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September 18, 2017
Poolside from My Quilt Infatuation

When I took a photo of my stash a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my cabinet was very heavy on teals, aquas, and grays.  When I'm out shopping for fabric, I am drawn to those colors and tend to purchase them more often as stash builders (obviously), even as I show discipline with fabrics in other hues.  Of course I know this about myself, but actually seeing the evidence in a picture really made me realize that I should stop stashing those colors for awhile, and put some of those yummy fabrics to good use.  I haven ...

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September 14, 2017
Linked {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

I’m so happy to finally be sharing this quilt finish with you all!  Let me introduce you to Linked… This

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September 13, 2017
MQG Quilt of the Month – September 2017! from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve made another science quilt (shocking, I know!), and this one is the Modern Quilt Guild’s September Quilt of the Month, meaning members can download the pattern from the community site! I’m so excited to share the quilt and just a little bit about the science with you.

Molecular Test quilt by Sylvia Schaefer, inspired by gel electrophoresis/Flying Parrot Quilts |

This quilt is called Molecular Test because it is based on a test called “gel electrophoresis” (pronounced “e-lec-tro-FOR-ee-sys”). Scientists use this method to separate molecules (typically, proteins or DNA fragments) by size. Basically, the samples are placed in a gel medium and an electric current is applied, which causes ...

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September 11, 2017
AccuQuilt Loves AUNT GRACE, Too! from Marcus Fabrics

It seems everyone is rediscovering our AUNT GRACE 1930s vintage print collections by reproduction innovator Judie Rothermel, and interpreting them in such exciting new ways!  Recently we featured Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy, and now we’re pleased to share more fresh (and FREE!) inspiration from our friends at AccuQuilt.  This time they’re using Judie’s latest, AUNT GRACE BASKETS OF SCRAPS, along with their GO! Qube GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block (55776) and GO! Qube 8” Companion Set-Classics (55780), with fantastic results…

AccuQuilt GO! Qube and Autn Grace FAbrics - marcusfabrics.comWe love their mix of prints and colors to create the diagonal stretched stars ...

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September 4, 2017
A Piece of Cake Blog Tour {and a finished table runner!} from Material Girl Quilts

My friend, Peta Peace of She Quilts A Lot (who I finally got to meet in person at quilt market

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September 2, 2017
birch trees quilt from Charm About You

I remember birch trees growing along the road where I grew up and they always looked so beautiful all year round. This quilt has a lovely winter feel, with silvery birches and those bright red cardinals.

The pattern is by Gina Gempesaw, from Quilting in Black & White. I did a demo on Sewing Quarter today and used green fabric for the trees, which made it look like bamboo and more like spring!

Cutting the angles for the branches is a little different and well thought out, the piecing is simple and the instructions are really clear. The original pattern has ...

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September 1, 2017
Fresh Quilting Brings Modern Quilts to TV from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hi Everyone,

I’m sure you’ve heard about the great new TV show called Fresh Quilting.

Riane Menardi and Me on the Set.

Well, the second series has launched and I’M IN IT!  As the song says…..Look Ma, I’m on TV…..

Fresh Quilting is co-produced with the Modern Quilt Guild and features today’s most innovative modern quilters who reinterpret traditional techniques with a fresh, modern aesthetic. These designers may be familiar to you or new faces.  Some of the Series 200 designers include Nicole Neblett, Leslie Jenison, Violet Craft, Yvonne Fuchs, Luana Rubin and many ...

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August 30, 2017
Needle and Thread Thursday from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy NTT, friends!  I finished up my Classic Meets Modern sampler quilt, and I am super excited to share it with you today.

I had so much fun designing and making this quilt, though with so many things going on, I was a little stumped on quilting.  It would have been super cool to quilt each block differently, but I'm more of an "all over design" kind of girl.  So, I decided on my favorite fall-back, a nice stipple with 50wt. Aurifil White thread.  It adds just enough texture to give it a good crinkle, and doesn't add ...

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August 25, 2017
Girt By Sea Quilt Progress from Blossom Heart Quilts

If a blog post could be summed up in one action, it would be me pumping my fists with a loud “Yeah, baby!” And that’s because I got all caught up on my Girt By Sea quilt, making three borders in one month. Amidst flu-ridden kids (and one’s resulting ear infection) that kept me on nursemaid duty for almost two weeks.

Although, there are a couple of caveats to my achievement… I had already interfaced and cut my circles for the applique back in May at Modern Makers Retreat. And then on the first weekend of August, I ...

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August 20, 2017
Learning to Design Quilts Using EQ7 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hi Everyone,

I often hear quilters say that they want to learn how to design quilts using the software design program called Electric Quilt.  Too many quilters bought the program…and then never or seldom use it.

So, for all of you with a version of Electric Quilt sitting on your virtual shelf, I want to give a recommendation–no remuneration given.



I’ve been using EQ7 for a couple of years and thought I was pretty knowledgeable.  For example, I used EQ7 to design these blocks for a patriotic modern quilt (book coming in September 2017!).

Detail of a ...

