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March 24, 2020
When Life Gives us Lemons.... from Val's Quilting Studio

Each morning....

...and throughout the afternoons....
I'm feeding my body with the:
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When Life Give Us Lemons...

...take control of the things we can! Green tea with a twist of lemon has always been an afternoon treat...but I've been remotivated to get back to my daily juicing routine too. It feels good to be feeding my body with nutrients that will build my immune system. Along with being intentional about what I put in my body, I'm also boosting my immune system by reducing the stress of the Coronavirues impact on our daily life by limiting ...

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March 15, 2020
Aurifil DOM March 2020 Block from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am proud to be one of the Aurifil 2020 Designers of the Month for March 2020.  Each month, a DOM designer will publish a block pattern inspired by the colors of Italy!     This post describes how I designed the block.  It also includes a link to a video tutorial showing how I actually pieced [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Aurifil DOM March 2020 Block appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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March 10, 2020
The backyard from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I couldn't help myself. When I got home from Monday sewing (I left early as I had things to do at home), I made my urgent phone calls and then I went into the backyard. It was such a beautiful day, I couldn't resist. I played ball with Murphy for a bit and Lexi and I hung out. But then it was time for ME. I dug out my favorite blue chair from the shed. I sat on the deck for a short while and then decided to move to the gazebo.

I know  - it's not even ...

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March 9, 2020
Mixing it all up at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks' linkup (week 270). I finally have some free motion quilting (FMQ) to show you

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February 27, 2020
traditional + modern epp curves from Charm About You


epp shapes and a spool of aurifil thread

Isn't it always fun to start sewing a new pattern or project? When I found out we were working with Paper Pieces for this months Aurifil Artisan challenge, which is English Paper Piecing, I was super happy. They have a huge range of paper shapes and you could spend a day browsing their website looking at all the possibilities, thinking up patterns and imagining blocks. As soon as I found the Joseph's Coat pieces I knew I had found my project. I have never made this traditional block and I enjoy sewing curves, it's also a pretty ...

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February 12, 2020
Machine Quilting......Rayon Threads from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I decided to play with Rayon Threads today...



Rayon Thread





I made up a quick sandwich with some

of my purple hand dyed fabric...





This is about a half yard in size.

I am using fusible fleece for batting.





I am working on my Bernina Artista 200






I am using an 80/12 teflon coated needle.

The rayon thread is quilting out beautifully.






Nearly done and the thread has 

held up nicely....no shredding or breakage.





Robison-Anton Rayon Thread



This was so much fun,

I want to do more...


I am deciding on a second thread color

to do some ...

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February 10, 2020
25 Million Stitches Big Stitch Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Big stitch hand quilting is a technique used by many quilters. However, I recently used this technique in an embroidery project!  A few weeks ago, I decided to make an embroidered panel for the 25 Million Stitches project and in this post, I’ve detailed the technique that I used.  I decided to make my panel [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post 25 Million Stitches Big Stitch Tutorial appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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January 24, 2020
Matching Needle with Thread from From Edge 2 Edge

This is what happens when you don't verify a needle for a particular thread. I normally use a 90/14 while machine quilting and have no problems. The Superior thread I used for this stipple quilting requires a 100/16 needle for a good stitch result.

I will now be going back and tearing out a few of the skipped/shredded thread areas and quilt them back out. Since this was an old project that will just be living at home, I will not be 'reverse sewing' the whole section affected. If this was bound for a show, I ...

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January 21, 2020
Aurifil 2019 LAYOUT for the Designer of the Month project from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan 2019 Aurifil DOM top 3

As our Aurifil Design team is creating blocks during the year, I'm mulling over how to set them. Each year my job is to create a setting to show off the blocks. With our wonderful red and white blocks I decided to create the center unit Then I made 8 star blocks centering this super fun fabric from my collection.

Pat sloan 2019 Aurifil DOM top

The quilting will be done by the amazing Karen Miller of Redbird Quilt Co, we can't wait to see her magic! I hope you enjoy this setting, it creates a nice size lap quilt!

*** If you are missing ...

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January 19, 2020
A Garland of Spools! from Val's Quilting Studio

Wondering what to do with your old spools of thread??

Most of mine are saved from my mother's sewing box and are over fifty years old. They are made of wood, plastic and even gold foiled. Tired of the old bucketful sitting around, I thread them onto a sturdy piece of wire.
I added old beads made of wood and glass...
 ...accenting between each, with large buttons, colorful ribbon and scraps of fabric.
Altogether they make for a very cute and colorful garland don't ya think!
 Curious if you've done something crafty with an old bucket of ...

