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July 1, 2015
W.I.P. Wednesday {7.1.15} from Material Girl Quilts

It’s Wednesday again and I actually  have a completed quilt top to share!  Here is my pieced Scrap Vortex.

Scrap Vortex

It’s a bit smaller than my normal size finishing at approx. 46″ x 63″, but I just love it.

Scrap Vortex top half

There are so many fun scraps in this quilt, and happy memories with each one, which makes me love it even more.

Scrap Vortex bottom half

Scrap Vortex 3

Amanda Jean is posting further quilt along instructions today.  It’s not too late to join if you want to use up some of your scraps!

Scrap Vortex 2

I have barely made a dent in my own scrap collection though ...

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Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt - Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress The last few days I have been cutting my fabric stash and the larger pieces in my scrap bin into 2.5" squares. Maybe not my entire fabric stash, but it sure felt like it. Some of the square have been fussy cut - with ruler and rotary cutter - to feature a print, but most squares were cut using a fabric cutter and a 2.5" die, cutting multiple layers of fabric and squares at

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Square Web Quilt Pattern! Do You See the Fish? from Selvage Blog


Got scraps? This Spider Web variation quilt pattern eats them up! 
The "webs" are square-ish and a little wonky. 
This quilt is easier to make than it looks! Fun too.


This quilt measures 64" x 64". To make an X-Long Twin (64" x 81") 
just add two more rows of blocks to the length.


Clear directions, lots of how-to photos. 15 Pages.
No paper-piecing. No foundations. No stress.
If you don't love it, let me know and I'll issue a full refund.


As usual, I've added some ...

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June 29, 2015
DWM: Sweet and Simple from Patchwork Sampler Blog

My big design wall news is that I actually (finally!) have a design wall.  In all my years of quilting I’ve always made do with whatever flat surface was available…mostly the floor.  I have a small piece of batting hung in front of the fabric storage cupboards in my sewing room but it’s kind of a pain because it only holds a few blocks at a time and I have to move it every time I need to get in the cupboards.  The house we live in has never been my dream house and it has small ...

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The Kitchen Sink from My Quilt Infatuation

My wild thing left today for a week at camp, and I made excellent use of my quiet house.  I finished up my latest (and final for a long time) scrappy quilt, aptly named The Kitchen Sink, since it literally has every last bit of my scrap fabric in it.



I used my favorite improv method to make short work of all those scrappy bits of goodness, and the 12 inch blocks went together in a snap.  Seriously, if you've never sewn with reckless abandon, putting any and all fabrics together improv style, you have to give it a ...

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June 28, 2015
Scrap Purge Complete from My Quilt Infatuation

Ahhh... After working on that huge, dark, heavy camouflage and orange quilt, it feels so wonderful to get back to myself and work on something light and happy.


I've made it my mission every summer to use up my scraps.  For the past two summers my Shattered Rainbow quilts have put the vast majority of them to good use, but left behind some of my most treasured scraps- the ones with too many colors to be classified into a single-color block.

Color balance was important in my Shattered Rainbow quilts, so it wasn't feasible to include every bit ...

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June 24, 2015
W.I.P. Wednesday {6.24.15} from Material Girl Quilts

Boy, summer seems to just be flying by already!  We’ve been enjoying ourselves so far and even took a weekend trip to St. Louis last week for a Cardinals game, Anheuser Bush tour and visit to the City Museum.  If you are ever in St. Louis and have kids, I highly recommend the City Museum, it was fun for the whole family, but this was my sons favorite part of the trip.

Now for an update on what’s been happening in my sewing room.  If you follow Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts, then you know she has ...

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June 21, 2015
Leaders, Enders and Log Cabins from Fret Not Yourself

Using scraps to sew off the end of a "regular" project keeps the thread from tangling and knotting when starting a new seam. Originally I sewed onto a scrap (and threw it away) but eventually realized that a scrap block seam serves the same function AND finishes an extra top before you know it!

In the past I made little nine-patches but about two years ago I returned to log cabin blocks as my leader/ender project. And not just log cabins, but half-inch logs. Crazy.

I haven't paid much attention to them; simply set them in a bin ...

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June 17, 2015
Pickle Dish Variation Quilt Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress Pickle Dish Variation Quilt 72 inches x 72 inches A new week and a new quilt project. This quilt is my take on a traditional Pickle Dish Quilt. There are many variations of Pickle Dish Quilts, some of which require advanced sewing techniques, however my design is a simplified version with none of the traditional Pickle Dish block components whilst still having some

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June 16, 2015
Mini Lotus Quilt Finished from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Yesterday I finally managed to squeeze in some quality sewing time and finished this little quilt.  During the quilt retreat Jen and I attended in March the woman sitting next to me was working on a mini Lotus quilt. I loved all the little pieces and the way they fit together to make optical illusions.  I bought the Mini Hex N More ruler at retreat and pieced a top from some fabric scraps. This ruler was so easy to use, and both cutting and piecing the units were effortless. The top has been sitting unfinished in my sewing room for ...

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June 8, 2015
Need Coffee & Batik Scraps from Gefilte Quilt

For the last two weeks (1, 2) I've been showing quilts inspired by my coffee obsession. Here's a third one. It's made entirely of batik scraps.

