Color Girl Quilts
Pattern by Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts
Pixie Medallion is inspired by the classic medallion style quilt yet made for today’s quilters. Making the Pixie Medallion will keep your interest and creativity going border after border.
Each part from the stunning center star to the final border is like a brand new project. Experiment with color, print and value, or showcase all time favorite fabrics. Pixie Medallion is a quilt you will be proud of and enjoy every moment of sewing.
Quilt dimensions 71" x 71"
Stitch along with us in the Great Pixie Quilt Along where we will be sharing tips and tricks along the way.
The quiltalong kicks off on October 1
Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Awesome Ocean block of the month program $55 / month for nine months
Due to commence September 2017 This program is expected to be very popular, and places are strictly limited
By purchasing this product you are agreeing to purchase another 8 monthly instalments at $55 each
Recreate Elizabeth Hartman's charming sea life sampler in her latest Reef fabric collection. Fabrics supplied will be the same used in the original quilt, including:
The quilt features 8 brand-new blocks: Salty Seahorse, Octavian, Angelica, Tony the Turtle, Chuckles, Puffy, Mr. Manatee, and Kelp, as well as the ever popular popular Preppy the Whale.
All blocks are sewn with simple straight and diagonal seams. No paper piecing!
On sale $20.00 $18.00
Eads is a foundation paper pieced quilt pattern in six sizes designed by Carolyn Friedlander.
The clever geometric block provides endless layout options and is a great project to get you diving into your stash
The project is suitable for beginners to foundation piecing and includes step by step instructions.
This pattern is Fat Quarter friendly and can be made using 3" strips
The pattern includes instructions to make the quilt in three sizes:
Color Girl Quilts
Specialty acrylic ruler
Make curved piecing quilts quickly without templates! The Classic Curves Ruler allows for cutting ten curve sizes (4″-8 1/2″) in all the classic and modern patchwork shapes:
Free beginner- friendly pattern included with ruler.
This ruler saves time in cutting both the concave and convex curve pieces so you can get to sewing faster. The pieces include seam allowance so you know they will fit and sew together like a dream (with less trimming!).
Cotton & Steel
Print from the Flower Ship collection by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton and Steel.
100% cotton, approximately 112cm wide
Fabric is cut in 25cm increments across the width of fabric, however you may request 25cm be cut as a fat quarter by leaving a comment at the shopping cart
Multiples will be cut in one piece
1 unit = 25 cm or one fat quarter
2 units = 50cm
3 units = 75cm
4 units = 1m
The Next Stitch
Cotton and Steel Bundle of 30 fat 16ths.
Fabrics have been carefully selected from different Cotton + Steel collections to create a unique rainbow selection. Prints include lots of variety including yarn-dyed checks, florals, metallic detal and novelty motifs which are perfect for fussy cutting
Ourt Fat 16th bundles are a perfect addtion to any scrappy project where you need a small amount of a large variety of fabrics.
Cotton & Steel
Pack of 3 go-to greys. These neutral colours are perfect for both piecing and quilting. Includes one spool each of the following shades:
Please note - as these colours have been selected by Wendy, they do not come in Cotton + Steel thread set packaging, however we will send it to you in one of these cute boxes.
Cotton + Steel thread by Sulky is 50wt 100% long staple Egyption cotton that is spun, dyed and finished in Italy. Sulky has 30 years experience in making thread of the highest quality.
The thread is suitable for any sewing project, especially piecing, quilting and machine embroidery.
Delightful Desert is the latest animal sampler pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and is fat quarter friendly
The Delightful Desert animal sampler quilt pattern features 9 brand-new blocks: Coco Crane, Pamela Puma, Freya Fawn, Millie Moth, Cottontail, Ricky Ringtail, Carlos Coyote, Jade, and Aloe.
All blocks are sewn with simple straight and diagonal seams. No templates or paper piecing!
Full colour pattern booklet includes instructions for three sizes:
Octavian is the block we are tackling in the second instalment of our Awesome Ocean Block of the Month and I'm the first to admit I was oh-so-wrong about him. Honestly - I wasn't all that excited and these little guys were my least favourite block when I first saw Elizabeth Hartman's Awesome Ocean sampler pattern.
Octavian snuck up on me and worked his charms though. He and his mates are not only sweet, but also really fun to make. It was also awesome (sorry - I just couldn't resist) to see the Reef fabrics combined with the Kona cotton and Essex yarn-dyed coordinates for the first time.
Octavian has lots of different shapes of shapes to cut; more than were needed to make the Kelp blocks, so I labelled small Post-It notesfor the pieces 'A - K' and stuck them to the top of my cutting mat. As I cut each piece from the different fabrics I stacked them in the relevant pile. Once I finished cutting the fabrics for all eight of the Octavian blocks, I pinned all of the pieces and the lable together.
Leave the fabrics in these labelled groups, as it will speed things up when chain piecing.
The diagrams in the pattern booklet are pretty self explanatory and Octavian's head and shoulders went together like a dream.
Is it just me? Does Octavian look like an alien without his legs?
See what I mean?
The legs are the part where you will want to stop and take a good look at the fabric placement in the original and make sure you end up with the angles going the right way.
