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July 16, 2017
Dog Days of Summer from Needle and Foot

It is so hot outside, really just too hot. As I write, the thermometer on the deck reads 95 degrees, in the shade. This means it is about 100 billion degrees in the sun. Hence the reason I am inside playing on the computer! When it is like this, I try to go out early in the morning to do any chores that need to be done. Yesterday I was out early, dropping Julia off at the high school.  (She is volunteering as a teacher’s assistant for a class taught by her English teacher to a group of exchange ...

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July 11, 2017
Sewcial Bee Sampler Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, sadly the printed circuit boards crashed on my longarm so I am currently on a forced vacation!

The good news is I now have time to get caught up on a few things!



 Here is block 21 of my Sewcial Bee Sampler.  I have been trying to use a different fabric for all of the outside frames.  I am almost running out of options!



 This is block 22.  The geese are made using the no waste technique.  I don't know what I do wrong but I can never ...

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June 23, 2017
I Am the Sewcial Bee Sponsor This Week! from Needle and Foot

Are you participating in the Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew Along, sponsored by the wonderful Maureen Cracknell and the talented Sharon Holland?  It has been on-going for the past twenty-one weeks with one block released each week.  There will be 25 blocks total.  I am making blocks, though I must admit to being behind by about three or four blocks at this point.  But I love the quilt I am making. I have been using fabrics from the Fleet & Flourish collection and the Garden Dreamer collection, both of which are designed by Maureen Cracknell. I have mixed in solids as needed ...

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June 20, 2017
More Sewcial Bee Sampler Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

As I watch others working on their 4" - 6" quilt along blocks - I am so glad I chose the nice big 12.5" blocks in the Sewcial Bee Sampler (hosted by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland).

I am always tempted to start something smaller but I really do enjoy a slightly larger scale!




There are 25 blocks in the series and this one is block #19.  It was a lot of HSTs but when it was finished, it quickly became one of my favorite blocks.



I also finished block #20.  It was a hard one to capture the real colors ...

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May 31, 2017
SewcialBeeSampler Catch Up from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Yesterday, I was able to spend some of the day sewing with a friend so I used it as an opportunity to get caught up on my Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks.  I was a total of 5 weeks (blocks) behind!




While I chatted away with my friend, I chose and cut all of the pieces for my blocks.  It was nice to have some input on my fabric selections.  Then I came home and started sewing them into blocks.




I don't often use fabrics with animals, but these little bunnies were begging to be fussy cut in this block ...

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May 30, 2017
Meet the Designer – Sharon Holland from Needle and Foot

Welcome to the fourth installment of Meet the Designer. I began writing this series of posts in February. So far, we have gotten to know Sarah Golden, Maureen Cracknell and Kim Schaefer.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have gotten to know these talented designers.

This month I chatted with Sharon Holland. Sharon is a designer with Art Gallery Fabrics whose fabrics are a mix of muted florals, leaf and vine motifs, and nautical themed prints among others.  While each of Sharon’s five fabric lines are different and unique, there is a definite common thread of personality connecting each to ...

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May 19, 2017
Checking In from Needle and Foot

Balance (for me) is never easy. Lately I feel I have ignored my blog slightly as I work to get my fabric shop up and running. There are a limited number of hours in the day and I find myself divided between regular life chores, sewing, writing, listing items on Etsy and shipping a few orders here and there. The other distraction for me is social media. Oh how easy it is to be sucked into it and look up 30 minutes later, wondering how to get that last 1/2 hour back. This week I have tried to stay ...

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May 10, 2017
Free Motion Quilting on Block The Seasons | Sewcial Bee Sampler from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I am sharing with you today how I quilted block 6 – The Seasons.

If you are new here, this post is a part of my quilt-as-you-go my Sewcial Bee Sampler, a sew-along hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. I plan to share along the process with some tips and tutorial.

As usual, I have two blocks made for two quilts, one  with custom quilting and one with allover quilting. Both would be a great practice if you are looking towards improving your free-motion skill. I am still practicing myself, especially with the custom quilting. I am learning as I ...

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April 13, 2017
Sewcial Bee Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I thought I would pop in and share a few more Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks.  Block #11 was released today and I am already finished.  I can't believe I am up to date on a QAL!









Here are the two blocks I finished last week.  I love, love, love the blue and gold one. 

Unfortunately I got a couple of the orange "butterflies" in the top block turned.  But I am not sure about the fabrics I picked for the block so no need to fix it now until I decide if I am going to use the block ...

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April 8, 2017
Free Motion Quilting on Block July Fourth | Sewcial Bee Sampler from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I am sharing with you today how I quilted block 5 – July Fourth. I had a lot of fun playing with another feather border with custom quilting and a rather quick to do allover quilting design.

If you are new here, this post is a part of my quilt-as-you-go my Sewcial Bee Sampler, a sewalong hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. I plan to share along the process with some tips and tutorial.

As usual, I have two blocks made for two quilts, one  and one with allover quilting. Both would be a great practice if you are looking ...

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March 25, 2017
Free Motion Quilting on Block Crow’s Nest | Sewcial Bee Sampler from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I am sharing with you today how I free motion quilt block 4 – Crow’s Nest. So far, this is by far my favourite block! I made two version – with different fabric placement and they both look different and beautiful in their own way. Following the theme I have set up for these blocks, one of the block is quilted with custom free motion quilting and the other one with allover free motion quilting.

If you are new here, this post is a part of my quilt-as-you-go my Sewcial Bee Sampler, a sewalong hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell ...

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March 21, 2017
Needle & Foot Blog Hop Celebration from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Happy Spring!   And....

Welcome to my stop on the Needle & Foot Blog Hop Celebration!




I have known Bernie through her blog Needle and Foot for more than a year now. 
So when she asked if I would help to announce her exciting new venture into selling fabrics on Etsy -
Oh course I was on board!




She generously let me choose some gorgeous Maureen Cracknell Garden Dreamer fat quarters from her shop to play with.  I am such a huge fan!



I decided to use these beauties to quilt along with Maureen and Sharon in the Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew Along ...

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March 16, 2017
Free Motion Quilting on Block Flock | Sewcial Bee Sampler from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

If you are new here, this post is a part of my quilt-as-you-go my Sewcial Bee Sampler, a sewalong hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. I plan to share along the process with some tips and tutorial.

I am sharing with you today how I quilted block 3 – Flock . I have two blocks made for two quilts, one with custom quilting and one with allover quilting.

Both would be a great practice if you are looking towards improving your free-motion skill. I am still practicing myself, especially with the custom quilting. I am learning as I go too, so ...

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February 16, 2017
Wednesday WIP Report from Needle and Foot

A little of this and a little of that – this has been the routine in my sewing room this week. For the most part, I have been quilting the baby quilt for my almost-here grandbaby. She is due March 3rd and I know my daughter-in-law has reached the point where she is done being pregnant. Those last few weeks are just miserable. I hope this little girl makes an appearance soon! The quilt top is finished and the quilting is nearly finished.

The quilting is coming along fine though. It is hard for me to sit and quilt for long ...

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February 15, 2017
Bee Sewcial! Block of the Week from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I have jumped on board with a weekly block bee organized by my friend Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. These ladies have planned out basic sampler blocks at one per week until this summer. The patterns are free and available each week, Here. The bee is two weeks old, and these are my first two […]

The post Bee Sewcial! Block of the Week appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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