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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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July 11, 2019
I Really Have Been Sewing from The Snarky Quilter

Recent posts to the contrary, I have been giving my sewing machine a workout between a fantasy, glittery collage piece and assignments for my “Mod Meets Improv” online class. The fantasy piece evolved from the latest bunch of sparkly scraps … Continue reading

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March 25, 2019
Upcoming Classes, A Prize, A GiveAway and More! from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Everyone, I am excited to share some great news with you. A lot of good stuff is happening in my quilt life these days and I’m celebrating. In fact, be sure to read to the bottom of this post to find out about a GiveAway!!

I WON AN AWARD!

My quilt, MidCentury Modern: Black and White won a Prize at MidAtlantic Quilt Festival Competition for Best Use of Negative Space in the MidCentury Modern Category. The award included a Ribbon and a Cash Prize that I am sharing with my Long Arm quilter because her work really complemented ...

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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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December 5, 2018
Cornering My Scraps from The Snarky Quilter

As I have noted before, I have a thriving scrap fabric collection. Some are even already sewn together. I like to pet these pre-made quilt beginnings in hopes of inspiration. Some time in October I decided to sew a group … Continue reading

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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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July 24, 2018
Submitting to Quilt Shows from Carol Lyles Shaw

Submitting to quilt shows–many of us love doing it and others hate the thought of competition.  Submitting to quilt shows can be fun or scary. In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on some of the factors to consider.

I’ve been focused on designing and writing patterns and haven’t submitted to many shows for the past few years.  I’ve had quilts accepted in many shows over the years–and even won a prize for an artquilt that was entered into an all media ART show.  I’ve also had lots of quilts rejected from national ...

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June 11, 2018
Modern MiniQuilt Challenge: Connections from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love a good MiniQuilt Challenge!  And, the great editors at Curated Quilts Magazine have created some clever ones for every issue.  The current mini quilt challenge is Connections using the palette shown above.

The palette–cream, yellow, mustard yellow, navy, moss green, grey– is more muted than I normally choose. And, that’s what makes the challenge such a good exercise for me.  I decided to challenge myself further by using only 3 colors– grey, navy and yellow. I don’t often work with navy and wanted to explore it a bit.  The blue and yellow are Moda grunge ...

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April 29, 2018
Becoming a Modern Quilter: Design Principles Part 1 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Modern quilt design principles are fairly new as an organized approach to quilting. So, it’s not surprising that many quilters are still somewhat confused.

Let’s start with the basic question I hear over and over from quilters as they show their quilts:

Is this a modern quilt? I don’t think this quilt is modern…..

This is the question and statement I often hear when talking with quilters I meet in local quilt shops, online or when I make presentations to guilds.  But, it’s actually the WRONG way to think about modern quilting because it’s a ...

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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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April 5, 2018
Tips for Finding Your SewJo from Carol Lyles Shaw

Finding your sewjoWe probably all have those days or weeks when our quilting inspiration, motivation and energy just disappears.  It could be burnout (too much deadline sewing) or we might have lost our confidence (no one wants my quilts and, anyway, my quilts aren’t good, perfect or pretty  enough).  We have the time, we have the fabric, we have a pattern—-what we are missing is the energy to get in our sewing space and make something. What we need are easy ways for finding our SewJo. When our energy and motivation are back to healthy levels, we can tackle our ...

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March 29, 2018
Selvedge X Quilt Pattern Published from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am happy to announce that my Selvedge X Modern Quilt Pattern has been published and is available on Craftsy as a digital download.

We all love to save those beautiful printed selvedges.  And, we really mean to use them someday in a special project.

Love the selvedges with cool typefaces!

This pattern was designed to put selvedges to good use.

You have two options for using this pattern:

  • Make this pattern as a minimalist top to showcase cool selvedges.
  • OR…make this pattern as a backing and use selvedges from the fabrics on the quilt top!

When you make ...

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March 28, 2018
Improvising Triangle Mini Quilts from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month, I decided to enter the Curated Triangle Mini Quilt Challenge.  I decided to give myself some restrictions to further spur my approach to improvising one or more triangle mini quilts.

My restrictions were:

  • No curves! Straight lines only.
  • Improvising design and quilting
  • Machine quilting only (no hand quilting)
  • Stash fabrics and leftover batting (use it all up!)
  • Minimalism!  Limit color palette and pieced design [See this blog post for more on my thoughts on  minimalism.]
  • Time!  I started on Sunday March 25th and the due date is April 1, 2018.

This is the required palette:

 

I decided to ...

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February 14, 2018
Island Batik Mod Hearts Mini Quilt from Carol Lyles Shaw

Our second February challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a mini quilt. So, here’s my Island Batik Mod Hearts Mini Quilt Tutorial!

I do love making minis….they are the perfect size to test a new block idea or audition a fabric combination.  I’ve also participated in several really fun mini quilt swaps on Instagram.  At the end of this post, I’ve provided links back to some of my earlier adventures in making mini quilts.

Making Batiks Modern

I know that many modern quilters feel challenged on how to use batiks to make contemporary ...

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February 2, 2018
Sew My Stash 2 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am committed to Sew My Stash 2018!

Here’s the latest sew my stash finish in my trio of quilts for a niece and her family who recently bought their first house.

For a tutorial on how I made this quilt, go HERE.

Finish #3 in this trio of gifts.  It’s a very large lap quilt–finished at 68 x 80–so it’s big enough for 2 to snuggle under. I’ll be washing it this weekend and mailing it off on Monday.

I pieced a binding from leftover fabric. I attached it with the machine binding ...

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December 3, 2017
Alison Glass Mini Quilt #2 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Looking thru my blog draft posts, I realized that I never posted another piece of my Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap story.  So here it is….

I was in an Instagram Alison Glass Swap. My Swap Mama asked me to be an Angel and make a mini for one of the team because their original partner unfortunately had to drop out at the last minute.  I had about a week to make and ship it.   OK…I said to myself, I can do this! 

I wanted to make this the second in the series so that the design would relate ...

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November 3, 2017
My Nancy Series from The Snarky Quilter

I just can’t seem to get serious about quilt series. Usually I lose steam about the third or fourth iteration, and my current series is no exception. As is often the case, my Nancy series began by accident. I attended … Continue reading

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March 15, 2016
Voices in Cloth and Stitch Modern. Two Great Quilt Groups and Two Great Quilt Shows! from On The Design Wall

I'll just say it - if you're a quilter, the San Francisco Bay Area is the place to be.  This area is blessed with great museums, great fabric stores and an even greater quilting and sewing community.  Just in the next month, there are two great quilt shows!  This weekend, March 19 & 20, the East Bay Heritage Quilt Guild will be hosting their bi-annual quilt show at the beautiful Craneway Pavilion.  Every member has a chance to show a quilt of their choice and the range of different types of quilting is really fun to see.  There will also ...

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