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January 30, 2019
A Barn Star quilt and the promise of spring from Carried Away Quilting

You may remember that last week I was whining about the bitterly cold weather we are experiencing in Minnesota. Well, our low temp this morning marked -32 F with a “feels like” temperature of -54 F.  The local news channels are calling this the coldest day in decades. How am I fighting the polar vortex? I’ve stayed inside and finished up a little project I began last year, a Barn Star quilt featuring the Pepper & Flax collection by Corey Yoder.

This sweet quilt exudes springtime, doesn’t it? I’ve hung it in my dining room with just a ...

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December 6, 2018
Sometimes Straight Line Quilting is all it Takes from Quilted Joy

The number of designs available to put on a quilt is infinite. There are thousands of professional designs for sale as paper pantographs. If you can draw it, you can quilt it. However, all designs are not equal. Some are tighter and denser than others, while others are open and barely quilted at all. Some are flowery, or whimsical, or modern. And still others are traditional, geometric, or repetitious. But with all those different designs to choose from, sometimes straight line quilting is all it takes.  

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Holi Ganesha Elephant Quilt longarm quilted with straight lines at Quilted Joy

This is Sallye and her elephant. This ...

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December 3, 2018
What are your special sewing plans for the season? from Mama Love Quilts

Happy December to you!

I’m still in a bit of denial and shock that the last month of the year has arrived, but doesn’t it always?!? And with it has come my predictable desire to work on a Christmas quilt! But for now, I’m denying myself the pleasure. I have a couple of quilting deadlines that will have me stitching up a storm over the next few weeks. Then there’s also the ambitious Christmas sewing to make presents…but first, there’s this quilt that has been languishing in my W.i.P. bin.

I’ve ...

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November 21, 2018
Twisted Quilt is Finished! from Needle and Foot

I haven’t finished a quilt for such a long time.  This one feels great! Partly because I started it in June, 2017 so it has been around for a while.  But also in part because I am donating it to the Mercyful Quilt drive that I have been hosting over these past weeks.

Surely I am not alone in the feeling of intention that comes along when making a quilt for a specific purpose.  When I began making this quilt, I chose it because I love the Twisted pattern, the lattice look of it.  I was happy because I ...

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October 16, 2018
Ripple,  A One Block Mini Quilt It was fun designing the October... from Living Water Quilter

Ripple,  A One Block Mini Quilt

It was fun designing the October Island Batik Ambassador project. Ripple, designed in Electric Quilt 8 is part of series of one block quilt designs.


Since Ripple has exaggerated flying geese, piecing require templates or foundation paper-piecing. I choose to foundation paper-piece the blocks. I like and use newsprint. Amazon sells 500 sheet pack for only $9!  That’s a lot of paper-piecing. :D


Check it Out, a new fabric collection from Island Batik is the perfect combination with basic black and white fabrics. Thank you Island Batik for a generous supply of this ...

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October 4, 2018
Pretty autumn mug rug quilted with Happy Cloud Batting from Carried Away Quilting

Today I want to share a product that is new to me, Happy Cloud Batting, an exclusive line of batting from Fat Quarter Shop. Recently the kind folks at FQS sent me a few packages to play with, and I’m so glad they did. I broke into a package of 80/20 Silky Blend precut 10” squares and used one to quilt a little autumn mug rug I pieced.

Typically I use 100% cotton batting for the small projects I quilt, but I have to say that I love the texture and slight loft of this 80/20 cotton ...

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August 1, 2018
The Centerpiece Tablemat: a pattern by Sweet Treasures Quilts from Carried Away Quilting

I’m really excited to share today’s project, the Centerpiece Tablemat!  This terrific pattern was designed by Terri Staats, owner of Sweet Treasures Quilts. Simply select a pretty focal fabric and coordinating 1 1/2” strips and you can whip together a 21” octagon shaped tablemat in no time!

