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July 27, 2020
Harvest Basket: Our Wool Appliqué Methods from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It's finally time to reveal our block for the Woolen Oak Mystery Stitch-A-Long! It has been SO hard to keep our Harvest Basket block a secret. We hope you enjoy making it as much as we did! To download your free pattern, click here. Just add the free download to your cart, be sure to add the promo code FREE when you go to the checkout, and the price will revert to zero. Best way to shop!


In honor of our Woolen Oak Block reveal, we thought it might be nice to show you how we prepare our wool ...

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July 25, 2020
3 ZINNIA Quilt-Class #2 from Melinda's Cutting Garden

The video is at the bottom of this blog.

It is so exciting to get this NEW 3 Zinnia quilt done. I hope this class will help you through the process of making this spectacular flower quilt.

I give a lot of tips and tricks to handling 3 flowers at once that will help even if you are only making one flower.  I have put some chapter time stamps on this video so you can easily find something you want to review again or if you want to skip ahead.  

9:08  Numbering Your Petals

10:40  Layering the Centers ...

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July 11, 2020
3 Zinnia: Class #1 from Melinda's Cutting Garden

Video Class is at the bottom of this blog.

The history of making the 3 Zinnia quilt starts several years ago with me dying fabrics for my upcoming classes at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I had seen past students having trouble with color and values and I thought that if I could make kits, they would all be successful and that is all a good instructor wants -  for their students to be successful.  So I became a dyeing machine. Morning, noon, and night, I was in the dying studio (the garage) working on perfecting my colors.  It was ...

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June 28, 2020
Zinnias on Parade from Melinda's Cutting Garden


What is a Saturday without a new video post from me?  I made a new video called Zinnias on Parade - these are pictures from classes I've taught all over the country and at big shows. I thought you might like to see students' progress in a one day, 6-hour class.  These beauties are in different stages of development and some of the fabrics used for these flowers were made from my hand-dyed fabrics (made in my garage) from back in the day.  Some are the student’s own fabrics, too, and they are all beautiful no matter what fabric ...

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June 20, 2020
Dogwood Finishing School - Class #5 from Melinda's Cutting Garden


Well, here's the last class in the Dogwood series.  I've has much fun teaching you this pattern and I hope you are having fun, too, making a beautiful Dogwood quilt.

It's hard to write a post and watch a very smart and active granddaughter but I am trying.
 Pool time!  It's 100 degrees and the air conditioning went out...

First,grandpa has to get her out of the sink...

...then grandpa gave her a cream cheese bagel in the living room.

I will be introducing new patterns and kits in the future but the Dogwood ...

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June 13, 2020
Dogwood class #4 “Renegade Thread Play “ from Melinda's Cutting Garden


I have been excited to make this video and show you how to finish your Dogwood quilt or any other patterns you may have started in one of my classes and longed to finish.  I have taught a lot of classes over the years and I know there are a lot of you wanting to finish your quilts. That is why I am doing these videos. I know some have criticized, "she is giving these away for free".  I have had a great career and taught all over the country and internationally. 

I've met a lot of wonderful people ...

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June 12, 2020
Rockets Red Glare from Nestlings By Robin

LOOK what hit mailboxes
last week!!
The July issue is now out
and yours truly
has a new quilt within
titled, 'Rockets Red Glare'.
THANK YOU Connecting Threads for 
the perfect fabric line,
Hometown Americana II.
It saddens me that so many quilters
feel overwhelmed by applique' 
because, to me, it is such a 
creative and relaxing form of quilting.
Yes, there are sometimes
many pieces to handle but
no more than some of 
the pieced quilts I have seen.
There are times that even I look
at one of my designs and ask,
"who designed all this work?".
Then ...

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May 23, 2020
Dogwood Class #2 Fusing, Layering and Backgrounds from Melinda's Cutting Garden


I am SO glad you joined me for Dogwood Class #2. This video is going to cover a lot and is 45 minutes with resting spots along the way.  In this video, I will cover:   

  • How to fuse large pieces of fabric (like color A in this pattern)  
  • Which pieces to cut out first   
  • How the layout guide works     
  • Adding the lining pieces to color A     
  • How to use parchment paper sheets       
  • Working with the first layer
  • How to choose a background fabric




There is homework for next week, which is to fuse and cut out all your fabric pieces ...

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Dogwood Class #3 "Finishing Your Petals and Leaves" from Melinda's Cutting Garden

Welcome back, the link to the third class in the Dogwood series is below.  There's a lot of information I need to cover in this video. I love my flower - I just got it done last Thursday and I cannot wait to get the thread play going.  This video, at 90 minutes, is longer than the first two.  I did not want to split it into shorter classes because so many of you are ready to get started. You can stop the video, work on your flower, then start it up again. 

