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March 19, 2018
“Moderns,” Let’s Face it… from Pibble Pulling Threads

If you consider yourself a Modern Quilter, or you are a quilter or any ilk that has even a slight lean toward a modern aesthetic, you…

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March 2, 2018
QuiltCon 2018: The Main Event! from Gefilte Quilt

In my last installment, I tackled the shopping and the charity quilts at Quiltcon 2018. Now it's time for the main event!

 I spent much of yesterday writing this report. I believe there were 500 quilts in the show. I took about 600 photos, and the prospect of paring them down for this blog post terrified me! So the following report comes with the following disclaimers:

  • I can't say that these quilts are my absolute favorites - they're the quilts I loved and happened to fulfill the impulse to snap a picture! I walked around the show in ...

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Island Batik 6 Minute Inset Circle Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

The Island Batik challenge for March 2018 is to Try A New Technique!  I chose to learn the 6 Minute Inset Circle Technique.

Here’s my Island Batik 6 Minute Inset Circle Tutorial! 

As most of you know, in the past, I always cut my curved piecing freehand–no templates or pinning.  My circle shapes aren’t ‘perfect’–they can be roundish, or oval or even have a blunted angle to them. See my MidCentury Modern quilt information here.

I was curious to see how I might use a a precision pieced inset circle for some designs I have in ...

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March 1, 2018
Overstimulated: QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilts and Shopping from Gefilte Quilt

There was so much to see at QuiltCon 2018, which ran from last Thursday, Feb. 22 through today, that just thinking about writing a report for this blog overwhelmed me. I took 562 pictures - (no more than half of my own quilt). So this blog post is going to tackle just a small fraction of two aspects of the show: the charity quilt challenge; and the shopping, featuring not even all my favorites, just those that broke through my quilt show trance (which is much like my supermarket trance, but much more hysterical.) 

(Update: Part II, about the juried ...

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February 22, 2018
Using Fibonacci Numbers in Quilt Patterns from Carol Lyles Shaw

Now that I’ve published my first Fibonacci quilt pattern based on Fibonacci math, I’ve been asked why and how I started using Fibonacci Math in creating a quilt design.

I was introduced to Fibonacci number series by a quilt colleague who was intrigued by how this number series might add other options for block design.  We had several conversations and she helped me understand the sequence and how it work.  We both played with some designs and this is a design I created using this sequence.

Fibonacci Numbers Series

So, who was Fibonacci and what are Fibonacci numbers ...

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February 18, 2018
Jelly Roll Rail Fence {a finished quilt and tutorial!} from Material Girl Quilts

If you are anything like me, you’ve probably purchased a jelly roll or two of a fabric line that you

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February 15, 2018
CMM February Blocks from My Quilt Infatuation

It's officially the middle of the month, and that means that it's time to link up your Classic Meets Modern blocks for February.  This month's blocks included the Nested Churn Dash, which is the only other 24" block (finished size) in the quilt.

The largest churn dash is a great place to show off a big print, and I am in love with these orange roses.  The different shades of orange are so lush, and the photo doesn't quite capture it properly.  Given the size of this block, it goes together pretty quickly, and I even ...

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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 13, 2018
Zigzag Fade quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

Just popping in to show you Zigzag Fade, a new pattern in Issue #22 (February 2018) of Modern Quilts Unlimited! This is one of the larger quilts I’ve made to date, at 68″ x 87″, but much of it is negative space so it actually comes together pretty quickly—just two blocks, set on point in a fun zigzag pattern!

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures of the quilt before sending it off, but I did take one during the quilting process so you can see a little detail. I decided to use the negative ...

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Quiet Flight {a finished quilt and tutorial!} from Material Girl Quilts

Hi all!  Today I’m back to share a quilt made with Heather Givan‘s additional line coming out this spring for

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February 10, 2018
Island Batik Ambassador Update from Carol Lyles Shaw

Disclosure:  The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and includes products from Aurifil and Hobbs Batting. 

Well, the first Island Batik BOX has arrived!!  In January 2018, I was selected to be an Island Batik Ambassador.  I was very excited because I used to work with batiks quite a bit in past years.  As a modern quilter, I haven’t explored using them as often,  so being accepted will provide the perfect opportunity for me to explore this wonderful range of fabrics.  Every month, Island Batik will give us a challenge or a theme ...

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February 7, 2018
Mod Hearts Free Pattern and GiveAway from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m happy to announce the release of Mod Hearts, a FREE modern quilt pattern and a Fabric GiveAway!

I’ve always enjoyed seeing pieced heart blocks in so many quilts–it’s a traditional motif that quilters love.

Click this link to download the PDF: Mod Hearts Free Pattern Complete

I decided that I wanted to take a more modern approach to this appealing motif.  Using Electric Quilt 8 software, I fractured the heart into sections and made it more angular instead of rounded.

Red block in EQ8

I also wanted to use improvisational techniques in how I chose ...

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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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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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January 25, 2018
Night Hike fabric {and two completed quilts!!} from Material Girl Quilts

By now you probably all know my friend Heather Givans of Crimson Tate, and how much I love to sew

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January 19, 2018
Quilt crossings from Love Laugh Quilt

This quilt just returned home  
from a traveling exhibit

I'm happy to now hang her up in MY house!

It is very minimalist and contains
LOTS of recycled even some "ancient" fabrics.
I say ancient because the OLD old muslins
I included are stained and probably
100 years old.

I LOVED adding that element to this quilt!

The old fabric gives this quilt a quality
that Joanns just couldn't.

The hand quilting adds so much TEXTURE!

Hand quilting.
Old fabric.
Piecing scraps together.

Just SOME of the reasons I LOVE to quilt!

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January 17, 2018
Splashes of Neon from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Another productive day in my sewing group, and another improv curve piecing top.

The Eastern branch if the Irish Patchwork Society received a call for charity quilts for an orphanage in Russia, and I thought I'd try more improv piecing for that, because the time is limited, and this technique works really fast for me.

As I saw, a lot of our members are making quilts for smaller kids, so I decided to do something that's  more suitable for a teenager or a pre-teen (at least I hope this would appeal to them). The top finished about 45 ...

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December 30, 2017
Buttercup {a finished quilt!!} from Material Girl Quilts

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Laura Heine of Fiberworks Quilt Shop, but she has created some AMAZING

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Emma & Myrtle’s Farmhouse {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

As I was looking through my Instagram photos, I realized that I haven’t shared this quilt on my blog.  It’s

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December 29, 2017
Airwaves Completed from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

I'm glad to report the completion of the free-style aviation-themed lap quilt that I showed started not so long ago.

I really like how fast it came together, even the quilting took just a couple of days. I don't like my "practical" quilts to be densely quilted, I prefer them to have more drape, so I tried to imitate the pieced pattern in the quilting - kind of loose free-form spirals and waves:

And because I had four blocks left over from my 6 by 6 layout, I decided to make it a quillow and used the four blocks ...

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