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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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February 11, 2019
Moonlight, a Strip Quilt and Pattern from Selvage Blog



 "Moonlight" is my most recent quilt finish. The (Kona Ash Gray) sashing color gives a moonlight look to this quilt. And I love the piano keys. Using only two strips rather than four, and placing them asymmetrically adds a little modern whimsy. I used the same striped fabric for backing and binding. You can see the striped binding in the photo above. And here are some detail photos below. Pattern coming soon on Etsy. I'll keep you posted.







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Skimming Stones appliqué quilt pattern from Stitch and Yarn

One day I'm going to have my own screenprint table… but for now I'm just going to enjoy the release of my Skimming Stones quilt pattern – made from swatches I screenprinted for a range of fabrics I designed. It's a great feeling knowing you've not only made a quilt but also hand printed the fabrics it's made from.

Surface design was something I had some experience with, but it's a different way of thinking to design for screenprinting, and it was a good 20 years since I'd done it previously – making sure you ...

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February 5, 2019
Geo Diamond block from Charm About You


Geo Diamond quilt block made with Art Gallery Fabrics by Charm About You

As I was going through my stash to make this block inspiration struck. Isn't it funny how memories and things can suddenly come to mind and influence you. This wasn't my original direction but I am so pleased with how this came together!

Geo Diamond quilt block made with Art Gallery Fabrics

The block is called Geo Diamond and designer Naomi Clarke has just launched the Geo Diamond English Paper Piecing Sewalong! Click the link to get all the details, parcels start shipping in March and there are lots of options available.

It's a 12" block, so a great size! There are loads of layout possibilities ...

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February 2, 2019
Road to California 2019 Report, Part 2 from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I showed about 30 masterpiece quilt from Road to California 2019. Below are 30+ more. They come with the same disclaimers:

  • I didn't come close to photographing everything I adored, because truly, I adored everything, and there were more than 1000 quilts at the show.
  • Some fabulous quilts aren't here because the photo I took was so bad. Even my acceptable photography is off-kilter. So please - forgive me. If you want a better view, I suggest googling the quilter's name. Artists who are skilled enough to get quilts in this high-skills show are ...

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January 29, 2019
Staggering Quilts at Road to California 2019, Part I from Gefilte Quilt

OMG, Road to California 2019, in Ontario, California. I was beyond honored - stunned, really - to have this English Paper Pieced quilt in this show; the icing on the cake was that my stunning DH came with me to see it!

Setting aside my own quilt - I could only see the flaws as it hung in a forest of masterpieces - here's some  objective advice: If you only go to one quilt show a year, this would be a great choice. There were more than 1,000 quilts, and I needed a thesaurus to come up with the superlatives that they ...

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January 22, 2019
Carnival from Let's Begin Sewing

Last summer I took a quilt workshop with Sujata Shah where we followed techniques outlined in her book Cultural Fusion Quilts. Sujata is inspired by the tribal quilts of India which are very bright and cheerful. This is my version of a cultural fusion quilt. I decided to name this quilt "Carnival", it is truly a riot of color.



All the blocks are cut freehand and the idea is to make a different sets of blocks and then combine them together. I made a few blocks at the workshop, but carried with me some blocks that I had made earlier ...

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January 17, 2019
Make Modern Magazine – Fat Quarters and Quilting Bees from Blossom Heart Quilts

The latest issue of Make Modern is now out! Inside issue 26, you can find my regular Maths & Methods article, this time talking all about fat quarters, what you can squeeze from them, and how we all love a fat quarter friendly quilt pattern, like Geode. You can also find an interview with me all about how I set up and run The Bee Hive – quilting bees running all around the world. The issue includes a great gallery of finished quilts made from The Bee Hive series of quilt block tutorials, and they’re so inspiring!

Click here to buy ...

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January 6, 2019
2018 – Green Fuse – Finished from Lotus Cove Quilting

Green Fuse – a full-sized bed quilt – was part of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild’s “Taking Flight” show (September 29, 2018).

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I used a bright lime thread for all the quilting.

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2018 Green Fuse Floral Quilting Details

2018 Green Fuse Floral Details

2018 Green Fuse Floral Details

I quilted florals on the white area, seedlike ovals on the green, and roots on the gray.

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2018 Green Fuse Quilting Detail “Rose”

Also among the roots was part of the Dylan Thomas poem “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.”

