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October 22, 2020
Bearded Santa Paper-Pieced Quilted wall hanging from Wisonsin Quilting

22×44″ Santa: easy enough for newbies, satisfying enough for pros, fast enough for Christmas

This is a great pattern for a Christmas wall-hanging, door decoration, or advent calendar. Get into your stash and make some stacks of light, medium and darker grays, 3 flesh tones, some whites, dark and bright reds and green for the background. Most of the squares are just 2-1/2″ squares with scattered paper piecing. You’ll be piecing columns as shown at right above. When you get to a white bit, you’ll stop and piece that from the two indicated colors continuing down ...

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October 20, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 14 - 19: Altered Cowboys and Beyond from Gefilte Quilt

My show is going strong! Here's the third batch. 

Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Day #14: Cowboy Quilt
This quilt was made circa 1998, when my adorable little boy wanted to be a cowboy.
At the time, I was not only enchanted with my growing baby humans, but also my growing baby fabric stash, especially this brown border print:
As a new quilter, I did some reckless things. In this case, I cut the outer edges, on the sides and bottom, into hanging diamonds. What's worse, I chose a relatively thick red denim bandana print to bind them. (On ...

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October 9, 2020
Finished: Courtyard Tiles quilt from One Million Stitches

I finished this quilt a couple of years ago and never posted it to the blog. It’s one of my favorites: the Courtyard Tiles pattern by Kelly Young at My Quilt Infatuation. I fell in love with it ever since I saw her version done with a hot pink camouflage fabric! Here’s my version, done ROYGBIV style:

Our staff photographer at work very graciously offered to take a photo of it in his studio – probably the best pic of one of my quilts ever! We used Command velcro strips to hold it to a screen that he raised ...

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August 29, 2020
Winding Ways: quilt and done! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Good tools (AccuQuiltGO!), good fabric (Michael Miller Fabrics), good thread (Aurifil), good machine (Janome Continental M7), and some experience, and you can do a lot! This return to my quilty roots just makes me happy!

Over the course of the year I’ve shared progress on this quilt:

  • First, there was learning to use the AccuQuiltGO! which I blogged about here. It was a different block, but the easy applies.
  • Then there is the PIECING of CURVES: see the blogpost here or go directly to the video on my YouTube Channel here.
  • Now there is the quilting video (that covers ...

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August 27, 2020
How to Sew the Perfect Decorative Pillow FAST! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers! 

Who loves making pillows? Are you new to quilting and sewing? Pillow's are a perfect project to tackle as your first project. Even if you are an expert quilter, pillows are a great fast finish that can be quite rewarding. I love making them as gifts as well as making a variety of pillow covers for all the different seasons. Changing out your pillow decor really helps to liven up a space throughout the year! 

Pillows are a great Fat Quarter friendly project, today I am sewing with AGF Studios Terra Kotta Fabrics and some AGF Pure ...

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August 23, 2020
Playful from Heart Desire Creations

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My quilting journey began somewhere around 2006 to 2007.  I purchased a magazine, “Quilt It, Two Block Quilts” and immediately loved two of the quilts.  The first is in the back of my quilting closet, partially quilted.  Each time I take it out thinking I’ll finish it, I’m reminded that I don’t care for it very much.  I also remind myself that a fair amount of work went into it, especially as a beginner, and that I should finish it so I can donate it.

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The second pattern was for “Baby Love.”  In 2018 I finally got ...

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August 21, 2020
Creating Great Virtual Guild Programs and Meetings from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve been lecturing and teaching virtually for guilds this summer and more events scheduled into the fall and into 2021.  I’ve been noticing that many guild officers and members are searching for tips on how to run guild meetings and programs over zoom so that even ‘low tech’ members can participate and stay engaged.  Click [ ...Continue Reading ]

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Creating Great Virtual Guild Programs and Meetings from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve been lecturing and teaching virtually for guilds this summer and more events scheduled into the fall and into 2021.  I’ve been noticing that many guild officers and members are searching for tips on how to run guild meetings and programs over zoom so that even ‘low tech’ members can participate and stay engaged.  Click [ ...Continue Reading ]

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August 3, 2020
Piecing Curves…it is possible even for me from Art and Quilting in Camden

Whoo-eeeee! Lookit those perfect seams… this was my second block, and I think it looks pretty durn good for someone who doesn’t really piece a lot! There are a few MINOR things I can fuss at (like the seam allowance on the center top spike is a skosh wide and the upper left corner edge isn’t perfect, but still! Fabrics are batiks and Bright White Cotton Couture from Michael Miller Fabrics.

Precision piecing has never been my strong suit, but I am — like Michaelangelo at age 80 — still learning. One of the things I’ve learned is that ...

