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August 7, 2019
Tips & Tricks: Machine Quilting with 28 Weight Thread from The Cloth Parcel

This lovely quilted pillow cover was made from our latest pattern, the Conservatory Quilt.  We made this quilted pillow using the new supplies we got for the Summer Cabin Pillow Tutorial, which was from our turn on the OLFA + Aurifil Slice & Stitch Challenge last week. We used our 16″ square OLFA ruler, which […]

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July 31, 2019
Make This: Summer Cabin Quilted Pillow Tutorial from The Cloth Parcel

Say hello to the Summer Cabin Pillow!  We made this quilted pillow for our turn on the OLFA + Aurifil Slice & Stitch Challenge.  For the challenge, we were given a product from each company to try out. From OLFA, we got their 6″ x 12″ and 16″ square rulers, which were a dream for […]

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July 15, 2019
12+ Free Irish Chain Quilt Patterns from Patchwork Posse

Free Irish Chain Quilt Patterns – Find inspiration & tutorials to make your own irish chain quilt. Great for any level of quilter,scraps and quick quilts!

The irish chain was really one of the first quilts that I had made when I started quilting.

It’s a simple block, but has a complicated look about it! It’s all squares and depending on the method used for the piecing, these can be strip pieced. Strip piecing will save a lot of time!

I’ve seen a irish chain quilts in rainbow layouts, scrappy layouts (it uses a lot of scraps!) or ...

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12+ Free Irish Chain Quilt Patterns from Patchwork Posse

Free Irish Chain Quilt Patterns – Find inspiration & tutorials to make your own irish chain quilt. Great for any level of quilter,scraps and quick quilts!

The irish chain was really one of the first quilts that I had made when I started quilting.

It’s a simple block, but has a complicated look about it! It’s all squares and depending on the method used for the piecing, these can be strip pieced. Strip piecing will save a lot of time!

I’ve seen a irish chain quilts in rainbow layouts, scrappy layouts (it uses a lot of scraps!) or ...

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April 7, 2019
Tips for Mitered Quilt Binding from Carol Lyles Shaw

Like most quilters, I use a mitered edge on my quilt binding.  I’ve tried several methods for getting that angle corner correct.

Here’s a tutorial on a method that I tried a few days ago that worked out pretty well.

I cut my binding strips fairly wide–this one is 2-1/2″.  It’s a pieced binding using fabrics from the quilt top and back.   I turn and iron a 1/4 inch edge –I’ll use that when I hand sew the binding to the back.  As normal, I sew the binding strip to the front of ...

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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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December 3, 2018
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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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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November 15, 2018
Make This: Proof Positive Quilt Tutorial from The Cloth Parcel

It’s been far too long since we posted a quilt tutorial!  While this quilt is baby size, since we are gifting it to a friend with a sweet newborn, it is easy to expand in both directions for any size.  Another great feature of this quilt is that it uses 2.5″ strips, which are easy […]

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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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July 30, 2018
Island Batik Modern Pattern Play from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month, the Island Batik challenge was secondary pattern play.  So, of course, I made it Island Batik Modern Pattern Play!

I returned to one of my favorite techniques–improvisational curved blocks that I call Parisian Curves. (Pattern and detailed tutorial is in my book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops).  This post is a tutorial showing one way that I approach improvisational design. It’s an improvisational design process that I teach in my workshops to help students move away from the layout that I provide.

Island Batik Fabrics

[Fabrics used in the project were ...

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April 12, 2018
Tulip Fields Quilt from The Cloth Parcel

It’s that time of year when everything outside starts to wake up, which is the perfect season for our Tulip Fields Quilt!  We did this quilt as our first Moda Bake Shop tutorial this time last year, and we realized we never posted about it here!   You could really do this quilt in any size, […]

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April 5, 2018
Tips for Finding Your SewJo from Carol Lyles Shaw

Finding your sewjoWe probably all have those days or weeks when our quilting inspiration, motivation and energy just disappears.  It could be burnout (too much deadline sewing) or we might have lost our confidence (no one wants my quilts and, anyway, my quilts aren’t good, perfect or pretty  enough).  We have the time, we have the fabric, we have a pattern—-what we are missing is the energy to get in our sewing space and make something. What we need are easy ways for finding our SewJo. When our energy and motivation are back to healthy levels, we can tackle our ...

