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August 15, 2019
Fibonacci Pattern Updated from Carol Lyles Shaw

I just uploaded an update for the Fibonacci Quilt #1 Pattern on my Etsy shop.

Here’s the original quilt:

Modern Quilt Pattern

And here’s a mock up of a new layout with some variations!   The pattern addendum  includes info on fabric requirements for the new quilt size. You can customize this quilt to suit your interests–and your fabric stash.

Modern Quilt Pattern

This variation has a mix of improvisational blocks and a very scrappy look.


Modern Quilt Pattern

You can modify or improvise the individual patches in each block. Here’s a version that has variations in the blocks and an outside border.I even included ...

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June 6, 2019
Turning Corners and Stash Jazz Pattern Launch from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am happy to announce the launch of TURNING CORNERS and STASH JAZZ,  two new modern quilt patterns available in my Etsy shop.

And, yes, I will also be teaching these patterns as workshops!  Contact me if your Guild or Shop would like to book 2020 or 2021 dates.

Turning Corners Pattern

Turning Corners is a fun quilt that you can piece in a day.  Each block is made from 10” squares.  It’s a great quilt for a coordinated precut packet or you can use leftover precuts from one designer’s line.  You can also use large print scraps ...

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March 3, 2019
5 of the best recommended sewing machines for beginners from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

Here are the list of my top 5 recommended sewing machines for beginners.

If you have been thinking about starting to sew, or learn how to make a quilt, then you may want to start investing in a good machine.

But how would you know which one is the best machine to start with?

I know from all the questions I get from beginner sewer or quilter, that there are a few things that they are concerned about. 

  • One : the budget. You don’t want to spend a lot just yet, cause you’re just testing the water.
  • Two: The ...

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January 2, 2019
Teaching at 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m traveling to the Midwest to teach at the 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference.

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 receive:

  • Individualized attention–including help with fabric placement
  • Full color pattern with options for customizing your quilt
  • Easy to follow piecing instructions during the workshop
  • Practice using improvisational cutting and piecing techniques–it’s ...

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August 23, 2018
Must Have Sewing Supplies- What's in your Sewing Kit? from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers,

What’s in your sewing kit? Over the years my sewing supplies have grown in numbers and I reminisce back to my days as a beginner quilter and think, “WOW, if only I knew about this sewing tool when I first started quilting!”  I know for me having the right tools for the job I am trying to get done saves me from major headaches and frustration. So today I wanted to share with you a few of my must have sewing supplies! Make sure to watch the video at the end of the blog post for more ...

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August 6, 2018
Triangle Joy Pattern Launch Giveaway from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce the launch of my  Triangle Joy Pattern, my latest modern quilt pattern.

Dig into your scrap basket for a delightfully scrappy version  OR you can use some of those treasured prints that you may only have small remnants of.

To celebrate, I’m holding a fun Giveaway of some modern prints and solids.  Be sure to scroll down for the entry requirements.

Paper-piecing has taken the contemporary quilt world by storm—and for good reasons. Paper-piecing is a way to accurately piece complex blocks. And once you get the hang of it, paper-piecing is really ...

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June 18, 2018
Patriotic Modern Pattern Update 1 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello everyone,

This is the first in a series of blog posts inspired by requests from workshop and lecture attendees.  Some of you have seen and purchased a copy of my book, Patriotic Modern Quilts.  My sincere thank you for that!

These patterns are great for decorating for patriotic holidays here in the USA.  But some quilters have mentioned that they rarely (or never) make red/white/blue quilts.  So, I thought I would publish a series of Patriotic Modern Pattern Update posts showing some of these patterns in alternate colorways.  I hope these posts jump start your thinking about ...

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May 24, 2018
Hi! I’m Faye and I’m a Beginner Quilter! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Do you know the fastest way to a woman’s heart? It’s through her children!  Thank you for the exceptionally warm welcome you gave Nora yesterday!  Your insightful answers and gracious comments warmed my heart and bolstered her … Continue reading

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October 9, 2017
Quilt Tools to Save Time and Money from Carol Lyles Shaw

Here are some of my favorite quilt tools that help me save time and money….and keep my fingers safe!

Do you have favorite tools?  Post in the comments what it is and why you like it.

NOTE: I purchased the items reviewed here with my own funds–no affiliate links. Check with your local quilt shop FIRST before buying online.  Thanks for supporting local businesses.

Seam Ripper Deluxe

I love my Bohin™ Seam Rippers because they are super sharp.  They seem to hold that sharp edge a long time–or maybe I just don’t have to use them ...

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