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September 17, 2019
Parisian Curves Pattern Update from Carol Lyles Shaw

An update to the Parisian Curves pattern has been uploaded to this site!  If you purchased Madly Modern Quilts, then you have access to this free update.  Your code is located on page 5 of Madly Modern Quilts.  Here’s a link to the page on this site with this pattern update and other resources related to the projects in my book.

Parisian Curves are improvisationally cut and pieced quarter circle curves. This is a no pinning, no template curved block and one of my most popular workshops. Students rave that there is no stress in making these curved blocks ...

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August 20, 2019
The Seedling Quilts Book – Elderberry from Blossom Heart Quilts

About two years ago, my dear friend Jodi and I were chatting about writing our quilting books while our kids were mucking around outside in the garden, wondering how we were going to get it all done with families and businesses to take care of too. And now here we are, with our books are about to be released at the same time – mine being Mini Masterpieces, and her’s being The Seedling Quilts!

EPP quilt book

The Seedling Quilts is packed full with 11 English paper pieced (EPP) panels and quilts, all beautifully photographed in the Australian bush. I love a book ...

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June 2, 2019
Hidden Treasures Quilt Book from Patchwork Posse

Find out what’s inside the new Hidden Treasures Quilt Book! You’ll love the quilts that are showcased and their background stories.

Today I get to partner with a previous guest designer for the IAQ – Lori Triplett.  I met her at Quilt Market- you can read more about her here, with a trunk show and interview — but today, we are getting introduced to her new book:

Hidden Treasure- Quilts from 1600 to 1860

Last January, I was the guest blogger for the first block of the 2018 Scavenger Hunt, with Windswept Aster. It’s been a while, so I ...

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April 9, 2019
Free-Motion Framework Video Trailer from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

In October 2018, I was honored to be included in C&T Publishing’s video series of book trailers. At the Quilt Market in Houston, TX, we shot almost an hour worth of footage for the...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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March 30, 2019
Started a new one... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Thanks for the wonderful comments on my SIL's quilt.  :)  She gave it to my brother and he loved it.  :)

I worked on my applique block.  I had it ironed to the background but hadn't stitched around it.  I got all of the green done but not the tulips yet.  After I get this first block done I will prep another.
 While I was working on the applique Richard built a grape arbor for me!!!  He is just so awesome!!!  I love it!!!
 He's still on vacation and Thursday had some nice weather so we took the motorcycle ...

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January 29, 2019
Bow Tie Quilt – Quilt Big Book Tour from Blossom Heart Quilts

What a great way to start the new month than with getting to share about the new book by my friend and fellow Aussie quilt designer, Jemima Flendt from Tied With A Ribbon. Her second book, Quilt Big, is all about supersizing quilt blocks for faster finishes… with style!

Quilt BIG Book by Jemima Flendt

The photography in this book is just stunning. When I first saw the cover last year, I knew it was going to be good. And I wasn’t disappointed! The photos are beautifully styled, with cosy backdrops and perfectly coordinated props.

Strip Heart quilt from Quilt Big book

Log Cabin quilt from Quilt Big book

I chose to make the Bow Tie quilt, using the ...

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October 28, 2018
Teaching at NC Quilt Symposium from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching two quilt workshops at the 2019 North Carolina Quilt Symposium on May 2-5, 2019.  I’m super excited to be in such wonderful company with some of the best quilters around!

My Quilt Workshops

I’ve created a short video about both workshops with tips for choosing your fabrics.

Parisian Curves Quilt Workshop

modern quilt

One possible layout for this technique using simple curved blocks.

My Batik Modern version using a rich yellow as the negative space. Complex multi-layer curved blocks created using Parisian Curves technique.

In this one-day workshop, you will ...

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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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August 22, 2018
Pam Buda’s New Book Is Coming Soon!! from Marcus Fabrics

Pam Buda-Vintage Patchwork Book

A BIG Congratulations to our own Pam Buda whose new book, Vintage Patchwork (Martingale) will be released on October 1!  The book includes twelve mini quilts designed by Pam, using just ONE 10″ x 10″ pack of precuts, and of course, the fabrics were also designed by Pam!

You’ll want to check out her blog post where you can pre-order a signed copy of the book PLUS a 10″ x 10″ bundle of Pam’s Prairie Basics & Shirtings  before September 15, and you’ll get a little extra gift from Pam!

Now, here’s a peek at some of ...