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January 15, 2020
✱ FORTY giveaway! ✱ from Charm About You

I was absolutely spoilt at work yesterday, it's my birthday this weekend and apparently turning 40 is kind of a big deal! There were banners, thoughtful songs, beautiful flowers, cards and gifts. I'm so lucky to work with a group of such nice and kind people. I arrived home to more gorgeous flowers, from wonderful John Scott and a hamper of  really delicious Italian food from my friends at Patchfinders. I will be celebrating my milestone birthday this weekend with family and friends. I have lots of fun stuff lined up - getting my hair done, going out-out with ...

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December 13, 2019
Aurifil Color Builder Designer from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce that I am an Aurifil Color Builder 2020 Designer !  The Colors of Italy will be the 2020 theme. We designers will be creating a series of blocks for a worldwide Sew A Long.  The free (yes free) blocks and patterns will be available monthly on Pat Sloan’s’s blog.  Pat [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Aurifil Color Builder Designer appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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December 4, 2019
Jingle Status Update: Designing, Planning, and Online Shopping from Cheeky Cognoscenti

This needs to be short and sweet today, as I have about a bazillion errands to run before choir rehearsal tonight and if I even stop to blink, my clock will spin from 10 AM to 5 PM while I'm not looking!


Current Favorite Quilting Plan for Jingle, iPad Sketch Detail
I haven't had a chance to get this quilt loaded yet, or even spent any time at all in my studio since I last posted about it, but my iPad is with me everywhere I go so I've continued to experiment with sketching different quilting ideas ...

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November 10, 2019
Remembrance & QOV from Nestlings By Robin

REMEMBRANCE REVISITED
I met Terry and Ruth at Fall Paducah in September. They are involved with Quilts of Valor and we discussed what a great kit my 'Remembrance' quilt would be for that organization.
Then the fun idea of miniaturizing the design was introduced to the conversation and I knew there should be enough fabric from the kit to make a mini because Connecting Threads is very generous with their kits.

I cannot express how exciting it is to receive pictures of completed quilts from makers!  Thank you, Terry and Ruth, for sharing your lovely work with all of us ...

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October 29, 2019
a piece of this & that from Charm About You


My newest A Piece of Me Pouch is a combination of this and that; a culmination of bits I have gathered, an unfinished project and a couple of new things I wanted to try. This is larger than the version in my pattern - it's very easy to make in any size you choose! - and I'll show you how I created a loop for carrying or hanging.

Always on the look out for interesting fabrics, I found this fabulous buttery soft Punched Faux Leather and as soon as I saw it, thought it would be great for stitching on ...

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October 14, 2019
Let the Sunflowers shine... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Way back in September 2011, I visited my online quilting friend in small town Kansas - Parsons to be exact.  It was a very special time for me and I so enjoyed meeting Barbara and her daughter Jackie.  Because of Parsons geographical position, it was easy to visit four states within a couple of hours - it sits near the crossroads of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.  Such fun!
While I was there, Barbara asked me to give a talk to her local guild, then it became a few of the little outlying guilds until we ended up with 70 plus people ...

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October 9, 2019
Mini Masterpieces Aurifil Collection from Blossom Heart Quilts

I have been using Aurifil thread for years; the quality of the thread had me hook, line, and sinker from that very first spool! And the range of colours and thread weights available have kept me hooked on tight. I’ve had the privilege of being an Aurifil Artisan for two years in a row, and this year, I’ve jumped ship to the designer side of things! Yes, that’s right, I am now an Aurifil designer.

Earlier this year, I pulled out my Aurifil thread stash and picked and mixed and selected and edited colours that best represented ...

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October 7, 2019
Now Go Make it from Terificreations's Weblog

With a little bit of time before a sales appointment my Sweetie and I stopped by a St. Vincent de Paul shop to look around leaving with four classic books including J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. It is a classic that I don’t remember reading, or didn’t read while in school, not… Continue reading Now Go Make it

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March 16, 2019
Brights on Whites from Quiltifications


I picked up two clearanced kits from Connecting Threads a few years ago and combined them to make this queen sized quilt.



The colors were just so cheerful!  The blocks and sashing were unusual and I found the whole thing enchanting.  I left off any outer border and simply extended the sashing stones around the edge for a non-standard binding.



There was so much fabric left over (one of the benefits of buying kits from Connecting Threads) that I could piece a back from it all.  Sadly, I didn't center it as well as I'd hoped, but it ...

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November 26, 2018
La Droguerie from Quilting Stories

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

A little trip to Paris last week. And for me, going to Paris means visiting and shopping at La Droguerie, my favorite haberdasher's shop. They have their own production and dyeing of great quality yarns. In this wonderful shop you can find quilting fabrics, Liberty fabrics, all sorts of threads, buttons, beads, ribbons... as well as catalogues with their great patterns for children or adults.

I remember when this shop was created in 1975, I was one of their first customer and so happy to find cashmere yarn, out of which I knitted a sweater for the one who ...

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