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My Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt Finish from Blossom Heart Quilts

Well, sorta finished… It’s quilted, bound, and on our bed, but the journey isn’t over juuuust yet…

Tula Blue quilt made from Tula Pink's City Sampler book by

I am BEYOND thrilled with this quilt. I started out making Tula Pink’s City Sampler quilt with a grand plan of having my blocks making a dark grey-white-dark blue ombre as well as paying tribute to a variety of my family’s favourite bits and pieces. And it went above and beyond my expectations!

Fussy cutting fabric in a quilt block by

I have absolutely no regrets in how often I included fussy cuts pieces of Tokyo map fabric. I love that I included subtle hints of Star ...

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August 16, 2017
New Pattern ~ Sweet Sixteen ~ from Podunk Pretties

Hello sweet quilting friends!  There's lot to share with you today but first I want to say a few words about my new journey.  As you already know I'm launching a new pattern shop on Craftsy.  Selling patterns has long been a dream of mine but taking that first step is always a difficult one.  Many things were standing in my way of taking that first step, so why step?  Just jump in both feet and see what happens.  Thank you so much to those of you who have been my cheerlearders and requested patterns.  Let me also ...

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July 27, 2017
Modern Coins and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  Just after last week's party, we left for what my husband likes to call "the tour of the Gulf Coast" to see both of our families in Texas and Louisiana; which culminated in dropping off my wild thing to spend the week at my parents' house.  He spends this time with them every summer and I love that he looks forward to it so much.  Since getting back on Sunday evening, I have been taking it easy, and though I'm missing my sidekick this week, I must admit that the quiet ...

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July 21, 2017
Beluga {a finished quilt and publication!} from Material Girl Quilts

I’m super excited to introduce my latest quilt design, Beluga.  I’ve had this sketched up for quite a while and

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June 25, 2017
Follow My Lead from Sew Some Sunshine

Although I'm not a fan of batik style fabric, the fabrics designed by Alison Glass in her handcrafted line drew me in.  The saturated colors called to me first, but the second benefit is the patchwork motifs in the designs. I choose the Follow My Lead pattern for these fabrics because of the flying geese in the prints and the pattern.

As I was making this quilt I realized that it was time to update my 6 year old son's bed with a new quilt, and so I added navy borders to the pattern to make it fit ...

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June 9, 2017
A quilt block of wedges tantalizes the senses using Shimmer and Toscana fabrics from Quilt Social


Yesterday I showed you how to cut wedges from 2½” strips of Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Echoes fabrics and then sew them together to make blocks. Today we’re going to add some Northcott Toscana fabrics to these blocks to create a wonderful little quilt.

The Northcott website describes the Toscana fabric as “100% cotton – looks like suede – feels like silk”. And that’s exactly what it is!

Toscana captures the subtle tones and elegant textures of an Italian fresco. The kaleidoscope of 135 colors provides a comprehensive range in values from rich deep shades to delicate pales ideal ...

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June 2, 2017
Modern Quilt Workshop in Tampa! from Carol Lyles Shaw

Upcoming Modern Quilt Workshops

I will be teaching two modern quilt workshops at the StitcherParadise Retreat, being held in Tampa FL from August  17-19, 2017.

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Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch

NO-SEW Hands On Demo:  Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch.

This is a project from Madly Modern Quilts, my first book,  We’ll use paper and scissors and you’ll learn some of the improvisational techniques for fracturing 9 Patches to make very interesting blocks!  Books will be for sale at the Retreat or you can purchase in advance using the link on right side of this page.

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May 30, 2017
Delilah Quilt - Block 3 from Sew Some Sunshine

Back for the third block from the Delilah Template of the Month from Jen Kingwell!  This was a fun one, glad for a break from the curves of the previous two months.  (I'm pretty sure curves are back on block 4...we'll see soon.)  Even though these are made of many different fabrics, I stuck to a consistent color scheme for each component in the block.  I made the center, star, square, and background in the same color within each block.

So far in all of my Delilah blocks I've used fabric from Cotton + Steel, Leah Duncan ...

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May 29, 2017
Sampler in Black & White, Asparagus Recipe from caledonia quilter

I can't make up my mind what I love more - the Black & White part, or the Sampler part.

This quilt was interesting to work on because in spite of the "modern" appearance, the maker requested the quilting be done in a more "traditional" style.

I tried to accommodate her request for 1/4" outline quilting as much as possible.

 Many places required MORE quilting (in my opinion) so I used straight lines to continue the mood.

Some curves were needed too, to soften the hard, angular edges.

Yum.  I love curved piecing.

If I live to be one hundred ...

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May 26, 2017
Big Star Finish from Sew Some Sunshine

Last weekend I gave away this lovely quilt to my cousin for her wedding shower.  This is the Big Star quilt pattern by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  It uses a large diamond template and the fabric is from Victoria's Mostly Manor collection.

I loved making this quilt, as it was a skill builder for me as a quilter.  I learned how to do y-seams confidently with this one.  I've already put that technique to use in another quilt I'm working on here with a mitered corner border.

At first I cringed at the amount of leftover fabric from ...

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