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July 5, 2015
Stow It! Stow It in Style! from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

Small zippered pouches are SO popular! They are fast and fun to make (even with a zipper – more about that later). Make them for yourself, choosing your favorite colors and fabrics, or make a batch of them for gifts. I’m a fan of Atkinson Designs, and love their new pattern “Stowaways” (A29869). Besides offering six sizes in one pattern, Terry Atkinson always makes it easy to put in a a zipper. Really! I had hesitated doing anything with a zipper, until I discovered her wonderful methods. I chose two zippers for my first projects.  Then I chose three fat ...

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July 4, 2015
Picket Fence {A Finish + A Pattern!} from Busy Hands Quilts

I am super excited to introduce Picket Fence to you!  She is the second in my budding line of quilt patterns!  Picket Fence is a versatile pattern that looks great in many fabric collections!  Sweet pastels or bold, masculine prints are perfect for Picket Fence.  The cover quilt is lap size in PB&J by Basic Grey.

I made this sweet version of Picket Fence in Spring back in 2012, making it up as I sewed.  This quilt is the reason I named the pattern Picket Fence; it reminded me of a white picket fence on a lovely spring day ...

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Happy 4th Lady Liberty Tutorial from On Point Quilter

I hope you have fun things planned for this holiday (if you are in the US).  To celebrate, I thought I would re-post my video on creating a Lady Liberty quilt using Electric Quilt.  I will also be giving the next set of instructions for the Kite quilt.

One Fabric (plus background) Kite

I suggest making two of these blocks for the quilt.  If you have been following along you will have a total of 21 5-1/2" x 8" Kites and 2 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" Kites.
Cut a 8-3/8” x 5-1/2” piece of the Kite ...

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July 3, 2015
Pattern for Lavender Embroidery from France Nadeau

Lavender. What a heavenly smelling plant. You brush the leaves with your hand and its fragrance fills the air. I created the above motif years ago. I first used it to make embroidered cards and bookmarks that I was selling. … Continue reading

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July 2, 2015
Updates, Updates, Updates! from Quilt Fabrication

First, thank you to everyone who participated in my Spangled Stars QAL! Tomorrow is the big day to announce the winners and show off your quilts! If you haven't sent me an email with a picture, and any quilt details (your name, location, size, etc) please do so for the parade. I'll be posting in the afternoon, so send me your pics! Everyone would love to see them up close!

For me, this week has been crazy again! I have the alternate colorway Spangled Stars quilt finished,

which I'm calling Lily Pond. The quilting ideas came easily ...

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Eagle quilt pattern from Wisonsin Quilting

Now to do some free motion quilting

Now to do some free motion quilting

I posted this design a year ago, and now have the pattern available for you all  ($5).

Included is a one page picture, a color chart (but not sorted by shades), a paper piecing sequence map, a line drawing on one page for you to try out your own colors, (or to resize as you want) and a full size line drawing on a bunch of sheets, and more pages that have the paper piecing blocks in reverse that I suggest you print on freezer paper for using the fold-back method.  There are ...

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June 28, 2015

And A Whole Lot Of Shopping!!

So the quilts made it safely across the oceans and found their way to these two cheeky monkeys

And as you can see they loved them!! Look at those smiles and those chubby cheeks, just to beautiful but then I am a very biased Aunty. Something else I am very biased about is how breathing taking The North is, if you have never ventured up there I can't tell you enough how much you should, just don't tell my Granny she won't be pleased if I start sending hoards up there ...

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June 27, 2015
I Started Selling Embroidery Patterns from Eric the Quilter

Etsy Shop(1)


I wanted to for a long time, and now I’m finally getting all of my digitizing done! I know it took a while, because I started talking about it months ago. Since my injury, I haven’t been able to sew much, but I started to use all of the other sewing stuff I have. I started to pound out embroideries, and then I also started to use my digitizing software. In fact, all through the summer, take 20% off my embroidery patterns with promo code: 20Emb. Click on the picture or here to visit the shop!

Tagged: embroider ...

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Kites Galore from On Point Quilter

On Tuesday evening I had the privilege of meeting with the ladies of Lakeshore Quilt Guild in Shoreview, Minnesota.  I talked with them about using Specialty Rulers and presented a trunk show of many of my quilts.  They even got a sneak peak at the Kite quilt.  You will have to wait a bit longer before I do the reveal on my website.

For those that are on the east coast, a number of my quilts are on display at The Quilt Patch in Fairfax Virginia.  Check out my quilts and patterns in person at the shop.  
This week I ...

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June 25, 2015
Pattern Markdown - Summer Sale! from Sew Fresh Quilts

First there were Foxes and their Raccoon friends...

Then along came the Elephants.  And a herd of ZebraZ.

Next came those long necked Giraffes. And then the fun lovin' Monkeys.

And some piggies... And crazy squirrels...

If a block pattern is more to your liking, we have WoW-E! and On Point...

And don't forget about those Pretty Butterflies and Little Blooms...

In celebration of Summer 2015, and due to the success of the Sweet Watermelon pattern sales, I am offering all my patterns for HALF PRICE. All you have to do to receive this 50% off discount price is ...

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Nina skirt pattern launch! from Crafty Tammie

Check it out! I sewed a skirt!!