More quilting details in next post.

 

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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 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 30, 2018
Charity Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Wrapping up year end charity quilts, this orange/hot pink modern quilt was an exercise in an off-the-cuff design.  Looking through my strips, I realized there was an abundance of oranges in the 4 1/2" Box.  The modern triangle fabric had a variety of oranges and hot pinks, so it worked perfectly for the zig zag accents.  From piecing to binding, this 48" X 60" quilt was done in 2 days.

Our Cane Cutter Quilt Guild's Helping Hands program, provides quilting comfort to several organizations.  This year, we were able to provide each child of the Louis Children ...

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November 27, 2018
Not a baby quilt from Blueberry Patch

  Name:  Guest Pancakes in Blue
Design: inpired by Tula Pinks Pancakes pattern that is no longer available
Size:  79" by 89"
Fabric: Stash fabrics in blues, Kona white and Kona navy
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in grey in free motion switch back
Backing:  by Amy Butler


 I started this quilt about a year ago after Stacey Day gifted me a whole pile of her scraps.  Her scraps are not like my scraps and there were a lot of blues.  Big chunks.  I had always loved the Tula Pink Pancake pattern so I started cutting up the scraps ...

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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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October 28, 2018
Teaching at NC Quilt Symposium from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching two quilt workshops at the 2019 North Carolina Quilt Symposium on May 2-5, 2019.  I’m super excited to be in such wonderful company with some of the best quilters around!

My Quilt Workshops

I’ve created a short video about both workshops with tips for choosing your fabrics.

Parisian Curves Quilt Workshop

modern quilt

One possible layout for this technique using simple curved blocks.

My Batik Modern version using a rich yellow as the negative space. Complex multi-layer curved blocks created using Parisian Curves technique.

In this one-day workshop, you will ...

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October 23, 2018
I Am Teaching at AQS QuiltWeek 2019 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching at AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona FL held February 27–March 2, 2019.  AQS Members registration start Oc. 23, 2018 and registration for the general public starts Nov. 7, 2018     Click HERE for registration information. 

My AQS QuiltWeek Workshops

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 ...

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October 5, 2018
Patriotic Modern Quilt Pattern Update 3 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Everyone!  In this post, I’ll show you the different modern looks you can achieve with the Patriotic Diamonds Modern Quilt pattern  (on page 80) when you use a variety of modern quilt fabrics.  I’ve also added a tutorial on adding an inner border –see the bottom of this post.

And go HERE and HERE for earlier posts showing how to choose fabrics in other colorways for the patterns in this book.

You can purchase the book from local quilt shops and online here.

Here’s the original quilt.

Quilt designed in EQ7 from my book, Patriotic Modern ...

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September 4, 2018
2018 Online Quilters Meet and Greet from Sew Some Sunshine

Hello and welcome to Sew Some Sunshine!  I'm so glad you stopped by, especially visitors from the 2018 Quilters Meet and Greet hosted by Benita over at her Creative Space blog.  I'll be telling you a little bit more about myself and my quilting, along with other quilt bloggers who are participating.  Don't forget to visit the main page to find out more about all of the participating quilters.  There's also an incredible giveaway.




I began quilting in my early twenties to finish up some quilt projects that my grandmother had sewn.  Since I didn't ...

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August 31, 2018
Trish & Birdie Blog Tour from Jackie's Art Quilts

It was a pretty fun email that came unexpectedly inviting me on a blog tour to introduce a new fabric line !

What happened after that was receiving a fat quarter bundle of this delicious fabric, we were asked to make something with it.
This is the collection called 'Trish and Birdie' by Deane Beesley at Sweet Bee Designs
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It is a delightful collection of all things sweet, flowery and full of sunshine.


I thought and thought of what to make. I didn't want to make something that would end up in my closet as the fabric was just too ...

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Trish & Birdie Blog Tour from Jackie's Art Quilts

It was a pretty fun email that came unexpectedly inviting me on a blog tour to introduce a new fabric line !

What happened after that was receiving a fat quarter bundle of this delicious fabric, we were asked to make something with it.
This is the collection called 'Trish and Birdie' by Deane Beesley at Sweet Bee Designs
.
It is a delightful collection of all things sweet, flowery and full of sunshine.


I thought and thought of what to make. I didn't want to make something that would end up in my closet as the fabric was just too ...

read more
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