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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 22, 2018
four-patch flip quilt from Charm About You

Anna Maria Horner sweet dreams fabric quilt

I got to work with a glorious fat quarter bundle of Anna Maria Horner's Sweet Dreams collection to make this quilt. And I'm not afraid to say I'm smitten with it! The blue colourway of the prints were paired with Spot On in Teal by Makower, which lets the prints sing and coordinates nicely.  Spots are such a happy print, so cheery and pretty. They seem to have a retro vibe but play so well with modern prints too, anyone else think that?

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June 15, 2018
Teaching Modern Quilting at AQS Quiltweek from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am very proud to announce that I will be teaching modern quilting workshops at the American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek in Daytona Beach, FL from February 27–March 2, 2019.  Signups will be up this fall.  And, be sure to check out the contests for their shows–they welcome modern quilts.  By the way, visit my Teaching Calendar to see when I might be in your area.

I’ll be teaching these workshops:

MidCentury Modern Curve Workshop. Improv curves–no pinning or templates! You will learn several techniques for making complex looking blocks that are easy to piece.

Fractured ...

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May 18, 2018
Precut Primer Quilt Update from Quilt Fabrication

With all of the quilts I'm making for blog hops, the Book of the Month quilt has been pushed aside. Well, no longer!

From the Precut Primer book (affiliate link), I've chosen to make a smaller, baby size version of the 5th Grade Quilt.

5th Grade Quilt from Precut Primer

It's so cute how this book is organized, starting with a 1st Grade quilt, and working up to a 12th Grade quilt - graduation in a sense!

Precut Primer

It's also fitting that the lower grade quilts are the easier ones with simple blocks, working to those in the upper grades with more detailed block ...

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May 1, 2018
May 2018 Book of the Month from Quilt Fabrication

May has rolled around for a new Book of the Month selection. The honor goes to a book I've had on the desk for a couple months - the Precut Primer (affiliate link) from Me and My Sister Designs.

I will admit that my stash contains mostly fat quarters and charm squares in the way of precuts. Otherwise, it's yardage that occupies my space! But no one said I couldn't take that yardage and cut it up into precut sizes.

So, I'm curious: what precut do you favor, and why? Are you mad for fat quarters ...

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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 20, 2018
Free-Motion Framework - Contributing QuilterI am excited and... from Living Water Quilter

Free-Motion Framework - Contributing Quilter

I am excited and thrilled for Jen of JeannaLily Designs. Her new book, Free-Motion Framework is now available to preview and  pre-order.


It was fun to work through Jen’s designs to create two whole cloth quilts with my quilting style. 


In the coming months there will be a blog hop and more to celebrate the completion of her free motion quilting skill building book.

Stay tuned!

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April 19, 2018
Batik Modern Traditionalism Quilt Challenge from Carol Lyles Shaw

Modern traditionalism is one of the key principles in modern quilt design and it is one of my favorite jumping off points as well.  So I was very happy to see that the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for April 2018 is to use a traditional quilt block or design as inspiration.

I chose the traditional 9 patch as my inspiration and used the Fractured Disappearing Nine Patch pattern from my first book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops. This is also one of my most popular workshops.

Madly Modern Quilts, quilt pattern

The Island Batik Fabrics


These fabrics are from the ...

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April 16, 2018
Stash Statement Kickoff and Giveaway! from My Quilt Infatuation

After months and months of hard work and tons of secret sewing, it is officially time to kickoff the blog tour to celebrate the release of my new book, Stash Statement!  Because this time of year is so busy, the tour will span several weeks, featuring one quilt each week.  The very first quilt in the book is Grand Bazaar, and it's also the cover quilt!

(why yes, my husband and dad really did move this antique vanity from my bedroom to my backyard so I could take this photo!)

The design of this quilt was inspired by hanging ...

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Stash Statement Book Release from Quilt Fabrication

For those of you who follow my QuiltFabrication Instagram feed, you've probably seen some of the blocks I'm working on for a new scrap project.

scrap blocks

This is a stack of 30, with at least 42 more to go. It might take more, as I'm thinking queen size. Lord knows I won't run out of fabric!

scrap pile

So these fun blocks are for a quilt in Kelly Young's new book, Stash Statement (affiliate link) and today marks the kick off of the book's release!

Stash Statement by Kelly Young

You may know Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation, and she's definitely ...

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April 1, 2018
April 2018 Book of the Month from Quilt Fabrication

Switching gears to a new quilt book to explore. For April 2018, the Book of the Month honor goes to the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book,

by Amanda Murphy. (This is an affiliate link for which I receive compensation for any purchase made through this link - thank you for your support!)

Flipping through the pages, I like what I see already! Tons of ideas for quilting common blocks and shapes - I can see this becoming another go-to book in my quilting arsenal. This is also a great book for both domestic and long arm quilters, as it's all about designs ...

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