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December 30, 2018
~ Best of 2018, Part 3 ~ from Podunk Pretties

For the final day of the Best of 2018 I'll be choosing posts that meant the most to me.   Notice I said important and not favorite posts.  A lot has happened over the year but there were a few key moments that stuck with me for one reason or another.  In the last 2 Best of 2018 posts I listed them in order of views or comments.  There is no possible way for me to list these in any order.  Each one is special in its own right.  

This was a huge moment for ...

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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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June 23, 2018
Patriotic Modern Quilt Pattern Update 2 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Here’s the second in this series of Patriotic Modern Quilt Pattern Update posts from my latest book.  You can use ANY fabrics to make these patterns–you are definitely not limited to red, white and blue.  Let’s explore two patterns in this post.

This time, I’m showing alternatives for TWO of the patterns.

Strips & Stars #1

This pattern has a layout for making placemats.  Let’s see how the Star block changes with different fabrics.

The original red, white and blue colorway–perfect for a July 4th party.

So what happens when we go more modern?

Yellow ...

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June 18, 2018
Patriotic Modern Pattern Update 1 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello everyone,

This is the first in a series of blog posts inspired by requests from workshop and lecture attendees.  Some of you have seen and purchased a copy of my book, Patriotic Modern Quilts.  My sincere thank you for that!

These patterns are great for decorating for patriotic holidays here in the USA.  But some quilters have mentioned that they rarely (or never) make red/white/blue quilts.  So, I thought I would publish a series of Patriotic Modern Pattern Update posts showing some of these patterns in alternate colorways.  I hope these posts jump start your thinking about ...

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May 18, 2018
***Patriotic Picnic and PDF SALE!*** from Podunk Pretties

Hey! Happy Quilters!  I'm so excited to finally share this quilt.  It was one of those quilts designed a few years ago with no intentions of writing a pattern.  But after several request for a it is, all 95 inches of Patriotic Picnic!

The name came about because of the red gingham in the quilt.  Perfect for those summer holidays.  Yes, I can imagine me sitting on this with a picnic basket full goodies as Mr. Podunk and I OOH and AHH at a colorful display of fireworks, while sipping on a sweet glass of Strawberry Lemonade ...

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April 29, 2018
Becoming a Modern Quilter: Design Principles Part 1 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Modern quilt design principles are fairly new as an organized approach to quilting. So, it’s not surprising that many quilters are still somewhat confused.

Let’s start with the basic question I hear over and over from quilters as they show their quilts:

Is this a modern quilt? I don’t think this quilt is modern…..

This is the question and statement I often hear when talking with quilters I meet in local quilt shops, online or when I make presentations to guilds.  But, it’s actually the WRONG way to think about modern quilting because it’s a ...

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December 5, 2017
Patriotic Modern Quilts Facebook Group from Carol Lyles Shaw

I started a new Patriotic Modern Quilts Facebook group!

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Patriotic Diamonds pattern from my book, Patriotic Modern Quilts. Quilted by Debra Jalbert.


Well, I looked around Facebook and I couldn’t find a group that celebrated modern designs for patriotic quilts so I decided to start one.

It’s open to anyone who is interested in reinventing the traditional approach to this type of quilt design.

It’s a totally non-political group, by the way.  We are there to exchange our knowledge and inspirations as we make and award these quilts to friends, family and community groups.

To join the ...

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October 9, 2017
Patriotic Modern Quilts Available from Carol Lyles Shaw

Patriotic Modern Quilts Book Launch!

I am very proud to announce that my newest book, Patriotic Modern Quilts, is now available for purchase at your local quilt shop and on Amazon.
What’s Inside?
  • 11 Projects
  • Project Planning Pages –handy sheets that will help you organize all of your quilt projects
  • Many projects with options for different size quilts, place mats and table runners
  • Easy to follow instructions–perfect for quilt group projects
  • Tips on choosing patriotic fabrics to create a fresh, contemporary look in your project.
  • Tutorial on fast piecing for half-square triangle blocks

Here are two of the ...

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