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January 13, 2021
2020 REVIEW - A Year in Quilt Magazines Wow, 2020 was a... from Living Water Quilter



2020 REVIEW - A Year in Quilt Magazines

 Wow, 2020 was a wonderful year for sharing my quilt designs in magazines! Several of the quilts are large bed quilts.  Most are easy one or two block patterns. A couple are foundation paper-pieced.

Three Times Three (above)

The “Quilt Parade” begins with “Three Times Three” on the cover of Curated Quilts.  This is my FIRST cover on a quilt magazine.  Exciting!

NOTE: There are compensated links in the post. They help you find the things you need and costs you nothing.

Right Angles

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Find “Right Angles” in the May/June issue of ...

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December 20, 2020
2020 COLUMBUS MODERN QUILTERS REVEAL from Kwilty Pleasures

My modern quilting group,
The Columbus Modern Quilters
recently had an on-line reveal of our 2020 Mystery Quilt

We received a total of 7 Clues.
The last was the layout of this top.
I grabbed some screen shots.
(photos by quilters, power point by Leigh Morgan)


This is my Mystery Quilt.
My hubby thinks it looks like a Native American design.
I'll go with that....when deciding the name.
I plan to quilt this one in 2021.




Rachel never disappoints with her work.
There were lots of little HTS left over from
one of the blocks...they ended up ...

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December 16, 2020
IQA Closing As Quilt World Changes from Carol Lyles Shaw

The International Quilt Association is another victim of the Pandemic and, perhaps, of changes in the quilt world.  The IQA founders and board decided to close their doors.  It’s a sad loss–they published an attractive journal that documented winners of past shows and also sponsored lots of events over the years. Their judged shows set …

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Why Do I Sew? from Carol Lyles Shaw

Why do I sew?  Why did I choose sewing–specifically quilt making — as a medium for expressing my creativity? Since I was in college, I have loved visual art.  I am especially in love with 20th century painters in the  Colorfield genre.  I studied the works of Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, …

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December 14, 2020
Show Us Your Fabric Stash from Carol Lyles Shaw

Today’s prompt is Show Us Your Fabric! I’m not super organized but I have a basic plan.  And I try to keep it up — although this means a general clear up about every few months. So this is another honest craft room post, my dear friends! I keep my grunge, ombres, some solids and …

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December 6, 2020
My Views on Unfinished Quilts from Carol Lyles Shaw

Oldest UFO is today’s prompt for the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. I don’t have many old UFO’s–I dislike having them taking up room in my home.  What I DO have are quilts without their bindings….so I confess to that. Unfinished quilts exist in many quilter closets. We can call them UFO’s [unfinished objects] or …

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December 5, 2020
My early quilt projects and influences from Carol Lyles Shaw

Today’s 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge prompt was ‘first quilt projects’ and I will share a few of those.  And,  I’m going to detour and also talk about just a few of my early important influences too. I started quilting over 30 years ago to make family quilts.  Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of those …

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December 2, 2020
Real Sewing Space from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love seeing the #honestcraftroom on Instagram–it definitely helps to know that most of us don’t work in professionally decorated studio sets. Of course, a woman can always dream about a 400 square foot space with long design walls and built in overhead LED lights….and an assistant to do the pressing and cleaning up.  Sigh…….. …

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December 1, 2020
An Introduction to Me from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve decided to take part in the 31 Day Blog Post Writing Challenge for December 2020.  So, each day, I will use the prompts list…or my variation on that prompt–to write a blog post.  I want to keep this blog series fun and interesting for both you and me.  So, here are my commitments to …

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November 20, 2020
A Take On Bear Paw from Let's Begin Sewing

As my blog posts get more scarce, so is my quilt making. However in the past month a lot of quilts I made earlier have come into the limelight. Let me start with the first one.  A variant on the Bear Paw block.