There's an imaginary pipeline that leads from green coffee beans, horizontal across the top,
...to brown beans, vertically running down. 
The lettering reads "Need Coffee." The cups (complete with eyes, to ward away the evil eye/bad coffee), beans, and letters are cut freehand. They're raw-edge appliquéd. 

For the bottom, I created a graduated strip set, Perhaps it represents foamed milk floating on coffee? (Or self-layering Jello?)
Embellished it ...

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A Quilt for Emma Lee from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Last week I had to giddy-up and get a baby quilt made very quickly.  My niece Amanda  just had a baby girl–BIG NEWS in our family because we haven’t had a baby in a long time. Originally I hadn’t planned to visit until later in the summer, but once her grandma (my sister) sent pictures I knew I had to hustle down to Kansas City to get some of that baby love!

And oh, I am so glad I made the trip because she is a sweetheart.  This is little Emma Lee.

Emma Lee

Just beautiful.

Emma Lee-2

So is her ...

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June 7, 2015
June UFO Binding Question from Curlicue Creations


Mulberry Square was my quilting UFO challenge project for the month of April.  I quilted the whole 99" x 99" square top.  Because the quilt has a scrappy look to it, I approached the quilting with a scrappy theme, too.  I used up all my leftover bobbins, and quite a few spools of quilting thread that were previously almost empty.   I intend to complete this quilt for my June UFO challenge. 


Yesterday, I spent all of my sewing time weaving in the loose thread ends.  I never do this as I quilt along.  I always wait until the end and ...

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Skopelos Fabric and Pattern Giveaway! from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Last month I had the opportunity to sew with this beautiful new fabric collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, Skopelos. For the blog tour to roll out the collection and give some inspiration for using the fabrics, I made a variation on my Jumping Jacks pattern. Read full post, Here. In the original […]

The post Skopelos Fabric and Pattern Giveaway! appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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June 5, 2015
Another Fancy Fox In The Works from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Still seems like there aren’t many projects getting finished here but I am getting a little sewing time so that’s good news.  A couple of opportunities arose to do some sewing for others so I still haven’t had a chance to work on my own project but I have one ready to load on the frame so maybe I’ll get to it soon.

Last week’s big fox block was fun to make so I volunteered to make some little ones for a baby quilt.  My time was short and the deadline was looming so I ...

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Friday Finds June 5 from Stitchin' Therapy

Quilting Tip of the Day: Dawn dishwashing soap is great to wash your finished quilts. It's similar to Synthrapol, a detergent dyers use to keep fugitive dyes from redepositing on fabric. I use just a tablespoon or two per quilt so it doesn't foam up the machine. I also wash new fabric with it for the same reason. (Wash new fabric in HOT water.) Cheap and available everywhere.I know you have seen this, but.........it is sure worth sharing and repeating.
     Personal experience just this weekend.  My young nephew was helping  his big brother work on his boat and motor.  Young nephew was wearing brand new shorts....brand new that day.  You guessed it.....black grease on  one leg....all over the leg actually.  They came to Aunt Deb to solve the problem.  Well, the best de-greaser I know is Dawn.  I smeared it on, heavy, and let it sit about 20 minutes.  Then rub, rub, rub.....toss it in the wash.  Viola, new shorts saved and ...

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June 4, 2015
Scrappy Railfence Quilt Top Complete from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 So here is yet another quilt top to add to my ever-increasing unquilted quilt top pile.  I actually finished this a few weeks ago. 
 Each railfence block finishes at 4.5".  There are lots and lots of different fabrics in this.
 I've been on a scrapbusting streak lately.  After this quilt was started I also cut pieces to make the same quilt again, but with red, white and green fabrics.  It will be a Christmas version.
 I am undecided on the quilting for this yet.  I might send it out.
Or I may just quilt it with simple straight ...

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June 2, 2015
Just what I needed from Podunk Pretties

Okay call me crazy but I'm a firm believer that the powers that be will give you just what you need when you need it, good or bad.  If it's good, enjoy the moment.  If it's bad just make the best of it, laugh, and move on.   So when I received an e-mail from Roxanne I thanked those powers.  Roxanne made my day by sharing a Podunk Posy quilt made for her grand daughter.  It was just what I needed this week.  If your new to my little spot in Podunk and have no idea what I ...

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June 1, 2015
Excuse the mess from Podunk Pretties

Good Monday Morning!  I'm so glad that you've stopped by, but let me warn you....it's a MESS in Podunk today.   So step over the sorted dirty laundry, don't look at the dishes in the kitchen sink,  and if you don't mind drinking from a styrofoam cup grab yourself a cuppa whatever you can find.  If your hungry there's some left over chicken in the fridge and a half eaten slice of watermelon with a fork still sticking out of it on the counter, help yourself while I go brush my teeth and try ...

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May 31, 2015
Tiger Stripes Finished from Fret Not Yourself

In the Just in Time inventory management system, products are made as demand requires. Usually my quilts finish shortly before the event... sometimes very shortly. My quilting style mimics modern business management! Who knew?

Free-hand cut strips of purple and gold create a rail fence variation in this quilt.

I sewed the binding the evening before we left and buried threads on the way. And so it goes.

My son is quite accustomed to my odd sense of humor. He mentioned two college chants, "Hold that tiger" and "Geaux Tigers", that are now quilted into the rails.

Purple and gold fabrics in a rail fence design.
Tiger Stripes, detail showing "Hold that tiger" quilted in cursive.
After pin basting, I used my walking foot ...

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