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March 13, 2020
Having Fun With New Quilting Books from From My Carolina Home

I love books, and enjoy reading about new techniques and patterns. Sometimes, I just like looking at design books to spark my own creativity or boost my motivation.  One of the perks of being an affiliate for C&T Publishing is getting advance notice of new releases, along with digital review copies.  For April, they are releasing two new books that really have a lot of appeal.  I thought I’d let you know about these two, and a couple of others that are out now, and a bit about the content. This month, in support of the Safelight Project ...

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February 10, 2020
Simple Geometric Quilting, a book review and project from The Crafty Quilter

I LOVE books of all kinds, especially quilting books. Since I work in a quilt shop, I often get to see the latest books “hot off the press”. Last October, I was asked to review a recently-published book, Simple Geometric Quilting, by Laura Preston (affiliate link). I’m happy to share my thoughts and impressions with you (albeit a little late) and a fun little project I made from the book.

Note: I have not been compensated for this review. I was given a free copy of Simple Geometric Quilting to review, but all thoughts are based on my own ...

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January 22, 2020
MidCentury Modern Update News from Carol Lyles Shaw

First, my MidCentury Modern Curves Black & White #1 was published in Curated Quilts!  Here’s a photo of the quilt. Link to buy the current issue.   This quilt is in my series–and it’s one of my most popular workshops. Here is an early version in ombre colors.  I hope that you can join me [ ...Continue Reading ]

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December 29, 2019
Quilty Things to Read from Goer

Here are a few of my favorite quilty things to read lately.


My newest quilt book is The Quilter's Field Guide to Color by Rachel Hauser. Not only is it a colorful feast for the eyes, but it is an interactive workbook with a large color swatch library and 14 experiments.

In addition to books about quilting and fabric and color, I read the entire Quilting Cozy series by Carol Dean Jones this year. The books follow the lives of a group of retirees (and various other characters) who live in a quaint, retirement village. Sarah Miller, main ...

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November 8, 2019
QuiltFest at Pigeon Forge Registration Opens Nov 13 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I'm very happy to announce that I will be teaching modern quilt classes and giving an evening lecture/trunk show at the 2020 Mountain QuiltFest in Pigeon Forge TN from March 3-7, 2020. Registration is now OPEN!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Click Here for the complete Class Schedule.   Click Here for general information on QuiltFest. [ ...Continue Reading ]

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October 30, 2019
Star quilt block from Pieced Brain

Two of my quilty girlfriends and I are sewing star blocks for a quilt. We meet every month or so and exchange 12" blocks using a specific fabric collection - this way the quilt will have a more harmonious colorway. We are working with Gretel by Amy Smart for Penny Rose Fabrics.

When we meet today I will give them each one of these star blocks I made. Don't you love it? I found it in the book "I Love Star Blocks - 16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block" published by Martingale in 2017. The quilt it came from is ...

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October 23, 2019
Quilted Wall Hangings from Pieced Brain

Our mountains here in Utah are already capped with snow - a gorgeous sight! It is difficult to pick a favorite season in this part of our world because they all have their special allure, but when the snow falls over those mountain peaks, it is all I can do to keep my eyes off them.

All photographs by Jason Masters for Leisure Arts. Used with permission.
This quilted wall hanging by Alicia Steele, published in the book Quilted Wall Hangings by Leisure Arts depicts what I see at sunset every day, and I am absolutely in love with it! The ...

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October 7, 2019
Patchwork Picnic from Pieced Brain

How do you like my star block? I had been looking for a different star block for a quilt my friends Deb, Lisa, and I are working on and was so happy when I found this one! It is beautiful and, surprise, it is super easy to make! I made three blocks just like this one - super fast as it did not involve paper piecing.

Instead, we use the stitch-and-flip method and chain piece all the patches. I think a quilt made entirely with this star in many colors would look fantastic. Yes, I have just placed this idea on ...

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