Maybe you have purchased some of those cute Moda Honeybun rolls of 1 1/2” fabric strips, but you haven’t used them yet. This would be a great project for a Honeybun. Or you could create your own 1 1/2” strips from your stash.  That’s what I ...

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July 2, 2018
The most important thing you can do when straight line quilting from Mama Love Quilts

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love my quilting lines to be straight. One of the most common quilting questions I get from people is, “How do you get your lines so straight?”

Well, dear friends, today I will let you know my secret: I mark my lines.

Yup, that’s it. Plain and simple. I have tried many different ways to do straight line quilting. I find that I have the most success when I mark my lines.

I don’t use any fancy tools, just a ruler and marker. I like ...

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June 11, 2018
Winning the battle of the W.i.P.s one quilt at a time from Mama Love Quilts

One of the things I committed to this year was reducing my work in progress, or w.i.p., pile.

Related: New Year, Old W.i.P.s

The next w.i.p. in line is a minimalist quilt made from denim and with curves.

I finished the top a while ago, but was stumped by how to quilt it. Whenever I can’t figure out what to do for the quilting, I usually let it sit until inspiration strikes. Well, it struck!

I decided to go with straight lines a quarter-inch apart in the background and straight line spirals ...

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May 30, 2018
Kinderquilt in Grau-Weiß from Quiltmanufaktur

Auf Instagram hatte ich ihn vor einiger Zeit schon gezeigt, den Kinderquilt mit den Grau-Weißen Dreiecken.  Diesen Quilt hatten Kunden für ihr neues Kinderzimmer bestellt. Die schönen grauen Stoffe haben sie aus meinem Sortiment ausgesucht (leider sind nicht mehr alle verfügbar). Bei dem weißen Stoff handelt es sich um einen Kona Cotton Snow. Die Größe der Dreiecke haben wir gemeinsam ausgetüftelt. Der fertige Quilt ist ca. 120 x 160 cm groß.

Gequiltet habe ich ihn Straight Line jeweils links und rechts neben den Teilungsnähten mit einem Abstand von ca. 1/8 Inch. Ich werde immer wieder gefragt, mit was für ...

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May 4, 2018
Playful Pillows {May Island Batik Ambassador Project} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month, our Island Batik Ambassador theme is Playful Pillows!

I have never made a pillow or quilted pillow cover before (I made some really simple pillowcases years ago for my husband) so this is a fun adventure for me! As always, all of the fabrics have been generously given to me by Island Batik!

I decided that I wanted to make a pillow to match the baby quilt that I made last month. Here's that quilt:

Rather than making a one block pillow from the same pattern, I decided to use the same fabrics with the mini quilt ...

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May 1, 2018
Quilting a Baby Quilt with Lines from The Free Motion Quilting Project

We're almost done with the Prism Path baby quilt along. This week we jumped into the quilting and it's so simple you're probably going to roll your eyes - yes, straight line quilting!

Lines are easy, quick, and they look amazing! Please don't discount a design just because it looks simple. I promise you there's a lot more to quilting straight lines on your quilt and it can do dramatic things for your patchwork too.

Click Here to find this new quilting tutorial.

We're going to use straight lines to knock out more than half ...

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April 6, 2018
“Idiom” Challenge from Flying Parrot Quilts

It’s been quiet around here, but I’ve been working on both some new patterns (more on those soon!) and some just-for-fun personal projects. In the latter category, both of the local quilt groups I’m involved with put out periodic challenges to make a quilt based on certain guidelines. The challenges I’ve enjoyed most are ones where the title of the quilt is chosen ahead of time, and you then have to make a quilt that corresponds to that title (see a previous challenge of this type here).

The guidelines for this challenge were that the quilt ...

