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February 18, 2019
Cool Pool quilt & QuiltCon schedule from Flying Parrot Quilts

This was not my year for QuiltCon acceptances, but I do have one quilt hanging in the upcoming show. Cool Pool is one of the patterns featured in QuiltCon Magazine this year, and you can see it in Nashville at the show!

You can also find me at the show; here’s my schedule. I’d love to meet you, so if you see me roaming the show floor, please stop and say hi (and trade pins)!

Thursday 2:30-3:15 pm: “Traditional Block, Modern Quilt: Designing with Negative Space” lecture

Thursday 4-5 pm: Book signing in the Intown Quilters ...

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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 30, 2018
The Artist Within–My Latest Podcast from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m honored that Danielle Palli, host of Birdland Media Works, featured me on her podcast series,  The Artist Within.

In this interview, I share tips for unlocking your own creativity as well as my lessons learned for getting a quilt pattern design business up and running. I had a lot of fun tlaking with Danielle about being an artist, creating a business and where I find inspiration for my quilt designs.

MidCentury Modern Curve Workshop–inspired by many artists I mention in the Podcast.

Here’s a Link to my podcast below–there’s a brief commercial and then ...

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June 11, 2018
Winning the battle of the W.i.P.s one quilt at a time from Mama Love Quilts

One of the things I committed to this year was reducing my work in progress, or w.i.p., pile.

Related: New Year, Old W.i.P.s

The next w.i.p. in line is a minimalist quilt made from denim and with curves.

I finished the top a while ago, but was stumped by how to quilt it. Whenever I can’t figure out what to do for the quilting, I usually let it sit until inspiration strikes. Well, it struck!

I decided to go with straight lines a quarter-inch apart in the background and straight line spirals ...

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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 25, 2018
Introducing “Anvil Remixed” from Mama Love Quilts

Dear Reader,

How is 2018 going for you? Are you reaching those quilting/sewing goals you set for this year?

One of my goals this year is to pare down my w.i.p. (work in progress) list. So far I’m making progress.

Here’s my daughter modeling my latest finish, a w.i.p. that I started at last year’s QuiltCon.

I started this quilt in a workshop with Riane Menardi of Vessel Quilts. It uses a technique that was new to me. You start with a super-sized quilt block and then cut it up and reposition ...

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January 26, 2018
New Modern Quilt Workshops from Carol Lyles Shaw

I have two new modern quilt workshops to announce!  And, a brand new sample for a current workshop.  By the way, all of these quilts were made with stash fabric! #sewmystash2017

MidCentury Modern Curve Workshop: Newest Sample

I’m really pleased with how this sample quilt turned out.  I used a variety of white tone-on-tones for the background fabric.  And, I use some of my favorite E.E. Schenck Gelato Ombres for the color.  This workshop is proving to be quite popular.  I think it’s because it’s easy to piece and yet you can achieve some really complex ...

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November 16, 2017
Maximalism in Modern Quilts from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love Maximalism in Modern Quilts!

modern quilts

improv block in progress

Since I began quilting over 25 years ago, I have always loved making tops with lots of vibrant color.

However, when I moved deeply into modern quilt design about 5 years ago, I started by learning about the minimalism and simplicity design principles.  That was fun and I learned a lot. See some of the minimalist quilts that I made in posts here and here and here.

Then, I decided to start moving back towards the use of color that I have always loved.  Where did my inspiration come from ...

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August 11, 2017
Minimizing Board Games and DVDs from Life Sew Crafty

So I recently decided to tackle our 2 DVD shelves' worth of DVDs and the crazy amount of nearly empty board game boxes we have at our house. This has become extra important, since we made the decision to move back to the Midwest at the end of the month. And I only booked a 16' truck, for a 2 bedroom house with basement (I refuse to believe that that's not enough).

In the interest of fitting into said truck, I've had to make some decisions. One, get rid of the dining room table and chairs. They are ...

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