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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. I’ll be posting my project and giveaway on January 17th so stay tuned.

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

WEEK 1

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 ...

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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)

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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. 

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Have you used Creative ...

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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June 10, 2018
Parisian Curves Modern Batik Quilt from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello everyone,  My explorations as an Island Batik Ambassador continues and wow, I had fun this month!

The Island Batik challenge for June was to make a modern batik quilt. Of course, this was music to my ears!

I decided to make a modern batik quilt using the Parisian Curves technique from my book, Madly Modern Quilts, available at local quilt shops, bookstores and online. Parisian Curves is also one of my most popular workshops–even very traditional quilters have a lot of fun learning to piece these improvisational curves.  If you have the book, you’ll find the process ...

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May 18, 2018
To the Moon and Back from Cowtown Quilts

Reposted from my other site

This is another quilt I should have put up on my design wall before quilting it, because the colors and the pattern are striking.

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Kathy called this her Universe quilt.  It has the 4 quadrants in colors.  Do you see the circles of color in the blues down in the lower left?  Those look like planets, too, and all the mottled batiks in the borders look, to me, like an Aurora Borealis.  So, how would you quilt this?

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The colors are so magnificent, that it’s hard to see the quilting, but I decided to ...

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Summer School Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Summer School Quilt

From rice-sized gobies to whale sharks as long as two school buses, the ocean is filled with an incredible variety of creatures.  Some travel in schools of up to 3 billion fish. Some “walk” on land. Some live for centuries.

Summer School Quilt

But of all the fish in the sea, my very favorites are created with needle and thread. In this week’s new tutorial, Jenny demonstrates how to whip up a sea full of pretty fishes in every color of the rainbow. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Summer School Quilt

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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April 29, 2018
Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding WaysHere is the final... from Living Water Quilter



Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding Ways

Here is the final installment of the Island Batik April Challenge. My Winding Ways quilt remake includes these modern elements:

  • A diagonally bisection to emphasize the two fabric
  • An overlapping square layout of the winding ways blocks

These elements add a little tension to the curvy design of the traditional quilt block.  The fabrics, Southern Blooms and Neutral Vanilla, were provided by Island Batik.

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If you missed the first and second installment, they are worth a look. They have the details of piecing the block using the AccuQuilt die, as well as ...

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April 19, 2018
Batik Modern Traditionalism Quilt Challenge from Carol Lyles Shaw

Modern traditionalism is one of the key principles in modern quilt design and it is one of my favorite jumping off points as well.  So I was very happy to see that the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for April 2018 is to use a traditional quilt block or design as inspiration.

I chose the traditional 9 patch as my inspiration and used the Fractured Disappearing Nine Patch pattern from my first book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops. This is also one of my most popular workshops.

Madly Modern Quilts, quilt pattern

The Island Batik Fabrics

 

These fabrics are from the ...

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March 25, 2018
Links to 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors and My Projects from Carol Lyles Shaw

I decided that I would provide my readers with links to the Blogs of the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors in one place and to my projects.

Scroll down this post to see the list of blogs by my creative Fellow Ambassadors.  You will see many wonderful examples of what they are working on.

MY 2018 PROJECTS

Also, I’ll update this post with links to all of my projects this year! Click image or captions to see the project and tutorial.

February 2018:  Mod Hearts Quilt   and  Mod Hearts Cards

Island Batik Mod Hearts MiniQuilt

 

March 2018:  Making an Inset ...

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