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December 16, 2020
Why Do I Sew? from Carol Lyles Shaw

Why do I sew?  Why did I choose sewing–specifically quilt making — as a medium for expressing my creativity? Since I was in college, I have loved visual art.  I am especially in love with 20th century painters in the  Colorfield genre.  I studied the works of Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, …

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December 5, 2020
My early quilt projects and influences from Carol Lyles Shaw

Today’s 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge prompt was ‘first quilt projects’ and I will share a few of those.  And,  I’m going to detour and also talk about just a few of my early important influences too. I started quilting over 30 years ago to make family quilts.  Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of those …

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November 29, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 36-39: Airplanes, Civil War, Play Castle, Flower Power from Gefilte Quilt

Day 36: Airplane Blanket This family favorite was made for my kids, in the late 90s, from a delightful print of animals flying airplanes.


The border features consecutive yellow triangles, called "flying geese," made into giant arrows with the help of a multi-colored stripe serving as each arrow's shaft.  

Day 37: A Very Civil War
Our country survived the Civil War, and I hung this war-era quilt on November 3, just before the election, as a reminder to vote!
I found these blocks in a rural antique shop in upstate NY in the early 90s - there was a big ...

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November 19, 2020
Interviews with Quilt Friends from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce a new series of interviews with some of my Quilt Friends– all artists , quilters, curators, designers and entrepreneurs—now available on my YouTube channel.  The series is called “On the Design Wall”. I have just uploaded the first two interviews in this series with many more to come in the …

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October 22, 2020
Modern Logs QAL Part 6: Free Motion Stipple Quilting from Christa Quilts

I love it when we get to the machine quilting part of a Quilt Along! I’ve just finished my fourth book on machine quilting so I feel like that is one of my specialties. I’m excited for you to try free motion stipple quilting like I did on my Modern Logs, or another quilting design of your choice.

I made a video with all my best tips and tricks for quilting Modern Logs. Just nine minutes but it’s packed full of help and guidance! Click play below to watch.

 

If you’ve never tried free motion quilting ...

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October 20, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 14 - 19: Altered Cowboys and Beyond from Gefilte Quilt

My show is going strong! Here's the third batch. 

Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Day #14: Cowboy Quilt
This quilt was made circa 1998, when my adorable little boy wanted to be a cowboy.
At the time, I was not only enchanted with my growing baby humans, but also my growing baby fabric stash, especially this brown border print:
As a new quilter, I did some reckless things. In this case, I cut the outer edges, on the sides and bottom, into hanging diamonds. What's worse, I chose a relatively thick red denim bandana print to bind them. (On ...

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October 13, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 11- 12: A Batik Chandelier and a Millenium Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

Day #11: "Chandelier, Shaken"

This quilt is improv paper pieced, using batik fabrics.

Closer: 

Much closer:

A little to the left: 

Finally, from the back - I like the way the light creates a stained glass effect!

It was pure fun, with minimal measuring. The techniques I used (though not this actual pattern) are in my booklet, "Modern Paper Piece Log Cabin Triangles," in my etsy shop, CathyPstudio, here.

Day #12: A Millenium Quilt

This large quilt (74" x 93", it almost hit the ceiling) is made of 2,000 squares, cut 2.5".

A little closer:

Center: 

Backstory: In the ...

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September 28, 2020
Modern Logs Inspiration from Christa Quilts

The Modern Logs Quilt Along is in full swing, and that means everyone has started to post their blocks, tops and finishes. This is one of my favorite parts! And I want you to explore your own creativity so I’m thrilled when you add stash fabrics or play around with the setting or otherwise add your own special touch.

Today I’m sharing a variety of other people’s Modern Logs in different stages so you can appreciate the versatility of this design. I hope you enjoy ...

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September 27, 2020
Swirling Leaves for Hello Fall Blog Hop from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to my stop at the Hello Fall Blog Hop. When I saw Carla's button for a fall blog hop, I couldn't resist. I'm thrilled to be part of this fun event - Thanks Carla

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September 14, 2020
Virtual Classes for October’s PIQF from Christa Quilts

I’m really excited to be teaching three classes for Pacific International Quilt Festival Online, coming up Oct. 14 to 17. Registration is open and I’d love to have you join me!

Here are brief descriptions. You’ll find more complete information at the links below.