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March 28, 2018
Improvising Triangle Mini Quilts from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month, I decided to enter the Curated Triangle Mini Quilt Challenge.  I decided to give myself some restrictions to further spur my approach to improvising one or more triangle mini quilts.

My restrictions were:

  • No curves! Straight lines only.
  • Improvising design and quilting
  • Machine quilting only (no hand quilting)
  • Stash fabrics and leftover batting (use it all up!)
  • Minimalism!  Limit color palette and pieced design [See this blog post for more on my thoughts on  minimalism.]
  • Time!  I started on Sunday March 25th and the due date is April 1, 2018.

This is the required palette:

 

I decided to ...

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March 25, 2018
Links to 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors and My Projects from Carol Lyles Shaw

I decided that I would provide my readers with links to the Blogs of the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors in one place and to my projects.

Scroll down this post to see the list of blogs by my creative Fellow Ambassadors.  You will see many wonderful examples of what they are working on.

MY 2018 PROJECTS

Also, I’ll update this post with links to all of my projects this year! Click image or captions to see the project and tutorial.

February 2018:  Mod Hearts Quilt   and  Mod Hearts Cards

Island Batik Mod Hearts MiniQuilt

 

March 2018:  Making an Inset ...

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March 2, 2018
Island Batik 6 Minute Inset Circle Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

The Island Batik challenge for March 2018 is to Try A New Technique!  I chose to learn the 6 Minute Inset Circle Technique.

Here’s my Island Batik 6 Minute Inset Circle Tutorial! 

As most of you know, in the past, I always cut my curved piecing freehand–no templates or pinning.  My circle shapes aren’t ‘perfect’–they can be roundish, or oval or even have a blunted angle to them. See my MidCentury Modern quilt information here.

I was curious to see how I might use a a precision pieced inset circle for some designs I have in ...

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February 14, 2018
Island Batik Mod Hearts Mini Quilt from Carol Lyles Shaw

Our second February challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a mini quilt. So, here’s my Island Batik Mod Hearts Mini Quilt Tutorial!

I do love making minis….they are the perfect size to test a new block idea or audition a fabric combination.  I’ve also participated in several really fun mini quilt swaps on Instagram.  At the end of this post, I’ve provided links back to some of my earlier adventures in making mini quilts.

Making Batiks Modern

I know that many modern quilters feel challenged on how to use batiks to make contemporary ...

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February 7, 2018
Mod Hearts Free Pattern and GiveAway from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m happy to announce the release of Mod Hearts, a FREE modern quilt pattern and a Fabric GiveAway!

I’ve always enjoyed seeing pieced heart blocks in so many quilts–it’s a traditional motif that quilters love.

Click this link to download the PDF: Mod Hearts Free Pattern Complete

I decided that I wanted to take a more modern approach to this appealing motif.  Using Electric Quilt 8 software, I fractured the heart into sections and made it more angular instead of rounded.

Red block in EQ8

I also wanted to use improvisational techniques in how I chose ...

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February 2, 2018
Sew My Stash 2 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am committed to Sew My Stash 2018!

Here’s the latest sew my stash finish in my trio of quilts for a niece and her family who recently bought their first house.

For a tutorial on how I made this quilt, go HERE.

Finish #3 in this trio of gifts.  It’s a very large lap quilt–finished at 68 x 80–so it’s big enough for 2 to snuggle under. I’ll be washing it this weekend and mailing it off on Monday.

I pieced a binding from leftover fabric. I attached it with the machine binding ...

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January 18, 2018
Sew My Stash Quilt Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Sew My Stash Commitment and Quilt Tutorial

I think that one of the reasons we don’t use our stash is that we over think and over plan how to make a quilt from stash.  This month, I quickly made the 3rd in a series of quilts all made from stash.  Keep reading to see the story of the 3 quilts and a tutorial on how I made the 3rd one.

And, no, my stash isn’t always this neat looking!  And, there’s lots more of it…..

modern fabric

I am really committed to sew my stash this year. 

I did ...

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