A few weeks back, I saw a call for testers for the new girl's Nina skirt/culottes pattern. You'll want to check out everyone's versions over at Compagnie M, so many cute skirts and culottes! This is my first time trying one of her patterns. I love the fact that she offers lots of information and tutorials on her site! Want to learn to do welt pockets on your Nina skirt? Hem without using pins? She's got you covered. I tried the no-pin hem and it worked great! They ...

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Quilty Adventures from Quilt Fabrication

Seems like ages since I've posted anything! Truth is, I just haven't had time to process pictures and write a post. So here's an update on my crazy quilty life!

Friday was devoted to preparing the backing for my second QAL quilt, Water Lilies. Sorry for the teaser picture - I'll post more when it's bound.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of pieced backs, but I had a Monet inspired water lily fabric in my stash that I just didn't know what to do with. But it went perfectly with the water lily ...

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June 22, 2015
Road to California: Trisha Jane from News From By Annie

Thanks for stopping by! Next on the Road to California blog schedule is Trisha from Trisha

Here is her design, Ulee Totes.

We enjoyed the three sizes of her totes and how they fit together perfectly. Do you love them, too? You definitely should read until the end for a good surprise! 

Trisha took time to answer our interview questions. Want to get to know her better as well as her inspiration for the totes? Here are her responses.

Bag Introduction Questions

1. What is the name of your company and what is the name of the bag ...

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Pacific International Quilt Festival –Modern Quilt Workshops and Show from Carol Lyles Shaw

The Pacific International Quilt Festival will have a Modern Quilt Category in the Quilt Show!  The theme is ‘mid-century modern’.  Click HERE for entry information.

I’ll be teaching modern quilt workshops and registration is open now!

Here are images of what I’ll be teaching.

Modern Quilt Workshop

Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch #1











Modern Quilt workshop

Slow Curves and Strips #1











Modern Quilt workshop

Patriotic Modern Rail Fence






The post Pacific International Quilt Festival –Modern Quilt Workshops and Show appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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June 20, 2015
MN Quilt Show PLUS Kite Piecing from On Point Quilter

This has been a busy week.  I was in Duluth on Friday for the Minnesota Quilt Show, then I had three full days of Art and Stitch classes with Loes and Theo van der Heiden.  In my spare time, I have been working on some of the kite blocks as well.  

This week I will share with you some of the highlights of the quilt show along with instructions for piecing two of the kite blocks.

MN Quilt Show

The quilts were amazing this year.  Lot's of eye candy and inspiration.  I thought I would share a few photos ...

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June 19, 2015
Modified Angie and Gabriella Fae for Summer from Sisboom

The ever talented Jeanine, customer service for Sis Boom Pattern Co and Scientific Seamstress Fan page made this gorgeous modified back maxi Angie with bold ric rac and long Gabriela Fae’s for her little girls. Maxi dresses have been a popular warm weather dress for a few years, and these are stunners!

Head over to the Scientific Seamstress blog to learn how to modify the Angie back. For the long Gabriela Fae dresses, Jeanine added a front panel and quilting details. Just darling.





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June 18, 2015
HST Math Chart Printables: Now Available from Blossom Heart Quilts

Guys, I’m so excited. And nervous. But mostly excited! As I think you all now know very well, I love quilt maths. I love teaching quilt maths. I am a quilt nerd! But do you want to know a secret? Even though I have done several HST tutorials and maths charts, plus writing about maths for Make Modern, I still have to refer back to my blog post all. the. time! Because my brain is far too full already to keep these numbers and formula in my head.

hst math chart printable

But no more! I now have these beautiful HST math chart ...

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June 17, 2015
Modern Patriotic Quilts Free EBook from Carol Lyles Shaw

Patriotic fabric 6I’ve started offering patterns for making modern patriotic quilts and I know that many quilters have questions about how to use patriotic fabrics in a modern quilt.







Patriotic Quilts EBook MQM 1004 COVER


Most of the patriotic quilts we see online are more traditional and use traditional fabrics.

So I wrote this short EBook that you can download HERE.

It’s FREE!  No purchase is required.  I hope it will help you adapt any pattern to a modern patriotic design.






Patriotic Fabric MosaicAnd, here’s the link to my patriotic fabric and thread giveaway!









I have other downloadable patterns FOR SALE HERE and on Craftsy.  I’ll ...

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Sew News Collaboration from Sisboom

I’m thrilled to announce our Sew News collaboration is just around the corner launching on Monday, June 22! Carla Crim of the Scientific Seamstress and Sis Boom Pattern Co. designed and developed 4 new patterns for you. They include Bonnie’s Flouncy Skirt, the Peggy Party Runner, the Wendy Weekender Bag and the Shellie Clutch. Aren’t they darling?



All 4 pdf patterns will be available for purchase on Sew News starting on June 22. In addition to the patterns, you’ll be able to purchase and watch 30 minutes videos of Carla and I walking you through the ...

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June 16, 2015
Lacuna Sampler Baby Quilt In Progress from Gen X Quilters

So..... summer is in full swing now.  It's been a couple weeks since school let out.  I thought we'd find an easy rhythm with a little more freedom without a baby who needs to nap daily.  My youngest is 3 and we are enjoying (for the first time in 9 years) not having a nap tie us down every afternoon.

That nap, I've come to realize, was my only chance at getting some sewing time in during the summer.  So we're off doing things like fishing, creeking, baseball and swimming at the pool.  That was just ...

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