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February 15, 2019
Retreating with the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild from Ellyn's Place

Last weekend, our guild had a day retreat at the Best Little Retreat Center in Texas. Such a wonderful facility... AND you get to go home and sleep in your own bed at night. Can't beat it. 

There were so many wonderful projects in the works....

I finished up a couple of children's quilt tops to send to my mom. Her church group is working on quilts for each of their Angel Tree children at Christmas...
And I finished up this quilt top, with improv Xs made with the strip sets from the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop I ...

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February 8, 2019
The Bonus Year from Art In Search

      I think we are all familiar with the term "Bonus Triangles" which means the saving and using of pieces cut off stitch and flip blocks. In my case, I had a Bonus Year. Last February 7th, 2018, I experienced a severe, heart stopping, heart attack. Out of the blue. No normal heart attack symptons- just a stabbing pain in the throat. 
     Women many times do not have the normal symptoms. A high percentage of women never survive their first heart attack. I found that out when I signed up for cardiac rehab and asked why were so few women attending ...

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January 19, 2019
Get Away – Storm at Sea from Carol Lyles Shaw

Get Away is the Island Batik Blog Hop theme for January 2019. And, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make Storm at Sea, a traditional block–but I ended up altering it in a modern way.

First…the Fabrics! My fabrics are from the Soul Song Collection by Island Batik.

This collection goes from brights to muted black/cream.

I decided to use these fabrics shown below in the project–you’ll see why in a moment.

I used these Island Batik Soul Song fabrics and added an Island Batik neutral called Whip Cream.
I love the words ...

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January 13, 2019
EQ8 Ambassador for 2019 from Blossom Heart Quilts

I have been using Electric Quilt – first EQ7 and now EQ8 – to design all my quilts, quilt blocks, and quilt patterns. As I’ve mentioned before, there are plenty of times where I begin on graph paper, but I always run my designs through EQ8 to play around with colouring, whether it’s for a personal project, a quilting bee, or it’s destined to become a quilt pattern. It’s such an integral part to my sewing process, so I’m thrilled and honoured to be working closely with a company whose products I have loved using for years ...

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January 2, 2019
Teaching at 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m traveling to the Midwest to teach at the 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference.

Traditional,  contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects.   My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.

You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home.  In addition, every workshop attendee will receive:

  • Individualized attention–including help with fabric placement
  • Full color pattern with options for customizing your quilt
  • Easy to follow piecing instructions during the workshop
  • Practice using improvisational cutting and piecing techniques–it’s ...

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December 29, 2018
Quilt Block Exchanges & CompuServe from a daily dose of fiber

I have been thinking about quilt block exchanges, which used to be a very popular activity for quilters. My friend Louann reminded me of the Christmas one I ran in Evergreen Colorado and ever since I have been looking for it! It’s somewhere but I don’t know where.

Flash back to 1990’s. I was weaving and spinning and dyeing. When my DH Peter informed me that we were moving to Singapore, I realized that big floor looms were not going to be reasonable items to move around the world. So oh gee, I started to learn how ...

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December 18, 2018
QuiltCon 2019 Acceptances from Carol Lyles Shaw

Yesterday was a busy day on Instagram.  And although I signed off for the holidays, I will have to do one more post.  The Modern Quilt Guild sent out the decision emails for QuiltCon 2019.

I am quietly celebrating three acceptances.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1.  I KNOW that I’ve been promising a pattern…and I am seriously delayed on this one.  However, in the meantime, I’m scheduled to teach this workshop in 2019.  Contact me if your guild is interested in booking this workshop in 2019 (a few dates are open) and 2020.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1 was ...

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December 7, 2018
'tis the season from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

It's the season for Christmas gift making and for Christmas quilts, so I thought I'd share the only Christmas quilt that I have, called Welcome Wreath. It's been hanging around for a couple of years now, but I never did post about it here. I drew it up and made it for the Riley Blake market booth out of their Comfort & Joy fabrics. It made a detour after quilt market to hang in a

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December 3, 2018
Nick is Home for Christmas! from a daily dose of fiber

Nick has spent the last year at Island Quilters located on Hilton Head Island. He evidently traveled with Owner Beth to several quilt shows and talks, though he hasn’t said much about that. I must thank Beth for giving me the pattern and many of the supplies. Fusing is not my favorite thing to do, but he was fun to make.

After lots of measuring and engineering, Peter got Nick hung in the great room! It is so fun to come into the room and see his funny self. I’m not sure the reason, but this is the ...

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Island Batik Improv Log Cabin Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Making an improv log cabin quilt was a fun challenge.  In my newest Island Batik challenge, I combined two themes to create an improv log cabin wall hanging–here’s the tutorial showing how I did it.

Cozy Log Cabins is the first challenge theme that I used!  Log cabins are a great traditional pattern and I remember making many versions when I first learned to quilt many, many years ago.   It’s also a traditional pattern that you can easily make modern and I will show you how I did that.

