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July 4, 2019
Gallery of Patriotic Quilts from The Inbox jaunt

Happy Independence Day, Quilters! May your day be filled with family and friends, burgers and brats, and your favorite cocktail! And may God crown our good with brotherhood! Here’s how The Kennedy Family kicks off the day:  Ray Charles, America! From my family to YOURS, Wishing YOU all the BEST of America! Lori    …

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June 26, 2019
UFO progress and red, white & blue fabric play from The Crafty Quilter

My gosh, the end of June is closing in! I’ve been making some UFO progress this month for my 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge project. My Save The Bees quilt just needs a little hand sewing along the hanging sleeve and quilt label. This quilt is from last year’s BOM with Jacquelynne Steves. I’ll show full pictures on Sunday’s blog post.

UFO Progress for June is my Save The Bees quilt from last year.

When I went to pull some needles for the hand stitching, I realized that I had so many choices! I usually like straw needles for hand sewing my binding on, but I think applique needles might ...

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June 21, 2019
Bobby’s Patriotic Sampler Quilt from Quilted Joy

Women, and some men, have been making patriotic quilts since the United States began. When we make a quilt with red, white, blue, stars, stripes, or eagles, we have made a patriotic quilt. Quilts of Valor and other similar organizations give patriotic themed quilts to veterans as a show of gratitude for their service. Bobby has made one such quilt, a patriotic sampler quilt.

Bobby's Patriotic Sampler Quilt, longarm quilting by Angela Huffman

The Quilt Top

A giant compass rose, Bobby’s quilt has a little bit of everything. First, the center of the compass is a Dresden Plate, with the compass points clearly marked with appliqué. Next, it ...

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May 17, 2019
Going Patriotic and Christmas from Grandma's Red Needle

To all Norwegians worldwide: 


The last two weeks have been very busy. I've been out of the house almost every day, running errands here and there and only had time for sewing in the late afternoons / evenings. 

The Patriotic Mug Rugs in our shop sold out and I made a few new. For the back, I chose a red fabric with tiny flowers instead of the mottled flag red I've used earlier. 

I thought I was done with Patriotic quilts for awhile, but after searching the net for ...

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April 14, 2019
Patriotic Table Runners and WIPs from Grandma's Red Needle

It's Sunday again, two weeks into April already. Where did this week go?! 
Rain and thunderstorms today and Meteo has issued 'heavy rain warning' until tomorrow morning. No venture out in this weather and what is better than sew?! :)

The Norwegian National Day - May 17th - is approaching. 

I have a few patriotic quilted items in our Etsy Shop and after selling one table runner last weekend, I've been busy making two more.

I had some fabric left of this fun navy blue striped ribbons and made a variation of the ...

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February 19, 2019
Cheri’s Patriotic Tumbler Block Quilt from Quilted Joy

Cheri is a loving grandmother and a quilter which means those grandchildren are each getting a very nice gift. She decided to make a set of tumbler block quilts for her grandsons.

Patriotic Tumbler Block Quilt

If I remember correctly, they each picked out the colors for their own quilt. This grandson choose a patriotic theme with colors of red, white, and blue, but antiqued just a bit. Therefore, there are a lot of navy’s, burgundy’s, creams and tans. It is a beautiful quilt with a lot of piecing.

Piecing a Tumbler Block Quilt

These tumbler quilts look a little more complicated ...

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January 4, 2019
Craftsy Pattern Purchase Update from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Quilt Friends,

I wanted to alert you that Craftsy is rebranding to BluPrint as of January 8, 2019.  I thought I would make sure you knew that in case you downloaded one or more of my patterns from Craftsy in 2018. 

I highly suggest that you make sure you have downloaded all of your patterns (from any designer) to your own computer.  That way, you will be sure to have access to your pattern purchases in the future.


Also, I wanted to let you know that my current and new patterns will ...

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November 4, 2018
Quilting Buddies Come to Quilted Joy from Quilted Joy

Quilting can be a very solitary activity. But isn’t everything better when you can do it with a friend? Here at Quilted Joy, we have five longarm quilting machines that we rent. We will often get pairs of ladies that come in together to quilt. They each have their own machine, and they’ll chat and help each other with quilt design and thread choices. This can be a super fun activity to share with a friend. Find yourself some quilting buddies and come to Quilted Joy!

