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March 25, 2019
Upcoming Classes, A Prize, A GiveAway and More! from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Everyone, I am excited to share some great news with you. A lot of good stuff is happening in my quilt life these days and I’m celebrating. In fact, be sure to read to the bottom of this post to find out about a GiveAway!!

I WON AN AWARD!

My quilt, MidCentury Modern: Black and White won a Prize at MidAtlantic Quilt Festival Competition for Best Use of Negative Space in the MidCentury Modern Category. The award included a Ribbon and a Cash Prize that I am sharing with my Long Arm quilter because her work really complemented ...

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March 19, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 5) Can It Count for Sunday Quilt Inspiration? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 I've been busy helping Richard care for his elderly parents, which is taking a great deal of time. That said, I suppose that for the time being, I'll be posting on a do-it-when-I-can basis. 

That may mean only a few times a week, though I will try to keep up with my Pinterest posts. I'm writing this with full knowledge that I missed Sunday's Quilt Inspiration. To make up for it, here are a few more Quilt Con pictures from last month. Enjoy!









Thanks for understanding our family needs and forgive me for those times when ...

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March 15, 2019
Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild -- What Fun! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


The BRMQG invited me to give a lecture at our meeting on Monday evening. I had a wonderful time. I haven't taught in such a long time and I've missed it. 



This class, though, was more about presenting than teaching. I did talk about my philosophy of improv and how I found my way into the modern movement. And I showed about 15 quilts. The whole thing lasted an hour and, happily, I had just enough "teaching material" to talk about and quilts to show. 



Of course, there was other business. Several of us had attended Quilt Con ...

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March 14, 2019
Welcome Our Newest Elements - Decostitch + Icon from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

Are you looking for some new blenders for your next quilty project?! The usual go-to's are often solids, but we wanted to create something different that added some texture and felt just more unique! So, this time around we decided to expand our collection of Elements by adding two new designs, “DECOSTITCH” and “ICON.” Both of these different designs can be used to sew with a wide variety of prints and colors or be used on their own as well.

For “DECOSTITCH,” we were inspired by stitching motifs and decided to fuse them together with neutral shades ...

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March 11, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Quilt Con (episode 4) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Photos coming, but first a few personal notes from Quilt Con.


I happened upon Tula Pink of Pink Door Studios. She made it big with her Etsy shop and wild fabric lines. The huge vendor booth looked familiar (I passed by a couple of times) and I kept wondering what that familiarity was. Her fabric lines, of course! They are beautiful, colorful and happy. I take issue with some of the language that appears on her work, but maybe I'm just not that modern.


DEMO17 - My Obsession with Shibori Resist and Indigo with Debbie Maddy, Moda Fabrics + Supplies

I ...

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February 27, 2019
Blog Tour: Modern Art Quilts, Sue Bleiweiss from Terificreations's Weblog

Modern Art Quilts Design, Fuse, & Quilt-as-you-goSue BleiweissStash Books Book $26.95; e-book $21.99 Books are fascinating things, giving us a glimpse into an area of interest, and into the person writing. Modern Art Quilts: Design, Fuse, & Quilt-as-you-go gives us a bit of insight into Sue’s process for making art quilts using two things I… Continue reading Blog Tour: Modern Art Quilts, Sue Bleiweiss

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Quilt Con (episode 3) THE WINNERS from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

These are the big winners. Let's start with "Best in Show," which is followed by a collage of close-ups. 






















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February 26, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 2) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

More eye-candy from QuiltCon! 















My apologies that I don't remember which of these are the winners or in which order. However, I am sure that I have the correct titles attached to the quilts. 


So which is your favorite thus far? Oh, there are more pictures coming. I just need some time to work on them.

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February 24, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 1) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

There are more photos on my Instagram or #theMQG on Instagram if you'd like to see other pictures. For now, though, I'm adding some of the winners to this post. And check it out, I figured a short cut to keying in all the information on each quilt! Remember that you can click on each picture to get a close-up view. 





























To help you make sense of these, I posted the  pictures in winning order. (It's difficult to see the place number on the ribbons.) I'll post more on Monday or Tuesday, depending on when we ...

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February 7, 2019
Deep(ly Flawed) Purple from The Snarky Quilter

In case you think quilt creation for me is all beer and skittles, I want to take you behind the curtain and share my latest humbling quilting experience. I haven’t done such a bad job in years. I’m embarrassed to … Continue reading

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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 18, 2019
A Squared Approach: Grid Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

I remember walking into my "Sacred Geometry" class in art school and being so confused by everything our teacher was explaining for the first, few weeks. The class involved a lot of math and applying it to creating art, and well, math and I aren't the best of friends, haha! It wasn't until a few weeks when he started breaking down how artists during the Renaissance period used a special grid to create their paintings that I suddenly become super intrigued and wanted to know more and more! The special grid was called "The Golden Ratio" or also ...

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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 23, 2018
Last Quilt of 2018 from Heart Desire Creations

Taking a break until 2019 is in order but I want to first share my final finish of 2019.  I had many 2 1/2 inch strips of Kaffe fabric. Some were from a design roll and some from another project.  Never have I ever done a Jelly Roll Race quilt so I thought that might be fun. However, after separating the light and darks, I decided on something a bit more dramatic.

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Matching the diagonal strips was a bit challenging, but once I figured out the method, it wasn’t too bad. I really like the look and best ...

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December 14, 2018
A Nod to The East: Silkroad Fusion Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers!

If you have been following AGF for a while, you would know that we don't often focus on contrasting colors of black, red, and white in our collections. Well, we decided to do things a little different this time and this time, and bring them to center stage in our latest collection! Inspired by what you’d discover while traveling the trading route that connected The East to The West, AGF created its latest collection, “Silkroad Fusion.” This fabric line celebrates the emerging trend of Asian influences in textiles with designs from ancient techniques of brushwork that ...

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December 13, 2018
Too Much Purple? from The Snarky Quilter

People see red, turn green with envy, are blue, etc., but what emotion is associated with purple? Passion? Overheated prose? Anger? Elegant decadence? I ended up with a very purple quilt top for a prosaic reason, nothing to do with … Continue reading

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November 28, 2018
On the Design Wall from Heart Desire Creations

Finally I have something on one of my design walls!  I’ve already eliminated a couple of blocks that just didn’t “fit.” Yes, it is all Kaffe fabrics. AND – all from my Kaffe scrap bin! (Not that the bin appears to be any less full.)

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This is from Kathy Doughty’s book, “Making Quilts”. I started this one out as  planned color, with each round being a particular color. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really working for me and am now putting it up as scrappy. I see that I have a lot of rearranging to do, but I need ...

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November 15, 2018
Modern Curves from The Snarky Quilter

I hereby declare this is drunkards path week. First, I featured the paintings of Luiz Zerbini. Now, I want to show you two small quilts, let’s call them quiltlets, I’ve been working on. They use the modern drunkards path block. … Continue reading

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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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