I divided the leg pieces F - H into two for each Octavian block and chain pieced the background squares (J) in one direction.
Once I'd completed the first half, I layed them out for a visual check before starting on the rest.
Next I reversed the stitching angle and completed the rest of the legs.
Once I had trimmed and pressed I then stitched the leg unit together by constructing two halves first.
Piecing the legs as two units like this, instead of working from one side to the other., helps you make a neat rectangle instead of a wonky parallelogram which will cause issues down when you join the head unit.
Once the leg unit is together, bingo! You are only one seam away from your very own little octet of Octavian Octopi.
'Theres more than one way to skin a cat', or so they say. There's also a lot of different ways to make HSTs.
Everyone has their favourite method - even designers. That's why you see so many different methods popping up in patterns.
In the Pixie Medallion pattern, Sharon gets us to cut pairs of squares diagonally and then stitch the triangles together. I used to do them this way, but changed after discovering my expensive computerised machine liked to gobble up those pointed ends in the feed dogs.
So here is a round up f ,of three different methods I find reliable. I have included the cutting dimensions for everyone stitching with us on the Great Pixie QAL ,so that if you want an alternative you can pick your favourite and whip up your HST blocks for the centre star.
Dont forget to post a picture on social media of your progress. You never know - you might even win one of our great prizes.
Unless I have a lot of triangles to make, I often tend to make them two at a time by stitching a pair of squares together with a 1/4 inch seam either side of a ruled diagonal line.
Making them just two at a time is great when you want to inject a lot of different fabric combinations into your quilt block, or only need a handful of HSTs.
The best thing about this method though is that your HST will be on the straight of grain, and you've avoided those stretchy bias edges.
You can check this method out here in a previous blog post where I've shared a heap of pictures. I find it much easier to be accurate by sewing those seams across the bias before cutting.
To make the HST triangle units for Pixie's centre star using this method you will need to start with 3" squares.HSTs - 4 at a time
This is the perfect method if you have some 5" charm squares you want to include in your Pixie. It's also super quick and easy as
Cut two 4 inch squares and place them right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along all four sides of your pair.
Cut twice diagonally.
Press and trim the units to the required size (2 1/8").
When I need to make a heap of HST, I make them eight at a time. This is also the way Merran has made the HST units for the centre star of our Pixie Medallion.
Cut two 6" squares and stitch right sides together with a 1/4" seam either side of diagonal lines. Cut across the seams, and then cut along the diagonal lines and voila!.
Press your seams either open or toward the darkest fabric, and trim back to 2 1/8"
There's a really great video tutorial by Fons and Porter demonstrating this method. Wait till you hear the chipper music ! It will make you want to jump up and march over to your cutting board. Just don't go swinging those arms with an open blade - yikes!
Watch the video here .
If you are making the Pixie Medallion with us, I've worked out the math for you in the examples above so you that making those triangles for the feathered star is super simple (If you haven't started a Pixie, its not too late to join in and you can purchase a pattern here )
So what if you want to make a HST block in another size for a different project?
Happily Suzy Quilts has some really handy tables on her blog. Suzy's done the calculations for all of three of these methods so that you can make any size you need.
Which ever way to make them, I hope you have fun. Happy stitching everyone.
When you finish your Pixie Medallion quilt I reckon you are going to feel like this guy - a total winner. But just in case knowing you've made something beautiful and maybe learned a few things along the way isn't enough, there is going to be more.
Sharon will be announcing some prizes for northern hemisphere folk over at Color Girl Quilts soon, but I've also got lots of goodies planned for everyone stitching along south of the Equator. Australian and New Zealand peeps - this is for you!
Even if you only choose to make the small bountiful star quilt, you are still in the running for some great prizes.
If you haven't got your pattern yet, you can grab one here
To win 3 Color Girl Quilts patterns
We've got an extensive range of Color Girl Quilts patterns in store, and will be adding more soon. You can check them out here.
There are no restrictions on when you must post your first photo, so even if you dont' get started until after the kick off date, you are still able win.
And don't forget - you will get to choose your very colours. There's some great neutrals, pastels and pops of vibrant colour, so there's definitely something for everyone.
Did I tell you that I am going to make s small quilt in the new Konas? No? More about that soon
* There is a chance when everyone gets sewing that they will decide to keep going and compete the full sized quilt. If there are no eligible entries for the small quilt section, the kona bundle will be awarded to the runner up in the grand prize pool.
The grand prize is worth in excess of $135 (AUD) and consists of the following:
To be in the running for the grand prize you need to post 10 pictures to Instagram using the #greatpixieqal hashtag:
Please note the flying geese border has been divided into two sections to allow participants plenty of time to sew. The first section is the pink, orange and yellow geese rounds, and the second is the green and navy round. To win the grand prize you will need to post two pictures of both sections.
Once again it doesn't mattern when you start posting picutres of your quilt, so even if you don't get started this month you are still able win. Don't leave it too late though.
Here's a pic of the Monochrome fabric bundle as well as the Classic Curves Ruler. How cool would Pixie look in black and white prints with pops of saturated colour BTW?
I can't wait to see what fabrics you choose and watch your quilts as they begin to take shape.