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July 30, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador Box 2July is a special time for Island... from Living Water Quilter

Island Batik Ambassador Box 2

July is a special time for Island Batik Ambassadors. It when we receive our second box of fabric. The box has yards of beautiful Island Batik fabrics and quilting tools and notions for monthly challenges.


NOTE: Island Batik, Auriful Thread and Hobbs Batting each provided their products for the IB Ambassador program.

Let’s see what’s inside the box.


First, is an awesome fat quarter bundle of Sand Bar and yards of neutrals.


Look at the gorgeous pre-cuts, Blueberry Patch 10-inch stack and Mermaid Cove strips . Both have matching yardage to complete the package ...

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March 8, 2019
Colorful Batik Panel Quilts from Sew Karen-ly Created...

As many in this business do, I receive numerous requests to review books and products on my blog.  I always turn these down. However, when a query arrived about the above pictured book by Judith Vincentz Gula, I was intrigued, and said yes...for two reasons.  Over the past couple of years, I have been working almost exclusively with batiks, and am a huge fan of these beautiful hand dyed fabrics. I welcomed the opportunity to learn more.  The second reason is that I am familiar with the author's website and found it to be a wealth of interesting ...

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February 18, 2019
Heading Home  Social HopWow, I am so excited! Please, someone... from Living Water Quilter

Heading Home  Social Hop

Wow, I am so excited! Please, someone pinch me!  :D As an Island Batik Ambassador I had the opportunity to design a quilt for an Island Batik Fall and Winter 2018 fabric collection. Browse the fall catalog and see all the yummy fabrics and beautiful quilt patterns.

Heading Home Pattern Release

Heading Home features Blossom, a beautiful collection by Kathy Engle. The Blossom collection is available at an Island Batik seller near you. Also find Island Batik fabric online at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Please note, the Blossom fabric to make Heading Home and the ...

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February 7, 2019
Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

While it may be winter here in Hamilton, once you step into our Batik Boutique you will be transported to a tropical island filled with gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics!

Batik Boutique at Missouri Star Quilt Co

Batik fabric is created using a unique dyeing process in which wax is used to resist the dye. Where the wax is placed results in the design on the fabric, which can then be repeated to create even more intricate designs.

Considering that most batiks are manufactured in Indonesia, our shop was designed and decorated accordingly. From the blue stamped concrete, to the pebbled checkout counter and all of the island themed ...

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February 3, 2019
2018 Island Batik Ambassador  ReviewI am (almost) speechless. ... from Living Water Quilter

2018 Island Batik Ambassador  Review

I am (almost) speechless.  My first year as an Island Batik Ambassador has been, no kidding, life changing.  Island Batik gave each ambassadors two large boxes filled with fabrics and goodies from industry partners. 


The combined generous supply of Island Batik fabrics and products from industry partners, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting, gave me the resources  to try new quilting challenges and make quilts, totes, pillow, postcards and more.


Let’s review the Island Batik Ambassador year in pictures. It includes monthly challenges, some just because projects and pattern releases.

February & March - Straight to the Heart ...

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January 19, 2019
Get Away – Storm at Sea from Carol Lyles Shaw

Get Away is the Island Batik Blog Hop theme for January 2019. And, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make Storm at Sea, a traditional block–but I ended up altering it in a modern way.

First…the Fabrics! My fabrics are from the Soul Song Collection by Island Batik.

This collection goes from brights to muted black/cream.

I decided to use these fabrics shown below in the project–you’ll see why in a moment.

I used these Island Batik Soul Song fabrics and added an Island Batik neutral called Whip Cream.
I love the words ...

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January 14, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop + Giveaway from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Friends! The Island Batik Ambassadors are all taking part in a FABULOUS Giveaway and Blog Hop to celebrate the latest fabric collections. My Post with my project and GiveAway is up HERE.

In the meantime, here are all the Ambassador blog links in one convenient post!


Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

Maryellen McAuliffe- Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- Musings of a Menopausal Melon

Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie Jacobson – Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts – Creative Blonde

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch- Ark Angel Creations

Thursday, January 10 ...

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January 11, 2019
Island Batik Getaway - A Life Saver QuiltThe Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter

Island Batik Getaway - A Life Saver Quilt

The Island Batik Ambassadors are so glad you have embarked on the month-long Island Batik Getaway.

Last July, as Ambassadors, we received a box filled with Island Batik fabric. It included a large gift wrapped bundle of “surprise” fabric.  My Island Batik “surprise” bundle is 20 fabrics from the Flea Market collection. (bottom right)


The Getaway challenge is to include as many of the “surprise” fabrics in one quilt as we can. Using Electric Quilt 8, I designed a quilt that includes 15 fabrics from the Flea Market collection. Thanks Island Batik for ...

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December 3, 2018
Island Batik Improv Log Cabin Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Making an improv log cabin quilt was a fun challenge.  In my newest Island Batik challenge, I combined two themes to create an improv log cabin wall hanging–here’s the tutorial showing how I did it.

Cozy Log Cabins is the first challenge theme that I used!  Log cabins are a great traditional pattern and I remember making many versions when I first learned to quilt many, many years ago.   It’s also a traditional pattern that you can easily make modern and I will show you how I did that.

The second theme is Whimsical and Wonky!  I ...

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November 19, 2018
Island Batik Star Struck Quilt Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month’s challenge for Island Batik is Star Struck and this is my quilt tutorial and free pattern for my modern version of a star.

I had a difficult time getting the color match on the full quilt photos! This looks a bit yellow–background fabric is actually white. See the close up of the star point below for the true colors.

