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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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March 26, 2018
A Color Book Review from Quilt Fabrication

I am always on the lookout for great quilt books, and I've found one in my March Book of the Month selection, The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color (affiliate link).

This book selection was not about making a project from the book. Instead, this choice was for learning more about color theory,  and to pick up tidbits of information from a quilter's perspective. And that's important, because Becky talks about not just color but fabric.

After reading the first 20 pages, I knew this book was different. I gave a few hints of what I learned ...

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

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Wow! Another year, and another Book of the Month to explore! This month, the honor goes to Improv Patchwork by Maria Shell.

Improv Patchwork quilt book by Maria Shell

Yep, this one is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I'm willing to check it out.

Why? Well, a couple months ago, I went with a group of friends to view the quilts of a local artist. I would say her style was more free form, with added bits of buttons ...

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November 29, 2017
Butterflies & Fans from Ravelly1

It's been awhile since I've made any round quilt, so when I was looking thru my quilt photos it got me thinking about making another.
Here's the book I used by Cheryl Phillips. There are several great projects to choose from even a tree skirt with prairie points.
Then I ran across a few grandmother's fans quilts. I remember most of those fabrics and probably have some in the old stash!!
I had a couple of templates to make the fans but I can't seem to find them anymore. I must have thrown them out ...

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November 21, 2017
Scrap Happy Baby Quilt from Quilt Fabrication

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Introducing Scrap Happy, in a baby quilt size! 

Scrap Happy baby quilt

This is my fourth quilt made from the Charm School book, with Sea Glass, Lickety-Split 1, and Lickety-Split 2 the others. Any more quilts from charms are of my own design (hint, hint - there's some in the works!) but those are for another day.

I must say, I really enjoyed this book, and had hoped to make a couple more from the patterns. But, as I said a few ...

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November 15, 2017
Quilts for Everyday Living with Sharon Holland from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Long time no decor, I am back and fueled up, because I wanted to share with all of you some amazing projects for the home I came across. As you may know, Sharon Holland is one of our lovely designers, who just released a book called Utility Style: Quilts for Everday Living- which primarily talks about the various pattern designs and styles for quilts. I wanted to take you on a tour and give you a little behind-the-scenes on what this book has to offer and how the different quilts can be applied to any space in your home ...

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October 10, 2017
Fussy Cutters Club: Super Star Coasters from Blossom Heart Quilts

It’s certainly been the year for Aussie quilt designers and their books! It’s such a thrill to see my friends succeed, and I know that there’s more to come. We’re too talented a bunch here Down Under to stop us </p>
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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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September 11, 2017
Hop to It! from Quilt Fabrication

September certainly is a busy month in blogland! 
Not only are blog hops a great way to gather ideas, download or bookmark free patterns, or enter to win fabulous quilty prizes, but they are also a wonderful way to meet fellow quilters. And the bigger the hop, the more people to meet!

I've been fortunate to participate twice in the Row Along blog hop sponsored by Marian at Seams to be Sew. Last year, the theme was The Road Home Row Along, for which I created Silicon Valley, still a free pattern on Craftsy.

Silicon Valley Road Home Row Along Row 2016

Since that Silicon Valley Row ...

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