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December 16, 2014
Rock & Roll progress from Always Quilts

I worked a bit more on the rock & roll quilt last night. All that’s left is to add the borders. I haven’t quite decided what I will do with the borders as I would like to put the words Rock & Roll from the panel somewhere in the border. We’ll see…..

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When I was deciding on the blocks for this, I needed 8″ blocks, but when you put them into sets of 4 they become 16″ blocks. I didn’t like the size it was ending up using 3 blocks per row, so I used 3 1/2 ...

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December 15, 2014
Design wall Monday- Rock & Roll! from Always Quilts

A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when I sent off my quilts and manuscript for my upcoming book. I didn’t realize how stressed I was until I finished everything and sent it off. Now I will work on stress free stuff! LOL!!

Anyway, I finally have something new up on my design wall!  I don’t remember when I bought this little panel, so it’s been awhile, but I ran across it this weekend and started thinking about how to use it.

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The squares are 8″ finished size, so I needed to come up with 8 ...

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December 14, 2014
My day....a top and a book from Stitchin' Therapy

 Blocks assembled and pressed.... Carolina Chain  taking a rest in the warm afternoon sun while the maker digs in the stash for border fabrics.
    Another view from a different angle and the chains take on a different appearance.  Since it ended up about 50" by 60", it could use a border or two.  I'm just not sure what I will find in the closet.  If I dig deep enough, I am sure to find something that will work.





  And a book....not just any book, but one I have been longing/desiring for a little while.  Some times I ...

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December 12, 2014
Third Scrappy Quilt from Quilting by the River

3 Fast and Easy Scrappy Quilts at Freemotion by the River
 A couple days ago I showed you the fast and easy scrappy quilts that I made for my granddaughters and now I also have one made for my grandson. His quilt is a full size at 81 x 96 and there are 504 blocks on top and also on the bottom. All 3 quilts have been washed and dried so I didn't take them down by the river for pictures.
Full size scrappy quilt from 9 patch blocks at Freemotion by the River
Remember I pieced the top and bottom together on the first 2 quilts and then stuffed the polyester batting inside so I could make the quilts fast. Well after ...

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December 11, 2014
The Power of Striped Fabric from Pinevalley Quilts

The Power of Striped Fabric

It always amazes me how a Striped Fabric can dramatically change the design of a quilt. While currently working on my Scrappy Basket quilt  which is made from my scrap bin. I have posted about this quilt in a previous post. I discovered a lovely stripe fabric already cut to the right size. ( Must have been fate ) I tried this piece of striped fabric with my basket quilt. I was so glad I did, the power of striped fabric rocks !! The piece I found in my scrap basket had been left over from my ‘ Star ...

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December 10, 2014
Plans for Scrappy Irish Chain from Stitchin' Therapy

  I got the Carolina Chain blocks put together, but not pressed yet, so no photo  :(   Instead, I settled on another block to play with next year.  This is an Irish Chain block from EQ7.   Actually, it is a single Irish Chain.





   And here is how I think I will modify it to a nine patch version.   It will look the same and be much easier to assemble using strip piecing for the 4 patch units.   And of course, I will do a scrappy version of this using up lots of floral pieces.   I know.....I sound like a broken record ...

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December 6, 2014
Fast & Easy Scrappy Quilt from Quilting by the River

Fast and Easy Scrappy Quilt at Freemotion by the River
The other day was my grandson's 16th birthday and it was fun to go out to dinner with the family and celebrate. He mentioned that his bedroom is cold and even with 2 of my quilts he is still cold. My daughter said that her quilt.....that I made almost 40 years ago......keeps her warm.  Hmmmmmm, driving home I got to thinking about that and realized her quilt had a high loft polyester batting in it. It also dawned on me that she wasn't using any of the new quilts I made on her bed.

I have ...

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December 5, 2014
O’ Christmas Tree {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

Last night I finished the binding on my O’ Christmas Tree quilt and then immediately hung it above our fireplace!

O Christmas TreeFor the quilting I used Aurifil 50 wt. 2600 (the best gray to blend with everything!) and echoed approximately 1/4″ on either side of the diagonal seams.  I‘m so happy with how it turned out even if none of the points match up!  It makes me smile and that’s what matters I guess :)

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Here it is with our other decorations by the fireplace.  I just love sitting on the couch at night, by the lights of the ...

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November 24, 2014
My Scrap Quilt in Quilt Now Magazine, plus Giveaway! from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Last June I had the fantastic opportunity to meet Katy Jones at Camp Stitchalot retreat in Michigan. At that point, I was interested in doing more pattern publications in magazines and she was getting ready to launch a brand new quilting magazine based in the UK. We talked, she liked my quilts, I liked her, […]

The post My Scrap Quilt in Quilt Now Magazine, plus Giveaway! appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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November 20, 2014
Throwing out some inspiration. from Stitchin' Therapy

The scrappy top is assembled.    I couldn't find a movie to watch, so I enlisted the aid of the Property Brothers.  Three episodes later, all the scrappy blocks were stitched into a top!  I gave it a good press today and waited for the afternoon shadows to take a photo.   I began this back in August---here is the post----  as a Let's Book It project.  Once quilted, this little throw at 60" will go on the donation stack.

