A couple times a year Olive Juice Quilts in La Crosse holds a shop retreat. Since my daughter was living there, it was easy for me to drive over for the weekend and we always had a good time. Not only did we accomplish a lot of sewing but were able to chat one-on-one (well, except for the other 28 women at the retreat!). Jen LOVES cats and had The Kittens by Elizabeth Hartman Designs on her to-do list for some time. With her job, she has little time for sewing. For this past March retreat, I offered to cut ...

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June 29, 2018
A Rainbow Scrap Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Many of the quilts I make for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I end up donating.  Because they come mostly from scraps, they have very little affect on my pocketbook and it makes me feel good being able to give them away.  I usually choose fairly easy blocks that help me burn through whatever type of scrap I am focused on.

I designed up this block that used 2.5" squares and 2.5" strips of black fabrics.  Each month I could easily pull the squares from my precuts and the dark sashing cleaned out some older blacks I have been ...

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May 20, 2018
These Renters Love Triangles! from Quilted Joy

I’m always talking about shapes here. Shapes are what make up the patterns of all quilts. Circles, squares, rectangles, even hexagons are used in quilting. These quilts are made up of triangles. Take a look!

Valerie's Sequoia Quilt. She quilted this at Quilted Joy!

The first quilt is from Valerie called “Sequoia”. She made it with colors of the University of Louisville for her son. It certainly is striking. She quilted it with an edge to edge pantograph called Airborne.

Valerie's Sequoia Quilt. She quilted this at Quilted Joy!

It has an open curvy feel like wind or clouds. Unfortunately, we no longer carry Airborne, but you should check out one of our new pantographs called Oh ...

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May 9, 2018
Beach Retreat and a Popsicle Party! from My Quilt Infatuation

Whoop Whoop!  It's time to highlight the next quilt on the Stash Statement blog hop.  I'm super excited because I've made two very different versions, and in today's post, I get to reveal both of them.  First up, take a look at the Beach Retreat quilt pictured in the book.

As the name suggests, this quilt was inspired by boardwalks, crashing waves, hot sand, and gentle ocean breezes.  The palette is so soothing;  it's really no wonder that so many people choose it for their homes.

The background of this quilt is Kona Prepared for ...

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May 2, 2018
Sewing the Rainbow and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy May, and happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  As the last month in the school year, this month is always a whirlwind.  Add to that the blog hop for my new book, and planning for Quilt Market in Portland in a couple of weeks, and it's just downright crazy!  Rainbow scrap sewing to the rescue!

When gearing up for Monday's blog hop post with the Precarious quilt, I was reminded how much I love rainbow quilts.  I actually sewed that quilt for the book almost two years ago, so it's been awhile, and it definitely gave me ...

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Cheri’s Arcadia Ave Quilt! from Quilted Joy

Quilts stand out for different reasons. Some have lots of bold colors, and others have bold intricate designs. Cheri’s quilt had both. Cheri completed this Block of the Month quilt at the Cozy Quilter called Arcadia Avenue. It is resplendent with the bold bright jewel tones on not only the front, but the backing fabric as well. Add to that the varied and intricate designs of the blocks and you have a quilt that just hits it out of the park.

Cheri made the stunning Arcadia Ave block of the month quilt and asked me to quilt it for her. She chose a fun spiral pantograph with a rainbow variegated thread for a little extra pizzazz!

The blocks are made up of every color in every block. Along with the bright glowing colors, each ...

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April 30, 2018
Precarious from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Monday, friends!  It's week three on the Stash Statement blog hop, and this week's quilt is one of my favorites from the book! (you know I can't resist a rainbow)  It's the Precarious quilt, and in addition to being colorful and happy, this one is also deceptively quick and easy to put together.

I love the look of the sky when a rainbow is set against dark, ominous clouds.  When the sun peeks out in one direction, but the sky is still gloomy in the other, it just feels magical.  The double rainbow in the ...

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March 30, 2018
Pretty as a Picture from Quilted Joy

When we think of quilts we often think of shapes being manipulated into interesting designs that don’t necessarily look like anything, they just look interesting. These quilters created things that you can actually recognize. And they are beautiful!

Halloween Haberdashery. Pattern by Melissa Mortenson, Quilt pieced and quilted by Erin Harris,

Erin made this quilt called Halloween Haberdashery. Erin is a local blogger, and the quilt was designed by Melissa Mortenson, another local blogger, The addition of colors we don’t normally associate with Halloween, namely pink and turquoise, really gives this quilt a light hearted and fun appeal that goes beyond the holiday. I also like the ...

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February 15, 2018
Susan’s Stack and Flip Rainbow Quilt from Quilted Joy

Bright and colorful quilts just make me smile, so when Susan’s quilt walked in the door it really brightened my day!

Who doesn't love a rainbow quilt? Susan brought me this adorable Stack and Flip quilt in rainbow colors for some simple meander quilting. And when you have an awesome Millie 30 it's super easy to quilt!

Don’t you just love all those colors? Like I said, I’m all smiles just looking at it.

Who doesn't love a rainbow quilt? Susan brought me this adorable Stack and Flip quilt in rainbow colors for some simple meander quilting. And when you have an awesome Millie 30 it's super easy to quilt!

Susan said this is the Stack and Flip quilt from Missouri Star Company. Doesn’t it look like a quick and fun project you could easily finish in an afternoon? And what an adorable way to use up a jelly roll!

APQS Millie 30 Longarm Quilting Machine has a 30" throat space and lots of room for quilting!

Susan prefers to keep her quilting simple and requested a wide open meander for the quilting. I loaded ...

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