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February 10, 2018
Straight Line Quilting: How-To the Color Girl Way from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Have you seen the new Dollhouse fabric by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics? it is just about the most

The post Straight Line Quilting: How-To the Color Girl Way appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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December 23, 2017
Two Quilts for Two Sisters: warming the heart with hearts and chains from Nita Dances

Dear Vi,

Last spring I made two quilts that I haven’t shown you yet, and since it’s getting close to the end of the year, and considering these are the only quilts I finished in 2017, I thought maybe I should get their pictures posted!.

The quilts were made for two adult sisters in my family.

I wanted the two quilts to share common elements while also speaking to the personal tastes of each sister, so I chose a versatile pattern: the Irish Chain with hearts.

The first quilt is made with sweet floral fabrics for a soft ...

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November 20, 2017
DIY Gegen den Novemberblues - Hirschkissen from Quiltmanufaktur

Dorthe von Lalala Patchwork hat mich zu meiner großen Freude auch dieses Jahr wieder gefragt, ob ich Lust hätte, etwas zu DIY gegen den Novemberblues beizutragen. In den beiden letzten Jahren hatte ich den Swoonstar Miniquilt und die Streifenkissen nach Paul Smith zu diesem tollen Blog Hop beigesteuert. Also klar habe ich Lust! Das Motto alleine reizt schon, sich was schönes, kuschliges auszudenken, um die grauen und trüben Gedanken hinwegzufegen!

Habt ihr schon die schönen Beiträge verfolgt, die seit Anfang November bei diesem Blog Hop präsentiert wurden? Wenn nicht, dann könnt ihr die Liste mit den Links am Ende dieses ...

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October 9, 2017
Let's Quilt the Diamond Dresden Plate Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's time to quilt our 10th block for the Machine Quilting Block Party! Let's build more skills for free motion quilting and ruler foot quilting as we quilt straight lines, Sharp Stippling, and free motion feathers together. Check out this new quilting tutorial to learn how to quilt it:

Click here to find the pattern for the Diamond Dresden Plate Quilt Block. This pattern includes a full-size template to create this 12 petal Dresden, as well as a 14 inch quilting diagram for you to mark the quilting design on top.

Marking the quilting designs makes quilting much ...

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September 13, 2017
MQG Quilt of the Month – September 2017! from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve made another science quilt (shocking, I know!), and this one is the Modern Quilt Guild’s September Quilt of the Month, meaning members can download the pattern from the community site! I’m so excited to share the quilt and just a little bit about the science with you.

Molecular Test quilt by Sylvia Schaefer, inspired by gel electrophoresis/Flying Parrot Quilts |

This quilt is called Molecular Test because it is based on a test called “gel electrophoresis” (pronounced “e-lec-tro-FOR-ee-sys”). Scientists use this method to separate molecules (typically, proteins or DNA fragments) by size. Basically, the samples are placed in a gel medium and an electric current is applied, which causes ...

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Diamond Trail takes on a festive, winter look with Nordic Stitches from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends!  Two weeks ago I shared some photos of a lovely Norwegian collection I received from Fort Worth Fabric Studio:  Nordic Stitches by Wenche Wolff Hatling for Moda Fabrics. Today, I’m delighted to show you the table runner I made and announce that Fort Worth Fabric Studio is offering kits for this project! 

You may recognize this runner pattern.  It’s called Diamond Trail, and I just released it last month using another Moda collection, Sundrops by Corey Yoder. This charm pack pattern is so versatile and is definitely a top you can accomplish in a weekend ...

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June 5, 2017
Nesting - What's Old is New Again from A Quilting Jewel

Wow, I'm not sure I ever thought I'd finish this quilt. I made the top what seems like ages ago, but was really about 5-6 years ago. I used some very precious Tula Pink Nest fabric (3 charm squares) to make the top, which is a modified version of a Weeks Ringle/Bill Kerr pattern that I thought would be good to showcase the charm packs and the fabric without having to cut into them. 

I ended up just quilting straight lines across the quilt about 1/2" to 3/4" apart. I didn't measure how far ...

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