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November 14, 2017
Plus Quilt - Top finished from Luna Lovequilts

I don't make very often a quilt from a pattern. Not because I don't find any interesting patterns on the market but rather because I like designing and working in my own way.
When I saw Paige's mini quilt, Positively Transparent, last year on her blog Quilted Blooms I loved it at first sight. So I didn't hesitate too long when she offered a lap quilt version pattern for Modern Quilt Guild members  ...

Je ne réalise pas souvent un quilt à partir d'un modèle. Pas parce que je ne trouve pas de modèles intéressants sur ...

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November 10, 2017
tag arithmetic quilt top complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Well, the new project that I started this week DID help my focus, believe it or not!

I'm so happy to have a completed quilt top to share today. It felt amazing to make this in a day and a half. Woohoo! I really like what Andrea said in the comments of the last post about quilt kits being like paint by numbers (in a good way!). I have to agree!
At the last minute, I decided to add in one fabric from my good neighbors line (which is from a few years ...

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November 9, 2017
tag arithmetic quilt--the beginning from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've been having the hardest time focusing this week, so I decided to start a new project. That is sooooo not logical, unless you are a quilter (or crafter)....right?

I bought this quilt kit (my first ever!) from Connecting Threads back in February. The fabric is my friend Cheryl's line called Tag. The pattern is called Arithmetic, by my friend Jeni. It's pretty neat to be able to support two of my friends in one purchase!
I love this project because it's FAST! I started cutting late this morning and did the layout this afternoon ...

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November 5, 2017
First quilt trunk show and class teaching from Luna Lovequilts

Blogging is very convenient ... You can speak about what you love to do while being behind the scenes. If your readers are bored they just have to move on to the next blog post in their feed and you will never know ... But having a quilt trunk show is completely different. Your public is right in front of you and you can't hide behind your computer screen !
Bloguer est très pratique ... Vous pouvez parler de votre passion tout en restant derrière la scène. Si vos lecteurs s'ennuient, ils peuvent simplement passer à l'article de blog suivant dans ...

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Quilt Along Month 2: Snowball Border from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Here we are going on our first border for the Pixie Medallion quilt! Thanks to all who are participating and

The post Quilt Along Month 2: Snowball Border appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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October 29, 2017
Diamonds can be a quilters' best friend ! from Marty's Fiber Musings

I mentioned to another quilt maker the other day that I was prone to depression.  In retrospect, that's not really true.  You see, when the blues start touching my spirit, then we head over to the scrap bins and within minutes the oppressive and depressive feelings are gone. 


In there stead were diamonds - about 60 foundation paper pieced from scraps and strings completed over the past several days.  Oh, yes, I have a plan for every one. 

And, if that's not enough to cure the blues, the scrap bins were further downsized with these pouches now ready to ...

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October 28, 2017
Quilt Along Giveaway! The Pixie Star from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Are you working on your Pixie Star for the Great Pixie Quilt Along?  We are almost finished with our first

The post Quilt Along Giveaway! The Pixie Star appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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October 27, 2017
mostly moody quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I managed to finish sewing this quilt top together this week! I'm calling it mostly moody, at least for now. This quilt is a great representation of late fall weather...mostly moody, with little peeks of sunshine here and there. We've had SUCH a lovely fall in Minnesota this year, so I shan't complain. Winter is definitely on the way, ready or not.

The pattern is called Chain of Diamonds, from my book No Scrap Left Behind. I upsized the blocks, so they finish at 4" rather than the 2" that ...

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October 26, 2017
Quilty 365 - Top #4 finished from Luna Lovequilts

The fourth and last quilt for my Quilty 365 project progressed at last !
Le quatrième et dernier quilt pour mon projet Quilty 365 a enfin progressé !

Luna Lovequilts - Quilty 365 - Hand applique circles

I finally went for a print designed by Carolyn Friedlander, Crosshatch white on white, for the background fabric.
J'ai finalement opté pour un imprimé de Carolyn Friedlander, Crosshatch blanc sur blanc, pour le tissu de fond.

Luna Lovequilts - Quilty 365 - The last top of a series of four quilts

I started to quilt it earlier this week and chose an even grid quilting design. It isn't worth a picture at the moment but I hope to make some progress in the afternoon and be able ...

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October 21, 2017
Those Little Pieces from Wedding Dress Blue

These little pieces are the leftovers from the Construction Quilt.


I am in the trimming process.  It will turn into something at some point.  Hopefully soon.