This quilt was a long time in the making. About 3 years ago when I was undergoing physical therapy, while recovering from a knee injury I would find myself often staring at my shoes. The colors of the shoes really struck a chord with me and I decided to use them in my next quilt. Inspiration comes ...

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MODERNLY AMISH? from Kwilty Pleasures

When I travel to Amish Country, in Holmes County Ohio
I don't expect to find anything "modern".
Once in awhile a fabric might catch my eye.

til one day...this past October
I stopped at a shop I have heard of for many years.
Mostly as a Bernina repair shop, not much fabric.


It was bigger than I thought and lots of Bernina's greeted me as I entered.


More fabric than I expected.



THEN I made a sharp left and saw the newly built classroom
It was FULL of modern quilts!.

Sassafras Lane Designs...quilts all over the ...

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Chambray Fabric With Stars In Pieces Pattern from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Oh my gosh, you guys, I am in love with Chambray by The Tattooed Quilter! These lightweight fabrics are so versatile. Not only are they 100% cotton, soft, and luxurious, but they are forgiving too. I love the feel and the detail in the weave. It’s perfect! I, of course, made a quilt out of them, but I dream of making a flowing dress. I can see it now. Something like the Calvin dress… Yes! That would be lovely. But I think I am going to need more Chambray fabric. LOL.

Cutting the Stars in Pieces quilt out

It is with bated breath that I say ...

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November 19, 2020
Interviews with Quilt Friends from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce a new series of interviews with some of my Quilt Friends– all artists , quilters, curators, designers and entrepreneurs—now available on my YouTube channel.  The series is called “On the Design Wall”. I have just uploaded the first two interviews in this series with many more to come in the …

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November 5, 2020
Sampler quilt with stars made by three friends from Pieced Brain

Sampler quilt with stars made by three friends

Choose your favorite star blocks, a fabric collection, and make a sampler quilt with stars like we did. Exchange blocks once a month!

I am calling this my Friendship Star quilt! Deb, Lisa, and I agreed to work with the Gretel fabric collection by Amy Smart for Riley Blake Designs. I love Amy’s fabrics! Deb suggested our blocks should be 12″ stars, any stars we liked. So, we met every month or so to exchange the blocks we made.

We would choose a design, make three blocks of it, and share. We each had purchased a fat quarter bundle ...

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October 26, 2020
Featured Designer: Heather Black of Quiltachusetts from Christa Quilts

Today I’m happy to have a guest post from my friend Heather Black of Quiltachusetts. Heather is a talented designer of modern quilts and when you visit her blog, you’ll recognize some of the designs on her published page.

Heather Black

Her most recent adventure is fabric design, and I know you’ll enjoy hearing about that. Take it away, Heather!


I’m so honored that Christa asked me to be a guest on her blog. Christa was one of the first quilters I met online and she’s been a mentor as well as a friend through ...

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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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September 1, 2020
THE PERRY COUNTY FLAMINGO from Kwilty Pleasures


September 2019 I was asked to do a trunk show for
The Perry County Sewcial Club.
A new quilt guild located in Perry County, OH

I knew the founding gals and said I would love to.
Being new and no budget, I offered to exchange my show
for fabrics.   If each person could bring me a scrap of
a pink or coral flower...I would make 
Laura Heine's Pinkerton Flamingo with those fabrics.

I received over 40 pieces of fabric!


The process begins by fusing and cutting all the fabric pieces
to be designed into the collage. 

I drew ...

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July 26, 2020
Challenge Met and UFO done! from The Cozy Quilter

Back in January, the program committee at the Oxford Quilt Guild issued a challenge.  Each person that wanted to participate was asked to bring in a yard of batik material and a pair of scissors.  We stood in a big circle and listened for instructions...  Fold the fabric in half, snip it at the fold, rip it in half, drop half in front of us and pass the other half to the person on our right.  "Fold it, snip it, rip it, drop it, pass it!"  This was repeated with until each of us had 7 pieces of batik fabric ...

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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 …

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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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