1. Free Motion Improv, Thursday evening 10/15, 4–7 PST

Example of my Free Motion Improv

Liberate yourself from traditional quilting symmetry by mashing up your favorite motifs in a seemingly random way. Combine basic shapes with transitional designs and free-motion fillers to add amazing texture to the negative spaces in your ...

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June 10, 2020
Live Online Quilt Classes for Guilds and Groups from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am now offering  LIVE online quilt classes, lectures and workshops for Guilds, Shops and Groups over Zoom.This is exciting news in light of the challenges of scheduling face-to-face large group events.  Your organization can bring new learning experiences to each member virtually and they can attend from the comfort of their own home sewing [ ...Continue Reading ]

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May 10, 2020
Stash Buster Quilt OnLine Class Summer 2020 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I have started offering a series of online modern quilt classes year because so many groups and shops are not able to offer face to face events for a few months.  Here’s the latest addition to my 2020 online quilt class schedule.   Go HERE TO REGISTER and see the full schedule of my LIVE online [ ...Continue Reading ]

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May 5, 2020
Fun FMQ samples at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hi and welcome to week 278 of Free Motion Mavericks. I finally have some free motion quilting (FMQ) to share with you as well as a Big Mandala finish. Yeah!

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April 17, 2020
Slow Stitching and Updates from Quilting & Learning

I'm taking a short pause from my playing to make Easter supper (it's in the oven) and write a post on my many ongoing projects. There's lots to show, so here it is!

Community Stitch Challenge Redo 


So far I've participated in two stitching challenges with TextileArtist.org. You may remember my challenge piece from Cas Holmes' week. I liked my piece but I knew that it didn't have the layers that Cas Holmes adds to her pieces.
Stitched piece for Cas Holmes stitching challenge
After thinking about it for a week, I remembered the ...

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March 16, 2020
Modern Quilts at Mountain QuiltFest from Carol Lyles Shaw

I had a great time teaching at Mountain QuiltFest in Pigeon Forge Tennessee this month.  I taught five modern quilt classes and gave a lecture, “What Makes a Modern Quilt?”. Several of the classes used patterns from my book, Madly Modern Quilts . The Fibonacci pattern  and the X block pattern can be purchased here. [ ...Continue Reading ]

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February 15, 2020
Fractured Triangles Pattern Tutorial and Ruler from Carol Lyles Shaw

Creative Grids has released a new Half Sixty Triangle ruler that is perfect for the ‘end of row’ setting triangles in my Fractured Triangles Pattern. The Half Sixty Triangle ruler is available at local quilt shops and online.  Click here to purchase online (affiliate link).   I’m also working on other patterns that use this [ ...Continue Reading ]

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January 31, 2020
Sewing Escapades from The Cozy Quilter

It's been a busy sewing week with lots of progress on several projects.  I also received some squishy packages in the mail today. The first package contained my Modern Guild Make a Mini, Make a Friend swap quilt from Anne L in Texas.  When I signed up for the swap, I said that I liked Frank Lloyd Wright and orange...I think she nailed it!  Thanks for a wonderful mini, Anne!


I made my block for the March comfort quilt for the Elgin Piecemakers this week too.  It is a wonky quarter log cabin block in gray and white ...

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January 22, 2020
MidCentury Modern Update News from Carol Lyles Shaw

First, my MidCentury Modern Curves Black & White #1 was published in Curated Quilts!  Here’s a photo of the quilt. Link to buy the current issue.   This quilt is in my series–and it’s one of my most popular workshops. Here is an early version in ombre colors.  I hope that you can join me [ ...Continue Reading ]

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January 7, 2020
Fractured Triangles Quilt Pattern Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

One of my 2020 goals is to create more video tutorials showing my process for creating quilts.  So, I created a video tutorial  while I was making a new version of my Fractured Triangle pattern in a very different colorway from my original version. I had testers who made wonderful variations when I published the [ ...Continue Reading ]

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December 16, 2019
Fractured Triangles Quilt Pattern from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m proud to announce that my Fractured Triangles Quilt Pattern is up for sale in my Etsy shop.   I love this pattern because a complex result can be achieved with a planned improvisation technique.  It’s all about the fabric choices–and there’s lots of guidance in the pattern.  And be sure to scroll down to see [ ...Continue Reading ]

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