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October 16, 2017
Pinwheel Construction from Wedding Dress Blue

So many of you asked after the pattern for the pinwheel quilt.


Just to lead you further into temptation, here is the finished top.  Nine blocks resized to 12″ each.  The original pattern is based on 16″ blocks and can be found HERE:


The resize wasn’t too hard.  Just as a hint, the small squares start out at 2″ each.


I hope you will enjoy making one of your own.  This one should be a finished quilt in a week or so and I’ll share the final product then.

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October 14, 2017
Pixie Medallion QAL, Half-Square Triangles from Fabrics 'n Flowers

October is flying by and we are ready to sew the half-square triangle borders for our Pixie Medallion star. Feathered

The post Pixie Medallion QAL, Half-Square Triangles appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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October 13, 2017
biased quilt top complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I had the chance to sew a fair amount this week and it felt soooo great!

I finished my biased quilt top! (There is a tutorial here, if you'd like to make one of your own.) The blocks were constructed by foundation piecing onto phone book paper, which, I think, is lots of fun. I'm one of those weird people who actually likes ripping off the paper backing after the block is complete. ALL of the fabric used in this quilt was from the scrap bin. I made a significant dent, but ...

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October 12, 2017
What's going on? from Marty's Fiber Musings

Shhhhh.....I'm thinking!

About how I can put all of this Lonni Rossi created fabric into a minimalist-style quilt.

Well, perhaps not too minimalist.  Perhaps one that is rockin' hot, out of the box minimal. 

It was a few months ago that I was invited to attend the Red River Quilt Guild auction, garage sale and dinner party where I ran into a bag filled with all this fab fabric for only $10. You bet I grabbed it and very quickly put my money in the collection box.  Now that I've been looking at it, fondling just a ...

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October 9, 2017
A Few Small Things from Wedding Dress Blue

My current projects are a few baby quilts, part of the several I am making for my mother to have on hand.


Here is a finished top, based on 4″ squares.


And the back, to make the colors make more sense–I think it has a vintige-y, outdoors-y feeling.


Here is the second one, or, rather, two of the nine blocks.


They are part of this stack of pieces, intended to go with the backing of tools and construction equipment.


And there are these little pieces of leftovers I am going to do something with.  Later on.


And finally this ...

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October 5, 2017
Just another typical morning ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

Whether there are clouds in morning sky or stars are in the night sky....there is always sunshine in my place.

I've made several decisions this morning to make my day even brighter.  Right off, I

And earlier in the week, one improvisational style quilt top came off  the design wall and is now ready to be quilted.  It's folded so you get ...

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October 1, 2017
2017 Finish-Along Q4 from Luna Lovequilts

If you want to join in 2017 Finish-Along it is time now for listing the WIPs you would like to complete during the last quarter of the year (already ?!). Here is an overview of my finishes for the third quarter.
Si vous avez envie de participer au Finish-Along 2017, c'est le moment de lister les projets en cours que vous aimeriez terminer pendant le dernier trimestre de l'année (déjà ?!) Voici un résumé de mes réalisations pour le troisième trimestre.
Luna Lovequilts - 2017 Finish-Along - Finished projects Q3
Improv Log Cabin quilt - Santoro cushions - Santoro mug rugs - Three tote bags

And here is the new list :
Et ...

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Pixie Medallion: Sewing The Center Star from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Introducing the Pixie Medallion Quilt Along. Here we sew! For schedule and other particulars on the QAL, click here. To

The post Pixie Medallion: Sewing The Center Star appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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September 28, 2017
Double Wedding Ring Signature Quilt {The Making of....Part 1 of 2} from Little Pink Rose Quilting & Sewing

A couple of years ago a dear friend sent her future daughter-in-law love to me with the request to create a signature quilt for her wedding.  I showed her several options with one of them being a the double wedding ring. But, instead of pieced in the traditional manner the arcs would be appliqued to 12-1/2" squares and the guests would sign in the center of the square. 

The advantage to this option was that the arcs created a space for the guests to sign that didn't allow them to write off into the seam allowance where ...

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September 25, 2017
aqua goes with everything from Crazy Mom Quilts

One of my goals for this year was to do some designing and collaborating with my daughter. It's nearly October already (!!!), so it's good to take a look back at those goals from January and see what still needs to be done for the year. Hahaha!

This project started out pretty innocently, which I love. My daughter was playing with my bin of 2 1/2" squares and she started arranging them on the design wall. This is a design that she came up with and I absolutely loved it. She was delighted that I loved it enough ...

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