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge this month was to create a Star Quilt.  I decided to take a modern approach and create an oversized wonky star using a limited color palette.  The modern design principles I played ...

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October 28, 2018
Teaching at NC Quilt Symposium from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching two quilt workshops at the 2019 North Carolina Quilt Symposium on May 2-5, 2019.  I’m super excited to be in such wonderful company with some of the best quilters around!

My Quilt Workshops

I’ve created a short video about both workshops with tips for choosing your fabrics.

Parisian Curves Quilt Workshop

modern quilt

One possible layout for this technique using simple curved blocks.

My Batik Modern version using a rich yellow as the negative space. Complex multi-layer curved blocks created using Parisian Curves technique.

In this one-day workshop, you will ...

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October 23, 2018
I Am Teaching at AQS QuiltWeek 2019 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching at AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona FL held February 27–March 2, 2019.  AQS Members registration start Oc. 23, 2018 and registration for the general public starts Nov. 7, 2018     Click HERE for registration information. 

My AQS QuiltWeek Workshops

Traditional,  contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects.   My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.

You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home.  In addition, every workshop attendee will ...

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October 5, 2018
Patriotic Modern Quilt Pattern Update 3 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Everyone!  In this post, I’ll show you the different modern looks you can achieve with the Patriotic Diamonds Modern Quilt pattern  (on page 80) when you use a variety of modern quilt fabrics.  I’ve also added a tutorial on adding an inner border –see the bottom of this post.

And go HERE and HERE for earlier posts showing how to choose fabrics in other colorways for the patterns in this book.

You can purchase the book from local quilt shops and online here.

Here’s the original quilt.

Quilt designed in EQ7 from my book, Patriotic Modern ...

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August 29, 2018
Island Batik Great Outdoors Quilt and Giveaway from Carol Lyles Shaw

August is a fabulous month: It’s the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop and I am sponsoring a Giveaway for my dear readers. [Fabrics used in the project and the items for the giveaway were all provided to me by Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs who are sponsors for the Island Batik 2018 Ambassadors.)

My Giveaway details are at the bottom of this post!

Throughout the month of August, my fellow Ambassadors have been featuring Island Batik’s newest lines of fabrics and many have great Giveaways going on!  Be sure to visit all of the Ambassadors to enter ...

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August 22, 2018
The Great Outdoors Blog Hop Wow, have you seen some of the... from Living Water Quilter

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop

Wow, have you seen some of the beautiful quilts in the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop?  I hope so!  This is the third week Ambassadors share quilts and sewing projects made with Island Batik Spring/Summer fabric collections.


Island Batik generously provided fabric for my quilt, Corn Maze, from the Dear William Collection. Below are the half yard cuts used to make a Rep sample on the right (below), the quilt and accessories.


An original design, Corn Maze, celebrates summer picnics and fun walks through a corn field maze. 


There was enough fabric to ...

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August 16, 2018
The Great Outdoors Island Batik Ambassador Blog HopYes, the... from Living Water Quilter

The Great Outdoors Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop

Yes, the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop has begun! The fun began August 6th and runs to Sept 4th. Each weekday new Island Batik fabric collections are featured in new quilt and sewing projects created by Ambassadors. PLUS enter for a chance to win fabric, patterns and more from Island Batik and each Ambassador.


In January each ambassador received a “surprise” package of fabric from Island Batik. It contained all the fabrics of a new summer collection.


I  received enough fabric  from the Dear William collection to make a quilt and  several ...

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August 12, 2018
Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaways from Carol Lyles Shaw

Welcome to the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop.  There are so many cool things happening each week so I am posting links to make it easy for you to get in on all the FUN!

My Giveaway Coming on August 29th

My Giveaway will be posted on August 29th and will include batting, fabric and thread–one great bundle for one lucky US reader.  Be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss it.

Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop Grand Giveaway

Island Batik will be hosting a Grand Giveaway. Here’s the link to enter the ...

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July 30, 2018
Island Batik Modern Pattern Play from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month, the Island Batik challenge was secondary pattern play.  So, of course, I made it Island Batik Modern Pattern Play!

I returned to one of my favorite techniques–improvisational curved blocks that I call Parisian Curves. (Pattern and detailed tutorial is in my book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops).  This post is a tutorial showing one way that I approach improvisational design. It’s an improvisational design process that I teach in my workshops to help students move away from the layout that I provide.

Island Batik Fabrics

[Fabrics used in the project were ...

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July 10, 2018
Island Batik Box 2 Arrived from Carol Lyles Shaw

Island Batik Box #2 has arrived!

I love being an Island Batik Ambassador because we receive 2 boxes a year full of fun stuff. And, Island Batik also gives us challenges each month to stimulate our creative thinking.

My 2nd Island Batik box was sent to me from the generous people at Island Batik with a super selection of  quilting materials to work with over the next few months.  I’m sending a big Thank You to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting and Aurifil Thread.

I’m looking forward to making many more modern and modern traditional quilts with all these ...

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June 27, 2018
Island Batik Fabric Giveaway #1 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Dear Readers!  I am having an Island Batik fabric giveaway of some of the wonderful Island Batik fabrics that I don’t plan on using in my upcoming projects.  I’m staying true to my 2018 goal to either Sew My Stash or pass it along to loving homes.

The stash photos are marked with an A, B, etc.  so be sure you tell me which stash you want if you should win–and yes, you can say ALL if you are open.

Giveaway closed on July 5th at 9 a.m. Eastern.  I’ll draw random numbers and ...

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