  That meant I could play this afternoon........wonder what she had waiting to try?


I wanted to try stitching ...

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November 18, 2014
What to do with strings from Stitchin' Therapy

   I ended up with only 4 string blocks from the weekend play time.  The rest of the time was spent hemming slacks, but that is another story.  So only 4 string blocks, and a little imagination, some fusible pieces and  you get......


A small table topper hanging!  Ready to be quilted and displayed next month.

   A small project always motivates me to tackle what needs to be worked on....so  next up are the scrappy blocks on the design wall.    I have 3 rows sewn.....and it really looks much better than this photo shows.
   I get to the assembly ...

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November 17, 2014
Strings in Action from Kat & Cat Quilts

If you remember last post I had sorted my overflowing string scraps by color. I decided to start tackling them by taking the two largest piles and making a traditional style string quilt.


I am foundation piecing on top of phone book pages to make 6.5" blocks of my true-blue (not teal) and brown scraps.  I had really hope for bigger blocks, more like 8.5", but I live in a rather rural area and even by bumming a phone book from the nearest city I was only able to get a book just under 7" wide. So far ...

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November 9, 2014
Great Expectations from D is for Dovey




I never for around to sharing this quilt top which is next in the pipeline to be quilted.  Sorry about the poor picture quality.  It's rainy and cool here in my part of Florida.  I always find these type of days especially dismal since moving in Florida.  Something to do with expectations, I think.  Akin to maybe a dessert that just doesn't hit the right amount of sweetness.  I have gotten sidetracked, back to the top.
I had been collecting 2.5 inch squares leftover from a variety of projects (which I am sure are still unfinished also ...

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Fandango Quilt Pattern is Available! from Selvage Blog


This is "Fandango," one of my all time favorite quilts! I've had so much fun exhibiting it. And now I finally finished the pattern. It's easier than it looks! Fortunately. This pattern will not drive you crazy; I promise. If you don't like it, I'll refund the $5. Eleven pages, instant download, clear how-to photos. Quilt measures 66" x 66." Good winter blizzard project.





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November 6, 2014
June Calender's New Quilt! from Selvage Blog




June Calender from Cape Cod, Massachusetts finished her "Whirligig"quilt and it's a beauty. She wrote about this quilt on her blog: Calender Pages.
 June enjoys taking a liberated approach to both fabric selection and piecing. Nice job!

If this fan block looks familiar, it's from my Ferris Wheel pattern. It's fun; take a look.


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November 3, 2014
Cute String Quilt from Selvage Blog


Cute retro style string quilt with lots of "I Spy" fun. See more photos here.
You could easily whip up one of these for a Christmas gift. The light brown sashing was cut 1.25" wide.  Scrap quilts are so much fun to make. The quilt measures 60" x 66." 
So twentieth century!


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October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween! Random Railfence Halloween Style Quilt Finished! from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 Finished just in time for Halloween, here is my latest Random Railfence quilt done with Halloween fabric scraps -- and a little spooktacular variation  (see the Jack O'Lantern square?)  A tutorial to make the blocks like these is here.
 I started this summer making the squares.  I only used orange, black and white Halloween fabrics even though I had other colours I could have used as well.  I liked sticking to the three traditional colours.
The Jack O'Lantern square was free-pieced and then trimmed back to 12.5 inches square, the same as the other blocks.
There is Halloween ...

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October 19, 2014
Marshmallows and Solid Fabrics Cure Lots of Things from Gefilte Quilt

In our last several installments, in a daringly unoriginal yet effective attempt to have fun, I cut out squares and rectangles, centered them on other squares and rectangles, and zig-zag stitched them down.

As you can well imagine, after three weeks of this,  (123) I became flippin' sick of squares. So I decided to cut corners, make freeform ovals, gluestick and zig-zag stitch those down, arranging them in a linear rather than a centered fashion, overlapping as I moved up. Here's where that got me:

Cute, no? At first I titled it Cairns. But these are hardly ...

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October 17, 2014
Baby Blue Two from Blueberry Patch

 Name:  Baby Blue Two
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 42"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics including some prints from backed in  flannelette and cotton
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in grey



This quilt was like dealing with sourdough starter because I used a bunch of leftover 4" squares from a baby quilt made last year.  I just had to add a few more squares.  I guess I got a little square crazy when I made the last one.  As it turns out, I even used the leftover backing from the first quilt for the back of this one ...

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October 3, 2014
Worth repeating....archived post from Stitchin' Therapy

From January 2010.....This post is worth repeating, and a little extra update.

Borders..how wide do I go?

This year I have had emails asking  how to determine the size or width of the border on a quilt.  I have researched it over the years and even have a couple of books on borders.  A lot of inspiration and how to info, but not a lot of help in planning the width or how to decide.   Finally I researched  the principals of design in art, since quilting is my visual art form.   There are 6 main topics here:  unity ...

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