I do want you to watch the ...

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May 11, 2020
Dogwood Class #1- Getting Started, making a color chart and understanding the pattern codes. from Melinda's Cutting Garden


It's class time!

This project is making the Dogwood.  I designed this pattern in 2014 in honor of AQS and Quilt City, USA, more commonly known as Paducah, Kentucky.  If you are there in April during Quilt Week, you can go on the Dogwood Trail and drive past some beautiful homes with properties full of dogwood trees in bloom.  It is lovely! We have dogwoods in California but there is something about the south that is romantic when you see these trees in their full glory.
So, now you can bring this beauty into your home and make this ...

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May 4, 2020
Make It With Melinda! from Melinda's Cutting Garden


I have been working hard on creating a blog class for you. I have had 15 classes canceled so far this year and that's a lot of disappointed students. Some classes and events are being rescheduled for next year and I look forward to seeing all of you. But having this time is kind of sweet since I get to be creative and play.

I had this idea of an online “Make it with Melinda” class using my YouTube videos, posting them on my blog.  Oh, and did I say they are free?  Well, sort of.  OK, you have ...

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May 3, 2020
A Finish and a Solution or Two from Quilting Solutions

I finished the second Wedding Star (Judy Niemeyer pattern) table topper quilt.   I have truly enjoyed making two of these now as bridal gifts.  One is purple and the other is green based on the favorite decorating colors of the individual brides.  One wedding has now been postponed until the world is safe again.  The other is still on schedule for October.  I am glad I started these quilts early as they are time consuming, but they are done and ready to gift wrap.

Wedding Star Table Topper (color is more vibrant than the photo shows)
Note the two-color background ...

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April 27, 2020
Honeysuckle Rose from Nestlings By Robin



Meet the Botanical Blue collection 
from Connecting Threads.

I am excited to announce 
I have a new kit with them...
Meet 
The sweet little flowers in that strip 
are fusible applique' done with 
my method of cutting multiples
included in the pattern.

You can find additional visuals on
my blog within post tutorials.
This is also a full pattern 
available HERE on my website now.

"Honeysuckle Rose" is available 
through Connecting Threads 
Product Image
I LOVE to see pics of 
finished designs!
~ENJOY~

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March 15, 2020
Aurifil DOM March 2020 Block from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am proud to be one of the Aurifil 2020 Designers of the Month for March 2020.  Each month, a DOM designer will publish a block pattern inspired by the colors of Italy!     This post describes how I designed the block.  It also includes a link to a video tutorial showing how I actually pieced [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Aurifil DOM March 2020 Block appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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December 26, 2019
Building Relationships from Nestlings By Robin

In 2017 I was very excited to have a design chosen
by Connecting Threads for their catalog.
I had no idea at the time that it 
would be the beginning of 
something wonderful.
Meet Autumums...
Pattern still available 
for download HERE

This sweet little design opened
the door for my continued design 
work with a great team.
It has also allowed me to work 
the Connecting Threads booth
at AQS shows and I will be
at the Spring show in Paducah
so come by and say HI:)

I am a bit more choosy with my 
time and ...

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December 6, 2019
Reason #2 not to blog:) from Nestlings By Robin

DEADLINES!
I am on a magazine deadline right now for a 
due date that I was already given an 
extension for due to family matters.
So instead of sending out a lovely long post 
today with loads of pictures, I am sitting 
here whining about my deadline and 
how I have another sore throat....!
I never get sick and this is twice 
in a month now-Ugh!

I am writing this on the 5th but you will 
read it the 6th when I will be at a guild
Christmas Party.
Guess I shouldn't be whining-ha!

You may be sorry that ...

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October 13, 2019
WINTERKIN is Here from Nestlings By Robin


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AQS' amazing new cover! 
Thank You again for choosing "Winterkin"!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love pumpkins! 
I love looking at them, decorating with them, and 
eating them (savory or sweet), so, it goes without 
saying that I love to design with them as well.
You can find more HERE.
White pumpkins have been a designer trend for
 a few years now and although they are cute, 
I still really liked orange until....
One day I realized that I could use them as 
a transition design with my poinsettias and 
holly that also really get my design juices ...

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December 17, 2016
Cars and Trucks, Oh My...a Quilt for Kids from The Joy of Sewing...and Quilting, Too!

At long last, a new quilt design to share. I've been working on this fun wall hanghing for babies and kids since July of this year, but it was sidelined as the seasons changed and I took on new editing work in addition to my part-time office job at a pre-school. I had such fun designing this new quilt for kids, featuring vehicles that kids love. Wouldn't it be the perfect wall hanging for a child's room? Toddlers will love this bright and colorful quilted wall hanging...and it's a great teaching tool for words and ...

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