Monday, April 14, 2014

New For Spring: Flying Kites Quilt

Introducing "Flying Kites"

Show off a favorite fabric collection or use some scraps to make this "charming" quilt. Instructions and fabric requirements are included for two sizes: the large throw size requires one pack (40) of 5" pre-cut charm squares and the queen/king size requires only two!

For other size options, simply leave off the borders or adjust the number of blocks. This quilt is friendly to beginning and experienced quilters alike. Pattern includes fabric requirements and instructions for cutting and piecing the quilt top.

This color variation was made with only 30 charm squares and is the perfect size for a new baby or toddler bed. For your next modern quilting project, try "Flying Kites" by Color Girl, available for immediate download (start sewing today!) on Craftsy.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Pattern to Sew: "Jewel Box"

New in the Color Girl Quilts Craftsy shop is a gorgeous, colorful (and beginner friendly!) pattern called "Jewel Box".

"Jewel Box" includes fabric requirements and instructions to make two sizes, a throw (or large baby quilt) plus a twin size. You can customize your quilt easily by adding borders to make it bigger or altering the number of blocks.

The quilt shown on the cover was made using scraps plus part of a Layer Cake (by Moda) of the fabric collection "Simply Color" by Vanessa Christensen. The smaller size quilt can be made entirely from one Layer Cake of your favorite prints plus a few fat quarters of solids. The size of the blocks is also ideal for using "leftover" fabric or scraps from your stash.

Visit Color Girl Quilts on Craftsy to purchase and download this pattern as well as five others, you can start sewing right away!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Introducing Twirling Fans

A modern traditional quilt is spinning into the Color Girl pattern shop!

The Twirling Fans quilt is a fun to make quilt that looks great in scraps or yardage of your favorite collections. Instructions are included for crib size and twin size.
The pattern includes instructions for piecing and appliqué, with two options of appliqué technique, perfect for beginners or experienced quilters.

On the Color Girl Quilts blog,, you will find a page with links to step by step tutorials to create the quilt as well as an optional pieced scrappy border. Follow along here.

Thank you for quilting with Color Girl!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Polka Dot Bikini Updated

Hello, Color Girl Quilters!

please note that the Polka Dot Bikini pattern on Craftsy has been revised to include instructions at step 9 to trim and square the block to 8 1/2" prior to making the further cuts in step 10.

If you purchased the pattern on Craftsy, your file is automatically updated, just download the new file. If you purchased it from Pink Chalk or received it directly from me, please update your pattern to reflect this step.

Once again, please make sure you are printing your templates at 100%. Some printers automatically "scale" the images, but this will make your templates too small.

Thank you!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Pattern: Beach Comber

Do you love the trendy "low volume" fabrics? how about all those great prints with text? 
"Beach Comber" is the perfect quilt to showcase these light but cheerful fabrics.

This pattern includes fabric requirements and instructions, including full size quilt diagrams for a baby/throw size as well as queen size quilt. 

Play with your own color placement to bring out secondary patterns, add borders, or make it less scrappy by using your favorite neutral background instead of the prints.

Beach Comber will bring some color and cheer to the winter cold!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt: steps 13-14 tutorial

Steps 13 and 14 are the trickiest part of the cutting and sewing for the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt. Since I had limited ability to convey the steps with the graphics in the patterns, I will show how to do this part with photos.
You are at the point where you need to cut the second gray strip to surround the inner pod shape. You are using the dashed line printed on the template to line up your cut.

I used a clear acrylic template to show the placement. The solid black line above is the edge of your template, the dotted black line corresponds to the dashed line on your template.
For this step, you must cut a curve through the gray fabric, forming the strip that surrounds the pod shape. Line up the dotted line (1/4" seam line) with the point where the gray fabric meets the blue solid fabric as shown above. Do this at both ends of the template/gray pod and then cut the curve of the template.

Your next step is to sew this curved edge to a second solid fabric cut from template A.  Imagine that the gray pod shape is now equivalent to template B. Use the end of the gray pod to mark your center and quarter points, not the edge of the first solid (orange) fabric, see how it is pinned below:

and then sewn:

As stated in the pattern, the two fabrics do not reach a full corner, but overlap 1/4" for seam allowance outside the pod. In a later step, you will trim this corner to sew your triangles on, forming the full corner of the blocks.

I know this is a hard step. I really hope the photos help.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Curved Piecing Tutorial

**Important note: when you print your templates for the Polka Dot Bikini, make sure they print at actual size. Check your settings to make sure the printer isn't resizing "to fit". The straight sides of the template A should measure 9 1/2" and the template B should be 8 1/2". Check your templates prior to cutting fabric.

This tutorial is meant to accompany the "Polka Dot Bikini" pattern by Color Girl. If you are working on the quilt and find you need a little extra help with the curves, here goes!

First, you have a concave curve (right, above) and a convex curve (left, above). In order to match the edges of the fabric, one of them is going to have to "bend", which sometimes seems awkward for sewing.

In order to piece the curve accurately, it is important to find the center of each piece as well as the quarter point of each piece.

To find the center of each curve, fold the fabric units in half and pinch or pin the center. Next, fold one end in so that it meets the center point, and pin or pinch the fabric to mark. Repeat for the other side. This should result in your two pieces being divided evenly into four parts (see white marks in photo above).

Turn the fabrics so that right sides are facing. This is when the piece with the concave curve has to "bend" to fit the other. Match the marked points, plus each end, and pin.

Important: Make sure the straight edges at the ends of the two fabric units are lined up straight and pinned. It is easy for the concave fabric (on top in the photo) to shift so that the ends aren't lined up with the fabric beneath. Once pinned, the entire unit should be shaped like the original piece with the convex curve.

Use a quarter inch foot on your machine and start sewing the pieces together beginning at one end. Sew slowly and be careful to keep the edges of the fabrics matched up (take advantage of the bias edges to work in the curve). Remove the pins as you come to them.

Important: as you sew the curved seam, make sure the top fabric doesn't get pushed forward by the foot of the machine. If needed, use your free hand to help "feed" the top fabric. It is easy for the bottom fabric to get fed through faster than the top, but then your block won't be square.

open and press carefully, avoid distorting the block.

Trouble Shooting:
  • if you are getting pleats in your seam: sew more slowly and be extra careful to keep the fabric edges together. If they get off track, you won't have a smooth curve or you may get a fold in one fabric that makes a pleat. Try pinning more places along the curve and double check that your marked points (half and quarter points) are accurate.
  • your block isn't square when you finish sewing the curve: if the corner of the concave side isn't exactly opposite the other corner, you may not have been feeding the top and bottom fabric at the same rate. Try pinning more frequently to ensure the fabrics stay lined up along the entire curve and make sure you pin each end straight.
  • If you are struggling: try lengthening your stitch. Also, try turning the piece over and sew with the opposite fabric down. I prefer to sew curves with the concave side up (the one with the fullness), but it might be easier for you to sew with it on the bottom (and let your feed dogs help ease the fullness).
  • it takes practice. don't give up if you don't have a perfect curved seam the first time. (-:
I hope that seeing it in photos is useful. I am so excited to see the Bikini quilts coming together, so be sure and upload your project on my Craftsy shop or the flickr group!