Judy and Valerie are quilting buddies at Quilted Joy

Judy's Blue and Yellow Sampler Quilt. She rented time on a longarm machine at Quilted Joy to quilt her quilt

The first quilt ...

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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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September 27, 2018
Cheri’s Patriotic Tumbler Block Quilts for Twin Grandsons from Quilted Joy

Parents and grandparents of multiples can probably relate to Cheri’s dilemma. She wanted to make quilts for her grandsons. Normally, this would be a fun and easy project. But because her grandsons are twins, the quilts can’t be exactly the same and they also can’t be too different. Cheri, I can certainly appreciate your struggle! Cheri found a simple solution by making two similar, but different, tumbler block quilts.

Patriotic Themed Tumbler Block Quilts

Patriotic Themed Tumbler Block Quilts

For both of Cheri’s tumbler block quilts she used a muted red, blue and cream color scheme. Her quilts have their slight variation in the cream colored ...

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August 9, 2018
Patriot Quilt for Love of Quilting Show from Quilted Joy

What is the oldest UFO (Unfinished Object) in your quilting studio? For me, it was this quilt which I made in the aftermath of 9/11. I was so distraught during this time of heartbreak in our country. The only way I knew how to channel all of that grief was through quilting.

Patriot Quilt by Angela Huffman

I decided to take the Patriot Quilt to demonstrate on the 3200 series of the Love of Quilting PBS show. Sara and I enjoyed playing with the many techniques this quilt has to offer.

Angela Huffman and Sara Gallegos on the set of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting standing in front of Angela's Patriot quilt

This quilt has a wide border to play within and when tackling a ...

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July 23, 2018
Design Wall Monday - July 23, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

This week I added a striped binding to this doll quilt, in preparation for entering it in the Churn Dashers group showing at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show next Spring.   I like the added interest of a striped binding, and prefer it to any other binding.  This binding is cut 1.25 inches wide, and is single fold.  Next I must add hanging sleeves on all the doll quilts that will be part of this

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July 4, 2018
Independence Day-Gallery of Whole Cloth Quilts from The Inbox jaunt

  Happy Independence Day, Quilters! And thank you all for your best wishes for Deirdre and Ryan!  (The winner of the Little Bird Quilt is Margaret Greenwald!) PATRIOTIC WHOLE CLOTH QUILTS I hope you enjoy this gallery of patriotic whole … Continue reading

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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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June 11, 2018
It’s time to start sewing with some red, white and blue from The Crafty Quilter

It’s that time of the year when red, white and blue is showing up everywhere.  It’s also the perfect time to start sewing with some of that beautiful color combination.  I pulled some fabric to inspire me; I just love this mix of fabrics from my Bonnie & Camille collection.

red, white and blue fabric featuring Bonnie & Camille @ The Crafty Quilter


I recently finished sewing on the binding (using my all machine binding tutorial) on this version of my Star Spangled Heart pattern.  It’s such a quick and fun pattern to make!

Star Spangled Heart pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. It includes two different size options and layouts for a table runner and wall hanging.

Star Spangled Heart pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. It includes two different size options and layouts for a table runner and wall hanging.


Sale alert!  For the rest of the month of June, you can find this pattern on sale ...

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May 28, 2018
Land that I Love Quilt from The Inbox jaunt

  Happy Memorial Day, Quilters! Thank you to all who gave their life in the service of their country! As we enjoy this beautiful weekend, we will remember and honor your sacrifice! Who do YOU honor this weekend? We’d LOVE … Continue reading

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Design Wall Monday - May 28, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

The new puppy has kept me very busy since last Monday's post.  Thanks for all your suggestions on names, and after narrowing the choices down to a few, I had the eight grandchildren vote, and they chose to name her Penny.  She is growing daily, and seems much bigger than she was when she came to live with us a week ago.  I added the middle name Lane, to make her name Penny Lane, in honor of the

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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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April 22, 2018
Made By Marney’s Newest Designs from Made By Marney

One of my favorite quilt shops, Keep Me In Stitches, is showcasing my latest, newest paper piecing designs now through April 30. Visit Jacqi in Appleton to see samples of my newest creations.

Homeward Bound is a great quilt for Quilts Of Valor projects. It incorporates paper piecing, applique, and piecing all in one project. What a great way to use up red and cream scraps.

I love this paper pieced eagle. He is made from 2 square paper pieced blocks.

3 Cats And 1 Dog With A Bone is one of my newest whimsical table runners. This is so ...

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