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July 26, 2020
Bearded Santa Paper-Pieced Quilted wall hanging from Wisonsin Quilting

22×44″ Santa: easy enough for newbies, satisfying enough for pros, fast enough for Christmas

This is a great pattern for a Christmas wall-hanging, door decoration, or advent calendar. Get into your stash and make some stacks of light, medium and darker grays, 3 flesh tones, some whites, dark and bright reds and green for the background. Most of the squares are just 2-1/2″ squares with scattered paper piecing. You’ll be piecing columns as shown at right above. When you get to a white bit, you’ll stop and piece that from the two indicated colors continuing down ...

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July 25, 2020
My Approach to Quilting A Modern Quilt from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love  the look of machine quilting on modern quilts.   I wanted to use my walking foot but still go beyond simple or even complex lines to create unique quilting lines and shapes in my modern quilts.  I wanted to break away from repeating the same shapes over and over.  I did not want to [ ...Continue Reading ]

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My Approach to Quilting A Modern Quilt from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love  the look of machine quilting on modern quilts.   I wanted to use my walking foot but still go beyond simple or even complex lines to create unique quilting lines and shapes in my modern quilts.  I wanted to break away from repeating the same shapes over and over.  I did not want to [ ...Continue Reading ]

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July 19, 2020
Fly Geese, Fly! from Heart Desire Creations

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So many cut off corners from my Tula Strings quilt just begging to be used for their own quilt. I have been wanting to do a quilt of all flying geese for some time – perfect opportunity! First, there was all the trimming of the triangles. The adding of the solids was done while at a sew-in with friends – it took forever! The final trimming of the blocks seemed to take more than forever.  There was a lot of arranging on the design wall, rearranging, and yes, rearranging some more. The blocks occupied the design wall for at least a couple ...

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July 13, 2020
Postage Stamp Finale from Gray Barn Designs

While Cindy has been holding down the blog fort, I’ve been staycationing and wallowing in my “world is out of control” funk. No more. I’ve got to shake these blues and maybe the best way to do this is to bring out the reds — you know which ones — the postage stamp reds!

As you may recall, in November 2019, I started creating a red postage stamp quilt. The pattern intrigued me from the beginning of my quilt journey when I was inspired by a quilt created by Red Pepper Quilts. Rita Hodge’s quilt was full of bright ...

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July 12, 2020
Need a Project? Take a New Look at an Old Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

Are you a loss for new projects? Quarantine is the ideal time to look at your finished quilts and ask yourself a melancholy yet potentially engaging question: Is this quilt really finished?

When I finish a quilt, I usually don't love it - I mainly see the flaws. It takes a while to figure out whether it needs more. But this improv-pieced quilt was an exception. I just loved it when I finished it in 2017.

Then, the people I showed it to went "Very nice, meh, next."

Then QuiltCon rejected it. Dang, I was soooo not-understood.

I held my ...

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July 5, 2020
Paper-Pieced “No Ordinary Love” quilted tribute from Wisonsin Quilting

This paper piecing project is in recognition of all those nurses, doctors, family, and friends who dedicate their lives to caring for others. We owe deep gratitude.

Order this $8 pattern to make an 18″ x 28 wall hanging perfect as a gift.

It comes with a color chart for the 9 colors, an exploded assembly diagram, 2 single sheets with the pattern for you to color your own scheme, and 9 pages to print on freezer paper, plus general and specific instruction sheets.

Write to me at PaperPiecingheartlandATgmailDOTcom if you would like to make the larger 24″ x 38 ...

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The Making of Tula Strings from Heart Desire Creations

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There have been questions regarding how I made the Tula Strings blocks and border. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at keeping notes and drawings, so I will do my best to recreate the pattern. First, I laid out the various colors of shot cottons from my stash, then pulled out coordinating Tula prints. One and one half inch strips were cut – solids and prints.

img_0062 The strips were paper pieced onto a 10 1/2″ square of paper, beginning with a solid strip in the center. Was the paper necessary?  For me it was because the shot cottons definitely lend ...

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July 2, 2020
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch from The Snarky Quilter

As a matter of fact I have been sewing; in between collaging, printing, and virtual gallery viewing. Last month I improvised a piece from leftover blocks and some Grunge fabric I had forgotten I had. I overprinted my leftovers with … Continue reading

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June 10, 2020
Live Online Quilt Classes for Guilds and Groups from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am now offering  LIVE online quilt classes, lectures and workshops for Guilds, Shops and Groups over Zoom.This is exciting news in light of the challenges of scheduling face-to-face large group events.  Your organization can bring new learning experiences to each member virtually and they can attend from the comfort of their own home sewing [ ...Continue Reading ]

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May 28, 2020
Two for May from The Snarky Quilter

Despite the attention I’ve been lavishing on collage and Gelli printing I managed to get two small quilts completed, to my surprise. As usual, I chose to complete the low hanging fruit (i.e., the easiest to quilt) first. The two … Continue reading

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