The second theme is Whimsical and Wonky!  I ...

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In life.. Stitch Happens from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Wow! This is how neglected my blog is--I first drafted this post on Nov. 9, 2017! Over a year ago. I just found it in my draft folder. It never got finished. November 9, 2017 Hi there! I'm so happy it's almost Friday! It's been a busy week, and tomorrow is Pokemon Friday, too! But first, I wanted to share a new pattern that I just published! I'm super excited about this one. It's called

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November 19, 2018
Island Batik Star Struck Quilt Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month’s challenge for Island Batik is Star Struck and this is my quilt tutorial and free pattern for my modern version of a star.

I had a difficult time getting the color match on the full quilt photos! This looks a bit yellow–background fabric is actually white. See the close up of the star point below for the true colors.

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge this month was to create a Star Quilt.  I decided to take a modern approach and create an oversized wonky star using a limited color palette.  The modern design principles I played ...

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October 13, 2018
Thankful Wreath Quilt with Sweet Peas from Clever Chameleon

Give Thanks Always wreath quilt concept by Clever Chameleon

Tuesday and a half ago, I said I was starting on a thanksgiving-themed wall quilt in Blossom Batiks – Splash fabrics. It’s getting there…..

Blossoms Batik Splash fabrics by RJR at Clever ChameleonWhen my samples of Blossom Batiks – Splash fabrics from RJR arrived in the post, the first thing they reminded me of was sweet pea flowers. Probably because my hubby’s Gran used to grow sweet peas every year, in colours not dissimilar to these. Blue-green leaves and two-tone purple flowers.

And as it turns out, this was a very helpful association to have. Because, as well as the October Beary Colourful bears, I had promised RJR ...

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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 21, 2018
paper dolls pattern from easypatchwork

Hi Everyone! Thanks for joining today and reading my blog. I truly appreciate your curiosity and your support.  A couple of years ago, I came across a foundation paper pieced pattern (FPP) from Mary McGuire featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I loved the block so much, I redrew it in EQ8 and asked my bee mates to make blocks for a bee quilt. I was quite happy with the result. There

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September 20, 2018
My Happy Place: Being Myself with You from Clever Chameleon

  Appliqué penguins by Clever Chameleon

Welcome to Day 6 of the My Happy Place Row-Along

Seams to be Sew buttonThe blog hop where there are oodles of free quilt row patterns to be collected and lots of prizes to be won!  I hope you have been following along with the My Happy Place row-along at Seams to be Sew, collecting the free patterns as they’ve been released and before they expire. And of course, entering for the insanely large collection of prizes Marian has  gathered.  But if not, don’t despair, there is still plenty of goodness up for grabs. Join me today for my interpretation of the ...

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i finally finished it! whoot whoot from Adventures in Life

WHOOT WHOOT I finally finished it ... about 13 months in the making ... started on the day of our big solar eclipse in august 2017
 all freezer paper templates and hand appliqué which is why it took 13 months to finish ... i started this totally on a whim ... i have always had a medallion quilt on my mind and while watching 
TV footage of the solar eclipse i spontaneously got up took some background fabric from my stash and drew some lines out from .the centre ... made a centre circle & some leaf shaped templates ... and it grew from there  ... totally the ...

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September 18, 2018
Aurora Star Revisit: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Aurora Star color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Today I have for you a recycled idea and a brand new quilt!

Starstruck theme by Island BatikFor September, the theme for the Island Batik Ambassador projects is “Starstruck”. This theme immediately and happily put me in mind of a quilt design I conceived for Colour Inspiration Tuesday last November. Finally, I had a reason to put “Aurora Star” at the top of the ideas-to-play-with priority queue. Then, noticing that it’s now Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Week,  I found the extra motivation I needed to get a quilt finish on the table asap. Literally. Ha! There’s a filthy big clue to what I ...

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September 16, 2018
More Design Fun from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

My brain clearly kicked into play gear while working with the Garlic Knot block in Electric Quilt 7. I love being able to recolor a quilt in the design stages. I also  love being able to try alternate settings.

Debbie mentioned that an on-point setting could be done.  Needless to say that sent me right back to EQ7 for more play time.
On point?

The on-point setting gives it more of a diamond shaped feeling.  I like it.

But I also had to play with coloration  on the layout I showed yesterday.  So perhaps a nice rainbow version would be ...

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September 15, 2018
A Little Design Inspiration from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

Reading blogs often leads to inspiration - or a condition that I call "I want to try that."  But sometimes I look at a design and the "what if" muse kicks me.
Yesterday my friend, Debbie, posted about a table topper that she made with some leftover Garlic Knot blocks.    She had made a larger quilt with this block that I had seen also.
Somehow, seeing the smaller one caused the "what if" to kick in.
SO ---- what if you laid out those blocks differently?
Here is a representation of the table topper that I created in Electric Quilt.

As you ...

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