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August 1, 2019
Aunt Harriet Casts Some Shade from The Snarky Quilter

Like many women of my generation, I have inherited handiwork made by women in the previous generation. Some artists like Amy Meissner have created art with such bits. While I’ve repurposed inherited table linens by dyeing, printing, etc., I’ve been … Continue reading

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June 6, 2019
Turning Corners and Stash Jazz Pattern Launch from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am happy to announce the launch of TURNING CORNERS and STASH JAZZ,  two new modern quilt patterns available in my Etsy shop.

And, yes, I will also be teaching these patterns as workshops!  Contact me if your Guild or Shop would like to book 2020 or 2021 dates.

Turning Corners Pattern

Turning Corners is a fun quilt that you can piece in a day.  Each block is made from 10” squares.  It’s a great quilt for a coordinated precut packet or you can use leftover precuts from one designer’s line.  You can also use large print scraps ...

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July 24, 2018
Submitting to Quilt Shows from Carol Lyles Shaw

Submitting to quilt shows–many of us love doing it and others hate the thought of competition.  Submitting to quilt shows can be fun or scary. In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on some of the factors to consider.

I’ve been focused on designing and writing patterns and haven’t submitted to many shows for the past few years.  I’ve had quilts accepted in many shows over the years–and even won a prize for an artquilt that was entered into an all media ART show.  I’ve also had lots of quilts rejected from national ...

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March 30, 2018
Sew Sampler Reveal March 2018 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Spectrum March Sew Sampler Box Header

You asked for modern and we are beaming with excitement to give it to you. Let’s jump right into our colorful reveal for our March box. If you are not yet subscribed, be sure you do soon to receive our April box, which happens to be our 2nd Birthday box!

March Box Reveal Photo

Sparkler Ombre Confetti Metallic Half Yard Bundle by V and Co. for Moda Fabrics

If you already love V and Co. Ombre fabric, we think you’re going to go crazy for her Ombre Confetti with Metallic Dots! It’s the same colors of ombre that you know and ...

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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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December 10, 2017
penguins and pigments from Charm About You

The kindness of our community always surprises me! Lovely Naomi asked if she could send me a little gift after discovering that penguins are my favourite creatures. I was thrilled to receive this adorable Christmas decoration, with beautiful fussy cut penguins!

penguin hexagon christmas decoration

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December 4, 2017
Solid Alternatives for Modern Quilts from Carol Lyles Shaw

Solids are a favorite fabric for modern quilts and many stunning quilts are being made every day using solids.  I think it’s great that fabric  manufacturers have given us a wonderful range of colors, tones, values and shades in solid fabrics.  We actually have hundreds of choices!

But did you know that there are many ‘solid alternatives’ for modern quilts out there?  Sometimes, I want to create negative space in the quilt that has subtle texture without using a true print.

I paired a vivid modern print with ombres and Grunge.

In progress shot–Mini quilt. Moda Grunge, Gelato ...

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November 16, 2017
Maximalism in Modern Quilts from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love Maximalism in Modern Quilts!

modern quilts

improv block in progress

Since I began quilting over 25 years ago, I have always loved making tops with lots of vibrant color.

However, when I moved deeply into modern quilt design about 5 years ago, I started by learning about the minimalism and simplicity design principles.  That was fun and I learned a lot. See some of the minimalist quilts that I made in posts here and here and here.

Then, I decided to start moving back towards the use of color that I have always loved.  Where did my inspiration come from ...

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October 31, 2017
Modern Jelly Roll Race Quilt Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

My Modern Jelly Roll Race Quilt Tutorial

Jelly Roll Race quilts are a favorite fast & easy quilt to make.  I decided to make a jelly roll quilt as a gift for a dear friend.  I started by reviewing the tutorials on Youtube by the Missouri Quilt Company because it had been awhile since I made one of these quilts. [See link at very end of this post].

Then, when I was ready to make my quilt I realized I had a design decision to make.  Nearly all of the jelly roll race quilts that I see on social media are ...

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